Michael Smith and Michael Felger take a look at the Patriots new punter, Josh Miller. Mike Reiss also looks at the signing, and has a couple other Patriot notes. Tom Curran has the Cliff Notes edition of the signing. Christopher Young says that Ty Law is just another spoiled millionaire spouting absurdities. Bob Halloran says that “Nobody
Ty, Ty, Ty. Didn’t do yourself any favors this weekend. While his comments to the Globe this weekend will likely remain a hot topic for some time to come, I find it interesting to look at the location of the comments. Some might say the Herald and others got scooped on this one, that they were asleep at the switch while Ty went off. While that may be the case, I don’t entirely agree. Is it a coincidence that Law’s comments found their original home in the newspaper that has writers that regularly rip the Patriots and how they do business? I think not. I think the player was smart enough to know that his comments would receive a much better reception by the gang on Morrissey Blvd, and thus sought them out. Michael Smith is a more than capable reporter, but he’s also shown himself to be a big supporter of Ty Law, and he’s also been hanging around in the same office with the dynamic duo of Borges and Cafardo.
Michael Holley delivered a more balanced take on the situation Saturday, and you might expect that as he has an established relationship inside the Patriots organization. His book, by the way, for those who have asked, is tentatively scheduled to come out in September. The original premise was a full access behind the scenes look at the 2002 Patriots. The team went 9-7 and missed the playoffs, and then this season won another Super Bowl while only losing twice the entire year. The focus of the book thus changed to a look at the three year, two title run, with still plenty of behind the scenes action…
Another item people have asked about…March Madness…will there be a media edition this year. No. Sorry. Too much other stuff going on with the site right now to be able to devote time to that. You will see some of the fruitage of that work at some point in the coming weeks.
Pedro Martinez appeared to be laboring on the mound yesterday, throwing 54 pitches in only two innings. Jeff Horrigan reports on the outing. Sean McAdam and Howard Bryant say that, despite the high pitch count, Pedro was very pleased with how he feels this spring and is looking forward to a monster season. David Heuschkel looks at Mo Vaughn fan and look-alike David Ortiz. Bob Hohler has a nice look at Adam Hyzdu, making a push to make the team and live in the city of his favorite movie. Bryant also has a look at Gabe Kapler. Horrigan’s notebook says that Nomar and Trot are close to returning to action. McAdam’s notebook looks at the Sox returning to the long ball. Chicks dig the long ball. Hohler’s notebook has more on Pedro feeling great.
Stephen Harris says the Bruins will likely break the record for most overtime games in a season. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell says that Marty LaPointe has taken on a mentoring and leadership role on the Bruins.
Celtics links and some love for Ricky Davis are found at Fox Sports Net.
Ron Borges looks at the aftermatch of the Winky Wright/Sugar Shane Mosley fight, easily won by Wright, sparking ugly rumors about steroids and the BALCO investigation and Mosley’s name having been brought up in that mess.
Dave Scott weighs in with a Monday edition of Scott’s Shots.
TNT has Suns/Rockets at 7:30 and Spurs/Warriors at 10:00. ESPN2 has Devils/Rangers at 7:00. ESPN has NIT first round action at 8:00.
Sunday Links from Len
As expected, there has been quite a bit of fallout from Ty Law’s outbursts in Saturday’s Boston Globe. Michael Smith has more from Ty Law in his NFL Notes today. It seems Law is steamed that the team brought in Terrell Buckley in 2001 with the intention of creating a three-man cornerback rotation. It is in Pepper Johnson’s book, Won for All , and Law is insulted by this. But there might be good reason why the Patriots did this. What neither Smith nor Law mention is that Law was not a great cornerback in 1999 or in 2000. In fact, Law was suspended for the final game of the 2000 season. Ty Law was worried about flying home in the snow after a win at Buffalo. But it didn’t stop him from driving to a strip club in Canada. On his return to the states, he was busted for possession of ecstasy and missed his flight home. Bob Kraft was incensed and wanted to recover part of the $14.2 signing bonus he had just paid to Law. Tom Curran explains that, despite what Law says, he’ll be a Patriot in 2004. Bob Ryan also tries to make some sense out of this situation. Kevin Mannix is sick of Law’s whining and makes a good comparison to Troy Brown, who never really made a big financial score with the Patriots. Mannix also points out that Law’s 2004 compensation is still the highest of any cornerback in the NFL (before the Bailey signing).
