Monday, March 31, 2008

MLB Predictions

With opening day for most of the major league today, here's my crystal ball for 2008:

AL East: Red Sox
AL Central: Tigers
AL West: Angels
Wild card: Indians

NL East: Mets
NL Central: Cubs
NL West: Diamondbacks
Wild card: Braves

World Series: Tigers vs. Cubs

Champions: Cubs

The winner is...

Erin Andrews - she's voted by you as the sexiest sports babe!



Wrestlemania Wrap-up

OK, time to look back at my predictions for Wrestlemania 24:

The good:
* - Kane winning the ECW Title after taking the 24-man battle royal

* - Shawn Michaels retiring Ric Flair

* - Batista over Umaga

* - Undertaker is the new World Champion

* - Floyd Mayweather KO's the Big Show

The bad:
* - JBL over Finlay

* - Beth Phoenix/Melina over Maria/Ashley

* - Randy Orton retains the WWE Title

* - CM Punk grabs the Money in the Bank contract for a future title match

Friday, March 28, 2008

Lewis Black

Now this is f'n funny stuff from Lewis Black. Yes, there is objectionable language!





Thursday, March 27, 2008

Wrestlemania 24 Predictions:

ECW Battle Royale
ECW/Smackdown’s 24 best of the rest

This one’s on WWE.com at 6:30pm. I expect Kane to win this one and move on to face Chavo Guerrero later in the evening. There’s not a lot to work with, but it won’t matter as you will see later in my predictions.
Winner: Kane

Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Mr. Kennedy vs. Chris Jericho vs. MVP vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. CM Punk vs. Carlito vs. John Morrison

Mr. Kennedy walks away with the opportunity after a subdued match that could’ve included Jeff Hardy had he not been suspended for 60 days. Mr. Kennedy will not have to wait long to cash in!
Winner: Mr. Kennedy

Batista vs. Umaga
Who cares! Honestly, I’d love to see Umaga crush Batista back to pre-steroids days, but it just won’t happen. The Animal comes away with the duke and the edge for Smackdown over Raw.
Winner: Batista

Playboy Bunny Matchup of Divas
Maria/Ashley vs. Melina/Beth Phoenix with Snoop Dogg and Kim Kardashian
Ashley subs for a clavicly challenged Candice Michelle (nice alliteration, huh!). This one’s all about Snoop Dogg getting over with Maria. Should set up Maria to go one on one with the Glamazon in post-Wrestlemania cards. If there’a any hope, we see Kim Kardashian’s ass in this one! Jerry the King and Snoop gets involved here.
Winner: we are! Maria/Ashley

ECW Championship
Chavo Guerrero vs. Kane
Chaveo Guerrero narrowly escapes the Big Red Retard’s wrath but something is lurking around the corner. Mr. Kennedy may have had to miss out on the chance to be Vincent Kennedy McMahon’s son, but Wrestlemania 24 will be his spotlight to become a world champion as he quickly cashes in his money in the bank contract. This will upgrade the ECW Title as it floats between ECW and Smackdown.
Winner: Mr. Kennedy

Belfast Brawl
Finlay vs. JBL
The little guy, Hornswoggle comes back to exact revenge on JBL.
Winner: Finlay

Big Show vs. Floyd Mayweather
They didn’t spend $20 million to see Mayweather lose. Big Show turns into a monster heel after this though if they’re smart. Although, I’d love to Show shoot on him and just destroy him for real.
Winner: Floyd Mayweather

Retirement Match
Ric Flair vs. Shawn Michaels
I’m really torn here. My two favorite wrestlers lock horns in a match that just may steal the show. I wish Flair was going out on a high note, maybe with a title and then retirement, but I think this is where it ends. A great match. One handshake. An emotional trip through the Citrus Bowl with Arn Anderson and friends. My alternate scenario: Flair wins and retires on Raw.
Winner: Shawn Michaels

World Title Match
Edge vs. Undertaker

The battle of the streaks as neither has lost as a Wrestlemania. The Undertaker is immortal and Edge can withstand losing here and still come back as he is the company’s monster heel right now. Might be time to set up a Hell in the Cell between these two.
Winner: Undertaker

WWE Championship
Triple Threat Match: Randy Orton vs. John Cena vs. Triple H

The growing sentiment says Triple H gets his title back in Orlando. I say no way. The Champ is Here! Cena wins a dramatic match that will go down in Wrestlemania history.
Winner: John Cena

Thursday - Pledge NOW!

Today marks day one of the Cure Kids Cancer Radiothon to help the children of Hasbro Children's Hospital. Call now with your pledges and donations: 1-877-719-KIDS. You can hear the radiothon on 92PRO-FM, Lite Rock 105, Hot 106 and Newstalk 630 WPRO-AM and 99.7FM. Anything you can give would be greatly appreciated!

On tap on TV tonight:
7pm CBB: North Carolina vs. Washington State (CBS 12)
7pm CBB: West Virginia vs. Xavier (64-2)
7pm NHL: Bruins vs. Maple Leafs (NESN)
7pm NHL: Devils vs. Rangers (HD Net)
8pm NBA: Mavericks vs. Nuggets (TNT)
9pm "Celebrity Apprentice Finale" (NBC)
9pm "Don't Forget the Lyrics" (FOX)
9pm "Lost" (ABC - repeat)
9:30pm CBB: Louisville vs. Tennessee (CBS 12)
9:30pm CBB: UCLA vs. Western Kentucky (64-2)
10:30pm NBA: Trail Blazers vs. Warriors (TNT)
12am "Big Brother After Dark" (Showtime 2)

On the block this week for Big Brother should be an easy one as James and Joshuah look like locks with Natalie this week's HOH. Let's see if James can get out of another jam!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

First loss

5-1. That's the Red Sox first loss of the season. Emil Brown's three-run show off Jon Lester provides the offense and the A's staff, led by Rich Harden, strikes out 13 Sox for Oakland's first win of the year.

And with that, the Japan trip is in the book. Next up is three exhibition games in Los Angeles. Saturday's game at the LA Coliseum will have 115,000 fans in attendance and will set the Guiness Book of World Records for the most people singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in one place.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

It's over!

6-5 the final from the Tokyo Dome. Papelbon gets Kurt Suzuki to ground out with two on to close it out for the Sox first win of the season. "Dirty Water" fills the Dome.

Three stars:
1. Manny - 2 2B's 4RBI's
2. Brandon Moss - solo HR, RBI 1B
3. Dice-K - gutted it out through five under tough circumstances and not having his best stuff

What was he thinking!

Emil Brown brings the A's to within a run after a run-producing double off Papelbon for a 6-5 game but then tries to extend it into a triple. DOPE! Easily out in the rundown is Brown and the A's are down to their last out with no one on.

Make that one on as Crosby singles to centerfield. Yup, Brown would've scored the tying run right there!

Manny does it again!

The huge opening night for Manny continues. Earlier he had a two-run double for the Sox first two runs, now in the 10th, another two-run double to deep center off Hudson Street for a 6-4 Boston lead. Manny thought it was out, admiring it from home plate.

Jonathan Papelbon up in the pen.

Okie-Dokie

Hideki Okajima, to a huge ovation that may have been bigger than Dice-K's earlier, comes in and slams the door in the 9th and we're on to extra innings!

