With the Red Sox set to open up on Sunday night against the Yankees (NESN locally, ESPN2 Nationally) one of the things I’m most looking forward to this season is having a full season of Jerry Remy in the booth. The season-long game of musical chairs next to Don Orsillo last year had its ups and downs, but none of them were able to completely replace Remy.
Our first link this morning has Remy also looking forward to a full season of work, now that he is cancer-free:
Remy finds spring in step – Bill Doyle has Remy admitting that he still hasn’t managed to completely quit smoking, but is feeling “a helluva lot better” than he was a year ago.
A Florida burn – Fluto Shinzawa isn’t pulling punches in describing the Bruins 1-0 loss to the Panthers last night, calling Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder “millstones” in the offensive end.
Where’s the heart, Bruins? – Stephen Harris has Mark Recchi noting that some of his teammates aren’t pulling their weight on this team.
Bruins fail ‘complacency test’ in 1-0 loss – Joe Haggerty observes that Recchi, Zdeno Chara, David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron were pretty much the only Bruins who showed up last night.
Tebow tact: Just pass – Christopher L. Gasper says that the Patriots can’t afford to use one of their top four picks to take a flyer on the Florida QB.
Get ready for an AL East arms race – Gordon Edes takes a pitcher-by-pitcher look at the rotations of the Red Sox and Yankees.
25 Red Sox, 25 Questions: Predicting the performance of the 2010 team – WEEI roundtable of Lou Merloni, Dale Arnold, Rob Bradford, Kirk Minihane, Mike Petraglia and Alex Speier attempt to see what is in store for this season’s Red Sox.
Feel-good story Scott Atchison earns a spot on Red Sox’ opening-day roster – Brian MacPherson has the 34-year-old journeyman reliever opening the season on a Major League roster for the first time in his career.
Fine leather has Red Sox looking awfully good – Michael Silverman looks at the Red Sox improved defense this season, and also includes a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the Red Sox defenders.
Crying foul hasn’t been helping – The Globe Celtics notebook has the team looking to be more aggressive in going to the basket.
And with the Final Four tipping off this weekend, we need to include Big days on campus by Bob Ryan, a look at Butler University enjoying everything that comes with a Final Four berth.
On the downside, Jim Donaldson makes at attempt at humor this morning with a column in which he predicts all New England sports events for the next year will go perfectly well. He then slaps the fans at the end with this:
Make sure that all of you disgruntled readers who have written in, complaining about too much negativity, now write in to say how delighted you are by this new approach.
Awww, someone is a little sensitive to the criticism he’s been getting from his customers. This one immediately goes into the nomination pile for “worst column of the year.”
How stupid. Way to insult your readers, and as is common in your industry show just how out of touch you really are with your audience.
I’ve tried to make this point a million times, and apparently some of the dinosaurs still just don’t get it, so here we go again.
Fans aren’t expecting you to always be positive and never be critical of the teams and players you cover. In fact, when it is warranted, they want you to call them out.
What fans have a problem with is negativity disguised as objectivity, or negativity just aimed at stirring up attention.
It’s not a difficult concept, really.