Pedro Martinez is suffering from

Pedro Martinez is suffering from a strained lat muscle and will miss tonight’s start against the Yankees. WWZN and WEEI both reported the story about the same time, I couldn’t hear both, but it seems that WWZN got the report on air first. Before the nature of the injury was revealed, Michael Felger tried to make the case that the Sox were just delaying Pedro a day to go against Roger tomorrow. He was heckled by Ordway and Sean McAdam, and then the nature of the injury was revealed, in which Pedro will be missing this start altogether. It is coming out that Pedro hurt himself during a session of catch yesterday. The other story of the afternoon was the increased security around Fenway because of the terror alert being raised. The area immediately around the park is being cleared. If you’re going to the game, better plan on getting there as early as possible.

Mike Fine says last night was no fun for the Sox. Tonight isn’t looking so hot, either. Del Jones says Clemens is relishing the time around his 300th win. Chaz Scoggins says Roger is warming to his time in Boston.

David Aldridge attempts to defend the honor of Chris Wallace. (Scroll down to “Wallace did plenty of good for Celtics”) Dave, here’s a nickel, get a clue.


Round one to the evil

Round one to the evil empire…Steven Krasner notes that if you were even 20 minutes late for watching the game, you pretty much missed all the action. Which is true, by the time I gathered my food off the grill and opened a cold one, it was 5-0, Yanks. Jeff Horrigan is very clear that the tag on Nomar which snuffed out the Sox own first inning rally was the 2003 version of the Phantom Tag. Bob Hohler makes no such claim. David Heuschkel says an eighth inning brawl in the stands was the most action seen at Fenway after the first. Kevin Gray has one of the most well rounded pieces of the day, looking at the seemingly million storylines for last nights game. Sean McAdam says the Sox were just unable to do what they’ve been so good at all year so far; get the clutch hits. Alex Speier notes that Casey Fossum was very impressive after the horrific start. Nick Cafardo says this was just a game of offensive frustration for the Sox. Michael Silverman looks at Johnny Damon’s three hit, two triple evening. Rich Thompson says that Fossum did a great job in the game of coming in in relief…of himself. Frank Dell’Apa says that Fossum was able to put the first inning behind him and move on to pitching the rest of his night effectively. Howard Bryant says that the Yankees made quick work of the Red Sox in the first inning. Gordon Edes turns to the Yankee bullpen for a blow by blow account of the huge eighth inning brawl down near the Pesky pole. Mark Murphy has David Wells gushing about the new seats on the wall, saying that it has changed his whole view of Fenway and allowed him to pitch well last night. Don Amore looks at Wells great performance on the eve of his 40th birthday. Joe McDonald has more on a typical night for the hefty lefty. Steve Buckley looks at his favorite player, Nomar, as he continues nonchalantly with his now 20 game hitting streak. Mark Murphy takes the obligatory look at the Giambi brothers. Michael Gee’s pay column is solely about the “Yankees Suck” chant, that there are Yankee haters everywhere, and there is no war between Red Sox fans and Yankee fans because you need two sides to have a war, and Yankee fans just don’t care about the Red Sox. Horrigan’s notebook looks at Trot sitting out last night. Krasner’s notebook looks at the electric atmosphere around the park last night. Heuschkel’s notebook has more on Johnny Damon’s big offensive night.

Jackie MacMullan looks at Roger Clemens and his place here in Boston and in history. His session with the media yesterday reveal a relaxed, almost reflective player. McDonald has more on something mention prominently in MacMullan’s article, how photos of the players Roger is about to pass in the record books are placed in his locker as he approaches each record. Silverman also has a piece on the relaxed Roger. Cafardo gets Theo’s opinion of Roger. Theo was 12 when Clemens struck out 20 in 1986…Michael O’Connor says fans are split on how Clemens should be viewed here and if his number should be retired. Edes also gets Kevin Kennedy’s predictable thoughts about Roger. Included in that article is an effort by a “Rocket Scientist” to examine the seasons put forth by Clemens in ’93 through ’96, to see if Roger really was on the decline, or a victim of bad circumstances. Jon Couture says that some Red Sox fans walk a fine line when it comes to Clemens. Jon Wallach looks at a lifetime built on hating the Yankees. In Steve Buckley’s pay column, he continues his assumed role as the final authority on what numbers should be retired by the Red Sox. No surprise, he says # 21 should be up there, and that Larry Lucchino is acting like a 10 year old when he calls the Yankees the evil empire and when he says that under current policy, Roger’s number would not qualify to be retired. In his pay column, Howard Bryant notices the softening of Clemens on the subject of Boston, an attitude that seemed to seep through a bit during his media session yesterday.

Steve Conroy says there will likely be no team penalty for Joe Thornton. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell says contact has still not been made between Thornton and the Bruins.

Michael Felger reports on the Patriots passing camp. They’re looking to open up the offense a bit this year, and hope the new and healthy pieces can come together. Rohan Davey is also going to be given every chance to win the backup QB spot behind Brady. Nick Cafardo also has a positive report from the camp, noting that Brady is feeling strong, and won the longest throw event at the recent QB challenge by throwing a ball 62 yards.

Gerry Callahan’s pay column is about Annika Sorenstam and the class she has displayed. She knows and we know she isn’t going to win, Callahan says she likely won’t even make the cut, but she’s not afraid to go out there and try, unlike Vijay Singh, who catches the full ire of Callahan:

Until last week Singh had been best known as a cheater, but he proved to be a pretty fair liar as well. After winning the Byron Nelson Sunday, he withdrew from the Colonial, claiming he promised his wife he would take a week off. What can you say? Chivalry is not dead in the Singh household. Vijay is probably putting in a load of laundry at this very moment.

If there is any justice in the golf world, the Colonial will list the withdrawals below all the players who at least had the nerve to tee it up, assuring that Sorenstam will finish ahead of Singh. By anyone's standard, missing the cut is more admirable than bailing out at the last minute with some lame excuse. Singh said Sorenstam ``didn't belong'' at the Colonial, which is debatable. This, on the other hand, is not debatable: Singh did belong there. He fanned the flames of controversy and then ran like Funny Cide when he felt the heat. Does your husband play, Vijay? Maybe he can show up and defend your honor.

In the media columns, Bill Griffith notes that Red Sox fans hoping to hear Curt Gowdy in his call with Chris Berman on ESPN will be disappointed, as the broadcast will be blacked out here because of NESN. Jim Baker uses his column to laud NBC’s coverage of the Preakness over the weekend, with praise to Bob Neumeier for picking the 1-2 winners. John Molori’s Media Blitz (Not online yet) focuses on Channel 5 legend Don Gillis, knocks SI humor writer Bill Scheft, despite a plug from Bill Simmons, and says WEEI’s “Down with OBP” skit as their funniest ever. I don’t agree. They’ve had much funnier skits than that one.

NESN has Red Sox/Yankees at 7:00. ESPN has Nets/Pistons at 8:00. At 5:00 this afternoon ESPN Classic has Pedro’s 17 strikeout game at Yankee stadium. Despite seeing two Red Sox no-hitters since then, that game remains the most dominating pitching performance I’ve ever seen.

Baseball season officially begins today.

