I could’ve used some other word to end the headline above, but this is a family website, after all.
The Red Sox continue to just play awful baseball. I sense an eagerness on the behalf of sports radio hosts, because, as I just heard one say, just a little too excitedly for my taste, “this isn’t made-up panic by sports radio hosts, this is REAL!” So it is, so it is.
Jon Lester was the latest Red Sox starter to get lit up, as he could only go four innings as the Tampa Rays finished off a weekend sweep of the Red Sox with a 9-1 win.
Red Sox end rough road trip, fall to Rays, 9-1 – Sean McAdam leads off CSNNE.com’s game story and coverage of the awful weekend.
Anatomy of a swoon: Why the Red Sox are reeling – Alex Speier breaks down what is happening to the Red Sox right now.
Beckett to throw off mound – Peter Abraham’s notebook has the Sox ace taking the first step in returning to the rotation after his ankle injury. The Herald notebook from Michael Silverman has the Sox getting positive news on a few injured pitchers. The Red Sox Journal has more on Beckett.
The Red Sox are off tonight, which is good for them, and even better for New England sports fans, as the Patriots kick off their 2011 schedule down in South Florida as they take on the Miami Dolphins in the first game of the ESPN Monday night doubleheader. The game starts at 7:00.
Tom Brady’s time starting to run out – I’m glad to see that Jackie MacMullan hasn’t lost her touch with the “game day doom-and-gloom” column.
Belichick plans sound just super – Greg A Bedard says that the Patriots coach has high expectations for this club.
Defensive facelift finally gets a look – Karen Guregian notes that we’ll finally get a chance to see the new defensive unit tonight.
Big additions stack Pats – Tom E Curran says that for all the talk about the big additions, it’s what has remained constant that will determine how far this team goes.
Some Patriots number crunching for 2011 – Bill Burt tries to spin some numbers that will determine if the 2011 Patriots will be a success.
Patriots areas of interest vs. Dolphins – Mike Reiss has the top areas of interest heading into tonight’s game.
Inside the matchup: Patriots vs. Dolphins – If you like formations and X’s and O’s, this Bedard blog post featuring Alen Dumonjic from TheScore.com will be of interest.
Solder on duty – Ian Rapoport’s notebook has rookie Nate Solder getting the start tonight in place of the injured Sebastian Vollmer. The Globe notebook from Shalise Manza Young has Albert Haynesworth and Myron Pryor missing practice on Saturday and listed as questionable tonight.
It’s a big day for two local media companies who are attempting to catch up with the times, and competitors. The Boston Globe launched their new pay website today – BostonGlobe.com. The first 30 days will be free, but after that, you will need to subscribe in order to read the Globe online. The good news for sports fans is that all the sports content, including that of the Globe writers, will remain freely available on Boston.com. It just might be a little more difficult to find, mixed in with all the Boston.com sports coverage.
The second noteworthy event is WEEI starting their simulcast on 93.7 FM today. Some view this as the panacea for the station’s recent ratings struggles, though some are still in denial about even that. The station should see a ratings uptick from the move, I don’t doubt that at all, but there are still issues with the station’s content which need to be addressed.
Lastly, if you look at the post below this one, you’ll see that I’m doing a giveaway of the a new book/DVD combo on the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park. Leave a comment under that post to be entered into a giveaway for one of three available copies.