Welcome to the new redesigned Boston Sports Media Watch. There’s still a lot of work to be done, the sub pages still have to be re-built, but over the next few days loose ends should be tied. The message board is a challenge, I really want to be able to import all the old posts and member accounts, and it should be possible, I just have to figure how to do it, or pay someone to do it. New features – the link sections on the left can be expanded or contracted, to allow the site to be a bit “cleaner”. Also on the left you see a box with a quote in it from a local sports media personality. As you refresh the page, that quote should change to another one. I’m going to just keep adding to it, it should be fun.
Links for today. Wow, I was only offline for a little over a day and it just seems much longer than that. Nomar is starting the season on the DL. It’s the top sports story of the morning. Bob Hohler, Jeff Horrigan, Sean McAdam and David Heuschkel all focus on Nomar as their lead Red Sox story for the day. Gordon Edes reflects on how Nomar’s injury affects his contract talks, and how the Sox will be content to go into the season with all their free agents to be still unsigned for next year. Michael Holley doesn’t understand all the panic and fuss over Pedro’s struggles this spring. He asserts that Pedro will be just fine once the season begins. Jeff Sullivan has a number of mostly baseball related thoughts, including the idea that the Sox don’t want any of their top four free agents. David Borges looks at yesterday’s 8-8 spring training tie for the Sox and Pirates. Art Davidson looks at Lou Merloni making the Indians opening day roster. Steve Buckley has a pay column today saying that the Sox pitching is so strong that it can offset the loss of Nixon and Nomar to begin the season. Hohler’s notebook says that the Sox have no plans to bring someone in to fill in for Nomar’s absence. Horrigan’s notebook says the opening night roster is nearly complete. McAdam’s notebook looks at Terry Shumpert exercising his out-clause after being assigned to Pawtucket.
The Patriots signed up a free agent yesterday, inking 340 lb defense lineman Keith Traylor to a deal, but the big news according to Ron Borges is that the Patriots have agreed to a deal with the Lions to move into the sixth spot in the draft — if the player they want is still there when the pick comes. Borges says the player the Patriots want is Miami Safety Sean Taylor. Of course, Borges insisted that the Patriots were hot after Dewayne Robertson last year as well. Tom Curran says that Traylor will add the heft to the line that the Pats were looking for. Alan Greenberg says that Traylor is no Ted Washington. Michael Parente looks at the signing and a couple other Patriots notes. Mike Reiss also has a brief report on the signing. Michael Smith and Michael Felger each have a look at Robert Kraft, who is enjoying the view from the top and vowing to keep level headed about the team’s success. Kevin Mannix has Ty Law’s agent Carl Poston taking some shots at the Patriots. Mannix also reports on the new pass interference “point of emphasis” adopted at the owner’s meetings.
The Celtics couldn’t make a stop on defense and fell to Portland last night 105-98 at the FleetCenter. The links are over at Fox Sports Net.
Charlie Pierce reflects on how far the NCAA tournament has come.
NESN has Bruins/Capitals at 7:00. TNT has Kings/Mavs at 8:00 and Rockets/Lakers at 10:30. ESPN2 has Red Wings/Blues at 8:00.