Baseball season officially begins today. The Yankees are in town. With the win over the Angels yesterday at Fenway, the Red Sox move into a first place tie with the Bronx Bombers. Bob Hohler uses the terms “How sweet” and “How delicious” to describe the win and the anticipation of the series with the Yankees. Jeff Horrigan says that yesterday’s Burkett/Lackey matchup was almost like an undercard for the big fight which starts tonight. Sean McAdam agrees, noting “the undercard is done.Time for the main event.” Jeff Goldberg points out that Burkett and Fossum were recently flip flopped in the rotation…likely because of Burkett’s historical struggles against the Yankees. Art Martone and Rich Thompson note that this time, Burkett was able to dodge those sixth inning woes that have plagued him in recent starts. Kevin Gray says it was a NH kid who Trot threw the ball to Saturday afternoon, keeping the Angels rally alive. Gerry Callahan is not letting Trot off the hook this morning on WEEI, Gerry is one of the few in the media here who will go after Trot. He got on him about his weight this spring, and he’s not this gaffe from the weekend slide. He’s noting the hypocrisy of people who won’t let things Manny does slide. John Dennis says a perfect comparison to Manny is Allen Iverson in Philadelphia. He’s held to a higher standard because he’s a superstar. I don’t see the connection at all, John. Karen Guregian has a newsflash…Roger Clemens should go into the hall of fame with a Red Sox, because you know, he got most of of his wins here, and played longer here. In a related story, Dan Shaughnessy tells us there is a long history between the Red Sox and Yankees. Keeping on the “masters of the obvious” theme, Michael Gee’s pay column is wholly devoted to telling us not to get excited, and that this series will not decide the season. You can’t win the pennant in May. Thompson also looks at Bill Mueller looking for his first taste of the Red Sox/Yankee rivalry. Gordon Edes gushes over Alfonso Soriano. Alex Speier, in his weekly notes column for the Metro, looks at Jose Contreras. first base problems for the Yankees and Rafael Palmeiro. Jack O’Connell looks at the Yankees eager to come up and play in Fenway. Hohler’s notebook looks at Person’s first save with the Sox. In McAdam’s notebook Person knows there is plenty of room for improvement. Horrigan’s notebook looks at the Giambi brothers getting their first chance to go head to head in the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry. The same theme is the first topic in Goldberg’s notebook.

Howard Bryant provides two pay columns today, the first one is a look at the Yankees struggles since their blistering 18-3 start. In the second column Bryant honors pioneering writer Sam Lacey, who died last week at the age of 99. Lacy, the first African American to be allowed into The Baseball Writers Association of America, started writing in 1934, and continued right through until last week. Bryant tells us:

Transcendent individuals always seem more relevant, more necessary in crucial times. And even in death, Lacy reappeared at the most opportune of moments. At a time when the news business seems to have lost its way, the contrast could not be clearer. Sam Lacy inserted himself into his work to advocate a position, which is a distant cry from the dynamic of today, where the mill of opinion is fed not out of advocacy for a position but of egocentricity and cheap entertainment.

He concludes the article with these thoughts

In Boston, the murky space between reporting and shock jock is the most pronounced in the nation, and in an unfortunate sense, it seems fitting that here would be the place where a venerable, respected presence would slip into the quicksand.

As much as Ryan's fall should serve to caution journalists about the increasingly blurry lines between celebrity and real journalism, between solid reporting and bombastic opinion, so too should the life of Lacy provide an eternal road map - and a reminder - that this business is at its best when the cause comes before the individual.

I was hoping that someone locally would write about Lacy, since there are so many baseball historians around town. My gut tells me that perhaps Bryant was hoping someone else would write the piece as well, and when no one did, he went ahead with it. I’ve no evidence for that, just a feeling. Bryant shouldn’t have had to step up and write this, though he is the best qualified to talk about Lacy. One of the so-called ‘baseball dudes” should’ve written about this earlier.

Other then the Red Sox, there isn’t a whole lot going on. Joe Thornton’s arrest over the weekend is the subject of a couple of articles. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell looks at the incident, in which the assault seems to consist of Joe pushing a couple officers who were arresting his brother. Tom Farmer says that a friend of Thornton’s backs his version of the story. What that version is, isn’t clear.

Alright, I’ll say it. Joe Thornton is arguably the best player in the NHL right now. Why isn’t this getting more attention here? If this was Manny, or Antoine Walker or Tom Brady, wouldn’t he be getting raked over the coals right now by the press? You can’t blame this just on the lack of popularity of Hockey. After all, Dan Shaughnessy did a feature article on Thornton for ESPN the magazine. Why isn’t there the rush to judgement to condemn Joe? Because the press likes him. The same way they like Trot. Am I asking for the media to go after Joe? NO. So those of you who think I’m sitting here complaining that the media is too hard on players and now complaining when they look the other way…I’m just pointing out the double standard.

This little nugget is from today’s Inside Track:

Yes, that was WEEI's afternoon host Glen Ordway breaking bread with the head of FOX Sports Net at Davio's the other day. Ordway is disgruntled over pay cuts his co-hosts got hit with last week and may be looking at other opportunities when his radio contract runs out.

