Sox fall to the Orioles again. David Heuschkel says there was no letdown after the Yankees series, this one was just a laugher. Jeff Horrigan says costly errors let this one get away. Steven Krasner says the Sox took a giant step backwards last night. Bob Hohler looks at the Orioles transforming themselves into birds of prey against the Sox. It wasn’t just a rough night for the Sox, the umpires didn’t cover themselves in glory last night either, with a number of curious calls and emotional outbursts. Gordon Edes notes how the umpires refused to explain themselves when given the chance. Tony Massarotti takes a closer look at the critical errors which led to the defeat. Edes looks at the playoff races, noting the field is pretty level and wide open. Massarotti looks at the different field, the playing surface at Fenway after the Springsteen concerts. Krasner’s notebook looks at the Sox closing on the team home run mark. Heuschkel’s notebook looks at some other team records that could be broken soon. Horrigan’s notebook looks at the ejections last night. Hohler’s notebook looks at the Sox in contention for the batting title. Three in the top ten.
Ron Borges looks at the problems with the Patriots. The loss of Lawyer Milloy is not one of them. The playcalling, talent and execution on offense is a big problem, however. It’s hard to read that piece without seeing the smirk Borges must’ve had on his face while writing it. Kevin Mannix has his report card for the week, besides calling Belichick an “arrogant oaf”, his grades are pretty predictable. The namecalling is unprofessional and inexcusable. Tom Curran is clearly down on the team and coach and wonders if this could be the beginning of the end for Belichick. Curran thinks that the coach might’ve ruined the entire season for the team. I think that might be going a little far, but I guess we’ll see. Alan Greenberg looks at a team seeking to put Milloy behind them. Lenny Megliola looks at Ty Law, dealing with the departure of his friend, and how he and the team will move on from this. Nick Cafardo says the Milloy incident continues to linger in the locker room. In Gerry Callahan’s pay column, he outlines the mea culpa that Bill Belichick should be reciting to his players this week. That he screwed up, but that they did as well, he underestimated their need for the “screaming and spitting and rah-rah stuff” that Milloy brought to the team. Bill Reynolds says that in the NFL, business as usual is anything but ordinary. Karen Guregian says that Belichick needs to somehow diffuse this bomb that is in his locker room. George Kimball in his pay column notes that all of Buffalo’s high profile acquisitions contributed on Sunday. Kevin McNamara says that Ty Law wants to move on from the Milloy talk and get back to work. Michael Parente says that in the end, the Patriots might’ve lost more than the Bills gained from this Milloy situation. Christopher Price looks at the Patriots licking their wounds after the beating on Sunday. Rich Thompson says that Rosevelt Colvin and the Patriots had visions of a second half comeback on Sunday, but it didn’t happen. Ian M. Clark says the backfield was one of very few bright spots for the Patriots on Sunday. Ed Gray looks at Rodney Harrison, ready to assume a bigger leadership role on the team. Jon Wallach says he lost a lot of respect for Lawyer Milloy after Sunday. McNamara’s notebook looks at the possible tampering charges pending in the Milloy case. Cafardo’s notebook looks at the coaches taking a fair share of the blame for Sunday. Thompson’s notebook has Belichick saying the team is not pursuing the tampering charges.
Michael Felger made an appearance on The Jax show yesterday, programming from ESPN Radio 1410 in Hartford, and said that Bill Belichick’s timing could not have been worse in releasing Lawyer Milloy, and that the Pats had no chance to win the game when the Bills announced Milloy last in pre-game introductions. Felger also talked about the shaky start for the Patriots running game – saying that Antowain Smith is the worst starting running back in the NFL – and the fact that he’s still not sold on the Patriots new run defense. Felger does hold out hope for Tom Brady, however, saying that even after his terrible game Sunday, Brady’s the right guy to lead this team. Felger also pointed out that one bright spot for the Pats Sunday was the play of Rodney Harrison, the player who was essentially brought in to replace Milloy in the lineup. (from an email sent by the station) The Jax show is trying to gain a bigger share of the Boston sports talk market, hoping to land an affiliate or two closer to the Boston area. In addition to Hartford, the show is currently heard in New Haven (1300 AM) and also in Springfield MA, on 640 AM
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell looks at Sean O’Donnell, who intends to take a larger leadership role in the Bruins defense this year. Steve Conroy takes a look at Shaone Morrisonn, hoping to make an impact with the Bruins.
Bill Griffith looks at the weekend numbers, and has assorted media notes.
NESN has Red Sox/Orioles at 7:00. TBS has Braves/Phillies at 7:30.