Here’s hoping everyone enjoyed a few days off here, as we get ready to what used to be the “dead” month of July.
It used to be that there was only baseball in July. It was the “dog days” of sports. Now however, July is packed with sports – NBA and NHL free agency, NBA summer leagues, the Bruins hold a developmental camp, the MLB All Star Game, the ESPYs (meant to initially capitalize on the dead time around the All Star Game) NFL rookie signings, and as we get closer to the end of the month, NFL training camps open up.
Rather than the traditional links and listings, here’s a few items and thoughts from the last few days.
The July 12-19 issue of The New Yorker has a feature from Ben McGrath on David Ortiz. It examines his improbable return to All Star form after having his career declared dead by practically all in the media, and the revelation of his failed substance test in 2003.
I’m mildly intrigued with the idea of Shaquille O’Neal joining the Celtics next season, but I hold firm in my belief that if the Celtics want to make one more run at a title, they need to add a more significant piece than a 38-year-old Shaq, or a 34-year-old Brad Miller. I don’t think Semih Erden is the answer either. I’m still holding out faint hope for a David Lee sign-and-trade.
Game On – Interesting look at the sports radio battle in Philadelphia, where longtime heavyweight WIP 610 AM is being challenged by the upstart 97.5 The Fanatic FM sports radio station. A very similar situation to what is happening here in Boston between WEEI and WBZ-FM.
So Tom Brady was playing with a broken finger and three broken ribs last season.
Catcher Martinez hasn’t received call from team – A few things are certainties: Death, Taxes and Nick Cafardo will take up a players case for a new contract. Over the years, contracts have been an obsession with Cafardo, who writes about them far more than any other writer I can recall.
Boston’s ballot power ain’t what it used to be – Jon Couture looks at another sign that the madhouse passion for the Red Sox seems to be cooling a bit.
No sponsor here – For the most part, I cringe a little when I hear a sports radio caller or host refer to a local team as “we.” But I’m not going to get all fired up over it.
I’ll be interested to see how much vacation time WEEI’s Glenn Ordway takes this summer, with Felger and Massarotti on 98.5 presenting a ratings challenge, and no Pete Sheppard as back-up host. If we’re going to be treated to a summer full of Butch Stearns or Mike Adams hosting the Big Show, Felger and Massarotti is going to leap even higher in the ratings.