Some spark. Amazing what can

Some spark. Amazing what can happen from one day to the next, yesterday, all the writers are pumped up, saying this team is geared up for a run, today, Steve Buckley, Sean McAdam, Gordon Edes, and Tony Massarotti all throw in the towel and say it’s over. Michael Holley points out that the playing the Yankees late in season has been revealing for the Sox. Get ready for an ugly strike, the players quoted in the papers are totally oblivious to how arrogant they sound. Michael Silverman has John Burkett sounding like a complete fool, Bob Hohler’s notebook has Burkett, but also Johnny Damon sounding off. It’s looking ugly. enjoy your Pedro Martinez start tonight, as it may be the last you see for some time. Steve Conroy and Bob Duffy draw the assignment of covering David Wells last night. Chad Finn touches all the bases.

Paul Kenyon looks at Damien Woody’s switch to guard. Rich Thompson writes that Tom Brady realizes there is work to do still. Thompson’s notebook looks at Jamal Anderson and the cuts from yesterday. Michael Smith gives more details on Anderson, and also looks at the cuts in his notebook. Be sure to check ESPN.com’s NFL Preview page today, and scheduled articles include extensive Patriot-related stories. The stories have been being posted later in the morning/early afternoon.

NESN has Red Sox/Yankees at 7:00. (ESPN Nationally) Jim Baker reports Tony Clark will once again be on the post-game show. Following that, NESN will re-air the Front Row special on Doug Flutie. ESPN2 has Reds/Cardinals at 7:00.

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Bob Numeier was once again

Bob Numeier was once again joined by Sean McAdam on WEEI. Baseball talk continued, trying to figure out this team, talking about the strike. Eddie Andelman had his show from Worcester to honor the Little League champions and WWZN’s new affiliate there. This show was another mostly non-sports affair. Bert Sugar was on. ’nuff said. Sean McDonough was joined by Mike Giardi and Steve Burton, and Charlie Steiner spent a good amount of time on the show waxing about the greatness of the Yankees. Quite nauseating. With the Jamal Anderson deal falling apart, (WWZN was way behind in reporting why) McDonough pointed out that the Touchback twins Borges and Cafardo had been criticizing Belichick yesterday on air for not telling the whole story about the Anderson deal. They were insisting that it was all a done deal yesterday and that Belichick just was being difficult and not releasing any details. They also had a short piece with Tony Clark, who didn’t say a whole lot, but that he has his cell phone on 24/7 these days and that the players have to keep their “emotional concerns” about September 11th separate from the labor talks. Kevin Paul Dupont joined the crew after McDonough left at 5:00.

Del Jones of the Patriot Ledger says Manny has not been the problem with this team. The Sox other Ramirez, Hanley has also been on an incredible tear and is eating up the league with the Lowell Spinners, Chaz Scoggins of the Lowell Sun reports on Ramirez. Bill Simmons reviews Hoosiers in detail. Today’s ESPN.com NFL Preview section looks at the coaches in the league. The section has a panel of ESPN experts each picking their top NFL coach, none of whom mention Belichick. John Madden, in his article does. If you’re wondering what Chad Ford says about the Celtics in the ESPN Insider section, it boils down to this, they shouldn’t have lost Rodney Rogers, they need a point guard, (He suggests they get Rafer Alston) and they need to give the ball to Kedrick Brown and get him in the rotation. Ford says Brown might be the teams best man on man defender and was the only player in the summer league to “put the clamps” on Richard Jefferson. Ford says Brown could be very very good.

OK….Raise your hand if you

OK….Raise your hand if you turned off the game after the Angels put up four runs in the eighth… *raises hand*. I was so convinced there was no way that they would come back that I didn’t even flip on NESN’s SportsDesk this morning for the final. In the car this morning, I hear a Johnny Damon clip on a WEEI sportsflash, and the score hadn’t been given yet, so I think to myself, he sounds awfully upbeat after another depressing loss, then Meterparel gave the score and I nearly hit a pedestrian. So that was my morning..

So back to reality….now the newspaper stories focus on this possibly being the spark that gets the team going. I thought that Nomar’s speech in the dugout was the spark. Well, Jackie MacMullan thinks this game is the spark, and the players seemed to be in great spirits after the game. Good ol’ Pedro even used the moment to take a shot at doom and gloom Shaughnessy, though it seems in good humor: “‘What’s the headline?” asked a jubiliant Pedro Martinez. ”Where’s Shaughnessy? I scared the ghost out of the [expletive] dugout [during the rally].” Gordon Edes says this is the biggest comeback in four years for the Sox. (Opening day, 1998..Mo Vaughn grandslam wins it) Sean McAdam opines that the Sox were in danger of falling out of the playoff race without this win. Jeff Horrigan chimes in, as does Bob Hohler. Horrigan’s notebook has all the Globe’s has, and more. Mark Blaudshun, continuing to get his writing arm in shape for the college season, looks at tonight’s starter, Casey Fossum, and also gives Manny some love. After last night’s game, Manny is hitting .344 now. Jackie MacMullan also checks in with Derek Lowe, who says the labor situation is affecting his performance. From yesterday, John Tomase looks at how this Red Sox team has managed to underachieve so much.

Gerry Callahan has a biting piece about the disrespected players and the tough life they lead. Jeff Goldberg looks at how the people working at and around the ballpark will be affected by a strike.

