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Day 1 in the books…

02.19.09 at 2:47 pm ET
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It is sunny and 75 outside and I am in my room blogging, Bradford is so proud.

Terry Francona in the early AM

We got in last night thanks to JetBlue.  Great flight.  Meter, Gerry and I were in 2 rows, Gerry and Meter across the aisle and I was seated behind Meter.  Gerry had the best seat in the house.  There was this woman sitting against the window that was extremely attractive, great body, the big downer, besides all 3 of us are married, she had a rock on her finger that had to be the size of all our wives rings combined.  She was afraid of flying, she told Callahan, but we all were willing to help her if she needed it!

We got to the Crowne Plaza, checked in and went straight to Shoeless Joe’s, which is the bar/rest. right in our lobby.  Had a salad and a couple beers then it was off to bed!  Good start to day one when my high tech alarm didn’t go off as expected, at 415am, thank god for Doug Lane!  But aside from the tough start to the day, Pam Ganley, made day 1 easy.  We had talked before the trip about Terry Francona coming on early, as is tradition, he was 640am the manager graced us with his presence.  Theo and Mike Lowell we also on with us today, you can hear all interviews from today by clicking here.

Walked around camp a little with Gerry and Meter, we watched Rocco take BP, wow how exciting, he couldn’t put the ball in play while we were watching, he did almost take out two people with foul balls into the fans sections.

The highlight of my day was talking pucks with Joe Haggerty.  Nothing better than a couple of pasty white, out of shape puckheads talking hockey in the hot sun.  I did try and weasel my way onto his trip up to Tampa on Sunday night.  Why you ask?  B’s Lightning, Sunday at 5pm.  I am still working on a ticket, or should I say another writer taking the trip up is working on it for me, but I think there is gonna be a seat for Chach at the St. Pete’s Forum.  If I can’t get a “free bee” on their website they are advertising 2 tickets, 2 beers or sodas, 2   and parking for 39 bucks.  I know the Lightning suck but you can’t beat that deal.  The  only thing that makes that a better take is if Nick Chach was here to join me!

I know you are all so interested in what we ate and what we’re all doing and when.  I also made a trip to Target with Callahan after lunch today (good times).  Got some stuff for the room.  Funny story (at least to me).  Callahan and I get up to pay, I go through and pay.  Gerry’s stuff is all ready and panic sets in.  Gerry can’t find his credit card.  Last time he used it, last night he picked up dinner at Shoeless Joe’s.  So he is in a panic, we jump in the car and head to my hotel.  He pulls right up to the door at Shoeless Joe’s, runs in and asks the bartender if they found any credit cards last night.  The woman goes in the back and 2 minutes later comes out with Gerry’s card.  I think he wanted that woman more than he wanted the one on the plane.

Chach & Hazel

I almost forgot, the wife will love this one.  Ran into old friend Hazel Mae.  MLB Network was down here yesterday and today to shoot some stuff.  The lovely Hazel wanted me to pass on her love to all of Red Sox nation, because they all read the blog.  She was going to come on with us tomorrow, but they head up to Tampa tonight to do a talk back with the network, I assume at 7pm on Hot Stove, the show she is on!  Also hi to Hazel’s mom, she is supposed to be checking out the blog as well.  Hey, anything for Hazel!

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Happy Signing Day — 2009

02.04.09 at 6:30 pm ET
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Top WR Alshon Jeffery could sign anywhere -- he will play for Steve Spurrier at South Carolina

Top WR Alshon Jeffery could sign anywhere -- he will play for Steve Spurrier at South Carolina

The 2009 College Football season officially began today with National Signing Day. Today is the day that high school seniors sign their letter of intent to play football for this coming season. It truly is the way Southern Cal and Florida lay the groundwork for the next 3 years. Now a days 18 year old kids can walk onto a campus and have a huge impact on a college football game.Down south and out west this is a huge day when fans camp out in front of computers and tv’s to see where an 18 year old kid is going to school. Schools are paying recruiting coordinators over half a million dollars to sign top kids every year and it has become a national holiday for college football junkies.

