Do you really want links

Do you really want links to the All Star game? Didn’t think so.

Steve Buckley in his pay column today says the early exits of Manny, Pedro and Burkett are already forgotten about. Someone tell that to Gordon Edes, who is demanding that Manny make a phone call and explain his situation to management. Michael Silverman says that the Sox have focused in on Jeff Suppan as a target in the trade market. Steven Krasner looks at the All Star experiences of Nomar and Varitek, as well as other players with Sox ties. Edes catches up with the Varitek family, all very proud of Jason and used to watching him on a big stage. In considering the first half of the season, Bob Halloran decides it wouldn’t be any fun to revisit the high points, and gives us his top ten losses of the first half.

Peter May says you’d be hard pressed so far to find any difference between this new ownership group and the old ThanksDad Gaston regime, at least as far as signing players is concerned. You know what? I agree. To not spend the midlevel exemption is indefensible. They spent $360 million on the team. A player at the midlevel slot could bring them a round further in the playoffs, which would likely recoup any money they lose in luxury tax. Tim Weisberg says the younger Celtics will bring a new dimension to the team, with Banks, Bremer and Brown getting out on the break. Mark Murphy looks at Chris Ford, reinventing himself as an NBA assistant with the Sixers. May’s notebook rounds up the action from last night. Murphy’s notebook looks at the continuing basketball Odyssey of Chris Herren. He also says Danny Ainge has talked to some free agents, including Juwon Howard, who agreed to terms with Orlando. Carolyn Thornton also looks at Herren.

Michael Felger begins his training camp position by position examination today with a look at the quarterback spot. Tom Curran says that because of cap issues, this will likely be the last year we see some of the big names from the 2001 championship team on the squad. Just a minor note, I don’t think Rick Lyle was on that 2001 team.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell reports on the Bruins inking Jonathan Girard and Michal Grosek to one year contracts.

Bill Griffith talks to a Sporting News Radio executive about changes on the way to WWZN.

NESN has the AA All Star game, featuring five Red Sox prospects at 7:00. ESPN2 has the AAA All Star game at 8:00. ESPN presents the ESPY Awards at 9:00.


More LeBron mania. Del Jones

More LeBron mania. Del Jones looks at the main attraction last night. Rob Bradford says LeBron lived up to the hype, but Marcus Banks held his own out there. Jeff Thomas says Banks stole the show. An uncredited article in The Enterprise looks at the evening at UMass-Boston. Jones also looks at the Celtics rookies who, overall, looked pretty solid last night.

Ray Duckler goes back in time to when the All Star game really did mean something. Bob Stern writes a love letter to Theo.

If you haven’t had a

If you haven’t had a chance to read The New Yorker article on Bill James, it appears to have been posted.

Question…when did Dan Shaughnessy become the “dean” of Boston Sports writers, and who appointed him as such?

It was a stroke of

It was a stroke of genius by the Celtics to schedule their summer league during the baseball All Star break. Suddenly what are traditionally the slowest sports days of the year, have some significance. The Celtics summer squad won the game, but the focus was on LeBron. Peter May gives us a profile of the night that the # 1 pick had last night, noting that perhaps James doesn’t walk on water just yet. Lenny Megliola came away very impressed with LeBron last night, and not just for what he did on the court. Jim Donaldson can’t get enough of typing the name LeBron, saying that the youngster has all the markets cornered. Jeff Goldberg reports on the night had by LeBron, and makes it sound if he did indeed walk on water. Michael Gee files a short report on the evening as well. Mark Murphy focuses on the night that Celtics first round pick Marcus Banks had, who showed moments of his own flashes. Christopher Price notes that when Banks and James were both playing the point, Banks had the advantage. Shira Springer talks to Paul Pierce and gets his thoughts on Banks, Walker trade rumors, the Lakers, Nets and Karl Malone. Tim Weisberg says that Banks and the Celtics stole the show from LeBron. Kevin McNamara has more on LeBron. One disappointment from last night for Celtics fans has to be that they didn’t even let Lenny Cooke get off the bench. Springer also has a look at the impressive night of JR Bremer, who had 28 points. Murphy’s notebook also looks at Bremer.

