Uno's Sports Tonight to celebrate milestone 5,000th episode

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Uno's Sports Tonight to celebrate milestone 5,000th episode

Longest Running Nightly Sports Television Show in the Region
Looks Back at 10 Years on the Air
 
BURLINGTON, MA, August 7, 2012 UNOs Sports Tonight, Comcast SportsNet New Englands twice a night news and analysis program, will celebrate its 5,000th episode on Monday, August 13th with a one-hour prime time special beginning at 6:30PM. At 5,000 episodes and 10 years, Sports Tonight is the longest running nightly sports television show in the region.
 
The celebratory special episode on August 13th, hosted by Michael Felger, Gary Tanguay and Greg Dickerson, will begin with a look back to the Sports Tonight launch in 2002 which commenced with coverage of the Patriots 2002 Super Bowl Championship title.  Since then, Sports Tonight has featured six years of Red Sox Spring Training shows, aired live from four different Super Bowls, two NBA Finals, two World Series, one MLB All-Star Game and hosted more than 350 of New Englands most influential athletes, team personnel and media as guests on the show.  From the heated moments and contentious arguments, to the sincere laughter and hilarious bloopers, Sports Tonights 5000th show will reflect on a decade of serving New England sports fans with the most in-depth, unfiltered and proactive sports talk and opinion in the market.

Following are some of the highlights from the past 10 years of Sports Tonight:
 
        Show launched on February 11, 2002, hosted by Gary Tanguay & Wendi Nix
        Glenn Ordway and Gerry Callahan were the first ever guests on Sports Tonight during the debut episode
        The 10 p.m. edition of Sports Tonight debuted one year later, February 10, 2003
        Dickerson and Tanguay were co-hosts from February 2003 until October 2007 ; In November 2007, Felger and Tanguay became co-hosts and continue to co-host the show today
        Presidential candidate Mitt Romney was a special guest on the show in 2002 while running for Governor of Massachusetts
        In 2007, Paul Pierce hosted the show on three separate occasions
        Additional athletes who have made regular appearances on the show include: the Red Soxs Kevin Millar, Coco Crisp, and Jonathan Papelbon; the Patriots Vince Wilfork, Rodney Harrison, and  Mike Vrabel; the Celtics Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker; and the Bruins Shawn Thornton.
 
CSNNE.com, the online home of Comcast SportsNet, will feature clips from the various Sports Tonight promo campaigns, will showcase highlights from some of the best episodes, and will run extended, uncut clips from features aired during the special.  A bracket has also been launched for fans to vote on Sports Tonights Most Valuable Personality from over the years.  
 
Since 2002, Sports Tonight has been the gathering place for the most influential voices in the region with daily participation from New Englands best personalities, said Bill Bridgen, Comcast SportsNet New England Executive Vice President and General Manager. The opinion-driven show has gained a loyal following from passionate sports fans in New England, who are never short on opinions.  We are pleased to share Sports Tonights  5,000th episode & retrospective with all of the partners, guests, and viewers who have helped make the show a success over the past decade.
 
Sports Tonight airs every weeknight at 6:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.  Comcast SportsNet reaches more than 4 million households in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Comcast SportsNets programming includes the Boston Celtics, SportsNet Central, New England Revolution, Connecticut Sun, Unos Sports Tonight, Celtics Now, Sports Sunday, Quick Slants, The Baseball Show and New England Tailgate. Comcast SportsNet New England is owned and managed by Comcast Sports Group. Visit www.csnne.com for more information. Check local listings for the specific channel location for your area.

Off day for Tuukka Rask plays into rough loss for the Bruins

Off day for Tuukka Rask plays into rough loss for the Bruins

BOSTON – Many times this season Tuukka Rask has bailed out the Bruins when the team was at less than their best.

Monday afternoon was not one of those times as the Bruins goaltender was knocked out of the game after two periods on the way to a listless 4-0 shutout loss to the New York Islanders. Rask allowed three goals on 15 shots in the game’s opening 40 minutes, and was responsible for a very soft goal during the Isles’ three-score barrage in the second period.

After the game Rask wasn’t ducking responsibility for the subpar performance, and admitted he was simply beaten to the short side post on a bad angle shot from Islanders forward Josh Bailey for the soft-serve special.

