Last night FSNE had Tom Curran and Michael Felger on New England Sports Tonight and they were talking about the criticism of Belichick and the Patriots from the “article” by a certain “writer” on Sunday. I only saw a couple bits, but it was pretty entertaining. Felger used the word “stupid” on at least one occasion.
There is some other Patriots news bits to report today, the team entertained a pair of free agents yesterday and lost Mike Compton to the Jaguars. Tom Curran looks at visits by Scott McGarrahan and Sammy Morris. Michael Felger looks at if the Patriots will be signing anyone soon, and has a further look at McGarrahan and Morris and what the team might see in them. Nick Cafardo has a brief notebook looking at the league taking steps to be able to test for steroids. George Kimball has a pay column on the lack of outcry over the loss of Ted Washington. Kimball feels that it deserved much more anguish than the loss of Damien Woody. He also relates his own experience with Washington this season, ending his column with Big Ted silently handing him a homeland defense cap the week before the AFC title game. Bill Burt wants Ex-Patriots to quit whining on their way out of town.
Sean McAdam says that the agents for Nomar, Lowe, Varitek and Pedro are all talking to the Sox, looking to get something done. Jeff Horrigan and David Heuschkel look at Tony Womack, whose swift return from Tommy John surgery has complicated matters for the Red Sox. Howard Bryant says David Ortiz is the key to the Sox offense, and teams will be trying to follow the Oakland blueprint of how to get him out this season. Gerry Callahan has a pay column looking at issues heading into the season, such as the question of whether the Sox should be playing Pokey Reese at shortstop instead of Nomar, and who will get more DH at bats, Burks or Ortiz. He touches some issues from around the league as well, steroids, Clemens batting in the NL and Jimy Williams managing his 12th year without a division title. Bob Hohler has a look at Sox prospect Kevin Youkilis, who is hoping to make the big club sooner, rather than later. The notebooks all look alike, with the Sox looking at slotting Tim Wakefield inbetween aces Pedro and Schilling. The Globe, Herald and Projo all take a look at this idea.
With the trading deadline today at 3:00, Nancy Marrapese-Burrell says the Bruins aren’t expecting any further changes. Mike Loftus says the trade cupboard could be empty. Steve Conroy looks at Michael Nylander. Conroy’s notebook says that Coach Sullivan is happy with his team the way it is.
Celtics links including Michael Holley’s speculation on the next head coach, can be found at Fox Sports Net.
Bill Griffith looks at the numbers from Sunday’s Sox/Yankees exhibition and a bunch of other media news and notes.
FSN has Celtics/Knicks at 7:30. NESN has Bruins/Predators at 7:30. ESPN has the womens Big East title game with BC taking on Rutgers at 7:00, followed by mens hoop at 9:00. ESPN2 has a college hoops doubleheader starting at 7:00.