Saturday, May 31, 2008

Kenny Chesney

With Kenny Chesney's soiree in Foxboro coming quickly (July 26), here's a great blog on his current tour. Check it out, thanks to Rock Ticket Guy.

Numnut!

Classic moment from the National Spelling Bee Friday night on ABC. Can you spell numhut? Well, the eventual winner thought he would have to....



As they say, "from the mouths of babes."

Celtics/Lakers - Bring it on!

Oh yes, it's true my friends. Everything old is new again. It's the Celtics and Lakers slugging it out in the NBA The C's came from 10 back in the fourth quarter to dismiss Detroit and win the Eastern Conference Finals, 4-2. Celtics/Lakers game one at the Garden (yes, ABC execs are screaming at the top of their lungs cashing their paychecks this week!) is Thursday at 8:30pm on ABC.

Here's the complete schedule rundown with all games on ABC / ESPN Radio:

Thursday, June 5 (8:30 p.m. ET)
L.A. Lakers at Boston Celtics

Sunday, June 8 (8:30 p.m. ET)
L.A. Lakers at Boston Celtics

Tuesday, June 10 (8:30 p.m. ET)
Boston Celtics at L.A. Lakers

Thursday, June 12 (8:30 p.m. ET)
Boston Celtics at L.A. Lakers

#Sunday, June 15 (8:30 p.m. ET)
Boston Celtics at L.A. Lakers

#Tuesday, June 17 (8:30 p.m. ET)
L.A. Lakers at Boston Celtics

#Thursday, June 19 (8:30 p.m. ET)
L.A. Lakers at Boston Celtics

# - if necessary

For your viewing enjoyment, here's a fun look back...








My prediction: PAIN (I had to do it Clubber Lang!) ha ha ha....honestly, it's destiny and the Celtics in 7 with Kevin Garnett the NBA Finals MVP.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Game 6

A couple of notes for tonight's game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Celtics and Pistons:

* - Celtics are 29-0 all-time in playoff series when leading 3-2.

* - Pistons are 5-0 this postseason when losing the previous game.

It looks like Rip Hamilton will give it a go after x-rays were negative on his injured elbow.

Should be a great one! Tip-off's at 8:30pm on ESPN.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Wednesday night

With game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals just 30 minutes away, here's a tribute to get Celtics fans going...



Coverage of the Boston Green Line train crash continues live on all 3 Boston TV stations tonight. Randy Price continues to tell us that the Stanley Cup Finals will be seen. Don't worry Randy, nobody in Boston really cares about the Red Wings and the Penguins. UPDATE: it's now 8:25pm and WHDH-TV has switched to NHL.

In preparation for a possible Dice-K start-miss, Justin Masterson will now pitch on Thursday for the Pawsox while Clay Buccholz goes on Friday.

"So You Think You Can Dance" on FOX just saw some dude clock his head doing an overhead spin. OUCH!

First, the Yankees lose Phillip Hughes for six weeks and now it's Ian Kennedy going down for the count for six weeks. Joba Chamberlain could get that start. It's a good thing the American League is not good this year or else the Yankees playoff chances would also be down for the count.

More later.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Back at it...

Yes, I'm back at it on this day after Memorial Day. I haven't been on much lately as I've been dealing with some other personal stuff.

Did you see where Vince McMahon is going to give away $1 million a week on WWE Raw? Check it out.

So much for momentum! The Celtics get a sub-par performance from the Big 3 last night and drop game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals to the Pistons. The series is now tied at 2-2 and headed back to Boston for game 5 Wednesday night. Can someone please guard Antonio McDyess!!!

How about Bartolo Colon! He gets another win last night in Seattle with seven solid innings as the Sox top the M's 5-3 with four in the eighth inning.

Syracuse wins the NCAA Division I Lacrosse Championship Monday at Gillette Stadium. I'm sure Scott Cordischi is smiling about the Orange!

Did you see where Lindsay Lohan has a new partner? Her name reportedly is Samantha.

While we are on the celebrity news, did you see where Amy Whinehous is wearing diapers?

BTW: Belated congrats to the first inductees to the Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame this past week. I heard the night was a rousing success!

Hell's Kitchen's back on tonight at 9pm on FOX. MUST SEE TV!

Less than 2 months to Kenny Chesney at Gillette Stadium!

A few Ric Flair moments to hold you over...







More later!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Things I know I know...

* - America got it right with David Cook winning American Idol last night.

* - Dice-K may by 8-0 but he just doesn't give off the aura of a dominating ace. YET!

* - Joe Girardi may say that making Joba Chamberlain a starter this quickly was always the plan but we all know better that if the Yanks weren't in last place, the change wouldn't be made right now.

