Sorry about pulling a J.D. Drew on you last Thursday. While Bruce is away, the mice will play, and they seem to have chewed right through the lines. We’re making up for it with some Monday blog links, although they’ll be only slightly longer than a Joba Chamberlain start.
Starting off with J.D., Heidi Watney is sympathetic to back pain and says his trip to Boston was no big deal. Eric Ortiz reports on the injury woes cropping up in Fort Myers, while Surviving Grady tries to stay positive through all the bad news.
One If By Land revels in the deep areas of the roster, where an early-returning John Smoltz may not find a spot in the rotation and Jed Lowrie has no prayer of starting. That’s good for Julio Lugo, as Full Count says he’s no fan of competing for a job. Extra Bases has Lugo putting on more muscle this offseason, which hopefully translates into more power in 2009. Small White Ball updates us on the Jon Lester extension. Fire Brand of the American League looks at the morphing of Kevin Youkilis from Greek God to free swinger. Hacks With Haggs says Youk will need some broad shoulders this year. Behind The Screens gives you a reference book for all the strange names you’re apt to hear during Grapefruit League games. Over The Monster says a serious shortage of J’s in the lineup due to the WBC has the Sox flirting with MLB sanctions.
If it was up to 38 Pitches, pitchers would be prohibited from participating in the WBC. Boston Sports Blog tries to muster up enough patriotism to get out of bed for 4:30 AM games. FenwayNation has the WBC at 0-for-3: it’s not world-wide nor baseball nor classic. Thanks For Playing has found something worthwhile in the WBC as A-Rod is reduced to a laughing stock in its ad campaign. Sox & Dawgs bring us Letterman’s Top 10 reasons to watch the WBC.
Apparently, all the world knows how to work the count against Dice-K, as Brownie Points reports on his less-than-spectacular WBC win. With Nomar signing in Oakland, Caught Off The Wall wants to reconsider his position in a debate waged years before.
The C’s are in Jekyll & Hide mode after taking out the Cavaliers on Friday night, then dropping yesterday’s matinee against the Magic. Friday’s win proved costly, as NESN’s Boston Celtics Blog says Rajon Rondo, who was injured in the game, could miss ten days. Red’s Army says not so fast on that Rondo prognosis. Celtics 17 says the loss of both Rondo and KG hurt from the start yesterday, but the C’s still managed to turn in a pretty good defensive effort. Green Scene says Rondo’s injury means it’s time for Stephon Marbury to step it up.
NBA Outsider tells you why Starbury is going to work out in Boston. CelticsBlog extolls the virtues of Ray Allen, who is having a career shooting year from both the floor and line, and has added defense to his arsenal. Fernsten’s Follies says Doc shows the same destructive tendencies of K.C. Jones when he’s given too many balls to juggle.
The Bruins had a split weekend, too. Saturday’s 5-3 win over the Blackhawks ended a 12-game slide in which the Black & Gold lost nine, then yesterday’s 4-3 loss to the Rangers started a new slide. Pucks With Haggs says Saturday’s win was more about who wasn’t on the ice than who was. The Bear Cave says Sunday’s loss was a matter of a bad bounce. Fight Cub gives stars to yesterday’s Shawn Thornton vs. Colton Orr bout, with Thornton declared the winner by jersey-pullover. Like Claude Julien at the Liberty Hotel, Caveman Strong says the B’s are failing because they’re pretending to be something they are not.
Kathryn Tappen hopes that the lives of schoolchildren are not turned upside down as a result of Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline. Jack Edwards consults with the dead for his on-air scoops. Stanley Cup of Chowder looks back at B’s hitman P. J. Stock, the Godfather of Blogging.
On NFL Insider Report, Tom Curran says Jason Taylor’s best fit is in Foxborough, while The Patriot Act stokes the furnace of the Julius-Peppers-to-New-England rumor mill. Pat’s Pulpit says Peppers is too rich for his blood. In their swansong blog, OT says Peppers would have his hands full in making Belichick look smart again. First And Ten From Foxborough doesn’t think CB Shawn Springs was the best choice, while PatriotsBlog thinks Jonathan Wilhite may ease any fears of not acquiring more help in the secondary. It is What It Is bids adieu to the suddenly dispensable LaMont Jordan. And Hubub is surprised Matt Cassel’s Bernard Pollard comment last week didn’t cause more of a . . . hubbub.
We’ll be back in the starting lineup in our regular slot this Thursday, mice willing of course. Until then, have a great week.