Sunday, August 31, 2008

Sunday with the Pawsox

After spending Saturday night watching the Red Sox rout the White Sox in Michael Bowden's MLB debut at Fenway Park, Abbie, Laura and Mark JR. spent Sunday night watching the Pawsox top Lehigh Valley 2-1.

You can check out all the excitement and my daughter's 2nd official Pawsox game at her website.

BTW: If you're a news junkie like myself, DirecTV has put up NBC's New Orleans affiliate WDSU on channel 361 for coverage of Hurricane Gustav. They also have an information channel on channel 363. It's stuff like this that sets DirecTV far apart from the others!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Checking in with Tina Cervasio



I was lucky enough to catch up with MSG's Tina Cervasio through email the other day (before the Josh Beckett diagnosis on Friday). Check out my electronic conversation right here and I hope you enjoy finding out what the former Red Sox/NESN hottie's been up to lately.

TCN: As we head down the stretch into September for MLB's playoff race, do you think the Tampa Rays and can hang on to win the AL East or do you think the Red Sox will come back to claim the division?
TC: This all depends on what Dr. James Andrews says about Josh Beckett's elbow. I was shocked when I heard the news Thursday. I'm writing this email before the "diagnosis" comes out. This White Sox Series is important for the Red Sox. On that note, I really do think the Rays will hold on to this thing by the slightest margin ... but with that ... I also feel strongly that the Red Sox will go to the Post Season as the Wildcard. (Hey, if you can't win the AL East again, at least the Yankees aren't winning it anymore.)

TCN: What went wrong with the Yankees this year?
TC: Injuries, situational hitting, too much faith in their young pitching, which totally backfired in their faces over the first 1/3 of the season (see, Hughes, Phil; Kennedy, Ian) Think about it ... They have those two guys AND Melky Cabrera in Triple-A ... the exact tri-fecta the Twins wanted for Johan Santana. On the flip side ... look how well Justin Masterson has developed and how important Jed Lowrie has become to the Major League Club. I digress. I also forgot one other thing that went wrong with the Yankees this year. Madonna. I love her work, but her name shouldn't be in Sports Pages.

TCN: How do you handicap the American League as we head towards the playoffs?
TC: I don't think Minnesota can last. The Angels are scary. I can't imagine the White Sox lasting through the Post Season, but they've gotten this far with some pretty consistent production, and they can rack up those runs. Rays are not battle tested, even when it comes to a race down the stretch ... so they can still bite it, and fall out of this. I believe that adversity, and challenges are something the Red Sox are used to, they've endured before, and they can do it again. Wild Card, Schmile Card: Remember 2004? Just get to October, then everyone's 0-0. Did I mention the Angels are scary?

TCN: Jets or Giants - who's going to have the better season?
TC: The Jets will have a better season than they did last year, I think Favre will help, he can get a team down the field ... the Jets couldn't do that the last few years. But I do bleed Blue: Giants will have a better season. (but I highly doubt they will repeat ... so the Pats are safe! hehe)

TCN: What do you miss most about New England?
TC: Because of my crazy schedule I was relegated to pretty much just Boston. Although trips to Maine and some visits to N.H. always kept me in an overall New England State of Mind. I loved walking through Boston, you can't do that in New York without getting annoyed at all the people. I was obsessed with weekly visits to Charles Street when I was home or had family in town. Whether it was a mom & pop market to get some veggies, or to shop for clothes in a boutique, or for a quaint meal. Charles Street is a beautiful reflection of New England to me. Historic, with lots of personality. And I do Dream of Fenway every so often, so I don't have to "miss" it!!

TCN: What's the best thing about being back in New York?
TC: This is where I'm from. I just got right back to work! No transition period, no "getting to know" this new sports reporter period. My entire family is in the area, so after missing two years of weddings, births, deaths, birthdays, holidays, it's good to be able to attend lots of family gatherings. My job is also entirely different. I have two days off a week, like normal people. Although, they are sometimes separated (Sunday/Wednesday or Saturday/Tuesday), and I've only traveled twice since April. That leaves me the freedom to do other things, like go to games for fun! Spend time with my husband, play golf, go to shows in Manhattan, see my friends for dinner or visit them and their kids. Go to the beach! (my in-laws live on the ocean), and I do call the "World's Most Famous Arena - Madison Square Garden" my office. So I feel privileged.

TCN: Give the readers of "The Crowe's Nest" one thing they probably didn't know about Tina Cervasio...
TC: I'm training for the New York City Marathon, on November 2nd for the Garden of Dreams Foundation . Who knows, I may tackle Boston next! Check out my fundraising page: http:/www.firstgiving.com/tinacervasio

Thanks again to Tina Cervasio and we'll be posting more of these in the near future.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Bowden makes debut Saturday

According to the Boston Herald, the Red Sox have named Michael Bowden to take the mound Saturday night in his major league debut. I'll be there to check it out!

Latest on Beckett/Casey

From the Boston Globe, the news is good on Josh Beckett, even though he's going on the DL. Read more here. Sean Casey is also headed to the DL as well with that sore neck.

You can watch Red Sox manager Terry Francona's presser on Beckett right here, from NECN.

This weekend's TV for College Football

Looking to watch some college football this weekend, our friends at Scout.com and College Football News have you covered:

Aug 30: Virginia Tech vs. East Carolina, 12:00 PM, ESPN
Aug 30: Western Kentucky at Indiana, 12:00 PM, Big Ten Network
Aug 30: Bowling Green at Pitt, 12:00 PM, ESPNU
Aug 30: Maine at Iowa, 12:00 PM, Big Ten Network
Aug 30: Syracuse at Northwestern, 12:00 PM, ESPN or ESPN2
Aug 30: Youngstown State at Ohio State, 12:00 PM, Big Ten Network
Aug 30: Coastal Carolina at Penn State, 12:00 PM, Big Ten Network
Aug 30: Akron at Wisconsin, 12:00 PM, Big Ten Network
Aug 30: Hawaii at Florida, 12:30 PM, Gameplan
Aug 30: Georgia Southern at Georgia, 12:30 PM, Gameplan
Aug 30: Ohio at Wyoming, 2:00 PM, The mtn
Aug 30: Towson at Navy, 3:30 PM, CBS CSTV
Aug 30: USC at Virginia, 3:30 PM, ABC
Aug 30: Utah at Michigan, 3:30 PM, ABC
Aug 30: Oklahoma State at Washington State, 3:30 PM, FSN
Aug 30: Villanova at West Virginia, 3:30 PM, Gameplan
Aug 30: Delaware at Maryland, 3:45 PM, ESPNU
Aug 30: Appalachian State at LSU, 5:00 PM, ESPN
Aug 30: Northern Illinois at Minnesota, 6:00 PM, Big Ten Network
Aug 30: TCU at New Mexico, 6:00 PM, Vs.
Aug 30: Northern Iowa at BYU, 6:00 PM, The mtn.
Aug 30: Mississippi State at La. Tech, 6:45 PM, ESPN2
Aug 30: Louisiana-Monroe at Auburn, 7:00 PM, Gameplan
Aug 30: Boston College at Kent State, 7:30 PM, ESPNU
Aug 30: Tennessee-Martin at South Florida, 7:30 PM, Gameplan
Aug 30: Idaho State at Boise State, 8:00 PM, Gameplan
Aug 30: Alabama vs. Clemson, 8:00 PM, ABC
Aug 30: Michigan State at Cal, 8:00 PM, ABC
Aug 30: Illinois vs. Missouri, 8:30 PM, ESPN
Aug 30: Washington at Oregon, 10:00 PM, FSN
Aug 30: Washington at Oregon, 10:00 PM, FSN

Aug 31: Kentucky at Louisville, 3:30 PM, ESPN
Aug 31: Colorado State vs. Colorado, 7:30 PM, FSN

Sept 1: Fresno State at Rutgers, 4:00 PM, ESPN
Sept 1: Tennessee at UCLA, 8:00 PM, ESPN

McCain/Palin

At the top of the hour, Senator John McCain made it official: a woman will play a key role in the 2008 National Presidential Election. At one time, it was thought that that woman would be Senator Hillary Clinton. Now, it will be Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska. She is announced this afternoon as McCain's Vice-Presidential Nominee.




Bold. Yes. Surprising. Yes. A risk. Absolutely.

To pick a 44-year old hockey Mom of five from Alaska that most of the country doesn't know much about is always a risk. Yet, if this campaign is truly about change and thinking outside the box and beltway of Washington, DC, this is about as far away from the Nation's Capitol that you can get.

My first thought - the movie "Disclosure." While Demi Moore ("Meredith Johnson") was seen as the one to break the glass ceiling for Donald Sutherland's company ("Bob Garvin"), it was Rosemary Forsyth ("Stepanie Kaplan") who was the winner in the end.

