Sports Media Musings: WEEI and Barstool Sports, Grantland Issues, Twitter Fights

Beating the Dead Horse You are probably sick of the David Portnoy controversy like you are sick of the unstable economy. It is what it is, right? Staties went to the infamous blogger’s home to ‘persuade’ him to take the photos down. He complied. And here we are, a week later. If you want to […]

Toronto Blue Jays Stealing Signs?

The 2010 Toronto Blue Jays had one of the most surprising seasons in their recent history, headlined by the emergence of superstar Jose Bautista. While the team wasn’t exactly turning heads in the standings, finishing in fourth place in the American League East despite a good 85-77 record, the power put on display by the […]

Free Agent LB Channing Crowder to the Patriots?

According to ESPN’s John Clayton, free agent linebacker Channing Crowder was given a physical by the Patriots on Thursday. Crowder, a third round pick by the Dolphins in 2005, has spent his entire career playing in the AFC east with Miami. He started 74 games for the Dolphins, recording 343 career tackles.

Sports Media Musings: Shaughnessy’s Column, Twitter Nonsense, Watney Leaving?, ESPN Book Movie?

Oh Danny-boy I have never been one to kill a columnist. No matter how zany their take is, I’ll really let a writer reach before calling them a hack. Mainly because as a columnist you are asked to provoke thought and debate on the reg – and that is easier said then done. I give […]

Sports Media Musings: 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Big Spring, Grantland Backlash

Missed Part 1? Click Here! Without Further Adieu, Part Two of the Mega Media Musings Column.. Breaking News Here are your spring radio ratings…Via Boston Sports Media Watch (based off radio-info.com). The Sports Hub’s dominance is profound, but WEEI can take solace in the Bruins playoff run exponentially increasing The Sports Hub’s numbers – which in turn – […]

Sports Media Musings: Congressman Felger, Scal’s Foray, ESPN Drama

It may be a slow week in Boston sports, but  the sports media is like NYC: It never sleeps. So take a second to step away from the riveting “Gonzo to outfield” or “Tito treating Big Papi with kid gloves” debate, and enjoy this weeks Media Musings piece. The Manchurian Candidate? On their uproarious program, […]

The ESPN Book Review: “Those Guys Have All The Fun”

The anticipation surrounding the oral history of the embattled “four letter network” and self-proclaimed “worldwide leader in sports,” ESPN, entitled Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN was comparable to that of a summer blockbuster movie release. The rumored aggregate amount of information – coming directly from those who were at the conglomerate during […]

Sports Media Musings: Jack Edwards, Sports Hub, WEEI, ESPN

Excuse me, while I channel my inner Richard Deitsch… While watching Game 2 of the Spurs/Grizzlies series on NBA TV Wednesday night, I noticed the announcers were based in San Antonio. This was made apparent right from the moment Matt Bonner hit a 3-point shot and the call was something along the lines of, “Red-Rocket for three…Yes!” […]

Nomar Garciaparra Joins ESPN Wednesday Night Baseball

Former Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, who retired as a member of the Red Sox before last season, will now call games with Red Sox radio play-by-play man Dave O’Brien for ESPN’s Wednesday Night Baseball telecasts. Nomar joined ESPN last season as an analyst for Baseball Tonight, and even called a couple of games during […]

Red Sox Get Four Games On New ESPN Sunday Night Baseball

ESPN has selected the Red Sox for at least four primetime games in 2011 on Sunday Night Baseball: April 10: Vs. Yankees May 15: @ Yankees May 22: Vs. Cubs July 17: @ Rays ESPN has not selected any games from June 5 to July 3 at the moment, so the Red Sox could pick […]

With Rex Ryan Foot Fetish Report, Deadspin Has Gone Too Far

A “story” broke on deadspin.com on Wednesday. I say “story,” because in my mind, this does not qualify as journalism. It is a series of videos of a man- likely New York Jets coach Rex Ryan- and a woman- likely his wife, Michelle- engaged in a police role-play where the man says the woman has […]

Joe Morgan Fired! ESPN Lets Morgan, Miller Go From Sunday Night Baseball

For years, I have insulted baseball legend Joe Morgan over and over again. His poor, uninformed commentary on what’s supposed to be the game of the week just didn’t do it for me. Jon Miller, a good play-by-play man 30 years ago, has also lost some luster, though Morgan has brought him down even more. […]

Who Makes Up Your “Mt. Rushmore of Hatred?”

Hatred. We all have it, whether we admit it or not. As sports fans, we’re fueled by hatred. There wouldn’t be rivalries if it weren’t for hatred. We wouldn’t get so emotional after big games, win or lose, if it weren’t for hatred of the opponent. This week, two of the world’s most hated athletes […]

ESPN 30 For 30: “Four Days in October” – Been There, Won That

“Four Days in October” is Gary Waksman’s contribution to ESPN’s “30 For 30” short-documentary film series. The movie isolates Games 3 through 7 of the 2004 American League Championship Series between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. Using a combination of player interviews, archival MLB footage, home video by players and a conversation […]

Madden ’11: Patriots Win Super Bowl in ESPN Simulation

For years, EA’s Madden football video game series has been ruining careers of many prolific NFL players. SoB’s Pete chronicled the pitfalls for every Madden cover athlete from 1999 (Garrison Hearst) to 2008 (Brett Favre), and added extra analysis for 2009’s cover boys (Larry Fitzgerald and Troy Polamalu). We all know the Madden Curse affects […]