The Manny/Pedro leaving early stuff still has legs, after discussing it ad nauseum for an entire day yesterday on WEEI, Dennis and Callahan picked up the torch again this morning. Yesterday afternoon, The Group on WWZN with Michael Holley, Michael Smith and Cedric Maxwell was a welcome respite. They focused mainly on the Summer League, and with Maxwell, talked a lot of Celtics. That’s why this town needs two sports radio stations. Gordon Edes looks at the fallout from the Sox star leaving, and has owner John W. Henry coming out in support of his stars. Michael Silverman also reports on Henry’s words on the matter. Tony Massarotti says that winning this All Star game means alot to a guy like Edgar Martinez, who would only be able to play three games in the World Series should the AL lose and the Mariners make it that far. Bill Reynolds touches on three topics, two of which are baseball related, as he says Grady is gone if the Sox don’t make the playoffs, and he also says Roger Clemens is overrated. Steven Krasner looks at Varitek and Nomar, both All Stars, and how they’ve known each other since 1991. Alex Speier says that Varitek has grown into an All Star. Edes looks at Nomar’s decision day, which is coming up, and how his dislike for the negativity of the Boston media just might be enough to make him leave. In fact, “One high-powered industry official” claims Nomar has already made up his mind to go to the West Coast. That same official knocks Nomar for being weak minded if he’s blaming the media. Jon Wallach looks at the Sox at the All Star break, and gives us some things to look for in the game tonight. Silverman reports on Barry Bonds taking aim at Babe Ruth, and talking about the racial history of the game. Silverman’s notebook looks at Varitek enjoying his trip to Chicago.

Steve Conroy and Nancy Marrapese-Burrell reports on the Bruins signing PJ Axelsson to a two year deal.

Bill Griffith looks at the Fox Sports Mike Tyson “Beyond the Glory” program tomorrow night, as well as ESPN’s “Pete Rose on Trial” (Thursday) In addition to Eddie Andelman being the jury foreman, Dan Shaughnessy will be a witness for the prosecution.

FOX has the MLB All Star game at 8:00

A disappointing end to the

A disappointing end to the first half of the season for the fans, but a fantastic finish for the media. Not only do they have an uninspired loss to talk about for three days, they also have their favorite whipping boys, Manny and Pedro to kick around for leaving the team early. A two in one deal. the newspaper guys do a reasonable job of playing it straight, especially since Gordon Edes told Bob Lobel last night that not a single writer believes Manny’s story of his sick mother. Michael Silverman says that despite yesterday, you should still be pretty satisfied with the first half of the season. Steven Krasner also says it was a pretty decent first half. Joe Burris says yesterday was a good time for the team to reach the break. David Heuschkel says the Sox find themselves in a familiar spot at the break. As for Manny and Pedro, Bob Hohler manages to get through his article with a straight face, as he reports on Manny calling in yesterday morning, and that Ramirez does have sort of a backer in David Ortiz. Tony Massarotti says that Grady and Theo are enablers to this sort of behavior. Krasner also has a look at the Red Sox lite edition that was trotted out yesterday. Massarotti hands out his first half grades for the ballclub. Hohler adds that there is still plenty of work to be done on this team. He also chronicles the best and worst five games of the first half. Jim Parker looks at Wilfredo Ledezma, former Sox minor leaguer who baffled them yesterday. Howard Bryant’s pay column has Sox owner John W. Henry very happy with his club’s first half performance. He feels no urgency to move on Pedro or Grady, but feels they’ll both be here beyond their current terms. Bryant goes on to discuss the Bill James article, and wonders if having James in the office is going to make Theo Epstein’s job harder when it comes to dealing with other clubs. James, he says, has engaged in “open and maverick condescension” towards other clubs’ methods and means. Yesterday, John Tomase looked at what minor leaguers the Sox might part with at the trading deadline. Burris’ notebook says Tim Wakefield was just in a no-win situation last night. Silverman’s notebook says Grady was fine with the early departures of yesterday. Krasner’s notebook looks at Wakefield’s lack of support, while Heuschkel’s notebook has more on the missing Dominicans.

LeBron fever hits hub. Bob Ryan looks at the most hyped young athlete in American history. In one part, Ryan compares what LeBron did with his high school team and compared it to Larry Bird’s Indiana State college team. Makes you pause for reflection. Steve Bulpett has Cavs GM (and former Celtic) Jim Paxson talking about LeBron’s maturity. Joe Sullivan provides a capsule look at the Celtics Summer league roster. The NY Daily News reports that the Knicks are still very interested in Antoine Walker. Jerry Trecker says LeBron isn’t the only attraction at the Reebok summer league. Michael O’Keeffe looks at put up or shut up day for Lenny Cooke.

With the Boston Metro web site having been down for a few days, there’s no link available, but in John Molori’s Media Blitz today, he reports that Mike Kellogg will be leaving 1510 the Zone at the end of this week. Molori also knocks a few people this week, including Eddie Andelman, Bob Neumeier, Greg Dickerson and Larry Johnson.

Football is right around the

Football is right around the corner. Don’t miss Tom Curran’s piece today about the relationship between Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick over the years. Curran gets a lot of quotes from people familiar with both coaches and obviously put a lot of work into this feature. The article notes the Parcells likely has more bitter feelings towards Charlie Weis than he does towards Belichick. He can understand why Belichick did what he did, but Weis stabbed him in the back by testifying against the Tuna.

The other feature of the day worth reading is by Jackie MacMullan who looks at LeBron James, being counted upon to save the Cavs and possibly the NBA. He’s already being mentioned in the same sentences as Magic, Larry and Michael.

