Sox Finish Off Sweep of Giants

The Red Sox finished off a three game sweep of the San Francisco Giants yesterday at Fenway Park with a 9-5 win behind Tim Wakefield. Barry Bonds hit a solo home run for the Giants, while Manny Ramirez hit his 10th on the season for the Red Sox.

Amalie Benjamin has the Red Sox bats awakening and Joel Piñeiro getting the job done in relief for the Red Sox victory. Michael Silverman looks at a feel-good Father’s Day at Fenway Park. Shalise Manza Young notes that despite the score, the game really came down to one key pitch from Piñeiro. Jeff Goldberg has the Red Sox finishing up the sweep despite the solo home run by Bonds off his former teammate Wakefield. Paul Jarvey looks at the Sox getting to Giants starter Matt Morris early and often yesterday. Jeff Howe notes that the Sox roughing up Morris was just like game 2 of the 2004 World Series.

Bob Ryan looks at a good weekend at Fenway for the Red Sox, noting that you’ve got to feel good about this team going forward. Steve Buckley looks at Bonds getting his Fenway Park home run and being in a good mood after the game, despite the loss. Nick Cafardo notes that Bonds actually enjoyed himself in Boston this weekend, and that the fans weren’t nearly as nasty to him as everyone (i.e. the media) said they would be. Rich Thompson looks at Wakefield joining the long list of pitchers who have surrendered a home run to Bonds. Lenny Megliola looks at Bonds and the Sox parting ways after a lively weekend at Fenway. Ron Chimelis says that the Giants will be a better team when Bonds is gone. Eric McHugh notes that Bonds is “the No. 1 punching bag in all of sports.”

Rob Bradford has Kevin Youkilis approaching Stuffy McInnis’ club record for consecutive games at first base without an error. Daniel Malloy has David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez starting to come into form, power wise. Bradford has Joel Piñeiro turning things around for himself with one pitch yesterday afternoon. Howe has Bonds hitting a solo homer as he adds Fenway to his list of Parks. Bradford has Osamu Higashio, who managed Daisuke Matsuzaka in Japan, recalling his matchups against legendary Japanese slugger Sadaharu Oh. Bradford also has David Ortiz getting a special Father’s Day gift from his wife and kids.

Get the rest of the coverage, including feeds from many of the top Red Sox fan blogs on the RedSoxLinks.com page. Check out the view from the Bay Area on Bonds getting his Fenway Park home run on the Bay Area Sports Pages.

Chad Finn offers up a few thoughts on the weekend.

Silverman’s notebook has Brendan Donnelly going on the IR, with Manny Delcarmen getting the call to replace him on the roster. Benjamin’s notebook has more on the Sox placing Donnelly on the injured list with a strained forearm. The Projo notebook observes that Bonds didn’t really make a mark in this series with his bat. Goldberg’s notebook has more on Donnelly’s injury. Chimelis’ notebook also follows up on the injury to the Sox main right handed setup man. Jarvey’s notebook has Bonds finally getting his Fenway home run.

U.S. Open
Jim McCabe looks at Angel Cabrera holding off the big names to win his first Major championship. Tony Massarotti has Tiger Woods unable to complete his comeback yesterday, finishing one stroke behind. Jeff Jacobs looks at the “waddling duck from Argentina” holding off Woods for the win. Bruce Berlet has more on Cabrera.

Massarotti looks at Jim Furyk letting another U.S. Open slip away. McCabe has a number of the players talking about how the Oakmont course was mentally and physically abusing to them.

Massarotti’s notebook has a look at a nightmarish final round for Woods’ playing partner Aaron Baddeley. McCabe’s notebook has Furyk’s decision to go with a driver on 17 being his undoing. Berlet’s notebook has updates on a couple of guys with local ties.

Sunday
A few of the Sunday/Weekend columns:

Dan Shaughnessy remembered Larry Whiteside. Christopher L. Gasper had Whiteside’s obituary in the Globe.

Kevin Paul Dupont endorses Mike Milbury as the Bruins next coach. Steve Conroy prefers Providence Bruins coach Scott Gordon. Mike Loftus says that Dave Lewis was never a good fit here.

Mike Reiss had Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum (A former Globe delivery boy) talking about his dad on Father’s Day. Eric McHugh had former Pat Sean Morey finding a new home with the Cardinals.

Mark Murphy says that the Celtics could find decent value with the 5th pick. Peter May loves the Spurs. Steve Bulpett has Kendrick Perkins challenging himself and his teammates to get better this offseason.

Nick Cafardo loves the Yankees in his Baseball Notes and says that beating the Red Sox might’ve turned their season around. Massarotti in Covering All Bases also says that the Yankees appear to have put it all together. Jon Couture looks at the Giants fan who made the trip to Fenway this weekend. Mark Farinella says that baseball has lost its luster among the current generation.

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Weekend Watch – Barry Bonds Hits Boston

Former Boston Globe sports reporter Larry Whiteside, a pioneer in many respects, passed away Friday morning at the age of 69.

Nick Cafardo offers a few thoughts, as well as a copy of the nomination letter he sent to the national committee for the J.G. Taylor Spink Award (Baseball Hall of Fame) earlier this year. Baseball commissioner Bud Selig commented on the passing today as well.

The letter from Cafardo gives you some idea of just how great a man Whiteside was, and yet what he did and accomplished in his career is largely unknown to the average Boston fan.

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Breaking
The Bruins have “relieved” head coach Dave Lewis Dave Lewis and associate coach Marc Habscheid of their duties. Douglas Flynn and Kevin Paul Dupont report on the news.

Hmmm, the Bruins choose 6:00pm on a Friday night to announce it. I guess I just don’t get that practice in general. It’s almost insulting to the fans and public. Much like the Borges “retirement” being announced on a Friday evening.

Messageboards are buzzing that Pat Quinn could be a possible replacement.

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Barry Bonds is coming to town this weekend, and the Fenway faithful should be sufficiently stoked up enough to give the San Francisco Giants slugger a loud welcome. Certain members of the Boston media have been salivating over this weekend for months, encouraging the fans to boo Bonds and chant at him for the entire weekend.

Many of these same media types talk about the importance of being objective, and not a home town yahoo. Is encouraging the fans to taunt Bonds any more or less objective than rooting for the home team?

Granted, most of the ones encouraging this behavior are columnists and talk show hosts, not the day-to-day beat writers. But the ones who are advocating the harsh treatment of Bonds have completely lost the right to be critical of the fans for how they behave. If an ugly incident happens this weekend, are those same media types going to knock the fans for “going too far?” Bonds may be a lousy human being and a cheater, but the media’s encouragement to the fans has been distasteful.

A positive this weekend should be warm reception for 2004 ALCS hero Dave Roberts.

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Keep up with the news this weekend with the help of RedSoxLinks.com and PatriotsLinks.com.

Check out the view from the Bay Area on the Bay Area Sports Pages.

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Bob Ryan provides another entertaining blog entry with The amazing Mr. Scully.

Chad Finn has Nine Innings on FoxSports.com

He’s also got his local edition of Touching All The Bases, where he’ll be live-blogging the first matchup between the Red Sox and Giants in 95 years.

Evan Brunell on Fire Brand of the American League says that letting Orlando Cabrera go was Theo Epstein’s biggest mistake.

Pete Prisco lists out his top 50 NFL players.

Peter Schrager isn’t ready to anoint the Patriots NFL champs for the upcoming season.

Matt Mosley on ESPN’s Hashmarks is an incredibly prolific blogger.

Here’s Bill Simmons’ latest podcast with David Stern.

SI.com has an excerpt from Dan Shaughnessy‘s new book Senior Year: A Father, A Son, and High School Baseball.

Dr Z. has the latest edition of his NFL Mailbag.

You mean it might not be entirely Bill Belichick’s fault that Ted Johnson is having health issues? A tough column from Mike Downey of the Chicago Tribune.

They’re pretty excited about their rings out in Indy.

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Sports Media Columns

New England
David Scott has a look at an unexpected infusion of intelligence on the WEEI airwaves. Susan Bickelhaupt notes that the NBA Finals lacked competition…and viewers for ABC. Clark Booth explores why the NBA and NHL ratings have been so horrible this spring.

New York
Bob Raissman says that “major significance should be attached to MLB.com hiring Harold Reynolds.” Phil Mushnick wasn’t pleased with ESPN’s opening round coverage of the U.S. Open. Neil Best looks at ticket resellers such as StubHub getting a boost with the passing of a recent New York bill. Richard Sandomir has a look at the dismal ratings for ABC in the NBA Finals.

