Some news has been leaking out on Tedy Bruschi, the Red Sox decide on a 3-4 lineup, the Celtics continue to roll along since the return of Antoine, and plenty of NCAA articles highlight this morning. A reminder that if you have not yet done so, please vote in the 2005 BSMW Awards. Please only attempt to vote once. Multiple votes from the same IP address will be rejected.
Yesterday morning on 790 AM The Score in Providence, the station reported that Tedy Bruschi was going to undergo a procedure to repair his heart. This news seemed to actually under-reported until the late night newscasts, when all the stations went big with the story. The report seems to have originated on an Arizona TV station, KOLD in Tucson. This morning there are several reports, Scott Thurston in the Globe and Laura Crimaldi and O’Ryan Johnson in the Herald. There still isn’t a whole lot that is clear about this situation, and Patriots fans and reporters are eager to know what the future holds for Bruschi. Tom E Curran discusses this morning the frustration and uncertainty of the situation, and the balance between giving Bruschi the person time and space to work this out, but at the same time needing information to report on Bruschi the football player. Unrelated to the Bruschi situation, Kevin Mannix reports on a deadline today to reach a contract with Adam Vinatieri, if the Patriots don’t make a deal today, it will likely have to wait until after July 15.
Gordon Edes has a feature on Cubs shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, who professes to be happy in Chicago, and holding no bitterness towards Boston. David Heuschkel looks at a busy two days for Curt Schilling, who is scheduled to pitch a three inning simulated game today and testify before congress tomorrow. Michael Silverman looks at Bronson Arroyo, who is working this spring on his control on the inner half of the plate. Sean McAdam looks at Terry Francona’s tentative lineup, which has Manny Ramirez hitting third and David Ortiz fourth. Tony Massarotti weighs in on the “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” episode featuring the Red Sox, and repeats many of the points made on Dennis & Callahan, namely, what would Bill Belichick think of this, and if the Sox struggle early this is going to be made a big deal of. David Borges’ notebook looks at the batting order, as does Chris Snow’s notebook and Silverman’s notebook. Heuschkel’s notebook leads with Johnny Pesky arriving in camp. McAdam’s notebook has an update on Rhode Island’s own Rocco Baldelli.
Steve Bulpett says that while the Celtics are winning, they still have plenty of work and improvement to make before they can be considered serious contenders in the East. Peter May seems to be slowly coming onboard the Ricky Davis bandwagon, looking at the swingman’s chances to wrap up the Sixth Man of the year award. May still brings up the trade that brought Davis here in uncertain terms, noting that “right now” Danny Ainge has to like what he sees. May in the past has referred to the trade as “The day the music died” because it spelled the end for May favorite Jim O’Brien’s tenure here. New England native Jeff Goodman files an article on the Celtics for USA Today, which looks at the return of Antoine Walker, what it has meant for the club, and what the future holds. Walker insists that he will not take a “hometown discount” to stay with the Celtics. John Habib looks at NH native Matt Bonner returning to New England to face the Celtics with Toronto tonight.
Mark Blaudschun and Tommy Hine each have articles on UConn coach Jim Calhoun. Jeff Jacobs looks at Calhoun suspending Antonio Kellogg for the rest of the season, a move seemingly out of character for Calhoun. John Powers has an interesting piece on how commodities traders get into the NCAA tournament. Jim Donaldson is being driven crazy by brackets. I was driven crazy reading that thing. Lenny Megliola looks at March Madness, Division II style. Mike Shalin says that Boston College is hopeful that Jermaine Watson will be ready to play tomorrow. Michael Vega’s notebook says the BC comes into the Tournament with something to prove. Shalin’s notebook says that the Eagles are going to embrace the underdog role.
Yesterday’s Top 5 Links (excluding the BSMW Awards items)
It’s been mentioned in a few places here and there, but Boston Radio Watch has more on ESPN Radio coming to Boston.
FSN has Celtics/Raptors at 7:00. ESPN has Timberwolves/Spurs at 9:00. ESPN2 has Indiana/Vanderbilt in NIT action at 8:00. NESN has SportsPlus at 6:30 with Jackie MacMullan and Globe sports editor Joe Sullivan joining Tom Caron to talk about the NCAA tournament.