…and the beat goes on.

…and the beat goes on. Today it’s Gerry Callahan’s turn to say the Red Sox need to ship Nomar out of town. You’re a little late to jump on this bandwagon in print, Gerry. The premise isn’t really out of line, but why do this column, when it’s been all the rage the last few days anyway. Lazy. Just more fodder for the radio show perhaps? Callahan also takes a shot at Nomar with the “It doesn’t matter if he sends the official scorer a Vermont Teddy Bear each time he commits a borderline error” line. I thought we established that the incident with the official scorer never happened…Meanwhile, Michael Holley attempts to calm the masses calling for Grady Little’s head. Holley’s heart is in the right place, but he ignores some of the insane decisions that Little has made during games this year, and just focuses on Grady’s personal relationships with the players.

In an otherwise excellent story by Bob Hohler on the Cy Young race, he makes this comment: “Dustin Hermanson, who was Ugueth Urbina’s setup man during Martinez’s Cy Young season with the Expos in ’97, has watched the race between Lowe and Martinez develop.” A quick look at Hermanson’s stats on ESPN.com show that he made exactly 4 relief appearances (and 28 starts) in 1997. Don’t mean to pick on you, Bob, but c’mon…also from the “don’t check it just print it” school of journalism, Steve Buckley today writes that “The Eagles have not defeated Miami since, you guessed it, Flutie connected for his Miracle in Miami with Gerard Phelan in 1984, giving the Eagles a stunning day-after-Thanksgiving victory on national television. Flutie became such a pop icon that John Belushi parodied him one night on “Saturday Night Live.” As e-mailer Walter Roach points out, that would’ve been tough for Belushi to do in ’84, since he died in ’82. ( I think it was Joe Piscopo that did the skit Buckley’s thinking of. Rich Hall also did several Flutie parodies.)

Michael Silverman has Pedro wanting to stay long term, and Dustin Hermanson likely leaving after a short stay. Hohler’s notebook looks at offseason conditioning plans. Steven Krasner checks out Jason Varitek, and Bill Reynolds looks at the pressures of playing for the Red Sox.

Paul Kenyon examines the changes in Willie McGinest’s role over time. Michael Felger looks at the Pats new “sprinkler” offense. Wonder if Nick Cafardo could keep up with the O-Line on their Thursday night excursions? Felger’s notebook looks at Adrian Klemm and others, while Cafardo’s focuses on Jamal Anderson and injury updates. Rich Thompson has Adam Vinatieri reminiscing his missed kick against Kansas City a couple years back, as does Kenyon’s notebook, and also Alan Greenberg. Thompson also looks at the challenge of Tony Gonzalez. Meanwhile, Michael Gee says everyone in the NFL is throwing the ball these days. Leigh Montville makes his picks, and I.M. Bettor takes the points this weekend.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell and Stephen Harris both look at Brian Rolston.

Bill Griffith looks at Revolution (and soccer ambassador) Brad Feldman and raises the possibility of an all-NFL channel. Jim Baker has a preview of some of the Patriot-related stuff that will be on the various national pregame shows. Ol’ Bakes takes a couple shots at NESN’s post game shows, no surprise since they’re part of the Globe conglomerate. John Howell looks at John Madden’s early effect on Monday Night Football.

NESN has Red Sox/Orioles at 7:00. TBS has Marlins/Braves at 7:30, ESPN has Astros/Cardinals at 8:00. ATT3 has “Patriots Football Weekly” at 7:30. FSNE has “New England Tailgate” at 7:00.HBO has “Inside the NFL” at 7:00.


Did Dan Shaughnessy walk the

Did Dan Shaughnessy walk the line of being a plagiarist? Check out this Washington City Paper page and scroll down to the “Hard Wired” subheading, and decide for yourself. Is this the journalistic equivalent to Manny not leaving the batter’s box on a ground ball?

Here are some more excerpts from WEEI today, with Buckley describing talking to Nomar last night and Buck’s acknowledgement that he screwed up the official scorers story.