Time will tell if it's a good risk or not, but for now it puts McCain/Palin on top of the news cycle, bumping Barack Obama's Denver speech out of the spotlight.

The Obama's camp reaction to the VP nomination of McCain is petty this afternoon. They dissed Palin as a mayor of a town of 9,000 in Alaska now being a heartbeat away from the Presidency. One should never diss smalltown America in an election.

Besides, last time I checked, right now Palin is the only one of the four people in this election that has actually RUN a government, not just legislated.

Now, to be fair, I mocked the Dem's for their song choice being antiquated, well the Republicans get the same today as Van Halen's Right Now is used to introduce McCain today in Dayton, Ohio.
If nothing else, the 67 days until Election Day just got a whole lot more interesting.

Happy Birthday Jacko!

Happy 50th Birthday Michael Jackson! In honor of Jacko, we give you the original "Thriller"
or you can watch some Thriller alternatives...







So, you think college president's can't party? Well, this Iowa Community College Prez got $400K and a pink slip for this rocking boat party!



Did someone forget to tell the Pats and Tom Brady there was an NFL Preseason? Not that it means anything, but the Pats went 0-4 for the first time since 1990 with last night's 19-14 loss to the Giants. Neither Brady nor Eli Manning played a down.

NFL suspensions could be coming. The Pats could have someone on that list. Check it out at Pro Football Talk.

It's an important day for the Red Sox medically. Josh Beckett, JD Drew and Sean Casey will all see doctors to tend to how severe their elbow, back and neck issues are respectively. If Beckett's injury is serious, that's a huge blow to the Sox repeat chances as World Champs.

College football continues tonight -
Temple at Army, 7:00 PM, ESPN Classic
SMU at Rice, 8:00PM, ESPN

Here are your final NFL preseason games for 2008:
Oakland at Seattle, 10 p.m.
San Diego at San Francisco, 10 p.m.
Denver at Arizona, 10 p.m. (LIVE on the NFL Network)

Last night on "Big Brother 10," Cumberland's Michelle Costa was booted in the first of a double eviction. Ollie went on the backend. Your new HOH is Jerry. So, now he has the power of the remaing five: Jerry, Dan, Memphis, Keesha and Renny.

Gotta go, the little one is waking up from her morning nap!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Nothing but bad news for the Sox

Not a good Thursday in Red Sox Nation!

First off, on the field, the Sox lose a 2-0 lead on a great outing by Jon Lester and drop a 3-2 decision to the Yankees. Jason Giambi bombs a pinch-hit, two-run home run off Hideki Okajima in the 7th to tie it and then gets the game-winning, rbi single to end it off Jonathan Papelbon in the 9th.

Off the field, Josh Beckett has been scratched for his Friday night start against the White Sox. Instead, he'll see esteemed Birmingham, Alabama specialist Dr. James "doctor to the stars" Andrews. Dice-K will throw on Friday while David Pauley gets the nod on Saturday. Let's just say it's never a good thing when you have to go see the specialist as Beckett's elbow just "doesn't seem right."

College football tonight

Here's your rundown for tonight's college football on TV/online, courtesy of lsufootball.net

Hofstra at Connecticut
6:30 p.m.
SNY / ALT / ERTV

Vanderbilt at Miami Ohio
6:30 p.m.
ESPNU (HD)

North Carolina State at South Carolina
7:00 p.m.
ESPN (HD)

South Dakota State at Iowa State
7:00 p.m.
FCS Central (cable) / DirecTV - 617

Wake Forest at Baylor
7:00 p.m.
FSN (HD - DirecTV: 635, 663, 665, 676)

Oregon State at Stanford
8:00 p.m.
ESPN2 (HD)

Games that haven't been scheduled for nationally available networks so far.
Charleston Southern at Miami
6:30 p.m.
ESPN 360

Eastern Illinois at Central Michigan
6:00 p.m.
TBA

Eastern Kentucky at Cincinnati
6:30 p.m.
Online PPV

Indiana State at Eastern Michigan
6:00 p.m.
TBA

Jacksonville State at Georgia Tech
6:30 p.m.
ESPN 360

Northeastern at Ball State
6:00 p.m.
TBA

Troy at Middle Tennessee
6:30 p.m.
ERTV / CSS / ESPN-GP (online only?)

UTEP at Buffalo
6:00 p.m.
Time Warner SportsNet

Gustav and the RNC

How's this for timing? The 3-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is Friday. Hurricane Gustav has the potential to hit New Orleans and various other spots around the Gulf Coast on late Monday or early Tuesday, which ironically lands in the midst of the Republican National Convention in St.Paul, Minnesota.

What does it all mean? Well, there could be some changes to the RNC schedule as both President Bush and Vice-President Cheney are right now scheduled to speak on Labor Day Monday at the Convention. That might change depending on Gustav.

As you might remember, the White House and FEMA were soundly criticized for their handling of Hurricane Katrina back in 2005.

Stay tuned as you can track Gustav right here.

Brokeback Raw

If you're a wrestling fan, you'll get a kick out of this You Tube video tribute to the Shawn Michaels/Chris Jericho feud that makes it a bit more, shall we say, intimate. Very funny stuff!!!



As for the news of the day, the Red Sox have all but eliminated the Yankees after routing them in game 2 last night in the Bronx, 11-3. Today, Jon Lester can make it official by besting Mike Mussina. 1pm on NESN!

The final two days of preseason are here with a full slate of games tonight. Here's your rundown for you, including NFL Network replay times -

Jacksonville at Washington, 7 p.m. (LIVE on NBC)
Detroit at Buffalo, 6:30 p.m. (5am Saturday)
N.Y. Jets at Philadelphia, 6:30 p.m. (11am Saturday)
New England at N.Y. Giants, 7 p.m. (LIVE on FOX 64- NFL Network replay 7pm Friday)
Cincinnati at Indianapolis, 7 p.m. (2pm Saturday)
Atlanta at Baltimore, 7 p.m. (6am Friday)
Carolina at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. (2:30pm Friday)
Chicago at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m. (4pm Sunday)
Miami at New Orleans, 8 p.m. (1pm Sunday)
Tampa Bay at Houston, 8 p.m. (9am Friday)
St. Louis at Kansas City, 8 p.m. (3am Friday)
Minnesota at Dallas, 8 p.m. (Midnight tonight)
Tennessee at Green Bay, 8 p.m. (10pm Saturday)

The Colts get another damaging blow as center Jeff Saturday could miss 6 weeks with a knee injury.

It's the big night at the DNC tonight as Barack Obama accepts his nomination outside in front of 75,000 at Invesco Field. On the other side, John McCain will announce his VP choice Friday at 11am.

BTW: did you see where an ABC producer was arrested in Denver for doing his job?

Back with more later.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Breaking news - Sox/Merriman

The deal is done for Mark Kotsay for the Red Sox. They pay him $325,000 to waive his no-trade clause and he should be in uniform for tonight's game against the Yankees. Boston also gives the Braves a prospect from Lowell.

In San Diego, the Chargers will have Shawn Merriman as he elects NOT to have surgery on his two torn and damaged ligaments in his knee. Jay Glazer from Fox Sports has more on the very risky decision.

Have you checked out the stage at Invesco Field for Barack Obama's acceptance speech Thursday night? It's like he's a Greek God or something.

Ins and outs

Who's in and who's out on this Wednesday morning -

* - Kenny Chesney and LL Cool J are in with Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN.

* - Jay Mariotti is out in Chicago. He's resigned his gig with the Sun-Times.

* - Braves OF Mark Kotsay is neither in nor out as he has not been dealt to the Red Sox or Phillies yet. It still looks like the Sox are in the lead though.

* - Yankees are out after a very disappointing 7-3 loss to the Red Sox last night. Same 'ol, same 'ol as A-Rod, Cano, Matsui et al can't come through in the clutch as Masterson, Okajima and Papelbon close the door on the Yanks. Go Sox! I'll be at Fenway Saturday night to see Ken Griffey, JR come to town.

* - President Bill Clinton and VP nominee Joe Biden are in tonight at the DNC. As for last night's Hillary Clinton speech, I offer you this. Yes, it was the first speech to unite the party so far in Denver. Yes, she said she would support Barack Obama. Yet, as far as a personal endorsement that will be remembered in a few days, the speech falls far short. It was a speech more about Hillary Clinton than about Obama. She mentioned his name only 10 times in the entire speech.

* - Speaking of the convention, you have to love the bickering go on behind the scenes and on-air over at MSNBC. Here's the latest from the NY Post's Page Six. Watch the drama unfold right here.

* - Pats QB Tom Brady is both in and out. He's out at Pats practice and the Kick-off Gala last night but in out on the West Coast with new house plans, according to TMZ.com

* - Out is 9-year old Jericho Scott, who's been banned from his Youth Baseball League because he's too good.

* - Could be out is Cumberland's own Michelle Costa, who's up on the block with Jerry in "Big Brother 10."

