So the upset in six games didn’t come true for Mike Gorman and the Celtics, as the superior talent of the Cavaliers finished off Boston in four games yesterday afternoon at the Garden. Despite the outcome, it’s safe to say it might be the most optimistic four-game sweep a team has suffered.
This promises to be an interesting summer for the Boston Celtics, who enter with four draft picks and cap space to spend.
Celtics hope playoff run helps lure free agents – Steve Bulpett has the club looking for a silver lining in the sweep, which was four nationally televised games, which likely raised the profile of the team.
A swan song to build on for Celtics – Jackie MacMullan notes that fans were cheering a team that got swept yesterday, which indicates where this team is now and what the hopes for the future are.
Meanwhile, Michael Felger demanded to know why the green-teamers weren’t booing their team and holding them accountable after a sweep.
Celtics proud, but not satisfied with end of season – A. Sherrod Blakely has the team taking this as a learning experience.
Can Boston Celtics become free-agent destination? Maybe not, but LeBron James, NBA noticing Brad Stevens – Jay King examines whether the coach could be a drawing card for NBA free agents.
Despite loss, Celtics have winner in Brad Stevens – Christopher Gasper trots out a catchy “In Brad we trust” slogan.
Get all the coverage at CelticsLinks.com.
The Red Sox starting rotation is not good right now. The latest, an 18-7 rout by the Orioles in Baltimore yesterday.
Boston Red Sox rotation posts MLB-worst 5.75 ERA: Is it too soon for change? – Jen McCaffrey says the sample size is growing, and not looking too promising.
Time for Red Sox to torch struggling rotation – Michael Silverman feels it is time to pour the gasoline and light the match.
Plenty of blame to go around for Boston’s struggles – Brian MacPherson says that it isn’t only the pitching which is letting the team down.
Inside ESPN, NFL Network’s coverage of the NFL draft; more Media Circus – Richard Deitsch looks at the NFL Draft coverage, but also provides this update on Bob Neumeier:
2b. NBC broadcaster Bob Neumeier is taping a piece for NBC’s coverage of the Kentucky Derby and will return fulltime to the on-air team for the Preakness. Neumeier suffered a stroke in October, which required 5.5 hours of brain surgery.
Great news there.
Finally, from over the weekend, Chris Gasper had an interesting, and I think mostly on-target column about the job of the media:
The jumping off point for this column is the profanity-ridden tirade by Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price last week, aimed at the media. Gasper summarizes the proper role of the media as such:
The job of a traditional media member is not to root, root, root for the home team, or aid its quest for victory. It is also not to intentionally undermine it. It is to report the news or provide insight or commentary. We strive for Swiss neutrality. But in an era of league-owned television networks, fawning team websites, and partisan fan blogs, it’s easy to see the lines between journalism and boosterism getting blurred and folks such as Price getting confused.
Fair enough. It is a little ironic though, that Gasper is writing this in a publication that is owned by the same man who also owns the local baseball team. Is there Swiss neutrality there?
Where Chris and I part ways a bit is a little later on.
The 101 media flavors have created an environment where objectivity is negativity.
The ironic part is that the material written with the unwavering fidelity of a fan expresses an obvious bias, but because it is a palatable and popular one the bias is ignored.
We have reached a point where expressing an opinion or relaying a truth that is inconvenient or not favorable to a team is immediately labeled “trolling,” which is a self-serving and self-centered way to deal with a dissenting viewpoint or unwelcome news.
A few things here. He states that we have an “environment where objectivity is negativity.” In many cases, I would actually reverse that. For some allegedly neutral media, being negative IS how they claim to be objective. If you’re being truly objective, most people with a brain and common sense are not going to think that you are “trolling.”
Is he saying that trolling by the mainstream media doesn’t exist? Dan Shaughnessy does not exist to be a conduit of inconvenient truth, he exists to troll people who enjoy following the local sports teams. He’s not expressing an opinion. He’s trying to upset people and provoke a reacting. He’s baiting them and getting them to chase, which fits the exact description of the fishing type of trolling.
Are there times in which someone is unfairly labeled a troll? Sure. I definitely don’t believe it is as common as Gasper suggests. Trolling by media members happens all the time. Gasper instead places the wrong on the reader, who is being “self-serving and self-centered” by rejecting the content as simply an effort to be provocative, rather than providing any sort of insight, which is what he had previously stated was the job of the media.
On the other hand, Gasper also seems to be suggesting that fan sites or bloggers are incapable of being anything other than fawning and partisan. That’s as unfair as saying that anyone who expresses an unfavorable opinion is trolling.
Overall though, I appreciated Gasper’s column as an effort to sort of give the lay of the land in the media world these days.