Thursday, July 31, 2008

Favre to Jets?

It's heating up between the Packers and Jets...trade talks that is. The Green Bay Press-Gazette is reporting that talks are getting serious tonight.

If it happened, that would take a little of the sting off the day that ended the Manny Ramirez era in Boston. It would also make the Jets solid playoff contenders in the AFC.

Numbers

A few numbers items...

Manny Ramirez will have to wear something other than #24 as that's retired by the Dodgers for Walter Alston.

#38 is available to Jason Bay in Boston....for a price. Curt Schilling is willing to give it to him for a five-figure donation to "Curt's Pitch," his charity for ALS.

BTW: if you're wondering how Dodgers fans are reacting to the trade, check out their comments from the LA Times.

Bye bye Manny

So, I leave the house at about 3:40pm to take my wife, Laura and daughter, Abbie to the park for some quality time. As we get out of the car at 3:55pm, I hear Sean McAdam of the Providence Journal say on WEEI that he did not expect anything to happen on the Manny Ramirez front in the next five minutes before the MLB Trading Deadline.

So, with that information in hand, I have some fun at Slater Park. When I get back in the car at about 5pm, I find out the news that Manny Ramirez has indeed been traded to the Dodgers. OK, now I'm thinking for what, right? Well, the Sox got their guy, outfielder Jason Bay from the Pirates, but also lost pitcher Craig Hansen and outfielder Brandon Moss in the process. Also, the Sox are paying $7 million of Ramirez contract for the rest of the season.

Here's how the trade breaksdown:

Boston: OF Jason Bay
LA Dodgers: OF Manny Ramirez + $7 million in cash
Pittsburgh: 3B Andy LaRoche, OF Brandon Moss, P Craig Hansen, P Bryan Morris

My thoughts? Well, the Sox gave up way to much just to get Jason Bay. I'd expect a little more than just him if you give up a first ballot Hall of Famer, pay his salary in addition to Hansen and Moss. But, in the final analysis, the Sox brass got what they wanted: a Manny-free Fenway Park.

When it came down to it, the Sox were scared to keep Manny and see what the next two months would bring. So, overpay they did and we now will see if they were right in that addition by subtraction will pay dividends in October.

All I know is that one happy camper is Joe Torre. Manny Ramirez now gives him a solid shot at winning the NL West.

Time will tell if this version of the Bay State is successful.

For a full rundown of winners and losers for today's deadline day deals, here's Dayne Perry from Fox Sports.com

A thought for Red Sox Nation

If you are one of those Manny-haters in Red Sox nation (I am not!), what do you tell yourself if he stays after today's 4pm deadline?

Do you cheer for him?

Do you hope he does badly to decrease his value?

What do you do?

Email me your thoughts right now!

Gammons: Manny deal close to dead

According to ESPN's Peter Gammons, the 3-way deal for Manny Ramirez is close to being dead. Apparently, the Sox do not want to give $9 million, Manny, and three prospects up for Jason Bay.

Less than 3 hours left until 4pm.

Manny consents to deal

According to SI.com's Jon Heyman, Manny Ramirez has consented to a deal to the Marlins. The three-team deal has yet to be agreed upon yet as prospects are the hang-up.

BTW: love the screenshot from NESN last night...

Deadline day

The reports are flying on this MLB Trading Deadline Day. The deadline is 4pm, EST today. So far, the Manny Ramirez 3-way deal with the Sox, Pirates and Marlins is still being considered 50-50. Curt Schilling, on WEEI this morning, sounds like a guy who's grown tired of Man-Ram.

News this morning has Ken Griffey, JR going to the White Sox, Arthur Rhodes headed to Florida and the Padres/Dodgers still talking about Greg Madduz. Get all the latest at MLB Trade Rumors.com and Rotoworld.com

The Brett Favre story continues to get stranger by the minute. The Packers reportedly have offered $20 million to stay home and then later this morning have begun talks with their NFC North foes about Sir Favre-a-lot.

And how about this reportedly from former Patriots Football Weekly writer Tom Casale. He's off to Vegas for a new gig and decided to go out with a bang against the folks in Foxboro. Tom was always more than critical of the Pats but this is flat out WOW stuff.

Should be a fun day with the deadline at 4pm. We'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Manny deal done?

According to Baseball Prospectus, Manny Ramirez is on his way to Florida. The Sox would get outfielder Jason Bay and lefty pitcher John Grabow while the Pirates get Jeremy Hermida and three prospects (one from the Sox). The Marlins would also get cash (Manny's salary) and a Sox prospect in addition to Manny. Stay tuned!

Manny speaks

Manny Ramirez sure sounds like a man that wants out...NOW! He talked to ESPN Deportes before tonight's game with the Angels. The gist of what he says is that the Sox brass dissed Pedro and Nomar on their way out and they are doing the same to him.

It's beginning more and more like tonight's game will be the last with #24 in Boston.

Manny to Marlins?

Reports out of Florida have the Red Sox, Marlins and Pirates working a 3-way deal that would leave the Sox with Jason Bay and the Marlins with Manny Ramirez. MLB.com and Joe Frisaro have the latest.

ESPN's Peter Gammons is also saying on Baseball Tonight that it looks more and more like Manny is gone. I love Peter and Steve Phillips going at it. I happen to side with Phillips on keeping Manny and parting ways at the end of the season.

Hump day comings and goings....

Goings...

* - Jim Hummel is going out the door at ABC 6, according to Ian Donnis of The Phoenix. Hummel reportedly did not like the direction ABC 6 was heading. I can't say as I blame him as its been sensational to the hill (kind of like my old employer CBS 12 back in the late 80's). It's a tremendous blow to ABC 6 as Hummel was their only credible personality on the air.

* - Brett Favre is going back to work. We just don't know just where yet. The Packers and Favre continue to meet as of this hour.

* - Nowhere yet is Manny Ramirez. Although, ESPN's Andrew Marchand reports on the ESPN Trade Deadline Blog that the real deadline for Manny might be today.

Comings...

* - To Fenway Park for his Angels debut tonight is Mark Teixeira.

* - Back to the Bulls is Luol Deng for 6 years, 71 million dollars.

