Red Sox fan? Patriots fan? Both?

I’ve got some things to take care of this morning, so I’m going to leave you with this poll.

In his infamous “we should be more forgiving of the Red Sox and more critical of the Patriots” column last week, Chris Gasper noted that colleague Tony Massarotti feels that there isn’t much of an overlap between fan bases of the two franchises.

What do you think? Are you a Red Sox fan and a NY Giants fan? Are you a Patriots fan and a Yankees fan? (I know people who are both of those things.) I even know someone who is a Red Sox fan and Jets fan. In general, though, I think most Red Sox fans are Patriots fans and vice versa.

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If you are of mixed fandom tell us your rooting preferences in the comments below, perhaps with how you came to root for those two teams.

(By the way, check out RedSoxLinks.com and PatriotsLinks.com for all your sports news of the day. Also check out Worry Wart – Preseason Game Three vs. Rams by Chris Warner on PD. )

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Sox Down M’s, Damon Leaning Against Return To Boston

John Lackey struck out a season high 10 batters, and Marco Scutaro drove in fourruns as the Red Sox beat the Mariners 6-3at Fenway Park last night. Get all the coverage at RedSoxLinks.com.

The Red Sox claimed Johnny Damon off of waivers from the Detroit Tigers yesterday, but it remains unclear whether the 2004 World Series hero will return to the Red Sox. Damon has told Detroit reporters that he is leaning towards remaining with the Tigers, who are 10 games out in the AL Central and 15 games out of the Wild Card. Of course, that could just be  posturing to get something further from the Red Sox. The other possibility is that the Red Sox would like Damon, but were more interested in making sure that Tampa or the Yankees couldn’t get him.

A primer for the Johnny Damon saga – Rob Bradford tells us all we need to know about the situation.

Don’t be an idiot, Johnny Damon – Michael Silverman wants Damon back with the Red Sox.

Damon’s return makes all kinds of sense – Joe Haggerty says that this needs to happen.

Give Do-it-all Bill Hall the 10th player award – Christopher Smith says that the utilityman should be honored by the club.

Gerry Callahan and Dan Shaughnessy composed very different columns about Roger Clemens. The former blasts the rocket, while the latter chooses to remember the good times with Clemens, including the time he sent a 6-foot teddy bear to Shaughnessy’s sick daughter.

Catcher improved, mystified – Peter Abraham’s notebook has Jarrod Saltalamacchia still without answers about the infection that landing him on the DL and in the hospital.

Friends: Don’t count on Logan Mankins.

Fans: We’re not.

Ian Rapoport has friends of the holdout guard insisting that he’s prepared financially to sit out the season, with the hope that with a new CBA he’ll be declared a free agent. He lives on a self-sustaining farm and doesn’t spend money! He’s principled! It’s not about the money – he doesn’t spend money! But he’s not going to take less money!  That Frank Bauer (Mankins’ agent) really knows how to get public opinion on his side!

Light: Us ‘trained pigs’ will be just fine – Christopher Price has Matt Light confident in the abilities of his new linemates.

Patriots getting healthy – Mark Farinella has several injured Patriots returning to practice yesterday.

Guyton seeks his role after knee injury – Jennifer Toland has the Patriots linebacker looking to get back into action with his return to practice.

Tom Brady alone in knocking ‘Knocks’ – Mike Reiss has the QB’s teammates not following his example in expressing hate for the Jets and ‘Hard Knocks.’ And here’s Reiss being too soft on the Patriots again.

The Running Back Issue – Chris Warner tries to figure out if there is rhyme or reason to how Bill Belichick uses his running backs in the preseason.

I’d avoid Karen Guregian and her high horse this morning as she demands to know why Quinn Ojinnaka was not made available to the media to “provide some explanation for his past problems at home.” She then launches into how the Jets are signing all their malcontent players, why can’t the Patriots do the same?

NESN’s “After The Game” to Show Athletes at Home

NESN continues to look for ways to capture the casual sports fan’s attention with the new series “After The Game,” set to debut on Friday, September 3, 2010 at 5:30 pm.

Described as a new “lifestyle” program, “After The Game” will “showcase the personal homes, lives, and philanthropic efforts of New England’s beloved athletes.”

The show is produced by Linda Pizzuti Henry – wife of Red Sox owner John Henry – and Kelly Boullet of Nacho Mama Productions. The series will be part of  NESN’s new Made in New England programming lineup. 

Each show highlights the rise to becoming a world-class athlete, an inside look at their living space in a “Cribs”-style tour, followed by a look at the charities that he or she is passionate about. 

The first episode features Tim Wakefield walking viewers through his Florida home, explaining how he became the famous Red Sox knuckle-baller, and sharing why he takes time to support Space Coast Early Intervention Center and Pitching in for Kids– his primary philanthropic commitments. 

Future episodes will feature Patrice Bergeron, Matt Light, David Ortiz, Bode Miller, Tom Werner, Kristine Lilly, Doug Flutie and others.

To learn more about “After The Game” and the athletes, homes and charities featured on the show, you can visit www.afterthegametv.com, or follow @afterthegametv on Twitter.

Sox Ticket Prices Still Low For Mariners Series

As the weeks go by, and it becomes more apparent that the Red Sox postseason hopes are fading, the prices and demand for tickets to Fenway Park continue to decline as well.

Tickets for the series that begins tonight against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway are selling at 40% below the season average.

This means more great deals, such as 134 tickets available in TiqZone Bleachers, $15 or less.

Of course, more bad weather projected for tonight might make even those deals a risky proposition.

Clay Furthers Quest For Cy

The Red Sox playoff hopes may be fading with each passing day, but Clay Buchholz continues to impress, and to make a strong case for himself as a Cy Young candidate. After a lengthy rain delay, the right hander threw six shutout innings in a 5-0Red Sox victory to lower his ERA to 2.26 and picked up his fifteenth win of the season to improve to 15-5 for the season. Get all the coverage at RedSoxLinks.com.

Molding Clay: How Buchholz went from bobblehead to ace in two years – Alex Speier looks at how Buchholz has evolved ever since he had to pitch on his own bobblehead night in Portland two years ago.

When he fired, Jays found it hard to deal with – Bob Ryan also chimes in on Buchholz, and just how good he’s been this season. (John Tomase, Christopher Smith and Joe Haggerty also weigh in on Buchholz. Jim Donaldson looks at the Cy Young Candidates.)

It was a turn for the best – Michael Vega has David Ortiz giving the Sox a spark by legging out a triple.

Dustin Pedroia, Michael Jordan connect – John Tomase with a pretty cool side story – Pedroia’s broken foot is the same bone that Jordan broke back in 1985. He called Pedroia recently to offer advice and encouragement.

Postseason equation not in Boston’s favor – Sean McAdam looks at the long odds facing the Red Sox.

Mike Lowell’s plan to retire after 2010 still a go – Scott Lauber’s notebook has Lowell still determined to call it a career after this season.

Roster roll call – Karen Guregian assesses the Patriots roster and makes projections on the final 53-man squad. Glen Farley also takes a shot at it.

Taylor the best option in Patriots crowded backfield – Jonathan Comey looks at the running game, and some over-under forecasts on the season.

Questions still dangle at preseason midpoint – Tom E Curran says that there are still plenty of questions about this Patriots team.

 Second season already off to shaky start, but Ron Brace hopes he can rise up to expectations – Robert Lee has the Boston College product looking to make up for a poor start to his career.

Video breakdown of the Patriots 28-10 win over the Falcons – Nick Underhill uses embedded video to look at seven less obvious plays from the game Thursday night.

Antoine Walker trying to learn from mistakes – Jessica Camerato has the former Celtics star looking to get his life and career back on track.

A few theories to chew on – Bill Simmons has an intriguing take on why Shaquille O’Neal may have wanted so badly to join the Celtics.

