First, the Tedy Bruschi updates. Four writers are credited with a 479 word article in the Globe this morning, which tells us that Bruschi had a mild stroke and that his football future is unknown. Michael Felger says that Bruschi showed marked improvement yesterday, and is among the first to bring up the topic of Bruschi’s contract, in which he took less to remain in New England. Tom E Curran has a Patriots source saying that he did not “get the sense” that Bruschi’s condition was life or career threatening. John Altavilla also looks at the condition of the Patriots linebacker and looks at a couple athletes who had suffered strokes and their attempts at comebacks which fell short. Dan Pires has a very nice look at “The Perfect Patriot” as he calls Bruschi. Jennifer Heldt Powell has a quick look at the luxurious quarters Bruschi has at The Phillips House at Massachusetts General Hospital. Michael Parente files an update on Bruschi and also has a number of other Patriots notebook style items. Jim Donaldson says that both Bruschi and former teammate Drew Bledsoe had rough Wednesdays this week. He looks at how quickly things can change, even for the good guys. However in my humble opinion, there’s NO comparison between what happened to those two on that day, and trying to connect the events is ludicrous. It’s just plain dumb. Jennifer Rosinski speaks to a couple fans wishing Bruschi a quick recovery. Felger tries to talk to a number of Bruschi’s teammates about the situation. He also reports on the Patriots raising ticket prices for next season.
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Yesterday was reporting day for Red Sox pitchers and catchers, and there was a lot of talking going on. Curt Schilling was of course front and center of the talk, and he did plenty of it himself to Dan Shaughnessy. He talks about Bruschi, A-Rod, steroids and the Yankees among other things. Jeff Horrigan also has the story, trying to make it more about Schilling’s health and availability to start the season. Karen Guregian says that this season, Schilling is the Sox one and only ace. David Borges looks at Schilling and David Wells – a couple of guys who will never leave the reporters feeling void of material. Guregian looks at Wells, who is getting his first look at the other side of the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry. Chris Snow and David Heuschkel also each take an extensive look at Wells. Ron Chimelis says that Terry Francona will face a whole new pressure this season. Snow’s notebook has Francona hoping to tone down the war of words between the Red Sox and Yankees. That’s also the major theme of Horrigan’s notebook and Heuschkel’s notebook, though in the latter, it’s more Theo Epstein who is trying to cool things down. Borges’ notebook has an update on Bill Mueller and Kevin Youkilis getting some work at first base.
Ah, excuse me Mr. May, your agenda is showing…
Mark Murphy hands out a midseason report card for the Celtics, with high marks for the most part. Mark Blount and Marcus Banks are the only ones flirting with a failing grade at this point. Mike Fine says that a lot of Mike Fratello has rubbed off on Doc Rivers. Shira Springer has a pair of articles on Celtics rookies this morning, taking a look at Tony Allen and a shorter look at Al Jefferson. Both youngsters will play in tonight’s rookie challenge. Over on ESPN.com. Springer’s Globe colleague Peter May continues his Borges-like agenda against Danny Ainge. He suggests that Ainge just may blow up the “underachieving” Celtics and trade both Payton and Pierce. He again brings up the trade with the Pistons last year which essentially won the title for Detroit, but did get the Celtics Tony Allen. He ignores that Ainge had a pretty terrific draft last year and that the trade for Ricky Davis perhaps wasn’t “the day the music died” after all. Is it a requirement at the Globe to have an agenda against the team you cover? (Borges/Patriots, Shaughnessy/Red Sox, May/Celtics, DuPoint/Bruins)
(non) Hockey Talk
Russ Conway looks at the “flat out disaster” the NHL has put itself into. Kevin Paul Dupont says that the league can be salvaged and fixed and offers a number of suggestions. Stephen Harris fingers Bob Goodenow as the bad guy in this saga. Jim McCabe talks to some ex-Bruins about the cancellation of the season.
Media – Baker is on the case.
Jim Baker says that with football over and the NHL out of business for the time being, the NBA and NASCAR have the spotlight all to themselves. He has a number of items in this column, including the following reference to a possible WEEI challenger to which I alluded to yesterday: