A Step Forward For Sox

The Red Sox took the first game in their series with the Yankees last night, 7-3 down in Yankee Stadium. With the win, they were able to move up a game on the division leading Tampa Rays, who lost to the Blue Jays last night.

Amalie Benjamin has Justin Masterson coming up with the biggest pitch of the game – a double play inducing sinker to Alex Rodriguez with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. John Tomase has the Red Sox putting together some of their best baseball of the year at the most crucial juncture of the season. Joe McDonald has Masterson putting a quick end to a potential Yankees rally. Dom Amore says that the Yankees look and sound just about done. Bill Ballou has the bottom of the order helping out the Red Sox last night. Jason Dachman has Tim Wakefield all business right from the start.

Sean McAdam notes that the Red Sox rewrote history during the final years of Yankee Stadium. Dan Shaughnessy relates his own version of memories and highlights from Yankee Stadium. Alex Speier examines the impact that the new Yankee Stadium will have on the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry. Steve Buckley has Tim Wakefield coming full circle at Yankee Stadium.

Tony Massarotti has Justin Masterson earning the trust of his manager and being put into the game at its most important point. Nick Cafardo looks at the new instant replay policy that goes into effect tomorrow. Ballou has more on the new Instant replay, which will initially only be used for disputed home runs.

Michael Vega looks at Paul Byrd getting the start tonight, which isn’t his first big game against the Yankees. Massarotti has Josh Beckett set to return Friday after throwing a side session yesterday. Buckley reports that Mike Lowell is making progress in his recovery from his oblique strain.

Vega has Alex Rodriguez feeling the wrath of 55,058 jurors in Yankee Stadium last night. Tomase reports on the Red Sox interest in Atlanta outfielder Mark Kotsay. With J.D. Drew on the disabled list, McAdam explains the Sox interest in Kotsay.

Tomase also reports on Carl Yastrzemski being released from the hospital. McAdam reports that the Red Sox will help open the Mets’ new Citi Field next spring. Dan Lamothe says that there is some poetic justice with how the Yankees and Red Sox are playing right now.

Benjamin’s notebook has more on the Red Sox pursuit of Kotsay. Tomase’s notebook has Mariano Rivera missing the challenge of facing Manny Ramirez in the Red Sox lineup. Jeff Goldberg’s notebook has more on Kotsay. Ballou’s notebook has multiple injury updates. Dachman’s notebook has more on Kotsay.

Patriots

The Patriots made their first round of roster cuts and moves yesterday. Greg Doyle has the first edition of College Scout this season over at Patriots Daily.

Christopher L. Gasper examines yesterday’s moves, but looks closer at the moves facing the Patriots this weekend when they must trim to their final roster size. Ian Clark says that there were no real shockers among the moves yesterday. Karen Guregian also look at the choices that the Patriots still have to make in coming days. Shalise Manza Young says that roster cuts have never been easy for Bill Belichick.

Mark Farinella has LaMont Jordan back at practice for the Patriots. Hector Longo looks at the injury bug which has battered the offensive line for the Patriots. Glen Farley examines the impact of losing Stephen Neal for the first six weeks of the season. David Brown has the offensive line taking a couple of hits yesterday.

Christopher Price says that the Patriots still haven’t decided whether to use the new defensive communication system or not. Jennifer Toland says that if the Patriots keep five running backs, it could change their offense. Douglas Flynn also looks at the battle in the backfield for the Patriots.

Lenny Megliola says that Tom Brady has it all, but still wants more. If you missed it, Boston Magazine’s Luke O’Brien has a feature on Brady’s right hand man, Will McDonough. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has the Patriots Hall of Fame ready for its opening on September 18th. Guregian has Larry Izzo receiving the Ron Burton Community Service Award last night.

Gasper’s notebook speculates that there is some horseplay at work with the carefully planted items in Tom Brady’s locker. Farinella’s notebook has more on the roster moves of yesterday. Guregian’s notebook has Brady a no-show for the Pats Kickoff Gala last night. Young’s notebook has more on the scheduled opening ceremonies for the Patriots Hall of Fame. Toland’s notebook has more on the moves from yesterday. Flynn’s notebook says that the mood in Foxboro was somber with the cuts being made.

If you can only read one thing today, I recommend Dirty Jobs: WEEI Listener over on Pink Hat Hell.