NESN has Red Sox/Yankees at 7:00 (ESPN2 nationally) ESPN has Senators/Devils at 7:00. TNT has Mavs/Spurs at 9:30.

The Guest columns have stopped

The Guest columns have stopped coming in. Perhaps the mailbag will become the weekend feature for the future. Think of them as “mini-columns”.

Dan weighs in on the Globe/Ryan situation and the Boston media brotherhood:

There really is nothing like the "Brotherhood" of the sports media in Boston.

That sound you here is the medial circling the wagons to protect one of their own.

Be it driving into Florian Hall or driving the wrong way in Kenmore Square several years ago - that's okay - he's one of us

Or, if you've developed a relationship with the middleweight champion and it turns out he regularly beat his wife Bertha and was a cokehead don't ever talk about it all. He's your buddy.

Perhaps you've made fun of a movie star but you get the opportunity for your wife to meet him. That's okay he's a good guy because he did ME a favor.

It all goes back to what Tony Massarotti had in his column a week ago Sunday. "The media in this town take themselves way to seriously and are hardly ever held accountable for anything they say or do."

Finally, someone was.

Congratulations Boston Globe I'd like to renew my subscription!

Well said Dan. Thanks for the thoughts.

Steve O’Brien (apparently no relation to Jim) says that Peter May… just an absolute jerk he has been trying to get Antoine out of town since he's been here. The love feast over O'Brien is sickening with the Globe writers. Here is a coach who wouldn't play the best pure athlete on the team because he was an inconsistent shooter from the arc, are you kidding me. Well Ainge has already said he wants athletes, wing players slashers I guess that describes Kedrick Brown. If it was up to me OB would have been fired and I'm tired of hearing what a nice family man he is. I want a coach that knows how to coach NBA players.

I’ve said it before, and will again, O’Brien has done a solid job, but his weaknesses are developing young players and coaching offense. If Ainge can get the importance of those things through to the coach, then the Celtics will be in good hands.

John from the tagboard checks in:

BRUCE, I'm reading what you said about the media responsibility "partially" towards Carl Everett and his treatment in Boston... and what a load of garbage. It just shows how Bruce can tie the word blame to almost anything with the media. And I have no connections to the media, I don't even like everything anyone does. But Peter Gammons said it best on ESPN last night and former ballplayers and managers on the set agreed, "When you call all the people in Boston racist (among other things), that's what you get!"

It's funny, Bruce can read all the ridiculous things Everett says about Boston, similar to Byron Scott, and the hate Everett spews.. But it's all the "Boston media that spreads the hate, they're telling us to not like Carl Everett." Yeah Bruce, like I need the media in Boston to help me dislike Carl Everett. Did you read what HE said about Boston? I've even heard him say some of those things at the ballpark to some fans. He got laughed at.

A little more tempered email comes from Tim, also disagrees with me:

As for your comments this AM regarding Carl Everett and the Boston Media, you have to keep in mind that Carl does things to draw attention to himself in this incidents as well. He's been baiting the fans in rightfield this whole homestand. It's been small things, but done consistently he raises the ire of fans till the less intelligent/drunk respond with more than yelling and booing. An example of Carl's ability to annoy fans and draw their attention, after catching the final out Tuesday night in front of the Texas bullpen he turned toward the bleachers, held the ball up to show he was going to toss it in the stands, something most outfielders do these days, then tossed the ball in the air, but soft enough so that it landed in the Texas bullpen. A small thing in the course of the night, but repeated by a guy already the target of the crowd and you see the stimulus provided the less inhibited fans later in the evening. Not to excuse their behavior at all of course, but I have yet to read anything about Carl's responsibility in this at all, either the fans got out of control, or now your blaming the media as well.

I'm not a great writer and I'm rushing to get this done here at work, but I hope you understand my point. Let Carl shoulder some of the blame for things getting out of hand here last night.