Back with more later.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Good news on John Cena

From WWE.com, it looks like John Cena will be out 2-4 months after neck surgery this afternoon. That's great news as it looks like he would be out alot longer. Here's more from WWE.com:

We performed a microsurgical removal of a large disk fragment compression on the spinal cord which was weakening the nerve leading to the right arm," Dr. Maroon told WWE.com shortly after the operation.

"We created a small incision in the front of the neck, using an operating microscope, to remove the fragment from the spinal cord and nerve. The operation took approximately an hour and a half."Dr. Maroon added, "I think John's prognosis is excellent. We performed this same procedure on three all-pro NFL players, and all three resumed their football careers."

WWE's Dr. Chris Amann, who was on site for Cena's surgery, agreed with Dr. Maroon's assessment on the Chain Gang Commander's successful procedure.

"The surgery went exactly as planned. There were no complications. What we saw in the MRI correlated with what we saw in his disk. Dr. Maroon was able to visualize the disk using a microscope. Right after Cena woke up from the surgery, he said that ‘the pain in his arm and shoulder was gone,'" Dr. Amann recalled."As far as what could've gone wrong during surgery is infection and not removing all the disk material. In Cena's case, everything went well," Dr. Armann added. "Dr. Maroon and I expect a full recovery. In a couple of weeks, he'll be able to start with leg cardio, and then resistance training in four to six weeks. The bone graft that was put into his neck needs to heal before he can see action."

Good news indeed.

Kotsay on the way?

With JD Drew now on the DL, Mark Kotsay could be on the way to Boston. He's been taken out of the Braves lineup tonight and as we posted earlier, the Sox and Phils were talking to Atlanta about getting him.

Dave O'Brien from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has the latest.

MLB Instant Replay

Get ready for instant replay in Major League Baseball starting this Thursday! It'll only be for home run calls to start. An official announcement will come later today from MLB, according to ESPN.

Things not to do when you're in Denver

A couple of items from the DNC -

* - Apparently, Senator Barack Obama isn't quite sure where he is on the road to Denver.

* - Former President Bill Clinton takes another swipe at the Democratic nominee today in Denver.

No Bounce!

Welcome aboard on this "No Bounce" Tuesday. Why is it a no bounce Tuesday you may ask?

Well, the Dems get no bounce from the Joe Biden VP announcement and Michelle Obama's speech last night at the DNC in Denver. The latest tracking has Barack Obama now down two points. All this despite last night's ceremonies where Senator Ted Kennedy clearly took the spotlight despite an impressive showing from the possible First Lady-elect and of course the announcement of the experienced Joe Biden added to the ticket. Expect the nastiness to be ratched up from last night's cumbaya Monday moments since Senator Hillary Clinton will be the keynote speaker tonight shortly after 10pm. BTW: I love CNN's HD coverage of the DNC. It tells you exactly what's going on, what's happened and what's to come.

Elsewhere, no bounce from JD Drew's back is where the Red Sox might be considering they (and the Phillies) are now looking to claim Mark Kotsay from the Braves, according to Fox Sports guru Ken Rosenthal.

The Patriots are getting no bounce on their back-ups from Don Banks. The SI.com scribe ranks them 30th of 32 NFL teams in where they number two signal caller ranks.

No bounce is what the US, Florida and the Gulf Coast are looking for out of Hurricane Gustav. The dangerous category 1 hurricane is looking like it could be a cat 3 or higher with a potential hit of the Gulf Coast on Monday. Stay tuned, this one bears watching.

Elsewhere today -

* - Newday's Neil Best chimes in with possible sidekicks for WFAN's Mike Francesca.

* - The Big Lead opines about ESPN's possible Late Night Show. I'll be skipping that no matter who hosts it.

* - Michael Strahan has saved himself $18,000 a month thanks to a court ruling today in New Jersey.

Lastly, why do political conventions continue to use outdated songs from the 70's as their themes. Last night, "Still the One" rang through the Pepsi Center for Ted Kennedy.

I'll be back with more later.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Red Sox/Yankees preview

Here are your pitching matchups for this week's Red Sox/Yankees matchup, possibly the last time the Sox play at Yankee Stadium.

Tuesday night - 7pm
BOS: Tim Wakefield 7-8, 3.67 ERA) vs. NYY: Andy Pettitte (13-9, 4.17 ERA)

Wednesday night - 7pm
BOS: Paul Byrd (8-11, 4.61) vs. NYY: Sidney Ponson (7-4, 4.67)

Thursday afternoon - 1pm
BOS: Jon Lester (12-5, 3.49) vs. NYY Mike Mussina (16-7, 3.45)

All games on NESN with Wednesday night's game also on ESPN.

Last week of summer

OK, it's the last "unofficial" week of summer as Labor Day is next Monday. Also, college football is underway as a slew of teams get into the mix this upcoming weekend. We'll be doing our best bets on Friday's for the week.

As for the news of the day....

* - The Red Sox continue to mount the injuries with Sean Casey the latest of the walking wounded.

* - Speaking of injuries, Pats QB Tom Brady tells WEEI this morning that he'll be ready for KC on September 7th in Foxboro.

* - Could Michael Strahan be coming back to the Giants now that Osi Umenyora is out for the season?

* - If you're wondering who's speaking at the 1st day of the Democratic National Convention in Denver today, click here. Here's the official site for the Dems as well.

* - The SEC has decided against doing its own network and re-ups with ESPN on a 15-year deal.

* - The Dancing with the Stars card has been announced. It includes an Olympian and the oldest participant to dance yet!

* - How many of you have picked up Kurt Warner over the weekend to your fantasy teams?

* - So what will you be doing now that the Olympics are over? Email me here.

Back with more later if necessary.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

It's over in Beijing

The Olympics are over in Beijing now that the Closing Ceremonies are wrapping up. You can see those tonight on NBC 10. The final day of competition sees:

* - The US win gold on the hardwood for the Redeem Team. They squeak out a 118-107 victory over Spain.

* - The US Men's Volleyball team also wins gold while the women net silver.

* - Full results on NBCOlympics.com

* - This Olympiad turns out to be the most watched ever!

In the NFL Saturday night, a ton of injuries for preseaon week 3.

* - Jason Taylor sprains his knee.

* - Osi Umenyora needs an MRI on his injured knee.

* - Justin Miller injures his foot.

* - The biggest news on the injury front, of course, is that Shawn Merriman's ligament damage to his knee could be career-threatening.

* - Tonight on the NFL Network, the Colts open up their new stadium against the Bills, who will be without Trent Edwards. 8pm on the NFL Network.

In baseball news, Josh Beckett gets his start pushed back to Friday against the White Sox. Beckett has some inflammation in his elbow.

Can you believe that Carl Pavano gets his first win in over a year Saturday night?

So what does Sen. Joe Biden really think of his boss, Barack Obama? Well, this is a little ditty from a debate earlier this political season.


Back with more later, if needed.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Banned for life

Now, this is not how you want your Olympic legacy to go down in history. A Cuban athlete has been banned for life!

Meanwhile, the US hopes for double gold this weekend in men's and women's basketball. The ladies just started against Australia (down 4-2 at 10:05am, EDT) while the men are at it against Spain at 2:30am Sunday (EDT).

The Red Sox are fighting the injury bug again as JD Drew has a herniated disk in his back. It's also nice to see the Captain, Jason Veritek going well again as he homers in the Sox 8-4 win at Toronto last night.

It's official. Joe Biden is Barack Obama's VP nominee.

BTW, the WWE will again be at the Conventions. Batista, Shelton Benjamin and Candice Michelle will be in Denver for the Dem's. Shawn Michaels, Mr. Kennedy and Mickie James will be in St.Paul for the Repubs.

No Brady. No win. That leaves the Pats at 0-3 after a 27-17 loss to the Eagles.

Just in case you were wondering, I picked up Adrian Peterson with my first pick in my fantasy football draft Friday night. Yes, LT went first with Tom Brady going third.

For your final weekend of Olympics coverage on TV, check out the latest on Philly.com

I'm out for now!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Friday update

A few newsy notes to pass along on this sunny Friday - the Friday of my fantasy football draft!

* - The Celtics have signed the acclaimed actor Darius Miles! Miles, the former high school phenom who's been sidetracked with knee injuries, starred with Scarlett Johansson in the movie "The Perfect Score."

* - The US Men's Basketball Team will play Spain in the Gold Medal Game on Sunday. Team USA spanked Argentina 101-81 today.

* - The Chargers will be at less than 100% now that Shawn Merriman has ligament damage in his knee.

* - The watch is out for Barack Obama's VP candidate to be chosen.

* - Lastly, the news for Citadel Broadcasting isn't getting any better and no, the DePetro ratings scandal isn't going away anytime soon with the national media picking up the story today. It was funny to see ABC 6 try to talk to DePetro this morning. Remember, DePetro told ABC 6's Paul Mueller Thursday that they could come talk to him on Friday. Your thoughts on the story are always welcome by emailing me right here.