How much stock should you put in signing day rankings? A lot. If your team is signing top 10 recruiting classes every year, chances are you are winning 8 to 10 games a year and challenging for championships — the only exception is Notre Dame. The Irish have been singing top 5 classes for the last 4 years and they aren’t winning games. That speaks to the coaching over in South Bend. Southern Cal, Florida, Ohio State, LSU and Alabama are always in the top 10 in February and the following January they are in the top 10 in the rankings.

It is fascinating to follow these kids throughout the year and then see where they end up and see if they pan out 2 and 3 years down the road.

If you are interested in any of this check out http://recruiting.scout.com/2/836094.html or http://www.rivals.com/

Congrats to all the kids who signed from here in our state.

The top 2 recruits — Arthur Lynch (Georgia) and Joshua Adams (UNC) are heading south for school. Smart move.

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Christian Bale, this dude needs to chill…and Bromance

02.03.09 at 11:24 am ET
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So we normally hit home runs on news stories a couple times a month.  You can’t make some of the stuff up that we get for headlines.  Today we hit a grand slam home run (sorry Meter).  Thanks to our friends at TMZ.com, we have “Batman” Christian Bale blasting a camera guy, or whatever the guy does, for walking behind the camera when he is trying to “perform” for the latest movie he is shooting Terminator Salvation.  I had a bit of fun by adding some cuts of others who have “gone off” when the timing was bad for them, and good for others.   In case you missed it, here is the story Dino read in headlines and I added a few drops myself!

We also took a great story from Barstoolsports.com.  It is all about guys at BC who enjoy hanging out with other guys.  Which for the most part I don’t have an issue with.  Hell, if I’m going to a bar to watch a game, I want to go with a buddy of mine more often than not.  Well, check out the story.  These guys don’t go to a bar to watch games, they go on “man-dates.”  You read right, Man-Dates.  They go, and I quote from one of the guys “to walk the freedom trail, got ice cream, walked along the beach, and watched the sunset in Boston Common.”  Seriously, if I watched a sunset with a guy, my wife would kick my ass, and like Adam Sandler said in Happy Gilmore, if I were caught watching sunsets with a guy, I’d kick my own ass.  If this story is legit, even if it isn’t, it is great fodder for a segment or two on the radio.  The thing I was really impressed with in this article, is that some of you out there still watch Scrubs, one of the great sitcoms on TV today!  They mention Turk and JD have a Bromance, I would agree.  Who would you, in the Boston market, consider to have Bromances?  Email me or just make a comment below, sciaccio@weei.com.   I still think that the Larry Fitzgerald Felger one doesn’t work.  I have to do some thinking on that one.  I like Dino’s assessment of my Bromance with my twin, Jags.  Meter’s isn’t a Bromance, it is full blown Love affair for Matt Ryan.  Can’t quite get one for Iggy yet.  Gerry’s would be the man behind 38pitches.com, and Dino’s would have to be Brad Faxon.

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A Few old friends appearing on new Networks

01.29.09 at 11:47 am ET
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Sitting around thinking what I’d rather hear more of, Iggy’s dumb chime ins on the D and C show or Bruce Springsteen’s Halftime show.  And I gotta be honest here, I’m leaning towards Iggy’s dumb chime ins.  I’m not a big fan of Bruce, I don’t hate his music, but he’s not a guy I’m calling our friend Jim at Ace Tickets to get a pair to to go see him!  There are much more entertaining artists I’d rather go out of my way to see than the “Boss.”  Like Jimmy Buffett, he is as much a liberal as the “Boss” yet he doesn’t throw out his political views at his summer time concert series, and yes I am aware that Jimmy had a concert in Tampa in October supporting Obama!  Kenny Chessney, he is the Buffett of country music, now I have to admit (being a newbie to country music) I don’t know Kenny’s political take, nor do I care.  That is the point, just entertain me don’t tell me how to vote or how you are voting!

Verizon is the cable choice at the Chach’s household so I just got a couple new network channels.  We all know about the MLB network channel, thank you Hazel!  I have watched hot stove, 7pm on the MLB Network and find it very informative.  I like that they have a ton of ex-players they are using as their panel (Barry Larkin, Al Leiter and of course Sean Casey).  They also have the informative Jon Heyman of SI on there as well.  One drawback of having Verizon, the MLB Network isn’t on any of the HD channels, so no HD Hazel, what a shame!  The first week they also brought in Kevin Millar.  He and Harold Reynolds showed the viewers how to take advantage of the Monstah at Fenway.  They have a miniature field that they demonstrated on.  I haven’t seen them use it much since then, but I’m also not glued to it for 3-5 hours a day.

