Tom Brady spoke to the media yesterday about former teammate Deion Branch who was traded to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday. Brady admitted that the situation had weighed on his mind last week, and could’ve contributed to his performance on Sunday against the Bills. John Tomase has Brady ready to move on and refocus himself this week. Mike Reiss says that the loss of Branch stings for Brady, but he’s now ready to focus on beating the Jets this weekend. Alan Greenberg wonders what effect the trade will have on the Patriots “collective psyche” this Sunday. Chris Kennedy has more from Brady on Branch. Rich Garven has Brady ready to put aside the distractions and focus on football.
Ian Clark has thoughts from not only Brady but other members of the Patriots as well on moving on past Branch. Tomase also has other Patriots in the locker room ready to move on as well. Bill Burt attempts to make sense of the Branch situation by asking himself imaginary questions. Albert Breer talks to Don Davis about being on the field in a goal line situation for the Patriots, something that he had not gotten much practice on in the preseason. Jeff Howe says that the Patriots are looking for a few good receivers.
Michael Parente looks at Eric Mangini as the 35-year-od adjusts to life as a head coach in the NFL. Shalise Manza Young looks at longtime colleagues Mangini and Bill Belichick facing each other as head coaches for the first time this Sunday. Steve Buckley says Mangini sounds just like Belichick, and we shouldn’t expect either coach to wax nostalgic about their past time working with each other.
There are plenty of Patriots/Jets articles in the New York Sports Pages, as we get closer to Sunday. There are also a couple Red Sox/Yankees related items.
Tomase’s notebook has Jets linebacker Jonathan Vilma studying films of Tedy Bruschi in the offseason to prepare for his new role in Mangini’s 3-4 defense. Reiss’ notebook reports on Bruschi participating in practice for the third day in a row. In Young’s notebook, there is more talk from Brady on his emotions over Deion Branch’s departure. Greenberg’s notebook has Mangini talking about Belichick. Garven’s notebook has thoughts from other Patriots on Branch. Parente’s notebook has Brady admitting that the Branch drama affected his play against the Bills.
There was a lot of talk yesterday about how the Red Sox were 12-1 this season against the the Orioles. Make that 12-2 now, as Baltimore shut out the Red Sox 4-0 in Tim Wakefield’s return to the rotation.
David Borges has Kevin Millar and the Orioles finally breaking through and beating the Red Sox. Gordon Edes looks at Tim Wakefield getting back on the mound for the Red Sox and suffering the tough luck loss. Sean McAdam looks at the anemic offense not being able to provide Wakefield with any support in his return. Michael Silverman looks at Wakefield being victimized by a punchless offense and uncharacteristically sloppy defense.
Bob Ryan says that the case for AL MVP is clear – Derek Jeter, not David Ortiz is his choice. Mike Fine agrees that things don’t add up in the case for Papi for MVP. Bill Reynolds is also leaning towards Jeter as the AL MVP.
David Scott has a transcript of Harold Reynolds talking to Charlie Steiner about his ESPN dismissal on XM radio earlier this week. Tony Massarotti looks at Curt Schilling, who is not willing to be shut down for the season just yet. David Heuschkel has Schilling declaring that the season is not over for the Red Sox. Massarotti also looks at Kevin Millar getting a home run off of his former teammate Wakefield last night.
Borges’ notebook has Curt Schilling getting pushed back from his scheduled start this weekend against the Yankees. Heuschkel’s notebook has Manny having too much fun while his teammates stagger towards the finish line of the season. McAdam’s notebook has more on Schilling getting pushed back because of a “sluggish arm.” Edes’ notebook looks at Mike Timlin, who despite his struggles this season and the fact that he will turn 41 next spring, still wants to pitch in 2007 as he aims for 1000 career appearances. Silverman’s notebook has Schilling’s arm preventing him from throwing a side session yesterday.
Bruins Start Camp
Kevin Paul Dupont has a mini-feature on new Bruin Marc Savard, who finds enjoyment in hitting the open skater. Joe McDonald says that the Bruins have a new look and outlook as training camp begins for the 2006-2007 season. Mick Colageo says that one of the Bruins first and most urgent priorities this camp is to determine who is to be their stopper in net. Karen Guregian has Peter Chiarelli hoping that Bruins fans can join him in moving on from last season’s disaster.
Stephen Harris looks at Phil Kessel’s impressive showing thus far. Douglas Flynn has more on the fifth overall selection in this summer’s draft. Guregian says that Rick DiPietro’s 15-year contract has raised eyebrows at Bruins camp.
McDonald’s notebook says that first round pick Phil Kessel has made a good early impression. Harris’ notebook has the Bruins bringing 17 rookies into camp with them. Dupont’s notebook has more on Kessel.
Lenny Megliola has Celtics rookie Allan Ray looking to prove he belongs in the NBA.
NESN has Red Sox/Orioles at 7:00. ESPN2 has Phillies/Braves at 7:00.