Feb 04 2008
By David Scott
Boston Sports Media Watch
As if you weren’t well aware of the hot air that will be expelled in the coming days from the New Balance Building, here’s the only proof you need that the locals will be unbearable for the foreseeable future. It came before the Patriots’ stunning loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLII was even an hour old:
“It stinks, it sucks and it’s horrible,” moaned the meatiest of our midst, Pete Sheppard just before 11 p.m. during The Veal Postgame show with Fred Sperlis Smerlas.
. . . Callers were already polluting the lines at both ‘EEI and WBCN 104.1 FM.
. . . Yahoo!’s MJD goes after Belichick in no uncertain terms. Tough to argue with the gist of his argument.
• FOX25 tabloidized the loss with “Massive Upset” as its constant tag line. The Herald’s wesbite went with A Giant Letdown and the Globe’s site had “History Derailed.”
• ”Super Mann” came to us from the NY Daily News and Mike Vaccaro nailed it with his hard deadline piece, “Giant Upset.”.
The print editions will surely have better word play.
• And kudos to Yahoo! for the first Winners and Losers we saw, which was posted just after midnight.
• Butch Stearns got all sorts of tongue-tied at 12:30 a.m. just before sign-off on FOX25. Stearns mixed up Eli and Peyton then painted Arlen Specter as the region’s most detested sports villain.
We think not.
• As I explained to the 14-year-old nephew, “Now, my friend, you know what the misery of Boston sports fandom is about. Welcome to the club, Kid. It ain’t all titles and parades.”
• Here’s how the “all-clear-of-Pats-coverage” broke down with the locals. We’d argue that had it been a win for the Pats, each of the “return to regular programming” times would have been extended by at least 45 minutes for all of the locals (except NESN which always stays true the money-spending shucksters):
NESN went to its infomercial at midnight after a clunky outro from overmatched John Chandler in-studio (with serviceable Roland James).
ABC5 was clear of Pats’ coverage before midnight.
NBC7 made it to almost 12:15 a.m. before “Extra” got its start.
CBS4 also wound down its Patriotism at 12:15 a.m. with un-ending highlights that finished abruptly without the planned coronation footage.
Comcast SportsNet (where Mike Felger was outstanding from Arizona) joined regular programming at 12:15 a.m.
NECN got into replays of its post-game work around midnight and FOX25, as mentioned above, went to “Seinfeld” at 12:30 a.m. (“Who are you George Costanza?” “I’m the opposite of every guy you’ve ever met.”)
The FOX SHOX Crew (led by Maria) was already transitioning into “Super Tuesday” coverage just after Mark Ockerbloom delivered an over-dramatzied post-mortem from the stadium.
• Worst Bowl commercials ever, right?
• The only thing that’s truly sticking in my craw? Mercury Freakin’ Morris.
• Three letters to help you through until spring training starts: N. P. R.