* - To Houston is Ron Artest in a trade from the Kings for Bobby Jackson, a player to be named later and a first round pick in 2009.

* - Back to a major league ballpark soon is Cumberland's Rocco Baldelli. Reports out of Florida say Baldelli could be playing this weekend for the Rays. He's missed all this season with a rare muscle fatigue disorder.

Back later with more as needed.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Latest Manny rumors

Well, now that Mark Teixeira is off to the Angels for Casey Kotchman and Steve Marek, the Manny Ramirez rumors are flying tonight.

SI's Jon Heyman has the Phillies leading the way, possibly for Pat Burrell. Also, Manny's options would go away making him a free agent at the end of the season. I, for one, don't want to wait for Pat Burrell to get adjusted to the American League for a weeks. Pencil this one under the heading you just don't know what you've got 'til it's gone! Keep Manny and let him go at the end of the season if you hate him that bad. He flat out makes the Sox offense better with him in it.

Meanwhile in Green Bay, Brett Favre has indeed faxed his reinstatement letter to NFL Commish Roger Goodell. Now, it's either the Pack trade him, release him or he has to report to camp as an active player. Now, the fun really begins!

On the LPGA tour, it's a catfight between Annika Sorenstam and Michelle Wie. Annika's blasting Michelle for going on the PGA Tour again.

Finally, luckily Los Angeles survived the 5.4 Earthquake today. Check out the video from CNN.



The Earthquake even took over the Dallas Cowboys camp today as well with some good shots between beat writers.

More later and yes, I'm still waiting for the Sox first hit tonight as we're down 5-0 in the 7th. John Lackey's got the no-no going (so far!)

Another Kenny pic



A fun time was had by all!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Monday industry news

Some quick industry news on this Monday night...

* - The Providence Journal, as part of their parent company Belo's downsizing, will trim about 54 jobs (5% of the workforce) as well as trim the size of the paper by September. Buyouts will be tried first and then cuts. Ian Donnis of the Phoenix takes a look at who may be bought out.

* - ESPN 1250 in Pittsburgh has made its decision on the new afternoon show. It's a bit of reshuffling as Eddie Crow joins former Steeler Mike Logan and Scott Paulsen for the 3pm-7pm show while Guy Junker teams with Stan Savran (the old Sportsbeat crew on FSN Pittsburgh) for middays. Andy Gresh, formerly of the Score, had been rumored for the gig after some much well received fill-in work.

* - ECW will be moving its Sci-Fi timeslot to 9pm starting September 30th.

Also, Jorge Posada of the Yankees is done for the season, opting for shoulder surgery.

Finally, could the Red Sox be trading for "Miggy?" ESPN's trading deadline blog has the latest on Miguel Tejada to the Sox rumors.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Kenny Chesney Concert

For those of you who missed the Kenny Chesney concert Saturday at Gillette Stadium, shame on you! Fortunately enough for everyone, my wife Laura documented it all for us through videos and photos. Here's a few performances below plus, click here to see all of our pictures, including a surprise appearance by the Red Sox and Patriots with Kenny!

Leann Rimes "Nothing Better to Do"




Keith Urban "Better Half"



Keith Urban "Somebody Like You"



Keith Urban "You Think of Me"



Kenny Chesney "Big Star"



Kenny Chesney "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy"



More to come!

Friday, July 25, 2008

More Kenny and Friends

OK, the Sox are not giving me any offense here, so more Kenny Chesney and friends videos.

"When the Sun Goes Down" with Uncle Kracker



Keith Urban's "Days Gone By"



Sammy Hagar (with Toby Keith) "I Love This Bar"



LeAnn Rimes "Nothing Better To Do"




Gary Allen "Watching Airplanes"


Enjoy!

Yanks deal

Tonight, the Yankees get right fielder Xavier Nady and pitcher Damaso Marte from the Pirates tonight for four minor leaguers. Read more from ESPN.com.

Also tonight, the Raiders have released RB Lamont Jordan. He's been a disappointment ever since leaving my NY Jets.

Apparently, Brooke Hogan has an issue with a woman president. Check this out from Yahoo.

BTW: Am I actually watching a Red Sox/Yankees game where it's only 8:34pm and we are already hitting the bottom of the fifth. Wow! Still 1-0 Yanks and no, I'm not touching the Manny Ramirez, are you faking an injury questions just yet. I'm trying to stay positive heading into the weekend and the big concert with Kenny Chesney.

Favre update

This is so my wife, Laura can keep tabs on whether Brett Favre is heading to her Tampa Bay Bucs or not.

ESPN is reporting that the Packers are talking to both the Bucs and the Jets. The Jets have permission to talk to Favre himself as well. All this as Brett has told the Packers that he would report to camp on Sunday if he's still a Packer. Green Bay does not need, nor want, that distraction!

This also gives me another reason to post yet another Kenny video for the day, "She's Got It All."

The Countdown Continues...

Yes, it's just one more day until the huge Kenny Chesney Concert in Foxboro on Saturday. Our festivities will get underway bright and early, for sure! The pre-party begins tonight, actually!

So, some videos to pass along today to get you through the day. They will come at the end of today's news.

First up, did you see this unbelievable brawl in a minor league between Peoria and Dayton. One arrest and 17 ejections later, there will be major repurcussions for this one as a fan was hit by a ball thrown by pitcher Juan Castilla. Read more about it here from ESPN.



The latest on Brett Favre has the Packers and Sir Favre-a-lot talking trade and it could come down anytime now. Yahoo's Jason Cole has more.

Red Sox/Yankees tonight in the first of three at Fenway Park. Should be a great weekend! Get a preview here from the Boston Globe as Josh Beckett takes on Joba Chamberlain.

50-year old Nancy Lieberman hits the court for the Detroit Shock. Let me hide my excitement!

NFL News: From Jets camp and Pro Football Talk.com, Vernon Gholston signs and is in camp. Anquan Boldin slams the Cardinals and won't resign while Devin Hester backs down from his holdout in Chicago.

Now onto the Kenny Videos...

"The Good Stuff"

"Don't Blink"

"Please Come to Boston"



"Boston"



"She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy"

It should be a great concert and tons of fun! Can't wait!

More later as needed!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Countdown to Kenny!