All tied up

Brandon Moss delivers again! His first home run of this career and 2nd RBI of the day nets the Sox a 4-4 tie. A booming drive to right, just 328 feet down the line, takes Kyle Snyder off the hook.

A better look

In order to give everyone a better look at our sexy sports babes contestants, here they are:

Tina Cervasio



Erin Andrews



Jillian Barberie-Reynolds



Kara Henderson



Bonnie Bernstein



Kristina Akra



To the 9th we go

One more chance. Due up:

Lowell
Moss
Veritek

First of many

Jacoby Ellsbury will be fine in centerfield. Ellsbury just robbed Emil Brown of sure extra bases with a leaping over the head grab to the deepest part of centerfield. Web gem for sure!

Opening Day

It's Opening Day for Major League Baseball as the Red Sox and A's open up in Japan. Right now, it's 4-3 A's in the 8th. Manny Ramirez has a two-run double and Brandon Moss, subbing for an injured JD Drew (bad back), put the Sox briefly ahead 3-2 with a run-producing single.

Dice-K has his typical wild woes early, but gutted it out and left the game with a 3-2 lead in the 6th only to see Kyle Snyder give it up on a Jack Hannahan two-run blast to give the A's their current one-run lead heading to the bottom of the eighth.

The Sox have seen former mates Alan Embree and Keith Foulke shut them down already in this one.

Boston will need to score in their final at bat or their woes on opening day will continue. They've lost six of their last seven openers.

Yes, "Sweet Caroline" is playing at the Tokyo Dome!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Don't forget!

“Cure Kids Cancer” Radiothon on March 27 - 29, 2008
kids battling cancer, child survivors and their families will fill the airwaves with stories of love, sadness, gratitude and hope for Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s fourth “Cure Kids Cancer” radiothon. The radiothon is presented in partnership with Citadel Broadcasting Providence, the Cure Kids Cancer Coalition and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Please consider supporting the children. No donation is too small.


Yes, I am biased here as my wife Laura runs this radiothon for Citadel Broadcasting and I've been part of the Score broadcasting the past three years. This year, I will help out as a volunteer. Anything you can do to help support the cause would be appreciated. I'll be posting more info throughout the week.

Thanks!

Sweet 16

The matchups are set for the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament:

Thursday's games:
7:10 PM West Virginia vs. Xavier
7:27 PM Washington State vs. North Carolina
9:40 PM Western Kentucky vs. UCLA
9:57 PM Louisville vs. Tennessee

Friday's games:

7:10 PM Davidson vs. Wisconsin
7:27 PM Stanford vs. Texas
9:40 PM Villanova vs. Kansas
9:57 PM Michigan State vs. Memphis

Red Sox news this morning has Josh Beckett going to the DL (he'll be ready for Toronto) while Tim Wakefield, Sean Casey and Mike Timlin will be inactive for the A's series in Japan.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Always looking

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick always looking for his next tight end. Priceless.



Happy Easter

Happy Easter to all!

NCAA Tournament for today:
12:10 p.m. -- Tampa I -- Siena vs. Villanova
2:15 p.m. -- Little Rock I -- Miami vs. Texas
2:30 p.m. -- Birmingham I -- Tennessee vs. Butler
2:50 p.m. -- Raleigh I -- Davidson vs. Georgetown
after conc. I -- Tampa II -- Western Kentucky vs. San Diego
after conc. I -- Little Rock II -- Memphis vs. Mississippi State
after conc. I -- Birmingham II -- Oklahoma vs. Louisville
after conc. I -- Raleigh II -- North Carolina vs. Arkansas

In Japan, the Red Sox are up 4-2 on the Yomiuri Giants after a JD Drew grand slam. Keep updated on the Boston Globe's Extra Bases Site.

Just a short update for now, but more later.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Saturday morning

Thank you UConn for being my first bracket-bust of the year! Ouch!!! It would've been great to be in Tampa to see two 12 seeds and two 13 seeds advance all in one day.

So, it's on to the round of 32 starting today. Here's your rundown...
2:10 p.m. -- Washington D.C. I -- West Virginia vs. Duke (WPRI-TV)
4:20 p.m. -- Omaha I --Kansas St. vs. Wisconsin (WPRI-TV)
after conc. I -- Washington D.C. II -- Xavier vs. Purdue
6:40 p.m. -- Denver I -- Washington St. vs. Notre Dame (WPRI-TV)
6:45 p.m. -- Anaheim I -- Stanford vs. Marquette
after conc. I -- Omaha II -- Kansas vs. UNLV
after conc. I -- Denver II -- Pittsburgh vs. Michigan State (WPRI-TV)
after conc. I -- Anaheim II -- UCLA vs. Texas A&M

For a complete rundown, check out WPRI-TV's site for what games on are which station.

In Japan, the Red Sox have won their first exhibition game against Hanshin this morning, 6-5. David Ortiz and JD Drew with home runs. Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe has the complete rundown.

Bruins in Montreal tonight desperately in need of a win and two points. The B's find themselves in 8th place this morning with 82 points, 1 ahead of the Capitals and two ahead of Buffalo. For those of you looking ahead, the Bruins and Sabres face-off in the final regular season game in April.

Back with more later....

Friday, March 21, 2008

5-12!

The tournament is now official with a 5-12 upset as Western Kentucky KO's Drake in OT 101-99 as Ty Rogers nails the three-ball at the buzzer for the win.

If you want to hear from the lovely Tina Cervasio, check out David Scott's Scott's Shots with a quickie interview.

Tina, btw, is currently winning the Sports Babes contest.

Friday morning

Well, day one of the NCAA Tournament is in the books. 15 of 16 right for yours truly. Yeah, I drank the OJ and picked Mayo and USC over Kansas State, but here's to going perfect (yeah, right!) on Friday.

Here's the lineup locally for TV as both WPRI-TV and WBZ-TV are airing the same games:
12pm Davidson vs. Gonzaga
2:30pm San Diego State vs. UConn
7pm Mt.St.Mary's vs. North Carolina
9:30pm Villanova vs. Clemson

Don't forget, you can see all the other games on 12-2, 12-3 and 64-2 if you have over the air HD signals available. I've got Davidson over Gonzaga in the opener.

Here's the complete list of games around the country:
(15) American (21-11) vs (2) Tennessee (29-4) 12:15 PM East (Birmingham): Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery
(7) Gonzaga (26-6) vs (10) Davidson (25-7) 12:25 PM Midwest (Raleigh): Jim Nantz and Billy Packer
(10) St. Mary's (CA) (25-6) vs (7) Miami (FL) (22-10) 12:30 PM South (Little Rock): Ian Eagle and Jim Spanarkel
(12) Western Kentucky (27-6) vs (5) Drake (28-4) 12:30 PM West (Tampa): Tim Brando and Mike Gminski
(10) South Alabama (26-6) vs (7) Butler (29-3) 2:45 PM East (Birmingham): Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery
(15) UMBC (24-8) vs (2) Georgetown (27-5) 2:55 PM Midwest (Raleigh): Jim Nantz and Billy Packer
(13) San Diego (21-13) vs (4) UConn (24-8) 3:00 PM West (Tampa): Tim Brando and Mike Gminski
(15) Austin Peay (24-10) vs (2) Texas (28-6) 3:05 PM South (Little Rock): Ian Eagle and Jim Spanarkel
(16) Mt.St.Mary's vs (1) North Carolina (32-2) 7:10 PM East (Raleigh): Jim Nantz and Billy Packer
(11) St. Joseph's (21-12) vs (6) Oklahoma (22-11) 7:10 PM East (Birmingham): Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery
(13) Siena (22-10) vs (4) Vanderbilt (26-7) 7:20 PM Midwest (Tampa): Tim Brando and Mike Gminski
(9) Oregon (18-13) vs (8) Mississippi State (22-10) 7:25 PM South (Little Rock): Ian Eagle and Jim Spanarkel
(9) Arkansas (22-11) vs (8) Indiana (25-7) 9:50 PM East (Raleigh): Jim Nantz and Billy Packer
(14) Boise State (25-8) vs (3) Louisville (24-8) 9:50 PM East (Birmingham): Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery
(12) Villanova (20-12) vs (5) Clemson (24-9) 9:50 PM Midwest (Tampa): Tim Brando and Mike Gminski
(16) UT Arlington (21-11) vs (1) Memphis (33-1) 9:55 PM South (Little Rock): Ian Eagle and Jim Spanarkel