More East Coast
Michael Hiestand has some ideas on how to juice up the ratings for the NBA playoffs. Chris Zelkovich has a look at the straight shooting Johnny Miller. Laura Nachman looks at Philly Sports Radio 950 bringing in a local guy to do their morning show. Jim Williams has a look at a huge weekend of racing action.

South
Dave Darling encourages you to watch the U.S. Open, even if you need to employ a drinking game to get into it. David Barron notes that the NBA Finals were an afterthought for much of the viewing public.

Midwest
Judd Zulgad has Carl Pohlad-family owned Northern Lights Broadcasting purchasing an FM radio station, but issuing denials that the Twins (who are owned by Pohlad) will end up there in the future. Teddy Greenstein has WSCR-AM 670 host Mike North having a rather heated exchange with White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper on the air Thursday morning. Bob Wolfley has the Milwaukee Admirals finding a new radio home.

West Coast
John Maffei looks at Johnny Miller returning to the site of his own U.S. Open triumph. Joe Davidson says that many viewers seem to prefer Nick Faldo over Miller. larry.stewart has a look at the all-out coverage that the Open is getting. Tom Hoffarth tears into Chris Berman and ESPN’s coverage of the first round of the event. Jim Carlisle notes that pars will be hard to come by for the field this weekend. He also has a notebook on the NBA finals reaching a new low. Jay Posner reports on a pair of Padres announcers keeping busy on the side with some college sports work.

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Weekend Viewing Highlights

Friday, June 15

7:00pm, NESN – Giants @ Red Sox

Saturday, June 16

1:00pm, NBC – U.S. Open, 3rd Round
2:00pm, ESPN – College World Series
3:30pm, FOX – Giants @ Red Sox
7:00pm, ESPN – College World Series
8:30pm, ESPN2 – Busch Series: Meijer 300

Sunday, June 17

1:00pm, NBC – U.S. Open, 4th Round
2:00pm, NESN – Giants @ Red Sox
2:00pm, TNT – Nextel Cup: Citizens Bank 400
2:00pm, ESPN – College World Series
7:00pm, ESPN2 – College World Series
8:00pm, ESPN – Mets @ Yankees

Rockie Horror Show Continues For Sox

Well, those out there who said things are much more interesting when the Yankees are a factor are getting their wish, as the Red Sox continue to give up ground in the standings with what has become their latest edition of the June swoon. The latest outing was a energy-less 7-1 loss to Rockies last night at Fenway Park, where Josh Beckett suffered his first loss of the season.

Michael Silverman says that Barry Bonds might not be the only one getting booed at Fenway Park this season. Gordon Edes looks at things getting ugly for the Red Sox as their free fall in the standings continues. Sean McAdam observes that things are suddenly going all wrong for the Red Sox. Jeff Goldberg looks at Josh Beckett struggling to his first loss of the season last night. Phil O’Neill says that the possibility of a 1978-like collapse has to be in the minds of Red Sox followers.

Bob Hohler gets a brief interview with Barry Bonds and works into a mini-feature on the Giants slugger, who says he holds no ill-will towards the city of Boston. Steve Buckley says that “tonight, Barry Bonds becomes the most heavily booed player in the 95-year history of Fenway Park.” Dan Shaughnessy says that Bonds might be a record breaker, but he’s also a rule breaker. Garry Brown says that Bonds commands respect from the Red Sox players and pitchers. Alex Speier says that Bonds is respected, but certainly not beloved. Jeff Howe says that it is a tradition for baseball to hate it’s best.

Mark Murphy has Red Sox starters gearing up to face Bonds this weekend. Daniel Malloy says that “respect” not “fear” is what the pitchers have for Bonds. Joe McDonald notes that Bonds has a big fan in the Red Sox clubhouse in rookie Dustin Pedrioa, who grew up a Bonds fan in California. McDonald had the story yesterday, and Edes repeats it for the Globe today; the tale of Red Sox minor league field coordinator Rob Leary and his friendship with Bonds.

Garry Brown looks at the beloved Dave Roberts returning to town with the Giants tonight. Buckley has Curt Schilling saying on WEEI yesterday that he is open to a one year deal with the Red Sox. Guregian has Terry Francona trying to shuffle around his struggling lineup to find a combination that is going to be productive.

