OK….lets lay out all the

OK….lets lay out all the evidence on the Nomar column by Buckley. Last Sunday, the 15th, John Tomase wrote an article for the Lawrence Eagle Tribune in which he pretty said that it seems Nomar doesn’t want to be here, despite being adored by the fans and given a free pass by the media, and that he would perhaps welcome a change of address. The next day the article was discussed on Fox Sports New England when Buckley was on with Bill Burt, who also works at the Eagle-Tribune. Buckley then put together his article, which has the same premise, uses many of the same points, but is just much more over the top then Tomase’s piece. Check out the similarities in the major points:

Tomase:
But some guys just aren’t cut out to play in Boston. And the onion-skinned Garciaparra is one of them…Despite being adored and exalted by the press and fans, Garciaparra feels persecuted.

Buckley:
Hey, Nomar Garciaparra, do you want something to really complain about? Here goes, hotshot: You don’t deserve to play in Boston.

Tomase:
Garciaparra is no exception. He operates on the assumption that the media and fans are out to get him, often carping about the negative atmosphere in Boston
Never mind that he’s one of the most revered athletes in Boston history, that he’s known nothing but standing ovations and positive press. He carries a chip on his shoulder the size of the Green Monster.

Buckley:
Sorry, No. 5, but you don’t deserve to play in a region whose fans have revered you, respected you and cheered for you since the day you arrived in the big leagues.
Negative media? The knights of the keyboard have rewarded you with journalistic bouquets. We have tiptoed around your locker, seeking out the Johnny Damons and Lou Merlonis for postgame quotes, and we only talk to you when you deign to speak to us. Out of respect, we have left you alone.

Tomase:
Garciaparra seethed yesterday at press accounts that he blamed third base coach Mike Cubbage for getting picked off second by Baltimore second baseman Jerry Hairston in a crucial situation Friday night.

Buckley:
Ditto with last week, when you – Mr. I Just Care About Winning – threw third base coach Mike Cubbage under the bus after getting picked off second base. If you really cared only about winning, it wouldn’t have made a difference if Cubbage had been sitting in a rocking chair in that third-base coach’s box, sipping a latte and reading “Heidi.” If it was winning that was on your mind, Mike Cubbage would not have been a postgame topic.

Tomase:
The Garciaparra myth appears to be crumbling. It can be summed up in one sentence: “I don’t care about stats.”
For a player who doesn’t care about stats, take a look the next time he’s charged with an error. First he’ll sneak a glance under his left armpit at the scoreboard. If an ‘E’ appears, he glares up at the official scorer between pitches and as he runs off the field.
Because he doesn’t care about stats.

Buckley:
Oh, and do you remember a few years back and you were flirting with .400, and the writers asked you to talk about it? You waved everyone off, told everyone to get lost with those questions, and made it clear that you only care about winning, not numbers.
Yet just last week, you picked up the phone and called the press box and whined to official scorer Charlie Scoggins about getting an error turned into a hit.

So it’s not plagiarism, but it seems like ol’ Buckshot couldn’t even be bothered to come up with his own points for the story. Idea theft? It sure looks like he just took the stuff from Tomase’s article, put it into a different order, and put a harder edge on it. Is it a coincidence that this story came out Sunday, was a prime topic of a show that Buckley was on Monday, and then appeared in the Herald two days later? Is it any coincidence that he timed its publication for the same day he was working a four hour shift on WEEI’s Big Show? Raise your hand if you think that Buckley would’ve dared to publish this column had not Tomase already published his…Last night on Sports Final, Buckley feigned surprise over all the uproar that his story caused, and talked about how it had turned into “media covering media” and had some harsh words for those who were getting on him. He also said he was using a “columnist’s device”. Is that what they call this? Shaughnessy was also there for moral support for Buck. Am I going to far in drawing these conclusions? Apparently not, as I mentioned this morning, I have it on good terms that Tomase plans to go to Buckley about this.

Peter King looks at the Bledsoe/Roger Clemens analogy. Bledsoe also provides this quote: “‘Now I know what Bill Parcells wanted me to do. I was just too young to do it.'” King also curiously names Tebuckey Jones his defensive player of the week, mostly it seems, for Jones’ efforts against the Jets last week. Way too much stuff on his daughter field hockey team, too. Eric McHugh writes about a reality check for the Patriots. Mark Farinella writes about the Pats being bruised up. Glen Farley writes about “Adam and leave” — Bob Lobels’ catchphrase for the Pats kicker. Dan Pires has the Patriots coming back to earth. Ron Borges writes how impressed he is with the Saints for MSNBC.