Bill Simmons captures a beautiful game ending drive by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Len Pasquarelli tries to figure out how to stop the Pats.

Time for another Red Sox

Time for another Red Sox hatchet job, this time by Sean McAdam, moonlighting for ESPN.com. (Note to self, perhaps in addition to the Radio and TV tracking, should I be tracking all the articles these guys write on the side and collect paychecks from?) Alright, I’ll say it, this article is a joke. Pathetic. He makes the classic mistake of trying to appear objective in a national audience by exaggerating and bashing the team he covers. Here’s a few examples of how bad this article is:

“With (nearly) two years down and a full six (ugh!) years remaining, the Red Sox and Ramirez must continue to honor one another. At $20 million per season, the contract is as close to untradeable as any in the game, never more so than after the recent collective bargaining agreement was signed.”

OK…so we’re stuck with (at worst) the second best best hitter in baseball. (Bonds) That’s terrible. As for it being the worst or most untradeable contract…how about Mike Hampton, not only is his contract horrific, Hampton has been terrible. When Manny is at the plate, he gets the job done.

Thanks to the new CBA, Ramirez’s deal is actually more weighty than before, since, by definition, any team assuming the remainder of the contract would logically be pushed over the luxury tax threshold and therefore assessed an additional penalty.

Someone explain this to me, please. He says “any” team. Ok, so if Manny gets traded to the A’s, Royals, or Twins they magically get pushed up and over that 100+ Million luxury tax threshold? Total rubbish.

“I can’t think of a single team that would take him off their hands,” said a rival major-league executive. “It looks like their stuck.”

Speaking of lazy….ok, maybe it’s nickpicking, but the second “their” should be “they’re”..but don’t these guys nitpick?

“A discriminating baserunner who decides when he should run hard and when he shouldn’t, Ramirez enraged teammates and the entire organization on Sept. 9 at Tropicana Field…”

I’m still waiting for the first quote from an “enraged” teammate. Nomar said yesterday than Manny is a student of the game, who spends hours studying video and his teammates really appreciate that.

“Something else will happen with Manny,” said a weary Red Sox official later in the week. “I don’t know what, but it will be something.”

Is this unnamed person saying that Manny will create another big “something”, or that “something” huge will be created (in the media) by some minor incident surrounding Manny?

…the trademark early peel-off going from first to second on a double-play ball

Trademark owned by one Bernie Williams. How come his laziness in (not) running out ground balls in the playoffs doesn’t get mentioned?

“In what ranks as one of the most frustrating losses of the season, the Sox erased a 7-0 lead in Cleveland to tie the score, only to lose the game when center fielder Johnny Damon had to dash well over to left to field a ball that everyone agreed was the province of the left fielder: Ramirez.”

*Everyone* agreed on this? Who is everyone? Sure, and everyone agrees it was Manny’s fault that they were in the 7-0 hole to begin with.

One thing is certain: at these prices, no one is going to take their troubles off their hands.

It’s certain? So the Rockies wouldn’t trade Hampton for Manny? Would the Mets trade Mo for Manny? What kind of statement is this?

Bottom line, Yes, Manny has his “quirks” many of which enrage the media more than his teammates. But just why is Manny’s contract singled out for so much attention? He produces. You can make a list as long as your arm of players who are making huge money and not producing at all. McAdam and others make such a huge play of saying that Manny is lazy. From accounts from his teammates, Manny works very hard, and from reports we get in the offseason he’s an extremely hard worker then as well. How come there are no Yankees listed in the bad contracts list? Giambi and Manny are essentially the same player. Same contract. Bernie Williams has a monster contract and doesn’t hustle all the time, and was late for a World Series game. What would happen here if Manny did that? Take a look at Jeter’s production, both at the plate and in the field and tell me his contract is justified. Is he tradeable? Before you throw that “Jeter is the heart and soul of the Yankees and a clutch performer” stuff at me, put him on the Devil Rays. How much of an effect does he have? More than Ramirez would have? How about the Yankees paying Roger Clemens something like 14 Million dollars even if he doesn’t play for them next year. Was that a “bad” contract by the Yankees? Finally, what if Manny was the exactly the same on the field as he is now, but he had Johnny Damon’s personality. Still didn’t run hard, but gabbed with the writers whenever they wanted. Would he be attacked as he is now? I think we know the answer to that one. This just seems like another lame attempt at attention by a baseball writer in Boston struggling to keep readership and talk shows from devoting full attention to the Patriots. Of course, it’s just another coincidence that like Buckley yesterday, McAdam is on WEEI’s Big Show this afternoon.

