It’s another Patriots Day, AKA Marathon Monday here in New England.
The Red Sox are slumping, and the Bruins and Celtics are coming off weekend playoff wins. Kevin Garnett will be suspended for tomorrow night’s game two, after planting an elbow in the face of a yapping Quentin Richardson near the end of the Celtics game one victory.
This morning (NESN, 11:00am) the Red Sox look to salvage a game in this series, while tonight the Bruins look to take the lead in their first round playoff series. (NESN, 7:00pm)
If you want coverage of the Boston Marathon, I recommend Boston.com’s Boston Marathan Special page. WBZ TV will have complete marathon coverage. They will also be filing race updates via @bostonmarathon .
With so much going on, I’ve selected 20 great articles to get you going today:
Taking stock of the Sox’ predicament – Alex Speier with a solid look at a team and defense that has been less than advertised to this point in the young season.
It’s early, but so far, the Red Sox look like a machine whose parts don’t fit – Ron Chimelis notes that at this point there is no doubt that the Tampa Rays are a much better team than your Boston Red Sox.
April slump has a different feel – Jon Couture notes that “every throwing gaffe and dropped pop comes with a snicker from somewhere in the corner pub or the press box.” Glad our objective media members are enjoying themselves in the early going here.
Red Sox toil through another ‘unacceptable’ outing – Mike Fine notes that the Red Sox have used that word so much early on that it might become one of those t-shirts the players seem to adopt every year.
Cameron still hasn’t found comfort zone – Amalie Benjamin’s notebook catches us up on the rest of the Red Sox news.
Bruins’ Recchi knows how to win – Joe McDonald has the 22-year NHL veteran stepping up his game in the postseason and sharing his experience with his younger teammates.
Boychuk coming into his own with the Bruins – Joe Haggerty notes that sticking with the young defenseman has paid off for both Johnny Boychuk and the Bruins.
Best offense is an offensive defense – Mick Colageo says that a new-found confidence the defensemen have with the puck is giving the Bruins a lift.
Claude Julien, team seize leadership role – Stephen Harris grabs you with the first line of his column today, and then examines whether the statement is true or not.
Adam McQuaid green, but solid on blue line – Steve Conroy’s notebook has the rookie defenseman holding his own on the defense.
Garnett to miss Game 2, but tone is set – Tim Weisberg says that the impact of the Garnett elbow will be felt for the rest of this series.
Davis ready to reprise role – Chris Forsberg has Glen Davis looking forward to another chance to fill in for KG in the postseason.
Heat now realize they’re in for a fight – Gary Washburn says that the Heat “have to prove they can do more than berate defenseless players.”
Paul Pierce not lured in by Richardson’s tough talk – Steve Bulpett says that Pierce says he isn’t taking the bait, but given the strong personalities involved, this series hasn’t seen its last incident.
Memories of draft day for local players – David Pevear with a very cool column, talking to guys like Lowell’s 90-year-old Ed Murphy, who was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1943, and other locals who were draft long before the Mel Kipers and Todd McShays took over the event.
Are Patriots thinking QB in draft? – Hector Longo with a fairly comprehensive look at the QB prospects in the draft, and looks at the Patriots’ experiments at that position in the Bill Belichick era. Tom E. Curran also looks at the QB prospects.
Tebow may be out of Patriots’ range – Mike Reiss says that Tim Tebow may have moved up and out of the Patriots draft range.
Jared Odrick sure he’d succeed in Pats defense – Karen Guregian has the Penn St defensive end feeling like he’s to guy to fill the shoes of Richard Seymour in New England.
Big void exists for Patriots at defensive end – Ian Rapoport has more on the need at the DE position for the Patriots.
Q&A With USC DE Everson Griffen – Chris Warner talks to another guy who has been mentioned as a possible Patriots selection at defensive end.