A somewhat quick look at the major articles from this morning.
Michael Silverman has the full text of his Q&A session with Pedro Martinez in this morning’s Boston Herald. Gordon Edes has a look at the relationship between George Steinbrenner and John Henry. It appears that the Boss may not be as grouchy as he may seem. There’s also a lengthy feature on Steinbrenner by Bob Sudyk in the Hartford Courant. Tony Massarotti has his Sunday edition of Covering All The Bases, and he looks at Award winners around MLB at the halfway point of the season. Steve Buckley takes a look at Jon Papelbon’s younger twin brothers, who also play baseball, but have been through a lot in life together as well. Edes’ Baseball Notes looks at the short lifespan of Red Sox closers, trots out his All-Bargain team and has several other items.
For some reason the Globe decided to split up the Football and Basketball Notes into several separate columns for the online version. Why?
Nick Cafardo is back at the helm of the football notes and you’ve got your usual items in the lineup:
- The Jets could challenge the Patriots, as they’re trying to emulate them. Chad Pennington will regain the “zip” on his throws after offseason surgery on a torn rotator cuff. (Question – Did Pennington ever have “zip”?)
- Quotes from Pete Kendall regarding the Patriots and Jets.
- How it would be “nice to picture (Randy) Moss split right and (Terrell) Owens split left opening night at Gillette Stadium against the Patriots.” Nice?
- All these ex-players becoming coaches. Because they played for Bill Parcells. Not noted is the fact that they also played for Bill Belichick, Romeo Crennel and Charlie Weis.
- Ty Law is in huge demand around the league.
- Plenty of Agents and Contract stuff galore. Cafardo is surely being well-received in the agent community.
- Don’t be surprised to see Richard Seymour dig in for an extended holdout.
But…we’ll give Nick and the Globe credit for having an NFL/Patriots column. The Herald doesn’t. The ProJo doesn’t. The MetroWest Daily News doesn’t.
Peter May’s NBA Notes are also split up, and also somewhat head scratching .
His bi-polar week continues. Monday, Gerald Green was awesome. Thursday he was a bad pick. Today he is, as the headline to the notes say a “perfect strike for Celtics”. He notes several examples of “sliders” in the draft, with more of them going on to stardom then not. Of course one of the ones who didn’t was Acie Earl, who fell to the Celtics at 19 in 1993.
He looks at the class of 2001 hitting restricted free agency.
Taylor Coppenrath getting a shot with the Celtics summer league entry.
Various notes wrapping up the draft and looking ahead to free agency. Included in this section is this curious statement.
To all the e-mailers complaining about my recent Pierce trade proposals (including Leo from Kazakhstan), be advised they were made with the intention of getting good locker room guys and, just as important, No. 1 draft picks. And also be aware that you may not be able to get what you might think of equal value for Pierce now, which may be why he ends up going nowhere.
I don’t recall May ever making acknowledgment of reader feedback before, he must’ve been besieged. However, the probably I had with him this week was not really the trade proposals, though Pierce for Eric Williams, Lamond Murray and a number one pick was pretty lame. My issue was his turnaround on his opinion on Green, though I did get a few emails defending May and saying that taking the best player available isn’t always wise if it isn’t a good fit for the team. I betcha Portland if given the chance over again would take Michael Jordan over Sam Bowie, even though they already had Clyde Drexler and Jordan might not have been the best fit. However, I digress. May’s article on Thursday is only made worse with his thoughts today about Green and his sliding to the Celtics. He’s all over the place on this issue.
Mark Murphy has NBA notes in the Herald, and he looks at Danny Ainge just getting started on building his 2005-2006 Celtics. He also looks at Dr. Arnold Scheller stepping down as well as Gerald Green’s educational goals and what if anything, can be done with the salary cap about it.
Bob Hohler has a feature on troubling incidents involving Boston College Basketball players and the Law over the last several years.
Get the Sunday sports news from the Big Apple over at the New York Sports Headlines page.