Arbella Early Edition show meeting: Wednesday, April 16

Arbella Early Edition show meeting: Wednesday, April 16
April 16, 2014, 2:15 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: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
SITE: CSNNE Conference Room
TOPIC: Arbella Early Edition Content
ATTENDING: Bill Walsh (tires tracks on his back); Jimmy Canada (dressed for his first Communion, but is actually going to a Celtics game); Kevin Miller (busy man moving from meeting to meeting); Fred Toucher (via the phone while helping his kids do something with eggs; sounds tricky). And featuring . . . Gary Tanguay.

1. I was running 15 minutes late and immediately marched into the conference room, followed by the up-and-coming young Jimmy Canada. (Stick with me, Jimmy; I'll make you a star.) Anxious to make up for my tardiness, I rang up Fred Toucher and started the meeting fully expecting the minions to follow. Minutes passed and Jimmy and I were the only two in the conference room. After about 5 or 10 minutes, Kevin Miller came in. He apologized for being late because he was just getting out of another meeting. Great! The boss didn’t know I was late . . . until Walsh and marched in and said, “What, the guy comes in 15 minutes late and starts the meeting without us?" Meanwhile, Fred is struggling to keep the eggs off the floor at his house. Walsh accused me of throwing him under the bus when he threw me under the bus, because if he hadn’t said anything my boss wouldn't have known I was late. Damn you, Bill Walsh!!!

2. Fred wants to discuss the time-off issue with the Red Wings and Bruins. He feels the Bruins benefit the most, and will explain why at the start of the show. Then we'll move to the Celtics and the draft. Is there a guaranteed star in the draft? What will the Celts do? Will they trade the pick or use it? Will they trade Rajon Rondo?

3. Dan Shaughnessy joins up for the 'B' block to talk Sox. Xander Boegarts . . . are we overreacting? Is his poor defense part of the learning process? Is Stephen Drew still an option? What happens when Shane Victorino comes back?

4. For our 'C' block, Fred and I will play Grab Bag . . . and we didn't come to this decision easy. There was actual dead silence in the room when we started discussing the 'C' block. NBC Sports Network kindly sent us Puck Cakes, which are Ring Dings with the logo of each NHL playoff team on it. We thought of trying to use this as a prop somehow, then decided it was better suited for the 'D' block. On the heels of Mike Napoli’s injury we discussed doing a segment on the worst injuries we have ever seen, i.e. Dave Dravecky’s arm or Joe Theisman’s leg, but ultimately said no. So we'll go with Grab Bag! We won't know what the topics are until we hit the air live at 6:45. This always makes for interesting TV.

Which means you won't want to miss it. So tune in at 6:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet.