That Theo sure was a genius not to give up Fossum for Colon, eh? Fossum is undefeated while Colon is winless on the season. Given how everyone likes to vacillate so much I was waiting for someone to write that this morning, to go as far possible the other way. Didn’t really happen. The headline chosen for Bob Hohler’s article is like one of those car license plates that you spend too much time trying to figure out. “Might Casey Strikes”. Not “Mighty Casey” but “Might”. I give up. Not a bad article though. Sean McAdam says the Sox hitters are finally showing their stuff. Jeff Horrigan starts off a little more dramatic than need be, but at least he’s positive. David Heuschkel provides his usual detailed account. Tony Massarotti has more on Fossum’s performance. Steve Buckley looks at another hot start for Shea Hillenbrand. Gordon Edes looks at the Sox hitters who may not scare Tampa pitchers, but who will likely cause a few other pitchers around the league to blink. Massarotti looks at Kevin Millar making a case for an everyday role. Lenny Megliola gives us a little of this and a little of that on the Red Sox roller coaster. Karen Guregian and Stan Grossfeld look at the new Monster seating. If you slapped down your five bucks, you can read Buckley’s riveting article about John Burkett and the pressures he faces as the fifth starter in Boston. Hohler’s notebook begins with Millar and his hot start, Horrigan’s notebook looks at the Pedro deadline still in play. McAdam’s notebook focuses on the Sox hitters working the Tampa pitchers.
Anyone else sick of ties in the NHL? I know I am. I thought maybe the Bruins would be leading the league in ties, but they’re not even close. Steve Conroy and Nancy Marrapese-Burrell look at the Bruins grinding out a 1-1 deadlock with the Devils. Marrapese-Burrell’s notebook looks at Andy Hilbert up from Providence with another chance to impress. Conroy’s notebook says that Steve Shields might claim the number one goalie spot for the playoffs.
Steve Bulpett must be trying to butter me up, how else to explain an article on Kedrick Brown. Yeah, that’s it. He saw my reaction to Mike Fine’s piece earlier this week and wanted some of that for himself…Paul Pierce calls Brown one of the three toughest defenders he’s ever faced. Michael Vega looks ahead to tonight’s game with the Kings, a real test for the Celtics. Bulpett’s notebook also looks ahead to tonight’s matchup. In a pay column, George Kimball isn’t shedding any tears over Michael Jordan’s last Boston appearance, noting that he’s tired of Michael Jordan retirements.
With the Patriots schedule being released yesterday, there’s the first reactions from those who cover the team. The consensus seems to be, tough early, opportunity to make hay over the second half of the season. Even the bye week is interesting, as that will be when the Bills travel to Dallas on November 9, New England fans will likely be watching that Parcells/Bledsoe matchup closely. How ticked must the Dolphins be, having to play Thanksgiving day in Dallas, after having a Sunday night home game? Michael Felger describes the Patriots schedule as a “Drew Sandwich” with the Pats opening and closing against the Bills. He also provides a few notes on college players working out for the Pats. Everyone knows by now, but the Boston media got scooped once again as the team worked out Willis McGahee in Miami, and the story was broken yesterday by a Florida paper. (Where did I read/hear that the workout was in Foxboro…I know someone said it. Might’ve been ESPN.) The cloak and dagger stuff is likely the cause of the animosity towards the team by certain media members. Tom Curran looks at a couple of grudge matches on the schedule for the Pats. Alan Greenberg has a quick overview of the schedule. Nick Cafardo has a longer look, and proclaims the Bills will be undefeated heading into their first matchup with the Patriots. Just kidding. Only one mistake from Nick. He says the Pats have the Monday night and two Sunday night appearances for their prime time gigs. That should be one Monday night, (Denver) one Sunday night, (Cowboys) and one Saturday night (Jets). Curran also reports on the McGahee workout, and while others have also reported that Charlie Weis was there, Curran notes that the presence of the the Pats OC means that this was not just another run-of-the-mill workout. Christopher Price notes that the Patriots will need to “Target September” once again this year. Mike Reiss also looks at the schedule, noting highlights and giving a couple free agent updates. Curran also looks at Brown University receiver Chas Gessner hoping to make it in the NFL.
Bob Ryan, prepping for his mediamadness final four appearance, weighs in on the NCAA version. Mike Shalin looks at Jim Boeheim and Syracuse, back in the Final Four. Mark Blaudschun also focuses on the Orangemen. If you’re really starved for NCAA talk, you can read Michael Gee extol the virtues of New Orleans as a Final Four host.
Bill Griffith addresses the topic of war on sports talk radio. Some might think he takes it easy on WEEI and the war talk, given that he in principle disagrees with the decision to go to full time war talk for a time, but he’s got personal reasons for not getting into this sooner. Memories of past wars often haunt people many decades later. Griffith, for one, would be grateful for a distraction from war coverage sometimes. Many of the younger generation of journalists, who have never really lived through a war and had it effect their lives, can’t relate to this. John Howell looks at the NCAA women’s coverage on ESPN, but also has a few other media notes, including Connecticut sports radio 1410 looking to add a local afternoon show. He also reports that Bill Lee will be a week long co-host on TBDSSP on Fox Sports Net. Jim Baker looks ahead to CBS’ Final Four coverage. In The Week That Was, I’m talking about media hysteria on opening day, CBC, and I’ll tell you the who and when for 1510’s new morning show.