Draft Day

The Red Sox offense was shut down last night, but worse than that, Pokey Reese could be out for a while with a thumb injury. All in all, a pretty depressing night at Fenway. Gordon Edes’ game story tells us that Doctor Bill Morgan says that in a best case scenario, Pokey could be back by the weekend…paint Edes skeptical on that score. Pokey is also the focus of the game stories by Jeff Horrigan, Steven Krasner and David Borges. Derek Lowe pitched fairly well, and that is the focus of David Heuschkel and Lenny Megliola and their coverage of the game. Marvin Pave and Matt Kalman look at the outing for Lowe, noting that the sinker was effective for the most part last night, producing the usual high number of ground balls. With all the rumors swirling around involving Carlos Beltran, Sean McAdam says the Royals centerfielder would be the best addition the Red Sox could make midseason.

Michael Silverman and Mike Shalin both have more on the injury to Pokey and what it could mean for him and team. Shalize Manza Young has a look at David Ortiz enjoying a visit with his ex-teammates. Pave takes a look at the red hot Johnny Damon, who is unfazed by any rumors of Beltran. Shalin also has a piece on Ellis Burks, who hopes to return from his injury very soon. Kalman takes a look a former Sox farmhand Lew Ford, who has become a starter for the Twins. Borges’ notebook gives us an update on Bill Mueller. Horrigan’s notebook has Scott Williamson dealing with trade rumors, again. Edes’ notebook explore what the Sox will do if Pokey is out for any length of time. The Projo notebook looks at the outing by Lowe, and Heuschkel’s notebook takes a further look at Pokey’s injury.

Shira Springer looks at the options available to the Celtics in tonight’s NBA draft. Steve Bulpett looks at Danny Ainge’s plans for tonight and they don’t include trading Paul Pierce. Dan Shaughnessy pokes fun at the NBA draft, but also reports on some tension in the Celtics front office as he says some feel ownership and new hires are creating “interference” with the draft plans. On FSN last night, Greg Dickerson and Gary Tanguay said it was their belief that the Celtics would make a deal to move up and be in position to select 6-7 High School point guard Shaun Livingston. Tim Weisberg says fans shouldn’t hope for any miracles for the Celtics from this draft. (By the way, Congratulations to Tim, whose wife gave birth to a baby boy on Monday morning.) Kevin McNamara says that the Celtics will definitely be younger after the draft, but wonders if they’ll be any better. Christopher Price also has a look at what the Celtics might do tonight. Jon Japha reminds us that the Celtics have not drafted well for the last 10 years. Peter May trots out his top five prospects at each position. Bill Reynolds says the draft isn’t fun anymore. Michael Muldoon looks at all the foreign players that make the draft so hard to predict. Naomi Aoki looks at the business side of the Celtics, who insist that their focus is on winning, not making money.

Time for the Mock Drafts. Peter May has the Celtics taking Robert Swift, Andre Emmett and Donta Smith. Mark Murphy has them taking Sergey Monya, David Harrison and Emmett. Kevin McNamara has the Celtics selecting Swift, Dorell Wright and Harrison. Gabe Kahn says Swift, Wright and Al Jefferson.

Michael Smith and Tom Curran have brief bits about the Patriots coming to terms with second round pick Marquise Hill.

Steve Conroy looks at Ray Bourque’s son, Chris, who should be selected sometime in this weekend’s NHL draft.

Jeff Jacobs says that Jim Brown is a “goal” model for all to follow. Wacky Buddy Thomas recounts his adventures wearing an Indianapolis Colts cap in Baltimore.

NESN has Red Sox/Twins at 1:00. ESPN has the NBA Draft starting at 7:00. ESPN2 has A’s/Angels at 4:00. FSN will be focusing on the Celtics draft on their 6:30 and 10:00 shows, and CN8’s SportsPulse will have MLB.com’s Mike Petraglia at 10:00.


