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, March 27, 2014
SITE: CSNNE Conference Room
TOPIC: Arbella Early Edition Content
ATTENDING: Trenni Kusnerik (did you know she's running the Marathon?); John Zannis (he claims he once did, but he sure as hell ain’t now); Bill Walsh (would only run 26.2 miles for a free, 16-ounce adult malted beverage); Jimmy Canada (what's 26.2 miles in kilometers?), and Jason Levine (I got nothing). And featuring . . . Gary Tanguay (I prefer to do 26.2 miles in my spin class with the moms of Metro West).
1. Heavy topic to start the meeting: We all wanted to pay tribute to fallen heroes Lt. Ed Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy. The challenge in doing this to make sure we do it respectfully and transition properly back to the trivial world of sports talk. We will lead the show with our tribute and slowly move back to our format.
2. Bill Walsh led our discussion backwards today (not sure what that says about him). Our 'C' block segment will have the title “What Are We Missing?” This is in regard to the Red Sox. I wish this had been on tape, but Trenni went off on the Red Sox outfield. Her concern is Shane Victorino being healthy. Very good point. With a center fielder whose career was thought to be over due to injury, Shane’s situation -- along with the lack of depth -- could make the outfield a disaster for the Sox.
3. Walsh texted me last night suggesting we talk about the unionizing of college athletes with Andy Gresh, who is on the show tonight. Johnny Manziel’s pro day and Mark Cuban’s comments on the NFL will also be on the docket.
4. This was tweeted about Johnny Football’s pro day during the meeting and brought the house down: Pats Fan 1 @TeamBledsoe11 The center is having a hell of a day. Put him in pads.
5. We struggled coming up with a decent 'A' block. We tossed around Bruins-Blackhawks / is Lester worth Scherzer money? / why are the Bruins more popular than the Red Sox? That last one was mine: After all, the Sox won the World Series and the Bruins lost in the Stanley Cup Finals. I still feel they got off easy last year after collapsing in the last 90 seconds of Game 6 -- AT HOME -- and giving the cup to Chicago. There was no backlash! Even Felger said, “Awww, Chicago would have won Game 7 anyway.” The Bruins have a long leash in this town. Then Walsh said, “The Bruins are the little brother that can do no wrong,” and Jimmy Canada suggested we do a family tree.
BAM! THERE IT WAS!
So we'll break down Boston’s sports family tree:
The oldest: The Patriots. Much is expected. They have no excuses. If they don't win the Super Bowl, it's a bad season.
The middle child: The Red Sox. The lost kid. No one cares.
The youngest: The Bruins. The golden child. Can do no wrong in the eyes of Mom and Dad.
In the womb: The Celtics. Delivery date. June 26.
Watch and see if what’s on paper makes it on TV for real. Watch @CSNEarlyEdition at 6:30.