Just in case you were wondering, both John McCain and Barack Obama have UNC winning the whole thing in their brackets. Predictably, Hillary Clinton didn't fill one out for fear of favoring one voter over another. Please!

How about those Celtics! So much for that much balleyhooed Texas Three-Step. 1-2-3 and it's a sweep after last night's 94-90 victory over the Mavs. The Big 3 lead the way with 20+ a piece. Is there any doubt that this team is the best in the league right now!

Meanwhile, tougher times for the Bruins, 4-2 losers to the Canadiens. What's even worse is that the B's and Habs face off again in Montreal in the back-end of the home-and-home series. The B's now are in 7th with 83 points, one ahead of Philly, two ahead of Buffalo and three in front of Washington. This one's going down to the wire Bruins fans. Strike up the Nutty because the B's surely need it!

The Red Sox are in Japan! Check out Sean McAdam's trip entry as the Sox gear up for Tuesday's opener with the A's.

Don't forget to vote in today's poll with the first of our Sexiest Sports Babes contests.

Back with more later! Keep those comments and emails coming!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Thursday afternoon udpate

A couple of notes to pass along, Newsday's Neil Best has the official signing of Tina Cervasio to the MSG Network.

The Bruins have extended their agreement with Providence through 2015-2016.

Gus Johnson is still the man on the NCAA Tournament! No one gets more into than Gus! Speaking of the tournament, the Bulldogs of Georgia continue to be Cinderella, up 11 on Xavier in the 2nd half, 37-26.

And yes, the Red Sox have touched down in Japan!

Let the Dancing Begin

It's NCAA Tournament Thursday and time to put your dancing shoes on. For those of you who don't have HD or access to all the games through DirecTV or online, here's your rundown of games for today locally:

WPRI-TV in Providence
12pm Michigan State vs. Temple
2:30pm Kentucky vs. Marquette
7pm Duke vs. Belmont
9:30pm Notre Dame vs. George Mason

WBZ-TV in Boston
12pm Xavier vs. Georgia
2:30pm Kentucky vs. Marquette
7pm USC vs. Kansas State
9:30pm Notre Dame vs. George Mason

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Hump Day Afternoon

The Red Sox and Blue Jays are now playing down in Ft.Myers, so a compromise on the Japan trip must have been agreed upon. Dice-K gets a start in the minor league games as David Aardsma faces the Jays.

If you're trying to get a jump on your weekend, here are you TV times for the NCAA Tournament, courtesy of CBS Sports:

Saturday, March 22 (1-10 p.m., ET)
Tip (ET) -- Site -- Game

2:10 p.m. -- Washington D.C. I -- West Virginia/Arizona vs. Duke/Belmont
4:20 p.m. -- Omaha I -- USC/Kansas St. vs. Wisconsin/Cal St. Fullerton
after conc. I -- Washington D.C. II -- Xavier/Georgia vs. Purdue/Baylor
6:40 p.m. -- Denver I -- Washington St./Winthrop vs. Notre Dame/George Mason
6:45 p.m. -- Anaheim I -- Stanford/Cornell vs. Marquette/Kentucky
after conc. I -- Omaha II -- Kansas/Portland State vs. UNLV/Kent State
after conc. I -- Denver II -- Pittsburgh/Oral Roberts vs. Michigan State/Temple
after conc. I -- Anaheim II -- UCLA/Mississippi Valley vs. Brigham Young/Texas A&M

Sunday, March 23 (noon-7 p.m., ET)
Tip (ET) -- Site -- Game
12:10 p.m. -- Tampa I -- Vanderbilt/Siena vs. Clemson/Villanova
2:15 p.m. -- Little Rock I -- Miami/St. Mary's vs. Texas/Austin Peay
2:30 p.m. -- Birmingham I -- Tennessee/American vs. Butler/South Alabama
2:50 p.m. -- Raleigh I -- Gonzaga/Davidson vs. Georgetown/UMBC
after conc. I -- Tampa II -- Drake/Western Kentucky vs. Connecticut/San Diego
after conc. I -- Little Rock II -- Memphis/Texas-Arlington vs. Mississippi St./Oregon
after conc. I -- Birmingham II -- Oklahoma/St. Joseph's vs. Louisville/Boise State
after conc. I -- Raleigh II -- North Carolina/Mt. St. Mary's vs. Indiana/Arkansas

Boycott possible

Kudos to Jackie MacMullan and the folks at the Boston Globe on the Red Sox boycott story. The update is that the team has voted unanimously to not play today's game vs. Toronto or board a plane later today to Japan if the entire staff is not paid for the trip.

''When we voted to go to Japan, that was not a unanimous vote,'' said Mike Lowell, "but we did what our team wanted us to do for Major League Baseball. They promised us the moon and the stars, and then when we committed, they started pulling back. It's not just the coaches, it's the staff, the trainers, a lot of people are affected by this.

Read more on the Extra Bases Site.

Sox update

Update from Ft.Myers:

Rob Bradford of the Boston Herald reports the Sox are holding a players-only meeting this morning to discuss a possible boycott of the Japan trip if the coaches aren't paid $40,000 per coach.

Wednesday - it's over

Easy come, easy go. It's one and done for both Brown and URI in post-season play. The Bears suffer an 82-74 loss in round one of the CBI Tournament while the Rams squander a 12-point lead in the final 3+ minutes to lose at Creighton, 74-73. Next up for Craig Robinson: an interview with PC Athletic Director Bob Driscoll about his head coaching vacancy.

So, the Red Sox, A's and Major League Baseball won't pay the coaches of both staffs to go to Japan, huh? It's a cheap move that will hopefully get worked out today. If not, I would stay home if I'm Brad Mills, John Farrell or anyone else on the staff. If Terry Francona and all the players get an EXTRA $40,000 per person, then the coaches should get the same! Get it done, Bud Selig.

The NCAA Tournament opened for business last night with the play-in game between Coppin State and Mt.St.Mary's. Most people hardly noticed. What to really kick the play-in game in gear? Make it a real tournament day, take 8 teams and yes, make them all at-large teams and make them play for the final four spots in the 64-team field. People will notice if it's a full day of Kansas State vs. Georgia, Arizona vs. Temple and the likes instead of dissing conference champions of small schools. Let's do it right people and start the tournament off with a bang instead of a whisper in the wind.

