More Red Sox related items dominate the papers. Gerry Callahan says Theo Epstein shouldn’t feel pressured to “Do Something”, except perhaps to lose that hat he wore when he was on stage with his band. I think I’m running a fever, because I find myself in agreement with much of is in Dan Shaughnessy’s column. The column is essentially a rebuttal to Massarotti’s column in the Herald yesterday. Howard Bryant concludes his three part series on Red Sox management by looking at Mike Port. Interesting piece once again, and recounts some things Port did as GM of the Angels that sound eerily like the things the media here skewered Dan Duquette for. David Heuschkel runs down a few of the questions facing the Sox as discussed at the Boston baseball writers dinner last night. Frank Dell’Apa sizes up new second baseball Todd Walker. Michael Silverman chats with Grady Little and gets updates on several players in their offseason workouts. Jeff Horrigan writes about the Reds Jose Rijo, honored with the Tony Conigliaro Award last night. Rijo talks about a recent conversation he had with Pedro Martinez. Paul Kenyon writes about a happy-to-be-here Casey Fossum. Tony Massarotti says the Red Sox perhaps should’ve made a run at Twins GM Terry Ryan, though he likely wouldn’t have been interested. The Globe has news that Derek Lowe recently had surgery for skin cancer. Gordon Edes looks at the change proposed to the All Star game. The Herald’s notebook has word on the Sox interest in David Ortiz, and confident words from Johnny Damon. Hohler’s notebook updates the pursuit of Millar. Kenyon’s notebook also addresses the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry. Jonathon Comey wishes that a George Steinbrenner type owned the Red Sox.
Onto football, Michael Felger and Tom Curran report that Bob Kraft supports the idea of adding more playoff teams. Looks like it will happen, too. Curran also has details on some community awards handed out by the Krafts. Felger’s notebook has the Patriots looking at a Jacksonville assistant as a possible addition to their staff. The Globe’s NFL notebook by Michael Smith and Nick Cafardo has details on former Patriot Terrance Shaw, somewhat bitter about his time with the Patriots. Ron Borges writes about the age-defying Rod Woodson. Same age as Otis Smith, who is still playing cornerback. Nick Cafardo reports on Eagles offensive coordinator Brad Childress. Kevin Mannix, on the other looks at the Eagles defensive coordinator, Jim Johnson. George Kimball profiles Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown, perhaps the only reason one might want the Raiders to win. Leigh Montville is very funny today.
Mark Murphy and Shira Springer look at the newest Celtic, Grant Long. Rob Bradford thinks perhaps Amazing Grace’s return Wednesday night gave the Celtics a boost. J.P. DeLauri has a quick chat with J.R. Bremer. Murphy’s brief notebook looks at the depleted roster.
Jim Donaldson asks some really stupid questions and gives some really stupid answers. No, that wasn’t a slam on Donaldson, by the way. Lenny Megliola thinks LeBron James will be better off going straight to the NBA.
Jim Baker catches up with Ernie Harwell who was honored at the baseball writers dinner last night. Bill Griffith looks at the NFL telecasts which have dominated the TV programming. He also looks at NESN plans for the upcoming Red Sox telecasts and reports that NECN will be going to a two-anchor format for Sports Late Night on Monday through Thursday. They hope emulate the success of FSNE’s format.
Finally in The Week That Was I look at the McDonough coverage, and I’m sick of Eddie Andelman. (What else is new)
FSNE has Celtics/Pacers at 7:30. NESN has Bruins/Thrashers at 7:30. ESPN2 has Bucks/76ers at 7:00. ESPN has Lakers/Rockets at 9:30. (Might stay home for this one)