Christopher L. Gasper and Shira Springer report in this morning’s Boston Globe that Tom Brady is now dropping back and throwing passes, and his rehab has progressed to the point that he is expected to be ready for the season opener in September.
The Herald picks up on the Globe reports, but never gives credit to where the information came from. Do we really think they have their own sources on this story? The professional thing to do would be to at least acknowledge that the Globe was the source of those reports.
In a case of good/bad timing, Dan Shaughnessy says Brady has gone soft. Of course, this column is pure satire, he’s actually mocking many of the ridiculous things some people are saying about the Patriots QB these days, but Shaughnessy has written so many serious thing of this ilk before that some are likely to think he is being serious. On the other hand, I think Peter Gelzinis just might be serious.
Mike Reiss reports on the Patriots adding longtime Titans GM Floyd Reese as a senior football adviser to their personnel department. Nick Caserio will manage the daily operations of the department. Karen Guregian has more on what Reese will bring to the Patriots. Shalise Manza Young has more on the front office moves. Christopher Price has Reese planning on being here for a while. Ben Swasey has the Patriots hoping to address the void left by Scott Pioli’s departure. Brian MacPherson says that this April’s draft could make or break the Patriots. Glen Farley says that contract negotiations is one area that Reese will assist in. Andy Vogt also reports on the hiring of Reese.
Ron Borges has Ted Johnson among those talking about concussions at a meeting in Tampa yesterday. Bob Hohler has a feature on the effects of head trauma on even high school football players. Price has Heath Evans breaking down the Super Bowl matchups. Borges also has former Patriot Sean Morey trying to put off getting a real job as long as he can.
Gasper’s notebook has Fernando Bryant and Victor Hobson getting to the Super Bowl after all this season, just not with the Patriots, as they had hoped when training camp began. Guregian’s notebook has Matt Leinart praising the job Matt Cassel did this season.
A certain NHL commentator stated recently that the Bruins wouldn’t win the East this season because they can’t beat the Washington Capitals. Well, that changed last night as Boston scored a 3-2 win over the Caps.
Fluto Shinzawa says this one wasn’t a gem, but it was a win. Mike Loftus says that this win was a measuring stick for the Bruins. Joe Haggerty says that healthy bodies added up to a Bruins win. Rich Garven has the Bruins putting on an enticing playoff preview at the Garden last night. Steve Conroy has the Bruins padding their Eastern lead with the win.
Kevin Paul Dupont has the Bruins getting reinforcements in the returns of Patrice Bergeron, Milan Lucic, and Andrew Ference. Mike Petraglia has the sounds of the game. Mick Colageo has Bergeron making his presence felt in his return. Stephen Harris has more on the return of Bergeron. Bill Burt has Mike O’Connell rooting for the Bruins even though he is a Kings scout. Dupont reports that the Bruins are working on an extension for Peter Chiarelli.
Shinzaw’s notebook hones in on the return of Bergeron. Loftus’ notebook focuses on the return of Ference, playing in his first game since a fractured tibia suffered on November 13th. Garven’s notebook has more on the reinforcements for the Bruins. Conroy’s notebook has rookie Byron Bitz showing some fight.
Marc J. Spears has the Celtics hoping to land four players on the All Star roster. Jim Fenton has the Celtics getting a boost from their bench as of late. Steve Bulpett and Spears’ notebook have Brian Scalabrine suffering a second concussion and likely to miss a few games. Patrick Gilroy has the Celtics hoping that more practices can serve them well in the second half.
Michael Silverman says that the Jason Varitek situation is still in limbo. Dan Lamothe has more on Varitek and the deadline. Darren Garnick says that Varitek is an example of the impact the economy is having on all of us.
Rob Bradford has Mike Lowell getting in his first swings since surgery. Dan Barbarisi and Dom Amore report on Jon Lester and Joba Chamberlain exchanging some friendly barbs at a speaking event.
Alex Speier looks at the retirement of Sean Casey.