Patriots Look Strong In Win Over Falcons

The Patriots looked good last night, pounding the Atlanta Falcons 28-10 in the second preseason game. It’s ridiculously early, but this already seems like a different team than last year. Get all the Patriots coverage at PatriotsLinks.com.

Nice to see Joe Buck in midseason form last night, complaining We wanted to talk to some Patriots, but they won’t allow it. He talked about trying to “piece together” who was going to play and who wasn’t. Apparently the folks at FOX don’t have access to the internet and can’t look at the local media outlets, who reported who didn’t come on the trip, and who practiced and didn’t practice.

Sure, blame Belichick for your inability to find information that is out there if you’re just willing to look for it.

i’m told that tom brady bailed on the media for the second straight game. come on, tom. stay classy.Fri Aug 20 03:32:38 via web

Ten Things We Learned Thursday: Hernandez is something special – Christopher Price looks at what we can take away from last night’s game.

Patriots 28, Falcons 10: Five things to remember – Tom E Curran has a few things to remember as well.

Wes Welker returns to Pats in no time – Mike Reiss looks at the return of 83.

Patriots strike a fine balance – Shalise Manza Young has the first unit looking sharp and efficient.

Fred Taylor, Sammy Morris run wild – Ian Rapoport has the “old guys” still getting the job done.

Two-minute drill – Looking for negatives? Hector Longo has plenty.

Support felt from Ron Brace – Rapoport’s notebook has the second year D-Lineman making his presence felt with a forced fumble.

Josh Beckett was lit up for six earned runs between the sixth and seventh innings as the Red Sox lost to the Angels 7-2at Fenway Park last night. Get all the coverage at RedSoxLinks.com.

For Beckett, 2010 remains an unsolved riddle – Alex Speier looks at a lost season for Beckett.

Middlebrooks turning the corner at third base – Peter Abraham’s minor league notebook has a look at Single A third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who has impressed this season. He also has updates on Casey Kelly and others.

Doubront’s long journey from Lowell to Boston – Jessica Camerato has a feature on Felix Doubront.

Another day, another on DL – Amalie Benjamin’s notebook has Jarrod Saltalamacchia the latest to be sidelined.

Gresh is a heat-resistant host – Chad Finn talks to Andy Gresh about his Tweet about Jacoby Ellsbury over the weekend.

Media Roundup: Yeah, More Critical – That’s Exactly What We Need – My SB Nation Boston column looks at Chris Casper’s premise that we need to be more critical of the Patriots and less critical of the Red Sox.

A glance at this weekend’s Red Sox/BlueJays series at Fenway from a ticket perspective.

Week Log: Grabbing a Gators Cap and a Beer

Red Sox

Payback can be a bitch. Following the Angels’ 3-0 sweep over Boston last October, the Red Sox have responded with a vengeance. Although most fans would prefer the ALDS win, the Sox have taken nine straight when it counts the most – i.e., lately. On Tuesday, Ryan Kalish and Clay Buchholz did the damage in this most recent series opener. Red Sox Monster has Terry Francona’s move of Kalish to center raising lots of questions about Jacoby Ellsbury’s future. Kirk Minihane thinks that Buchholz’s 2010 has been the very definition of a break-out season. With the Sox bullpen in shambles, The Bottom Line hopes the rest of the rotation took notice of Buchholz’s 7-inning outing Tuesday.

Perhaps they did. Throw in another seven from Lackey last night, then Bard in the 8th and Jonathan Papelbon in the 9th, and Surviving Grady has all the ingedients for a textbook ‘W’ . . . almost. Sean McAdam thinks Paps’ milestone 30th save last night may have been more important as a boost to his confidence. Full Count applauds Francona’s pinch-hitting elections in the 7th, although bats were optional for those plate appearances.

The bad news is that Better Red Than Dead says .700 baseball will be needed just to tie for the Wild Card, and National League teams aren’t walking in that door to help the Sox anymore. Bosox Injection cites injuries as a great and convenient excuse for missing this postseason, although Two Cents From Beantown suspects the Sox use injuries as an excuse to unfairly stock the roster. If the Sox do go on a tear from here on out, Fire Brand Of The American League would not be surprised in the least.