Troy Brown gave his status as “day to day” on his visit with Dale & Neumy. They reported that he came in without a limp, or being all bandaged up, so that is a positive sign. Quite a bit of talk about whether the Chiefs should’ve gone for 2 and the win on the final possession — and whether the Pats could’ve stopped them. Fred Smerlas and Steve Nelson joined Glen Ordway for the Big Show. Something I forgot to mention from Friday was Mark Malone’s appearance on the program where he was slightly uptight with the boys. When the talk slightly deviated from football, Malone impatiently asked “You guys want to talk football or are you going to BS around?” That of course led to non-stop mocking of Malone for the rest of the program after he got off the phone. On today’s show Ordway joked about the rest of the league figuring out the Patriots now, how ridiculous that premise is.

E-mailer Rich offers this analysis: “Regarding the CBS coverage, Dick Enberg is like Cal Ripken and (according to Peter May) Hakeem Olajuwon – retired a few years ago but does not know it yet. His bungling of names and facts (“Incompletion by Brady” on Faulk halfback option pass) ranges from comical to irritating, but his and Dierdorf’s total disregard for the story line of Pats missing 2 starting linebackers – both of
whom are sideline to sideline guys who are more suited to stopping a Priest Homes than TJ – was inexcusable. Another complaint about CBS, when a guy gets injured, tell us who replaced him!”

Monday morning links and thoughts

Monday morning links and thoughts while waiting for a Boston writer to skewer Pedro in print. Who will it be first? Should there be odds laid on this? Second, I was shocked by the Sports Final poll last night that had 62% percent of responders saying the Boston Media was fair. The poll also had something like 13% that said the media was too positive. I’m curious about the sample size of that poll, and when it was held. Meanwhile, I’m running the same poll with the same options here, just see the results. Third, what’s with this media brotherhood, they cover each other, even when the other person works for their main competition. Two examples from last week, Shaughnessy essentially lifting a Johnny Unitas story from an AP feed and not acknowledging it, and Buckley, out and out stealing a story written just a couple days earlier in a smaller paper. (The Nomar story, taken from John Tomase, Eagle-Tribune) Neither of these episodes have gotten any kind of publicity. In fact, Shaughnessy and Buckley appeared together on Sports Final last night, to scratch each other’s back and defend their honor. I’m going to have more on this later. As a tease, let me just say my moles are saying that Tomase is ticked off at Buckley and plans to confront him about this…which is similar to the sentiments expressed by the AP writer, David Ginsburg. Says Ginsburg: “I wouldn’t expect someone as prominent as Shaughnessy to throw AP in his copy.” Shaughnessy and Buckley should lose the right to ever question an athlete’s effort…

Ron Borges continues to ride on the runner board of the Brady bandwagon. Shaughnessy subtly criticizes the fans for thinking too much of this Patriots team. Kevin Mannix is panicked. (Not a single mention of the Patriots missing their top two linebackers) After a very good article Saturday, Michael Gee reverts to form and submits the theory today that it would’ve been better for the Patriots had they lost yesterday. Jim Donaldson says a sign of a good team is winning despite a “lousy” defense. Game stories were filed by Tom Curran, Michael Felger, Nick Cafardo and Alan Greenberg. Troy Brown’s day was chronicled by Paul Kenyon, Michael Smith and Mark Murphy. Michael Felger’s notebook lists out the Patriot numerous injuries from yesterday, most minor. Over at the Globe, Cafardo’s notebook looks at the thin linebacking group. Michael O’Connor and Paul Harber focus in on David Patten’s somewhat overlooked day. Priest Holmes excellence was examined by Rich Thompson and Joe Burris. Ian Clark looks at Brady to Brown.

Gordon Edes says Pedro for Cy Young, Michael Silverman says Manny is well aware of the batting race. Jeff Horrigan’s notebook has Pedro giving props to Varitek, and Grady pushing for Urbina to return next year. Bob Hohler’s notebook is similar. Hohler’s game story has a tearful Baerga saying Pedro’s comeback this year is a miracle. David Heuschkel reviews Pedro’s day and year. Yesterday, Sean McAdam looked at potential GM candidates for the Red Sox. Saturday, Michael Gee had a good article about the tendency here to drive stars out of town and blame them totally for the Red Sox failures. My only criticism with it was that he directed it towards the fans, it would be better as a swipe at the media.

NESN has Red Sox/Orioles at 7:00. ABC has Rams/Buccaneers at 9:00.

