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Published December 20, 2013
BAND TOGETHER: In Boston, Chad Finn wrote of "Band of Bearded Brothers," the film on the '13 Red Sox produced by NESN in conjunction with MLB, "The NESN version of a championship film tends to be a little more in-depth and a little less formal than the official World Series video produced by MLB." The film is "not at all redundant." It is narrated by NESN's Kevin Millar, and "somewhat surprisingly, he’s a pleasant storyteller." While the film does not take "gratuitous shots" there is "a bit of an overemphasis on pointing out all of the writers who predicted the Red Sox would have another difficult season." The film "should have moved on from 2012 as quickly as the players and fans did" (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/20).
SPEAKING FRANKLY: NBCSPORTS.com's Tony DiZinno noted former IndyCar driver Dario Franchitti on Thursday addressed his future, and he "seems to desire a future team role with Target Chip Ganassi Racing." However, when asked of the potential to go into broadcasting, Franchitti "admitted it held some interest." Franchitti: "Yeah, I’m open to it, absolutely. If it was done in the right way, yes, I would be open to it" (NBCSPORTS.com, 12/19).