Over The Monster has the highest paid starters also doubling as the most disappointing performers. I’m Just Sayin’ is just saying that Lackey and Josh Beckett need to pitch like aces before Theo throws more good money after bad. Extra Bases would throw a pile of Theo’s money at Adrian Beltre this winter. Boston Dirt Dogs has money tight among scalpers as well.

Patriots

Coming off a win in their preseason opener against the Saints last Thursday night, the Pats scrimmaged the Falcons down in Atlanta this week leading to tonight’s game. Pats Pulpit theorizes that trips like these are designed to cram in as much experience for first- and second-year players as possible.

You can’t blame a guy for asking, but Masshole Sports is blaming Falcon Matt Ryan for asking Tom Brady for QB tips. Why should Ryan even bother if Michael Felger is right? PatsFans takes Felgie to the woodshed for asserting that Tom Terrific is no longer a playoff-caliber QB. Luckily, Extra Points has the Pats brass feeling good about the development of Brian Hoyer. Michael Hurley has Brady gunning for perfection in everything so far this summer.

NE Patriots Draft updates their roster predictions after a promising performance against the Saints. After his Brady attack, Felger pines for a Welker/Edelman tandem of slot receivers rather than butting heads against the wall with non-performing TEs. Pats Chowder would find Ty Warren’s IR a little easier to swallow if Bill Belichick hadn’t let Jarvis Green walk. It Is What It Is considers the mystery of punter Zoltan Mesko, the Most Interesting Man in the NFL. Stay thirsty, my friend.

If Chucky Gruden’s fawning on Monday night didn’t clue you in yet, there ‘s going to be a lot of Jets obsession this season, but Boston Blood Sox thinks they still suck. Patriots Gab says to go ahead and push the Pats to the back of the pack because that’s where they like it.

Odds & Sods

The fight for Jerry Thornton is over, as he officially endorses Brett Favre’s candidacy as the most beloved athlete in all of sports. Speaking of pseudo-retirement, Evans Clinchy speculates on Rasheed Wallace’s worth in a mid-season return next year. Marc Savard may not be returning, as Joe Haggerty has the center hurt by the B’s shopping him around this summer.

Toeing The Rubber rails against Rob Dibble and misogynists everywhere as she recounts some of her own bad experiences. And Another Thing . . . remembers the greatest baseball ballplayer and most significant musician of all time, who both died on this week 29 years apart. Boston Homer hopes that what goes around comes around for Dustin Johnson, who handled his two-stroke penalty on the 72nd hole in last weekend’s PGA Championship with class.

Let’s close on an important note, as NESN tells you how you can contribute to the Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon going on today and tomorrow.

Now, about that cap and beer

The Boston blogging landscape changes fast. It has to. New bloggers with a little spare time step into the jetstream daily, as existing ones struggle to retain reader share and their day jobs while manning shields against attack from the mainstream media. This is what I like to call the off-Broadway of the Boston sports world. These bloggers give us color – and sometimes, off-color – but they speak with an unfiltered voice that is missing in traditional outlets.

For 20 months now, Bruce has given the blogging community and me the chance to have that voice heard. It is an opportunity I can no longer reap. For me, the mainstream media has been most hospitable, and readers keep coming to our site. However, Week Log is falling victim to the most virulent of blogging obstacles: the day job.

In some ways I envy the full-time press who make a living at what is a true passion of mine, and have access to perqs I must stand in line and pay for. Then again, I can’t be fired for the vagaries of my headwear, so when The Man continually asks me to do more with less – as he is everywhere and to everyone in this economy – I can either comply or put on a Gators cap, grab a beer, and slide down the chute. The problem is, I’ve never looked good in a cap. The choice is one of necessity.

I’ll still be around, backing up Bruce on Morning Links and keeping slots open for the occasional special edition Week Logs, such as when the Sox make the 2010 playoffs. Look for advance notice on Twitter and Facebook. And, as always, I’m at bob02878@yahoo.com. Thanks for all your support. Until the next gig . . .