Monday Links while thinking how much I hate the term “fan website”. It’s almost used like a dirty word these days…

If a team ever needed an off day, it’s your Boston Red Sox. After finishing up their trip to Toronto with a 3-1 loss to the Blue Jays, the Sox have today off to prepare for the Juggernaut that is the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Yesterday, Pedro Martinez was outdueled by Roy Halladay, as the Sox offense continued it’s struggles. Jeff Horrigan says that the Sox quiet offense is cause for concern. Sean McAdam says the Sox appear to be just treading water these days. David Heuschkel says that Pedro would have no talk of a personal duel with Halladay. Bob Hohler says that the off day today is desperately needed for a team running on fumes. David Borges looks at the Petey/Doc matchup. Tony Massarotti wonders if the 2004 Boston Red Sox are a dull club. Dan Shaughnessy says the club is haunted and tells ghosts stories from Tampa. Michael Silverman looks at the Sox situation with Pedro, and gets quotes from around the league as to whether the Sox should sign him up now or later, or at all. Massarotti notes that yesterday was Pedro’s third strong outing in a row. Silverman also has a piece on Fernando Cuza, the agent for Pedro. He also takes a look at the odds of David Ortiz re-signing with the Sox. Rumors had flown in recent weeks from a Dominican newspaper that Ortiz was close to a new deal with the Sox. Nothing has been heard since that time. McAdam’s notebook looks at the Sox getting their breather today. Borges’ notebook has Johnny Damon hoping that recent trade rumors involving him aren’t true. Hohler’s notebook has Kevin Youkilis enjoying his rookie hazing. Horrigan’s notebook says that Youkilis might end up sticking around. Heuschkel’s notebook ponders if the Sox miss Trot Nixon more than Nomar.

Kevin McNamara has a look at some of the faces and names we’ll be seeing and hearing about in preparation for the NBA draft next month.

David Scott looks at the Nomar/Dirt Dogs situation, Sunday Night shows and the Sports Guy in his Monday edition of Scott’s Shots. He comes down pretty hard on Bob Lobel for not accepting the new media that is the Internet. I’m not sure I agree…Lobel has actually been one of the very few media types in town who will talk with the Internet people, who will get involved with website chats, (even without moderators) and even have them on his programs.

John Molori looks at the end of “Sports Sunday”, NECN blocking Mike Giardi from moving to channel 7 and the Hot Dog Safari.

Right below this post is the transcript from the Poston Brothers appearance on Sports Final last night. At the end of the script is a hilarious parody clip of the Poston’s in action.

ESPN has White Sox/Indians at 7:00 and Flames/Sharks at 10:00.