Brown will host all 33 C's games on Ch.38, but none of the eight moved to Ch.4 by Bruins' conflicts. [Doug Wheeler] said Bob Lobel will handle the studio role weeknights and Bob Neumeier on weekends, WBZ's first of four telecasts this sweeps month coming Saturday night from Chicago.
SHORT TAKES: Ch.5 and Mike Lynch grabbed SportsChannel's Celtic halftime spotlight previously held by Lobel, who's a little busy. ... Talk guests: Eli Calloway, inventor of golf driver Big Bertha, is on Dan Roche's 6-to-8 WHDH show this morning. The Pats' Kevin Turner and Todd Collins hit WEEI's "Sports Huddle" at 4, then John Henry Williams (Ted's son) makes WBZ's "Calling All Sports" at 7. ... For early risers, WEEI tips off [Glenn Ordway]'s "Inside Basketball" weekday mornings at 6:45 and "Celtics Weekly" Saturday mornings at 6. ... Ch.38 and WEEI cap a Buffalo weekend with Bruins-Sabres at 7. ... Ordway pulled no punches in the C's opener, saying the Knicks "scored at will, like taking candy from a baby" before the C's drew close. ... Yes, Tom Heinsohn praised the refs. ... Marv Albert's one of the good guys, but can't Ch.4 and SC find better use for sportscast time and halftime than book-plugola? ... TNT's Hubie Brown says the NBA faces a stiff test of whether major cities with also-rans will support new stars on smaller-city teams. ... Derry's WNDS-TV unveiled an odd couple calling last night's Colgate-Lowell hockey game Bob Gamere and Brad Park.