Yesterday in the Globe’s OT, Chad Finn put forth the theory….and that’s ALL it was, as Finn states he has “no hard evidence to support this suspicion” that led him to write this…that if the Red Sox were to sign free agent slugger Mark Teixeira, that Theo Epstein “should at least gauge interest” in David Ortiz out on the market.
Today we get a good example of how the modern information age loves to take things and “re-report” them in the most sensational way possible. On the NBCSports.com’s “Scuttlebutt” they link Finn’s column with the headline If Red Sox get Tex, Big Papi is gone. Sounds pretty definitive. Si.com’s Fannation also ran with the story, as a “hot rumor,” simply citing the Boston Globe as the source.
The fact that these outlets could take Finn’s opinion – the piece was just an opinion column – and turn it into some kind of hot “rumor” is exactly what is wrong with so much of the sports coverage we get today. Finn wasn’t reporting anything, and much of the piece is in fact a tribute to Ortiz, who Finn clearly does not want to see traded.
Eric Wilbur, as he does every week, rounds up the predictions for this weekend’s Patriots game. A surprising majority appear to be picking the Patriots, which runs counter to my own gut feeling. (Which might be a good thing.)
Ronnie Brown is getting ready for an even bigger and better game against the Patriots this time around.
Wes Goldstein has the Bruins putting it all together under Claude Julien.
Tony Massarotti thinks that the Celtics have the East all wrapped up already.
Jessica Camerato says that these Celtics have swagger…and their opponents don’t particularly appreciate it at times.
Tom E. Curran says that Matt Ryan is starting to look Brady-like down in Atlanta. Lawyer Milloy backs him up.
Dave Hollander has an extensive interview with Erin Andrews.
Jason Whitlock goes after the media for their bashing of Donovan McNabb.
Even if you weren’t a fan of Mike Mussina, you’ve got to admire that he had made his mind up before the season that he was going to retire, but didn’t tell anyone, and that even his first ever 20 win season couldn’t change his mind.
Ken Fang’s Megalinks will be up either later tonight or at latest tomorrow morning…