I suppose it wouldn’t be February without some Curt Schilling drama.
So, Schilling is out until at least the All-Star break with a shoulder injury that apparently, just suddenly came up. If it’s in any way related to carpal tunnel, well there’s a PR hit for G38 Studios.
As Nick Cafardo alludes to today, this may actually end up helping the Sox in the long run. Would you rather have Schilling putting more strain on the shoulder in meaningless April and May games, or have him down the stretch? Forget the All-Star break, come back in September and work your way toward October. By that point, Clay Buchholz could have 14 wins and be on track for the Rookie of the Year award, and Schilling will have to shout over the excitement to announce he’s returned. Which, we understand won’t be an issue.
Is it nice to have Schilling on board? Sure. Is he an integral part of this starting rotation? Hardly. In name, he’s the No. 2 guy, I suppose, behind Josh Beckett. In reality, what he showed last year, in another injury-plagued campaign, was the stuff of a No. 4 starter. Can Buchholz handle being a No. 4 at the very least? Unless the Red Sox have him limited to 78 innings or something this season, does anyone see any reason why he should plan on spending his spring in Pawtucket?
Of course, Boston inked Schilling to an $8 million deal for October anyway, so the fact that he’s out until July shouldn’t really bother anyone in the least. They might want to be somewhat encouraged by it all. Less stress on the shoulder may mean less stress on the fans come playoffs.
Besides, all this talk about the Sox wanting to void his contract ought to be fun, no?
- NBC airs the last Friday Night Lights that has been produced tonight, and the question looms, will that be it for the low-rated, yet popular show? Probably. At least if you listen to the words of NBC entertainment head Ben Silverman, it doesn’t sound good for a third season:
Radar: Quick question! A lot of us are happy that you've kept Friday Night Lights on the air despite lousy ratings. It's totally the best show on TV. But is there going to be another season? Silverman: Do you watch 30 Rock? That's the best show on TV.
Not regularly. But what about FNL?
Start watching 30 Rock. It's the best show on TV.
I don't want to watch 30 Rock. I want to watch FNL. I love it.
I love it. You love it. Unfortunately, no one watches it. That's the thing with shows. People have to watch them. We're NBC, we have a reputation to uphold. And, man, with this writers' strike ... well, we'll see what we can do. But start watching 30 Rock.
Um, no thanks, Ben. The only thing I can take away from this conversation is, “This doofus is the head of NBC?” And then I remember what’s actually ON NBC, and it all sort of makes sense.
That’s not to say that the show isn’t a shadow of itself. What was once a fantastic drama centered around a Texas football team, has now morphed into a sort of CW teen drama. The acting is still superior, the characters still vivid, it’s just that the compelling story lines that were the norm are starting to feel forced. Season 2 started with the silly Tyra-Landry murder thing, and has been somewhat scattered since. And just how many weeks have they gone without actually playing a game anyway?
Oh, by the way, according to the 2006-07 Nielsen ratings, FNL finished 95th overall with a 6.1 rating. Silverman’s precious “30 Rock” was 102nd with a 5.8. So, what’s that about reputation?
- Seven days ago, we predicted a 54-17 win for the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. We’re not proud of this, but it did happen. And so it goes.
This has to make you feel a lot better though. New York Daily News: “Referee: I almost sacked Eli Manning.” Wonderful.
Mike Carey, the Super Bowl referee, told the Daily News on Wednesday that his "radar was definitely up" when Manning was clutched by two Patriots defenders with just over a minute left on Sunday night "because I knew a sack, or at least grasp and control, was imminent," he said.
But the sack never came. And when Patriots linemen Richard Seymour and Jarvis Green failed to stop Manning's forward momentum, Carey said "grasp and control" was never achieved either. That allowed the ref to patiently watch Manning throw the 32-yard pass that ended with David Tyree's miraculous catch - the signature play of the Giants' 17-14 win.
Carey said he was never close to whistling the play dead. But if either Patriot had pulled Manning backwards, he might have had no choice.
That ought to keep you warm and fuzzy until July.
- I would have tabbed Roger Clemens as more of a “Shiner Bock” type of guy.
- The Globe’s Marc Spears reported earlier this week that Clippers point guard Sam Cassell was interested in escaping his deal with LA in order to come to Boston. That appears to have ticked off Cassell, who retorted: "They misquoted me drastically," Cassell said of the report. "It's just not right for my teammates to hear I'd be a perfect. That's not what I said. The reporter said I'd be a perfect fit in Boston. I'm still a member of the Los Angeles Clippers and I want to win as many games as possible with the Clippers. I'm not happy that we're losing, but I have a lot of good teammates on this ballclub that I really enjoy being around."
Cassell told Spears he’d be “a nice addition” to the Celtics. We can understand how this was misquoted. Especially after he got into talking with Spears about buying out of his contract, playing with Kevin Garnett for a winner, and all the Celtics’ tradition. How were we so misled?
- I’m going to place the odds at Chad Johnson landing in New England at 6 percent. Of course, a year ago I would have probably set them lower than that for the prospect of Randy Moss coming here too.
- As much as it must pain you to admit it, the Reebok “Perfectville” commercial is, well, perfect.
- It hasn’t stopped snowing since Monday in the mountains, so heck yeah we’re headed up to partake in it this weekend. If you too are hitting the slopes, enjoy. And if not, since there’s no more football, please remember to watch 30 Rock.