Welcome to Marathon Monday, where we’ll talk about anything but the Marathon. It was interesting to hear Bob Neumeier talk on the Baseball show on WEEI yesterday about how much he hated covering the marathon during his days at channel 4. I wonder how many other media people feel the same way? I know that ones that have emailed this address usually voice the same opinion.
Where do we start today? Red Sox/Yankees? Bruins/Canadiens game seven tonight at the Fleet? Ty Law getting arrested?
Kevin Paul Dupont demands that Joe Thornton be removed as Bruins captain. His crime? Not so much his on-ice play, but the fact that he avoided speaking to the media after the game six loss Saturday night in Montreal. While Dupont may feel this column needed to be written…why on the day of game seven? Why not yesterday? Isn’t tonight’s game a little more important than the fact the Thornton ducked the press? Shouldn’t Dupont, as the Globe’s Hockey expert be writing about the game today and not attacking Thornton? The attacks can come later…Joe Gordon says that the Canadiens have the momentum heading into game seven. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell looks at what the Bruins are facing in tonight’s deciding game. Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette says that the Canadiens are a loose, confident bunch heading into tonight. Joe McDonald looks at the Bruins hoping for a reversal of fortune. Stephen Harris says the season will have been a disaster if the Bruins do not win tonight. Mick Colageo says that this one means everything for the B’s. Steve Conroy talks with Dan McGillis, who has been in a game seven winner-take-all situation before. Harris’ notebook looks at the news of Pat Burns’ colon cancer hitting the Bruins hard.
The long layoff seemed to hurt Derek Lowe yesterday as he only made it through 2 2/3 innings yesterday. Game stories are trotted out by Gordon Edes…Steven Krasner…David Heuschkel…Michael Silverman and David Borges. Was it a mistake to give Lowe too much rest, an idea floated in this space last week? Michael Holley believes the Sox erred in spacing 10 days between Lowe starts. Lenny Megliola looks at the Yankee bats finally coming alive against the Sox. Rich Thompson also looks at the Yankees awakening. Nick Cafardo wonders if a Yankee revival took place yesterday. Sean McAdam and Matt Kalman look at the contributions of Phil Seibel to the Sox. Joe Burris looks at Joe Contreras, who had another rough outing yesterday. Howard Bryant has a pay column on Contreras, who is still working through issues to become a big time starter. Jim Donaldson wasn’t entertained yesterday. I wasn’t entertained reading his column. You won’t be either. Thompson looks at the Yankee bullpen closing the door on the Sox. Paul Kenyon looks at the Yankee role players getting the job done yesterday. Over the years, there have been several Red Sox “slaughters” on Patriots Day. A game against the Brewers a number of years ago comes to mind and there have been others. Today, Bronson Arroyo hopes to avoid that fate while opposing Kevin Brown. Michael Vega looks at Arroyo hoping for an extended stint on the mound today. Kalman also looks at Lowe’s outing yesterday. Edes’ notebook and Borges’ notebook look at Seibel. Silverman’s notebook looks at Trot Nixon taking some swings. The Projo notebook and Courant notebook also have updates on the Sox injuries.
Ty Law was arrested last night after a traffic stop in which he also fled the police on foot. This was a prime subject for Dennis and Callahan this morning, who wondered half-seriously if this was part of Law’s plan to get himself out of New England. Michael Felger says the Patriots will be looking a defensive backs in the draft. Michael Smith looks at Michigan running back Chris Perry. Nick Cafardo says the team will likely also be looking for a young linebacker. Hector Longo says Mike Cloud is the answer to the Patriots running back situation. Last week Longo also broke down the 2004 schedule game by game and predicted a 9-7 record for the Pats. This before the draft, and before the June free agents are available and training camp injuries and pickups.
Celtics got smoked in game one against Indy. They’re hoping in a possible suspension of Ron Artest to give them a chance in game two. Links are over at Fox Sports Net. The Celtics also came to a buyout agreement with Vin Baker over the weekend, avoiding arbitration.
Ron Borges looks at Johnny Ruiz retaining his heavyweight title, but in disappointing fashion.
Dave Scott has a Patriots Day Bonanza edition of Scott’s Shots, complete with coverage of the Ty Law incident on the Sunday Night shows, Red Sox/Yankees and a tribute to Jack Leaman. Bill Griffith looks at Dave Goucher getting the nod of approval from legendary Bruins broadcaster Bob Wilson.
NESN has Red Sox/Yankees at 11:00 and Bruins/Canadiens at 7:00. TNT has Grizzlies/Spurs at 8:00 and Lakers/Rockets at 10:30. ESPN and ESPN2 have NHL playoffs as well, coverage TBA.