It's short and sweet today.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Oops!

OK, the other media question besides the fates at WPRO-AM is the fate of Tiki Barber. Thanks to our friends at Awful Announcing, here's Tiki with Jenna Wolfe and Brian Williams on MSNBC talking about medal count. One problem, Tiki forget that "o" and that's a no-no on national TV. Here's the link and the video.

Simply priceless.
Olympic Update 2
by bsap11

We now know where the diaries came from

The latest in the WPRO-AM spring ratings controversy is this - morning show host John DePetro and WPRO-AM are saying his wife did it. Citadel Broadcasting, for which I worked for from 1997-2008, states they are disappointed in DePetro's wife through a statement this evening, as she has stepped forwarding claiming responsibility for the six diaries in question during the Spring Arbitron Ratings Period. DePetro is claiming he had no knowledge of his wife's actions.

As of this moment, DePetro is still employed as the 6am-10am show host. Should he be, IMHO, not a chance. And again, I'd be saying that no matter what station in the market he worked for since it matters little, it's the premise of the issue that's at hand.

Let's look at this strictly from a credibilty issue. WPRO-AM professes itself as the "station of record" in Rhode Island news. Since this issue has arisen, they've been basically silent. To ask the public for which they ask to trust them with the news and issues of the day to just brush this aside and go on with business as usual is asking a bit too much. It's ok that problems come up and you face adversity. Everyone does. It's how you handle it is how people will judge you and either stick with you or turn tail.

Most of the average public will look at it as there is no way that DePetro didn't know what his wife was up to with the diaries. Just look at the way Wayne Gretzky was handled during his wife's betting scandal after he faned no knowledge of his wife's actions. Now, each listener, consumer and advitiser will surely have to make up his or her own mind as we move forward.

But, at the end of the day, a person is left with their credibility.

Should Citadel leave things as the status quo and take no action when they've let hundreds of people around the country go for strictly business reasons would in my mind be unethical.

Remember, in radio, you're only as good as your last show and your only good as the trust the listeners have in you. WPRO-AM can keep that trust and faith they've worked so hard to achieve over their storied history by acting strongly, swiftly and with common sense. If they do so, they will be well on their way to putting this whole mess behind them.

Of course, DePetro could spare themselves the decision and resign his position.

Stay tuned.

More news...

The Red Sox have a new catcher. According to Ken Rosenthal from Fox Sports, the Sox have signed David Ross, formerly of the Reds. He'll head to Pawtucket and probably get the September 1st call-up.

At the Olympics, the US Women have rebounded and will advance to the Gold Medal Game, topping Russia 67-52. That Gold Medal Game will take place on Saturday.

Team USA loses the gold to Japan in Women's Softball, 3-1. There will be no softball in the London Games in 2012.

If you have Kevin Curtis on your Fantasy Football team, he's out for Week 1 vs. the Rams.

Umps are back in for using instant replay in MLB.

Breaking news!

Sad news this morning as NFLPA Executive Director Gene Upshaw has passed away at age 63. He had been fighting pancreatic cancer.


In other news, the Red Sox have demoted Clay Buchholz again after last night's 11-6 loss in Baltimore. He now heads to Double-A Portland.

Joe Gibbs Racing has been caught cheating! Seven members of the crew have been reprimanded.

At the Olypics, the US Women claim Beach Volleyball gold as Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor capture the top spot on the sand.

Bad news on the track as both men and women 400M relay teams drop the baton in early heats and don't advance out of the first round. The tough Olympics continue for Tyson Gay.

On the hardwood, the US Women are having a hard time down early to Russia. There's still a 2nd half of the semi's to play however.

Usain Bolt! Simply, the fastest man on the planet!

Mark Spitz to Michael Phelps - I can take you! TMZ has the latest.

Charles Barkley. LIVE. Colonoscopy. Put those three things together and there's must see TV as part of the tri-network Cancer Telethon coming up on September 5th at 8pm, EDT.

I'll have some more later, maybe!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Hump day items

Before we get to the Olympic news of the morning, we have a few interesting Sox notes for ya -

* - The update on Yaz is that he's resting comfortable after heart bypass surgery.

* - Josh Beckett will have eight days in between starts now that he's been moved to Tuesday due to tingleness in his arm. Red Sox Nation prays it's nothing serious.

* - The Rockies have waived Manny Corpas. But, as Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes, don't expect the capable reliever to be setting up shop in the Sox bullpen just yet.

Elsewhere around the bigs,

* - My fantasy closer, Billy Wagner, is shelved indefinitely and could be out the rest of the season.

* - MLB umps are too keen on instant replay and boycotted the conference call.

Now, as for the Olympics -

* - Team USA is onto the basketball semi's for the men with a 31-point win over Australia this morning. They'll face either Argentina or Greece in the semi's. Lithuania will take on Spain in the other semi on Friday.

* - Gold and silver for Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin on the balance beam.

* - How's this for ironic: a boxer is disqualified for biting his opponent and Evander Holyfield was there to see it!

* - US Softball tops Japan, 4-1 in extra innings to move on to the gold medal game. It'll be a rematch in that one as Japan takes out Australia, who gets the bronze.

Here's your rundown of TV coverage from the fine folks at Philly.com

Back with more later...

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

F'n Amazing!!!

OK, ladies and gentlemen - this is why you heed the warnings of everyone to stay inside during a tropical storm or hurricane! This poor soul decided to try and kite surf during Tropical Storm Fay and landed himself in critical condition. Check out the video from WFOR in Miami! It will literally blow you away. Sorry for the pun!

Are you ready for some football!!! Well, CBS Sports has announced its crews for the upcoming season. Here they are, along with the line-up so far, including the addition of former Chargers QB Dan Fouts to the NFL and SEC telecasts. Fouts was not resigned by ABC/ESPN.

Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf
Dick Enberg and Randy Cross or Dan Fouts
Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon
Ian Eagle and Solomon Wilcots
Gus Johnson and Steve Tasker
Don Criqui, Bill Macatee and Steve Beuerlein or Dan Fouts

WEEK 1 - SUNDAY, SEPT. 7
Cincinnati @ Baltimore (1pm)
N.Y. Jets @ Miami (1pm)
Kansas City @ New England (1pm)
Houston @ Pittsburgh (1pm)
Jacksonville @ Tennessee (1pm)

WEEK 2 - SUNDAY, SEPT. 14
Tennessee @ Cincinnati (1pm)
Buffalo @ Jacksonville (1pm)
Oakland @ Kansas City (1pm)
Indianapolis @ Minnesota (1pm)
New England @ N.Y. Jets (4pm)
San Diego @ Denver (4pm)
Miami @ Arizona (4pm)
Baltimore @ Houston (4pm)

WEEK 3 - SUNDAY, SEPT. 21
Kansas City @ Atlanta (1pm)
Oakland @ Buffalo (1pm)
Cincinnati @ N.Y. Giants (1pm)
Miami @ New England (1pm)
Houston @ Tennessee (1pm)
Pittsburgh @ Philadelphia (4pm)
Cleveland @ Baltimore (4pm)
Jacksonville @ Indianapolis (4pm)

WEEK 4 - SUNDAY, SEPT. 28
Cleveland @ Cincinnati (1pm)
Houston @ Jacksonville (1pm)
Denver @ Kansas City (1pm)
San Diego @ Oakland (4pm)
Buffalo @ St. Louis (4pm)

WEEK 5 - SUNDAY, OCT. 5
Tennessee @ Baltimore (1pm)
Kansas City @ Carolina (1pm)
Indianapolis @ Houston (1pm)
San Diego @ Miami (1pm)
Cincinnati @ Dallas (4pm)
New England @ San Francisco (4pm)
Buffalo @ Arizona (4pm)

WEEK 6 - SUNDAY, OCT. 12
Miami @ Houston (1pm)
Baltimore @ Indianapolis (1pm)
Cincinnati @ N.Y. Jets (1pm)
Oakland @ New Orleans (1pm)
Jacksonville @ Denver (4pm)

WEEK 7 - SUNDAY, OCT. 19
San Diego @ Buffalo (1pm)
Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati (1pm)
Tennessee @ Kansas City (1pm)
Baltimore @ Miami (1pm)
Indianapolis @ Green Bay (4pm)
Cleveland @ Washington (4pm)
N.Y. Jets @ Oakland (4pm)

WEEK 8 - SUNDAY, OCT. 26
San Diego @ New Orleans (London, 1pm)
Oakland @ Baltimore (1pm)
Buffalo @ Miami (1pm)
Kansas City @ N.Y. Jets (1pm)
Cleveland @ Jacksonville (4pm)

WEEK 9 - SUNDAY, NOV. 2
N.Y. Jets @ Buffalo (1pm)
Jacksonville @ Cincinnati (1pm)
Baltimore @ Cleveland (1pm)
Houston @ Minnesota (1pm)
Miami @ Denver (4pm)