“I was just late. I picked the wrong seal. It’s one of those [goals] that I should have stopped,” said Rask. “Claude [Julien] mentioned [not taking the Isles lightly] before the game, and the last game we played here they got us. It was a bit of a flat game again last time, and we just woke up too late today. We didn’t want to underestimate them. Any team in this league is good even though the standings might show otherwise. We just never got it going.”

Rask was being kind because the Bruins never actually woke up at all in the first B's shutout loss to the Islanders on home ice in franchise history, and that includes when the Finnish netminder was yanked after the second intermission.

Julien’s act of pulling Rask from a 3-0 game was clearly designed to spark the struggling hockey club, but it did nothing to breathe life into a dead hockey club that simply allowed another goal playing out the string in the third period.

“There are two things that can happen. No. 1, you hope you can spark your team because of the performance in front of him,” said Julien. “If it doesn’t spark your team, [at least] you’re not wasting your number one goaltender’s energy.”

One would expect that Rask will be back between the pipes on Wednesday night against the Red Wings in Detroit, and in hindsight perhaps this Monday matinee might have been a good time to see what Zane McIntyre has to offer as the backup. Instead it will go down as an “off” game for Rask and another inexcusable no-show on home ice for the Black and Gold. 

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Celtics get a boost from their bench

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Celtics get a boost from their bench

BOSTON –  Questions about Boston’s second unit have lingered all season.

But in the first half of Monday’s game against Charlotte, the Celtics got a major boost from the second unit which paved the way for Boston’s 59-53 lead at the half.

They outscored their Charlotte brethren 21-10 which was instrumental in them fending off an always-tough Charlotte team despite the Hornets (20-20) coming in having lost four in a row – all on the road.

Boston opened with a 10-2 run, the kind of spurt that you knew would likely be followed at some point by a comparable run by the Hornets.

On cue, Charlotte began to chip away at Boston’s lead and eventually went ahead following a pair of Kemba Walker free throws with 3:39 to play.

The teams went back and forth until Boston’s Jaylen Brown, who delivered a moving pre-game speech in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, took over the game with less than a minute to play in the first.

Trailing 30-29, Brown scored the quarter’s final five points to lift Boston to a 34-30 lead going into the second quarter.

In the second quarter, it was Kelly Olynyk – another Celtics reserve - taking over with a slew of baskets and hustle plays including saving a ball from going out of bounds in front of the Charlotte bench and tossing it up court with the Celtics ultimately getting a lay-up from Brown.

With 7:24 to play in the half, Charlotte called a time-out with the Celtics leading 45-40.

The Hornets responded with an 8-3 spurt to tie the game at 48 following a dunk by Spencer Hawes which led to Brad Stevens looking for answers during a Celtics time-out with 5:18 to play in the half.

Boston’s starters eventually returned to the floor in the second quarter and seemingly picked up where their backups left off.

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half of Monday’s game.

 

STARS

Kemba Walker

There was a definite sense of urgency on Walker’s part to do what he could to lead the Hornets out of their four-game funk. He did his part in the first half, scoring 18 points on 6-for-11 shooting from the field.

Al Horford

This was one of the better first halves offensively we’ve seen from Al Horford this season. He led the Celtics with 14 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the field.

 

STUDS

Isaiah Thomas

With what looked like an increased emphasis to get the ball to Horford, Thomas played the role of the other scorer and didn’t disappoint. He had 13 points in the first half along with three assists.

Kelly Olynyk

For the second time in as many games, Olynyk was assertive both on the perimeter and around the basket. And the results by and large, were positive. At the half, he had nine points off the bench to go with five rebounds and three assists.

Jaylen Brown

He provided a major lift at the end of the first quarter, which is when he scored five of his seven first-half points.

Marvin Williams

He gave Boston problems both inside the paint as well as on the perimeter as he tallied 12 points which included a pair of 3-pointers.

 

DUDS

Cody Zeller

His job is to roll to the rim, defend and rebound. He seemed to struggle in all three phases in the first half. He had three points and three rebounds, but when he was on the floor the Hornets had a plus/minus of -7.