Fox25 Sports Sunday started off

Fox25 Sports Sunday started off late (10:48), and with Butch Stearns wondering if he deserves to work in Boston. He says Buckley deserves credit for his article earlier this week. Says Pedro says he won’t take a hometown discount to stay in Boston. Patriots highlights followed, and Kevin Mannix was in after that. Butch talked about the Patriots being pushed around all day, and Mannix hopes it isn’t the start of a copycat trend. Priest Holmes was outstanding, and the Chiefs O-Line really got a great push and knocked the Patriots off the ball. Despite so many passes by the Patriots, they controlled the clock, Charlie Weis loves to do this spread offense. Daniel Graham’s catch and blocking was pointed out. Chiefs top running team in AFC, San Diego and Miami are the next top teams and they’re next on the schedule. Bledsoe highlights from Denver were up next.

Pedro’s comments over the weekend were up next, as well as his highlights from today. Butch noted Nomar’s hot streak since being ripped by Buckley and suggested Buckley go after Vin Baker next. On the Cy Young, Butch says Pedro should win it, but Zito will win it. The N.E. Revolution merited a mention on the show with their hot end to the season.

NFL highlights, led off the next segment, followed by Levan Reid’s segment, who talked about Priest Holmes running over the Pats, but the Patriots offense doing enough to overcome it. Reid also can’t remember the last time the Pats were pushed around like this, he’s scratching his head over it. Ty Law talked about people needed to step up when people are out. However Brady was “sick” throwing the ball all over the field including to all three tight ends. Clips from both rookies, Graham and Branch, who talked about the offense stepping up. Next week though if Bruschi and Phifer aren’t back, things could be ugly.

Stearn’s Last Blast was to the Red Sox owners, they need to sign Pedro up for the rest of his career during the offseason and to right the wrongs of the last regime who lost Clemens.

NECN’s “Sports Late Night” with Chris Collins, once again had Ronnie Lippett in studio to analyze the Patriots from today. Lippett talked about the players feeling good after a game like this because they didn’t have their top game and still found a way to win. Coaches job is to prepare the players, he shouldn’t have to motivate them at all. They also took calls from viewers.

WBZ’s “Sports Final” had Bob Lobel starting off teasing about a look at the sports media culture in Boston. A Larry Johnson cartoon with the Patriots defense with a bag over the head was shown. Steve Burton’s game story looked at the weapons on offense, and struggles in other areas, defense and penalties. A passing mention was made that the team was without their two best linebackers, and Burton called the defensive performance “inexcusable”.

Ron Borges, Scott Zolak and Steve DeOssie were in as the first panel, and Lobel teasing Borges about the e-mailers that write about him. Borges said after this game you should be nervous. Mentioned some injuries, and teams are going to look at this tape, and do the same things and the team will be in trouble. DeOssie chimed in that this game might not exactly be a blueprint about how to stop the Patriots. (41 points) Zolak said when you line up with an empty backfield in the shotgun, you’re going to have the QB get hit, but it’s worth it if you make a few good plays. Borges said you can’t let your QB get hit like he did today. San Diego goes after the quarterback and they take pride in it. Borges said when Bledsoe would throw 50 times people would complain that they’re passing too much, they’re doing it now with Brady. He added that after the first quarter, the Chiefs defensive coordinator decided to start going after Brady full time and other teams will copy that that. DeOssie said they will, but the Patriots also put up lots of points in the second half. Borges then said last week people had Richard Seymour in the hall of fame and today he was watching Priest Holmes run by him all day. From the post-game Will McDonough noted that this was a good victory because they didn’t play well and still won, and that’s what good teams do.

Nick Cafardo and Michael Felger were in next. How the Boston sports media is portrayed was topic. They had a poll asking what if the coverage was too negative too positive, or fair, 62% said it was fair. Felger thinks that maybe Boston sports fans in general are negative as well. Brady’s performance was discussed, Cafardo is won over. Felger talked about the perception being that he was just a system QB, that he wouldn’t mess things up, he and Troy Brown have carried this team. Cafardo is a little concerned that they need to add the running game in a bit more. Felger said that injuries could also derail this team. Cafardo said Bryan Cox would’ve helped today and that he was the biggest offseason mistake that the Patriots made. Felger questioned the coaching staff for the team coming out flat and not ready to play. Cafardo noted none of Weis’ trick plays worked today. The attempted run by the holder on the extra point was ridiculous. The travel and the heat factor could be big too with trips to San Diego and Miami.