WEEK 10 - SUNDAY, NOV. 9
Tennessee @ Chicago (1pm)
Jacksonville @ Detroit (1pm)
Cincinnati @ Houston (1pm)
Buffalo @ New England (1pm)
Indianapolis @ Pittsburgh (4pm)
Kansas City @ San Diego (4pm)

WEEK 11 - SUNDAY, NOV. 16
Denver @ Atlanta (1pm)
Houston @ Indianapolis (1pm)
Tennessee @ Jacksonville (1pm)
Oakland @ Miami (1pm)
Baltimore @ N.Y. Giants (1pm)
San Diego @ Pittsburgh (4pm)

WEEK 12 - SUNDAY, NOV. 23
Houston @ Cleveland (1pm)
Buffalo @ Kansas City (1pm)
New England @ Miami (1pm)
N.Y. Jets @ Tennessee (4pm)
Oakland @ Denver (4pm)

WEEK 13 - THURSDAY, NOV. 27 & SUNDAY, NOV. 30
Tennessee @ Detroit (12:30pm, Thanksgiving Day)
Indianapolis @ Cleveland (1pm)
Baltimore @ Cincinnati (1pm)
Denver @ N.Y. Jets (1pm)
Miami @ St. Louis (1pm)
Pittsburgh @ New England (4pm)
Kansas City @ Oakland (4pm)

WEEK 14 - SUNDAY, DEC. 7
Jacksonville @ Chicago (1pm)
Houston @ Green Bay (1pm)
Cincinnati @ Indianapolis (1pm)
Cleveland @ Tennessee (1pm)
Kansas City @ Denver (4pm)
N.Y. Jets @ San Francisco (4pm)
Miami @ Buffalo (Toronto, 4pm)

WEEK 15 - SUNDAY, DEC. 14
Pittsburgh @ Baltimore (1pm)
Denver @ Carolina (1pm)
Tennessee @ Houston (1pm)
San Diego @ Kansas City (1pm)
Buffalo @ N.Y. Jets (1pm)
New England @ Oakland (4pm)

WEEK 16 - SUNDAY, DEC. 21
Cincinnati @ Cleveland (1pm)
Miami @ Kansas City (1pm)
Pittsburgh @ Tennessee (1pm)
N.Y. Jets @ Seattle (4pm)
Houston @ Oakland (4pm)
Buffalo @ Denver (4pm)

WEEK 17 - SUNDAY, DEC. 28
Cleveland @ Pittsburgh (1pm)
Tennessee @ Indianapolis (1pm)
New England @ Buffalo (1pm)
Jacksonville @ Baltimore (1pm)
Kansas City @ Cincinnati (1pm)
Miami @ N.Y. Jets (1pm)
Oakland @ Tampa Bay (1pm)
Denver @ San Diego (4:15pm)

PLAYOFFS:
AFC WILD CARD PLAYOFF GAME - SUNDAY, JAN. 4
AFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS - SATURDAY, JAN. 10 & SUNDAY, JAN. 11AFC CHAMPIONSHIP - SUNDAY, JAN. 18

A couple of notes...

* - Carl Yastrzemski is at Mass General undergoing bypass surgery. Our best wishes are with Yaz.

Here's a little Yaz and Bob Gibson from Ken Burns baseball for your viewing enjoyment...



Part 2 - Yaz vs. Gibson




* - Curt Schilling thanks everyone in Red Sox Nation for the Jimmy Fund Telethon.

* - The Falcons have released WR Joe Horn. Dallas, Miami and others are possible destinations.

* - Warren Sapp joins Inside the NFL for its Showtime debut.

That's all for now as Kevin Youkilis has just put the Sox up 5-2!!!

Tuesday morning update

Tuesday morning at the Olympics brings us...

* - The US Women's Basketball Team advancing to the semi's with a rout over South Korea, 104-60.

* - Shawn Johnson takes gold on the balance beam.

* - A tiebreaker leaves Nastia Liukin with a silver when she should have won gold.

* - Did you see the bad blood between USA and China on the baseball diamond?

* - Here's your rundown for the TV Coverage from Philly.com.

Meanwhile, Chris "Mad Dog" Russo is officially on satellite radio. Newsday's Neil Best has your info on the new Mad Dog Channel.

TMZ has the latest on A-Rod's lovelife.

What would life without Tom Brady look like? Well, the preseason without Tom Brady may continue for the Pats this Friday in Philly.

Just in case you missed them, here are the results from RAW last night in Chicago.

My Fantasy Football Draft is Friday night. If you've got any sleeper picks to pass along, please do by emailing me now.

Finally, the poll running right now is about who the Red Sox ace is these days. Let's see, Josh Beckett gets dusted by the Jays on Sunday and Jon Lester comes out on the road and shuts down the O's. HMMMMMMM....

More later.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Late Monday update

It's late and the day and it's been a busy one with projects today. So, I give you just a few short thoughts.

Is it me or does it seem like the Olympics are over now that Michael Phelps is done? Don't believe me, Sunday's ratings without a Phelps' race were flat.
The Dodgers get Greg Maddux tonight to bolster their pitching staff. Can you get any more polar opposites than Maddux and Manny Ramirez? The two are universes apart.

Are you like me and think that Barack Obama picking Joe Biden as a Vice-President is a little too inside Washington for my tastes?
Mickie James is a wrestling hottie!





Speaking of hot, this is Silva Lucimara from Team Brazil's volleyball team.
That's all for tonight.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Jets lose - first Mangini 2nd guess

OK, I know it's only preseason, but why in the world would Eric Mangini go for a tying FG with :05 left in the game to send a game to overtime? It's the preseason!!! It's a time to work on things and try out situations!!! It's only fitting that down 13-10 after giving up a last minute TD to the Redskins that Mike Nugent would shank a 23-yard FG attempt off the goal post to avoid overtime.

Still, the Jets should have won had Paul Raymond caught a 2nd down a potential TD toss from Brett Ratliff.

Anyway, Brett Favre looked good and the first-team defense continues to come around. So, all in all, nothing to fret about yet.

Favre - Game 1

Let's just say that the 1st quarter of Brett Favre's stint with the Jets in preseason is a success. He goes 5 for 6, good for 48 yards and a touchdown pass to TE Dustin Keller. He's done with the Jets up 7-3 in the 2nd quarter. Keller, IMHO, will be a favorite throughout the season as he's more of a WR than a TE and can give you that good YAC (yards after catch).

Amazing

Thanks to the folks over at Awful Announcing (and an unbelievable shot from the pool in Beijing from SI.com), here's how close last night's 7th Gold Medal for Michael Phelps was. Phelps is on the left while Milorad Cavic is on the right.







Simply incredible!

Saturday surprise

A few surprises this morning at the Olympics...

* - Tyson Gay fails to qualify for the finals of the 100M. He finished fifth.

* - Team China takes out Germany to advance to the quarterfinals of men's basketball. Team USA takes on Spain in a mere moments from now.

* - Remember the wrestler I told you about earlier this week that was miffed by his bronze medal due to poor judging? Well, now he doesn't have to worry about it. The bronze medal has been taken away.

* - Of course, everyone's eyes will be in the pool for the final event of the Olympiad for Michael Phelps. Fresh off his exhilirating .01 of a second win for his 7th Gold in the 100M Butterfly, Phelps will take part in the 4x100M Medley Relay at 10:58pm, EDT.

Here's your rundown for the TV coverage this weekend, courtesy of Philly.com...