Sox stories from the afternoon papers. Mike Fine looks at the Sox finally getting all stars on the field for the first time at Fenway this year. Ken Lechtanski looks at a “grand” party for the local nine. Alan Greenwood and Chaz Scoggins look at the effort turned in by Curt Schilling last night. Gordon Wittenmyer of the St Paul Pioneer Press looks at how happy David Ortiz is to be in Boston, and how much the Twins miss him. He also looks at former Sox farmhand Lew Ford finally making Fenway Park debut…with the Twins. Fine’s notebook looks at Curtis Leskanic…thrilled to be with the Red Sox. Greenwood’s notebook also has a look at the newest Red Sox reliever.

Jon Heyman of Newsday says that Barry Bond’s comments about Boston last week were not out of line. Eric Wilbur addresses this topic in his blog today. Loran Smith looks at Fenway as a baseball monument. The Betting Fool, Steve Tandy, enjoyed the visit of Red Sox fans to San Francisco last weekend. Tom Caron has his Red Sox mailbag for the week.

Rob Bradford thinks at that the Celtics might be targeting high school center Robert Swift. Mike McGraw speculates on a possible big trade between the Bulls and Celtics involving Paul Pierce.

Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository has a nice profile on the Patriots’ Mike Vrabel. Glen Farley reports on Tully Banta-Cain getting his Super Bowl ring back.

ESPN.com has launched the new webpage for Bill Simmons material: Sports Guy’s World.

Grand Style

The Red Sox returned to the win column in grand style last night with a 9-2 win over the Twins at Fenway. Nick Cafardo has the game story for the Globe. Tony Massarotti’s obsession is clear as he cannot even get through the first sentence of his game story without the words “Curt Schilling” and “Internet”. Steven Krasner looks at the Red Sox finally getting their complete lineup together at Fenway. (You may have to create a new registration for the ProJo site. Even my favorite standby site for such things bugmenot.com doesn’t have a login for them yet.) Jeff Goldberg also looks at the effect of a complete lineup. David Borges says last night was a grand night for Nomar and the Sox. Alex Speier says that now with the roster getting healthy, the revolving door to Pawtucket should slow down. Dan Shaughnessy plays it straight today, producing an enjoyable article about Nomar’s night, even adding a story about Nomar donating a TV to the Pine Street Inn. Karen Guregian and Joe Haggerty also take a look at the night for Nomar.

Marvin Pave and Mike Shalin look at a monster night for David Ortiz against his former team. Tom Curran and Goldberg have a look at Curtis Leskanic, the newest addition to the Red Sox bullpen. Shaughnessy also has a second article, not as good as the first, this time about Curt Schilling, calling him “Mr. Late-Night Web-Man“. Guregian has a second article in which she advocates the signing of Pokey Reese to a longer deal. Shalin’s second article looks at the night for Johnny Damon. Cafardo’s notebook has Damon saying he wouldn’t mind moving to a corner outfield position should the Sox acquire Carlos Beltran. Massarotti’s notebook looks at Leskanic joining the Sox ‘pen. Krasner’s notebook looks at the performance of Schilling. Borges’ notebook also looks at Leskanic.

Howard Bryant (subscription only) addresses the issues of race brought up by Barry Bonds last week. Bryant says the villain in this situation is not Bonds, but rather all the bigots in Boston’s past (not present) that have left the racist stigma upon the city which lingers to this day. The people of Boston don’t have control over how long outsiders hold onto this view of the city. Bonds likely got some of his view of the city from the experience of his Godfather, Willie Mays, who should’ve been a Red Sox, playing alongside Ted Williams had race not been a factor in the decisions of Red Sox management and ownership.

Speaking of Bryant, the rumor mill is in full churn that a move to the Globe is no longer out of the realm of possibility. It may not be as a direct replacement for Michael Holley, but there have been conversations about Bryant making the move to the broadsheet.

