If your team blows a big lead and you don’t see it, does it still sting? Not as much, says Cameron Martin, who slept soundly on Tuesday night while the Nation burned in Baltimore, going down after holding a nine-run lead. As for me, I woke repeatedly that night to our new cat scratching up our good-as-new bedroom carpet and was each time revisited by demons of that game before I could go back to sleep. Nights like those make me glad I’m not a Sox beat writer.

Boston Blood Sox has the Sox on the wrong side of history on this one. Fighting Words continues his knack of being a day short of historic games. Who Made You Mirabelli? finds a Sox plus even amongst the carnage of the O’s greatest comeback ever. Repeat after Keep Your Sox On: ten runs in two innings, ten runs in two innings!

Now, if your team wins in extra innings after falling apart the night before and you don’t see it, does it still kick butt? You bet, says Respect the Tek. Yes, it was a much better story yesterday afternoon, although my cat still woke me up all night again. Red Sox Monster has Baltimore’s dancing turned into tears over the course of 24 hours, as the insurrection in Birdland was quashed along with a four-run ninth inning deficit. Cursed To First has Josh Beckett taking the full brunt of Felix Pie in a fifth inning collision then recovering, much like he did against the full O’s lineup. However, Sports of Boston questions Beckett’s acehood after coming out so flat following a devastating defeat. YFSF uses charts to illustrate that yesterday’s comeback was more improbable than Tuesday’s collapse.

Joy of Sox has Canadian Jason Bay’s ill-timed swoon, K’ing five times during the Canada Day Miracle. Keeping on the theme of sex-play monikers, Sox Addict looks at the plethora of records the Sox are felling lately. Fictional Bill comes out of vacation mode on The Soxaholix for a timely one-line dig. And Sox & the City laments the fates of Roberto Alomar and Lenny Dykstra once fame left their building.

Red Sox Reality Check looks in on the good, the bad, and the ugly at the midway point of this season. State Of The Sox has Beckett and Lester the best one-two combo in the game. Cole Wright reports on a starting rotation problem every MLB club wishes they had. Fenway Pastoral looks at the media fight over Brad Penny headlines. Boston Dirt Dogs has Mo Rivera reminding Jonathan Papelbon there’s no opening for a closer in the Bronx.

Wicked Good Sports chronicles the rocky road of Mike Lowell. Fire Brand of the American League thinks it will take a double-helping of Mark Kotsay and wishful thinking to get Lowell through the second half of the season.

Toeing The Rubber doesn’t have a cometitive bone in her body but would love to see Kevin Youkilis beat down Mark Teixeira for the All-Star start at first. Big League Stew says to take Youk minus the Bronx jet stream at first. Survivng Grady offers a pictoral compulsion to vote Youk in over Tex. Didn’t I see that guy in pinstripes on a Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. rerun? Boston Sports Blog has Joe Maddon weighing risk against reward in deciding Tim Wakefield’s All-Star fate.

One If By Land looks at the silver lining losing Game 7 of the ALCS has for one member of the Nation. And have you ever wondered how the Sox do on the road when they don’t homer? Nuggetpalooza, our resident Cliff Clavin, has this and answers to other useless questions around the Nation. Both these bloggers join Felger on Comcast SportsNet’s The Baseball Show this Saturday, so be sure to catch them (9:55 AM, re-airs 12:55 PM). And check out Wicked Good Sports’ Top 20 under 25; they’re asking for your pick, but voting ends today.

Patriots

Ahhh, July! Training camp is coming, but Blogging Fearlessly has some players putting their time to noble purposes until then.

We’re in roster-shaping mode leading up to the start of camp. Pro Football Weekly says Joey Galloway is the leading candidate for No. 3 receiver. Pats Pulpit thinks Shawn Crable may just be the answer to an anemic pass rush of late. The Patriot Act thinks Willie McGinest retiring as a Patriot would be storybook, while Blauhg hopes Tedy Bruschi will stay a Patriot for life.

Reiss’s Pieces has Bill Belichick once again accumulating the smartest rookie class in football this year. NESN’s New England Patriots blog puts forth their favorite Belichickisms. Patriots Gab says Belichick has been tough to bet against for a decade now.

Celtics

As the summer heats, so does the Hardwood Hot Stove. Before we dive into the Wallace Watch, Celtics Blog gives us Danny Ainge’s rundown of offseason moves.

Now, Gary Tanguay, who is widely acclaimed as the godfather of Rasheed-Wallace-to-Boston rumors, keeps the spigot open on his week-long scoop. NESN’s Boston Celtics counters by saying there isn’t enough money or minutes for Wallace in Boston. Red’s Army is hot on the Godfather’s heels, finding morsels of misspeak in Tanguay’s every word.

New England Sports 24/7 has the C’s recruiting Wallace with a collegiate vigor. Thanks For Playing has hopped on the bandwagon, figuring Sheed plays well in disciplined environments.

And finally, you Thursday afternoon regulars may remember my post two weeks back, where I compared my backward shot to that of Phil Mickelson. I couldn’t resist bringing this to you from Devil Ball Golf.

Have a great Fourth of July weekend, wherever it may find you.

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