In other news, congrats to the folks over at 630 WPRO-AM and 99.7FM! They're #1 in the market for persons 12+. Cat Country is #2, followed by Lite 105, 94 HJY and 92 ProFM to round out the top 5.

In other ratings news from Boston, PRO-FM and Cat Country both show up from the Providence market and WRKO-AM brings itself up with the Red Sox. Ironically, for the first time in 20 years, both Providence and Boston find themselves being led by a news station. Kind of tells you where the state of the country is doesn't it? It should continue with the Presidential election just around the corner too!

A final radio note, the merger of Sirius and XM Radio has gone through.

The Red Sox have activated David Ortiz for the start of the Yankees series. Brandon Moss heads back to Pawtucket. Also, it looks like the Juan Uribe/Alex Cora deal is off.

Friday's Patriots practice up in Foxboro for training camp has the boys going just one time from 2:30pm-4:30pm. Check Patriots.com for updates and changes.

Alright, another video from Kenny Chesney to round it out tonight. "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" links you up!

Day 5

Happy Thursday on this temultuous, thunderstorm-filled, training camp opening day! It's also day 5 of Kenny Chesney week. Since there's been lots of rumbling and tumbling over the past 24 hours and still lots more to come apparently, we ease back a little for Kenny's "Old Blue Chair."



Before we hit the news, we hope our good friend Ken Fang from "Fang's Bites" is feeling better after a weather-related fall yesterday!

Speaking of the weather, today's storms have moved the first official practice for the Patriots indoors, which means no public viewing for Pats fans. In better news, the Boston Globe reports that Jerod Mayo signs this morning so everyone should be in camp. Here's the PUP list as well from the Globe...

DL Jarvis Green
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis
CB Ellis Hobbs
OL Nick Kaczur
G Stephen Neal
OT Oliver Ross
LB Bo Ruud
LB Mike Vrabel
WR Wes Welker
C Ryan Wendell
DL Mike Wright
CB Rodney Harrison

They can all be activated at any point during camp. Also of note, Bill Burt gets an exclusive interview with head coach Bill Belichick.

In Bruins news (yes, there is Bruins news), Dennis Wideman is in the fold while Glen Murray gets waived.

Just in case you missed it, the CFL has its own cheerleading scandal that's definitely worth checking out on the Big Lead.

Check out the latest on today's weather here from Weather.com!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Day 4 of Kenny Chesney Week

It's Hump Day and halfway through our Kenny Chesney week. Before we get to today's video, here's the rundown for the show and what to expect as far as length for the concert.

Concert opens at 4pm
WKLB "Big Star" winner opens (15 minutes)
Gary Allen (45 minutes)
Leann Rimes (1 hour)
Sammy Hagar (45 minutes)
Keith Urban (1 hour)
Kenny Chesney (2 hours)

It should be tons of fun and yes, we'll be there very early tailgating!

For today's video, we're "Living in Fast Forward."

Now onto some news of the day...

* - Sporting News is back up online today. Check it out, it's not that bad. There's a visit with Red Sox manager Terry Francona and the rundown on suitors for Brett Favre (my Jets are #3).

* - Speaking of Mr. Favre, expect this one to pick up steam as NFL Commish Roger Goodell is now in the mix imploring both sides to get something done and move on. Obviously, Goodell is on the side of having Favre play as he's another marquee player to watch and pay money with merchandise for in the league. BTW: I still can believe Favre called the Vikings many times using a Packers-owned cell phone! FYI: Dan Patrick is saying that Favre could be in Tampa Bay in the next 48-72 hours.

* - Even the players and coaches in the WNBA are brawling these days. I'd hate to be in Rick Mahorn's shoes today.

* - DirecTV is closer to get another 50 HD channels. Could be as soon as next month, according to TV Predictions.com

* - Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano is being raked over the coals over his "secret" clauses that gives him bonus money outside of what Rutgers is paying him and an out-clause if the school's expansion isn't done by next year.

* - Don't forget, "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Big Brother 10" tonight. Thankfully, both the Yanks and Sox are playing in the afternoon (Yanks/Twins - scoreless in the 2nd at 1:29pm and the Red Sox/Mariners start at 4:40pm).

More later as needed.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Kenny week, day 3

It's Tuesday and the official countdown is on to Kenny Chesney live in Foxboro on Saturday. Today's Chesney video du jour is "Summertime."

Just in case you missed Big Brother 10 Tuesday night, Michelle Costa from Cumberland won the POV competition! Catch up on all your BB10 spoilers right here!

Just another day in Manny-land. Manny Ramirez gets lectured on the finer points of jaywalking while in Seattle.

Well, you've heard of Red Sox fans getting road tickets by the boatload to support Red Sox Nation away from Fenway Friendly. Now, the NFL's Arizona Cardinals are trying to get serious about not letting Cowboys fans into their fine stadium. Good for them. As Ray Lewis screams, we must protect this house!!!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Kenny week, day 2

It's day 2 of Kenny Chesney week. So, a few nuggets to pass along. WKLB (102.5) in Boston in holding it's "Big Star" contest for the right to open the big concert Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

For your video enjoyment, here's today's Kenny video of the day - "Big Star."

Also, here's a set list for one of his recent concerts...

Live Those Songs Again
Summertime
Beer In Mexico
Keg In The Closet
I Go Back
Wild Ride
Big Star
No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems
Don’t Blink
Shift Work
Living In Fast Forward
Young
Never Wanted Nothing More
Better As A Memory
Back Where I Come From
Don’t Happen Twice
When The Sun Goes Down
How Forever Feels
Anything But Mine
She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy

Just 5 days left......

Celtics ink pair

According to the Boston Herald, the Celtics have come to terms with Eddie House and Tony Allen.

Elsewhere, here are your results from last night's Great American Bash PPV from the WWE:

* - Triple H retains his WWE Title over Edge

* - CM Punk keeps his World Title via DQ against Batista when Kane interferes

* - JBL beats John Cena in a Parking Lot Brawl

* - Matt Hardy loses the US Championship to Shelton Benjamin

* - Mark Henry tops Tommy Dreamer to keep his ECW Title

* - Michelle McCool becomes the first Divas Champ

* - Jesse and Festus win the fatal four-way to become new Tag Team Champs over Morrison and the Miz

CORRECTION: Ryder and Hawkins won the fatal-four-way to become new Tag Team Champs! (Thanks to one of our readers for that one!)