The NHL Network.  I have just started to tune in recently and it seems to be going in the right direction.  One problem I have with it, when I do turn it on (mid afternoon) they are replaying a talk radio show about hockey.  Replaying!  Is there no show “Live” that they can’t feed me mid afternoon, I have to watch a replay of a radio show from earlier in the day?  Give me an old hockey game, hell you could fill two hours with Gretzky highlights.  But I watch because it is in HD on Verizon (channel 587) and no I haven’t seen their version of Hot Stove, if they even have one, but I did see old friend and Bruin rink side reporter Rob Simpson doing a Fantasy Hockey show on there last night.  Whether you like him or hate him, the guy knows his hockey.  The show was well done, but they had an ex player on the other night and he was very dry.

And finally, Versus.  Remember when you couldn’t find Versus on your cable system (maybe you still can’t)?  We ripped it because it was in Lo Def and they played those Outdoorsman promos during games (they still do).  But I am starting to enjoy their coverage.  The studio analysis of Keith Jones and Brian Engblom isstarting to grow on me, their no Mike Milbury but he is tied in locally and to NBC.  I also like the fact that they have a stable of announcers to do games and aren’t just stuck with two guys.  Mike “Doc” Emrick is the best in the Business, Dale is a close second.  I love the fact that you can tune in and hear the local action analyst (Brickley) on the broadcast as well, more national broadcasts should do that like Fox did a couple years back, take the home team’s color analyst instead of Tim McCarver or Joe Morgan.  One beef I do have with all hockey game broadcasts, do away with the camera’s on the glass behind the net.  I don’t like the shot and 9 times out of 10 a guy gets hit back there, the camera shakes like mad and I get dizzy.  It could just be me but I don’t like that angle at all!  Anyway that’s all I’ve got, gotta go back and check out the site shutiggyup.com, funny but my comments haven’t been put up on the guys site yet, must have to black out all the swears and bad names I call Iggy!

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Picking up the Pieces…..

01.27.09 at 12:22 pm ET
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More 'Tek Talk

More 'Tek Talk

Picking up the pieces while wondering when Dan Shaughnessy will write another “picking up the pieces” column….it’s been at least a week……

Red Sox fans will be ruing their wish to sign Jason Varitek when the Captain is hitting .220 in July – it doesn’t matter if he calls a good game when he goes 0-5 with 4 K’s.

My money is on a member of the media being the first to get arrested in Tampa this week.

The MLB Network is doing a great job in their first month on the air – love the studio shows — and of course, love our girl Hazel – she really is a star.

I don’t care if the Sox don’t care that Adam Dunn K’s 200 times a year. There IS such thing as a productive out so, “Suck It Bill James!”

The Arizona Cardinals will beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17. Put it on the board. Meter had it first one week ago.

I’m starting to get into college hoops – conference play is great – I could do with out the 2 months of non-conference games.

I miss college football – even the NFL Playoffs don’t compare to a big time Saturday in the SEC or Big Ten

I have a feeling Charlie Weis will not be coaching the Irish come September. No inside info, just a hunch.

It speaks volumes that president Obama has to tell the republican senators and reps not to listen to everything Rush says. The fact that they make decisions based on a talk show host is pretty pathetic and is one of the reasons the GOP is in shambles.

The Strip Clubs in Tampa are staying open 24 hours a day this week – somewhere Mo Vaughn is smiling.

I think Jason Bay hits 40 HR’s and drives in 115 runs…and people are still talking about Manny come October

Tom Brady has always made the right decisions, but can’t he be doing something to help his rehab in Foxboro, rather then vacationing in Mexico with Gi?

Chach has done a lot for me in the 2 years I have known him, but introducing me to How I Met Your Mother tops everything. Thank You Chach.

I would give up Flatbreads for a year to hear Schilling and Shaughnessy co-host The Big Show.

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