What else can you say about the last 24 hours in Celtics Nation? First, you come from 20 back to top the Defending Champion Spurs, then last night, in front on a national TV audience, you whoop the Rockets, fresh off winning 22-straight. How about Leon Powe leading the way early with 13 first half points! Sam Cassell continues to provide stability and leadership and the big guns (minus an ailing Ray Allen) step up big! Next up: Dallas on TNT Thursday night.

I'll be back with more later, I hope!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Tuesday update

Wow! What an unbelievable game for the Celtics last night San Antonio. Go ahead, raise your hand if you left the game with the C's down 20 and went to go watch WWE's Raw. I know I did, only to come back in the fourth quarter with the Celts on the comeback trail. Sam Cassell's three with 47-seconds left put Boston on top for good and the C's top the Spurs, 93-91. Doesn't it seem like we're on track for one of those special seasons? Well, more moments come tonight as it's on to Houston and a nationally televised tilt with the Rockets. The game's on TNT at 9:30pm, yes it's been moved as the team with the best record takes on the hottest team in the league, complete with their 22-game winning streak. Must see TV!

On the college hoops front, it's CBI first round action with Brown taking on Ohio at 6:45pm on AM 790 and Brown's website while in NIT play, it's URI traveling to Creighton at 10pm on 920 WHJJ, ESPNU and Rhody's website.

Meanwhile in Dayton, Coppin State and Mt.St.Mary's tangle in the play-in game of the NCAA Tournament with the winner going on to face North Carolina on Friday.

Speaking of the NCAA Tournament, here are your announcers for the games, courtesy of CBS Sports and Awful Announcing:

Thursday Games:
(12) Temple (21-12) vs (5) Michigan State (25-8) 12:20 PM South (Denver): Gus Johnson and Len Elmore
(14) Georgia (17-16) vs (3) Xavier (27-6) 12:20 PM West (Washington, DC): Craig Bolerjack and Bob Wenzel
(16) Portland State (23-9) vs (1) Kansas (31-3) 12:25 PM Midwest (Omaha): Kevin Harlan and Dan Bonner
(11) Kentucky (18-12) vs (6) Marquette (24-9) 2:30 PM South (Anaheim): Dick Enberg/Carter Blackburn and Jay Bilas
(11) Baylor (21-10) vs (6) Purdue (24-8) 2:50 PM West (Washington, DC): Craig Bolerjack and Bob Wenzel
(9) Kent State (28-6) vs (8) UNLV (26-7) 2:55 PM Midwest (Omaha): Kevin Harlan and Dan Bonner
(13) Oral Roberts (24-8) vs (4) Pittsburgh (26-9) 3:00 PM South (Denver): Gus Johnson and Len Elmore
(14) Cornell (22-5) vs (3) Stanford (26-7) 4:55 PM South (Anaheim): Dick Enberg/Carter Blackburn and Jay Bilas
(11) Kansas State (20-11) vs (6) USC (21-11) 7:10 PM Midwest (Omaha): Kevin Harlan and Dan Bonner
(15) Belmont (25-8) vs (2) Duke (27-5) 7:10 PM West (Washington, DC): Craig Bolerjack and Bob Wenzel
(13) Winthrop (22-11) vs (4) Washington State (24-8) 7:20 PM East (Denver): Gus Johnson and Len Elmore
(9) Texas A&M (24-10) vs (8) BYU (27-7) 7:25 PM West (Anaheim): Dick Enberg/Carter Blackburn and Jay Bilas
(14) Cal State Fullerton (24-8) vs (3) Wisconsin (29-4) 9:40 PM Midwest (Omaha): Kevin Harlan and Dan Bonner
(12) George Mason (23-10) vs (5) Notre Dame (24-7) 9:50 PM East (Denver): Gus Johnson and Len Elmore
(16) Mississippi Valley State (17-15) vs (1) UCLA (31-3) 9:50 PM West (Anaheim): Dick Enberg/Carter Blackburn and Jay Bilas
(10) Arizona (19-14) vs (7) West Virginia (24-10) 9:50 PM West (Washington, DC): Craig Bolerjack and Bob Wenzel

Friday Games:
(15) American (21-11) vs (2) Tennessee (29-4) 12:15 PM East (Birmingham): Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery
(7) Gonzaga (26-6) vs (10) Davidson nzaga (25-7) 12:25 PM Midwest (Raleigh): Jim Nantz and Billy Packer
(10) St. Mary's (CA) (25-6) vs (7) Miami (FL) (22-10) 12:30 PM South (Little Rock): Ian Eagle and Jim Spanarkel
(12) Western Kentucky (27-6) vs (5) Drake (28-4) 12:30 PM West (Tampa): Tim Brando and Mike Gminski
(10) South Alabama (26-6) vs (7) Butler (29-3) 2:45 PM East (Birmingham): Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery
(15) UMBC (24-8) vs (2) Georgetown (27-5) 2:55 PM Midwest (Raleigh): Jim Nantz and Billy Packer
(13) San Diego (21-13) vs (4) UConn (24-8) 3:00 PM West (Tampa): Tim Brando and Mike Gminski
(15) Austin Peay (24-10) vs (2) Texas (28-6) 5:00 PM South (Little Rock): Ian Eagle and Jim Spanarkel
(16) Play-In Winner (TBD) vs (1) North Carolina (32-2) 7:10 PM East (Raleigh): Jim Nantz and Billy Packer
(11) St. Joseph's (21-12) vs (6) Oklahoma (22-11) 7:10 PM East (Birmingham): Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery
(13) Siena (22-10) vs (4) Vanderbilt (26-7) 7:20 PM Midwest (Tampa): Tim Brando and Mike Gminski
(9) Oregon (18-13) vs (8) Mississippi State (22-10) 7:25 PM South (Little Rock): Ian Eagle and Jim Spanarkel
(9) Arkansas (22-11) vs (8) Indiana (25-7) 9:50 PM East (Raleigh): Jim Nantz and Billy Packer
(14) Boise State (25-8) vs (3) Louisville (24-8) 9:50 PM East (Birmingham): Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery
(12) Villanova (20-12) vs (5) Clemson (24-9) 9:50 PM Midwest (Tampa): Tim Brando and Mike Gminski
(16) UT Arlington (21-11) vs (1) Memphis (33-1) 9:55 PM South (Little Rock): Ian Eagle and Jim Spanarkel

If you have over the air HD, then you should already notice that locally, WPRI-TV has put up 12-2, 12-3 and 64-2 to supplement it's 12-1 HD coverage so you can get all the NCAA Tournament games in HD.

Here's the soundtrack of the day, courtesy of Taylor Swift.




I'll be back with more later, if possible. I'll be paiting Little Miss Abbie's playroom today.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Brown on radio

Update:

You can hear the Brown/Ohio CBI 1st round match-up live on AM 790 Tuesday with Scott Cordischi and Russ Tyler starting at 6:45pm. You can also hear it online at www.brownbears.com

Brown at Ohio

The game time for Brown's CBI first round game at Ohio Tuesday has been announced for a 7pm start. Check out the full CBI bracket here.

For more on the NIT bracket, involving URI, click here.