Dan Shaughnessy goes after Bill

Dan Shaughnessy goes after Bill James again today. His favorite word whenever he talks about James is “scary”. But consider this, who is more scary and disturbed as an individual, the guy who uses statistics (facts) and formulas to project what is going to happen to the players and team, or a guy who uses a “curse” that he is largely responsible for perpetrating on the region, from the sale of a player 80-something years ago, to project what is going to happen to the players and team?

As a reader wrote me this week, “Everyone loves to prove the smartest kid in the class wrong.” and I think that’s a large part of the motivation to slam James at any opportunity around here.

‘Dozer does it again. Another

‘Dozer does it again. Another strong starting performance from the former Yankee enables the sox to secure a three game sweep of the Blue Jays. Michael Silverman reports on the confidence gained by both Mendoza and the Red Sox. Sean McAdam looks at the significance of the sweep, the most important part being that the Sox picked up two games on the Yankees in the process. Nick Cafardo notes the happy Sox clubhouse following the game. David Heuschkel says this trip to Toronto was a bit different from the last one. Manager Tony Massarotti gives his inspirational pregame speech to the team before they take on the Tigers in Detroit. Gordon Edes looks at the whole Pedro-skipping-the-Yankees mess that dominated the airwaves yesterday, making sure to emphasize that it was not Pedro’s idea in the first place, and noting that Grady Little has since changed his mind on the matter. Whether he was talked into it by management or not, you have to give Little at least a bit of credit for being flexible. I think we know that Jimy Williams would not have changed the rotation once he set it, no matter who told him to do it. He was that stubborn. Massarotti also covers Little changing his mind on the matter. Cafardo also reports on the rotation change, allowing Pedro to face the Yankees. A couple notes from the WEEI pregame show last night. First, Joe Castiglione’s numerous references to the Johnny Damon to the Royals talk as an “Internet rumor”. He presented it to Theo as such, and talked to guest Don Orsillo and referred to it that way and perhaps a couple more times as well. He talked about the age of the Internet, where fans can start rumors like that and they can spread all over the place and be talked about as if they were true. The problem is, this was no “Internet rumor”, started by some wishful fan. It was reported by David Heuschkel in a real newspaper, the Hartford Courant, and had quotes from the subject himself, Damon, who told Heuschkel that the Royals’ Mike Sweeney had told him he had heard that his club was close to making a deal for Damon. Edes has Damon’s agent, Scott Boras dismissing the rumors, but the fact remains that the rumor was not something just making the rounds on bulletin boards around the ‘net. The other thing from that pregame show that had me shaking my head was a comment from Orsillo. First, Wednesday night, when Kim came into the game, Orsillo mentioned on NESN a couple times that that was his third straight appearance. In actuality it was the fourth day in a row Kim had pitched. I just gave him the benefit of the doubt, as everyone is going to get things wrong once in a while. Then last night, on the WEEI pregame, Orsillo was on, and said it again, that Kim had pitched in his third straight game the previous night. I would’ve thought someone would’ve brought it to his attention during the day, or that he would’ve figured it out on his own that Kim had actually pitched four days in a row. Not a huge deal, as I’m sure all these games run into each other, but a minor annoyance to me. Cafardo’s notebook reports on Little sitting out last night to serve a suspension. He also reports on Manny having a “heavily wrapped” hamstring after the game. Silverman’s notebook also looks at Grady taking a Little break. McAdam’s notebook has more on the Pedro facing the Yankees flap, as does Heuschkel’s notebook.

Shira Springer and Steve Bulpett report on former high school phenom Lenny Cooke trying to get a shot with the Celtics summer league squad. After reading the pieces, I come away not expecting Cooke to get much of a shot, or playing time, in the Rebook sponsored league. Bulpett’s notebook reports on the signing of the Celtics two first round picks, and also that LeBron James will not be playing next Wednesday in the league as he’s going to the ESPY Awards instead. Brian Towey has a piece on 6-11 Luke Bonner of Concord, who hopes to follow in his brother Matt’s footsteps to the NBA.

Karen Guregian says the possibility of Curtis Joseph coming to the Bruins is just a pipe dream to wary fans. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell and Steve Conroy look at the Bruins hiring of Norm Maciver as an assistant under Mike Sullivan.

Michael Smith reports on the Patriots not selecting Tony Hollings in the supplemental draft…not getting a chance to, really and also on signing status of some of their draft picks.

Bill Griffith looks at what Fox is banking on for the All Star game. John Howell also looks at the annual summer event. Jim Baker has Tommy Heinsohn proclaiming he’ll still shout “I love Waltah” when he’s playing in another uniform, and also looks at the All Star game in his pay column.

UPN38 has Red Sox/Tigers at 7:00.

Note…when this was posted, the Hartford Courant stories were coming up blank I assumed Heuschkel and Howell were the authors of the stories linked, and hope that the links will work once the Courant gets things running again.