 

 

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Sox Saying Their Farewells To The Stadium This Week

Starting tonight, the Red Sox and Yankees will play their last series inside this version of Yankee Stadium. Amalie Benjamin points out that there is plenty of Red Sox history inside of Yankee Stadium, and talks to a few players about their first trip to the venue. Jeff Horrigan has a similar piece this morning as well. Joe McDonald says that the series will bring out some nostalgic feelings in a few members of the Red Sox. Dom Amore has a look at more of the memories between the two clubs in The Stadium. Bill Ballou has a few of his own memories in Yankee Stadium to share. Jon Couture says that the Red Sox need to forget nostalgia or the rivalry this week and just get the wins.

Tony Massarotti says that Terry Francona has shown that he does things the right way, even if it might mean a loss for his team. Dan Hickling has Clay Buchholz making it through seven innings without giving up a walk for AA Portland. Garry Brown says that the Yankees need to sweep the Red Sox this week in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. Brown also checked out the Neil Diamond show at Fenway.

Benjamin’s notebook says that Jason Bay’s knees haven’t been a problem this year, as evidenced by his stolen base total. Horrigan’s notebook has the Sox considering the DL for J.D. Drew. McDonald’s notebook has a few more injury updates.

Patriots

On Patriots Daily, Tyler Carter has a new edition of The Turning Point.

Mike Reiss has the Patriots experimenting with a new version of the nickel defense, which features new safety John Lynch lining up with the linebackers. (Didn’t they try the “big nickel” a few years back when Lawyer Milloy and Tebucky Jones were the safeties and the club had signed Victor Green in the offseason?) David Brown gives us a deeper look at Matt Gutierrez, who impressed in his time against the Eagles. Robert Lee has Ray Ventrone impressing the Patriots with his ability and willingness to play in all three phases of the game. Douglas Flynn looks at Victor Hobson’s chances of making the club.

Citing Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Guregian says Tom Brady has a deep bone bruise, but will be ready for the season opener. Glen Farley says that Brady was still a little vague about his availability. Karen Guregian has Chad Jackson showing some spark as of late, but still proving to be a mystery overall. Mark Farinella has Jackson acknowledging that Thursday night could be his last shot with the Patriots.

Christopher Price has the Turk on the prowl this week in Foxboro. Rich Garven looks at a short week of major decisions for the Patriots. Farley says that Thursday night will be the last chance for many players on the roster. Bob Halloran says that Patriots fans must cling to their faith this preseason.

Reiss’ notebook has Brady expecting to be ready for the opener. Guregian’s notebook has local guy Mike Flynn doing his best to make the Patriots roster this week. Brown’s notebook has more on Ventrone, who is out to make the roster any way he can. Lee’s notebook says that things have been so far so good for Jerod Mayo in preseason. Flynn’s notebook has more on Jackson trying to make the most of this last opportunity. Garven’s notebook has Bill Belichick throwing a little praise at his rookie class.

8.25.08 Afternoon

A few quick links for this Monday afternoon:

Tom Brady told Dennis and Callahan that he expects to be ready for the season opener, and wanted to play Saturday night, but it was a coaches decision to hold him out. Mike Reiss reports that Brady and Matt Light were both at practice today.

Peter King has plenty of New England references and items sprinkled among this week’s Monday Morning Quarterback.

Jason Cole had an interesting article this weekend about Tom Brady, and how on many plays, his receivers aren’t even sent on specific routes…a lot of the plays are freelanced.

Albert Breer has an extensive interview with Bill Belichick in the latest print edition of the all new Sporting News. This link is some material that didn’t make it into the article.

Ron Borges says that it’s still a little early to be worried about the Patriots.

Pete Prisco says that Brett Favre makes the AFC East a little more interesting, but the Patriots are still lock to win the division – as long as Tom Brady is standing.

Michael Felger has this week’s Patriots report card.

Jeff Goodman isn’t a fan of the Celtics signing of Darius Miles.

Pink Hat Hell has the recap of Sox Appeal, episode 4.

John Donovan looks at this week’s Red Sox/Yankees series, and the possibility that both teams could miss the postseason this year.

Michael Hiestand analyzes the Olympic ratings.

Sox Go The Distance In Toronto

Jeff Horrigan reports on the Red Sox 6-5 extra inning win over the Blue Jays in Toronto. Amalie Benjamin looks at the importance of the Sox winning their second straight series on the road. Joe McDonald looks at the list of heroes in yesterday’s game for the Sox. Dom Amore says that the Sox had to have this one, “and with the nose of a championship team they sniffed out a path to win it.” Bill Ballou has the Sox feeling this was one they had to get.

