Soup’s on for tonight. Will we hear Don Orsillo spilling stories about his former roommate? Jeff Horrigan says you’ll see the same stuff from the Jeff Suppan of five years ago, but a completely different pitcher. Bob Hohler says this soup can stand being heated in the kitchen. Sean McAdam looks at the decisions which went into Suppan being left exposed in the expansion draft in ’97. Bob Ryan is hedging his bets as to whether this is the year for the Red Sox. It could be, but he just doesn’t know and won’t commit one way or the other. Headlines make all the difference Bill Reynolds’ column today is much like Ryan’s, but his headline says the Sox do have what it takes to go all the way. John Wallach’s faith in the team has not been shaken. He is still a believer. David Heuschkel looks at the job Theo Epstein has done this year, how he has answered his doubters and impressed a guy like Brian Cashman. Lenny Megliola looks at the other eyes that are on Theo in this region. Joe Sullivan touches on a number of Red Sox items, including saying Pedro is in the twilight of his career and the Sox should just dump him, how great Damian Jackson is, and that he’s reading Moneyball. Ok, that book has officially jumped the shark…Hohler’s notebook looks at the Sox great success at home. Horrigan’s notebook looks at Pawtucket third baseman Kevin Youkilis, who last night tied Kevin Millar’s minor league record of reaching base in 71 consecutive games.

The obsession with Todd Jones’ column just won’t die. George Kimball tackles it today in a pay column, comparing Jones to Jayson Blair, noting that he “crossed an ethical line” by giving examples of questions that were in reality never asked. After spending a few paragraphs trashing Jones’ on-field performance, Kimball goes directly to Boston media defense # 2 as noted in my post from yesterday afternoon:

Now, if somebody had actually asked Jones either of those questions, the ridicule would not be misplaced, but the fact of the matter is that nobody did. Beat writers who have covered the Sox every day since Jones' July 2 acquisition unanimously concur that neither question was ever asked. Not even television reporters ask questions this stupid.

Kimball also talked to Jones’ editor, who said he knew no one had asked Jones those exact questions, and that Jones was trying to create an example of some of the dumb questions asked. Interestingly, it appears The Sporting News has pulled this column from its website. Day after day this is getting talked about. Why not ignore it? Let it go away. If no one talked about it, it would’ve died out by now. But it seems each day someone new has got to take their turn at trashing Jones and defending the honor of the righteous brotherhood of the Boston sports media. Just let it go, people…

Kevin Mannix looks at the rookie cornerbacks Eugene Wilson and Asante Samuel, who will get the chance to go against the first string offense of the Giants Thursday night as they will be starting the game for the Patriots. Nick Cafardo says that the two rookies have impressed in all areas of preparation, now will be a chance to see if they can actually play. Tom Curran has more on the potential secondary of the future for the Pats. Alan Greenberg looks at the at the young pair as well as all the other cornerbacks the Patriots have tried out since Ty Law came on board. Michael Parente looks at Matt Chatham, who has carved an NFL career for himself on special teams. Christopher Price says Deion Branch is looking to break out this year. Mannix’s notebook looks at the continued development of Daniel Graham. Cafardo’s notebook says that Kevin Faulk has been getting the majority of the snaps with the first team offense, and that Willie McGinest is back on the field. Curran’s notebook looks at the signing of Arena League wide receiver Thabiti Davis. Parente’s notebook looks at a rainy day of practice yesterday.

Jim Baker writes about CBS holding its annual NFL announcer-analyst seminar, where a focus is on getting the call of the game correct “to ensure there’s no repeat of viewer confusion that ensued when Fox’ Cris Collinsworth wrongly said Giants placekick holder Matt Allen could have prolonged the playoff game by spiking the ball – which would not have been allowed.” He provides a programming note:

NESN, which should offer viewers something besides gab during rain delays, has the Sox series vs. Anaheim starting at 7 tonight. ESPN gobbled up the Aug. 24 Seattle game here and turned it into an 8 p.m. start, but left the Aug. 31 and Sept. 7 Yankees games for NESN. The latter, if left at 1 p.m., would be the season's last Sox-Yanks game and appear opposite the Pats-Bills opener on Ch. 4.

I have a feeling that Sept. 7th game will get switched around somehow. It only makes sense. As for something that doesn’t make sense, how much more do we have to listen to Eddie Andelman exhorting the Red Sox “carpetbagger” owners to pipe the NESN games into Veteran’s homes? The idea of the Veterans getting to watch all the games is a noble one, but Eddie should be going after the local cable company, not the Red Sox. They can’t send their NESN feed directly to the homes. The cable company should make this accommodation.

NESN has Red Sox/Angels at 7:00.

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