An ugly win by the Celtics last night, and an even uglier show put on by the TNT commentators, Marv Albert and Mike Fratello. While these two have always had a contentious relationship on the air going back to their days on NBC, but they took it to new heights last night. The hostility was very heavy at times. While I always thought it was an act they did, last night seemed a bit more personal. It was even a topic of discussion in the Celtics IGTC mailing list forum last night and this morning.
ESPN.com had an on-line chat with Chris Mortensen yesterday, and he had some interesting comments on Tom Brady, and then Drew Bledsoe. On Brady, Mort feels that Tom is the “real deal”, and that as he grows and the talent around him increases, “watch out”. He also said that Bledsoe “has sent some very cool signals to Buffalo and Cincinnati” and is “reluctantly receptive” to returning to the Pats, even though he’s not attending the offseason conditioning program.
We think that Bledsoe just continues to make it difficult for the fans of New England to have any sympathy for him.
Yesterday, I half-jokingly suggested that because of Tom Brady’s cover appearance on SI, maybe the Pats should consider keeping Bledsoe. Well, Kevin Mannix has taken that premise and spun a column out of it.
Watching the Red Sox on NESN last night, they clearly showed Royals starter Paul Byrd spitting into his pitching hand several times, as far as I saw, no comment was made about it. It seemed a bit strange to me. The Sox are on NESN once again tonight at 6:05. The Bruins are on UPN 38 at 7:00, taking on Ottawa.
The Patriots will have a Pre-draft press conference today at noon. You can tune into it on Patriots.com.
Ron Borges was on WWZN 1510 yesterday, and when asked about the Pats signing DT Steve Martin, he said the Patriots “way” overpaid for him. When word of the signing originally broke, the rumor was it was a 1 year 1.75 million dollar deal. Which would be high. But since then Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com has reported that the contact is actually for 1 to 1.2 million. Much more reasonable for a guy who was misused by the Jets last year, and should thrive in the role he’ll have here, which will be to just plug up the middle and allow Richard Seymour to move a bit more.