Buckley’s column from earlier this week was discussed in detail. Nomar’s rebuttal was shown as well. Buckley joined the program from Florida. Lobel commended him for facing the music. Buckley said he never thought this would happen, he’s surprised about the media covering media. He struck back against those who said that he wrote the column and left town and didn’t talk to Nomar. Buckley said he doesn’t have a right to say Nomar doesn’t deserve to be here, he was simply using a “columnist device”. Interesting that Nomar immediately made himself available to all the media the rest of the week. Burton says this article was a wakeup call to Nomar. Next up were Pedro’s comments from yesterday. They showed his quotes from the weekend, Shaughnessy called them ridiculous and the owners would be crazy to extend him, and Buckley called the comments disingenuous, and that the team is falling apart like last year, this is Clemens cleaning out his locker early, and everyone looking out for himself. Burton said Pedro just wants more money. (When the showed the quote, they failed to show this part of it: (”I’m not in a hurry to get their money,” he said. ”They can defer whatever they have to. It’s not like I need the money.)

Sports Final OT opened with a rant about the show going on as long as it needed to go and that OT is a separate show because that’s the system. The incident in Chicago with the fans coming out of the stands was shown and briefly discussed. Burton went back to the Pedro quotes, and microanalyzed them. Shaughnessy talked about players not fulfilling their contracts they have, and the risk is all with the owners. Pedro has two years left, he shouldn’t be talking like this. He could be washed up by that time. Lobel said it’s never enough with Pedro, is it… A chat with Bobby Orr was shown next, Lobel asked him about the show with Ted and Larry and his memories, and Orr called it “exciting”. He said he didn’t know Larry very well, and he really enjoyed getting to know him a little. He reflected on Ted and his fishing, and the first time he met Ted, that Ted critiqued his casting technique and gave him pointers on it. The topic moved to the Denis Leary foundation hockey game in Worcester next week.

Wolde Harris from the New England Revolution was in studio to talk about the increasing popularity of the team and their rise as Eastern Conference champions. They had really no success in the past against the Metro-Stars and beat them 3-0 yesterday to clinch their title. They play the Chicago Fire in the first round, a best of three, and they’ve beaten them this year before.

On WHDH’s “Sports Xtra” Tim Fox wisely did make the point about the Patriots missing Bruschi and Phifer and that the team went into this game not really knowing what they would have for personnel. Fred Smerlas talked about how much Brady showed today. A look at Charlie Weis followed. Antowain Smith talked about Weis telling him to be patient and that they would work him in. With so many weapons, when a player gets his number called, they better produce. Brady and Weis have a great relationship and bounce ideas off each other all week. The segment ended showing Weis taking it slow getting down a set of stairs.

Gene Lavanchy talked about the sloppiness to start the game, Smerlas noted that it did start that way, but things started to swing and the team was able to take control. Lavanchy suggested perhaps the Patriots were getting too fancy on offense, trying too many trick plays, Fox said it is a concern that they could get into a pattern like that happened with Bledsoe, to go for the big play rather than the small gains. Next week, San Diego has a good running game too, but Fox said you probably won’t see the same team, with the linebacker shortage they went to the three safeties a lot of the time, and it caused some missed tackles. Smerlas noted Vrabel and McGinest weren’t able to force Holmes back to the inside. Both Fox and Smerlas noted that past Patriot editions would’ve lost this game. Lavanchy is still concerned with all the yards given up on the ground with San Diego and Miami up next. The penalties were what concerned Fox the most.

Pedro was up next. Gary Gillis had a segment looking at his season and his chances in the Cy Young race. Michael Smith and Michael Holley were in studio to talk Pedro. Smith picks Zito for his Cy Young winner, Holley also picks Zito. Their reasons were a little different, but they both seem to select him because of his team being better and that he’s pitched in bigger games. As for his contract, Holley says you don’t pay any attention to anything that’s said right now, people are spouting off all over the place as it’s the end of the season and they’re not going to the playoffs. Both agree that you can’t pick up the option yet because you don’t know about his health. Holley says though that you never trade great players. Neither Nomar nor Pedro should be traded, Smith agrees as this team is pretty close. Just need to fill a few holes. Holley says that most people in the media do not enjoy working with Nomar, he himself doesn’t always enjoy it, and that is where the media stories are coming from that he shouldn’t be here. The fact that Nomar doesn’t like the media just endears him more to fans. Holley said if Nomar came out this week and said he hated Boston, the fans would blame the media. The media will never win a fight with Nomar in the fans eyes. They very briefly mentioned the Revolution, and I got a little chuckle out of how Michael Holley said that “the Revolution will not be televised”. For me, it recalled an early Public Enemy album…