* - One of the best stories in the big leagues right now is Josh Hamilton of the Rangers, who smacked his 12th home run to lead Texas to a win today over Minnesota, 8-7 in 10.

* - Despite giving away a game they should've been able to hold onto with a 20-point third quarter lead last night in LA, the Spurs will bounce back and make the Western Conference Finals a seven-game epic series.

* - This Stanley Cup Finals between the Red Wings and Penguins will be some of the best hockey most of America won't see. Yes, the NHL will get their 1.8 rating and be happy with it but it will pale in comparison to what it really should get.

* - Brandon Moss will be back at Fenway for good shortly. He's already wowing people on his rehab stint from his appedenctomy surgery.

* - "Get Smart" will be a hit with Steve Carell, Duane "The Rock" Johnson and Anne Hathaway.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Tough day

It's a tough day around America as Senator Ted Kennedy is diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. The prognosis is not good as we send our thoughts and prayers out to the Kennedy family tonight. You may not always agree with Teddy, but he always fought what he thought was right through some of America's toughest times.

As far as the coverage of the breaking news goes, it's amazing to see just how far WBZ has fallen. During my youth, they were the leaders in Boston. Today, they left their coverage for soap operas and Dr. Phil. Meanwhile, WCVB and WHDH stayed live wall to wall from 1pm to the network news at 6:30pm, as it should have!

I too was surprised that when I turn the radio on Newstalk 630 WPRO (and 99.7FM) around 3:30pm, there was union talk on the Dan Yorke Show. There was no mention of the Kennedy breaking news in the 15 minutes I was listening. With no updates, I moved on and up the radio dial.

Elsewhere in political news, Hillary Clinton just won Kentucky. Oregon comes in at 11pm, eastern time. Barack Obama is expected to win there and move past the magical 2,025 delegate mark.

Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals awaits in just 50 minutes. Prior to it, Jay Z represents the Nets in the NBA Draft Lottery, held live on ESPN.

Monday, May 19, 2008

No-no for Lester

The remarkable comeback of Jon Lester continues with history Monday night. Lester no-hits the Kansas City Royals 7-0 to become just the fourth Red Sox lefty in history (fifth overall by a lefty as Dutch Leonard threw two) and the first since Mel Parnell in 1956 to throw a no-hitter. Lester was diagnosed with cancer back in 2006 and was the winning pitcher in game 4's clinching victory for the Sox in the 2007 World Series.

Another historic note comes by way of Jason Veritek catching his major league record fourth no-hitter. Lester, Buchholz, Lowe and Nomo are the no-no's in case you were wondering.

A memorable night and a tremendous story continues to get better!

Ouch!



Yes, that's a javelin piercing that man's leg! His name is Ryan McGreeney of the Standard-Examiner and he's a photographer covering the high school track championships. Don't worry, he's ok.

Elsewhere, Gus Johnson will be your play by play announcer for this Saturday night's MMA debut on CBS. That is must see TV! Here's some vintage Gus for your enjoyment...



In case you missed it, one of the best lines delivered on TV this past Thursday night by Meredith Grey: "OK, I'm broken. Now, fix me!"

Stellar stuff! That's part of the Grey's Anatomy we all know and love. For more, check out this Torres/Hahn fun in the elevator.



Back with more soon!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

The Captain Cometh

Paul Pierce's defining moment of his Boston Celtics career to date has come. It comes wrapped in an awe-inspiring, I am the leader of this franchise, Lebron James-topping performance as the C's wrap up the Cavs, 97-92 Sunday in game 7 of their second round Eastern Conference Playoff Series. The Captain pours in 41 points to top 45 from James and gets some key assists from PJ Brown (4 huge plays in the 4th quarter) and Eddie House. And when the Celts needed to nail it shut late in the game, it was Pierce getting it done with the little things in the way of a loose ball grab over King James and two clutch free throws in the final seconds. If Kevin Garnett is the heart of this team, Paul Pierce clearly defined Sunday that if they are to be a champion, he must lead the way. Now, if they could just get the real Ray Allen back on track. Anyway, bring on the Pistons.

If you had any doubts that Barack Obama is a different kind of Presidential Candidate, just check out the 75,000 that went to hear him speak Sunday in Oregon.



The Sox sweep the Brewers out of Fenway Park, 11-7 on Sunday. And how about this for the Royals series: Justin Masterson and Bartolo Colon will get starts, according to the Providence Journal.

This kind of sums up the Detroit Lions in a sentence. "F**k 'em until next year." That's what a Detroit Lions official had to say about a particular season ticket holder. Read more from the Oakland Press.

The CMA's are on and Carrie Underwood is leading the way. See ya.