Amalie Benjamin looks at the control issues that plague Beckett last night. Murphy says that Josh Beckett looked like the pitcher who struggled in the second half of 2006 last night. Malloy looks at Julian Tavarez, who takes the ball tonight for the Sox against the Giants.

Karen Guregian notes that we should start to worry about the red hot Yankees, who have gotten right back into this race. Rob Bradford looks at the new trend in baseball for pitchers to find new life at 40.

Jeff Horrigan has a look at Gary DiSarcina taking the reins of the Lowell Spinners…his first managerial job. Benjamin has a look at Red Sox pitching prospect Michael Bowden and his deceptive delivery.

Silverman’s notebook has J.D. Drew leading off for the Red Sox last night in an effort to take advantage of his on base percentage. Edes’s notebook says that the experiment with Drew at the top of the lineup was not a success, at least for last night. The Projo notebook has more on Drew in the leadoff spot. Goldberg’s notebook has Red Sox players for the most part downplaying the arrival of Bonds for this weekend. O’Neill’s notebook has more on Drew hitting leadoff.

US Open
Jim McCabe has Nick Dougherty grabbing the early lead at Oakmont. Tony Massarotti has Phil Mickelson with an encouraging round despite his sore wrist. Jeff Jacobs has more on Dougherty. Bruce Berlet says that Tiger and Phil were both up to the task yesterday. Massarotti has Tiger Woods in the hunt, in contrast to last year’s Open.

McCabe’s notebook has Bubba Watson and Boo Weekley getting off to a good start in the Open as well. Massarotti’s notebook has a look at first round leader Dougherty.

Misc
David Scott has a look at an unexpected infusion of intelligence on the WEEI airwaves. Susan Bickelhaupt notes that the NBA Finals lacked competition…and viewers for ABC.

Jackie MacMullan reports on the Spurs capturing their fourth NBA title in nine years with their win over the Cavs last night in Cleveland.

Steve Bulpett has the Celtics adding to their must-see list.

Guregian has a look at the candidacy of Ron Burton for the Patriots Hall of Fame.

Fluto Shinzawa has Bruins rookie Phil Kessel winning the the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for being the NHL player who best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.

“Fifth Quarter” staying on WBZ-TV

From WBZ-TV:

Boston’s WBZ-TV today announced an agreement with the New England Patriots and Kraft Sports Productions and on a three-year renewal of “New England Patriots 5th Quarter.”

The renewal secures the exclusive relationship between WBZ-TV and the New England Patriots to exclusively carry live post-game press conferences live after every regular season and playoff game. The “New England Patriots Fifth Quarter” is the only instant access program to Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the rest of the Patriots immediately following the game.

WBZ-TV is the exclusive broadcaster of “New England Patriots 5th Quarter.” Occasionally, “New England Patriots 5th Quarter” may be moved to WBZ-TV’s sister-station TV38 (WSBK-TV) to accommodate CBS Network’s broadcasting obligations.

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Shameless plug alert – I made an appearance on the NBCSports.com Fantasy Fix video program this afternoon to talk a little Red Sox…

From the appearance on NBCsports.com's Fantasy Fix

Curt Schilling checks in with a look at his performance against the Rockies last night.

Jason Chung and Michael McCann have an interesting look on Sports Law Blog on the issue of potential Celtics draftee Yi Jianlian’s actual age.

Tony Massarotti has a look at the rift between Prince and Cecil Fielder which has the two not having spoken for a couple of years, and Prince no longer speaking OF his father either.

Seth Mnookin has a look at his favorite columnist Murray Chass and his assertion that the Yankees will pass the Red Sox in the standings by July 4.

Albert Breer has an excerpt from the new book from Tedy Bruschi and Michael Holley – Never Give Up: My Stroke, My Recovery and My Return to the NFL

Bill Simmons outlines how to fix the NBA playoffs.

From last week, ESPN Ombudsman Le Anne Schreiber addressed the plight of viewers held hostage by ‘tyranny of the storyline.’

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Tonight

7:00pm, NESN – Rockies @ Red Sox
8:00pm, TBS – Braves @ Twins
9:00pm, ABC – Spurs @ Cavs

Rockies Shell Schilling

There were no redeeming factors in last night’s 12-2 loss to the Rockies for Curt Schilling and the Red Sox. Schilling gave up 5 earned runs in 5 innings, while Kyle Snyder and Joel Pineiro each gave up three runs in relief.