Peter May looks at the difficulties of trying to figure out the NBA draft. Let’s hope he remembers this three years down the line when he’s blasting the Celtics for bypassing someone. Mark Murphy looks at the Celtics losing Brandon Hunter in the expansion draft last night. It sure seems like Ainge and the Celtics never really wanted him…there was talk he wouldn’t even be offered a contract before last season, but after a strong summer league, he almost forced them into it. Then he sat. He played some impressive games as a starter in the latter part of the season, and then sat again. Now he’s gone…for nothing. Sure seems like a wasted draft pick by the club. Shira Springer and Kevin McNamara also have a look at Hunter. Murphy takes a look at the point guards in the draft, tries to figure out what Ainge will do, and also profiles the power forwards available in the draft. Michael Muldoon says the Celtics plan to rebuild with high school players.

Tom Curran looks at the situation the Patriots face with Matt Light heading into the final year of his contract. Mike Reiss and Amanda Milkovits look at Tully Banta-Cain getting his Super Bowl ring returned to him. Lenny Megliola looks at Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman making a gift to a pair of local retiring athletic directors. Bill Burt has a look at Teddy Bruschi’s appearance at Boston Symphony Hall. Reiss also reports on the Patriots striking deals with a pair of rookies.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell says the Bruins just hope to get lucky in the NHL draft this weekend, as their first pick isn’t until number 64.

NESN has Red Sox/Twins at 7:00. ESPN has Cubs/Cardinals at 7:00. ESPN2 has A’s/Angels at 10:00. Around 11:00, The Globe SportsPlus will have Peter May and Michael Smith as guests to talk about the NBA draft, Gordon Edes has a 1on1 with Trot Nixon. FSN will have Steve Buckley and John Tomase on the 6:30 show and Pete Sheppard at 10:00. CN8’s SportsPulse at 10:00 will have John Molori to talk about:

How dangerous is it when the Patriots try to control what the media writes and reports from training camp? Is there a double standard for members of the media who belong to certain web sites and refuse to report on what Curt Schilling says in a public forum? With the dismissal of Marv Albert, should we expect all team broadcasters to soon be nothing more than cheerleaders for their teams, and how might the fans react?

That’s the promo for the show. In my opinion, most broadcasters are hired by the team, they deliver the action of the game to the fans of the team, who want to hear good things about their squad. Cheerleaders is a bit of a stretch, but guys like Joe Castiglione are clearly “for” the Red Sox, and I don’t have a single bit of issue with that.

And how about that “dangerous” remark regarding the Patriots? “Dangerous”? In what possible way? This ain’t national security, boys. If someone thinks the Patriots actions are “dangerous”, they’re taking themselves a little bit too seriously. This is sports. We’ll see how Ed Berliner and Molori address these topics.

Mike Fine looks at the criticism of Terry Francona, runs through a number of his decisions during the course of the season thus far and concludes that onces Francona has a chance to get used to his full, healthy roster, things will improve. Dennis Whitton of the Lowell Sun says that Francona should be fired, now. Larry Millson of the Toronto Globe and Mail looks at former Red Sox owner Joseph J. Lannon, who owned the team between 1914 and 1916, being inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Ryan Pyette of the London Free Press also has a look at Lannon. Mark Kram of the Philadelphia Daily News has a look at the search for Babe Ruth’s piano. Tom Werner has his NESN mailbag, and Eric Wilbur looks at the trade rumors involving the Sox and Carlos Beltran. He also has a little dig at FOX25.

Bravo, FOX25 for that hard-hitting expose the other night that foul balls hit into the stands can indeed be dangerous. Butch Stearns has to be at the end of his rope by now.

Jim Fenton looks at the youth movement Danny Ainge and the Celtics are undertaking. Bill Simmons has part one of his annual NBA ratings. Fenton also has a look at tonight’s expansion draft.

White Gold Rings?

For a little extra reading today, here is a small piece written by Tim DiRocco about some inaccurate reporting done by local writers about the Super Bowl Rings the Patriots recently received.

