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Media Roundup: A Rolling Moss Gathers ... Nevermind

Bruce Allen returns to offer a look at the week in sports and how the Boston media covered it, featuring wavering opinions on Randy Moss, Delonte West's diary and Tommy Heinsohn offering his thoughts on NBA officiating, as only Tommy can.

EDEN PRAIRIE MN - OCTOBER 7:  Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss answers questions from the media during a press conference at Winter Park on October 7 2010 in Eden Prairie Minnesota.  (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
EDEN PRAIRIE MN - OCTOBER 7: Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss answers questions from the media during a press conference at Winter Park on October 7 2010 in Eden Prairie Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
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If your ears starting bleeding over the last two weeks while listening to sports talk radio, I totally understand.

Fortunately, I missed most of it, while traveling West, but I got enough Randy Moss talk to last me for the rest of my life. Over on BSMW, we tried to keep track of the ever-changing stances of various members of the Boston sports media, but it was no easy task.

The radio and television airwaves were filled with non-stop Randy Moss talk, something that has spilled over to this week as well.

For some in the local media, hypocrisy knows no bounds. Take Ron Borges as exhibit A. Right from the moment Randy Moss arrived in New England, Borges piled on him with a column loaded with quotes from Moss' offensive coordinator -- Tom Walsh -- and head coach -- Art Shell -- in Oakland. (Ironically, this was the last column Borges ever wrote for the Globe before announcing his wink-wink-nod-nod "retirement" from the paper.)

Keep in mind that Walsh was running a bed and breakfast at the time, and Shell has not gotten another coaching gig since then when reading the salvos they fire at Moss, who then of course went on to a record-breaking season with the Patriots in 2007.

Now, when Moss is on the outs with the Patriots, Borges is suddenly his staunchest defender, something even Michael Felger called him out on during an appearance on Comcast SportsNet. During an appearance on WEEI Wednesday, Borges defended himself by saying that he never knocked Moss, he was simply quoting what others had to say about the receiver.

That edition of the Big Show was entertaining only because in Glenn Ordway, Borges found someone as stubborn and quick enough to take him on at every turn.

While not normally a fan of the WWE style of sports radio, it's a nice change from the afternoon show on 98.5, where "You're absolutely right, Mike" is the most-repeated phrase heard on that program.

Anyone relieved that the bye week will soon be over, and we can just get back to football?


The current edition of the Boston Celtics is a fascinating group, with the likes of Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin Garnett, Nate Robinson, Glen Davis all providing entertainment in various forms. None however, may as interesting as guard Delonte West, who might just be the oddest player in the NBA.

If you’ve wanted to get inside the head of West, ESPN Boston is giving you that chance. West is the latest local athlete to do an online diary for the site. His first entry is posted, and doesn't disappoint. You get West talking about his new tattoo "Via Dolorosa" and what it means.

I also get a bit of a laugh over the editor's note at the bottom of the entry: Delonte West is suspended without pay for the first 10 games of the season after pleading guilty to weapons charges over the summer. Not that weapons charges are funny, but it's an odd way to close out the first entry in the diary.


NESN announced their plans for Bruins coverage this week, and among their lineup will be a new Kathryn Tappen vehicle -- The Big Bad Bruins Show. The program, which debuts Saturday, October 23 at 6:00 P.M., will feature one-on-one conversations with Bruins players, a regular segment with Bruins President Cam Neely, and weekly reports from reporter Naoko Funayama.


A move this week in the world of Celtics bloggers. Zach Lowe, who had been writing for CelticsHub -- part of the ESPN True Hoop blog network -- moved over to's new NBA blog, The Point Forward.

It's a well-earned step up for Lowe, who had been balancing a full-time job with writing for CelticsHub as well as writing articles for The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. This new gig with is fulltime.


Tweet of the (two) weeks:

Sorry that last tweet was supposed to be a DM. Rumors swirling about a Pats-Minny trade for Randy Moss.Tue Oct 05 23:18:04 via Twitter for BlackBerry®


The original tweet referenced here read simply @sportsguy33 moss Vikings It has since been deleted.

Link of the Week:

The case of the accidental tweeter

Simmons here uses 3,843 words to explain two.

And finally....because how can you not love Tommy: