To begin with, a hearty “thank you” to the guest posters who have filled in over the last two weeks.

So what’s been happening the last two weeks, anything big? In catching up a little bit, I see that the Bruins and Celtics have been struggling, the Celtics decimated by injuries, and the Patriots have continued to turn over their roster this offseason.

But the biggest move may be yet to come. Yesterday on Vic Carucci suggested that the Patriots and Panthers were talking about a swap of Julius Peppers for the #34 overall pick, acquired from the Chiefs in the Matt Cassel/Mike Vrabel trade. Panthers general manager Marty Hurney denies that any trade talks have taken place. We’re put this one in the “rumors” category for now, but it certainly bears watching.

On Patriots Daily, Scott Benson and Greg Doyle discuss the Peppers rumor, roundtable style.

Christopher Price also discusses the rumor on John Tomase says that adding Peppers would make the Patriots “devastating on defense.” Christopher Gasper’s notebook in the Globe says that Peppers could bring what another UNC product (Lawrence Taylor) brought the Belichick defenses on the 1980’s New York Giants. Glen Farley says that Peppers would certainly spice up the Patriots defense. Tim Weisberg says that getting Peppers would show that the Patriots mean business. Get more thoughts and opinions on the Peppers rumor at

Christopher L. Gasper says that Adalius Thomas now will be taking more of a leadership role among the Patriots linebackers. Mark Farinella and Bill Burt have new Patriots receiver Greg Lewis speaking with the New England media yesterday. Shalise Manza Young has more from Lewis. Ron Borges has a look at new NFLPA boss DeMaurice Smith.

Tomase’s notebook has Tom Brady reporting for duty on day one of offseason workouts. Young’s notebook also has Brady showing up on day one.

Red Sox

Amalie Benjamin has Daniel Bard opening eyes with his fastball, which has been known to hit 100 mph. Maureen Mullen has Chip Ambres hoping to make an impression this spring. Michael Silverman has the positive signs piling up for the Red Sox pitching staff. Dan Barbarisi has Bard, Justin Masterson and Michael Bowden looking good yesterday.

Rob Bradford says that Josh Beckett’s next contract could be tricky for the Red Sox. Barbarisi has Dustin Pedroia feeling better, but still not allowed on the field.

Sean McAdam has Bud Selig saying that the WBC is globalizing baseball. Barbarisi has catcher Chris Iannetta gaining attention in the WBC. McAdam’s notebook has Kevin Youkilis disappointed in the attendance at the WBC games.

Benjamin’s notebook has Daisuke Matsuzaka busy but efficient thus far this spring. Silverman’s notebook has Terry Francona anxious to get his players back from the WBC.


Steve Bulpett has the Celtics making health, not wins, their biggest priority right now. Mike Fine has Doc Rivers trying to get his stars the proper rest, something that was easier last season when the Celtics rolled to the league’s best record. Marc J. Spears has Rivers glad for the mental break he got between Sunday and tonight. Check for more Celtics news and chatter.


Kevin Paul Dupont and Steve Conroy have the Bruins struggling to find their game while watching teams come up from behind them in the standings.


Tony Massarotti thinks that recent injuries suffered by Boston athletes are hilarious.

Lenny Megliola clears out the Rolodex of his mind.

Steve Buckley has senior Tyrese Rice ready to do whatever it takes in the NCAA tournament. Julian Benbow has a look at a pair of USC stars who demand the spotlight.

Mark Blaudschun and Steve Conroy report on a torn achilles for BC linebacker  Mike McLaughlin.

Rich Thompson and Monique Walker have the BC women being shut out of the NCAA tournament.