Turn out the lights…the party’s over. Not that it was much of a party, anyway. Bruins eliminated. I did not watch a second of the game. Seems like a pretty good decision. Stephen Harris wraps up the game and the series, he quotes Dan McGillis, who says it’s hard to believe the season is over. I know you’re new to the team, Dan, but you might be in the minority here. Kevin Paul Dupont focuses on the Bruins failure to get any pressure on the Devils, not even coming close to mounting an offensive attack. He concludes:
They once owned the town as the Big, Bad Bruins. Now they are just Bad, with a capital spoked-B. You know the rest of the drill. Training camp opens at Wilmington, Mass., in September, when the great circle of strife begins anew.
Gee, I can hardly wait. (Wonder if I’ll have a job by then?) Dan Hickling says the Bruins came to play like there was no tomorrow. Which there wasn’t. I wonder if this is how it went in the Globe offices last night: “So Shaughnessy, do you want to write about Pedro silencing the worriers and shutting out the D-Rays, or do you prefer the Bruins getting eliminated and taking advantage of the misery of their fans?” “Oh, I’ll take the misery, please, sir.” Yes, I know, the topics were likely determined ahead of time, but it’s interesting that he’s always has to chase the story of misery, isn’t it? He focuses on Mike O’Connell, comparing him to Dan Duquette and taking him to task for his players work ethic. Not too bad of a hatchet job, I guess. Not undeserved, either. Frank Dell’Apa looks at the struggles of Glenn Murray, battling the flu, having along with all his fellow forwards, a terrible series with the Devils. Karen Guregian says Murray, along with Joe Thornton deserves criticism for disappearing in this series. Steve Conroy looks at some costly penalties from last night. Elliot Denman looks at John Madden hounding and haunting the Bruins once again. Karen Guregian assesses the predictable finish to this mediocre season for the Bruins. Steve Conroy looks at Jeff Hackett openly considering retirement. No mention of that in Dupont’s notebook, where he thinks Hackett is a good bet to return and perhaps share the time with Andrew Raycroft. Harris’ notebook looks at Joe Thornton, taking his lumps. Hickling’s notebook looks at the roller coaster season and other team notes.
Thank goodness. I was dreading the hysteria that John Dennis and Glenn Ordway were trying to drum up yesterday on WEEI by saying everytime Pedro has a bad outing it means he’s hurt. Pedro had two shutouts last night, that of the Devil Rays and another of the media after the game. His silence and the cold are the two biggest topics from last night in almost all stories. Bob Hohler looks at the game last night, two biggest items were Pedro and the cold. Steven Krasner looks at Pedro letting his performance do the talking for him. Jeff Horrigan says finding motivation was easy for Pedro last night. Tom Yantz wraps up the game last night as Pedro Hot, Tampa Cold. Alex Speier says that “it was obvious to one and all that the Dominican sheriff ruled the roost. ” Saturday never happened. Gordon Edes looks at the determination and intensity displayed without words by Pedro. Tony Massarotti says someone like Pedro is usually only silent when they want to be heard the most. Whoa. Pretty deep there, Mazz. Kevin Gray says other than the cold, all was as it should be last night. Paul Kenyon focuses on how the cold affected the hitters last night. Nick Cafardo catches up with Doug Mirabelli, finally getting his first hits of the season. Michael Gee’s pay column is also focused on Pedro, his efficiency last night, his silence and notes:
There is no better way for an athlete to draw attention to himself than refusing to speak in public. All of a sudden, Martinez turned a routinely excellent win into a cause celebre, as he had to know would happen.
Hohler’s notebook looks at Brandon Lyon, closer of the moment. Horrigan’s notebook looks at Tony Cloninger finding some flaws in Mendoza’s delivery and hopefully helping in correcting them. Krasner’s notebook says that Alan Embree will attempt to throw today for the first time since going on the DL.
Shira Springer gives Jim O’Brien a full body massage. This is almost like a infomercial for the Celtics coach. As you likely know, I’m torn on O’Brien. He’s got his good points…he’s great with the players, they play hard for him, they respect him, they play tough defense most of the time. But the downside to O’Brien is the offense. He’s limited in what he can do, given the players he has, but the team too often lives or dies on whether the threes are dropping. Last year’s playoffs saw that change a little bit, I’m hoping for more of the same this year. He needs an offensive assistant, to go with Harter on the defense. He needs to be better at developing young players. Bob Schron has perhaps the best Celtics/Pacers preview, noting the two teams facing each other goes all the way back to the Pacers’ ABA days. He looks at the matchups and closes with 7 questions that will determine the fate of the seven game series. Mark Murphy also looks at the matchup with the Pacers, noting that the Celtics face a big disadvantage on the boards. Carolyn Thornton notes that outside of Celtics camp, not many people are optimistic about the C’s chances, but the team is confident. Gerry Callahan has a strategy for beating the Pacers. Taunt Isiah. He recalls an incident in the Shaws summer league, where former BC star Mickey Curley chanted “CBA, CBA” over and over, in reference to Thomas running the league into the ground. Isiah was so bothered he charged into the stands. He suggests the Pacers are emotionally fragile, and Thomas may have lost his grip on his team. Playing mind games with the Pacers and Thomas might be effective. Jerry Trecker previews the NBA playoffs, and lists Jim O’Brien as the coach on the hot seat. Springer’s notebook looks at the Celtics playoff experience. Murphy’s notebook looks at the Pacers talking, the Celtics trying to toughen up JR Bremer for the playoffs and Erick Strickland remembering last year.
Michael Felger looks at WR prospect Kelley Washington. He notes that Washington is the potential draftee that the Patriots have spent the most time with. Nick Cafardo reports on Tom Brady feeling well enough to participate in the “Quarterback Challenge” competition, and has some assorted other notes, including draft notes and word from Antowain Smith’s agent that the running back had back problems much of last year. Michael Parente looks at whether the Patriots might move up into the top five of the draft, and the factors that go into making that decision. Someone on the board yesterday wondered if Hector Longo was Ron Borges’ intern. I thought that was pretty funny. In this article Longo looks at the Patriots need to add an impact player. Again, he’s pretty critical of the team, he compares their player acquisition strategy to that of Dan Duquette, (five nickels for a quarter) again says they should’ve signed David Boston, a player with off field troubles that the team wants no part of, and says the Dolphins and Bills have made impact moves while the Patriots haven’t. The Dolphins impact moves he lists are signing Zach Thomas long term and bringing in 34 year old Junior Seau. He even says “That’s impact”. No mention of Rosevelt Colvin or Rodney Harrison.
Jim Baker recycles some Bill Walton and Danny Ainge Celtic criticisms for his column today, which is mainly focused on the NBA playoffs. In The Week That Was, I’m looking at playoff hockey, Red Sox talk and Bill Lee’s book.
UPN38 has Red Sox/Blue Jays at 7:00. ESPN has Capitals/Lightning at 7:00. ESPN2 has Blues/Canucks at 9:00. TBS has Phillies/Braves at 7:30.