David Scott has the news that Tom Curran will be leaving the Providence Journal on September 1st to join a revamped NBCsports.com as its lead NFL writer.
Be sure to check out a new edition of the BSMW Game Day roundtable as we toss around the topics of the week involving your New England Patriots.
Junior Seau to the Patriots? Sure looks like it is going to happen. Mike Reiss and John Tomase each file reports on the possible signing of Seau, who would be called upon to plug a hole at inside linebacker for the Patriots. Alan Greenberg notes that Seau could allow Mike Vrabel to stay outside in the Patriots defense. Chris Kennedy says even though Seau has played both inside and outside linebacker in his career, at his age, he might be better suited to play inside.
The other big media story from yesterday involving the Patriots was Tom Brady’s name coming up in the Greg Anderson/BALCO hearings. Gerry Callahan says that Brady’s link to Anderson is tenuous, at best and that this is much ado about nothing. Jerome Solomon examines Brady’s comments on the matter and Tomase has Brady downplaying any conversation he had with Anderson. Tomase also says Brady avoided a possible PR hit yesterday. Alan Greenberg, Michael Parente, David Brown and Rich Garvin all have more on the story.
Tom E Curran says that this was a tougher training camp then in previous seasons.
Solomon’s notebook says that the Patriots need some more hands on deck at the receiver position. Tomase’s notebook says that we now know that it is Tedy Bruschi’s right wrist that has the broken bone. Curran’s notebook has more on Brady’s conversation with Anderson. Garven’s notebook has more on Seau’s possible signing with the Patriots.
Red Sox, Yankees to Play Five
Bob Ryan notes that 39 years ago today was when Tony Conigliaro was beaned, ending his season, and in reality, his career. A thoughtful, somber column. Steve Buckley didn’t write something today about Tony C? I’m shocked. I’m equally shocked that we didn’t get a Red Sox/Yankees – Athens/Sparta column today from Dan Shaughnessy.
Tony Massarotti says that these games with the Yankees really mean something, as this is finally the year in which the loser of the division will not have the wild card to fall back on. Sean McAdam says that while this weekend may offer plenty of drama and highlights, it will offer little in the way of resolution. Amalie Benjamin writes that the acquisition of Bobby Abreu could be what ends up turning the tide in the AL East race. Gordon Edes claims that the Red Sox could’ve had Abreu for themselves if they were willing to spend the money. David Heuschkel says that Theo Epstein has not done a good job this season in bolstering the pitching staff. Alex Speier says that the pressure lay more with the Red Sox this weekend.
Phil O’Neill offers up a nice preview of this important weekend series with the Yankees. Nick Tavares says that the Yankees have a slight edge in this series. Michael Silverman notes that the Red Sox have struggled against the better teams in the league. I only wish he had posted how the other contenders had done against the same teams to give us some sort of gauge. Jon Couture says that it is now or never for the Red Sox. McAdam reports on Eric Hinske, set to join the club today. Matt Kalman looks at Jason Johnson pitching in games that count for the first time in his career. Ron Chimelis revisits the Josh Beckett trade. Dom Amore looks at the Yankees preparations for the series. Curt Brown talks to Dominic DiMaggio about the rivalry with the Yankees.
For the view from the Big Apple, check out the coverage in the New York Sports Pages.
Silverman’s notebook looks at what Eric Hinske will bring to the club, now that he is officially in the fold. Edes’ notebook says that Hinske will be a big plus to the Sox because of his versatility. Benjamin’s notebook says that the going has continued to be rough for A-Rod in NY. David Borges’ notebook looks at the Red Sox getting set to welcome both Hinske and the Yankees. O’Neill’s notebook offers more on Hinske.
Nick Cafardo’s Minor League Notebook has a look at knuckleballer Charlie Zink, who might be showing enough consistency to warrant a promotion to the big leagues soon.
Gabe Kahn has a quick look at Celtics rookie point guard Rajon Rondo.