This is one of the low points. Between the Celtics absolutely laying down against the Memphis Grizzlies and all the Nomar-bashing by various columnists, the Boston sports media scene isn’t a pretty place this morning.
Let’s get to the good stuff:
Sox, Nomar ended it right – Jon Couture acknowledges the flaws of both Nomar and the Red Sox, but knows that yesterday was the right thing for both sides. Best column this morning on the topic. (It may behind a pay wall for you, depending on how many times you’ve been to the S-T site this month, but register for free and you’ll probably be able to read it.)
The love never died – Gordon Edes also has a very good piece on Nomar retiring with the Red Sox.
Nomar finds himself welcomed back to ranks of Red Sox royalty – Daniel Barbarisi plays it straight.
Kevin Faulk true to blue – Karen Guregian has the Patriots venerable third down back returning for another season in Foxborough.
Kevin Faulk at home with Pats – Mike Reiss also has a good piece on Faulk.
Will Wilfork’s strong words resonate? – Vince Wilfork talked a lot about leadership yesterday. Tom E Curran looks at whether he’ll be able to change the Patriots locker room.
Q&A With Patriots CB Darius Butler – Chris Warner talks to the Patriots second-year cornerback from UConn about getting ready for his second NFL season. Check back on Patriots Daily this afternoon for another Patriots player interview.
Celts fall to Memphis, 111-91 – Bill Doyle with the game story where the final score says all you need to know.
Uneven C’s still searching for answers – Lenny Megliola looks at the state of the Celtics.
Frustrated Doc Rivers mulls changes – Steve Bulpett says the Celtics coach might shake things up.
Marc Savard gets no justice – Stephen Harris looks at the hit on the Bruins center going unpunished by the NHL.
Ok, I’ll admit to laughing at the opening of Michael Silverman’s article on Julio Lugo today:
Julio Lugo had a suggestion.
“Write something good about me,” Lugo, the former Red Sox shortstop and current Cardinals backup infielder, said yesterday.
Here’s something: It’s a good thing Lugo is no longer with the Sox.
I don’t have as much time as I would like to go into this, but some of these Nomar attacks from the supposedly objective media are beyond belief.
On the Comcast SportsNet website, respected baseball writer Sean McAdam speaking of the Red Sox organization, demanded to know when “did they willfully, purposefully and unapologetically decide to publicly jump the shark?”
In other parts of the column, McAdam uses the terms “cheesy publicity stunt”, “staged event”, “artificial legacy”, “dog-and-pony exhibit”, “contrived, made-for-TV event”, “gimmicky” and “silly trappings” to describe the event.
You can guess what Dan Shaughnessy says about it, opening up by calling Nomar a “Total Fraud.” Other phrases used include “truly nauseating”, “Gag me”, “pathetic effort”, “downright fraudulent” – all in the first four full paragraphs.
He gets down to the crux of the matter here: “In good times and bad, Garciaparra was unnecessarily difficult in all interactions with the media.”
That’s really what all this boils down to, isn’t it?
Even on Twitter, the media was ripping Nomar to each other. This exchange between CSN’s Mike Giardi, Jackie Pepper and Joe Haggerty is a nice example.
Now, I know that Nomar was NOT good to deal with for the media. But he’s been gone from here for almost six freaking years. Time to let go people. Just let it go.
Nomar and the Red Sox have moved on. The venom from the media says a lot more about them than it does about Nomar.