Nick Cafardo has the bullpen coming up big for the Red Sox yesterday. John Tomase looks at the Red Sox getting a chance to really bury the Yankees over the next three games. Tomase also looks at Jed Lowrie, who hit the game winning home run yesterday, and is opening eyes with his poise and play for the Red Sox.

Benjamin’s notebook looks at Ellsbury staying in the game after crashing into the fence hard while making a catch in the fourth inning. Horrigan’s notebook has J.D. Drew slow to heal from his back injury and he could be headed for the DL. McDonald’s notebook has more on the impact Lowrie has had with the Sox. Amore’s notebook has Ellsbury too fast for his own well-being. Ballou’s notebook has Ellsbury taking one for the team by remaining in the game.

Patriots

Chris Warner over on Patriots Daily has the post-mortem from Friday night’s stinker against the Eagles.

Christopher L. Gasper has the Patriots needing to find a way to shore up the specials teams coverage units, and fast. Karen Guregian has Vince Wilfork trying to deal with the reputation he has gotten as a dirty player. Stephen Harris says that it won’t be as simple as flipping a switch for the Patriots to straighten out all their problems from this preseason. Robert Lee says that this week will be another full of questions about the status of Tom Brady.

Glen Farley has a look at punter Chris Hanson, who found himself getting a tongue-lashing from coach Bill Belichick during Friday night’s game. David Brown examines the urgency to get things straightened out in the special teams units. Jennifer Toland has more on this phase of the game.

Gasper’s notebook has the Patriots facing yet another short week of preparation this preseason. Lee’s notebook has the Patriots refusing to use injuries and backups as the reason for their poor play this preseason.

Need another example of why Bill Belichick doesn’t discuss injuries with the media? Consider what happened with the Giants over the weekend. Defensive end Osi Umenyiora left the game with an injury to his knee. Following the game, coach Tom Coughlin tells the media that the doctors “discovered no ligament damage through their initial exams.” He also added that “”I’m thinking it’s going to be OK.”

The next day, after a more thorough exam and MRI, it was discovered that there was no ligament damage, however, Umenyiora will still miss the entire season with with torn cartilage in his left knee. Ouch.

It’s not so much that Coughlin did anything wrong in this instance, but imagine the roller coaster ride that Giants fans went on this weekend. They see the injury, fear the worst, are comforted by Coughlin’s words, and then devastated the next day when their Pro Bowl defensive end is out for the season.

In contrast, Belichick would’ve said nothing after the game, other than “The Doctors will take a look at it” and then the news would’ve come out by itself the next day, without the embarrassment of having the previous night’s words (“I’m thinking it’s going to be OK.”) still hanging there in the minds of the fans. It’s why Belichick will often say “I’m not a Doctor.”

Again, it’s no doubt frustrating for the media not to be able to get any injury information from the Patriots, but the upside is that you’re not going to get inaccurate or “guessed” injury information from someone not qualified to talk about them, either.

Misc

Marc J. Spears has the US mens basketball team achieving their goal of returning the gold medal to the US for the first time since 2000. Bob Ryan says that by coming together, the US was able to reach their goal of redemption. Jeff Jacobs says that the US earned their redemption in this Olympics.

John Powers wraps things up with a sport-by-sport look at how the US did over in Beijing. Ryan says that the Chinese put on an Olympics that will be a tough act to follow.

Eric Avidon has the BC football team prepping for the season opener. Steve Conroy has coach Jeff Jagodzinski seeing a familiar foe in the Kent State Golden Flashes, even though the two programs have never played each other.  

Last Olympic-Sized Friday Megalinks Until 2010

Ken from the Fang’s Bites blog with your Friday megalinks once again.

This marks the final weekend of Olympics action and it’s really time for the Games to end. I enjoyed the Games really up until Wednesday when I started to get burned out on the Mary Carillo puff pieces, the tape delay of track & field and stories about Tiki Barber, whether he muttered or didn’t mutter the “c” word during an MSNBC Olympic update show. It’ll all be over by this Sunday and we won’t have to worry about a Summer Olympics until 2012, but we will have to deal with the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010, but that’s a ways away.

Of course, the last weekend of the Olympics from Communist China dominate the Weekend Viewing Picks.

Among the action coming up on Saturday are live coverage of gold medal matches in men’s basketball (2:30 a.m. on NBC), boxing (shown between 12:30 a.m. – 5 a.m), men’s marathon (7:30 p.m.), men’s soccer (midnight, CNBC), and baseball (USA/Telemundo, 6 a.m.). Tape delayed coverage on NBC includes the men’s 4 x 400 relay in track (Saturday, primetime) and men’s diving.