Game 7

It's game 7 Sunday (again) for the Celtics as they host the Cavaliers in the ultimate game of this second round playoff series. Just to give you some perspective on where I'm at as a fan, back in the day when the C's would have a Sunday game 7 against the Hawks, 76ers, Pistons or anyone else in the East, it would be an all-day excitement building up to the game. Now, I'll be lucky if I can watch any of the game today. Yes, part is due to the fact that I'm now 39 instead of 16 and other family duties have taken over. But the other is in part to the fact that the NBA just isn't as exciting as it used to be. Here's hoping the C's do today to the Cavs what they did to the Hawks two weeks ago.

Elsewhere, what's up with the new centerfield angle at Fenway Park on NESN? It's driving me crazy! It's something I've been meaning to bring up but with the trip to Disney and my daughter Abbie's first birthday, it's fallen by the wayside. Anyway, the new angle is higher and gives you the break of the pitches a little bit better than the standard straight-on view. Yet, now the pitcher blocks out some of the batter and the location of the pitch as well. Here's the real reason for the new view: you can now see two ads behind home plate instead of one. It's all about the almight dollar now boys and girls, isn't it!

Check it out for yourself:

Here's the new angle with Mike Lowell providing the HR.


Judgement Day for the WWE! Triple H takes on Randy Orton for the WWE Title in a Steel Cage match. Also on the card, it's JBL vs. John Cena, Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho, WWE Women's Title: Mickie James vs. Beth Phoenix vs. Melina and the WWE Tag Team Championship is on the line as John Morrison and the Miz take on Kane and CM Punk. Forgive me if I don't remind you that the Big Show takes on Mark Henry.

What can brown do for you? Well, with one more victory in the Belmont Stakes on June 7th, Big Brown can deliver the Triple Crown, the first since Affirmed.

Jason Giambi and a golden thong, huh?! Well, I guess it worked on Saturday as the Giambino smashed a home run in the Yanks 7-4 loss to the Mets. Let's just hope Jason doesn't pull a Britney Spears or Lily Allen when doing his postgame interview.

Don't forget tonight on CBS at 8pm, it's the Academy of Country Music Awards. That's the ACM's to you and me! Yes, only two-plus months until Kenny Chesney's Festival of Fun at Gillette Stadium on July 26th. I'll be there!

Ciao!

Friday, May 16, 2008

News of the Day

Count me as one that thinks John Tomase's explanation of how the February 2nd article regarding the Patriots and the alleged taping of the walkthrough before Super Bowl XXXVI a little lite. If you put it down to its basics, it's a story rushed to print because he thought someone else would put it out there first. It always goes back to one of the primary thoughts of journalism: what does the evidence tell you, not what the hearsay tells you.

You can read it here for yourself.

Back with more later.

NKOTB on Today Show

This is why my wife was so giddy this morning while watching the Today Show...



Yes, the New Kids are back on the Block and they're back with shows coming to Boston and the Dunk in the near future.

Next week, the Today Show has Fergie and Alanis Morrissette.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Thursday's top five

A quick update on this Thursday and I give you the top five things that make me go hmmmmm in the past 24 hours....

5. Was I the only one who felt a little skittish in the final 2 minutes of the Celtics win in game 5 last night against the Cavs? Championship teams cement the victories instead of just squeezing by.

4. Justin Henin - 25 years old and heading into retirement...boy am I jealous!

3. Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) - just like his esteemed colleague from NY, Senator Hillary Clinton, he just doesn't seem to know when it's over

2. The Red Sox bullpen - Craig Hansen's a better reliever when he comes in clean, so why not give him that opportunity in the 7th Wednesday against Baltimore?

1. American Idol - what the hell was up with Fantasia? Couldn't understand a word she sang and how about that look! You just have to love the look from Simon Cowell, courtesy of TMZ.com


Charles Barkely owes $400,000 to a Las Vegas casino. Color me surprised.

Matt Walsh is now talking on the record to everyone! The NY Times today and HBO's Real Sports which airs Friday night are among the early entries.


I must admit, Michael Holley from WEEI has won me over in the past year.


Finally, in case you're wondering, yes I did get my wife something for our fourth wedding anniversary today.


I'll be back with more later.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Maxim top 100

Here's the latest Maxim Top 100 Sexiest Females. It starts at number 100 and no, Scarlett Johansson is not number 1.

High five for Manny

Did you get a chance to see Manny Ramirez and his high-flying act of robbing Kevin Millar and giving a fan in left a high-five on the front end of a double-play? Classic Manny being Manny...



Too bad the Red Sox bullpen gets a low-five with Hideki Okajima giving a grand slam to Jay Payton (now 8 of 11 inherited runners have scored for Okie not so Dokie) and the O's sweep the Sox.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Random thoughts

A few random thoughts on this Tuesday night...