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Things happen in three's

The Redskins suffered three injuries this weekend and it's led them to Jason Taylor. According to Jay Glazer from Fox Sports, Taylor heads to Washington for a second round pick. The other Skins injuries are Alex Buzbee (out for the season with a ruptured achilles tendon), Phillip Daniels (also out for the season with an ACL injury) and Fred Smoot (foot or ankle injury). Smoot doesn't appear to be serious.

UPDATE: The AP/Yahoo have the trade going through for a 2nd and 6th round pick.

The Start of Kenny Week

Well, it's a big week in Southern New England as it's Kenny Chesney Week. The 5th Annual New England Country Music Festival is this Saturday at Gillette Stadium. For the third straight year, I'll be there with 17 of my closest family and friends. It should be a blast! So, in honor of that, we give you a Kenny video each day this week. We'll start with "I Go Back."

Now, onto the news of the weekend and some weird stuff.

* - David Ortiz will not play in Sunday's game with the Pawsox. After three straight games with a home run, Ortiz is off to Portland for Monday's game with the Sea Dogs. I'd rather him meet the big club in Seattle if I had my drothers.

* - Michelle Wie gets dq'ed after not signing her Friday scorecard. The problem I have with the LPGA is that they let her play her entire Saturday round before they took her out of the tournament. Didn't they bother to check it either?

* - Patriots OL Nick Kaczur had 202 OxyContin pills with him when he was stopped by police earlier this year. It seems to me that he was let off a bit too easy. As I know from my back surgery, OxyContin can hide a lot of pain.

* - One practice in the books for the 2008 NFL Training Camps and the first injury is in. Phillip Daniels was carted off at Redskins camp. According to ESPN, the defensive end could be done for the season with an ACL injury and the Skins could trade for Jason Taylor. The Pats open up camp on Thursday.

* - Sometimes putting your life up on the internet is a hinderance and not a help. In this case, it ends of helping prosecutors of a drunk driving case in Rhode Island.

* - The Bear, Jack Nicklaus wonders out loud if gobs on money have made today's PGA stars too soft. Padraig Harrington wins the British Open to make it back-to-back titles as Greg Norman implodes on the front nine.

* - The Great American Bash comes your way on PPV from the WWE tonight. Should be a great main event with Triple H defending his WWE Championship against Edge. Elsewhere, CM Punk takes on Batista for the World Title. JBL and John Cena will face off in a Brooklyn Parking Lot Brawl. You can get all the results on 411 Wrestling.com.

* - Finally, just because I know you're dying to know: Shannon Doherty will be on the brand new "90210" spin-off on the CW Network this fall.

Back later.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Big Papi Day!

It's Thursday and the first of what will now be four days of David Ortiz at McCoy Stadium. Ortiz has asked if he could play Sunday, so the Sox have announced that barring any setbacks, Big Papi will play four at McCoy Stadium before heading off to Portland for three more next week. I'll be there along with about 10,000 of my closest New England friends..ha ha.

In other news...

James Posey is now a Hornet. I agree with the Celtics on this one. Four years, 25-million is just too high to pay. Three years at 18 I could handle.

Hot 106 has a new morning show with Kerry Collins heading back to Pro FM. It's a Big Boy Neighborhood in Southern New England.

The British Open is under way in England. Yes, conditions aren't great and the scores are high!

The ESPY's were held last night. Here are the winners.

Emmy nominations were handed out this morning. They were legendary as Neil Patrick Harris is up for his role in "How I Met Your Mother." Check out the full list here.

Also up an Emmy is this classic from the Jimmy Kimmel Show...




More later...maybe.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Are you ready for some football!

With NFL training camps opening up next week, get yourself ready for some TV viewing in August with the preseason schedule.

First up, it's the nationally televised games:

Aug. 3
Indianapolis vs. Washington
8 p.m. ET
NBC

Aug. 7
New Orleans at Arizona
8 p.m. ET
ESPN

Aug. 11
Cincinnati at Green Bay
8 p.m. ET
ESPN

Aug. 14
Carolina at Philadelphia
8 p.m. ET
FOX

Aug. 16
Oakland at Tennessee
8 p.m. ET
FOX

Aug. 17
New England at Tampa Bay
8 p.m. ET
NFLN

Aug. 18
Cleveland at N.Y. Giants
8 p.m. ET
ESPN

Aug. 21
San Francisco at Chicago
8 p.m. ET
FOX

Aug. 22
Houston at Dallas
8:00 pm ET
CBS

Aug. 23
Pittsburgh at Minnesota
8 p.m. ET
CBS

Aug. 24
Buffalo at Indianapolis
8 p.m. ET
NFLN

Aug. 25
Seattle at San Diego
8 p.m. ET
ESPN

Aug. 28
Jacksonville at Washington
7 p.m. ET
NBC

Now, for the NFL Network slate of games:

Thursday, August 7
Midnight: Kansas City Chiefs at Chicago Bears (HD)

Friday, August 8
12:30 p.m.: New York Giants at Detroit Lions (HD)
3:30 p.m.: Kansas City Chiefs at Chicago Bears (HD)
7:30 p.m.: Philadelphia Eagles at Pittsburgh Steelers (HD)
11:30 p.m.: Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings (HD)

Saturday, August 9
10 a.m.: New York Jets at Cleveland Browns (HD)
1 p.m.: Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots (HD)
4 p.m.: New York Giants at Detroit Lions (HD)
7 p.m.: Buffalo Bills at Washington Redskins (HD)
10 p.m.: Dallas Cowboys at San Diego Chargers (HD)

Sunday, August 10
1a.m.: San Francscio 49ers at Oakland Raiders (HD)
4 a.m.: Kansas City Chiefs at Chicago Bears (HD)
7a.m.: Philadelphia Eagles at Pittsburgh Steelers (HD)
10 a.m.: Atlanta Falcons at Jacksonville Jaguars
1 p.m.: St Louis Rams at Tennessee Titans
4 p.m.: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Miami Dolphins (HD)
7 p.m.: Indianapolis Colts at Carolina Panthers (HD)
10 p.m.: Denver Broncos at Houston Texans (HD)