Saturday, Aug. 16
NBC and NBC HD,
10 a.m.-6 p.m. —

Men's Basketball - USA vs. Spain (LIVE); Track & Field; Men's & Women's Gymnastics - Trampoline Competition; Beach Volleyball; Women's Diving - Springboard Semifinals; Men's Water Polo - USA vs. Croatia; Rowing - Gold Medal Finals; Cycling - Track Gold Medal Final; Women's Badminton - Singles Gold Medal Finals
7:30 p.m.-Midnight —
Swimming (LIVE): Gold Medal Finals: Men's 4x100-meter Medley Relay, Men's 1500-meter Freestyle, Women's 50m Freestyle, Women's 4x100-meter Medley Relay; Track & Field - Women's Marathon (LIVE), Women's 100-meter Competition, Men's 100-meter, Women's Heptathlon and Women's Shot Put Final
12:30-2 a.m. —
Women's Beach Volleyball - USA Match; Women's Track & Field - 800-meter Semifinals
CNBC and CNBC HD,
Midnight-4:30 a.m. —
Softball - USA vs. Taiwan (LIVE); Boxing 51kg, 75kg Competition (LIVE)
5-8 p.m. —
Boxing 48kg, 75kg Competition
USA and USA HD,
2 a.m.-2 p.m. —

Women's Tennis - Singles Gold Medal Final (LIVE) and Singles Bronze Medal Match; Track & Field - Men's 20k Walk; Men's Tennis - Doubles Gold Medal Final and Men's Singles Bronze Medal Match; Women's Field Hockey - USA vs. New Zealand; Cycling - Track Gold Medal Finals; Men's Table Tennis Team Semifinals
MSNBC,
5 a.m.-5 p.m. —

Men's Soccer Quarterfinals (LIVE); Baseball - USA vs. Canada; Women's Wrestling - 48kg, 55kg Gold Medal Finals (LIVE); Beach Volleyball; Men's Badminton - Doubles Gold Medal Final; Equestrian - Individual Dressage
TELEMUNDO,
2 a.m.-2 p.m. —
Men's Soccer Quarterfinals (LIVE); Track & Field - Gold Medal Finals; Swimming - Gold Medal Finals; Men's Basketball; Women's Diving - Springboard Competition; Beach Volleyball; Baseball; Boxing
6-7:30 p.m. —
Men's Volleyball
Midnight-1 a.m. — TBA
UNIVERSAL HD — 24-hour MSNBC, & CNBC HD Simulcasts and Coverage
NBC OLYMPIC BASKETBALL CHANNEL,
2:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m
. — Men's games
NBC OLYMPIC SOCCER CHANNEL,
6 a.m.-6 p.m
. — Men's games

Sunday, Aug. 17
NBC and NBC HD,
10 a.m.-6 p.m. —
Women's Basketball - USA vs. New Zealand (LIVE); Beach Volleyball Quarterfinal; Women's Volleyball - USA vs. Poland; Cycling - Track Gold Medal Finals; Women's Table Tennis - Team Gold Medal Final; Equestrian - Team Jumping Competition; Rowing - Gold Medal Finals
7 p.m.-Midnight —
Gymnastics - Individual Event Gold Medal Finals: Men's Floor, Men's Pommel Horse, Women's Floor, Women's Vault; Track & Field Gold Medal Finals: Women's 100 and Steeplechase; Women's Diving - Springboard Gold Medal Final; Rowing - Eights Gold Medal Finals
12:35-2 a.m. —
Track & Field Gold Medal Finals: Men's 10K and Women's Triple Jump; Men's Beach Volleyball Quarterfinal; Women's Triathlon
CNBC and CNBC HD,
Midnight-2 a.m. —
Women's Beach Volleyball Quarterfinal; Women's Weightlifting - Super Heavyweight Competition
3-7 p.m. —
Boxing 64kg, 69kg, 91kg Quarterfinals
USA and USA HD,
2 a.m.-2 p.m. —
Women's Beach Volleyball; Men's Tennis - Singles Gold Medal Final (LIVE); Women's Tennis - Doubles Gold Medal Final (LIVE); Cycling - Track Gold Medal Finals; Women's Handball - Russia vs. Germany; Men's Table Tennis - Team Bronze Playoff
MSNBC,
5 a.m.-5 p.m. —
Softball - USA vs. Netherlands (LIVE); Women's Wrestling 63kg, 72kg Gold Medal Finals; Women's Table Tennis - Team Bronze; Badminton - Mixed Doubles Gold Medal Final; Men's Fencing - Team Sabre Gold Medal Final; Men's Badminton - Singles Gold Medal Final; Men's Weightlifting 94kg Competition; Women's Basketball - Australia vs. Russia; Women's Volleyball - Italy vs. Brazil; Women's Water Polo Quarterfinal
TELEMUNDO,
4 a.m.-2 p.m. —
Swimming - Gold Medal Finals; Women's Volleyball; Women's Diving - Springboard Semifinal; Track & Field Gold Medal Finals; Women's Beach Volleyball; Baseball; Boxing; Gymnastics - Trampoline Competition6-7:30 p.m. — Women's Beach Volleyball
Midnight-1 a.m. —
TBA
UNIVERSAL HD — 24-hour MSNBC, & CNBC HD Simulcasts and Coverage
NBC OLYMPIC BASKETBALL CHANNEL,
2:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. —
Women's games
NBC OLYMPIC SOCCER CHANNEL,
6 a.m.-6 p.m. —
Best of Men's & Women's games

Congratulations to everyone involved with the 7th Annual WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Telethon. A great two-day event netted over $4.8 million dollars. Congrats to all!

Tonight in NFL Preseason action, there's lots more than just Brett Favre taking his first snaps with the Jets. OK, in my world, that's all that's going on tonight in the NFL! Here's your rundown with NFL Network replay times as well.

Washington at N.Y. Jets, 7 p.m. (LIVE on NFL Network)
Indianapolis at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. (Sunday, 7am)
Miami at Jacksonville, 7:30 p.m. (Monday, 1pm)
Minnesota at Baltimore, 7:30 p.m. (Saturday, 10:30pm)
Arizona at Kansas City, 8 p.m. (Wednesday, 12am)
San Diego at St. Louis, 8 p.m. (Sunday, 1:30am)
Houston at New Orleans, 8 p.m. (Monday, 10am)
Chicago at Seattle, 9 p.m. (Sunday, 10am)
Dallas at Denver, 9 p.m. (Sunday, 4pm)
Green Bay at San Francisco, 9 p.m. (Sunday, 1pm)

At the Fens last night, a complete washout. That means it's Paul Byrd vs. Roy Halladay tonight at 7pm. Josh Beckett goes on Sunday with Clay Buchholz getting a few extra days of rest to pitch on Wednesday in Baltimore.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Friday night Phelps

It'll be quick, that's for sure. The 100M Butterfly - it was supposed to be Michael Phelps vs. Ian Crocker. Not the case however.

The results in an unbelievable come-from-behind win is Michael Phelps by one-one-hundreth of a second! OMG!!! I'm still amazed that he won!

Michael Phelps (Olypic Record 50:58) over Milorad Cavic (50:59). Phelps now has tied Mark Spitz for seven gold's in one Olympic games.

Don't forget, Saturday brings us Team USA vs. Spain at 10:15am, EDT on the basketball court. Plus, Saturday night is the last try for a record setting eigth gold medal for Phelps!!!

Friday night lights

The lights are on in the pool at the Olympics in Beijing. It's 10pm and the 200M women's backstroke is just underway for RI's Elizabeth Beisel.

The results...

Gold - Kirsty Coventry (world record 2:05:24)
Silver - Margaret Hoelzer
Bronze - Reiko Nakamura

Elizabeth Beisel finishes 5th with a time of 2:08:23

Michael Phelp's is up next in a try for his 7th gold medal in the 100M Butterfly.

More Mike and the Mad Dog

Earlier today, I gave you the audio link for Mike and the Mad Dog's tearful goodbye from WFAN. Here's a video from the YES Network simulcast, courtesy of Awful Announcing...

Mike and Mad Dog clear the air

On WFAN's Mike Francesca on WFAN's show today at 1pm, Mike and Chris "Mad Dog" Russo cleared the air on Russo's moving on and the end of the Mike and the Mad Dog Show. You can listen to is on WFAN's website.

Quick links

Just a couple of quick things this morning....

* - More media moves from David Scott over at "Scott's Shots." He's got more on the Tony Massarotti move to the Globe as well as where Ron Borges and Jeff Goodman will be showing up next.

* - Manny Ramirez did cut his hair for Joe Torre. Well, about an inch of it anyway.

* - John McEnroe is up to old tricks. He gets himself thrown out of Thursday's match in Newport.

* - At the Olympics Thursday, Michael Phelps won his 6th gold, Elizabeth Beisel moved onto the finals of the 200M backstroke and Demetrius Andrade won another fight.

* - Friday, we have Phelps in his final individual try at a gold medal in what should be a dogfight with Ian Crocker in the 100M Butterfly (10:10pm, EDT). Elizabeth Beisel will try to beat Kirsty Coventry in the finals (10:03pm, EDT) . Andrade's next fight comes on Sunday.

* - Also this morning, Team USA captures the top seed in Women's Basketball, routing Spain 93-55.

