// Michael Felger

Patriots Must Respond to Difficult Challenge on Thanksgiving vs. Jets

The last time the Patriots were scheduled to play the Jets, we heard the same propaganda from the media and the fans. Pats will roll. The Jets stink. Mark Sanchez is not a big-time quarterback. All of this may be true. But, I wasn’t being a contrarian when I predicted a Jets victory, and I […]

Emptying the Tank: Big 4, Lester, Theo, Thomas, Welker, Schilling, Media

I haven’t written a column in a while, so I figured I would chime in on a bunch of sports topics floating around the airwaves, newspapers and Twittersphere the past month. So let’s start with the… Celtics • Unfortunately, this team has more experience and guts than talent and playmakers to truly go the distance. […]

Was Wes Welker’s Contract Dispute Avoidable?

On Wes Welker, let me be clear that regardless of his size, leaping ability or big play capability, I think I am in agreement with all Patriots fans – that I want this guy on the team. I also think the Patriots should come up with an offer that works for the Patriots. They have […]

The Felger & Mazz Agenda: Not Fact Or Opinion

A year and a half ago when the ratings at WEEI began to falter, Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti offered something refreshing. It was an alternative to what had become the Big Show’s stale rhetoric on WEEI. Also, by starting out as an FM station and adding the Bruins broadcast rights, 98.5 immediately gained street […]

Sports Hub Once Again Tops WEEI in Latest Ratings

The January Arbitron numbers were published last week by Chad Finn of the Boston Globe and once again, 98.5 The Sports Hub came out the big winner. This is technically the “winter book” of ratings and the primary sports topic during this time was the New England Patriots. Both WEEI and the Sports Hub benefited […]

Boston Sports Radio Fall Ratings: WEEI Strikes Back, But Still Lagging

The Arbitron ratings for the “Fall Book” came out last week and as Chad Finn of the Boston Globe reported, it was another victory for 98.5 the Sports Hub. However, it was the first ratings period in which WEEI was broadcasting under their new FM signal, 93.7 as well as 850 AM, and the upgrade […]

Sports Media Musings: Former ESPN VP Allegedly Exposes Himself In Front of Erin Andrews, Quick Musings

One of the hardest things to do as a columnist is write a strong lede.  I can’t tell you how much this is stressed to me on a daily basis. Above everything else, you need to grab the audience by the collar with a strong pun that says, “Put your feet up and stay for a […]

Sports Media Musings: Bryant Gumbel & Shock Value, The Big Lead Impresses, Zolak Bolsters Broadcast

Shocking…But That Was The Point Bryant Gumbel knew his well-written, yet very misguided rant about David Stern and the NBA lockout would garner Hank Williams Jr.-esq attention. Gumbel compared Stern to a plantation owner on HBO’s “Real Sports.” “Stern’s version of what has been going on behind closed doors has of course been disputed, but […]

Sports Media Musings: Felger Relents, Sticks & Stones Debut, Links, Red Sox Thoughts

Putting Out the Fire Michael Felger called his implication of Heidi Watney into the Red Sox mess “regrettable.” I thought it was wrong for Felger to talk about the alleged Watney-Varitek affair, and wrote as much yesterday. I understood his larger point: If the Red Sox are going to air out Terry Francona’s dirty laundry, […]

Sports Media Musings: Watney vs. Felger vs. Haggerty

There are days when covering the local media is rather tedious. After all, there are only so many CHB columns, ESPN slip-ups, Grantland opinions, ‘radio war’ coverage, among other incidents to write about. Then there are days like Oct. 12, 2011. Before we get to yesterday’s sh*! show, I need to say how much I […]

Sports Media Musings: Glenn Ordway’s Salary Cut

Chad Finn’s article last week said according to industry sources, Glenn Ordway was given a choice: Cut his rumored $1 million salary in half, or face the possibility of losing his job at Entercom-owned, WEEI. The Big O’ thought better of it to take the former. Ordway, who’s role includes hosting “The Big Show” afternoons […]

Sports Media Musings: Felger & Mazz to Broadcast on CSNNE, Dale Arnold Returns to NESN

The Coup? Comcast Sports Net New England agreed with 98.5 The Sports Hub to simulcast afternoon drive radio show “Felger and Mazz.” The announcement came yesterday, but industry insiders have known about the deal, which supposedly had been in ongoing negotiations for a while now. The merging of broadcast, albeit in different mediums, raises a myriad […]

Sports Media Musings: Felger & Mazz on Haynesworth, Toucher & Rich’s Rise, RapSheet’s Infamous Tweets

A Swing, And A Miss Fat Albert and a wide receiver doubling as a (somehow) crappier version of America’s Got Talent host, Nick Cannon? To our beloved Patriots? The same team that subscribes, better yet invented, the “Patriot Way.” This is everything local media should be salivating over. Content that, for all intents and purposes, […]

Podcast: Chad Finn on WEEI’s Struggles, NESN, CSNNE, Grantland

Today on The Rundown with Ryan Hadfield, I spoke with Boston Globe and Boston.com’s media columnist Chad Finn. We discussed a plethora of topics including — how he got into the beat, EVERYTHING about the radio wars (including an interesting tidbit on the Ryen Russillo/John Dennis feud), the budding rivalry between NESN and CSNNE, and […]

Sports Media Musings: Taking Stock in Finn’s Column, Grading Gary Tanguay, Dismissing Andy Gresh

I know what you are (obviously) thinking. “Ryan said he’d do a media column every Friday. I need my analysis. I need my fix.” Or, if you are Andy Gresh, you’d just pass it off by calling me a “P***Y” (We’ll get to that later). Anyway, truth is, I had written something up – but […]