Super Bowl Ring Misconception
Tim DiRocco

While reading through the news articles about the Patriots SB XXXVI rings, a common point put forward was that New England was the only team to cast their jewelery in white gold. A bit of research shows that they were beaten to the punch on this detail, however.

For those that haven’t seen the articles:

"Like the team's 2001 hardware, the 2003 jewelry is cast in 14-carat white gold, making them the only two Super Bowl rings to be cast in white gold." - Glen Farley, SouthOfBoston.com

"Each ring contains 104 diamonds, totaling 5.05 carats (again, both records). And like in 2001, they are cast in 14-carat white gold, making them the only two Super Bowl rings having that feature." - Michael Felger, Boston Herald

"Like the 2001 edition, the rings were cast in 14-carat white gold, which is becoming a tradition for New England -- the Patriots are the only team to use white gold on Super Bowl rings." - Adam Kilgore, Boston Globe

The above is not meant to be a complete list, merely a representative example. If the above were true, it would be a fabulous distinction. However, it is not.

The first evidence of this came to light in the book, “You’re Okay, It’s Just A Bruise” by Rob Huizenga, M.D. Rob was hired as an internist for the Los Angeles Raiders in 1983. On page 92, Rob states:

"Six weeks earlier, in an elaborate ring ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hilton, I had gotten mine: a mammoth block of white gold studded with three large diamonds, each representing a Raider world championship, surrounded by many smaller diamonds."

Jim Otto of the Oakland Raiders confirmed this fact. Jim stated, “To my knowledge, all of our rings are white gold.”

The competition between the Raiders and Patriots has gone back and forth over the decades. Each team has fans who felt (and still feel) jilted over a call. For the Raiders, of course, it is the “Tuck” game. Longtime Patriot fans still feel the sting of 1976’s phantom call on Ray “Sugar Bear” Hamilton.

In this case however, give the Raiders their due. They were the first to use white gold to cast their rings, and have done so for all three championships.

Given the choice between this distinction and another Lombardi Trophy, I’m sure Patriot fans will have little trouble getting over it. They will surely get over the gaffe quicker than many Boston area sportswriters.

Editor’s note: The Patriots themselves put out the information about the rings being the first in white gold, but shouldn’t the writers have double-checked that nformation first?

Home Sweet Home

The Red Sox look to get back on track at home tonight. Jeff Horrigan says that the stretch of the next 18 games, 12 of which are at Fenway will provide the Sox the opportunity to make up some ground on the Yankees. Sean McAdam and Art Martone examine the Sox historical troubles in National League ballparks. David Heuschkel has a look at the Fenway return for Trot Nixon tonight. Lenny Megliola is feelin’ grouchy. Hard to tell if he’s complaining more about Terry Francona or Manny in this piece. Why so angry, people? Jon Couture also has an article on Francona and how his managerial style is playing here in Boston. Michael Silverman looks at the man who is now the most dangerous left handed hitter in the American League, David Ortiz, as he prepares to face the team that let him walk before last season. David Borges looks at the comparative struggles of Pedro Martinez and Tiger Woods. Steve Buckley (subscription only) has a look at the economic bargains and busts around baseball. For the Red Sox, he’s got Tim Wakefield on the list as a bargain and Ramiro Mendoza as a bust. If you’re looking for bargains, the aforementioned Mr. Ortiz has to be on that list somewhere. Jackie MacMullan looks at Mike Timlin’s efforts in the fight against Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Joe Sullivan looks at the story of a man helped in life by the autographs of members of the 1946 Red Sox. Bob Hohler’s notebook looks at trade rumors involving Kevin Youkilis. Horrigan’s notebook looks at Curtis Leskanic.

