It was a rough day all around for Boston sports on Sunday, David Wells and the Red Sox get roughed up in the Bronx, and the Celtics snooze themselves into a loss against Philadelphia. On another note, the Patriots finally TAKE THE RECEIVER, and we’ve got a great NCAA title game to look forward to tonight.
The Red Sox dropped the season opener to the Yankees in the Bronx. The game stories from New York this morning are filed by Chris Snow, Jeff Horrigan, Steven Krasner, David Heuschkel, Ron Chimelis and David Borges. On the other side, Dom Amore has the game from the Yankee perspective. Alex Speier looks at the curtain rising on another baseball season and another year of Red Sox/Yankees. Lenny Megliola looks at the Red Sox starting off the season getting bombed in the Bronx. Sean McAdam says the Red Sox were stale, looking like a team perhaps caught celebrating past success a little too much. Michael Silverman says that everything went right for the Yankees last night. Dan Shaughnessy tells us that the Red Sox didn’t look like champions last night and that “the world champions have the worst record in baseball.”
David Wells was knocked around by his former team last night, and Tony Massarotti says he looked an awful lot like the Derek Lowe of the 2004 regular season. Gordon Edes also looks at the portly lefthander, who is still adjusting to being a member of the Red Sox. McAdam points out that it was a lousy night right from the beginning for Wells, who was booed before the game, and was no mystery to Yankee hitters. Nick Cafardo and Howard Bryant look at Wells opposition last night, Randy Johnson, and what he means to the Yankees this season, namely an answer to Curt Schilling. John Powers says that the Sox could only tip their caps to Johnson last night. Speier has a piece on tomorrow’s starter, Matt Clement as he prepares to make his Red Sox debut.
Ron Chimelis says nothing has really changed in the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry. The Red Sox are still the hunters, and the Yankees the target. Jeff Goldberg takes in the sights and sounds of Yankee Stadium last night. The Springfield Republican tells us that the rivalry is still very much alive. Jon Couture also looks at a rivalry renewed. John Tomase says that the Red Sox need to be wary of the World Series hangover. Art Martone says this was another in a series of underwhelming season openers for the Red Sox. Massarotti proclaims Derek Jeter the greatest baseball player in the world. Silverman and Powers look at ARod just trying to fit in with the Yankees and not be the center of attention. Steve Buckley says that being a leader comes naturally for Red Sox Captain Jason Varitek. John Altavilla writes that Hideki Matsui had a big role in helping the Yankees heal from last October. Goldberg looks at a bit of a shaky debut for Edgar Renteria last night. Buckley has a subscription column where he reminds us that last night was only one game.
Horrigan’s notebook says that both Schilling and Miller are looking to take their places in the Red Sox rotation. Snow’s notebook has Wade Miller looking to be ready to pitch for the Red Sox by early May. Krasner’s notebook has Johnny Damon dancing around some comments from his book where he call Alex Rodriguez a cheater. Borges’ notebook looks at the atmosphere in Yankee Stadium, where the fans could not resort to their usual “1918” chant. Chimelis’ notebook looks at Payton’s place in the lineup. Couture’s extensive notebook says that opening day dominance is nothing new for the Red Sox. Heuschkel’s notebook says that Schilling is aiming for a April 13th return. Cafardo’s notebook looks at the big night for Matsui.
The Celtics played without Antoine Walker yesterday and played dreadful, losing to their big historical rival, the Philadelphia 76ers, 97-94. Shira Springer says that the Celtics came out flat and paid the price. Steve Bulpett says that club had no sense of urgency yesterday. Carolyn Thornton also chips in a game story. Paul Harber and Rich Thompson look at Allen Iverson, who was in control of the game throughout yesterday. Mark Murphy has Celtics captain Paul Pierce mystified by his team’s recent play. Michael Holley called out Pierce this morning on the radio, pointing the finger at him for the team’s play. Bill Burt doesn’t agree with Cedric Maxwell’s assertion that Dirk Nowitzki is better than Larry Bird. Springer’s notebook looks at Antoine Walker’s bruised knee, which could keep him out the rest of the week. Thornton’s notebook has more on Walker’s knee, and Jim O’Brien discussing coaching in his hometown.
If I didn’t know better, I’d think that the Patriots were having a little fun at the expense of Ron Borges yesterday. Four years after suggesting that the Patriots should’ve taken a receiver instead of Richard Seymour, the team comes to terms with one of the receivers favored by Borges. Mike Reiss reports on the signing of David Terrell who had his share of problems in Chicago with the Bears. Anyone else have this story? Nope. The Globe has a short blurb in their “Sports Log” section and Len Pasquarelli had it on ESPN.com but no one else locally.
Mark Blaudschun looks at tonight’s NCAA title game between Illinois and North Carolina. Ken Davis looks at Illinois coach Bruce Weber. Michael Vega looks at the Illinois frontcourt, and Bob Ryan looks at UNC big man Sean May. The Globe notebook looks at Illinois embracing their role as the underdogs tonight. Davis’ notebook says both teams have labels to shed.
Russ Conway says that it is clearly time for the NHL to make wholesale changes, and gives a number of specifics.
Ron Borges reports on Luis Collazo winning the World Boxing Association welterweight title Saturday night.
CBS has the NCAA Championship game tonight at 9:00.