Mike Reiss has an optimistic Tom Brady saying that he doesn’t see any reason why he won’t be ready to go in time for the ’09 season opener. Rich Thompson has more on Brady’s appearance yesterday, where he made the statements about his recovery. Shalise Manza Young says Brady will likely get into trouble with his head coach for talking so much yesterday, but it sure made Patriots fans feel better. Glen Farley has more on Brady’s road to recovery.

Mark Blaudschun has a look at the preparations Northeastern’s Brian Mandeville has made for the NFL Combine. Karen Guregian says that the Patriots will likely be looking for secondary help at the combine.

Reiss’ notebook has more on the Patriots bringing back Tully Banta-Cain. Guregian’s notebook has more on the second tour of duty for Banta-Cain.

Red Sox

John Tomase has Jacoby Ellsbury hoping to bounce back big at the plate in 2009. Brian MacPherson says that the leadoff spot might not actually be the best spot for Ellsbury. Maureen Mullen has Jonathan Papelbon rested and ready to go this season. Alex Speier says that the shadow of Manny Ramirez has not yet been lifted from the Red Sox.

Amalie Benjamin has Red Sox ownership and management holding court yesterday. Tomase has John Henry talking again about bringing a salary cap to baseball after another offseason of unlimited spending by the Yankees. Bob Ryan has more on the financial discussion by the owners, and why it was needed. Joe McDonald has the owners supporting ‘an enlightened form’ of a salary cap.

Steve Buckley says that it is time for the Red Sox ownership to begin planning a new Fenway Park. Ron Chimelis says that David Ortiz is a little late to be joining the debate on steroids. Joe McDonald has Lou Merloni talking to Rocco Baldelli about what to expect playing so close to home. Buckley has Josh Bard choosing to wear #3, which once belonged to Jimmie Foxx.

Tomase’s notebook has Bob Stanley happy that Jonathan Papelbon will likely break his Red Sox saves record this season. Benjamin’s notebook has J.D. Drew not worried about his back.

Celtics

Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics would like to make a trade before today’s deadline, but don’t expect to be able to do so. Frank Dell’Apa and Marc J. Spears also report that all is quiet on the trade front for Boston.

Mark Murphy provides a Celtics report card at the All Star break. Robert Lee has older, wiser Paul Pierce enjoying the fruits of his work. Jim Fenton has the Celtics getting back to work tonight in Utah. Jeff Howe looks at the contenders around the NBA.

Bruins

Steve Conroy says that the win in Carolina might’ve done wonders for the Bruins’ psyche. Kevin Paul Dupont has Patrice Bergeron finally starting to feel like his old self. Matt Kalman has a look at Stephane Yelle. Joe Haggerty says that it is time for the young Bruins to grow up. Haggerty also has a blog post on who the Bruins might be looking at at the NHL trade deadline approaches.

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One thought on “Brady Says He’ll Be Ready For ’09 Opener

  1. I hate the kind of article that Ron Chimelis wrote. He asks where was David Ortiz before the Arod issue and says this looks like PR now. He was specifically asked to respond, so it is the media that is making it look like PR from him, A simple google search shows many articles where Ortiz publicly decried Steroids in baseball
    2006 ProJo article:
    Ortiz: I did it right way
    TORONTO — Late Thursday night, in the midst of the postgame press conference celebrating his record-breaking home run(s), David Ortiz voluntarily introduced a topic most major-leaguers studiously avoid. Without provocation, Ortiz made a none-too-subtle reference to steroid use, the scourge of baseball for the better part of the last decade.
    2005 Globe article:
    Ortiz, who like many players would welcome stricter testing if it would clear the air, said again the other day he has never used steroids.

    “I just work hard, man,” said Ortiz, who said that as a kid in the Dominican he used to hate lifting weights but grew from 190 pounds when he signed to 230 pounds when he broke into the big leagues, and has added another 20 pounds of muscle since.

    It sounds to me like some media memebers are trying to run PR for the media not pressing the issue harder either….

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