Monday, August 11
1a.m. NY Jets at Cleveland Browns (HD)
4 a.m.: Buffalo Bills at Washington Redskins (HD)
7 a.m.: Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots (HD)
10 a.m.: New York Giants at Detroit Lions (HD)
1 p.m.: Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings (HD)
4 p.m.: Dallas Cowboys at San Diego Chargers (HD)
Midnight: San Francisco 49ers at San Diego Chargers (HD)

Tuesday, August 12
7 a.m.: Indianapolis Colts at Carolina Panthers (HD)
10 a.m.: St Louis Rams at Tennessee Titans
1 p.m.: New York Jets at Cleveland Browns (HD)
4 p.m.: Philadelphia Eagles at Pittsburgh Steelers (HD)
8 p.m.: Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots (HD)
Midnight: Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings (HD)

Wednesday, August 13
7 a.m.: Atlanta Falcons at Jacksonville Jaguars
10 a.m.: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Miami Dolphins (HD)
1 p.m.: Buffalo Bills at Washington Redskins (HD)
4 p.m.: Kansas City Chiefs at Chicago Bears (HD)
8 p.m.: New York Giants at Detroit Lions (HD)
Midnight: Denver Broncos at Houston Texans (HD)

Thursday, August 14
7 a.m.: Philadelphia Eagles at Pittsburgh Steelers (HD)
10 a.m.: Dallas Cowboys at San Diego Chargers (HD)
1 p.m.: San Francisco 49ers at Oakland Raiders (HD)
4 p.m.: Indianapolis Colts at Carolina Panthers (HD)
Midnight: Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills (HD)

Saturday, August 16
9 a.m.: Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills in Toronto (HD)
6 p.m.: Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills in Toronto (HD)
9 p.m.: Dallas Cowboys at Denver Broncos (HD)
Midnight: Arizona Cardinals at Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday, August 17
3 a.m.: San Diego Chargers at St Louis Rams (HD)
7 a.m.: Washington Redskins at New York Jets (HD)
10 a.m.: Indianapolis Colts at Atlanta Falcons (HD)
1 p.m.: Chicago Bears at Seattle Seahawks (HD)
4 p.m.: Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers (HD)
8 p.m.: New England Patriots at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (HD)
Midnight: Detroit Lions at Cincinnati Bengals (HD)

Monday August 18
3 a.m.: Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers (HD)
7 a.m.: Indianapolis Colts at Atlanta Falcons (HD)
10 a.m.: Houston Texans at New Orleans Saints (HD)
1 p.m.: Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars
4 p.m.: Minnesota Vikings at Baltimore Ravens (HD)
Midnight: San Diego Chargers at St Louis Rams (HD)

Tuesday, August
6a.m.: Dallas Cowboys at Denver Broncos (HD)
9 a.m.: Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills (HD)
12:30 p.m.: Washington Redskins at New York Jets (HD)
3:30 p.m.: New England Patriots at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (HD)
8 p.m.: Dallas Cowboys at Denver Broncos (HD)

Wednesday, August 20
12:30am Kansas City Chiefs at Arizona Cardinals
6 a.m.: Minnesota Vikings at Baltimore Ravens (HD)
9 a.m.: Detroit Lions at Cincinnati Bengals (HD)
12:30 p.m.: San Diego Chargers at St Louis Rams (HD)
3:30 p.m.: Indianapolis Colts at Atlanta Falcons (HD)
8 p.m.: Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers (HD)

Thursday, August 21
12:30am Chicago Bears at Seattle Seahawks (HD)
6 a.m.: Houston Texans at New Orleans Saints (HD)
9 a.m.: Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars
12:30 p.m.: Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers (HD)
3:30 p.m.: Dallas Cowboys at Denver Broncos (HD)

Friday, August 22
Midnight: Green Bay Packers at Denver Broncos (HD)

Saturday, August 23
7 a.m.: Philadelphia Eagles at New England Patriots (HD)
10 a.m.: Tennessee Titans at Atlanta Falcons
1 p.m.: Philadelphia Eagles at New England Patriots (HD)
4 p.m.: Cleveland Browns at Detroit Lions

Sunday, August 24
12:30am New Orleans Saints at Cincinnati Bengals (HD)
3 a.m.: Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders (HD)
7 a.m.: Jacksonville Jaguars at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (HD)
10 a.m.: Kansas City Chiefs at Miami
1p.m.: Washington Redskins at Carolina Panthers (HD)
4 p.m.: New York Giants at New York Jets (HD)
8 p.m.: Buffalo Bills at Indianapolis Colts (HD)
12 Midnight: Baltimore Ravens at St Louis Rams

Monday, August 25
3 a.m.: Green Bay Packers at Denver Broncos (HD)
7 a.m.: New York Giants at New York Jets (HD)
10 a.m.: Kansas City Chiefs at Miami Dolphins
1 p.m.: New Orleans Saints at Cincinnati Bengals (HD)
4 p.m.: Washington Redskins at Carolina Panthers (HD)
Midnight: Tennessee Titans at Atlanta Falcons

Tuesday, August 26
6 a.m.: New York Giants at New York Jets (HD)
9 a.m.: Jacksonville Jaguars at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (HD)
12:30 p.m.: Cleveland Browns at Detroit Lions
3:30 p.m.: Buffalo Bills at Indianapolis Colts (HD)
8 p.m.: Green Bay Packers at Denver Broncos (HD)

Wednesday, August 27
12:30am Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders (HD)
6 a.m.: Buffalo Bills at Indianapolis Colts (HD)
9 a.m.: New Orleans Saints at Cincinnati Bengals (HD)
12:30 p.m.: Baltimore Ravens at St Louis Rams
3:30 p.m.: New York Giants at New York Jets (HD)
8 p.m.: Philadelphia Eagles at New England Patriots (HD)

Thursday, August 28
12:30am Washington Redskins at Carolina Panthers (HD)
6 a.m.: Kansas City Chiefs at Miami Dolphins
9 a.m.: Tennessee Titans at Atlanta Falcons
2:30 p.m.: Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders (HD)
Midnight: Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys (HD)

