The Celtics and Bruins both dropped tight road games last night, the Celtics falling 86-84 in Milwaukee, and the Bruins losing 4-3 in OT to the Maple Leafs.
The Patriots agreed to terms with Leigh Bodden and Jets special teamer Marques Murrell yesterday.
The big news this morning is that Nomar Garciaparra is going to announce his retirement, and he’s apparently going to do it NFL-style, signing a one-day contract with the Red Sox and retire as a member of the team he’s most associated with. The press conference will take place at 10:30 this morning, and Comcast SportsNet and NESN will carry it.
No regrets – Paul Flannery says that the Celtics at least played hard against a streaking Milwaukee team.
Allen moved to speak after very quiet night – Gary Washburn has Ray Allen speaking out after taking only three shots, and Washburn projects it to be blaming Paul Pierce for not moving the ball.
Look into future not pretty for Celtics – Chris Forsberg says that the Celtics should probably hope they don’t have to face the Bucks in the first round of the playoffs.
Bruins drop overtime decision to Toronto – Dan Rowinski on WEEI.com looks at the Bruins loss.
Bruins blow three leads, lose in OT – Danny Picard also has coverage and talking points.
Leigh Bodden stays for $22M – Ian Rapoport has the news on Bodden’s new contract with the Patriots.
Okajima quite happy being who, where he is – Daniel Barbarisi has a look at the reserved Red Sox lefty reliever.
Hermida returns as a changed man – Joe Haggerty has Jeremy Hermida facing his former teammates in a much different position from which he left them.
Wakefield’s knuckler really travels well – The Globe’s Red Sox notebook catches you up on a lot of the other events from yesterday.
Also check out Chris Warner’s Q&A With Vanderbilt CB Myron Lewis on Patriots Daily this morning.
On the downside:
Mark Farinella this morning tells us that he’s been too busy watching high school basketball (his job, yes) to pay attention to what the Patriots are doing, writes what he’s read that they’ve done, admits his readers probably have been paying more attention than he has, makes a couple snide comments about Twitter and Blackberry phones, and calls it a day. Why even bother? Just keep covering the high school basketball – which he admittedly does a good job with, and obviously enjoys.
I heard Jon Wallach say this morning on 98.5 that the Patriots only have one guy left on defense who was a part of the last Super Bowl championship – Vince Wilfork. How about Ty Warren and Tully Banta-Cain? The latter might not have played a whole lot, but Warren certainly did.
After Nomar announces his retirement, he will join ESPN as a analyst on various programs such as Baseball Tonight. Get ready for the outrage from media members who will say Nomar is a hypocrite for hating the media so much during his time in Boston, and now he wants to be one of them.
No, Nomar will not be one of YOU. He’s not going to be in the clubhouse with a microphone interviewing players. He will be on a TV set, giving his opinion from afar of what’s happening from the perspective of a former player. There’s a big difference there. So Mike Felger, Dan Shaughnessy, etc, simmer down already….I guarantee this will be a topic they will bring up.