Shira Springer has a look at the “vision” that Danny Ainge has for the future of the Celtics and what steps he sees he needs to take to make it happen. Tim Weisberg also has a look at Celtics and what Ainge is doing to try to resurrect the franchise. He has some assorted team rumors and news as well. Gabe Kahn takes a look at the expansion draft and what it could hold for the Celtics. Mark Murphy looks at the Celtics possible interest in a pair of swingmen. Murphy also takes a look at the top wingmen. Springer also takes a look at just where Paul Pierce might fit into the rebuilding of the Celtics. Kevin McNamara has a look at the top 40 prospects for the NBA Draft. Matt Eagan profiles UConn star Emeka Okafor.

Mike Reiss has a look at successful appendix surgery for the Patriots’ Matt Light. There is also a brief note in the Herald about Miami prosecutors dropping the final charge against Ty Law. Patriots rookie linebacker Tully Banta-Cain reported his newly acquired Super Bowl ring stolen, after leaving it in a restroom at the mall.

John Molori has a look at Barry Bonds, contrasting him with Manny Ramirez, who has re-done his image this season in Boston. He also looks at some homegrown announcers and has rising and falling members of the Boston media in this week’s edition of Media Blitz.

NESN has Red Sox/Twins at 7:00. FSN will have Alan Greenberg as a guest on the 6:30 show and Andy Gresh on at 10:00. CN8 will have NHL talk with Mick Colageo and NFL talk with Michael Parente at 10:00. HBO has “Real Sports” at 10:00, the major part will be an interview with Pat Summerall, his first since a liver transplant in April. Included is this exchange:

(Mary) Carillo: "There's plenty of people who think, well, he blew out his liver. Why does he get a new liver? Do you understand why people say that?"

Summerall: "I understand that."

Carillo: "Do you think you deserve that liver?"

Summerall: "I'm not sure. If I deserved it, I must have deserved it, or I wouldn't have gotten it. But based on my life before I went to the Betty Ford Center, my answer to that question was no. But I'm not sure now. I think I've become a better person. I think I've become a purer person."

Afternoon update? Um….really nothing of note in any of the later papers…

If you need something to read, over at the Philly Site, Dave has a link to an article in the Philadelphia Daily News, where John Smallwood defends the city of Boston against the comments made by Barry Bonds last week.

Today Eddie Andelman celebrated his 35 years on the airwaves. The opener featured clips from his career, which included a couple spots from the Sports Huddle. There were no mentions of Marc Witkin and Jim McCarthy the other hosts of that long running show, nor were their voices heard in the clips. Eddie never mentions them. Doesn’t that seem strange? What we know is that Witkin and McCarthy hosted their final “Sports Huddle” on WEEI August 17th, 1997. The show had been on the Boston airwaves for 29 years, most of them with Andelman as well. The last few years Eddie had left “Huddle” ostensibly to devote more work to his daytime shows. Sports Huddle didn’t really succeed without Eddie, who after the show was canceled he then took the 7-10 PM Sunday slot with the ill-fated show called “Eddie And…” If you have more details about the breakup of “Sports Huddle” and why Witkin and McCarthy are never even mentioned anymore, feel free to pass them along.


The road interleague woes continued for the Red Sox yesterday in San Francisco, as they dropped to 2-4 for the six game swing through Colorado and San Francisco. A controversial call by the umpires didn’t help the Sox yesterday, but it wasn’t the cause of their loss either. Hard to win when you don’t score any runs. Game stories from SBC Park are filed by Bob HohlerJeff HorriganSean McAdam and David Heuschkel. The Giants’ Jason Schmidt was nearly flawless yesterday, Michael Silverman takes a look at the overpowering performance. Gordon Edes wonders why Terry Francona chose yesterday to give Manny Ramirez the day off, and looks at a couple other breakdowns on the day that led to the loss. Bronson Arroyo pitched well yesterday, but his teammates were not able to support his fine effort. Despite the tough road trip, Bob Halloran feels good about this Red Sox team. In fact, he feels “Yankee good” about them. Christopher Price takes a look at what an all-time Red Sox defensive team might look like. Hohler’s notebook says the Sox are close to signing reliever Curtis Leskanic. Horrigan’s notebook also looks at the veteran right hander. McAdam’s notebook looks at the performance of Arroyo, while Heuschkel’s notebook looks at how the Sox didn’t let Barry Bonds beat them this weekend.