Selection Monday

Congrats to both URI and Brown for getting into postseason play. Rhody will play at Creighton Tuesday in NIT play at 10:05pm. The game will be televised on ESPNU. As for Brown, they'll head to Ohio to play former Rams assistant Tim O'Shea. Game time has yet to be determined.

As for the NCAA Tournament, here's a complete rundown for the game times:

Thursday
12:20 PM EST
Georgia(17-16) vs. Xavier(27-6)
12:25 PM EST
Portland State(23-9) vs. Kansas(31-3)
12:30 PM EST
Temple(21-12) vs. Michigan State(25-8)
2:30 PM EST
Kentucky(18-12) vs. Marquette(24-9)
2:50 PM EST
Baylor(21-10) vs. Purdue(24-8)
2:55 PM EST
Kent State(28-6) vs. UNLV(26-7)
3:00 PM EST
Oral Roberts(24-8) vs. Pittsburgh(26-9)
5:00 PM EST
Cornell(22-5) vs. Stanford(26-7)
7:10 PM EST
Belmont(25-8) vs. Duke(27-5)
7:10 PM EST
Kansas State(20-11) vs. USC(21-11)
7:20 PM EST
Winthrop(22-11) vs. Washington State(24-8)
7:25 PM EST
Texas A&M(24-10) vs. Brigham Young(27-7)
9:40 PM EST
Arizona(19-14) vs. West Virginia(24-10)
9:40 PM EST
Cal State Fullerton(24-8) vs. Wisconsin(29-4)
9:50 PM EST
George Mason(23-10) vs. Notre Dame(24-7)
9:55 PM EST
Mississippi Valley State(17-15) vs UCLA(31-3)

Friday
12:15 PM EST
American University(21-11) vs. Tennessee(29-4)
12:25 PM EST
(23) Davidson(26-6) vs. Gonzaga(25-7)
12:30 PM EST
Western Kentucky(27-6) vs. Drake(28-4)
12:30 PM EST
Saint Mary's(25-6) vs. Miami (FL)(22-10)
2:45 PM EST
South Alabama(26-6) vs. Butler(29-3)
2:55 PM EST
Maryland-Baltimore County(24-8) vs. Georgetown(27-5)
3:00 PM EST
San Diego(21-13) vs. Connecticut(24-8)
3:00 PM EST
Austin Peay(24-10) vs. Texas(28-6)
7:10 PM EST
St. Joseph's (PA)(21-12) vs. Oklahoma(22-11)
7:20 PM EST
Siena(22-10) vs. Vanderbilt(26-7)
7:25 PM EST
Oregon(18-13) vs. Mississippi State(22-10)
9:40 PM EST
Arkansas(22-11) vs. Indiana(25-7)
9:40 PM EST
Boise State(25-8) vs. Louisville(24-8)
9:50 PM EST
Villanova(20-12) vs. Clemson(24-9)
9:55 PM EST
Texas-Arlington(21-11) vs. Memphis(33-1)

Don't forget to check out Abbie's new website. Click here to check it out!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

NCAA Tournament

The 2008 NCAA Tournament is set. Here's the field of 65. Time now to make out your sheets of integrity. I'll break it down as we move along through the week.

First observations...I would've like to see Dayton and Arizona State in the field, but let's be honest, the majors got 28 of the 34 at-large bids already. I shed no tears for Illinois State, who lost by 30 in the tournament final, 79-49 to Drake.

On the emotional side, I'll continue to root for Georgia as they handled adversity, mother nature and the rest of the SEC to make the tourney. Great story!

Best individual match-up in the first round: USC vs. Kansas State with O.J. Mayo taking on Michael Beasley.

I like UConn in the West Regional (via Tampa). My upset after a first-look: #11 St.Joe's over #6 Oklahoma.

Don't forget if you've got over-the-air HD, you can get all the tourney games on 12-1, 12-2, 12-3 and 64-2.

More on Monday.


Selection Sunday

It's Selection Sunday and yes, a weird one for me as it's the first one in over a decade that I don't have to plan for the outcome of what comes to us at 6pm per the NCAA Tournament Committee. It's also a weird one over at Providence College since it's the first Selection Sunday in over a decade that they do not have a head coach. Tim Welsh is out after 10 years as Friars head coach. Plain and simple, there just wasn't enough post-season success for PC in Tim's tenure. Coaches on the horizon could be Craig Robinson, Jim Larranaga, Jim O'Brien, Tim O'Shea and Anthony Grant, among others. Athletic Director Bob Driscoll is a one-man search committee who hopes to get the job filled quickly, but will use the NCAA Tournament to seek out the next head coach to lead the Friars into the future.

Over at URI and Brown, it looks like the CBI, the new College Basketball Invitational is the only hope as the many upsets over the past few days of conference tournaments have filled up the NIT nicely. The one quirk to look out for is that the CBI says they will not wait until the NIT is announced at 9pm to start grabbing their teams. But, let's be honest, what tournament would you rather be playing in? Heck, I don't even get the Fox College Sports channel on DirectTV. FCS is the TV home for the CBI.

We'll post the tournament later tonight.

Josh Beckett won't pitch in Japan. Good move by the Sox considering Beckett's bad back and the 34-hour plane ride back and forth. It'll be Dice-K (congrats on the birth of your daughter!) and Jon Lester going against the A's on March 25th and 26th. Get up early to watch them on NESN and ESPN 2 as first pitch is scheduled to be at 6:07am, EST.

Speaking of the Sox, kudos to Dale Arnold. I got a chance to listen to Dale for the first time on Saturday's Sox/Reds game with Joe Castiglione. A very nice flow and conversation, I must say which is in sharp contrast to others I've heard with Castiglione and Jon Rich (who will get better), Jon Meterperel and Glenn Geffner, who's now with the Marlins.

Huge two points by the Bruins Saturday against the Flyers. Aaron Ward gets the game-winner with a blast from the point just moments after a Tim Thomas stoning to keep the game tied at 2 in the overtime. Today, the B's take on the Capitals and wouldn't another two points put a smile and a breath of fresh air into Bruins' fans.

I have to share this video I saw on Perez Hilton's website last night. It makes you laugh, grimace, applaud and just wonder how. Check it out...



On tap on TV today:
12pm NHL: Flyers vs. Penguins (NBC)
1pm NBA: Hornets vs. Pistons (ABC)
1pm CBB: ACC Tournament Final: North Carolina vs. Clemson (ESPN)
1pm CBB: Southland Tournament Final: Northwestern State vs. Texas-Arlington (ESPN 2)
1pm NASCAR: Food City 500 (FOX)
3pm NHL: Bruins vs. Capitals (NESN)
3pm CBB: Big 12 Tournament Final: Texas vs. Kansas (ESPN)
3:30pm CBB: Big 10 Tournament Final: Wisconsin vs. Illinois (CBS)
3:30pm SEC Tournament Final: Georgia vs. Arkansas (ESPN 2)
6pm CBB: Selection Sunday Special (CBS)
6pm MLB: Red Sox vs. Pirates (NESN - tape delayed)
7pm CBB: Bracketology: NCAA Tournament Special (ESPN)
8pm "Big Brother - till death to us part" (CBS)
9pm "The L Word" (Showtime)
10pm "Dexter" (CBS)

Our soundtrack for the day comes from last year's NCAA Tournament's "One Shining Moment," courtesy of CBS Sports.