Couple comments on these. Everett is absolutely the most responsible for how he is treated here. He has brought this upon himself. The problem I have with it is again the tendancy by the media around here to pile on. Everett didn’t make negative comments about the fans while he was here. He had a war with the media. The media now takes every opportunity they have to slam this guy, to remind everyone what a terrible person he is, that he is a monster and “nutjob”. People have done worse things on the field and in the clubhouse than Carl has done, but they don’t get the treatment that Everett gets from the media. The media does have power over the fans, and they’ve exerted it here, All the fans read is what an awful person he is, and it does influence their treatment of him. When Carl was here, he hustled down the line every at bat, played hurt and brought a fearless intensity to the club on the field that was needed.

George concludes the discussion on this topic:

I enjoyed and agreed with your "soapbox" presentation on media nastiness, but definitely think you're understating the case. The media is MUCH more than a "small" factor in what happened to Everett at Fenway last night, although they would be the last to admit it. The most detestable trait of the Boston media is their practice of creating a negative, cheap sentiment and then putting the blame on the Boston fans for being (take your pick) pessimistic, gloom and doom, fickle, low brow. The reality is that Boston sports media is all of these and more - throw in narrow minded, stubborn, and hopelessly insulated. I cite Dan (Dr. Doom) Shaughnessy as Exhibit A. These idiots are not the type to police themselves. That's why your work is so important. Keep it up!

Thanks George. That’s a wrap for the mailbag this week.

Sox win in a blowout,

Sox win in a blowout, Pedro’s ok, and the Lakers are eliminated from the playoffs. I call that a good night. Michael Silverman reports on the game, Pedro’s gem and his groin. Bob Hohler says it was a night of Fenway fun. Paul Kenyon says finally Pedro is getting the type of run support the other pitchers have been getting. Lenny Megliola says the game last night was all about Pedro and Carl Everett. Christopher Price looks at the sweep of the Rangers by the Sox. Tom Yantz says Pedro’s who repertoire was on display, the zip on his fastball, the drop of the changeup and the bite of the curve. Kevin Gray looks at the masterful performance of Pedro last night. Dan Shaughnessy though, says Pedro’s health is a mystery, since he won’t talk. He then moves on to his favorite topic, Carl Everett, who had things thrown at him last night and needed to be removed from the game for his own safety. The Everett incidents where the other big topic from the game. John Powers reports on the ugly situation, Mike Shalin notes that the one who threw the baseball at Everett was arrested. Kenyon says the incidents in Chicago with fans coming onto the field has made them all a bit wary.

This situation begs the question. What culpability does the media have in what happened to Everett last night? Ridiculous? Some of you will no doubt say that. (Many of you associated with the media, especially) There goes Bruce, blaming the media once again. I’ll make this clear. I’m not saying the media is at fault for a few pinheads who booze it up and think it’s cool to throw stuff at a player. But when the media, especially this media, spends so much time telling us what an awful guy Carl Everett is, and say hateful things about him in newspapers, on radio and TV, the clear indication given is that you too should hate this man if you are at all a decent human being. They stoke up the flames of hatred towards this man. Does all that type of media coverage have anything to do with how Everett was treated last night? I think it has to be considered a factor, even if it is a small one. Other players have certainly done worse things in their lives than Everett has done, but he gets the special treatment. Why? Is it because he is almost a year round topic among the media in this market? Shaughnessy today does his best to distance himself from the situation, even joking that he was nowhere near the area from which the debris that hit Everett came, but if something worse had happened last night, he should’ve been taking a long look at himself and how what he says and writes influences other people’s opinions and even their actions.

Ok, down from the soapbox. Back to your regularly scheduled links. Gordon Edes has a look at Roger Clemens as he preps to go for win # 299 tonight. A mini-controversy is brewing as to whether the Yankees will give Roger an extra day of rest to allow him to go for # 300 at home in NY. That could all be moot if the Yankees game tonight gets rained out, which is at least a possibility. Karen Guregian takes the arguments discussed on sports radio yesterday and uses them to compose her column today. How it makes sense from a business sense for the Yankees to hold Clemens back a day. Roger would even prefer to go for it at Yankee Stadium, etc. Yesterday, John Tomase had the first in a two part cover story on Roger Clemens. Nick Cafardo gets Jim Rice to talk about Roger as a teammate and his thoughts on going for win # 300. The Globe has a Peter Gammons archived article from Clemens first major league win available. Jim Donaldson says fans love to worry about Pedro. This is an alternative to the “Red Sox fans love to be miserable” theme that is so tired. Christopher Price looks at how Fenway is home sweet home for the Sox so far this year. Powers also looks at the purchase of the Angels by Mexican-American Arturo Moreno, making him the first Latino owner of a US professional sports franchise. Rich Thompson looks at the Red Sox leader in slugging percentage…Mann….errr…Bill Mueller. Cafardo also looks at Mueller’s extra base barrage. Mueller is also the first topic in Kenyon’s notebook. Yantz’s notebook has more on Everett, while Silverman’s notebook has Larry Lucchino hinting that pitching help will be acquired at some point. Hohler’s notebook focuses on whether Lucchino is mad that the Yankees might hold Clemens off for a day and have him miss Fenway.

