Arbella Early Edition show meeting: Friday, March 7

Arbella Early Edition show meeting: Friday, March 7
March 7, 2014, 3:00 pm
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Each day, the Comcast SportsNet staff gathers in the early afternoon to discuss that evening's Arbella Early Edition show. And each afternoon, Gary Tanguay will post the minutes of that meeting, giving you an idea of what to expect on that night's show, which begins at 6:30 p.m.

DATE: Friday, March 7, 2014
SITE: CSNNE Conference Room
TOPIC: Arbella Early Edition Content
ATTENDING: Kevin Miller, senior news director; John Zannis, the heavily bearded one; Bill Walsh, show producer; Jason Levine, head Web geek;  Jimmy Canada, Web geek; Kirk Minihane, guest via conference room Star Trek phone. And featuring . . . Gary Tanguay.

1. The meeting got off to a chaotic start as Bill Walsh was slow calling things to order. (He’s kind of slippin’.) Jimmy Canada quipped, “Tanguay, did you just get out of bed?” I knew he was referring to the lack of product in my thick and silky hair. I fired back, “What, are you making your first Communion today?” BAM! Take that, Jimmy C. The room roared in laughter. I mean, it roared! I made my first Communion, and I know a first Communion outfit when I see one. Grey pants and a white dress shirt. Plus, Jimmy -- though talented -- looks like he's 8.

2. During this exchange, Kevin Miller was trying to give me Kirk’s number so I could dial it on the speaker phone. He kept telling me to dial 8 for an outside line during my exchange with Jimmy, and the message -- to me -- wasn’t getting through. He finally said, “Will somebody get him to dial 8?!?” Finally, I caught on and got Minihane on the phone.

3. Kirk was hot to discuss the left side of the Red Sox infield, which I heard them talk about on 'EEI this morning. Good stuff and a good take. Plus, Nick Cafardo -- one of the all-time good guys in the business -- wrote about it in the Globe. However, I felt we had to start with football. The Pats and Edelman are negotiating . . . is that a good sign?  Again, football rules with our viewers. So we decided to lead with Edelman, and Brandon Spikes saying he is done in New England.

4. I'll ask Felger if he feels differently about the Bruins' trade-deadline moves after reading Fluto Shinzawa’s report in the Globe that the Bruins were trying to do a deal with Vancouver. But why should he? What, you can’t talk to more than one team at once? Mike Milbury had the best nugget of the trade deadline. He said Islanders GM Garth Snow has a relationship with Flyers management, so that’s probably why he sent Andrew MacDonald to Philly.

5. Around this time, I realized everyone was laughing at me . . . and I wasn’t trying to be funny. (Honestly, that’s when it usually happens.) I was calling the new Bruin defenseman Mazarov instead of Meszaros. Whatever; the guy isn’t going to play, anyway. Mazarov? Wasn’t he a Bond villan?

6. I'm excited to talk with Mike Florio from NBC and Pro Football Talk. He'll be in the 'B' block. (Here's some inside TV info: We're taping him at 5 p.m.) Topics for him will Revis/Talib; Jimmy Graham; what if Edelman walks?, and what is the market for Vince Wilfork?

7. Minihane sniffed giantly through the phone, which led me to ask if he was using a hyper-energetic white powdery drug to stay up for his afternoon appearance on Salk and Holley. No hammering Salk, right Kirk? Silence.

8. In the 'C' block, Kirk and I will touch on the left side of the Sox infield, Tiger’s issues, and LeBron’s sleeves. I get what LeBron is saying about the longer sleeves affecting his shot, by the way.

9. Kirk, like myself is a frustrated screen writer and he's reading a basketball script I wrote with my friend Drew Yanno. I asked him what he thought. He said he was 20 pages in and thought it was awful. I hung up on him.

10. Feeling guilty, I called back. He backpedaled, of course. And why not? It's the Citizen Kane of hoop movies . . . or maybe I should say of hoop movies that haven’t been made.

YET.