Don't forget, we launch Miss Abigail's new website on Monday. Stay tuned for more updates later.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Bubble Bursts...

Well, just as I had my own burst earlier in the week, the bubble for Providence College and the University of Rhode Island has officially burst. That comes with ousters in both their conference tournaments on Wednesday as PC loses to West Virginia in the Big East First Round and URI gets hosed by the refs in the final 8 seconds on two foul calls (and a non-call) in losing to Charlotte 75-73. URI will now head to the NIT while PC will think about accepting a bid to the new CBI tournament.


The Celtics cruise all over the Sonics at the Garden. 111-82 is your final as a 15-point 2nd quarter lead blasts into a 30-point third quarter advantage and it's cruise control from there.


It looks more and more like Josh Beckett won't make the trip to Japan. It's a smart move by the Red Sox. Think about the big picture and the season in total instead of a drummed up, pr stunt to grab some short-term pub by going to Tokyo to play two games. It will take you roughly 34 hours in travel to play 8 hours of baseball. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. Exhibitions yes. Regular season games, no! Today also marks the day the Sox brass sit down with Coco Crisp to see if he's fit to start the season.


Speaking of baseball, Billy Crystal plays for the Yankees today against the Pirates. Maybe he too get can physical just like the Yanks and Rays did on Wednesday. You just got to love a good Grapefruit League free-for-all.


In case you missed it, here's the reason why the Governor of New York will no longer be the Gov come Monday...






Well, we were scheduled to start a SportsBabes March Madness Tournament on the Beat on Monday, but since that's out the window, I think I might start it here. If you have any thoughts or suggestions on this one (or just want to see hot sports babes!), email me here.

Speaking of the aforementioned radio station, it's been a few days now since the Score has been dismissed from its on-air life and yes, it's funny how things get spinned in the aftermath. I leave it at this: to each his own.


Don't forget to vote on today's poll regarding Tim Welsh.


More later if needed...

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Thanks

Thanks to everyone who's reached out over the past 24 hours. We really appreciate it. I'll continue to post as we move onto whatever the future holds for us. As for right now, I'm going to forego the links of the mornings in favor of the soundtrack of the day from Green Day....



Ciao!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Off the air

October 20, 1997 - March 10, 2008.

That will go down as the duration of the Score in Providence. Unfortunately, today marks the end of the run as Sportsradio the Score's live and local sportalk format. Why are we gone? In the end, it's simple: not enough money. It's typical of today's radio industry. Now, as to why we ever got to that point, we could spend hours upon end dissecting that one and we'd still probably not come to a true end point.

It's truly a sad day as the local end of sportstalk in Rhode Island has come to an end. What you hear on the radio will no longer be the same. There will be no more talk of Providence College, URI, Brown, the Pawsox, P-Bruins, the Peter Manfredo JR's, the Lincoln Little League and all the nuances of this quirky little state. To all our state teams and organizations, you sure make my job easier and for that, I thank you!

Sure, can you still get some sportstalk in various forms from elsewhere on the radio dial and satellite, but it all comes at a price. It's your voice. We at the Score knew that your voice mattered. I'm not sure the other guys think that the listeners are much more than foil.

For me, I can't say that I'm completely shocked by all this. Citadel, our parent company, has been making cuts across the country and we've always been on the front end of the rumormill. It's just a sad end when nine people lose their job and the reason they do has nothing to do with job performance. It's not to assess blame, it just a fact of reality.

I'm not at all bitter, just bittersweet. For the past 10 years, the Score has always been about outhustling the competition with a smaller staff, less resources and in a smaller market. And IMHO, our product has always been top notch. At the end of the day, to each his own.

It's for that reason I will miss Rhode Island's only, until today at 12pm, sportstalk radio station. The people made the Score what it was. From our bosses to the hosts and producers right down to the very last caller each and every day, they made it worth walking through the door everyday.

So, it's with that I thank Ron St.Pierre for bringing in me that very first week. Without that, I could never have had the chance to have as much fun as I did the past 10 years. It was 10 years in which I met my wife Laura (yes at work) and saw the birth of our daughter, Abigail. Both occasions were ones in which we fondly shared with our loyal Score listeners, including a very special "toast" from Don King before our wedding.

I thank all of our hosts Scott Cordischi, Andy Gresh, John "Coach" Colletto, Scott Zolak, Bryan Morry, Jess Atkinson, John Rooke, Steve Hyder, Kevin Winter and Amy Lawrence. They taught me more than you can ever know. Behind the scenes, "Sun Chips," Jim Louth, Tony Cornetta, John "Buddylove" Andrade, Brett Ferruccio, Jackie Dillard, Greg Desrocher, Ryan Riel, Ross Goodwin, Joe "6-pack" Mulvey, Chris "Fat Chris" Dusel, Mark Cannizzaro, Mark Fortney, Bob McDonald, Tracy Mills, Brian Deignan, Scott Cook, Greg Anderson, Jeff Durand, Dave Gardiner, Mike Campagna and so many others made sure that everything was exactly where it needed to be on any given night.

Promotionally, it was Jeff McBride, Jodi Johnson, Chris Gardiner , Patrick McCue, Jason "Slappy" Martins, Kristen Chudy, Sarah Milewski, Traci Harris and Patrick Austin who kept us going.

And on the sales side, Randy Scott, Phillip Norton, Jesse Shibley, Mike Reiss, Joe Lembo, Deb Thomas, Paula Miller, Mark Brunero, Craig Burkhardt, Steve Perry, Jen Nemirow, Nicole Walker, Jim Berman, Chris Harkness, Chris Lobono, Nancy Rakovan, Brett Fish, Rochelle Richard and Lisa D'Angelo and countless others sealed the deal. Plus, how could we not thank Duffy Egan, Dave Farrar, Gabe Cerezo, Kevin Leamey and Bob Boisvert who kept us on the air.

But, in the end, it's you, the Score listener that we thank the most. Without you, the Score would've been off the air a long time ago. It's for Mikey in Warren and Joel in Worcester, Joe the Milkman and Anthony in Charlestown, Mike in the Car and Craig from Warwick, Nancy from North Providence and Jamie in Barrington, Monty in the truck and Danny in Quincy, Steve in Fall River and Lee in Bristol, Ronnie in the Car and Vinny in Coventry, Bagwell Steve and the Mad Emailer. Unfortunately, for all of our listeners, there is not another segment to take your call.

To all our friends we've made on the air and off, through email and out and about the state, you mean more than can know. So, no, this is not a good-bye, just a good-bye on the air. It's been a long, strange road to get to a day of silence.

Where to next, stay tuned!

Back to work

It's Monday and back to work for most of us. It should be a great week as it's Championship Week in college basketball and yes, PC and URI are both playing. The Friars get in thanks to DePaul's loss at Pitt Sunday. PC will play West Virginia Wednesday at 2pm in the 5-12 game with the winner advancing to play UConn in the quarterfinals on Thursday. As for the Rams, they get another shot at Charlotte on Wednesday, a team URI just lost to Saturday at the Ryan Center. The Rams will have to hit more than the 3 three-pointers they made in the regular season finale loss.

Here's the latest on the Bubble for the NCAA Tournament.

