A couple of ugly losses by the locals yesterday. Steve Bulpett says the Celtics were far outclassed by the Spurs on the court, Shira Springer points to Eric Williams’ ejection very early in the game on a flagrant foul call as a moment that took the wind out of the Celtics sails. During the broadcast on FSNE, Mike Gorman openly wondered about a possible hangover because of the very scary incident Friday night. He said he still felt some aftereffects from it. Carolyn Thornton keys on the 23 Celtic turnovers as another huge factor in the game. Christopher Price notes that Tim Duncan has never lost to the Celtics. Peter May holds no punches in describing the Celtics performance and failure to capitalize on a Sixers loss. Mark Murphy notes that the bandage on Antoine Walker’s forehead was the result of a Keystone Cops collision with Mark Blount. Out in San Antonio, Johnny Ludden works in a curse of the Bambino reference and figures the Celtics are under a curse of Tim Duncan. Murphy also looks at former Celtic Bruce Bowen, who played his usual smothering defense on Paul Pierce last night. Springer’s notebook reveals that Pierce is still suffering from the back injury, and catches up with former Celtics assistant and wonderboy Jon Jennings, who is planning a run for congress in Indiana. Bulpett’s notebook has several items, including a look at David Robinson missing his last trip to Boston, and a possible thawing in the Wallace/O’Brien chill. Thornton’s notebook welcomes Bimbo Coles to town.
The Bruins gave up a pair of hat tricks in their 8-5 loss yesterday, Nancy Marrapese-Burrell describes the tennis-match like action on the ice yesterday. Steve Conroy says “So much for that rejuvenated Bruins defense.” Out in Chicago, Len Ziehm says that the Blackhawks rode the spark of the waived Theo Fleury to victory. Bob Foltman notes that had the BlackHawks put forth more efforts like this one they would not have been among the bottom feeders of the western conference. Was it effort, or was it the Bruins lousy defense? Conroy’s notebook reports on a groin injury for Rob Zamuner. Marrapese-Burrell’s notebook reports that there are no deals in the works at the moment for the trading deadline.
Gerry Callahan wondered this morning on WEEI that if everyone says how the Boston sports media is so negative and rough, then why has Trot Nixon gotten a free ride this spring for showing up 30 lbs overweight? No one has ripped him for it, it really isn’t being mentioned. Bob Ryan has a look at John Burkett, the future professional bowler is being relied on by the Red Sox to be a big part of their success this year. David Heuschkel has a similar look at Burkett. Michael Silverman looks at the 5-4 win yesterday, and the glimpse all got of how the bullpen may be used this year. An uncredited story in the Projo has a look at Manny, off to hot start, showing up for batting practice at 8:00, and according to the Globe yesterday insisting on playing all the games. Ed Gray has a look at Damian Jackson, who prefers second base, but would play anywhere if he can make the team. Bob Hohler notes that with all the talent in the Red Sox camp, the AAA and AA teams are going to be well stocked. Alex Speier has a look at Derek Lowe, trying to repeat his success of last year, and with supporters among his teammates, who think he can do just that. Silverman’s notebook looks at a smooth move over to first for Hillenbrand during the game yesterday. Hohler’s notebook looks at the bullpen, with the four horsemen being used in tandem yesterday.
Nick Cafardo reports that the Patriots will attempt to woo free agent linebacker Rosevelt Colvin this week. Jamir Miller is also a possibility. He mentions once again about a 2 million dollar signing bonus paid to Tyrone Poole, which I am told is incorrect. The weekend saw another edition of Tom Curran’s Patriots Mailbag. Curran also did a day to day look of the first week of free agency for Marc Edwards and also for Ravens director of Pro Personnel George Kokinis.
John Molori catches up with Celtics radio play by play guy Sean Grande, who doubles as a WWZN programming adviser. Grande told Molori a number of interesting things, including that Mike Adams was “not putting in the work that was required” and added that Sean McDonough “has been an absentee host at times. Has he put his whole heart and soul into the show? No, but when Sean is locked in, he is great.” He also says that “Debi Wrobleski is there as kind of a toy for Eddie to play with, and he