Eddie and Jags were joined

Eddie and Jags were joined by Nick Cafardo for much of the program. Vin Baker was among the guests, and Baker reported that he is weighing in at 253 lbs right now, he said that’s the lightest he’s been in at least seven years. He’s been working with the coaches for the past month and a half. Tebuckey Jones’ name was raised by Cafardo as a past opponent of Vin’s on the basketball court. Jones claims to have stuffed Baker in a game. He still hasn’t even talked to Antoine or Paul. They’re due to be coming in soon and they’ll sit down and talk. He’s very excited and is here to win a championship. He’s already marked the date of the first Seattle game on the calendar. Ron Borges and Tim Fox were the co-hosts of the McDonough group. A hot first topic was the incident last night with the Royals’ coach getting attacked by a couple fans. Kansas City backup QB and Massachusetts native Todd Collins was a guest. Michael Felger and Fred Smerlas joined Glen Ordway for the Big Show, and thankfully, Patriots talk was hot. Will Bill Belichick attempt to establish the running game this weekend? Felger and Ordway feel that he will, and that he needs to do that to preserve the balance that the team has. Smerlas feels there isn’t an urgency to have to go out and do a certain thing like establish the run.

Dan Pompei writes about Tom Brady. Greg Garber gushes over “first ballot hall of famer” Drew Bledsoe. A number of Celtics-related chat transcripts, first Larry Bird, then Vin Baker, as well as Red Auerbach and also Chris Wallace. Michael Silverman files a Red Sox report and Michael Felger a Patriots report for The Sporting News. Mike Fine looks at the important thing about Manny…his bat. Eric McHugh tells us about the Patriots road ahead to win the division. From yesterday, Hector Longo looks at Post-Pats depression. Ian Clark looks at the Pats defensive preparation.

…and the beat goes on.

…and the beat goes on. Today it’s Gerry Callahan’s turn to say the Red Sox need to ship Nomar out of town. You’re a little late to jump on this bandwagon in print, Gerry. The premise isn’t really out of line, but why do this column, when it’s been all the rage the last few days anyway. Lazy. Just more fodder for the radio show perhaps? Callahan also takes a shot at Nomar with the “It doesn’t matter if he sends the official scorer a Vermont Teddy Bear each time he commits a borderline error” line. I thought we established that the incident with the official scorer never happened…Meanwhile, Michael Holley attempts to calm the masses calling for Grady Little’s head. Holley’s heart is in the right place, but he ignores some of the insane decisions that Little has made during games this year, and just focuses on Grady’s personal relationships with the players.

In an otherwise excellent story by Bob Hohler on the Cy Young race, he makes this comment: “Dustin Hermanson, who was Ugueth Urbina’s setup man during Martinez’s Cy Young season with the Expos in ’97, has watched the race between Lowe and Martinez develop.” A quick look at Hermanson’s stats on ESPN.com show that he made exactly 4 relief appearances (and 28 starts) in 1997. Don’t mean to pick on you, Bob, but c’mon…also from the “don’t check it just print it” school of journalism, Steve Buckley today writes that “The Eagles have not defeated Miami since, you guessed it, Flutie connected for his Miracle in Miami with Gerard Phelan in 1984, giving the Eagles a stunning day-after-Thanksgiving victory on national television. Flutie became such a pop icon that John Belushi parodied him one night on “Saturday Night Live.” As e-mailer Walter Roach points out, that would’ve been tough for Belushi to do in ’84, since he died in ’82. ( I think it was Joe Piscopo that did the skit Buckley’s thinking of. Rich Hall also did several Flutie parodies.)

Michael Silverman has Pedro wanting to stay long term, and Dustin Hermanson likely leaving after a short stay. Hohler’s notebook looks at offseason conditioning plans. Steven Krasner checks out Jason Varitek, and Bill Reynolds looks at the pressures of playing for the Red Sox.

Paul Kenyon examines the changes in Willie McGinest’s role over time. Michael Felger looks at the Pats new “sprinkler” offense. Wonder if Nick Cafardo could keep up with the O-Line on their Thursday night excursions? Felger’s notebook looks at Adrian Klemm and others, while Cafardo’s focuses on Jamal Anderson and injury updates. Rich Thompson has Adam Vinatieri reminiscing his missed kick against Kansas City a couple years back, as does Kenyon’s notebook, and also Alan Greenberg. Thompson also looks at the challenge of Tony Gonzalez. Meanwhile, Michael Gee says everyone in the NFL is throwing the ball these days. Leigh Montville makes his picks, and I.M. Bettor takes the points this weekend.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell and Stephen Harris both look at Brian Rolston.

