The brackets are pouring in. You can look at the full field of 64 or see Regions one and two, or Regions three and four. You can download your own copy of the brackets, (They’re in an Excel file) and fill them out and return them via email to me. With the responses I’ve been getting, it’s looking like there will be a reader compiled version of the tourney as well as my own. The plan is to announce my picks for the winners of the first round in Regions 1 & 2 tomorrow, with Regions 3 & 4 on Friday.
Mike Fine reports on the Celtics loss from last night, being one of the few to prominently point out the 1-21 performance by the Celtics from three point land. Jeff Thomas says that Celtics/Nets is no contest. Rob Bradford gets quotes from Kenyon Martin and Richard Jefferson that must grate on the nerves of Celtics fans. Michael Muldoon has more on Jefferson haunting the Celtics. I assert that if Kedrick Brown had a coach interested in developing young players, and a point guard the level of the hated-but-great Jason Kidd, he would be Richard Jefferson. Speaking of Kidd, Del N. Jones looks at the options facing the Nets point guard after the season. Fine’s notebook has word on Fleetcenter security as well as Paul Pierce’s ankle. Going into tonight’s matchup with the Celtics, Mark Montieth says Indiana fans and media are getting concerned about Reggie Miller.
Michael Felger files a Patriots team report for The Sporting News. Don Banks lists the Colvin and Harrison signings as among the top of the offseason thus far. Mark Farinella weighs in on Bob Kraft’s clout, women’s basketball, Lawyer Milloy and clearly isn’t a fan of the Chris Collins brand…Garry Brown is hitting to all fields.
Josh Boyd of Baseball America takes a look at the Red Sox farm system, and finds some things he really likes. (Hanley Ramirez)