Well, Buckley certainly accomplished exactly

Well, Buckley certainly accomplished exactly what he set out to do, didn’t he? What a stunning coincidence that he was on the Big Show in the afternoon. Guess what a major topic was? Guess what a major topic on WWZN was? Chris Collins was the other Big Show guest and Ron Borges and Butch Stearns were on with Sean McDonough. The topic continued this morning, with D&C continuing to fan the flames.

See Boston Dirt Dogs for a complete transcript of Larry Lucchino’s appearance on D&C this morning. It was too extensive for me to rehash..but the major points were…Not looking to trade Nomar, in fact, they want to retain all their key players, just need to fill in around them, No announcement on GM until October or November, and John Dennis still can’t get the Manny Ramirez disrespecting 9/11 “incident” out of his mind…

We’re still waiting for Buckley retraction or apology for accusing Nomar of: “Yet just last week, you picked up the phone and called the press box and whined to official scorer Charlie Scoggins about getting an error turned into a hit.” This has been proven to be false, even Dan Shaughnessy, of all people, criticizes Buck, and says that this is false information. Michael Silverman gets Nomar’s side and adds a rumor that the Sox have mentioned Nomar in trade talks. Tony Massarotti thinks maybe we expect too much from Nomar, and dispenses a little advice to all Boston athletes. Michael Silverman combines a game story and notebook. Bob Hohler’s notebook has Larry Lucchino addressing the Nomar stuff. The Projo follows the “predictable pattern” of many Star athletes’ time in Boston. (No name given with the article)

Tom Curran looks at the keys to Tom Brady’s rise to stardom. Michael Felger looks at Brady and Bledsoe, their friendship and their fast starts this season. Nick Cafardo also looks at Brady. Felger unearths a couple of unhappy campers in the Pats locker room. One of them has some fairly strong words to express his unhappiness and leaves more unsaid. Mark Murphy looks at rookie Daniel Graham’s progress. Cafardo’s notebook looks at one of the unhappy campers, and adds a few other miscellaneous notes. Curran’s notebook has Dick Vermeil’s comments on B.C. product Mike Cloud as well as the Falcons showing interest in Scott Pioli as a GM candidate. Alan Greenberg looks at Kenyatta Jones. Mike Reiss looks at the challenge Priest Holmes will provide the Patriots defense. Michael Gee, bless his heart, is glad that the Patriots aren’t underdogs anymore.

Lenny Megliola has a piece on Magic Johnson going into the Hall of Fame, with pal Larry Bird presenting. Jackie MacMullan has a look at the new basketball hall of fame. Bill Reynolds refers to Patrick Ewing as a “New England sports treasure.” Ray Duckler says he’ll simply be remembered for the missed finger roll against the Pacers in the 1995 playoffs.

ESPN Classic has Larry Bird’s last “monster” game at 9:00. This was against the TrailBlazers, and Larry was awesome. ESPN has Auburn/Mississippi State college football at 7:30. TBS has Braves/Phillies at 7:30.