In NFL news, the league and Matt Walsh are closer to getting a deal that will put an ultimate end to spygate, that according to the Boston Globe. If Walsh has a tape of the Rams walkthrough before Super Bowl XXXVI, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should suspend Bill Belichick one year as he told Belichick he would last September if he found any further evidence of bad behavior. To me, it matters little if Walsh was acting on anyone's orders or not. If there's evidence the organization cheated again, then the commish will feel he's been lied to and that's not a good thing. Just ask PacMan Jones or Michael Vick. If you tell the truth, you get on the commish's good side. Just ask Jared Allen, who had his sentence reduced for being forthwith and honest. If you want to know more about Walsh, read Bob Hohler's piece in today's Globe. And speaking of Walsh, if he's bluffing and has nothing, he should be villified and shown for the liar he truly would be in this matter.

The Red Sox are now facing an opening day without Josh Beckett. Now, I don't want to sound the panic alarm as it's March, but as one who's had back surgery and lingers with the pain of it everyday, any back issue is something to pay attention to, especially with your ace. I agree with what Red Sox manager Terry Francona is saying: be precautious and if you have any doubts, leave Beckett off that 14-hour flight to Tokyo. Let him pitch back in the states if there are any concerns.

On tap on TV tonight:
7pm NBA: Celtics vs. 76ers (Comcast New England)
7pm CBB: CAA Tournament Final: George Mason vs. William & Mary (ESPN)
7pm CBB: Metro Atlantic Tournament Final: Rider vs. Siena (ESPN 2)
7pm NHL: NY Rangers vs. Buffalo (Versus)
8pm WWE Raw - (USA - three hour special)
9pm CBB: West Coast Conference Tournament (ESPN)
9pm CBB: Southern Conference Tournament Final: Elon vs. Davison (ESPN 2)
9pm "Jon & Kate + 8 (TLC)
11pm AFL: Los Angeles vs. Arizona (ESPN 2)

More coming up later today...

Friday, March 07, 2008

Finally Friday

It's finally Friday and time to hit the weekend running.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wants to make sure there's no Spygate III. The Washington Post reports today that Goodell wants unannounced checks of locker rooms, press boxes and in-game communication systems and a lower threshold for punishment. Good for Goodell. Make integrity issue one and you'll get past that disastrous decision to eliminate the tapes for Spygate I which was just a horrible choice by the Commish.

Jonathan Papelbon gets his raise and will get paid $775,000 for the upcoming season. It's great the Red Sox are being nice and given the kid the raise, which he did deserve a raise from his $425,000, but I still would've smacked him a little by trying to negotiate in the media. I hate when anyone negotiates a contract in the media. It's not necessary and if I was ever an owner (a pipedream I know!), I would surely toe the line that if you spout off about your contract, it will hurt you in negotiations. Do it the right way, out of the media and fans view.

Another lackluster effort by the Bruins last night as the B's get routed by the Maple Leafs, 8-2. Tim Thomas continues to struggle in net. So, the Bruins remain at 77 points and are in desperate need of a quality 60-minutes at this point. The B's are in 7th place, one point ahead of Philly and three up on Buffalo.

Great win by PC last night at the Dunk over 13th ranked UConn, 85-76. Now, a win over Villanova on Saturday gets them a ticket to NY and the Big East Tournament next week. Weyinmi Efejuku and Jeff Xavier lead the way for the Friars with 25 and 21 points respectively.

Have you seen the Playboy cover with Maria from the WWE? Check it out on the Sportsbeat Babes section!

Clemens update: now the IRS is involved to see about his involvement in buying steroids. Getting the IRS involved in your mess is never a good thing!

Congratulations to Suzy Kolber on the birth of her daughter, Kellyn. Speaking of Suzy, she'll be one of the lucky 32 involved in the Beat's upcoming Sexy Sportsbabes Contest that starts March 16th. Keep checking the website for more details.

On tap tonight on TV:
7pm CBB: Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Semi-finals (ESPNU)
8pm NBA: Celtics vs. Bulls (Comcast Sports New England/ESPN)
8pm "Amnesia" (NBC)
12am "Big Brother After Dark" (Showtime 2)

Coming up on the Sportsbeat today at 3pm:
We're live from Harvard for tonight's Brown vs. Harvard game (6:45pm on the Score)
3:45pm Tom Mezzanotte from the RI Interscholastic League
College Basketball's final weekend of the regular season
The Ethics of Sports

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Thursday tidbits

Not much time this morning as we celebrate Abbie's 10-month birthday!!! But here's a few to chew on...

* - Electric. Intense. Playoff atmosphere. That's what it was like for the Celtics and Pistons last night as the C's top the Motor City Kitties 90-78 at the Garden. Boston clinches a spot in the playoffs with the win and the victory goes a long way towards clinching the top spot in the East. For the second straight time against the Pistons, Glen Davis impresses, Kendrick Perkins pulls down 20 boards, Kevin Garnett rips it up for 31 points and Rajean Rondo drives his way down the stretch as the Celts take the season series, 2-1. The lead over Detroit is now at four games. Next up - Chicago Friday night.

* - Speaking of the NBA, wouldn't David Stern just absolutely lick his chops at a Celtics/Lakers NBA Finals? Must see TV if it happens.

* - Looks like Tom Brady and Gisele are putting their love on full display.

* - Brett Favre addresses the media today at 12pm for the first time since word of his retirement on Tuesday. We'll have a full recap this afternoon on the Beat at 3pm. It's good to see that Aaron Rodgers feels he's ready to take over.

* - Hey, at least Roger Clemens has one Democrat on his side. Representative Anthony Weiner of New York wants Congress and the FBI to let go of the persecution of the Rocket. Somehow, I don't see that one happening.

* - Christian wins Project Runway last night. Everytime I see him, I think of the "Mango" character from Saturday Night Live. Judge for yourself as you watch Mango here.



On tap tonight on TV
6pm CBB: Big South Conference Semifinal (ESPNU)
7pm CBB: PC vs. UConn (ESPN)
7pm NHL: Bruins vs. Maple Leafs (NESN)
7pm CBB: Clemson at Georgia Tech (ESPN 2)
7pm NBA: Bulls vs. Cavs (TNT)
8pm "Lost" (pop-up episode ABC)
8pm "Survivor: Fans vs. Favorites" (CBS)
8:20pm CBB: Big South Conference Semifinal (ESPNU)
9pm "Lost" (ABC)
9pm "Celebrity Apprentice" (NBC)
9pm CBB: Michigan State vs. Illinois (ESPN 2)
9pm CBB: Xavier vs. St.Joe's (ESPN)
9:30pm NBA: Rockets vs. Mavericks (TNT)
10pm "Eli Stone" (ABC)
11pm CBB: Stanford vs. UCLA (Comcast / Fox Sports Net)
12am "Big Brother After Dark" (Showtime 2)

Soundtrack of the day - "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang. Check it out here.

Up on the Sportsbeat today at 3pm:
3:03pm Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese
403pm Marc Spears from the Boston Globe breaks down the Celtics/Pistons
603pm URI head coach Jim Baron
Plus, we'll have all the highlights from the Brett Favre Retirement Press Conference.

Check ya later y'all.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

As the wind blows...