Tom Curran explains that if you want a great running back, history tells you that you find them in the first round of the draft. Kevin Mannix looks at all of the Patriots losses during free agency. Dan Le Batard believes the Dolphins are confused and desperate and that explains why they are going after a jerk like David Boston.
The first place Bruins are on a roll. They came back from a 2-0 deficit and won with 3.9 seconds left in overtime on a Mike Knuble goal. Kevin Paul Dupont and Steve Conroy have game stories. In his NHL Notes, Conroy says the Todd Bertuzzi suspension is just. Bob Duffy explains Nick Boynton’s really weird goal on a 185 bank shot. Dupont has a Bruins Notebook and some sympathy from Andrew Raycroft to Sabres goalie Martin Biron on the fluke goal.
Shira Springer has the game story on the Celtics 111-102 win at Washington last night. Springer also has a Celtics Notebook with the news that Vinnie Baker is not holding a grudge against the Celtics. Phew!!!
Gordon Edes explains the Red Sox new variable pricing plan for tickets. Isn’t it great when professional sports teams learn the fine art of ticket scalping as they continue to gouge their devoted fans for overpriced tickets in that uncomfortable cramped ballpark. Edes also brings up the story of NY gossip columnists going after A-Rod because he likes strip joints. Bob Hohler has a Red Sox Notebook today with the lowdown on Derek Lowe’s sinker which was outstanding yesterday. Tony Massarotti has a look at various Red Sox injuries. Howard Bryant has a look at the elite shortstops in the AL East.
NESN the Red Sox-Orioles game at 1 PM. FOX-25 has NASCAR from Hampton, GA at 1 PM. CBS-4 has the SEC Final between Kentucky and Florida at 1 PM and ESPN has the ACC Championship Game at 1 PM as Duke takes on Maryland. CBS-4 has the NCAA Selection Show at 6 PM as PC, BC, and UConn begin March Madness.
Saturday Links from Len
It’s Ty Law’s turn to go Poston on the Patriots. Michael Holley and Michael Smith both write about the very contentious contract situation between Law and the Patriots. Both articles have some incredible quotes from Law. If you dig up every line said by Lawyer Milloy, Roger Clemens, and Mo Vaughn, they won’t come close to what Law said. The whole laundry list is there and yes, it does include, “it’s not about the money.” Nick Cafardo reports that five-time Pro Bowl safety, John Lynch is interested in playing for the Patriots. So is former Steelers punter Josh Miller. Miller claims he didn’t want to sign with Miami because “it wasn’t a place I wanted to live all year round with the family. I want seasons.” This must be a first. Someone wants to come here for the weather. Cafardo also reports that the Patriots are negotiating a contract extension with Mike Vrabel.
Peter May reports that the Celtics were simply overpowered by very hot Indiana Pacers. The win was accomplished with Jermaine O’Neal at less than full strength. If Larry Bird wins it all in his first year as GM of the Pacers, it will speak volumes about Bird, Rick Carlisle, and Isiah Thomas. May also reports that John Carroll had a discussion with Ricky Davis about his fancy dunk attempts but Davis still has a different way of looking at things. Davis probably understands that Carroll is the I-N-T-E-R-I-M coach.
BC lost their Big East semifinal game to Pittsburgh. There is no shame in that as the Panthers will be one of the favorites to win the national championship. Michael Vega has the game story on Pitt’s 62-53 win. Tomorrow, BC, PC, and UConn will all find out where the NCAA selection committee sends them.
Bob Hohler and Jeff Horrigan report that BH Kim is on the shelf. Hohler also has a Saturday Red Sox Notebook. He explains how Keith Foulke is back with a perfect inning setting down Shawn Green, Juan Encarnacion, and Robin Ventura. He also reports that Trot Nixon is feeling better and that Judge Judy met up with Walpole Joe Morgan at the park.