Bill Griffith looks at Revolution (and soccer ambassador) Brad Feldman and raises the possibility of an all-NFL channel. Jim Baker has a preview of some of the Patriot-related stuff that will be on the various national pregame shows. Ol’ Bakes takes a couple shots at NESN’s post game shows, no surprise since they’re part of the Globe conglomerate. John Howell looks at John Madden’s early effect on Monday Night Football.

NESN has Red Sox/Orioles at 7:00. TBS has Marlins/Braves at 7:30, ESPN has Astros/Cardinals at 8:00. ATT3 has “Patriots Football Weekly” at 7:30. FSNE has “New England Tailgate” at 7:00.HBO has “Inside the NFL” at 7:00.

Did Dan Shaughnessy walk the

Did Dan Shaughnessy walk the line of being a plagiarist? Check out this Washington City Paper page and scroll down to the “Hard Wired” subheading, and decide for yourself. Is this the journalistic equivalent to Manny not leaving the batter’s box on a ground ball?

Here are some more excerpts from WEEI today, with Buckley describing talking to Nomar last night and Buck’s acknowledgement that he screwed up the official scorers story.

Bill Simmons captures a beautiful game ending drive by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Len Pasquarelli tries to figure out how to stop the Pats.

Time for another Red Sox

Time for another Red Sox hatchet job, this time by Sean McAdam, moonlighting for ESPN.com. (Note to self, perhaps in addition to the Radio and TV tracking, should I be tracking all the articles these guys write on the side and collect paychecks from?) Alright, I’ll say it, this article is a joke. Pathetic. He makes the classic mistake of trying to appear objective in a national audience by exaggerating and bashing the team he covers. Here’s a few examples of how bad this article is:

“With (nearly) two years down and a full six (ugh!) years remaining, the Red Sox and Ramirez must continue to honor one another. At $20 million per season, the contract is as close to untradeable as any in the game, never more so than after the recent collective bargaining agreement was signed.”

OK…so we’re stuck with (at worst) the second best best hitter in baseball. (Bonds) That’s terrible. As for it being the worst or most untradeable contract…how about Mike Hampton, not only is his contract horrific, Hampton has been terrible. When Manny is at the plate, he gets the job done.

Thanks to the new CBA, Ramirez’s deal is actually more weighty than before, since, by definition, any team assuming the remainder of the contract would logically be pushed over the luxury tax threshold and therefore assessed an additional penalty.

Someone explain this to me, please. He says “any” team. Ok, so if Manny gets traded to the A’s, Royals, or Twins they magically get pushed up and over that 100+ Million luxury tax threshold? Total rubbish.

“I can’t think of a single team that would take him off their hands,” said a rival major-league executive. “It looks like their stuck.”

Speaking of lazy….ok, maybe it’s nickpicking, but the second “their” should be “they’re”..but don’t these guys nitpick?

“A discriminating baserunner who decides when he should run hard and when he shouldn’t, Ramirez enraged teammates and the entire organization on Sept. 9 at Tropicana Field…”

I’m still waiting for the first quote from an “enraged” teammate. Nomar said yesterday than Manny is a student of the game, who spends hours studying video and his teammates really appreciate that.

“Something else will happen with Manny,” said a weary Red Sox official later in the week. “I don’t know what, but it will be something.”

Is this unnamed person saying that Manny will create another big “something”, or that “something” huge will be created (in the media) by some minor incident surrounding Manny?

…the trademark early peel-off going from first to second on a double-play ball

Trademark owned by one Bernie Williams. How come his laziness in (not) running out ground balls in the playoffs doesn’t get mentioned?

“In what ranks as one of the most frustrating losses of the season, the Sox erased a 7-0 lead in Cleveland to tie the score, only to lose the game when center fielder Johnny Damon had to dash well over to left to field a ball that everyone agreed was the province of the left fielder: Ramirez.”

*Everyone* agreed on this? Who is everyone? Sure, and everyone agrees it was Manny’s fault that they were in the 7-0 hole to begin with.

One thing is certain: at these prices, no one is going to take their troubles off their hands.

It’s certain? So the Rockies wouldn’t trade Hampton for Manny? Would the Mets trade Mo for Manny? What kind of statement is this?

