Reiss’ Pieces “Live Blog” on Sunday Night

Boston.com announced today that they will live blog Sunday night’s Patriots/Colts game using the Cover It Live software. (BSMW’s David Scott was an early adopter of the technology) They say this will allow for much quicker updates, while also allowing readers to interact with the writers during the game itself.

It’s an interesting experiment and might be worth checking out.

I do see a downside to doing it this way, and it goes like this: Oftentimes, if I’m out watching the game at a friend’s house, or even at home and I see something that I might want some more information on (an injury, or incident during the game), rather than going to a computer, or pulling out the laptop, I’ll often grab my phone and pull up Google Reader Mobile, where I have subscribed to the Reiss’ Pieces RSS feed. Then I can see on my phone what information Mike, or the other writers might have about the situation. I don’t see a way to do this with this way of blogging the game.

This brings me to another item that I’ve noticed that Boston.com has changed recently. Apparently they have turned off full feeds in their blogs, at least the ones that I’ve noticed (including Reiss’ Pieces). This is incredibly annoying. Readers now only receive a headline and perhaps one sentence summing up the entry, and are forced to click through to read the entire entry.

While I understand the reasoning behind this (more click throughs=more page views=more advertisements being shown) it is still an inconvenience, especially when we go back to the cell phone user. Before, in Google Reader Mobile, I could read the entries right in the application, and get the information I was looking for, now they require a click-through, and a whole new page – not always formatted optimally for the cell phone – has to be loaded, which giving the connection speeds, can take quite a while.

Not really the “instant information” fix I’m looking for in those situations.

Finally, I understand that online video is the hot thing right now, but I don’t always want it. I know some readers have complained about the videos, noting that they can’t view them from work,  (or from cell phones again) or the computer they’re using can’t view them. For me, it’s a time thing. I don’t want to sit through a 3 minute video when I can read the same thing in 30 seconds. With some of the videos I simply don’t understand the appeal. Why do I want to see Dan Shaughnessy or Tony Massarotti from the Garden giving their views on the just-completed Celtics game? These videos are also being shoehorned into the blog entries, and while there are a few that are informative, for the most part, Boston.com would be better served just putting the material into text.

I like a lot of what Boston.com is doing to bring sports fans the latest information, these were just a few things I’d like to see improved.

Bruins Cooled Off By Flames

Coming off back-to-back 1-0 wins on their road trip, the Bruins fell last night in Calgary 3-2 to the Flames. Kevin Paul Dupont has the Bruins falling short in the final game of the road trip. Stephen Harris has the Bruins unable to erase a bad first two periods.

Dupont’s notebook has Bruins center Stephane Yelle returning to his professional home of five years in Calgary. Harris’ notebook has the league considering a ban on all hits to the head.

Check more Bruins blog and messageboard coverage at BruinsLinks.com.

Patriots

Two more articles from Patriots Daily today, first in previewing this Sunday’s game with the Colts, Brit Schramm says The Old Gray Mare, She Ain’t What She Used To Be. Then, I’ve got a look at the Patriots Defense In Transition, as it is being remade right before our eyes.

Christopher Price has the Patriots not buying into Indy’s tales of woe. Christopher L. Gasper has a look at how Adalius Thomas figures to play a much larger role against the Colts this year. Shalise Manza Young says that Thomas will in fact likely be an important player in this game.  Ron Borges says that this game is about two hard-luck teams trying to show that they have some fight left. Jennifer Toland says that this Sunday night showdown lacks glamor. John Powers says that Peyton Manning has been subpar this season, just like the rest of the Colts.

Karen Guregian says that the Patriots need to pound the ball on the ground against the Colts.  Mark Farinella has Dallas Clark again a prominent figure in the Patriots preparations. Eric McHugh has Clark saying that the Patriots are going to miss Rodney Harrison. Jim Donaldson wonders how long the Patriots reserves can keep it going. Robert Lee has a piece on Richard Seymour and how it is hard to keep the big man off the field. McHugh says that Stephen Gostkowski‘s job is pretty secure.