As time passes and situations move on, one thing stays true: it's amazing how quickly things will change. Politics and sports are no exceptions these days. Let's check out a few issues:

Clinton vs. Obama
All day long Tuesday, it was being touted as the day Hillary Clinton would have to bow out of the Democratic run for President. Well, 24 hours later and it's Hillary who's strong and moving on in the fight for the White House. After taking Ohio, Texas and yes, little Rhode Island, Clinton stops the streak of Obama at twelve straight (he took Vermont first last night) and regains some much needed momentum. Now, she's still behind in the delegate race, but she can now claim victories in the big states so far: Ohio, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Michigan and California with Pennsylvania on the horizon. So, while John McCain wrapped up the Republican nomination last night with four solid wins and can now focus solely on November, the Dems are now left to fight, scratch and claw their way to what might be a divided convention coming up this summer.

Patriots free agency
After a weekend spent lamenting the losses of Samuel, Stallworth and Gay and the growing uneasiness of their WR corps, Patriots Nation is back breathing easier as Randy Moss and Jabar Gaffney re-sign with the Pats and put some normalcy back to Foxboro. BTW: did you hear Fox Sports' Jay Glazer on with Jim Rome on the Score Tuesday? Privately, he's being told by folks INSIDE the Patriots organization that they are worried that Bill Belichick won't be with the Pats next year as Spygate II will uncover tapes on the Rams walkthrough before Super Bowl XXXVI and that will give NFL Commish Roger Goodel the right to suspend Captain Hoodie. Stay tuned!

Boston Bruins
Now, I know, the B's didn't win on Tuesday, falling 1-0 in overtime to the Panthers. Yet, after coming off a resounding 10-2 thrashing by the Caps on Monday, you have to applaud fine tuning the effort, defense and goaltending by getting it into a scoreless tie after three periods. It gives the B's a point, leaving them with 77 points and still tied for 6th place in the East. We'll talk to Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas today at 5pm on the Beat!

A few quickies...
* - Did you see where the Yankees threw a 5-inning perfect game at the Blue Jays Tuesday?

* - Jonathan Papelbon can scream and shout all he wants about his contract. The Red Sox and Theo Epstein have all the control and if the Red Sox closer ever wants big dollars, he has to perform extremely well. He's no Mariano Rivera. At least, not yet. So, the final look at this one: don't fret one iota Red Sox Nation.

* - Wrestlemania 24 is sizing up big for the celebs. Snoop Dogg, John Legend, Floyd Merriweather, JR, Raven Simone and Kim Kardashian are all lined up for March 30th in Orlando.



With Brett Favre retiring, my top 5 QB's of all-time:
1. Joe Montana (no picks and 11 td's in four super bowl wins)
2. Tom Brady
3. John Elway
4. Brett Favre
5. Peyton Manning (with Dan Marino 5a)

On tap on TV tonight:
7pm CBB: Duke at Virginia (ESPN
7pm CBB: Syracuse at Seton Hall (ESPN 2)
7pm CBB: Boston College at Miami (ESPNU)
7:30pm NBA: Celtics vs. Pistons (Comcast Sports New England)
8pm "Big Brother: 'Til Death Do You Part" (CBS)
8pm "American Idol" (FOX)
9pm "Moment of Truth" (FOX)
9pm NBA: Phoenix at Denver (ESPN)
9pm Texas A&M at Baylor (ESPN2)
10pm "Men in Trees" (ABC)
12am "Big Brother After Dark" (Showtime 2)

Soundtrack of the day - Frank Stallone's "Far from Over" and yes, we dedicate it to Hillary!




Coming up today on the Beat:
4:30pm Dan Shonka (Ourlad's - our weekly NFL Draft update)
5pm Tim Thomas (Bruins goalie with your chance to win B's/Leafs tix)
Plus, we'll break down the Celtics and Pistons with you!

More later...

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Tuesday morning

All is right in Patriots Nation now that Randy Moss is in the fold thanks in part to a three-year, $27 million deal executed on Monday. Word from Philly has the Eagles thinking they had Moss coming to join Asante Samuel after offering a more lucrative deal, but in the end Randy decides to stay with the best QB in the game, Tom Brady. Moss directed Pats fans to his "unfinished business" on his personal website. Great move by the Pats on what is a very good deal for both sides.

NBA News has Sam Cassell in the fold for the Celtics. The former Clippers guard cleared waivers at 6pm Monday and promptly announced he was headed East to Boston. He'll sign his deal today and be at the C's shootaround on Wednesday. Cassell will provide tremendous veteran leadership behind Rajean Rondo. Plus, he'll be the go-to-guy in those much needed halfcourt offense and defense situations in the playoffs where you need that vet to lead the way to get it to the big guys. And, you'll have him to go one-on-one to defend Chauncey Billups and the Pistons.

Where do you start with the Bruins? 10-2 losers last night against the Capitals. On second thought, let's not. Let's look forward to tonight's contest against Florida. Just call it a fluke, I hope!

Our thoughts and prayers go out to WEEI's Glen Ordway and his family after the complications in the birth of their new daughter. We hope all will be well soon.

It's primary day here in the Ocean State, as well as Ohio, Texas and Vermont. I'll be doing my civic duty a bit later in the day.

Coming up on the Sportsbeat today at three, Pats Hall of Famer John Hannah joins us as does former Colts and Chargers lineman Bruce Laird to talk about the problems facing NFL players once they retire. It all starts at three on the Score!

Monday, March 03, 2008

Dancing with the Red Sox

Thanks to our friends over at AOL and NESN, check out Mike Lowell's charity event and the Red Sox Dancing with the All-Stars...



On tap tonight:
7pm NHL: Bruins vs. Capitals (Versus)
7pm CBB: Pitt vs. West Virginia (ESPN)
8pm My Dad's Better Than Your Dad (NBC)
9pm WWE Monday Night Raw (USA)
9pm "Jon & Kate + 8" (TLC)
9pm CBB: Texas Tech vs. Kansas (ESPN)
9pm NBA: Dallas vs. Utah (NBA TV)
11pm CBB: Santa Clara vs. Gonzaga (ESPN2)
12am "Big Brother After Dark" (Showtime 2)

Monday morning blues

Here's what we're facing on this Manic Monday:

* - Randy Moss still doesn't have a team yet, that despite false rumors of a five year, $52 million deal last night.

* - The Jets and Herm Edwards knew the Pats were cheating back in 2004. Herm and defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson simply waved to the camera and changed their signals.

* - Craig Hansen is still having trouble, giving up four runs in the 9th Sunday against the Twins.

* - Primary day is one day away here in Rhode Island as well as Ohio, Texas and Vermont.

* - Sam Cassell will join the Celtics at about 6:01pm today once he officially clears waivers.

* - It's the last week of the regular season for college basketball. It was a rare weekend as the locals go 4-0 with URI breaking the six game skid against LaSalle, PC proving me wrong by winning a game and Brown crushing Princeton and Penn. Good job by our buddy Dan Yorke from 630 WPRO, filling in admirably on play by play on Brown basketball for Scott Cordischi Saturday night on the Score. I still think that URI needs to win the A-10 Tournament in order to make the Big Dance.

* - My bosses, Citadel, announced Friday they lost over $800 million in the 4th quarter of 2007. Cuts have already come in NY, LA, Chicago, Atlanta and Baltimore/Washington DC. More cuts to come.

The early frontrunner for soundtrack of the day is Sarah John's "One in the Middle." Watch it right here.

Back later.