Coming off a late night game and a cross-country flight, it seemed natural that the Red Sox would be a bit sluggish last night in San Francisco. Instead, Jon Lester pitched shutout ball into the ninth inning, and the Red Sox beat the Giants 7-0.

Lester showing that Sox can count on him again – Sean McAdam says that this was the Lester that the Sox need the rest of the way.

Bogaerts left strong impression on PawSox – Tim Britton has those who worked with Xander Bogaerts at Pawtucket raving about his future.

Xander Bogaerts a real big deal – Scott Lauber has the Sox looking for the young phenom to give them a boost.

Brandon Spikes, Adrian Wilson hit it off – Jeff Howe has the hard-hitting pair looking to set the tone for the defense.

Practice is perfect for ramping up NFL coverage – Abraham Madkour in Sports Business Journal has a look at Patriots coverage here for training camp, particularly from The Boston Globe.

The writer concludes:

Five quick conclusions: First, the amount of coverage from camp gives each NFL team an additional six weeks of news footage in its market. Two, with all this coverage, young writers should know there are going to be opportunities. Three, the challenge for editors and writers to differentiate news, analysis and personality coverage will be steep, but vital. Four, teams need to invest in their news and video departments because they are best positioned to offer rare, unique and behind-the-ropes access. Finally, there is already an ad-supported element here, but someone may introduce an additional monetization element by making this news and analysis accessible to premium insider subscribers.

Are you going to pay for practice recaps? I don’t think so.

Meanwhile, our buddy Bert Breer is back at it:

I thought Hernandez was a loner with his teammates? Now they’re involved in his murder plot(s)? That’s quite a sweeping judgment to make.

Then there is this:

Can anyone interpret that for me?


4 thoughts on “Lester Lifts Sox

  1. I didn’t know Mike Reiss had but he posted a link to an article about why he started counting snap counts that virtually everyone covering this team has either used or depends on:

    So back in 2008, I remember asking questions like these, “What are the absolutes? What isn’t negotiable? What can be black and white in football?”

    That led me to charting personnel on the field. It was something that couldn’t be argued — a player is either on the field or he isn’t.

    Soon enough, it opened my eyes to a new way of looking at football.

    We might not know the play-call, or the responsibilities of players involved, but in charting playing time I began to better understand how coaches valued certain players and game-planned differently against opponents on a week-to-week basis. It also helped me chart injury situations better.

    Now I can’t imagine watching a Patriots game without doing it.


  2. Bruce:

    We have documented over time that Bert Breer is an elitist moron (which is actually a difficult combination to pull off). The Hernandez speculation is just horrendous journalism. The comment about the 32 teams and people outside them…looks to me as a veiled knock on the 4th estate and its ability to project, analyze and do talent evaluations. Again I could be wrong because understanding Breer requires patience I do not possess.


    1. The stuff he said, which is still on his timeline, doesn’t border on libel? (I doubt the Krafts/team would ever do something). We know his opinion is low, which is fine, but if I were someone above him at NFLN, which is owned by the NFL itself, I’d be a little concerned there. When he espouses an opinion, it does bear a bit more than some crazy fan on a forum or Twitter.

      I don’t remember this reported anywhere but you would have to think that law enforcement has already interviewed Kraft/BB/team members as part of their investigation and if there was some accomplice or other potential charges, there would be something. There’s not even an iota of evidence supporting anything here. Nothing.


      1. There is a pretty steep standard for a libel case. They’d have to prove he was knowingly publishing false material and had malicious intent (he also doesn’t name anyone specifically). This is just another example of lazy, “just throwing it out there” pot-stirring by a reporter of limited talent and initiative.


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