NESN has the Sabres at Bruins game today at Noon. UPN 38 has the Red Sox-Blue Jays game at 1 PM. FSN has the Celtics at Washington at 7 PM. ESPN has the ACC semi-finals and Big East Championship game all day and night. NESN wraps up its day with deciding Hockey East quarterfinal with BU at BC.
The Bruins moved into first place in the Northeast division with a 3-2 overtime victory in Buffalo. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell, Stephen Harris and Dan Hickling have the details. The Todd Bertuzzi suspension remains the big story in the NHL, Kevin Paul Dupont, Douglas Flynn, Paul Doyle, Joe Gordon, and Michael Holley all report on and weigh in on the event. Harris gets reaction in the Boston locker room to the suspension. Hickling’s notebook has Jeff Jillson giving his first impressions of his new team, the Sabres. Marrapese-Burrell’s notebook has Mike Sullivan urging compassion for Steve Moore.
Bronson Arroyo had a rough outing for the Sox yesterday. Bob Hohler and David Heuschkel report on the damaging start by the potential fifth starter for the Sox. Jeff Horrigan looks at the glue that holds the Sox pitching staff together, Jason Varitek. David Borges looks at the feel-good story of camp, the return of Ellis Burks to the Red Sox. Heuschkel also looks at the sale of the roof seats at Fenway. Howard Bryant looks at the Government banning of androstenedione. Hohler’s notebook has Dave McCarty cutting down on this pitching work. Horrigan’s notebook also looks at McCarty. Sean McAdam’s notebook has more on the rough outing by Arroyo.
Kevin Mannix does his best to throw cold water on the Patriots acquisition of Rodney Bailey. Nick Cafardo says that Bailey is part of an ongoing effort by the Patriots to get younger on defense. Mike Reiss talks to Bailey’s college coach about his potential. Michael Parente says the Steelers didn’t match the Patriots offer because they wanted Bailey to sign a long term deal. Tom Curran also has a brief bit on Bailey.
There’s still a Lakers hangover in the air, and Vin Baker is a free agent. (ESPN says he’ll be joining the Knicks.) Celtics links are over at Fox Sports Net.
Jim Fennell looks at the resignation of NH’s top TV Sportscaster, WMUR’s Charlie Sherman. Having met Sherman, he’s a good guy, I hope he resurfaces locally again very soon. March Madness is starting to engulf Dave Scott in today’s edition of Scott’s Shots.
Ron Borges shows his writing talent with a nice piece on Winky Wright, who will face Sugar Shane Mosley in his shot at the big time.
FSN has Celtics/Pacers at 7:30. ESPN and ESPN2 continue Championship Week in College hoops with Tournament games from around the country including BC/Pitt on ESPN at 7:00.
The Celtics win streak ended at six last night with a 117-109 loss to the Lakers. Peter May is ranting about Ricky Davis, and Karl Malone is raving about Danny Ainge in the links over at Fox Sports Net. I did miss the story by Lenny Megliola, so there’s an additional link.
Did Grady Little sit Johnny Damon last year because the Sox outfielder was partying too hard the night before? The ex-manager says so, but Damon denies the allegations. Bob Hohler and Jeff Horrigan present his side of the story. Sean McAdam says that Damon plans on being more aggressive at the plate this season. Gordon Edes looks at the presence of a legend in Sox camp, as Sandy Koufax spent some time yesterday observing the Sox pitchers, offering some words here and there, and boosting the spirits of guys like Alan Embree. A good story by Edes. You’ll have to ante up if you want read Howard Bryant’s account of the Koufax as it is a pay column in the Herald. Gerry Callahan has a pay column on steroids and the SI issue of this week with marks the last few years as the asterisk era in baseball. Nick Cafardo looks at the Senate putting the heat on Don Fehr. Byung-Hyun Kim was on the mound yesterday and some interesting quotes were gathered by Alex Speier who talked with Doug Mirabelli after the game. Mirabelli noted that communication with Kim is an issue, and that the pitcher most of the time doesn’t go over scouting reports with the catchers, and is used to just doing things his own way on the mound. Mirabelli said he and Varitek are struggling to make him understand that he needs to work with them and not do his own thing out there. David Borges has coverage of the Red Sox exhibition win over St. Louis yesterday. Edes looks at the price announcement for the new right field roof seats. McAdam’s notebook says that the Sox have made a third contract offer to Nomar Garciaparra. Horrigan’s notebook looks at Kim’s performance, as does Hohler’s notebook. Neither has the quotes from Mirabelli mentioned in the Speier article.