With the NBA draft this week, Mark Murphy says the Celtics could be looking at some young big men to try to develop. Jon Japha looks at what we learned from the NBA Finals. Desmond Connor has a look at UConn’s Ben Gordon as he prepares to make the jump to the NBA. Murphy has a look at Emeka Okafor, also late of UConn.

From yesterday, Mike Reiss took a look at the Patriots Tight end situation, and had a Father’s day section. Glad to see Evil Nick Cafardo was back on the Patriots beat for yesterday, or should I say the Bills beat. He accomplished all his usual propaganda…stumping for Drew Bledsoe, who really believes this is the year he has the coaching and players around him to put it together, obligatory quote from another former locker room source, Chad Eaton, who took a shot at Ty Warren, something Nick must’ve loved. Cafardo then moved on to banging the Tom Brady is underpaid drum, even though as Len pointed out yesterday here, Nick is all wet on this one. He even got in his shots at the Patriots supposed failures in free agency going 0-2 in trying to land a veteran backup QB. Why is Nick so unhappy when he writes football? (And when did Drew Bledsoe become such an expert talent and coaching evaluator?)

Russ Conway’s Sunday NHL notes take a look at the upcoming draft.

David Scott has a look at the Sunday Night Shows, with Pedro saying he wants to stay in Boston, and looking through a number of other items in Scott’s Shots.

ESPN has Indians/White Sox at 8:00. NESN has PawSox/Norfolk at 7:00. CN8 SportsPulse will have Shira Springer on at 10:00 to talk Celtics draft. FSN will have Michael Felger co-hosting with Greg Dickerson and guests will be Tony Massarotti at 6:30 and Steve Buckley at 10:00.

Afternoon Update

Boston Radio Watch looks at the impending doom of 1510, The Zone, as it’s main supporter in Chicago unexpectedly left the parent company.

John Elway’s Daughter Jessie, who followed in her dad’s footsteps to Stanford, will present her father for induction in the the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Adam Schefter has the story.

Bob Raissman explains that Greg Gumbel may be out and Jim Nantz may be in as CBS number one NFL play-by-play voice. This would be a switch of positions as Gumbel would take over as host of NFL Today.

Happy Fathers Day

After coming back with three runs to tie it in the eighth inning, the Red Sox gave a couple right back to lose 6-4. The second guessers and critics of Tito Francona can have a field day on this one. Tito brought back Alan Embree after he got hit good pretty good on Friday night to replace Scott Williamson who threw all of 12 pitches in the seventh and had Friday night off. Of course, the struggling Embree, whose ERA is now at 5.00, gave up the tie-breaking two run homer to pinch hitter Edgardo Alfonzo and that was it. By the way, Williamson, the forgotten free agent to be, continues to have a brilliant season. This Red Sox team continues to struggle with baseball fundamentals and continues to leave an incredible number of people on base and continues to display poor baserunning skills. Maybe there is something to be said for good situational hitting. Bob Hohler, Jeff Horrigan, and Sean McAdam have game stories.

Gordon Edes explains the battering that Barry Bonds got from FOX announcers yesterday for his remarks about calling Boston a racist city. Edes also goes on to say that there is unrest in San Francisco over Bonds’ terrible outfield play and lack of hustle in not running out a ground ball.
Michael Silverman believes Bonds disrespects the game and the fans for his lack of hustle on a couple of plays yesteday. Speaking of FOX coverage of baseball, they had a poll yesterday to determine the greatest franchise in baseball history. Five franchises mentioned were the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Giants, and Cubs. How could they leave out the Cardinals, arguably the second greatest franchise in baseball history.

