The MPA Is Off The Rails With This One

“ Have you lost your mind because I’ll help you find it! Stanley Hudson- The Office. It’s a great quote from an iconic show. And it’s exactly what someone needs to ask of the good folks at the Maine Principals Association after their stunning decision on Thursday to green light high school football in our state. Look, I am a sports guy. I love high school sports. I have played and broadcast hundreds of high school games in my life. And I’m happy for the kids who might get to play soccer, field hockey, cross country, golf and volleyball this fall. But I still can’t believe there are adults in positions of authority that endorse playing high school ( and high risk per the CDC) football games b

No More Tukka Time?

Plenty of Boston sports athletes of our time - Tom Brady, David Ortiz, Paul Pierce are among them - have reputations as clutch postseason performers. Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask is not one of them. And he only cemented his legacy further early Saturday morning by announcing he his opting out of the NHL's return to play. What's surprising and shocking is that Rask's announcement came roughly an hour and a half before the Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes were to play Game 3 of their first-round series in Toronto. "I want to be with my teammates competing, but at this moment there are things more important than hockey in my life, and that is being with my family," Rasks's statement read. Look,

Top 10 "This is SportsCenter" ads

Not only is Sports Center a shell of its former shelf, but the insanely creative and revolutionary “This is Sports Center” commercials aren’t what they once were either. This is the top 10 best ads that ESPN ever created WITH LINKS! 10. Satellite Golf- The title of James Andrew Miller’s oral history of ESPN is “Those Guys Have All the Fun”. This commercial could’ve shared that title. It showed what made Sports Center cool. These are just regular dudes who like talking sports and hitting wedges. 9. Overseas Markets- The combination of Kenny Mayne and Dan Patrick is perhaps the most underrated duo of the golden age of Sports Center. Patrick has alway

Top 10 Most Powerful Media People

10. Adam Schefter (ESPN) Schefter is coming off his best year as a professional, breaking the bombshell Andrew Luck retirement news, being the first to mention that Tom Brady could leave New England, and ultimately reporting he was going to Tampa. In addition, he was added to a main chair on the Monday Night Football pregame show. 9. Scott Van Pelt (ESPN) Midnight SportsCenter is vital to ESPN’s aggregate viewership strategy, because it runs directly after their most-watched live events (Monday Night Football, NBA playoffs, College Football playoffs, etc.). SVP’s role is to maintain as much of that audience as possible, mixing in classic SportsCenter highlights with sports talk radio style c

BarStool Sports Goes Prime Time

A week ago, it was announced that Deion Sanders was leaving the NFL Network after 15 years. Most figured “Prime Time” would live up to the name, maybe Deion could be the savior of ESPN’s Monday Night Football quagmire or something equally high profile. So the corner blitz that took place last week, when “Neon” Deion agreed to join the pirate ship of Barstool sports, a major tone was struck against the established sports media landscape. NFL pregame shows have followed a predictable pattern for as long as anybody can remember. One capable host + two legends + one coach + one respected regional writer (you’re not sure where they came from but probably wrote in Denver or Philadelphia) and there

Local Media Members Deserve Praise

COVID-19 has turned the sports world upside down. While there's no doubt professional, college and high school/prep athletes around the world have handled the sporting unfamiliarity of 2020 with grace and class, there's another group of people who have worked just as hard and have handled it just as well. I'm talking about my brothers and sisters in the sports media world. Spring and summer is usually when news-gathering organizations at the local level - I'm talking those whose reporters don't have major professional sports beats - start to open their doors for new journalists to join their staffs. Not so much in 2020, with organizations out straight scrambling to keep their coverage up dur

ESPN Radio and The Drive are Both in The Ratings Basement

We all know the saying “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” But if it’s an absolute dumpster fire, you better do something quickly. Such is the case for ESPN radio, which debuts an almost entirely new schedule Monday. ESPN Radio has had the appeal of a colonoscopy for years. With anemic ratings and so many other listener options such as streaming and podcasts, the suits at the Worldwide Leader decided to napalm the product and start from scratch. As a result Mike Golic, Trey Wingo, Stephen A. Smith and Will Cain are all out. The new lineup is here: 5 - 9 AM: Keyshawn, Jay, and Zubin with Keyshawn Johnson, Jay Williams, and Zubin Mehenti. 9 - 11 AM: The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz 11 AM - 1

Hot Takes on a Humid Day

Drumming up a few observations while pondering what the Dog Days of August will look like in a not-so-normal sports world of 2020. - The 2020 Boston Red Sox are an unwatchable product. The opening-day beatdown of the Triple-A caliber Baltimore Orioles was all a mirage. Bill Parcells once said "you are what your record says you are," and this band of Red Sox is a shell of the team that won 119 games and a World Series just a couple years ago. The tone was set when Mookie Betts and David Price were shipped to the Dodgers in a Tampa Bay Rays/Oakland A's-esque salary dump. Chris Sale having Tommy John surgery and Eduardo Rodriguez opting out of the season due to COVID-19 - may both of them be he

There Just Might Be Hockey In Orono After all

The hope for a University of Maine hockey season got higher on Wednesday afternoon. Hockey East announced that the league intends to play the 2020-21 season in its entirety while emphasizing competition between league members. A start date and schedules have not been announced. but this is good news for UMaine and its Hockey East brethren. Realistically, non-conference games were not going to happen in college hockey this year, especially after major college football conferences announced plans to have teams play within the leagues. So that means no trip to Omaha for the Black Bears this winter after the Mavericks played a two-game series in Maine last winter. Now, you may ask, what does thi

Red Sox Roster: Who The Heck Are These Guys?

If you want to be safe during the pandemic, wear a mask over your mouth and nose. If you’re watching the Red Sox pitch, wear one over your eyes. To quote Major League “I’ve never heard of half of these guys.” If only it was just that bad. I don’t even know HALF of the Red Sox pitchers. “Who started for the Red Sox last night?” “Osich.” Well then. Every night, aside from Nathan Eovaldi, the Boston Red Sox, not even two years removed from 108-wins, a World Series title and arguably the greatest club in team history, can’t even field a 5-man rotation of Major League pitching. And that’s not all, they can’t field a Major League bullpen either. Brandon Workman, (ugh) Matt Barnes and (double-ugh)

MLB Problems Don't Bode Well for NFL Games This Fall

Ppd.... ppd....ppd.... Those letters are all too frequently replacing box scores right now in Major League Baseball. Despite the best of intentions, MLB has serious problem on its hands and it will only likely get worse. It could also be a precursor to what the NFL is likely to encounter. The NBA has the luxury of the “bubble”. That league is controlling it’s own environment, everybody coming in, everybody going out, and that has led to zero positive tests. The NHL does not have a bubble, but it is still controlling its environment as effectively as possible by having two host cities. MLB is lacking the ability to control its players, and all the travel is conducive to more positive tests, w

Real Fans "Ink it in"

Not that many years ago if you had a tattoo, either you served in the Navy or probably drove one kick ass motorcycle. That’s simply not the case today as a huge percentage of Americans have at least one tattoo somewhere on their body. One estimate I saw was 36% of adults under the age of 54 have at least one. It’s also becoming increasingly common for fans to show their undying support for their favorite team with some ink. Sometimes fans jump the gun and make what turns out to be a lifelong mistake. Many are truly works of art as you see in these photos. Some super fans spend dozens of hours and thousands of dollars. Check out the Yankees fan for example. Talk about a tramp stamp! I wonder

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