Bottom line, Yes, Manny has his “quirks” many of which enrage the media more than his teammates. But just why is Manny’s contract singled out for so much attention? He produces. You can make a list as long as your arm of players who are making huge money and not producing at all. McAdam and others make such a huge play of saying that Manny is lazy. From accounts from his teammates, Manny works very hard, and from reports we get in the offseason he’s an extremely hard worker then as well. How come there are no Yankees listed in the bad contracts list? Giambi and Manny are essentially the same player. Same contract. Bernie Williams has a monster contract and doesn’t hustle all the time, and was late for a World Series game. What would happen here if Manny did that? Take a look at Jeter’s production, both at the plate and in the field and tell me his contract is justified. Is he tradeable? Before you throw that “Jeter is the heart and soul of the Yankees and a clutch performer” stuff at me, put him on the Devil Rays. How much of an effect does he have? More than Ramirez would have? How about the Yankees paying Roger Clemens something like 14 Million dollars even if he doesn’t play for them next year. Was that a “bad” contract by the Yankees? Finally, what if Manny was the exactly the same on the field as he is now, but he had Johnny Damon’s personality. Still didn’t run hard, but gabbed with the writers whenever they wanted. Would he be attacked as he is now? I think we know the answer to that one. This just seems like another lame attempt at attention by a baseball writer in Boston struggling to keep readership and talk shows from devoting full attention to the Patriots. Of course, it’s just another coincidence that like Buckley yesterday, McAdam is on WEEI’s Big Show this afternoon.

Well, Buckley certainly accomplished exactly

Well, Buckley certainly accomplished exactly what he set out to do, didn’t he? What a stunning coincidence that he was on the Big Show in the afternoon. Guess what a major topic was? Guess what a major topic on WWZN was? Chris Collins was the other Big Show guest and Ron Borges and Butch Stearns were on with Sean McDonough. The topic continued this morning, with D&C continuing to fan the flames.

See Boston Dirt Dogs for a complete transcript of Larry Lucchino’s appearance on D&C this morning. It was too extensive for me to rehash..but the major points were…Not looking to trade Nomar, in fact, they want to retain all their key players, just need to fill in around them, No announcement on GM until October or November, and John Dennis still can’t get the Manny Ramirez disrespecting 9/11 “incident” out of his mind…

We’re still waiting for Buckley retraction or apology for accusing Nomar of: “Yet just last week, you picked up the phone and called the press box and whined to official scorer Charlie Scoggins about getting an error turned into a hit.” This has been proven to be false, even Dan Shaughnessy, of all people, criticizes Buck, and says that this is false information. Michael Silverman gets Nomar’s side and adds a rumor that the Sox have mentioned Nomar in trade talks. Tony Massarotti thinks maybe we expect too much from Nomar, and dispenses a little advice to all Boston athletes. Michael Silverman combines a game story and notebook. Bob Hohler’s notebook has Larry Lucchino addressing the Nomar stuff. The Projo follows the “predictable pattern” of many Star athletes’ time in Boston. (No name given with the article)

Tom Curran looks at the keys to Tom Brady’s rise to stardom. Michael Felger looks at Brady and Bledsoe, their friendship and their fast starts this season. Nick Cafardo also looks at Brady. Felger unearths a couple of unhappy campers in the Pats locker room. One of them has some fairly strong words to express his unhappiness and leaves more unsaid. Mark Murphy looks at rookie Daniel Graham’s progress. Cafardo’s notebook looks at one of the unhappy campers, and adds a few other miscellaneous notes. Curran’s notebook has Dick Vermeil’s comments on B.C. product Mike Cloud as well as the Falcons showing interest in Scott Pioli as a GM candidate. Alan Greenberg looks at Kenyatta Jones. Mike Reiss looks at the challenge Priest Holmes will provide the Patriots defense. Michael Gee, bless his heart, is glad that the Patriots aren’t underdogs anymore.

Lenny Megliola has a piece on Magic Johnson going into the Hall of Fame, with pal Larry Bird presenting. Jackie MacMullan has a look at the new basketball hall of fame. Bill Reynolds refers to Patrick Ewing as a “New England sports treasure.” Ray Duckler says he’ll simply be remembered for the missed finger roll against the Pacers in the 1995 playoffs.

ESPN Classic has Larry Bird’s last “monster” game at 9:00. This was against the TrailBlazers, and Larry was awesome. ESPN has Auburn/Mississippi State college football at 7:30. TBS has Braves/Phillies at 7:30.

Steve Buckley unleashes some serious

Steve Buckley unleashes some serious venom on Nomar. Haven’t we read this before? Take Nomar’s name out of there and replace it with any superstar the Sox have had since Ted Williams. The thing about this article is that Buckley provides exactly one quote from Nomar, one that is a year old. He uses Nomar’s “That’s why no one wants to play here” quote from last year after pitching coach John Cumberland was fired after a game with the Yankees. The thing is, when he said it, the media all took it as a shot at Dan Duquette, and because they all hated Duquette they loved that quote from Nomar. Now, a year later Buckley takes the same quote and uses it in a different way for his own agenda, which is to say Nomar doesn’t want to be here. There are no other quotes from Nomar in this entire article. Is it likely that Nomar doesn’t enjoy the intense scrutiny that playing here involves? It’s more than likely, it’s no doubt true. But has Nomar said that he wants to be traded or that he will be leaving if he reaches free agency? When has Nomar said anything bad about the fans? Give us an example, Buck. This is more than just calling out a player for something, this is an out and out attack on Nomar as a person. Will he be traded or leave as a free agent? Perhaps. Was this article necessary? No.

