What a weekend for Boston sports. Sox sweep the Yankees in Yankee Stadium and the Patriots score some prospects in the draft.
Ron Borges completely reverses course from his column of yesterday. Yesterday he said that the first two picks on Saturday were nothing more than an admission that the Patriots last two number picks Daniel Graham and Ty Warren were complete busts and needed to be replaced. Today he gives the Pats high marks, says they got younger on defense and are a stronger team this morning. He gives them high marks in the AFC East. How can he do that? Tom Curran looks at why the Patriots drafted more D-line and another tight end, and the depth that the team now has. Kevin Mannix says character issues aside, the Patriots drafted well. Tom Curran, Nick Cafardo and Rich Thompson look at Cedric Cobbs, the running back from Arkansas who has a bit of a troubled past. The Patriots hope he can get a fresh start here in New England. Thompson also has a look at free safety Dexter Reid from North Carolina, picked in the fourth round. Alan Greenberg looks at Patriots picks from the south who are happy to come north. Mike Reiss looks at the depth added by the Pats this weekend. George Kimball has a pay column looking at Bob Kraft, and his sideline role in the draft these days as he lets his staff do the work. He’s content to sit back and enjoy this run. Cafardo’s notebook has Belichick saying that he has a better team this morning than they were. Curran’s notebook has the Pats moving forward on players with character issues. Reiss’ notebook has more on Cobb.
Pedro and Manny lead the Sox over the Yankees yesterday in the Bronx. Game stories are provided by Bob Hohler…Jeff Horrigan…Don Amore and Steven Krasner. No Dan Shaughnessy, Red Sox fans are not “calculating the Sox’ magic number and planning Yankee Elimination Day parties.” Tony Massarotti looks at Pedro, changing his style, yet still dominating. Sean McAdam says the Yankees knew early they wouldn’t be getting to Pedro this time. David Heuschkel says there was no Bronx nightmare for Pedro this time. Howard Bryant says Pedro is less intimidating, but still impressive. Gordon Edes looks at the silent Yankee offense. Michael Silverman looks at another big homer against the Yankees for Manny Ramirez. Jeff Jacobs looks at the mess that is the Yankees. Massarotti looks at the work done by Jason Varitek, while Silverman looks at Scott Williamson doing what he should’ve had a chance to do last October. Hohler’s notebook looks at a smooth road trip. Horrigan’s notebook looks at Francona giving Keith Foulke a day off. Krasner’s notebook has more on Williamson. Heuschkel’s notebook looks at Manny’s blasts against the Yankees.
The Celtics season is mercifully over. Links from yesterday’s loss are over at Fox Sports Net.
The best NHL writer in New England, Russ Conway has a great piece yesterday on Joe Thornton, challenging the attack made on the Bruins captain by Kevin Paul Dupont in the Globe on the morning of game 7 against Montreal. He looks at what it means to be a captain and gets quotes from Bruins past on the subject. A must read for Bruins fans, and hockey writers alike.
Dave Scott looks at the draft, Sunday night shows and all over things Boston sports media in a Monday edition of Scott’s Shots.
TNT has Bucks/Pistons at 7:00 and Kings/Mavs at 9:30. ESPN has Sharks/Avalanche at 8:00. ESPN2 has Cubs/Diamondbacks at 9:30.