The Celtics and Bruins each return to action tonight, each trying to salvage a season that began with so much promise. The Celtics are in Detroit to take on the Pistons, while the Bruins host the Canadiens at the Garden.
One thing I noticed today is great stories from WEEI.com. Since they’re not a newspaper, they don’t need to just provide “filler” stories every single day to fill space – they have plenty of filler on their blogs, but they can save their full-length columns for features that are worthy of coverage, and can fill them out as much as they like, without space or word count restraints. They can focus on getting the stories right, rather than just trying to fit them into a predetermined space.
The result for today anyway, is a set of sports stories on WEEI.com that is vastly superior to the Globe sports section today. I only mention the Globe because it still holds itself up as the Gold standard for sports reporting in Boston. WEEI.com is superior to any outlet this morning. Not every morning, but this morning, yes.
But overall, it’s a pretty strong morning for local sports writing. We’ve got 15 main links today:
Sox caught with uncertain future behind plate – Alex Speier has a very in-depth look at the catching situation in the Red Sox organization, with profiles of the catchers are all levels.
Gary Tuck takes catching seriously – Gordon Edes looks at the man in charge of getting the catchers ready.
Smooth start for Jose Iglesias – Joe McDonald on ESPNBoston.com with a great look at the Red Sox shortstop prospect. I heard McDonald talk on NH’s WGAM yesterday about Iglesias, saying how just watching him taking fielding practice was a sight to behold.
Matsuzaka has to earn back ‘benefit of the doubt’ – Rob Bradford has the Japanese ace in the position of having to prove himself.
Five Things We Learned in Indianapolis: Draft packed with pass rushers – Christopher Price shares some items picked up at the combine. Compare this column with the one from Albert R. Breer today. Breer’s is good, but Price’s is better and more Patriot-centric, which is what Patriots fans want, isn’t it?
Patriots’ 2003 Draft Class Continues to Shape History of Franchise – Jeff Howe on NESN.com looks at the 2003 draft, which was among the best in franchise history.
Need and opportunity line up for Pats – Mike Reiss says that 2010 might be the most critical draft of the Bill Belichick era.
Slim pickings for top-flight receivers – Shalise Manza Young looks at possible additions to the Patriots receiving unit, both in the draft and free agency.
C’s seeking answers for a swoon – Paul Flannery has a look at the Celtics lack of focus and whether this team has a chance to turn things around or not.
Time for Lucic, Bruins to show what they’re made of – Mick Colageo has the Bruins set to begin the medal round of the NHL season.
Stretch drive: Bruins have work to do to qualify for the playoffs – Mike Loftus also has a piece on the keys for the Bruins between now and the end of the season.
Bruins poised to move at the deadline – Joe Haggerty rounds up the Bruins trade rumors.
It was Canada at its best – Bob Ryan wraps up the Vancouver Olympics.
Family tie brings joy of sport home – Jon Couture writes about watching his sister-in-law as her college basketball career winds down.
Check out Greg Doyle’s Q&A With Ashland QB Bill Cundiff on Patriots Daily this morning as well.
On the downside…
Gerry Callahan has a column this morning that would’ve been included with the good ones above, had he just left out his final two lines. He’s pulling a Shaughnessy and writing about the lack of controversy in the Red Sox spring training camp. He seems to write it as a good thing, until the end:
And it’s not always going to be this way here at Camp Kumbaya. Sooner or later Francona is going to have to post a lineup card for real, and some former All-Star is going to have to hit eighth. Here’s hoping he erupts like Milton Bradley.
That’s pure Shaughnessy right there.
I’ve enjoyed Toucher and Rich continuing to tweak WEEI with the whole texting scandal.