Kevin Mannix and Michael Smith look at the snags in the Jamal Anderson deal. Mannix has Pats spokesman Stacey James quoted as saying: “There’s no certainty that it’s going to happen.” Smith’s notebook looks at “Bad news Billy”. Mannix uses his to update us on Tedy Bruschi. Tom Curran looks at cutdown day.

Jim Baker finds it funny that Terry Glenn calls Bryan Cox “an idiot”. Baker also has Callahan reupping at WEEI for a cool half million dollars.(Did he check this information? Just busting your chops, Jim) Not bad for a part-time gig. With his WEEI job, his Herald job, and the appearances he does here and there, Callahan likely makes more than some of the “overpaid” athletes he writes and talks about. At some NFL ones anyway. Bill Griffith has extensive notes and information for us, he like many of us can do without Jerry Glanville on the Patriots preseason games, he gives us highlights from the 25,000th SportsCenter, and information on projects between NESN and the Globe, and ESPN and the Globe.

Sounds like NESN had a good Extra Innings segment with Bob Rodgers asking Tony Clark some tough questions on the labor situation last night, and not getting real satisfying answers.

Fox25 has Red Sox/Yankees at 7:00. TBS has Braves/Pirates at 7:00.

Haven’t been able to listen

Haven’t been able to listen to WWZN on-line streaming today, but perhaps it’s just as well. Eddie has the WB56 sports team in studio, which coincidentally (or not) includes Eddie’s son, Michael. So now that’s two of Eddie’s kids that he’s managed to get onto his program in the last couple weeks. Thanks Dad.

With no streaming options available, I’m trying out the MLB game cast of the Yankees/Rangers game. You need to punch in a credit card number, even though they don’t charge anything to it, and claim that the number is not retained. This is to verify that you do not reside within one of the TV markets of the participating teams. The feed is from the Yankees YES network, annoying to hear the Yankees announcers, but the feed is clear, and image is pretty sharp. The screen size is small as you might imagine, but an interesting experiment.

Sean McAdam filled in for Dale alongside Bob Neumeier on the WEEI midday show. Much of the talk revolved around the Red Sox, and just what ails this current edition. Much finger pointing at Grady Little was done by callers, while McAdam pointed out that Jimy Williams had the Red Sox 17 games over .500 in August last year without Nomar, Pedro and Varitek, and that this team seemed to have plugged all the holes that it had, # two starter, defensive second baseman, etc, and still is seven games out of first. It is very strange that this team is at the top of all positive statistical categories, has a couple of stud starters, good set up guys in Howry and Embree, a decent closer in Urbina, has a nice lineup without any glaring holes, has speed at the top of the order and plays good defense, and yet struggles. Doesn’t make sense. McAdam again said that he thinks the labor situation will be resolved 11:30 Thursday night.

The Big Show was hosted by Greg Dickerson, and was broadcast live from Gillette Stadium as part of Patriots Monday. Dickerson was joined by Steve Nelson and Fred Smerlas.

Art Martone is back from vacation and breaks down some numbers on the Sox. ESPN.com has the first of its NFL Preview section up, with articles on Drew Bledsoe, and also team chemistry. Rob Bradford from the Lowell Sun checks in with Antoine Walker. E-mailer Kirk sent that article on to me and noted: “Not that this is the greatest story ever written, but compare it to the Globe on Sunday and it’s horrifying how bad Shira Springer is.” John Molori’s Media Blitz has Patriots prognostications, Radio rants and info on Jay Mohr’s departure from ESPN.

Mixed bag this morning. Sean

Mixed bag this morning. Sean McAdam thinks that if the Red Sox aren’t focused on these games because of the strike, then shame on them. The headline writer at the Projo must’ve gotten some extra caffeine in. Some titles of other articles: Execution kills the Sox and Irony of the situation: Lowes highs were lows. The Herald devotes two articles to Chone Figgins today, one by Rich Thompson and another by George Kimball. Meanwhile,Dan Shaughnessy focuses on the plethora of hits that Lowe gave up and pulls a Buckley, comparing his performance to others in Red Sox history, like when Reggie Cleveland scattered 18 hits in a 12-5 victory in ’77, or when Luis Tiant used 163 pitches to beat the Reds in the ’75 World Series. When I’m their age am I going to be looking back at the day Derek Lowe gave up 13 hits and the manager left him in the game in the ninth inning back in ’02? Jeff Horrigan also looks at Lowe’s performance. Horrigan has an extensive notebook, as does Bob Hohler.

Nick Carfardo tosses around a Belichick/Spurrier matchup. Michael Felger says the O-line is still being shuffled, and concludes with some highlights of Steelers quotes from this summer directed at a the Patriots. Both Notebooks from the Globe and the Herald are rather brief today and both mention Jamal Anderson. Tom Curran has a longer notebook with Tedy Bruschi thinking that he’s going to be alright. Among all the talk about Vikings and fried food in Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback column, is his opinion that the Patriots have “hit the jackpot” at tight end.

The Eddie Andelman page is up. It’s turned out to be more about your thoughts on Eddie, rather than specific tales about his gaffes and weird segments. (though there are quite a few of those, too.) It will be an on-going collection, so if you think of anything else you’d like to see added, send it in, and it’ll likely be appended onto the page.

NESN has Red Sox/Angels at 7:00. ABC has Browns/Packers at 8:00. (Terry Glenn hoping to play tonight) ESPN has Diamondbacks/Dodgers at 10:00. At 1:00 this afternoon, you can also watch the Yankees and Rangers live on MLB.com for free. The entire game is to be streamed on the Internet, the first time this has happened in baseball. The coverage can’t be accessed if you’re in the home television markets of either of the teams.