For nearly seven years, BSMW has been your reliable one-stop for Hub sports happenings. We’ve been your blog for newslinks, and now we’ll be your blog for bloglinks. Boston has an unbridled passion for sports that overflows our Main Street media and spills into the off-Broadway network of blogs. Along with point-of-play reporting – for which I’ve yet to find any practical use – and the hottest rumors, there’s plenty of provocative thought and analysis down these sidestreets, so let’s give them a walking.
First off, after back-to-back drummings on Wednesday and Thursday, I was fed up and went shopping for a little anger from C’s fans. I mean, two weeks ago tonight they carried a 27-2 record and an 81-79 lead into the last 3:57 in LA, and then they stopped playing. Inside Hoops stokes it up with a nice chronicle of the fall (pre-Rockets). HoopsVibe says the Lakers stole the C’s hearts that day, and they further attribute the Posey loss to our current woes. Perk Is A Beast blames the schedulemakers, and that was before they lost the second of back-to-back games last night. Red’s Army says Rondo’s game has been destroyed. In The Paint is nagged by the lack of defensive intensity the C’s are demonstrating each night. CelticsBlog offers a full inventory of excuses to which readers can add their own. OT looks at the scrutiny surrounding the oft-maligned bench.
Okay. Not so bad. This may prove we’re maturing a bit as fans. Over on Full Court Press, our own Bruce Allen looks to Stephon Marbury as a remedy.
If winter’s here, can spring be far behind? Fictional Mike and Susan on The Soxaholix comic strip say no (I told you this was off-Broadway), but Clearing the Bases thinks so, with Yawkey Way taking its sweet time getting the roster in shape for spring. The Bradford Files delights in the sweet time the market is taking with respect to signing Manny. YFSF, a/k/a YankeeFan vs. SoxFan, likes the newest Sox pick-ups in Baldelli and Smoltz. Mazz thinks their additions prove there’s more ways than one to skin a cat.
Red Sox Monster has Jim Rice a few days and a few votes short of getting into the HOF. One If By Land figures the landscape to be even tougher for future nominees. Better Red Than Dead starts the year off by following Doug Mirabelli’s wanderings in and out of Boston. Surviving Grady muses over the A’s re-signing Giambino and, in some other posts during the week, try to restore tranquility in the wake of A.L. East competition getting stronger with the Teixeira and Pat Burrell signings. Over The Monster continues its look at the top ten events of ’08 with #2.
Down in the Evil Empire, Subway Squawker Lisa spent most of the week drooling over the Teixeira signing, while partner Jon enjoys a good laugh over the whole press conference (BTW, check out some excerpts over on Red Sox Game Day.) Big League Stew explains that Teixeira did what any one of us would do in choosing the Bronx: he followed his wife’s orders. Boston Dirt Dogs knows why the lovely Fifth Avenue Leigh dissed the Hub, while The Joy of Sox says it was not his wife but his Sister that sealed it. Toeing the Rubber thinks he’s where his wife wants him to be, but figure on that changing once hubby – or even she – starts hearing it from the Bronx Boobirds.
You think there’s rage on The Heights? Well, not from A.D. Gene DeFilippo. The Globe’s College Sports Blog says he just had a bad day.
For some odd reason, Bob Ryan’s And Another Thing vents anger toward Alabama for giving the good folks in Utah a reason to live.
Adam Schefter’s latest gossip is that Scott Pioli will be staying put. The End Zone carries a story that suggests Pioli never negotiated with the Browns in the first place. Projo Pats Blog runs down Pioli’s options and some other coaching moves. Reiss’s Pieces always has some interesting . . . well, pieces, including this on the Pats’ most penalized players.
Cooler heads have prevailed on the ice so far, but a little frustration is beginning to fester on Pucks With Haggs after the B’s were trapped to death in back-to-back losses this week. Wicked Bruins Fan is looking to break a jersey jinx and sounding like he’s about a week behind most Celtics fans as the winter approaches a never-ending feel. On a positive note, Rink Rap has all well in the nets where two goalies are better than one. And Stanley Cup of Chowder reports on three Bruins all-stars some of us haven’t even heard of.
Enjoy the BCS National Championship game tonight, and be sure to join us again next Thursday as we bring you the best of the blogging world with our Week Log. If you keep clicking, we’ll keep klogging.