Chad Finn defends Antoine, saying that trading the Celtics cocaptain would be a mistake, he says not only should Danny Ainge not be making any phone calls to trade Walker, he shouldn’t accept any, either. Mark Murphy says the new Celtics owners are willing to admit they’ve made a number of mistakes in this their first season in charge of the club. Shira Springer reports on Vin Baker, who is entering the “transition” phase of his rehab treatment. Jackie MacMullan says that the new Charlotte franchise is interested in adding ML Carr as a consultant. Are they looking for advice on how to tank a season and still not manage to get the # 1 pick in the draft? Bill Reynolds wonders if Monday night was the last time we’ll see Antoine as a Celtic. Ray Duckler remembers Dave DeBusschere.

Tom Curran has a quick notebook about the Patriots being close to a deal with LB Don Davis.

Bill Griffith reports on WEEI making paycuts to Big Show co-hosts. John Molori gets quotes from Fred Smerlas, who says he has resigned from the show. Griffith also reports on Sean McDonough’s last day at WWZN yesterday. He left quietly, didn’t go off the show with guns blazing. Jim Baker doesn’t have the WEEI information, brushes quickly past the McDonough departure, and focuses on Joe Buck and Tim McCarver trashing closer by committee. Clark Booth touches on a myriad of topics, including his belief that the Celtics should “dump” Antoine Walker for getting into it with a fan.

UPN38 has Red Sox/Angels at 7:00. ESPN has Pistons/Sixers at 7:30, and Wild/Mighty Ducks at 10:30. TBS has Braves/Padres at 10:00

First, as far as the

First, as far as the tagboard, I don’t know what’s going on. I haven’t made any changes to it, so it appears the company who runs the service might be messing around with something. I have an inquiry into the situation.

Could Nomar be emerging from his almost season long struggles? 15 game hitting streak and two consecutive nights of game winning extra basehits are encouraging. Hopefully Nomar can bury the “Garciapopup” nickname that is circulating. Jeff Horrigan reports on Nomar and the Sox winning two in a row from the Rangers. The other story of the night was another win for Casey Fossum. David Heuschkel says Fossum is happy to have gotten off to a good start and heading off the Colon comparisons. Bob Hohler also makes Fossum and his non-trade for Colon the lede in his game story. Lenny Megliola uses Fossum as the focus of his story, and notes that it’s possible the Red Sox could be in first place when the Yankees make their first appearance in town. Who would’ve thought that was possible? Sean McAdam says this was just a good solid win. No late inning dramatics needed. Alex Speier seems relieved at the lack of the heart in the throat ending. Howard Bryant tells us that Roger Clemens may not even get the chance to go for # 300 here in Boston. The Yankees may choose to give him an extra days rest and allow him to go for the milestone at Yankee Stadium instead. Nick Cafardo says that ARod loves Boston, and had Nomar not already been here, Boston would’ve been at the top of his list for places to play. Mike Port in the article says the Sox did express some interest in the superstar. Michael Silverman gives us a little more on the Sox hottest pitcher, Fossum. Michael Vega looks at Robert Person’s return to the big leagues. Silverman also rehashes the story of Texas infielder Mark Teixeira, who became the poster boy a few years ago for Peter Gammons and others who would point out how badly Dan Duquette and his staff handled people and negotiations. Buddy Thomas worries about the “impending breakdown” of the Red Sox. Anyone who finds an original thought in that column is urged to report it to me immediately. Heuschkel’s notebook looks further at the Red Sox debut of Person, Horrigan’s notebook reports that Jeremy Giambi is suffering from a sore wrist, preventing him from following up his hot night in Minnesota. McAdam’s notebook says Pedro will not be on a pitch count tonight, but he will be monitored closely. Hohler’s notebook says Pedro may be returning to “wonderland”.

