A couple notes from the weekend, and then some more links from today:

Ted Johnson was all over the place this weekend as he continued to tell his story. On ESPN this weekend he said he didn’t want to blame anyone for his situation. On WBZ-TV last night he said he didn’t feel protected by the trainers, coach and Patriots franchise and was angry at them at the time of the 2002 concussions.

Gordon Edes had a look at how the Red Sox are attempting to make Daisuke Matsuzaka’s transition to Boston a bit easier.

Joe McDonald talked to a number of Boston athletes about the good and bad things about playing here.

Yes, today is truck day.


From BSMW Game Day contributor Greg Doyle:

In reference to the annual claim that only in Boston would there be reporting on the leaving of the truck for spring training (a self-important myth around here), I reference:

I saw articles from Kansas City and Cincinnati too and didn’t even do an exactly comprehensive search.


Tim Kurkjian says that the Red Sox rotation is filled with potential aces.

Amalie Benjamin reports on some uniform number changes for some young Red Sox players.

It’s amusing to watch the decline in effort as you move down among the contributors to this Boston.com guide.

Tony Massarotti had a chat on Bostonherald.com today.

Steve Lyons is gone, but Michael Hiestand tells us who is going to be on the FOX baseball broadcasts in his place.

Mike Reiss looks at the Patriots need for help at linebacker and possible options on the free agent market.

Peter King has his weekly Monday Morning Quarterback column.

Neil Best catches up with ESPN anchor (and Boston resident) Steve Levy.

Bob Raissman looks at issues on NFL telecasts that need to be addressed by the networks.

Dan Caesar talks to Post-Dispatch colleague Bernie Miklasz, who successfully pitched the candidacy of Roger Wehrli to NFL Hall of Fame voters.

Barry Horn says that the Cowboys complex will be much more media friendly with Wade Phillips replacing Bill Parcells.

Bill Simmons kept a running diary of the Grammys.


HBO has a new edition of Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel tonight at 10:00pm. Highlights of the show include a one-on-one interview with Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, a Frank Deford interview with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, and a segment on brothers Jerry and Joe Crawford. Joe has been in the NBA for three decades and worked each of the last 20 NBA Finals. Jerry has been an MLB umpire for 30 years. Their father was an MLB Umpire as well.


7:00pm, Versus – Red Wings @ Flyers
7:00pm, ESPN – Louisville @ Pittsburgh
8:00pm, NESN – Beanpot Final – BU/BC
9:00pm, ESPN – Oklahoma St. @ Texas (Another chance to see Kevin Durant)