Friday, August 29
3 a.m.: St Louis Rams at Kansas City Chiefs
6 a.m.: Atlanta Falcons at Baltimore Ravens
9 a.m.: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Houston Texans (HD)
2:30 p.m.: Carolina Panthers at Pittsburgh Steelers
7 p.m.: New England Patriots at New York Giants (HD)
10 p.m.: Denver Broncos at Arizona Cardinals (HD)

Saturday, August 30
1am Oakland Raiders at Seattle Seahawks (HD)
5 a.m.: Detroit Lions at Buffalo Bills (HD)
8 a.m.: St Louis Rams at Kansas City Chiefs
11 a.m.: New York Jets at Philadelphia Eagles (HD)
2 p.m.: Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts (HD)
5 p.m.: Carolina Panthers at Pittsburgh Steelers
10 p.m.: Tennessee Titans at Green Bay Packers (HD)

Sunday, August 31
1a.m. San Diego Chargers at SF 49ers (HD)
4 a.m.: Detroit Lions at Buffalo Bills (HD)
7 a.m.: Atlanta Falcons at Baltimore Ravens
10 a.m.: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Houston Texans (HD)
1 p.m.: Miami Dolphins at New Orleans Saints (HD)
4 p.m.: Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns
7 p.m.: Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys (HD)
10 p.m.: New England Patriots at New York Giants (HD)

Monday, September 1
1 a.m.: Denver Broncos at Arizona Cardinals (HD)
4 a.m.: Oakland Raiders at Seattle Seahawks (HD)

Enjoy!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Monday morning...

It's Monday morning and rain is on its way for Southern New England. Meanwhile at CBS, the execs have dropped the thunder down on Billy Packer. Packer will no longer be part of the network's college basketball coverage after 27 years with the network (34 straight Final Fours), that according to the Miami Herald. Clark Kellogg will join Jim Nantz on the number one crew and for the Final Four.


Check this out from Sunday's Sox game from Fenway Park. My wife, Laura took this photo and it just blows my mind! It's JD Drew up at the dish.





Well, it's onto the All-Star break and the HR Derby tonight. Unfortunately, nobody huge worth watching in it. Here's your rundown:


AL - Justin Morneau, Josh Hamilton, Evan Longoria, Grady Sizemore
NL - Dan Uggla, Chase Utley, Ryan Braun, Lance Berkman


I'm taking Berkman in this one!

Finally, yes, I will be at Pawtucket's McCoy Stadium for David Ortiz and his rehab stint Thursday vs. Toledo!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Get your tickets now!

According to Red Sox manager Terry Francona, David Ortiz will spend July 17, 18 and 19 at McCoy Stadium for a rehab stint with the Pawsox against Toledo. Ortiz will then head to Portland on July 21, 22 and 23. Hopefully, if all goes well, Big Papi is back with the big club to face the Yankees on July 25.

Meanwhile, the latest in the Brett Favre saga is that the Packers will NOT give Brett his unconditional release yet will allow him to have a "role" with the Packers if he chooses to come back. I'm already sick of Brett and he's still not officially active again!

For your wrestling viewing enjoyment, here's Edge vs. The Big Show from Friday Night Smackdown...



Gotta run, Spiderpig is on! Yeah, HBO's showing The Simpson's Movie tonight at 8:30pm.

Saturday update

Yes, I wanted to wait until they could officially announce it themselves....


So, the radio news is that Scott Cordischi will be taking the 9a-11:45a slot on WPRO (AM 630 and 99.7FM) starting next Saturday. It'll be great to hear him back on the air again. Scott, as you might remember, hosted a sportstalk show on WPRO-AM back before the Score signed on in October on 1997. Matt Allen, who tells me he'll be enjoying the Saturday sleep-ins for the first time in seven years, will continue with his Monday-Friday gig from 6p-9p.

Also, on the Boston front, tons of news as WEEI continues to dominate. From David Scott - WEEI has plugged two franchises from 890 ESPN Boston. They've taken Michael Felger, 890's only local weekday host, to join Rob Bradford at an all-new launch of WEEI.com. They've also snatched Patriots Friday as well. Read more about it from Scott's Shots.

Now, all this is not good news for ESPN Radio Boston, who is now pledging to not only replace Felger in afternoon drive, but also add local middays. I hope they do, but it's been something they've been promising for quite some time now. I'm sure all the regular names would be in play for those openings should they come to fruition. Color me a little skeptical as without new ownership and a long-range plan, the finances just don't add up as they continue to go up against the giant mothership that is WEEI.

Stay tuned.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Friday treat

Remember how I was lamenting the lack of choices in local sports radio? Well, in the next 24 hours, the landscape should be changing. Stay tuned as I can not give all the details now.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Latest remix - Katy Perry

"I Kissed A Girl" has a new remix, courtesy of KhaK Black. Check it out from Perez Hilton's website. Kind of a catchy tune, don't ya think.

Jackson vs. Obama

The Not-so-good Reverend Jesse Jackson tears into Senator and Presidential Nominee Barack Obaba. Check it out courtesy of Fox News and the O'Reilly Factor.



Read more about it in the Baltimore Sun.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Separated at Birth

This one's for my wife, Laura...

Wimbledon Champ Rafael Nadal and WWE US Champ Matt Hardy




You make the decision - separated at birth or not?!

Tuesday tidbits

A few notes to pass along on Tuesday night after a crazy 24 hours for yours truly...

* - The Cubs have answered the Brewers move of CC Sabathia by getting Rich Harden in a six-player deal Tuesday night. Gotta love when teams just go for it!

* - The Celtics could be losing out on both James Posey and Corey Magette, that according to the Boston Globe.

* - Here's the deal on Brett Favre: he wants to play and the Packers don't want him. Now comes the tough part. How do you part ways with an icon when your fan base wants him back yet you, as an organization, finally want to move on? Pure and simple - move on without him and deal him for the best trade you can make. Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Franco Harris and Emmitt Smith are just a few of the guys he'll join in not staying with their beloved town.

* - Gotta love those hot and muggy nights at Fenway! Heidi Watney goes sleeveless tonight!