You know what this is about? It’s part of Buckley’s media mogul schtick, he admitted as much in Lenny Megliola’s Sunday article when he bragged that his article on Tony C’s daughter was good for the Herald, because it became a hot topic for radio and TV. Same thing here, now Buck gets publicity for tearing apart Nomar, and the article will surely be discussed on radio and TV, bringing more attention to Buckley and Herald. With football here, is the “Baseball dude” making a desperate plea for attention?

Dennis and Callahan took this and ran with it, speculating on what Nomar would bring in a trade.

Gordon Edes focuses on Manny’s hitting tear and Wakefield’s future in his game story today, while Michael Silverman , Peter May and Steven Krasner also hone in on Wakefield. Edes also files an informative notebook, with items about the Portland Sea Dogs becoming a Sox affiliate, and a few other interesting items. Tony Massarotti catches up with Joe Kerrigan who says the Red Sox are trying to trade Manny. Kevin Gray tries to figure out the equation that is these Red Sox

Alan Greenberg looks at the maturation of the Patriots Offense. Jim Donaldson chronicles what makes this coaching staff great…every Wednesday the players cannot wait to come in and see what the game plan is looking like. Michael Felger submits a nice look at Charlie Weis on a personal level. Michael Smith has a similar piece, and includes Romeo Crennel in it. Lenny Megliola also looks at the coordinators. Felger’s notebook touches on the defense and a Phifer injury update. Mark Farinella tries to reason out this perfect season talk. Karen Guregian asserts that people are interested in the Pats.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has Nick Boynton looking to do more offensively for the Bruins. Steve Conroy looks at the latest Bruin tough guy goon.

Jackie MacMullan says Massachusetts should embrace Patrick Ewing, who reveals that the Celtics called him last season…after he signed with Orlando. Dan Ventura trumpets Ewing’s accomplishments after he left Massachusetts as the greatest high school player in state history. Jeff Jacobs writes that Ewing never quite fulfilled all the expectations people had for him.

If you’re looking to hang with some Boston sports and media personalities, as well as other celebrities and give to a worthy cause at the same time, be sure to be at “The Road to Ireland” a fundraiser for the Massachusetts special olympics team which will be competing at the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games being held in Ireland. The event will be at The Rack in Boston on Monday September 30 from 6:00 – 10:00 PM.

NESN has Red Sox/Indians at 7:00. ESPN has Yankees/Devil Rays at 7:00, ESPN2 has Phillies/Braves at 7:00 and a game to be determined at 10:00.

The touchdown twins joined Dale

The touchdown twins joined Dale and Neumy for their Tuesday tilt. Surprisingly, there was a quite a bit of Red Sox talk. Dale is upset with Grady for the AAA lineup he trotted out there in game 2 last night. Neumeier says that isn’t a sign that he has quit, he put major league ballplayers who are going to try to win out there. I’m with Dale on this one, that was one pathetic lineup and did nothing but signal that he was quitting on the season with the team not yet mathematically eliminated. Eddie and Jags had Nick Cafardo in for the football Tuesday. Damien Woody and Matt Light also stopped by. A kickboxing segment ended the program. The McDonough group had a true kiddie korps program with 23 year old Michael Smith and 24 year old Tim Hasselbeck joining Sean. Jackie MacMullan was among those who joined as a guest. Glen Ordway was joined by Michael Felger and Steve DeOssie on the Big Show. DeOssie warned not to canonize this Patriots team, they’ve only won a championship and their first two games this year, come back to him later when they’ve gone deep in the playoffs again.

Bill Simmons breaks down the NFL after two weeks. Pat Kirwan has an outstanding story on Bill Belichick. From earlier this week, Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback and Chad Finn’s touching all bases. Michael Felger submits a Patriots report for The Sporting News. The Lowell Sun has a story today on the true creator of the term “Curse of the Bambino”, John McKeon. He got a mention in Shaughnessy’s book of the same name, but is rarely mentioned since. E-mailer Kirk contrasts that with Bill Simmons, who is always quick to credit the guy who invented the Ewing theory. (As he did in today’s column)