Steve Buckley unleashes some serious

Steve Buckley unleashes some serious venom on Nomar. Haven’t we read this before? Take Nomar’s name out of there and replace it with any superstar the Sox have had since Ted Williams. The thing about this article is that Buckley provides exactly one quote from Nomar, one that is a year old. He uses Nomar’s “That’s why no one wants to play here” quote from last year after pitching coach John Cumberland was fired after a game with the Yankees. The thing is, when he said it, the media all took it as a shot at Dan Duquette, and because they all hated Duquette they loved that quote from Nomar. Now, a year later Buckley takes the same quote and uses it in a different way for his own agenda, which is to say Nomar doesn’t want to be here. There are no other quotes from Nomar in this entire article. Is it likely that Nomar doesn’t enjoy the intense scrutiny that playing here involves? It’s more than likely, it’s no doubt true. But has Nomar said that he wants to be traded or that he will be leaving if he reaches free agency? When has Nomar said anything bad about the fans? Give us an example, Buck. This is more than just calling out a player for something, this is an out and out attack on Nomar as a person. Will he be traded or leave as a free agent? Perhaps. Was this article necessary? No.

You know what this is about? It’s part of Buckley’s media mogul schtick, he admitted as much in Lenny Megliola’s Sunday article when he bragged that his article on Tony C’s daughter was good for the Herald, because it became a hot topic for radio and TV. Same thing here, now Buck gets publicity for tearing apart Nomar, and the article will surely be discussed on radio and TV, bringing more attention to Buckley and Herald. With football here, is the “Baseball dude” making a desperate plea for attention?

Dennis and Callahan took this and ran with it, speculating on what Nomar would bring in a trade.

Gordon Edes focuses on Manny’s hitting tear and Wakefield’s future in his game story today, while Michael Silverman , Peter May and Steven Krasner also hone in on Wakefield. Edes also files an informative notebook, with items about the Portland Sea Dogs becoming a Sox affiliate, and a few other interesting items. Tony Massarotti catches up with Joe Kerrigan who says the Red Sox are trying to trade Manny. Kevin Gray tries to figure out the equation that is these Red Sox

Alan Greenberg looks at the maturation of the Patriots Offense. Jim Donaldson chronicles what makes this coaching staff great…every Wednesday the players cannot wait to come in and see what the game plan is looking like. Michael Felger submits a nice look at Charlie Weis on a personal level. Michael Smith has a similar piece, and includes Romeo Crennel in it. Lenny Megliola also looks at the coordinators. Felger’s notebook touches on the defense and a Phifer injury update. Mark Farinella tries to reason out this perfect season talk. Karen Guregian asserts that people are interested in the Pats.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has Nick Boynton looking to do more offensively for the Bruins. Steve Conroy looks at the latest Bruin tough guy goon.

Jackie MacMullan says Massachusetts should embrace Patrick Ewing, who reveals that the Celtics called him last season…after he signed with Orlando. Dan Ventura trumpets Ewing’s accomplishments after he left Massachusetts as the greatest high school player in state history. Jeff Jacobs writes that Ewing never quite fulfilled all the expectations people had for him.

If you’re looking to hang with some Boston sports and media personalities, as well as other celebrities and give to a worthy cause at the same time, be sure to be at “The Road to Ireland” a fundraiser for the Massachusetts special olympics team which will be competing at the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games being held in Ireland. The event will be at The Rack in Boston on Monday September 30 from 6:00 – 10:00 PM.

NESN has Red Sox/Indians at 7:00. ESPN has Yankees/Devil Rays at 7:00, ESPN2 has Phillies/Braves at 7:00 and a game to be determined at 10:00.

