Arbella Early Edition show meeting: Friday, May 9

Arbella Early Edition show meeting: Friday, May 9
May 9, 2014, 3:30 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, May 9, 2014
SITE: CSNNE Conference Room
TOPIC: Arbella Early Edition Content
ATTENDING: Vinny “Fresh Meat” Crouch; John “The Soup” Zannis; Kevin “Steak and Shake” Miller; Patrick “The Special” Dunne, and Kirk “On the Border” Minihane . And featuring . . . Gary Tanguay.

Vinny is today’s fresh meat, or substitute teacher. He claims to have produced Early Edition once before and he must have done a flawless job because I don’t remember. If he had screwed up, oh I would have remembered.

Zannis always brings in a small cup of soup from Panera. The thing is so darn small I could drink it in two gulps.

I have never heard anyone talk about Steak and Shake like Kevin Miller. I was in Indianapolis to cover the Patriots-Giants Super Bowl and I told Kevin there was such a restaurant across from my hotel. He went crazy and ordered me to go or face the consequences! He gave me a two-page list of how and what to order. Did Steak and Shake live up to Kevin’s high praise? I don’t remember.

I called Patrick "The Special" because he's filling in for Jimmy Canada and Jason Levine, and I'm not sure about his dietary habits. I'm certainly not insinuating that he's about to go bad, so we have to push him.

As you can probably guess, Minihane lives at On the Border, which is next to the station. I think he has his own table.

And I love onion rings. I recommend Zaftigs in Brookline on Harvard.

Now, to the show meeting . . .

1. Depsite the Bruins' overtime win, the NFL Draft rules! The four-letter network got a 7 rating for the draft. That is an insane number for a non-game rating on cable. NBA playoff games average a 5 rating. So, we lead with the draft.

Kirk has a problem with Patriots' pick because Dominique Easley blew out both ACLs at Florida. If he was healthy, he would have been a Top 15 pick. Minihane has a point, and right now I'm trying to figure out which way to go on this one. Bill Belichick did draft Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez -- both of whom had injury red flags -- and their on-field talent makes them successful picks. Of course, subsequent injuries -- and, oh yeah, an alleged murder -- hurt their value. Tune in at 6:30 to see where I go with this.

2. With Felger, we'll talk about the Bruins. They got the win but I'm bummed at the way the series is being played. Not very exciting. But a win is a win.

3. Bob Ryan joins us in the 'B' block to talk tonight’s draft. Will the Patriots be selecting Tom Brady’s successor in rounds two or three? How much longer does Tom have? How much is Belichick thinking about that?

4. In the 'C' block, we'll talk about the NFL Draft’s immense popularity. I'm with Mayor Marty Walsh: I would love to see the draft in Boston next year. I think the NFL should take it on the road like the Super Bowl. Miami, Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston would all be great cities to host the draft. I would rather see the NFL Draft here instead of the Olympics.

That's the show on paper. Watch it live at 6:30 on CSNNE.