Gasper’s notebook has Ellis Hobbs’ return to practice a welcome sight – for his kickoff returns as much as his cornerback play. Farinella’s notebook has Gostkowski and Jerod Mayo earning some recognition for their play last week. Guregian’s notebook has Randy Moss not appearing hurt at practice. The Projo notebook has the Colts gaining two and losing one at practice this week. Toland’s notebook has the Patriots looking to get some pressure on Peyton Manning.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell talks to Cris Collinsworth about whether Matt Cassel is ready for prime time this Sunday night, and also looks at the World Series ratings for FOX.  On the NBCSports.com page for Sunday Night Football, I’m talking with Collinsworth, Jerome Bettis and Tiki Barber about the Colts/Patriots matchup.

Celtics

Scott Souza has the Celtics trying to make a return to “normalcy” now that opening night is behind them. Steve Bulpett has the Celtics looking forward to starting the “regular” season. Frank Dell’Apa has the Celtics re-focusing on defense. Mike Fine says a maturing Leon Powe is a good block for the Celtics future. Dan Shaughnessy says that Paul Pierce now belongs with the greatest Celtics.

Bill Doyle has Comcast SportsNet putting together a new Celtics road show this year.

Red Sox

Amalie Benjamin has Jason Varitek filing for free agency yesterday.  Sean McAdam has the Red Sox expected to pick up Tim Wakefield’s option for another season. Tony Massarotti says that Scott Boras is going to bore us to death this offseason. Get it? Boras = Bore us….clever! Michael Silverman says that Red Sox/Rays is the new rivalry in town.

Boston College

Mark Blaudschun and Steve Conroy say that the Eagles need more from QB Chris Cane. Conroy’s notebook has BC suspending kicker Billy Bennett. The Globe notebook has BC and Clemson starting a new rivalry, complete with hardware.

Colts Coming Into Focus

It’s a two-for-Thursday over at Patriots Daily, where Dan Snapp is getting that old familiar feeling about this Patriots team. Scott Benson goes over Five Questions that seem pertinent this week.

In the Metro, I’m hoping for steady improvement from this Patriots team as the season wears on.

Michael Felger has this week’s Patriots mailbag, there is also this week’s edition of the Ask Reiss mailbag.

Adam Kilgore has Vince Wilfork avoiding a suspension from the league. Rich Garven has Wilfork talking about his aggressive approach to the game. Karen Guregian has Wilfork escaping his meeting with Roger Goodell with just a fine. Steve Buckley has Wilfork saying that he needs to learn to play until the whistle and not after.

Dan Shaughnessy wonders if Bill Belichick is secretly enjoying the challenge of coaching without Tom Brady. Bill Reynolds says Belichick is doing one of his best coaching jobs. Bob Halloran wonders if Brady is thinking about retirement.

 Mark Farinella has Terrence Wheatley getting better with experience. Rich Garven has Wheatley facing a big challenge this week. David Brown says that the entire secondary is going to have their hands full on Sunday. Ben Swasey looks at how impressive the Patriots have been on special teams this season. Christopher Price has Stephen Gostkowski in the midst of a great season. Guregian has the young defensive backs feeling a bit more prepared for Manning after seeing Tom Brady every day during training camp.

 Andy Vogt says that the stakes are different in this week’s Colts/Patriots matchup. Hector Longo feels sorry for Peyton Manning. Daniel Barbarisi says that the Patriots won’t take the struggling Colts for granted. Shalise Manza Young says that Matt Cassel’s first seven games are remarkably similar to Tom Brady’s first seven.

Kilgore’s notebook says that just because the hype isn’t as loud doesn’t mean this isn’t an important game between the Colts and Patriots on Sunday night. Garven’s notebook has a look at Ellis Hobbs’ big year on kick returns. Glen Farley’s notebook has Wilfork avoiding a suspension. Guregian’s notebook says that with Rodney Harrison out, the Patriots will need to find a new way to cover Dallas Clark. The Projo notebook has Wheatley saying that he’s learned from his mistakes.

Celtics/Bruins

Mark Murphy has Paul Pierce driven to be even better this season. Mike Fine says that there were plenty of questions answered on Tuesday night. Marc J. Spears has Rajon Rondo hungry for more.

Stephen Harris says that it has been worth staying up late to see these Bruins. Kevin Paul Dupont looks at the contributions of the NYT line for the Bruins.