When E! and ESPN collide

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When E! and ESPN collide

By Mary Paoletti
CSNNE.com

Celebrity news is silly. I don't care about Lindsay Lohan's addictions or Charlie Sheen's addictions or the addiction of stalkers to Lindsey Lohan and Charlie Sheen.

But sports media is an entertainment industry and certain athletes have reached celebrity status. Do thousands of fans know what Buddy Farnham's favorite color is? No, but they have chronicled every haircut Tom Brady has (or has not) gotten during the last decade.

It's when the Kardashians collide with the NBA that I feel awkward. It's when Jay Cutler marriesdoesn't-marry an MTV personality (is that what you call them?) and Mike Fisher steps out with an American Idol that I'm unsure of what to do.

Do I ignore those angles because they're slick with Ryan Seacrest slime? Or do I begrudgingly mention that Lamar Odom will be on the next season of Living Vicariously Through the Vapidashians because Lakers fans care? Or, more likely, because Celtics fans want to make fun of him.

I knew Chad Ochocinco's arrival in New England might present such dilemmas. When a sports celebrity like Esteban puts a microscope to his already-public life it's hard to know when to look away. He constantly Tweets his goings-on and over two and a half million people appear interested.

But what do Patriots fans want to know and what do they want filtered?

Teammate interaction: yes.

The Prius jokes have actually been entertaining. But while digging for more, I stumbled over that line onto the pink and frilly HollywoodLife.com where his fiancee was talking about wedding plans.

During the Aug. 8 season finale, Evelyn confronted Chad after she saw him having lunch with another woman. We resolved it and we moved on, Evelyn confesses. I dont know if he sees my point, but theres always that man-woman conflict.But they have moved on and been trying to get pregnant with twins but Evelyns not pregnant yet. Thats the good thing with fertility, you can pick and choose when you want to have babies, she explains. We want to have the babies after the wedding.

So, basically..

Chad goes out with a woman who is not his fiancee --> Chad and fiancee fight --> they move on and try to have kids --> they don't actually want kids until after the wedding --> the wedding isn't until next year.

...Right. Yup. I don't care.

Lesson learned: Stay on the right side of the ball because it's scary and confusing over with the Kardashians. We and E! might all be working in entertainment news, but we don't seem to be talking about the same thing.

Cassidy switches up Bruins lines tonight against Lightning

Cassidy switches up Bruins lines tonight against Lightning

BRIGHTON, Mass. – After his Bruins scored just two goals in each of the past two games with a distinct lack of finish around the net, Bruce Cassidy has made some slight tweaks up front with his wingers. 

Drew Stafford has been bumped up to the left wing with David Krejci and Matt Beleskey has been dropped to a new fourth line with Dominic Moore and Riley Nash.

The hope would be that Krejci and Pastrnak could help get Stafford going after he’s gone scoreless in his past three games, with just two shots on net, and been pretty quiet since a couple of strong games right after the trade.

After a couple of active games for Noel Acciari, the gritty Rhode Island kid was skating on the third line with Frank Vatrano and Ryan Spooner in an interesting combination of players. Tuukka Rask was the first goalie off the ice at Warrior Ice Arena on Thursday morning, so it looks like he’ll be starting his third game in four days tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning at a time of year when bubble teams can’t afford to rest anybody.  

Here are the projected Bruins line combos and D-pairings based on morning skate:

 
Marchand-Bergeron-Backes

Stafford-Krejci-Pastrnak

Vatrano-Spooner-Acciari

Beleskey-Moore-Nash

 
Chara-Carlo

Krug-McQuaid

C. Miller-K. Miller

 
Rask

According to Fortune, Theo's the greatest . . . in the world, not just baseball

According to Fortune, Theo's the greatest . . . in the world, not just baseball

Apparently, the Red Sox couldn’t hold onto the best leader in the world. And the best leader in the world has no idea how to housebreak his puppy.

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein was given the top spot on a list of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders," published by Fortune on Thursday morning.

The potential for silly takeaways from Epstein’s placement on the list -- and his response to it in a text to ESPN’s Buster Olney -- are amusing, if not astounding.

Wait, Epstein doesn’t think baseball is the most important thing in the world?

"Um, I can't even get my dog to stop peeing in the house," Epstein told Olney. "That is ridiculous. The whole thing is patently ridiculous. It's baseball -- a pastime involving a lot of chance. If [Ben] Zobrist’s ball is three inches farther off the line, I'm on the hot seat for a failed five-year plan. And I'm not even the best leader in our organization; our players are."

Zobrist, of course, had the go-ahead hit in the 10th inning of Game 7 of the World Series against the Indians.

As Fortune described it, the list of leaders is meant to include those “transforming the world and inspiring others to do the same” across business, government, philanthropy and the arts.

Epstein certainly did help transform the baseball world.

“In the fall of 2016, as partisan distrust and division reached abysmal depths, fascination with the Chicago Cubs became that all-too-rare phenomenon that united America,” his blurb on the list begins.

That’s fair. But, if you scroll down the list: Pope Francis is No. 3. Angela Merkel is No. 10 and LeBron James is No. 11.