Finally on Sunday, NBC delays the Closing Ceremonies for primetime although I’m sure someone will have them streaming live on the internet sometime around 8 a.m. 7NBC in Boston and NBC10 in Providence have the broadcasts.

The Red Sox are up in Canada to take on their AL East nemesis, the Toronto Blue Jays. NESN has tonight’s game at 7, then Saturday and Sunday, the games are on at 1 p.m.

Fox Sports has regional coverage of three games Saturday at 3:55 p.jm. including Tampa Bay at the White Sox. The regional divide, announcing assignments and probable starters can all be seen here. On Sunday, TBS has the Rays-White Sox at 2 p.m., WGN has the Cubs in action against Washington at Wrigley Field at 2:10 p.m. and ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball has the Dodgers taking on the Phillies at 8 p.m.

The Patriots with or without Tom Brady limp into Gillette Stadium to take on the Philadelphia Eagles tonight. WCVB carries the Patriots Television Network broadcast with the venerable Don Criqui and verbose Randy Cross calling the game with Mike Lynch on the sidelines. The game starts at 7:30 tonight.

In other exhibition action, CBS has two games, one tonight which has the battle of Texas, Houston at Dallas at 8. Then on Saturday night, CBS beams Pittsburgh and Minnesota, also at 8. The NFL Network jumps in Sunday night with the Indianapolis Colts hosting Buffalo again at 8.

The Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA finally finishes this weekend. ESPN and ABC combine for coverage. On Saturday, ABC has a championship doubleheader starting with the International Championship between Japan and Mexico which starts at 12:30 p.m. Then the US Championship pits Lake Charles, LA against Waipahu, HI at 3:30 p.m. On Sunday, the 3rd place game is on ESPN at noon followed by the LLWS Championship Game on ABC at 3:30 p.m.

NASCAR heads to Bristol, TN for the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series. Tonight, it’s the Food City 250, Saturday night at 8. On Saturday, it’s primetime again for ESPN as the Sharpie 500 gets underway also at 8 p.m.

Formula 1 racing heads to Valencia, Spain for the European Grand Prix. Speed Channel has coverage of qualifying this Saturday morning at 8, then the actual race, Sunday morning at 7:30.

For golf, the LPGA Tour’s Safeway Classic is covered by ESPN2, Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. The first leg of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup which no one can understand begins with The Barclays. This will mark the end of CBS’ golf coverage for the year. The Barclays gets underway on CBS with 3rd round coverage on Saturday at 3 p.m. On Sunday, final round coverage begins at 2 p.m.

The last tennis tournament before the U.S. Open begins on Monday concludes on Saturday. CBS has the women’s final of the Pilot Pen from New Haven, CT at 1 p.m. ESPN2 has the men’s final at 7 p.m.

And the Travers Stakes, horse racing from Saratoga Springs, New York will be seen on ESPN this Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

Now let’s do your links.

National

USA Today’s Michael Hiestand writes that the Olympics will end with a bang on Sunday.

The Sports Business Daily/Journal’s Olympics website reports that NBC’s ratings for Wednesday were below Athens for the comparable night.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell looks at some of the most marketable sports names over the years.

The Sports Media Watch says Michael Phelps’ success has brought swimming more exposure for the next four years. On Wednesday, Awful Announcing had a clip of Usain Bolt’s record breaking 200 meter win before NBC showed the race and SMW talks about how the network used its muscle to have Google shut down AA for a short period. And the blog says NBC had its lowest rated night of the Olympics on Thursday.

John Eggerton of Broadcasting & Cable reports that the Olympics also dominated NBC Nightly News, more than any other network newscast.

Larry Barrett of Multichannel News says the former “Bachelor”, Jesse Palmer joins ESPN’s Thursday Night college football crew.

Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life Magazine writes that the Beijing Games now ranks second after Lillehammer in 1994 as the most watched Olympics in history. And Toni reports that the only major demographic that’s not into the Olympics are girls aged 12-17.

Clifford Coonan of Variety says the International Olympic Committee is proud to have opened the viewing to online platforms.

Daisy Whitney of TV reports that NBC did not rake in the cash from online ad revenue for its Olympics website.

CBS says the lovely beach volleyball gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh make their first late night appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday. And CBS Sports has announced the announcer pairings for the 2008 NFL season. A good pickup for CBS is Dan Fouts who was with ESPN/ABC for the last ten seasons.

