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: Thursday, April 17, 2014
SITE: CSNNE Conference Room
TOPIC: Arbella Early Edition Content
ATTENDING: Bill Walsh, Kevin Miller, Trenni Kusnierek, Jason Levin, Jimmy Canada and John Zannis. And featuring . . . Gary Tanguay.
1. Spirited meeting today. Bill Walsh was kind enough to offer me the floor. I, in turn, offered it to Jimmy Canada and then took it back. (Sorry Jimmy.) I suggested Jackie Bradley Jr. as a worthy topic. After last night’s game-winning hit, the Red Sox shouldn't send him down. Then I tossed out the idea we need a large discussion topic. There isn’t a whole lot going on so we have to create worthy hot topics. For example, the state of the four pro sports currently versus 20 years ago.
John Zannis advanced the thought when he described flipping back and forth from the NHL hockey playoffs and the Sox' extra-inning game against Chicago. This is a game the Sox won, yet -- due to its length, and the White Sox' relievers inability to throw strikes -- everyone in the meeting said it painful to watch. The majority felt the non-Bruin NHL playoffs was more entertaining than the Red Sox. Now, in general, hockey -- especially playoff hockey -- is more exciting than baseball. But this is provincial area and in the past a local team always won out over a national broadcast, regardless of the sport. Not now, not when it comes to baseball.
2. We weren't sure if the Celtics were a worthy topic today and then we argued among ourselves for 30 minutes on Jabari Parker going pro and if the Celtics did the best they could to tank this season. Did they do enough? Did they manage to keep their dignity while tanking? They are tied for fourth-worst in the NBA. Should they have been third? We will discuss.
3. Then, somehow, the meeting went completely off the rails. Jimmy Canada commented how Kris Humphries was a great guy. I mentioned he said on Celtics Insider that he loves HGTV. Wow, you would have thought I insulted his mother. Everyone jumped me, claiming their love for HGTV! I didn’t say anything bad. I just said he said he liked HGTV. I just quoted the guy. Kevin Miller declared his love for House Hunters. Trenni is a fan of Love It or List It. She said they have alternate endings. “Do they?” I asked. She said, “They must.” Which means she doesn’t know, she was just assuming. You what happens when you assume, Trenni.
That's the show on paper. Watch and see what really happens tonight at 6:30 on Arbella’s Early Edition.