Here's the full rundown from Philly.com for Friday and Saturday's TV coverage -

Friday, August 15
NBC and NBC HD,
10 a.m.-1 p.m. —
Swimming; Track & Field; Beach Volleyball; Women's Water Polo - USA vs. Russia
8 p.m.-Midnight —
Swimming (LIVE): Gold Medal Finals: Men's 100-meter Butterfly, Men's 50-meter Freestyle, Women's 200-meter Backstroke, Women's 800-meter Freestyle and Women's 50-meter Freestyle semifinal; Track and Field - Men's 100-meter competition, Men's Shot Put Gold Medal Final; Beach Volleyball (LIVE); Men's Volleyball - USA vs. China
12:35-2 a.m. —
Women's Track & Field - 10,000-meter Gold Medal Final; Women's Diving - Springboard Competition
CNBC and CNBC HD,
Midnight-4:30 a.m. —
Softball - USA vs. Japan (LIVE); Boxing 57kg, 60kg Competition (LIVE)
5-8 p.m. —
Boxing 57kg, 60kg CompetitionUSA and
USA HD,
2 a.m.-Noon —
Women's Soccer Quarterfinal (LIVE); Women's Basketball - USA vs. Spain (LIVE); Baseball - USA vs. Cuba; Tennis Semifinals; Beach Volleyball; Men's Archery - Individual Gold Medal Final; Cycling Track Events Competition
MSNBC,
5 a.m.-5 p.m. —
Women's Volleyball - USA vs. China (LIVE); Women's Soccer Quarterfinals; Beach Volleyball; Women's Badminton - Doubles Gold Medal Final; Women's Handball - France vs. Norway; Men's Weightlifting 85kg Gold Medal Final; Women's Table Tennis - Team Semifinal; Women's Water Polo - Netherlands vs. Australia and Hungary vs. Greece
OXYGEN,
6-8 p.m. —
Equestrian - Jumping Competition; Tennis Semifinal
TELEMUNDO,
2-6 a.m. —
Swimming Gold Medal Finals; Women's Volleyball; Women's Gymnastics - Individual All-Around Competition8 a.m.-Noon — Women's Soccer (LIVE); Beach Volleyball; Boxing
Midnight-1 a.m. — TBA
UNIVERSAL HD —24-hour MSNBC, & CNBC HD Simulcasts and Coverage
NBC OLYMPIC BASKETBALL CHANNEL,
2:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. — Women's games
NBC OLYMPIC SOCCER CHANNEL,
6 a.m.-6 p.m. — Women's games


Saturday, Aug. 16

NBC and NBC HD,
10 a.m.-6 p.m. —
Men's Basketball - USA vs. Spain (LIVE); Track & Field; Men's & Women's Gymnastics - Trampoline Competition; Beach Volleyball; Women's Diving - Springboard Semifinals; Men's Water Polo - USA vs. Croatia; Rowing - Gold Medal Finals; Cycling - Track Gold Medal Final; Women's Badminton - Singles Gold Medal Finals
7:30 p.m.-Midnight —
Swimming (LIVE): Gold Medal Finals: Men's 4x100-meter Medley Relay, Men's 1500-meter Freestyle, Women's 50m Freestyle, Women's 4x100-meter Medley Relay; Track & Field - Women's Marathon (LIVE), Women's 100-meter Competition, Men's 100-meter, Women's Heptathlon and Women's Shot Put Final
12:30-2 a.m. —
Women's Beach Volleyball - USA Match; Women's Track & Field - 800-meter Semifinals
CNBC and CNBC HD,
Midnight-4:30 a.m. —
Softball - USA vs. Taiwan (LIVE); Boxing 51kg, 75kg Competition (LIVE)
5-8 p.m. —
Boxing 48kg, 75kg Competition
USA and USA HD,
2 a.m.-2 p.m. —
Women's Tennis - Singles Gold Medal Final (LIVE) and Singles Bronze Medal Match; Track & Field - Men's 20k Walk; Men's Tennis - Doubles Gold Medal Final and Men's Singles Bronze Medal Match; Women's Field Hockey - USA vs. New Zealand; Cycling - Track Gold Medal Finals; Men's Table Tennis Team Semifinals
MSNBC,
5 a.m.-5 p.m. —
Men's Soccer Quarterfinals (LIVE); Baseball - USA vs. Canada; Women's Wrestling - 48kg, 55kg Gold Medal Finals (LIVE); Beach Volleyball; Men's Badminton - Doubles Gold Medal Final; Equestrian - Individual Dressage
TELEMUNDO,
2 a.m.-2 p.m. —
Men's Soccer Quarterfinals (LIVE); Track & Field - Gold Medal Finals; Swimming - Gold Medal Finals; Men's Basketball; Women's Diving - Springboard Competition; Beach Volleyball; Baseball; Boxing
6-7:30 p.m. —
Men's Volleyball
Midnight-1 a.m. — TBA
UNIVERSAL HD — 24-hour MSNBC, & CNBC HD Simulcasts and Coverage
NBC OLYMPIC BASKETBALL CHANNEL,
2:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. — Men's games
NBC OLYMPIC SOCCER CHANNEL,
6 a.m.-6 p.m. — Men's games
Also tonight, there's one NFL preseason game with the Titans hosting the Raiders on FOX at 8pm.

Back with more later.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

More media news

Boston Sports Media Watch clocks in with some breaking news about the Boston Globe. Tony Massarotti leaves the Boston Herald to join Boston.com as the new face and voice of the website. Now that he's on the Globe's staff, Tony will no longer be on WEEI as that conflict continues. It also leaves the Herald even more weak as now both Massarotti and Rob Bradford have left their baseball beat in need of repair. Maybe they should be aggressive and take a stab at Sean McAdam!

Also at the Globe, Amalie Benjamin gets the nod at Sox beat writer, replacing the now "Yahoo-ing" Gordon Edes. Amalie's always been a "Crowe's Nest's" favorite, so congrats to her!

No more Mike and the Mad Dog

It's definitely been a sad year for radio.

Neil Best from Newsday, who's been all over this one, reports tonight that Chris "Mad Dog" Russo is out at WFAN. Mike Francesca will continue the 1pm-6:30pm, Monday-Friday show solo with a handy, dandy new contract in hand. Russo is expected to show up next on Sirius Satellite Radio.

So goes one of the best radio shows in the business. It's sum was truly better than each of the parts.

Thursday night update

I guess the mantra for NBC is no Michael Phelps, no drama, no huge ratings. For the first time of the Olympic Games, NBC had a night that trailed the Athens' Games. It's just barely, by 2% as the Peacock got 27 million viewers to easily win the night.

Sarasota, Florida is in the mix to build the Red Sox a new spring home.

Sad news to pass along from Wrestling Epicenter that Bobby "The Brain" Heenan is not doing well health-wise. I'm hoping the report is not true as The Brain is a wrestling god and pure genius at what he did as he tries to recover from cancer. He's also one of the guests that I truly marked out at getting on the Score!

I put this up for Tony Cornetta and the other puckheads out there. It's the NHL National TV Schedule, highlighted by the New Year's Day game between the Blackhawks and Red Wings at Wrigley Field (1pm). The folks over at Sports Media Watch have the national TV appearances for every team in the league. The Bruins have 8 on Versus so far, none on NBC which is not surprising as NBC is in flex scheduling mode for the NHL.

Good friend and loyal Score listener, Phil from Cranston, passed this my way and I ask for your assistance in helping out if you can. This is an article from the Valley Breeze in Cumberland about 13-year old Jaime Coyle. While playing ice hockey, Jaime suffered a major heart attack, similar to the one suffered by the Patriots Tedy Bruschi. Her coach, Henry Sherman is taking up donations to help her out on the road to recovery. Sherman told the Valley Breeze that anyone wanting to assist can contact him at 617-9810 or by e-mailing htsjls@aol.com

Pats sign Lynch

This just in from our friends at Pro Football Talk.com - John Lynch has signed with the Patriots. So, what the Pats couldn't get done in 2004, they get done today as Lynch comes in as some insurance now that Tank Williams is done for the season.

WOW!

OK, this one has nothing to do with sports, but it's just amazing! A woman out west gave birth on her lawn while her son was asleep in the backseat of the car. Simply amazing!

Morning update

At the Olympics this morning...

* - Saunderstown's Elizabeth Beisel qualified for the 200M Backstroke Semi's. You can see them tonight on NBC 10 at 10:32pm, EDT.

* - After a night without Michael Phelps going for the gold, you can see him go for gold in the 200M IM at 10:48pm, EDT. Phelps also qualified for the 100M Butterfly as well.

* - Team USA routs Greece on the basketball court, 92-69. The US now 3-0.

* - Not everyone is appreciative of winning the medal. Read more about the Swedish wrestler who threw down his bronze in protest.

* - More controversy with gymnasts and their ages.

In Red Sox news, another day and another roster move. David Pauley is back to Pawtucket while Jeff Bailey gets the call up.

Did you see where Nomar Garciaparra's walk-off HR last night has put the Dodgers in first place? Watch it right here.

Instant replay could be here later this month for MLB.

Here's your rundown for today and Friday's Olympic TV viewing, from Philly.com

Finally, NFL Preseason football returns to FOX tonight as Carolina takes on Philadelphia at 8pm. Also tonight, the Bills host the Steelers in Toronto. You can see that one on the NFL Network at midnight.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Not so fast on Buchholz

Red Sox righty Clay Buchholz has been spared a trip back to Pawtucket. The Sox announced tonight that he will pitch on Sunday against the Blue Jays. Newly acquired Paul Byrd will open the series against Toronto on Friday night.

Ouch at the Olympics!



