Mike Reiss says that Tom Brady agreed to restructure his contract so that Randy Moss could become a Patriot. John Tomase has former Brady backup Jim Miller, now a talk show host for Sirius, talking about how impressive the Patriots offense now appears. Shalise Manza Young looks at the Patriots second day selections, noting that they are longshots at best to make the team.
Didn’t Dan Shaughnessy write this column yesterday? Well, pretty much, except yesterday he was targeting the Patriots, while today he is targeting the fans, insulting those who make his lifestyle possible. For people like Shaughnessy, everything is black or white, good or evil. No shades of gray possible. I’m pretty sure most fans would NOT have wanted Randy Moss on the Patriots on a $10 million per year guaranteed deal. Having him for less than a third of that, with the ability to cut him loose should he mess up at all makes having Moss more palatable. I suppose Shaughnessy could be exaggerating to make the larger point of how perception of an athlete changes when all of a sudden they’re “ours,” but I think that might be giving him too much credit. The insulting the intelligence route is much more likely to garner attention and discussion. (and it worked, thanks Dan.)
David Brown says that Shaughnessy and the rest of the Boston media are over reacting to this whole character issue with the Patriots.
Jeff Jacobs says that Moss doesn’t deserve this chance that he’s been given by the Patriots. Lenny Megliola says he is our Randy now, and will be watched closely. Bill Burt says that bringing Moss on board shows that the Patriots mean business this year. Eric McHugh has more on the huge gamble the Patriots are taking with Moss.
Bill Simmons also weighs in on Moss.
Karen Guregian has Mike Vrabel saying that there are no plans for the captains to sit down with Moss. Christopher L. Gasper has former Moss teammate Cris Carter saying that Moss will fit in just fine in Foxboro. Tomase has Carter saying that Moss loves structure and won’t be a problem with the Patriots. Jeff Howe looks at what Moss and Brandon Meriweather can bring to the Patriots. Howe also has a former teammate of Meriweather supporting the person and player that he is.
Gordon Edes has a look at Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan, who has seen the club get off to a good start in his first season with the club. While the hitting has been fine, Jeff Horrigan says that the pitching is what has really carried the Red Sox through the first month of the season. Steven Krasner notes that it was a smooth first month of the season for the Red Sox. Jeff Goldberg has more on the Red Sox getting out to an early lead in the AL East.
Rob Bradford has Jonathan Papelbon talking money. He says he’s in the game to make his fair share, but he’s also willing to wait his turn. Paul Jarvey says that good health has helped the Red Sox fast start. Dan Lamothe has an interview with Joy of Sox blogger Allan Wood. Joe Haggertylooks at super sub Alex Cora. Mike Petraglia has the A’s limping into Boston for tonight’s start of their series with the Red Sox. Haggerty looks at the mystery that Hideki Okajima has been to opposing batters.
Edes’ notebook has Julian Tavarez hoping that Daisuke Matsuzaka will teach him how to throw a cut fastball. Horrigan’s notebook has Lenny DiNardo doing fine in his first season with the A’s and looking back fondly on his time in Boston.
Bill Reynolds offers his thoughts on Joe Torre, Zak DeOssie and Sebastian Telfair.
Mick Colageo has Hannu Toivonen hoping to have a future in Boston.