Michael Silverman observes that with each loss, the Red Sox allow the surging Yankees to make up ground. Thus far they’ve cut the lead from 14.5 to 8.5 games in a very short period of time. Amalie Benjamin has things getting ugly at Fenway for Schilling and the Sox last night. Joe McDonald notes that nothing was clicking for Schilling on the mound last night. David Heuschkel has Schilling following his best outing of the season with one of his worst. Phil O’Neill has Curt getting cuffed around by the Rockies.

Steve Buckley says that last night really came down to one poor pitch for Schilling, a changeup that was left hanging and was belted for a three run homer in the fifth. Steven Krasner has speedy center fielder Wily Tavarez getting the Rockies off on the right foot last night. He also looks at Mike Lowell getting another error, and the Sox lack of communication costing them last night. Lenny Megliola says that the natives are getting restless with the Red Sox lead continuing to shrink by the day. Ron Chimelis says that sports talk radio should be heating up with the lead shrinking, and he wants no part of it.

John Tomase has the Red Sox waiting for Manny Ramirez to start hitting some homers. Daniel Malloy has Javier Lopez doing well in his role and thankful to still be here after the Sox chose to designate J.C. Romero for assignment rather than send Lopez to Pawtucket when Mike Timlin was activated.

Silverman has the Sox coming up with a novel idea to make Kevin Youkilis an All Star.

Buckley says that the Red Sox shouldn’t be trying to get Youkilis into the All-Star Game after having made the effort last year to keep Manny Ramirez out of the game.

Fluto Shinzawa has errors by Julio Lugo and Mike Lowell costing the Red Sox early in the game last night.

Tomase has a look at Kaz Matsui, who was a teammate of Daisuke Matsuzaka in Japan, and remembers the pitcher as an 18-year-old phenom who came in and dominated. Alex Speier has more on Matsui, who he says should be a cautionary tale for sky-high expectations for Japanese players in America. Malloy has the Rockies getting to Schilling for 6 runs, thus giving their starter Josh Fogg plenty of support.

McDonald talks to Red Sox minor league field coordinator Bob Leary, who has been good friends with Barry Bonds since they were 7 years old, and who might be the only person in New England who will be happy to see Bonds in town this weekend with the Giants. Bill Ballou has a look at Bonds coming to Boston, and his chase to become baseball’s all time home run leader.

Steve Conroy has a look at outfielder Brandon Moss, who is opening eyes with his bat at Pawtucket.

Silverman’s notebook has David Ortiz bowing out of the home run derby this season. Benjamin’s notebook has Ortiz willing to step aside to allow Kevin Youkilis a chance to become an All Star. The ProJo notebook has more on the Sox efforts to get Youkilis into the All Star game. Heuschkel’s notebook has more on the efforts. O’Neill’s notebook has still more on Ortiz’s willingness to yield to Youkilis for the All Star nod.

U.S. Open
Jim McCabe looks at the massive tree removal at the Oakmont Country Club, site of this year’s U.S. Open championship. Bruce Berlet says that the open spaces are what makes Oakmont such a different and difficult challenge. Tony Massarotti has expectant father Tiger Woods keeping his focus on golf this weekend.

McCabe’s notebook has recent bad weather making for a rough playing surface at Oakmont this weekend. Massarotti’s notebook has more on the conditions of the greens for this tournament. Berlet’s notebook has Arnold Palmer offering some advice on the Oakmont course, as he feels the field is really not ready for this challenge.

Patriots
Christopher L. Gasper has the Patriots going cautious with Brandon Meriweather, wanting him to be completely healthy for training camp, as he might be needed to play corner should Asante Samuel not come back into the fold. Christopher Price looks at whether Laurence Maroney will be able to carry a full load for the Patriots this season. Karen Guregian has Stanley Morgan hoping to become a member of the Patriots Hall of Fame this year.

Celtics/Misc
Mark Murphy has the Celtics brass traveling down to Washington to check out Jeff Green. Jeff Clark has Danny Ainge trying to decide whether to play deal or no deal.

Jackie MacMullan looks at how Gregg Popovich has brought out the best in Tony Parker.

Michael Vega has Dale Earnhardt Jr deciding to go with Hendrick Motorsports, effective next season.

