Just a few afternoon links on a very busy Wednesday in a very busy week…

John Tomase made the case this morning that the actions of the Patriots this offseason actually indicate that Bill Belichick is planning on sticking around beyond this season. If you think about it, it all makes sense. If Belichick is planning on bolting after this season, playing hardball with Asante Samuel doesn’t make much sense. If Belichick is only going to be here this season, he’d probably do anything to get Samuel into camp to play, and not care about anything beyond this season. That’s just one small example. Tomase’s article was a nice respite from the constant talk this offseason, (some from the pages of the Herald) that Belichick was gearing up for a “final run” with the Patriots.

So, what does the truth & rumors section of Sports Illustrated’s Fan Nation site do? They ignore the main thrust of Tomase’s article, and instead use a small bit from it to put forth the notion that the signs point towards Belichick leaving. They don’t make any reference to the actual premise that Tomase was trying to make.

The debunked rumor from yesterday still is getting a lot of on-line play, with several outlets picking up on it. A report on Network World shows how something like this get started, and spread quickly.

Dan Kennedy says that the media has acted correctly by not touching this one.

Former Red Sox (and current Nashua Pride) reliever Rich Garces had a chat on Boston.com.

The Media Circus has more Steve Philips nonsense.

Andy Hart has another edition of the Ask PFW mailbag.

Don Banks has 10 burning questions entering training camp. The fifth one is about Randy Moss and the Patriots.

Peter Schrager also has 10 questions, #4 is about the Patriots cornerbacks.

Dan Wetzel says that July hasn’t been a good time for his vacation.

From a Turner Sports release:

TBS.com steps up to the plate to offer Major League Baseball fans an inside look at San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds as he chases one of the most illustrious records in sports- the home run record- last broken in 1974 by Hank Aaron who finished his career with 755 home runs. Bonds, currently two home runs away from tying the record and three away from breaking it, will be prominently featured on TBS.com through free, live streaming of his at-bats in every game leading up to the record breaker from a simulcast made available through MLB.com. Additional MLB.com streaming footage is also available on TBS.com, including highlights, game footage, press conferences and more, and will be available throughout Bonds’ homerun record chase. CNN.com will also link to the TBS.com baseball footage from its Web site.


7:00pm, NESN – Red Sox @ Indians
8:00pm, ESPN2 – Cubs @ Cardinals
10:00pm, TBS – Braves @ Giants