Vote of confidence, or kiss of death? How to interpret word from Danny Ainge that he will not be seeking to trade Antoine Walker, that is the question. He also wants to extend coach Jim O’Brien’s contract, but Chris Collins on NECN was reporting all night last night that there are some hard feelings by O’Brien towards the new Celtics owners. He feels he’s been “disrespected” by them, citing his being left totally in the dark on the Vin Baker suspension, and even little things, like his reserved parking spot, he says many days he’ll come in to find one of the new owners vehicles parked in the spot. Also, the contracts of the assistant coaches have not been renewed yet either. Shira Springer has the story on Ainge’s proclamations yesterday. Mark Murphy has a look, not just at Ainge’s words yesterday, but at the breakup lunch the team had, with quotes from Walker and Pierce, and also word from Walker’s meeting with Ainge, which left the cocaptain feeling much more secure about his place with the franchise. Springer also reports on Walker’s meeting with Ainge, and looks at just how thoroughly enmeshed in the franchise that Antoine has become. Not even a week into Ainge’s tenure, and Peter May is already comparing his performance to Chris Wallace. May says that Ainge is wrong if he doesn’t at least investigate the possibility of trading Walker. He does say that Ainge is correct in trying to retain O’Brien. Steve Bulpett reports on Wallace being on Portland’s short list of GM candidates.

Jeff Jacobs weighs in on the Big East/ACC tug of war. Bill Reynolds says the surprise is not that the Big East could be in trouble, but that it has lasted this long. Mike Shalin looks at the Big East fighting for its life, and says BC may have no choice but to jump to the ACC if a spot is offered. Mark Blaudschun reports on the Big East preparing to counter the ACC challenge.

The Inside Track tells us that those tagboard rumors of a Ted Sarandis suspension are indeed true. Teddy gets two weeks for taking off early on the night the Celtics were eliminated. Sarandis leaving early is nothing new. I used to be on the road evenings a lot, and I remember clearly that the last segment of Ted Nation would almost always be a replay of an earlier segment of the show. The Media Blitz article by John Molori is on-line, and it’s a somewhat condensed version from the one that was sent to his email list. But you can read about Eddie helping many hockey players out of debt, and his thoughts on WEEI, Bob Ryan, and his sons. He leaves out the bit I quoted earlier in the week about Michael Andelman. In his Unsilent Majority column, Luke Meredith explores topics like lizard head salads at Applebees, (tied to Danny Ainge’s press conference, no less.) and Mo Vaughn being missing.

Karen Guregian looks at how Annika Sorenstam is handling the controversy of her playing in the Colonial. For all the talk about athletes in team sports coming off as whining, spoiled jerks, can anyone top how pro golfers act when they feel threatened? Remember the grousing when Tiger was making his ascension? How about when Casey Martin petitioned to be able to use a cart on tour? What a bunch of elitist, sniveling babies there are on that tour. The superstars of the tour, who are a bit more secure about themselves, generally behave a bit better, Tiger and David Duval are two who have come off fairly well this week.

Phrases I’m sick of hearing on WEEI:

  • binky

  • How’s that working out for you?

  • Thrown under the bus

Seems like you can’t get through five minutes on that station without one of those phrases being used. Feel free to submit your own pet peeve WEEI phrase.

A huge thanks to everyone who participated in the weekend Fund Drive. It was a smashing success. Depending on how things go, maybe I’ll just run a similar thing a few times a year, next time likely in the middle of the week to get more traffic. What I might do in the next few days is move the donation buttons to the FAQ/About page, and then just move them to main page during “drives” to keep this main page a little less cluttered. We’ll see.

NESN has Red Sox/Rangers at 7:00. ABC has Lakers/Spurs at 8:00. ESPN has Kings/Mavs at 10:30. ESPN also has Senators/Devils at 7:00.