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Wednesday Wrap

Had switch off WEEI after hearing Glenn Ordway and Steve Buckley discussing “where David Chase went wrong” in the Sopranos finale…

Buster Olney has David Ortiz and the other Red Sox players trying to get Kevin Youkilis into the All Star game at first base. Because DHs are not listed on the ballot, Ortiz is listed as the Red Sox representative at first base. Big Papi was “all for” the idea that his name be replaced with Youkilis on the ballot sent to players.

Olney was also on 890 ESPN Boston this afternoon.

Jessica Camerato analyzes how a trade for Shawn Marion would impact the Celtics.

Bill Burt on BradfordonBaseball.com says that it is time to end interleague play.

Merril Hoge and Joe Theismann debate the best offenses and defenses in the AFC East.

Carmine Frongillo doesn’t think the Asante Samuel situation will get dragged out.

Mark Farinella has another edition of “Ask Fearless.”

Tom Curran says that there are good guys in the NFL, it’s just that the bad apples are getting the attention.

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Tonight

7:00pm, NESN – Rockies @ Red Sox
7:00pm, ESPN – Diamondbacks @ Yankees

The “New” Randy Moss – Reality or Perception?

The media often reminds us all that they are the connection between the fans and the athletes and teams. While reporting is supposed to be objective, what the fan gets in terms of information is oftentimes tainted by the media person’s own notions or even agenda.

How is the fan to tell what is the truth and what is not?

As Chad Finn pointed out last night:

The national media, almost unanimously from what I can tell, came away from Patriots minicamp raving about Randy Moss. Certain members of the local press are predictably yowling that he was dogging it. So excuse me while I give Peter King credence for once.

Finn was referring to Michael Felger, among others. Yesterday in Felger’s first appearance in the Herald for some time, (He is no longer on staff there – he will do freelance work while focusing on his radio and TV career.) he wrote the following about Moss’ efforts at mini-camp last week:

You’d have thought Moss would have taken the opportunity to make an early statement, maybe run from drill to drill across the field, lead the sprints at the end of practice, blow by the slower and smaller players trying to cover him, whatever. Show a little hustle. Little things.

But it pretty much was the opposite. Moss was content to remain in the pack. He never was first in line. He certainly didn’t make defensive backs look foolish. Aside from climbing the ladder once or twice on high throws, he didn’t give any hints of his prodigious physical gifts. It’s true the entire proceedings were run at about three-quarters speed, but that didn’t stop Brady, Welker and Harrison from giving full effort. Moss’speedometer seemed stuck at around 60 percent.

Felger’s buddy, Ron Borges has also been heard on the 890 ESPN Boston airwaves spouting that Moss wasn’t trying, wasn’t sweating hard enough, and generally not hustling. (Ironic, given the suspension that Borges was handed from the Globe earlier this spring.)

What is Felger basing his assessments on? He says the proceedings were held at about 75% speed, but that Moss was only going at 60%. How exactly did he measure this?

Finn makes mention (reluctantly, it seems) of Peter King, and his article yesterday on Moss was extremely Moss and Patriots-friendly.

Kings describes in detail the efforts Moss has made in first getting to the Patriots, and then in trying to fit in and get into the best possible shape.

At 2 a.m. on April 29 coach Bill Belichick called Moss in Houston and informed him that he would have to accept a $6.25 million reduction in his $9.25 million base salary and undergo a physical in Boston within 10 hours if he wanted to be a Patriot. Moss immediately agreed to the pay cut and hired a private plane to rush him to New England. He also changed two weeks of personal plans for early May so that he could attend the Pats' off-season program, though he was not ordered to do so by Belichick. At New England's Organized Team Activities -- practices without pads that NFL teams hold each spring -- Moss felt he was lagging in conditioning drills, so when the Patriots took the last week of May off, he stayed in Foxborough for four days of aerobic work.

King also made the observation that “At his first Patriots minicamp, wideout Randy Moss looked like a new man.”

So was Randy Moss loafing it, going at 60% or did he look like a new man at camp?

How are we to tell? Who do we rely on?

To further confuse things, this afternoon Albert Breer has a fine blog post in which he makes the statement that “First, the idea that perception has changed on Moss since the trade to New England is a local thing.”

So is he saying that the New England media folks the ones that are promoting the new perception of Moss and that the national media is still skeptical? Or is it like Finn says…the national media is raving about Moss while the locals are yowling?

In any event, I’m not sure what to believe.