Asante Samuel talk has dominated the sports radio airwaves today. It’s an easy topic…room for lots of speculation, second guessing and arguing.

But it’s mid-July, the Red Sox have a 9 game lead, and there isn’t a whole lot else to talk about. Are these officially the “dog days” of the sports summer, or is that still August? August at least has NFL training camp and preseason games to go along with baseball.

Mike Reiss has another edition of the Ask Reiss mailbag, which like sports radio, is all about Asante.

Albert Breer reports that Samuel and the Patriots have another option available to them beyond the tender offer, they can agree on a one-year contract that can be more or less than the tender offer and can contain other language in the deal – perhaps specifying the right to designate as a franchise player next spring. Eric McHugh has more on the Samuel situation, including the reaction of Glenn Toby, who “buoyed hopes of Patriots fans everywhere last Friday” with his suggestion that a deal could be reached.

Alan Greenwood has Curt Schilling eager to get back into action.

Matt Richardson on the BSMW Full Court Press is concerned that the Ray Allen deal was done as a half measure to try and appease the fan base.

Douglas Flynn has a look at the Bruins trade today in which they acquired winger Peter Schaefer from Ottawa for Shean Donovan, a move he says is an effort to boost their offense. He also examines the impact of the move on the team’s salary cap.

Peter King has a mailbag in reaction to his pre-season power rankings of yesterday.

Pete Prisco looks at AFC East position battles.

Deadspin has a copy of an inter-office memorandum answering all the different gripes from the ESPN staff.

Here’s a look at some of the early week media columns from around the country:

Teddy Greenstein looks at how Content Factory’s Jimmy de Castro sold Dan Patrick on his vision and convinced the ESPN mainstay to come aboard.

Michael McCarthy explores how Gary Sheffield’s comments about Joe Torre struck a nerve with many in the media.

Richard Sandomir has a look at Joe DiMaggio’s private diaries going up for auction.

Bob Raissman says that Saturday night’s tribute to Ralph Kiner by the Mets was nice, but was still somewhat “hollow – even disingenuous.”

Neil Best looks at the how the Yankees have dominated the silver screen over the years as well as the baseball diamond.

Chris Zelkovich reviews the work of some British soccer announcers.

Bob Smizik has the Big Ten Network pricing itself out of some cable systems.

David Barron has Houston’s four sports radio stations looking forward to the next release of the Arbitron portable people meter readings for June.