East and Mid-Atlantic

David Scott has some good words for Michael Felger in the first week of operation for the new WEEI.com.

Barbara Matson of the Boston Globe is not happy with NBCOlympics.com.

Phil Mushnick of the New York Post writes that the YES Network’s Michael Kay made some strange comments about replay in baseball.

The Post’s Justin Terranova talks with SNY’s Lee Mazzilli about the baseball pennant races. And Justin has five questions for CBS’ Dick Enberg who will be in New York for the U.S. Open.

The spiteful Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News complains about the New York Jets giving favorable treatment regarding Brett Favre to 1050 ESPN Radio and WFAN while slighting beat reporters and cable partner SNY on which Raissman regularly appears and the Daily News is a partner.

Newsday’s Neil Best has CBS being giddy over having Brett Favre and the Jets on their network for most of the NFL season. In his blog, Neil likes Ato Boldon’s commentary on track & field. And Neil has an item on John McEnroe which did not make it into his column.

Ray Frager of the Baltimore Sun says NBC wants to ride the Michael Phelps wave for as long as it can.

Tim Lemke from the Washington Times says Gene Upshaw’s death has left the NFL Players Association in limbo.

West

Scott D. Pierce of the Deseret (UT) Morning News says maybe it’s not a bad thing for the national college football analysts to disrespect Brigham Young University.

Jay Posner from the San Diego Union-Tribune talks about ESPN horse racing analyst Randy Moss (not to be confused with the Patriots’ Randy Moss) picking up work with the NFL Network. Jay says the Sporting News picked the Chargers to win the Super Bowl, but nary a Charger to be on the cover. And Jay has the ratings for San Diego over the last week.

John Maffei of the North County Times feels track & field is getting the short stick on NBC’s Olympics primetime coverage.

Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News talks with FSN West’s Lindsay Soto who’s doing yeoman’s work for NBC in Communist China. And Tom has more with the lovely Lindsay in his extensive media notes in his blog.

Brent Hunsberger of The Oregonian’s Playbooks & Profits blog says this has not been a good Olympics for Nike.

South

Doug Nye of The State in South Carolina says he’ll have plenty of non-Michael Phelps memories of the Olympics. And Doug says ESPN has set its crew for the South Carolina-NC State game next Thursday.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald doles out his medals to NBC’s announcers for the Olympics.

Dave Darling of the Orlando Sentinel says NBC did a solid job in broadcasting the Games.

Barry Horn from the Dallas Morning News says NBCOlympics.com has had plenty of visitors during the 17 Days of Glory.

Jeff Caplan of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that long-time Mavericks analyst Bob Ortegel returns to TV after being on radio for a year.

Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman talks about the NBA possibly streaming live local games to your computer. Here’s Mel’s media notes. And Mel has his weekend viewing picks.

Midwest

George M. Thomas of the Akron Beacon Journal does not like a new DVD documentary on the late Ohio State coach Woody Hayes.

Ted Cox of the Chicago Daily Herald says NBC gets a silver medal for its Olympics coverage.

Paul Christian of the Rochester (MN) Post Bulletin says the clock is running out on NBC’s Olympics broadcasts.

Jeffrey Flanagan of the Kansas City Star writes about infamous “Boom Goes the Dynamite” anchor Brian Collins who after his disastrous sportscast has managed to find work in Texas. And Jeffrey writes about a Dan Patrick/Sports Illustrated interview with ex-decathlete Bruce Jenner.

Canada

Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star prefers watching CBC’s live coverage of the Olympics over NBC’s production of taped primetime program.

William Houston from the Toronto Globe and Mail says Ron McLean’s reveal about his mother’s death was poignant and telling.

That’s it. Have a good weekend.

Time To Get Serious

Christopher L. Gasper says that the Patriots need to show some progress in tonight’s third preseason game. Mark Farinella says that the Patriots have work to do in tonight’s third game of the summer. Douglas Flynn agrees that tonight’s tuneup is a bit more important when it comes to games that don’t really count. Rich Garven has the Patriots at least attempting to win the game within the game tonight. David Brown says that the Patriots need to find a rhythm tonight.

Eric McHugh has seven players and positions we should be checking out tonight. Mike Reiss gives us six areas to watch for in tonight’s game. Karen Guregian gives us five things to watch for. Shalise Manza Young chimes in with four things to look for tonight.