* - When Joba Chamberlain learns that he doesn't have to make a perfect pitch and try to strike out everyone, he'll be one helluva starting pitcher. Just look at the change in Jon Lester when you throw strikes, get ahead and just like "Bull Durham" taught us - throw groundballs and flyouts, they're more democratic. Strikeouts are fascist.

* - If you're the Yankees, why not just go out and sign Barry Bonds to be your DH. If David Ortiz were to be out for the rest of the season, I'd be telling the Red Sox to do the same thing.

* - Patrice Bergeron was back on the ice today for the Bruins. Now that's a great sight to see!

* - Good luck to Andy Gresh, who's up for the afternoon gig at 1250 ESPN in Pittsburgh. As I told Gresh this past weekend via email, it would be a great fit for him to get to go back home to cover the Steelers and the rest of his hometown teams.

* - Speaking of local radio, I sure do miss having the alternatives in my car of two local sports stations in addition to ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News for national stuff. And I don't only say that because I drew a paycheck from it either.

* - Lastly in radio news, good luck to Tom Izzo from WPRO. Today was Tom's last day with the morning show as he's moving onto another gig. Tom's hilarious and a great talent.

* - Don't forget the season finale of "Hell's Kitchen" with Gordon Ramsay tonight at 9pm on FOX.

* - To end it tonight, how's this for weird - I had a dream the other night that I scored a touchdown for the Raiders. Why the Raiders, I have no f'n idea! BTW: it was a touchdown via a fumble recovery. Man, I have to stop eating after 9pm! YIKES!!!

Alright, now that I've used the word "via" twice, I have to jet on out of here before I hear another A-Rod groupie tells us more about their sexcapades.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Brewers get Sabathia!

It's a done deal according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel! CC Sabathia's day in Cleveland are over and he's now a Brewer. That huge UH-OH sound you heard is coming from Wrigley Field and now anxious Cubbie fans!


Here's the breakdown for the All-Star Team by position...

American League
C - Joe Mauer, Dioner Navarro, Jason Veritek
1B- Kevin Youkilis, Justin Morneau, Carlos Guillen
2B- Dustin Pedroia, Ian Kinsler
SS - Derek Jeter, Michael Young
3B - Alex Rodriguez, Joe Crede
OF - Manny Ramirez, Ichiro Suzuki, Josh Hamilton, JD Drew, Carlos Quentin, Grady Sizemore
DH - David Ortiz, Milton Bradley
SP - Justin Duscherer, Roy Halladay, Scott Kazmir, Cliff Lee, Ervin Santana, Joe Saunders
RP - Jonathan Papelbon, Mariano Rivera, Joe Nathan, Francisco Rodriguez, Joakim Soria, George Sherrill

National League
C - Geovany Soto, Russell Martin, Brian McCann
1B - Lance Berkman, Albert Pujols, Adrian Gonzales
2B - Chase Utley, Dan Uggla
SS - Hanley Ramirez, Cristian Guzman, Miguel Tejada
3B - Chipper Jones, Aramis Ramirez,
OF - Kosuke Fukudome, Ryan Braun, Alfonso Soriano, Nate McLouth, Ryan Ludwick, Matt Holliday
SP - Aaron Cook, Ryan Dempster, Dan Haren, Tim Lincecum, Ben Sheets, Edinson Volquez, Brandon Webb, Brian Wilson, Carlos Zambrano
RP - Brad Lidge, Billy Wagner, Kerry Wood

Yes, I know, everyone from here to Seattle and everywhere in between will be screaming about Jason Veritek making the squad. Here's the bottom line: the players voted him in for the reason that they wouldn't want anyone else calling the game and handling the AL closer when the game's on the line when home-field in the World Series is on the line. Period. End of statement!

Final spots

Here are your voting choices online at MLB.com for the final spot on the AL and NL All-Star teams:

American League
Brian Roberts - Orioles
Jermaine Dye - White Sox
Evan Longoria - Rays
Jason Giambi - Yankees
Jose Guillen - Royals

National League
Pat Burrell - Phillies
David Wright - Mets
Carlos Lee - Astros
Corey Hart - Brewers
Aaron Rowand - Giants

NL Reserves

National League Reserves

Brian McCann - Braves
Aramis Ramirez - Cubs
Matt Holliday - Rockies
Dan Uggla - Marlins
Miguel Tejada - Astros
Russell Martin - Dodgers
Nate McLouth - Pirates
Albert Pujols - Cardinals
Ryan Ludwick - Cardinals
Adrian Gonzalez - Padres
Cristian Guzman - Nationals

NL Pitchers

National League Pitchers

Ryan Dempster - Cubs
Aaron Cook - Rockies
Dan Haren - Diamondbacks
Tim Lincecum - Giants
Ben Sheets - Brewers
Edinson Volquez - Reds
Brandon Webb - Diamondbacks
Carlos Zambrano - Cubs
Brad Lidge - Phillies
Billy Wagner - Mets
Brian Wilson - Giants
Kerry Wood - Cubs

AL Reserves

American League Reserves

JD Drew - Red Sox
Jason Veritek - Red Sox
Joe Crede - White Sox
Carlos Quentin - White Sox
Grady Sizemore - Indians
Carlos Guillen - Tigers
Justin Morneau - Twins
Milton Bradley - Rangers (already named starting DH by Terry Francona)
Ian Kinsler - Rangers
Michael Young - Rangers
Dioner Navarro - Rays

* - one more spot to be named as Bradley replaces Ortiz

AL Pitchers

American League All-Star Pitchers

Scott Kazmir - Rays
George Sherrill - Orioles
Roy Halladay - Blue Jays
Mariano Rivera - Yankees
Jonathan Papelbon - Red Sox
Justin Duchscherer - A's
Joe Nathan - Twins
Joakim Soria - Royals
Cliff Lee - Indians
Franciso Rodriguez - Angels
Ervin Santana - Angels
Joe Saunders - Angels

NY Post got it almost right

Well, Ken Griffey JR doesn't make the All-Star team after all as the NY Post reported Saturday night. Here are your official starters...