* - The Patriots have been vindicated on the entire Rams walkthrough tape prior to Super Bowl XXXVI. Matt Walsh doesn't have a tape and doesn't know anyone who does. It will now be interesting to see what the Boston Herald has to say about it's February 2nd report and its source saying a tape existed. The funny part of this whole story is that prior to today most people I know that were in the Patriots camp on this one kept saying that Matt Walsh was a scumbag and couldn't be trusted. Well, Mr. Walsh ends up backing up the Pats here and could be a key witness should the Pats choose to sue the Boston Herald. It's just like the Brian McNamee situation all over again. Just now, the words coming out of Mr. Walsh's mouth suit the case if you like the Patriots. Finally, I still can't believe so many of the folks at ESPN still trying to keep the Spygate story alive. I know you have to sell a story like a ten-thousand pound gorilla, but someone please tell Mark Schlereth that Matt Walsh has said that he had the tapes for the entire games he taped and the Pats didn't have access to them, hence they couldn't use them during said games. The most clear-headed ones so far today have been our good friend John Clayton and Adam Shefter.

* - I still can't believe the Orioles got five runs off Josh Beckett.

* - Can someone please give the Big Three-Party a wake-up call during the fourth quarter of a road game please! The ABP is out for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. Thankfully, Wednesday's game 5 is at the Garden.

* - A new indictment's out on Barry Bonds: 14 counts of perjury and one count of obstruction.

* - Hell's Kitchen is Must See TV.

* - Can someone please wake me when the NHL Playoffs get interesting! It's been nothing but routs since Bruins/Candiens game 7.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Oh my!

43-17. OUCH! The Cavs lead the Celtics in game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semi's 43-17 in the 2nd period Saturday night. Inevitably, Boston will make the run (I hope!) to get back into this one, but for right now it appears as the home-good / away-bad trend will continue in the playoffs for the Green.

Elsewhere, Teyshon Prince puts a dagger in the Magic with a runner in the lane in the closing seconds to capture game 4, 90-89. The Pistons take a 3-1 series edge back to Detroit. The Magic, after seeing Jameer Nelson miss a free throw that would've given the Magic , who squandered a 15-point third quarter advantage, a 90-88 lead just seconds before the Prince game-winner are now on the brink.

What is Mike D'Antoni thinking heading to the Knicks? Oh yeah, 24 million dollars!

Hannah Storm in heading to ESPN to do a new morning Sportscenter. That according to SI.com.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Back in state

Alrighty now. I'm back in state after a week to help celebrate my daughter Abbie's first birthday down at Disney! She had a great time. You can check out her website right here.

Now, from what I missed in the sportsworld over the past 6 days or so. The Celtics cruised into the second round with a resounding drubbing over the Hawks in game 7 of the first round Sunday. Thanks to my nephew Mark JR. for all the texts that kept me up to date on the game while I was at the parks. Now, it's onto round 2 and tonight's game 2 against King James and the Cavs. I couldn't see game one, but from what I can gather in the reports, Lebron missed alot of bunnies but both teams seemed out of sorts with the C's eeking out the 76-72 ugly win. Let's hope the Boston "D" keeps up tonight.

The Red Sox ran off five straight while I was away. Figures, I get home last night and Julio Lugo hands one to the Tigers, 10-9. Josh Beckett on the hill tonight so let's see if the ace does his job and puts the Sox back in the win column.

Spygate. Sigh!!!! Eight tapes have been delivered to the NFL showing the Pats spied on the Bills, Brown, Chargers, Dolphins and the Steelers in the AFC Championship Game during the 2000 season. The tapes allegedly show the Patriots taping offensive and defensive signals from the opponents coaches.

So, here's where we stand. Is it over now that Matt Walsh and his attorney admit no Rams Walkthrough tape from before Super Bowl XXXVI? Is it over now that Walsh says he's not the source for the Boston Herald report back on February 2nd allegeding that a tape existed? Or is this like the Hillary Clinton campaign that just will not end? My guess is that we will continue to see what unfolds until the May 13th meeting with the Commish to see what Roger Goodell says on the record. Some of the lingering questions I have are this:

1)did we really need to wait 103 days to find out Walsh had no tape?
2)if he had no tape, why the wait?
3)what are we to believe from the Boston Herald report? if not Walsh, then who is the source?
4)will the Patriots sue the Herald?

Anyway, the world has already spent more than enough time on this one. If all the participants just faded away, that would be fine with me.

Kudos to my good friend Ken Fang on the one-year (I know, belated as it is on my part) relaunch of his comprehensive site "Fang's Bites."

Apparently, I've missed the debut of Heidi Watney. I'll have to check her out tonight.

Another must see is Eva Mendes topless in Vogue.