That's Olympian weightlifter Janos Baranyai in agonizing pain after dislocating his elbow during a lift today. He was attempting a 148kg snatch.

500th post!

So, what does it mean now that we've hit 500 posts? Absolutely nothing, but figured I would mention it. As if the world needs another meaningless stat, huh!

As for the news of the day, I apologize for the lateness as I'm still being traumatized by my daughter Abbie's visit to the doctor today. She had to get a couple of shots and I always feel bad that she has to go through any pain whatsoever. She's feeling better now and taking a well deserved nap!

Injuries abound today around the big leagues. In Boston, the Sox should be sending Mike Lowell to the DL later today. How the move impacts my fantasy team will be decided later today as well. Meanwhile in Tampa, Carl Crawford will miss the rest of the regular season after having surgery on his right hand. That's a devestating blow to the Rays, who are also without Evan Longoria for 15-days. Finally, the Yankees are without Derek Jeter in the starting line-up today against the Twins. Jeter fouled a ball off his foot in last night's extra-inning win.

At the Olympics this morning...

* - Michael Phelps swam his way into the semi's of the 200M IM. The semi's are tonight at 11:16pm, EDT.

* - The US Men's Soccer Teams was eliminated, losing 2-1 to Nigeria.

* - Another no-no for the US Women's Softball Team. This time, it's Cat Osterman with the gem over Australia, 3-0.

* - The US Women's Basketball Team routed Mali, 97-41.

Here's your rundown for the rest of today and Thursday TV-wise, courtesy of Philly.com...

Wednesday, Aug. 13
NBC and NBC HD,
8 p.m.-1 a.m. —
Men's Gymnastics - Individual All-Around Gold Medal Final (LIVE); Swimming (LIVE) Finals: Men's 200-meter Breaststroke, Men's 100-meter Freestyle, Women's 200-meter Butterfly, Women's 4x200-meter Relay and Men's 200-meter Individual Medley semifinal; Beach Volleyball - USA Match (LIVE); Men's Diving - Springboard Synchronized Gold Medal Final; Women's Cycling - Individual Time Trial

1:35-2 a.m. —
Swimming - 200-meter Breaststroke Semifinals; Men's Water Polo - USA vs. Serbia

MSNBC,
5 a.m.-5 p.m. —
Baseball - USA vs. South Korea and Cuba vs. Japan; Women's Volleyball - Cuba vs. China (LIVE); Tennis; Men's Cycling Individual Time Trial; Greco Roman Wrestling 66kg, 74kg Competition & Gold Medal Finals; Table Tennis Team Competition; Men's Weightlifting 77kg Competition

OXYGEN,
6-8 p.m. —
Tennis; Equestrian - Team Dressage

TELEMUNDO,
Midnight-1 a.m. — TBA

UNIVERSAL HD —
24-hour MSNBC & CNBC HD Simulcasts and Coverage

Thursday, Aug. 14
NBC and NBC HD,
10 a.m.-1 p.m. —
Swimming; Beach Volleyball; Rowing Semifinals; Canoeing Whitewater Gold Medal Final

8 p.m.-1 a.m. —
Women's Gymnastics - Individual All-Around Gold Medal Final (LIVE); Swimming (LIVE): Gold Medal Finals: Men's 200-meter Backstroke, Men's 200-meter Individual Medley, Women's 200-meter Breaststroke, Women's 100-meter Freestyle and Men's 100-meter Butterfly semifinal; Beach Volleyball; Men's Volleyball - USA vs. Bulgaria

1:35-2:30 a.m. —
Swimming - Women's 200 Back Semifinal; Canoeing Whitewater Gold Medal Final

CNBC and CNBC HD,
Midnight-4:30 a.m. —
Softball - USA vs. Canada (LIVE); Boxing 69kg, 81kg Elimination Bouts (LIVE)

5-8 p.m. —
Boxing - Elimination Bouts

USA and USA HD,
2 a.m.-Noon —
Men's Basketball - USA Game (LIVE); Baseball - USA vs. Netherlands; Tennis; Beach Volleyball; Women's Field Hockey - USA vs. Germany; Women's Fencing - Team Sabre Competition and Gold Medal Final; Women's Archery - Individual Gold Medal Final

MSNBC,
5 a.m.-5 p.m. —
Men's Basketball - Argentina Game (LIVE) and Russia vs. Lithuania (LIVE); Men's Volleyball - China vs. Japan (LIVE) and Brazil vs. Russia; Greco Roman Wrestling 84kg, 96kg, 120kg Competition & Gold Medal Finals; Beach Volleyball; Men's Handball - France vs. Croatia; Men's Water Polo - Hungary vs. Spain; Badminton; Table Tennis Team Competition

OXYGEN,
6-8 p.m. —
Tennis - Semifinals; Equestrian - Team Dressage Gold Medal Final

TELEMUNDO,
2-6 a.m. —
Swimming Gold Medal Finals; Men's Basketball; Men's Gymnastics - Individual All-Around Competition8-10 a.m. — Diving - Synchronized Gold Medal Final; Beach Volleyball

Midnight-1 a.m. — TBA

UNIVERSAL HD —
24-hour MSNBC & CNBC HD Simulcasts and Coverage

NBC OLYMPIC BASKETBALL CHANNEL,
2:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. —
Men's games

NBC OLYMPIC SOCCER CHANNEL,
5 a.m.-5 p.m. —
Best of Men's & Women's games

The latest from Jets' camp has Brett Favre a little fatigued!

Finally, in honor of the 500th post, I give you this little vignette...a little parody of Katy Perry's "I Kissed A Girl."



OK, really, in honor of the 500th post, I give you Obama vs. McCain, Olympic Style from Obamagirl in all 3 parts!








More later, if needed.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Odds and ends

A few odds and ends on this Tuesday night as we await Michael Phelps going for golds #4 and #5 tonight at 10:21pm, EST and 11:19pm, EST...

The Providence Bruins are looking for a new head coach as Scott Gordon gets hired by the NY Islanders Tuesday. Good luck to Scott and hopefully he follows in the footsteps of former P-B's head coach Peter Laviolette (2 playoff appearances in 2 seasons with the NYI) in having success in the NHL outside the B's.

Say hello to Paul Byrd and goodbye to Clay Buchholz. The Red Sox acquired the veteran righty from Cleveland today for future considerations. He'll start Friday against Toronto, according to Sox GM Theo Epstein. Buchholz should be heading back to Pawtucket. Byrd will get his customary #36 as Kevin Cash will slide over to #30 starting on Wednesday. Ironically, Byrd beat Toronto in a complete game win over the past weekend. Also, remember the controversy between the Sox and Byrd during last year's ALCS? The Indians had claimed that the Sox had some hand in the "leaking" that Byrd had used HGH in a story printed in the San Francisco Chronicle the same day as game 7 against the Sox.

Not for nothing, but it was good to see Charlie Zink doing well so far tonight as the Sox are up 12-2 in the 4th over Texas. David Ortiz has a pair of 3-run home runs in the first inning alone for the BoSox. Unfortunately (as I update this while writing the blog!) for Charlie, there was a fifth inning as it's now 12-6 with 2 on for the Rangers and Zink will not get his first major league win tonight.

BTW: Yes, that was former Score afternoon host and current executive director of the Hall at Patriot Place, Bryan Morry at the Sox game. His buddy caught the foul ball. All Morry caught was a bunch of beer!

Gary Sheffield has been put on waivers by the Tigers. No shock there as Mr. Miserable hasn't been happy lately. Don't look for any claims as he is still owed nearly $4 million this season and will make $14 million in 2009.

An update on last night's porno site story involving two University of Nebraska wrestlers. You guessed it! They've been dismissed from the team.

Finally, there may be some relief to all the bitching and moaning going on in the blogging world regarding the live/non-live Olympic coverage by NBC for the Pacific and Mountain Time Zones. NBC, according to SportsMedia.com, is thinking about showing Michael Phelps attempt at this eighth gold (should he get that far) LIVE to all time zones. Believe me, I get the point about all the complaints, it's just that I don't have to worry about it since I live in Rhode Island. Also, if you really want to see things LIVE, there are ways to do it on satellite and through the internet.

Kenny with the Saints

It's good to see that Kenny Chesney's getting another shot at the Saints. He's practicing again and having fun at New Orleans Saints training camp.

The good news for you is that it gives us another chance to show you a Kenny video!



The LA Times has the latest from T.J. Simers on Manny Ramirez and his haircut / late arrival for the 9th inning last night for the Dodgers. It looks like Manny will donate his dreads to charity later this week.

A couple of oddballs

Here's a few odd stories to get you through the day...

* - Did you ever want to take a bath at Burger King? This employee did.

* - More scandals involving the Opening Ceremonies at the Olympics? This could be the 2008 edition of Milli Vanilli.

* - Is George Clooney giving Presidential nominee Barack Obama foreign policy advice? Hmmm, what would Dr. Ross do?