The touchdown twins joined Dale

The touchdown twins joined Dale and Neumy for their Tuesday tilt. Surprisingly, there was a quite a bit of Red Sox talk. Dale is upset with Grady for the AAA lineup he trotted out there in game 2 last night. Neumeier says that isn’t a sign that he has quit, he put major league ballplayers who are going to try to win out there. I’m with Dale on this one, that was one pathetic lineup and did nothing but signal that he was quitting on the season with the team not yet mathematically eliminated. Eddie and Jags had Nick Cafardo in for the football Tuesday. Damien Woody and Matt Light also stopped by. A kickboxing segment ended the program. The McDonough group had a true kiddie korps program with 23 year old Michael Smith and 24 year old Tim Hasselbeck joining Sean. Jackie MacMullan was among those who joined as a guest. Glen Ordway was joined by Michael Felger and Steve DeOssie on the Big Show. DeOssie warned not to canonize this Patriots team, they’ve only won a championship and their first two games this year, come back to him later when they’ve gone deep in the playoffs again.

Bill Simmons breaks down the NFL after two weeks. Pat Kirwan has an outstanding story on Bill Belichick. From earlier this week, Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback and Chad Finn’s touching all bases. Michael Felger submits a Patriots report for The Sporting News. The Lowell Sun has a story today on the true creator of the term “Curse of the Bambino”, John McKeon. He got a mention in Shaughnessy’s book of the same name, but is rarely mentioned since. E-mailer Kirk contrasts that with Bill Simmons, who is always quick to credit the guy who invented the Ewing theory. (As he did in today’s column)

After giving in and writing

After giving in and writing a positive article yesterday, Ron Borges reverses field, and taking a cue from Belichick, says hold on, it’s too early to say this team is good. He reveals that he’s feeling the heat from fans, and lashes out: “Had those words come from anyone in the media, they would be dismissed by Patriot Nation as the negative babblings of someone on a jealous vendetta. The author of such words would be attacked by Feeble-minded Fred from Framingham or Fresh Frank from Franklin as someone with a personal agenda. The speaker would be accused of being the football equivalent of Benedict Arnold.”

Dan Shaughnessy’s column about Pedro’s Cy Young quest today came with the following disclaimer: (Note to readers: Feeling a little lazy today. Might not be my best columnist effort. But the bosses don’t mind. As long as I hit on one out of every three, I don’t have to try all the time. When I appear uninterested, Globe management will tell you, ”That’s just Danny being Danny.”)

Nice Manny swipe…The sad part is, Dan is joking. Many Globe readers will tell you that Dan has been lazy and not giving his best effort two out of every three columns for years now.

Gerry Callahan writes about Tom Brady’s rise to greatness. Karen Guregian complains that this Patriots team gives no cause for complaining. Bill Reynolds wonders if it’s going to continue to be this easy. Kevin Mannix hands out high marks across the board in his report card. Nick Cafardo looks at the coordinators as head coaching candidates. He mentions Eric Mangini and Dante Scarnecchia as possible future coordinators. You could add Ivan Fears and Rob Ryan to that list. From this Paul Kenyon article this morning, it appears Richard Seymour could be in some hot water with his (humble) teammates and coaches. Cafardo has a voluminous notebook. Mark Murphy writes about the new parts chipping in. Rich Thompson has Belichick warning to remember the Colts.

John Tomase tells us that Manny is not a distraction or even a problem with this Red Sox team. Gordon Edes tries hard to make yesterday’s doubleheader interesting. Peter May writes about Nomar’s struggles to return to his own his standards, as does Tony Massarotti, who says something is amiss. How bad has Frank Castillo been? Jeff Horrigan writes that he was no match for Tallet who was making his major league debut. Horrigan’s notebook has Dr. Pappas stepping down and Manny being named Co-Player of the week in the AL. Has any athlete won player of the week while talk shows are trying to run him out of town? Edes also writes in his notebook about Tony Clark thinking of hanging it up.

Kevin Paul Dupont writes about young right wing prospect Martin Samuelsson, as does Stephen Harris. They also both write about the visit by referees yesterday. First Harris, then Dupont.

Jim Baker gives us the numbers from Sunday. Bill Griffith looks at ESPN’s new prime time entertainment programming. In John Molori’s media blitz, he curiously gives Eddie Andelman space to promote himself, and to call WEEI “a sewer of bad people”. He also looks at the low-budget AT&T 3