Hmmm. Jimmy Kimmel got suspended from ABC for making a joke about the possible rioting in Detroit after a Pistons championship. Barry Bonds does not get rebuked or his wrist slapped by MLB or the Giants for calling Boston a racist city. The comparison says less about race than it does about power. Edes also has an interesting notebook today with a look at the streaking Devil Rays, an argument from Giants owner Peter Magowan that Barry Bonds has surpassed Ted Williams, and speculation that Jimy Williams will be fired soon in Houston. Bob Hohler’s notebook looks at Bill Mueller’s quick healing from his knee injury and the continuation of Pedro Martinez’ first inning woes. He also explains that Schilling and B H Kim both threw on the side at McCoy Stadium yesterday and that Mendoza will be there soon as well. Jeff Horrigan’s notebook also looks at the improving Mueller who says he “feels great”. Horrigan also reports that the Sox pitchers are challenging the Giants hitters and that Tito gave days off to three regulars including Garciaparra, Nixon, and Damon. Sean McAdam’s notebook looks at the Sox impending acqusition of reliever Curtis Leskanic and speculation of Sox acuistion of Carlos Beltran as KC general manager Allard Baird is in SF scouting Sox players. Hohler’s minor league notebook has the Sox looking away from “moneyball” in signing a couple bright high school prospects. Hohler also has information on the injured Hanley Ramirez.

Tony Massarotti’s Covering All Bases has a look at the flaws of this Red Sox team including its struggles on the road and lack of timely hitting. Tony Maz also looks at the Phillies and struggling Rockies. It is hard to believe the beating Massarotti took in some corners for doing his job by reporting on Curt Schilling’s injury. Glen Ordway of WEEI got it right this week when he said that Tony Maz had no obligation to keep private what Curt Schilling wrote on a “private internet chat”. Schilling’s remarks about his own injury were certainly newsworthy and Massarotti was not a member of the Sosh and was under no agreement to keep mum on a news story. If Schilling had any expectation that details of a “private internet chat” among 350 of his closest friends would not be leaked, he needs a reality check.

Michael Felger explains that Rosevelt Colvin’s injury was similar to that of the Panthers Deon Grant. Grant, who fully recovered, gave Colvin encouragement to do the same. Felger also reports that not many Patriots players were happy that Tedy Bruschi signed what they believed to be a below-market deal. Bruschi even admitted that he probably could have gotten a better deal in free agency but that he believes “all NFL players are probably overpaid anyway.” Nick Cafardo has NFL notes in the Globe today and felt obligated to spread some misinformation in comparing Jake Delhomme’s contract to Tom Brady’s. Cafardo is flat out wrong in many of his statements including the one that Delhomme makes more money than Tom Brady. If Cafardo spent any time looking at the deal, he would see that the Delhomme’s contract is backloaded and that actual dollars and salary cap numbers for Delhomme are well below Brady’s during the remainder of Brady’s contract. Mike Florio outhustled the print media again in explaining Delhomme’s deal. Cafardo also has the typical quotes from Drew Bledsoe explaining that this is the year he believes all the pieces will finally come together because this is an offense that works for him.

Jim McCabe reports on the US Open and the frontrunning Ratief Goosen while Bob Ryan looks at the Open course as extremely tough and very humbling. McCabe has a Open notes and has a look at the incredibly tough 7th hole whose green unfortunately has more in common with a miniature golf course than a championship golf hole.

Kevin Paul Dupont has a look at Lyndon Byers’ participation in a gimmicky hockey goon contest. Dupont also looks at a changing market in hockey as players are getting lesser deals in free agency.

Peter May looks at the fall of the Lakers and the NBA draft. Mark Murphy’s notebook has Danny Ainge looking for the Celtics to get younger, the rehab of Raef LaFrentz, and more on the Lakers in disarray.

NESN has Red Sox-Giants at 4 pm. ESPN Sunday Night Baseball has Yankees-Dodgers at 8 pm. Ch.7 has US Open coverage beginning at 12:30 pm.

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