We’ll lead off this Saturday with the news that Brian MacPherson, who has covered the Patriots and Red Sox for the New Hampshire Union Leader for the last 1 1/2 years, will be leaving to join the Providence Journal staff as a Red Sox reporter, replacing Joe McDonald, who left for ESPNBoston recently.
While the Patriots may not have been as active as some would have liked on the first day of free agency yesterday, they did get some things done, inking Tully Banta-Cain, Vince Wilfork and Stephen Neal to new deals. Wilfork’s 5-year, $40 million deal makes him the highest paid nose tackle in the game.
Before the news broke, Mike Felger could be heard screaming on 98.5 about the Patriots being cheap and stating that they only got into the Julius Peppers sweepstakes as a PR move. Tony Massarotti agreed. “You’re absolutely right, Mike.” (Shocker there, I know.)
Patriots do the right thing in signing Wilfork – Tom E Curran explains why the Patriots needed to reward Wilfork.
Pats ’Fork over dough – Karen Guregian has the team coming up big for Wilfork.
Pats’ moves are smart, not splashy – Mike Reiss likes what the Patriots did yesterday.
Tully Banta-Cain cashes in– Ian Rapoport with a look at the new deal for the Patriots linebacker.
Sox hopeful pitches with special motivation – Daniel Barbarisi with a look at Red Sox pitcher Scott Atchison, who has an ill daughter, and gave up millions in Japan to get her help here.
Tim Wakefield wows ’em – Michael Silverman has the knucklerballer looking strong in his spring debut yesterday.
Please shake this behavior – Gary Washburn looks at how no one in the NBA hates each other any more, and has Doc Rivers wishing it was more like the old days.
It was Rondo to the rescue for Celtics – Jessica Camerato has Rondo and KG leading the Celtics to victory over the 76ers last night.
Celtics not perfect, but making strides late – Mark Murphy has the Celtics perhaps getting their finishing act in order.
Seidenberg shows lift in Bruins’ debut – Fluto Shinzawa looks back at the first game as a Bruins for Dennis Seidenberg.