Old Bastard Jim Donaldson misses the good old days of Patriots training camp over at Bryant College. Ian M. Clark looks at the signing of veteran offensive lineman Mike Flynn in an effort to shore things up on the front line. Jeff Howe says that expectations are high for Randy Moss coming into his second season with the Patriots. Ron Borges says that Gene Upshaw made a huge impact on the NFL.

Gasper’s notebook has Welker insisting that he didn’t mean that Samuel chose money over championships when he made that very statement this summer. Guregian’s notebook looks at the importance of the third preseason game. Young’s notebook has the Patriots signing Flynn for depth on the offensive line.

Red Sox

Tony Massarotti realizes that hey…the more the Red Sox win now, the better shape they’ll be in later. There is actually more to it than that, as he looks at the importance of things such as being able to choose a game one starter in the postseason. Amalie Benjamin has the Red Sox becoming the first team to hand out $10 million in signing bonuses to a single year draft class. Jeff Horrigan has Jason Bay getting to play in his home country of Canada as the Red Sox take on the Blue Jays tonight. Bill Ballou says that a hockey mindset helps Bay.

Marty Dobrow has a minor league notebook which says that no matter where the Red Sox finish in 2008, this season is a major success from a player development standpoint. Lenny Megliola has Clay Buchholz beginning the long road back to the majors. Garry Brown has more on Buchholz.

Joe Haggerty has David Ortiz expressing his affection for “little Pedro” – Dustin Pedroia. Rob Bradford looks at Pedroia’s run-in with the umpires on Tuesday night. Terry Nau has Mike Schmidt talking baseball down in Pawtucket. Jeff Goldberg looks back at the career of Carl Yastrzemski on his 69th birthday.

Benjamin’s notebook has Jacoby Ellsbury getting back into a groove on the basepaths. Horrigan’s notebook has the Sox signing catcher David Ross to a minor league deal.

Misc

David Scott singles out Michael Felger for praise in WEEI.com’s first week.

Barbara Matson looks at the limitations of NBC’s internet Olympic coverage.

Marc J. Spears has the US mens basketball team looking to get over the wall of semi-final competition in international play, something they haven’t done in a few years now.

 

Who Should Be the Herald’s New Patriots Reporter?

The Boston Herald has been looking for an NFL reporter to take on the Patriots beat. The Heraldsports editor has already all but confirmed that John Tomase will be going over to the Red Sox beat, which is in need of help with both Rob Bradford and Tony Massarotti leaving. Tomase is also in need of a fresh start given his disastrous “walk-through” story.

Who are some of the candidates for the position, and which one should they hire?

Here are some reporters who might seem to be a logical fit for the position, and could very well end up with the job.

David Heuschkel

Heuschkel covered the Patriots for the Hartford Courant until July 31st, when as part of a downsizing of the sports department, he was let go. He had been with the paper for 17 years, covering the Red Sox for seven seasons (2000-2006) and moving to the Patriots beat last season. Heuschkel scored a number of scoops and exclusives while on the Red Sox beat and now also has the football credentials as well. The fact that he is currently out of work may actually be in his favor as he could step into the job immediately.

Christopher Price

Currently at the Boston Metro, Price has covered the Patriots for the paper since 2001. He has written a book on the team, The Blueprint which was published last season. Price writes the very popular “10 Things We Learned…” column following each game, which is one of the most clicked-through columns each week here on BSMW. Price has also been a contributor to Patriots Daily, penning the weekly “Inside Gillette” notes column.

Douglas Flynn

Flynn was profiled in this space yesterday, and his past association with the Herald through the former content sharing agreement between the Metrowest Daily News and the Herald make him well known to management at the latter. His work on the Patriots beat has been impressive in his one year on the job.

Eric McHugh

McHugh is another Patriots beat writer who has paid his dues at a smaller paper, having taken the reins from the legendary Ron Hobson at the Quincy Patriot Ledger. McHugh has done some solid work in his time on the beat, avoiding most of the hysterics that some of his colleagues occasionally fall into.

Jon Couture

Couture could be a long shot, as he is more of a baseball guy. He writes for the Standard-Times of New Bedford, doing Red Sox columns and notes for the paper. He’s a young guy with a bright future in the business, and with his paper having recently followed the trend of many others in the industry and doing away with most of their professional sports coverage, he might be ready to step out and make a move to a larger paper. Edit – I had the Standard-Times mixed up with another paper that is cutting back coverage…I’m assured that they’re trying to do more, not less. However, Couture is still a great candidate for the job.

Now is your chance to weigh in on these candidates, or to suggest your own. If you vote “someone else,” please put their name down in the comments section and give us some reasons why.

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