With the recent Curt Schilling/SOSH/WEEI flap, the Royal Rooters board conducted an interview with John Palfrey, Executive Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School regarding the legal issues of WEEI and other media using Schilling quotes after he requested that they be off the record.
After a week of losing players, it looks like the Patriots might gain one today. After signing another defensive lineman yesterday, the Steelers are not expected to match the Patriots offer to Rodney Bailey. Michael Felger and Michael Smith look at what the possible addition of Bailey could mean for the Patriots. Tom Curran has an interesting piece on how the Patriots cover themselves by having a backup plan in place for when they inevitably lose a starter to either free agency or injury. He makes quite a list of players that the Patriots have let go in recent years, only one of whom got better after he left. (Greg Spires)
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell looks at the importance of Andrew Raycroft and Joe Thornton to the Bruins playoff hopes. Steven Harris looks at the ugly Steve Moore incident. Harris’ notebook looks at the Bruins offense.
Bob Ryan has a nice piece on Boston College center Uka Agbai. BC beat Georgetown yesterday in the Big East Tournament.
NESN has Bruins/Sabres at 7:00. TNT has Hornets/Rockets at 7:30 and Kings/Mavs at 10:00. ESPN has ACC and Big East tournament action at 7:00 and 9:30 tonight. ESPN2 has Big East and Big Twelve Tournament action at 7:00 and 9:30. FSN has Pac10 Tournament action at 9:00 and 11:30.
A pretty good night for Boston fans. Celtics win, Bruins win, and Pedro and Schilling were on the mound for the Red Sox.
Gordon Edes looks at some Florida heat blasted on the Reds by the Sox pair of aces. Jeff Horrigan looks at the performance of the two, especially Pedro against Ken Griffey Jr. Sean McAdam says it was a fine start for the two. David Heuschkel has Sandy Koufax getting a look at the Sox aces at the invitation of Dave Wallace. Howard Bryant has a pay column saying that Pedro and Schilling will determine this season. He also says with the two of them on the mound last night, it marked the beginning of the season. Horrigan’s notebook has Pokey Reese sitting out after taking a fist in the jaw from Dave McCarty. (not what it sounds like) Edes’ notebook says that Keith Foulke will make his debut on Friday. McAdam’s notebook has more on Schilling’s outing last night.
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell and Steve Harris look at a monster game by Jumbo Joe in leading the Bruins to a 3-2 win over the Predators last night. Kevin Paul Dupont looks at a busy day of trading in the NHL. Douglas Flynn notes that 24 of the league’s 30 teams were involved in deals yesterday. Karen Guregian says the Bruins have kept up with the competition. Marrapese-Burrell and Joe McDonald look at the players acquired by the Bruins yesterday. Harris’ notebook also looks at the deals made by the Bruins yesterday. Marrapese-Burrell’s notebook looks at Sandy McCarthy being claimed by the Rangers.
The Celtics moved into a tie for sixth place in the conference with a road win at New York last night. Fox Sports Net has all the links from Boston and New York.
Tom Curran says that both Sammy Morris and Scott McGarrahan have received offers from the Patriots and are in the process of considering them. Michael Felger says the Patriots could be interested in Steelers punter Josh Miller.
John Molori’s Media Blitz looks at a hearing impaired fan who has plenty of opinions on the local teams and media.
FSN has Celtics/Lakers at 7:00. Both ESPN and ESPN2 have college hoops doubleheaders starting at 7:00.