American League:
C- Joe Mauer - Twins
1B - Kevin Youkilis - Red Sox
2B - Dustin Pedroia - Red Sox
SS - Derek Jeter - Yankees
3B - Alex Rodriguez - Yankees
LF- Manny Ramirez - Red Sox
CF - Ichiro Suzuki - Mariners
RF - Josh Hamilton - Rangers
DH - David Ortiz - Red Sox (will be replaced by Milton Bradley of the Rangers)

National League:
C - Geovany Soto - Cubs
1B - Lance Berkman - Astros
2B - Chase Utley - Phillies
SS - Hanley Ramirez - Marlins
3B - Chipper Jones - Braves
LF - Alfonso Soriano - Cubs (if he can play)
CF - Kosuke Fukudome - Cubs
RF - Ryan Braun - Brewers
DH - to be named by manager Clint Hurdle

Saturday, July 05, 2008

No need to wait on All-Stars

So much for waiting until 2pm on Sunday for TBS and Dennis Eckersley to tell us who the MLB All-Stars will be! The New York Post tells us tonight! Here are your lineups:

American League:
C- Joe Mauer - Twins
1B - Kevin Youkilis - Red Sox
2B - Dustin Pedroia - Red Sox
SS - Derek Jeter - Yankees
3B - Alex Rodriguez - Yankees
LF- Manny Ramirez - Red Sox
CF - Ichiro Suzuki - Mariners
RF - Josh Hamilton - Rangers
DH - David Ortiz - Red Sox (will be replaced by Milton Bradley of the Rangers)
SP - Cliff Lee - Indians

National League:
C - Geovany Soto - Cubs
1B - Lance Berkman - Astros
2B - Chase Utley - Phillies
SS - Hanley Ramirez - Marlins
3B - Chipper Jones - Braves
LF - Alfonso Soriano - Cubs (if he can play)
CF - Kosuke Fukudome - Cubs
RF - Ken Griffey, JR - Reds
DH - to be named by manager Clint Hurdle
SP - Brandon Webb - Diamondbacks

Not a bad job by the fans at all.

AL All-Stars

Sunday, TBS will announce the All-Star teams for the AL and NL at 2pm, prior to the Cubs/Cardinals game. Here, IMHO, are who should be your starters for the American League.

Catcher:
Joe Mauer - Twins
.324 AVG 3 HR 36 RBI

First base:
Kevin Youkilis - Red Sox
.311 AVG 13 HR 53 RBI and flawless defensively at 1B

Second base:
Ian Kinsler - Rangers (just edges a red-hot Dustin Pedroia)
.325 AVG 13 HR 51 RBI

Shortstop:
Michael Young - Rangers (bad group at SS this year)
.288 AVG 7HR 45 RBI

Third base:
Alex Rodriguez - Yankees
.319 AVG 17 HR 49 RBI (despite a trip to the DL)

Outfield:
Carlos Quentin - White Sox .273 AVG 19 HR 61 RBI
Josh Hamilton - Rangers .306 AVG 18 HR 82 RBI (best story in the bigs!)
JD Drew - Red Sox .300 AVG 16 HR 51 RBI
(Grady Sizemore a close 4th leading the way with 21 HR's in the AL)

Designated Hitter:
Jose Guillen - Royals .277 AVG 13 HR 64 RBI (1st in the league in go-ahead RBI's: 21)

Friday, July 04, 2008

4th update

Nice to see the Yanks are taking Joe Girardi's heart-to-heart talk last night well! Right now in the 7th, the Red Sox are on top 6-3 with six unanswered runs. Mike Lowell's three-run home run (yes, I'll take that on my fantasy stats, thank you very much!) takes care of the lead. Hideki Okajima is in. Yes, Red Sox nation, hold your collective breath!

For you college football diehards, here's the tv schedule as it stands on July 4th.

Sad news on the political front as former North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms passes away at age 86.

For you tropical weather buffs, there's a tropical storm brewing in the Atlantic. Here's the track.

Since it's just three weeks until I'll be drunk off my ass at the Kenny Chesney concert in Foxboro, here's a little Summertime to enjoy.

More later if I get bored.

Happy 4th of July!

It's July 4th and with the parades, cookouts, Red Sox/Yankees and Wimbledon men's semi-finals, we get the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Championship! It's All-American again as Joey Chestnut wins the Hot Dog Beef-off!

Meanwhile, the Yanks have gotten 3 off Josh Beckett in the 1st to grab a quick 3-0 lead.

At Wimbledon, ho-hum, it's #1 vs. #2 again in the finals as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal breeze through the semi's to face-off on Sunday morning.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Favre update

Brett Favre tells his hometown newspaper that "it's all rumor" regarding his return to the NFL as an active player. Me thinks he doth protest to fast!

Pats camp

Some early dates and times for Patriots camp when it opens July 24th:

THURSDAY, JULY 24
8:45 - 10:30 a.m. Morning practice
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Evening practice

FRIDAY, JULY 25
2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Afternoon practice

SATURDAY, JULY 26
Training camp practices are closed to the public due to the New England Country Music Festival.

SUNDAY, JULY 27
8:45 - 10:30 a.m. Morning practice
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Evening practice

MONDAY, JULY 28
2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Afternoon practice

Yes, I will be at the Country Music Festival on the 26th!!!

Surprise, surprise, surprise!

Yeah, we didn't see this one coming! Brett Favre wants to play again. According to reports from the Wisconsin State Journal, Favre and his agent Bus Cook actually asked the Packers for his release.

Wednesday early

A few quick notes on this Hump Day Wednesday...

* - Hank Steinbrenner's none too happy with his current day Yanks.

* - Marian Hossa's headed to Detroit. It's good to see him going to a team that really needs him.

* - TJ Sorrentine is back in Rhode Island as an assistant basketball coach at Brown.

* - Former Celtics guard/forward Gerald Green signs with the Dallas Mavs.

* - Roger Federer is on to the semi's at Wimbledon.

* - Angelina Jolie has not yet delivered her twins into the new world yet.

Finally, just an aside to what's on the radio these days. The Red Sox and Rays are starting the week in a 3-game battle for first place in the AL East and all anyone wants to talk about is Manny Ramirez and his weekend battle with Jack McCormick. And here I thought New England had passionate baseball fans! I'm not saying it shouldn't be addressed but by the end of Monday, it should've been left to move on to what's happening on the field. Just a thought!