No guest column this weekend. The candidates I had were either redundant, or way too short. I have no life, so I figure I’ll give you guys a few links to chew on.

Tom Curran has another edition of his weekly mailbag. A couple of draft questions, a peek into Bill Belichick’s personality and a Stanley Morgan question are among the entries. Nick Cafardo also addresses some Patriots issues, including the contracts of Ted Johnson and Willie McGinest.

Karen Guregian writes about Ramiro Mendoza, how he ended up here, and his thoughts on the Yankees. Tony Massarotti says a healthy Jason Varitek has a lot to prove to himself. Gordon Edes and Massarotti report that the Kevin Millar soap opera appears to be resolved, one of the things Millar has to do is make a public apology to the Japanese club. Jeff Horrigan says Tim Wakefield is happy with his role coming into camp. Steven Krasner and David Heuschkel look at Derek Lowe and how he will use his cancer scare to educate others.