First, a status update. The site will likely be down at some point today or tomorrow. In addition to the changes I mentioned yesterday, I’m also changing web hosts, trying to get one that is going to support the message board a bit better. When you change a web host, you’re changing where computers on the internet look for the web address (www.bostonsportsmedia.com ) of the site, and sometimes it takes up to 72 hours for all the DNS Internet servers around the world to reflect the change to the new web host. So if you’re unable to get to the site, just keep trying. Hopefully this will be my last server change for some time. My email may also be interrupted for that time.
The Celtics continued their march to the playoffs with an 84-80 win over the Nets down in New Jersey last night. The links are over at Fox Sports Net.
Derek Lowe is ready to leave the Red Sox after the season. He says the Sox are making it easy for him by lowballing him on contract offers. Bob Hohler has the story. Steve Buckley has a column telling us that it doesn’t really matter who is designated the Sox #1 starter during the regular season. But Buckley, who over the last few years have been known to start talking about what the playoff rotation should look like as early as June, this year sets a new record by telling us that Schilling should be the #1 starter once the playoffs begin. Sean McAdam looks at the Red Sox makeshift opening day middle infield. David Borges looks at Pokey Reese preparing for his opening day start at shortstop. Jeff Horrigan has a look at Bobby Jones, making a strong case to be the second left hander in the Sox bullpen. David Heuschkel looks at a late state for Nomar this year. Alex Speier has a good look at the importance of Jason Varitek to the Sox. Borges also looks at Johnny Damon, promising a better season this year. Horrigan’s notebook looks at Nomar taking batting practice, but still not playing in a game. Hohler’s notebook says Nomar’s condition has been downgraded. McAdam’s notebook has more on Nomar.
Michael Felger reports on Scott Pioli being named executive of the year. Gerry Callahan has a pay column in appreciation for Pioli, who has says in the anti-Matt Millen. Ron Borges ignores the honor to Pioli and looks at the Pats/Colts matchup to begin the NFL regular season on September 9th. He also goes to lengths to assert that the Patriots cheated to beat the Colts in the regular season. Kevin Mannix also looks ahead to Pats/Colts.
Steve Conroy says the Bruins need to be cautious in dealing with the Hurricanes. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell looks at the Bruins top line trying to be more physical. Conroy’s notebook says that Michal Grosek is close to returning.
Bill Griffith calls out Paul Stewart for not criticizing the referees following some bad calls during the Bruins game on Saturday night. John Molori says that Michael Felger could be a candidate to replace Butch Stearns over at Fox25.
NESN has Bruins/Hurricanes at 7:00. ESPN has the women’s NCAA tournament at 7:00 and 9:00. ESPN2 has the NIT tournament at 7:00 and 9:00.