Gerry Callahan writes that it is glaringly obvious that the idea of a new Fenway is dead. The Red Sox owners just want to give the old park a facelift. Steve Buckley looks at the Red Sox new ticket purchasing procedures, and how they might affect ticket scalpers. As usual, Buck cites how much better it was in the old days. Gordon Edes gives us the latest on the never-ending Kevin Millar soap opera. Christopher Price examines Theo’s pursuit of a “relentless” lineup. Tony Massarotti reports on David Ortiz having to remain in the Dominican Republic to testify for being a witness to an assault. (How soon before Shaughnessy implies that Ortiz assaulted someone down there?) Massarotti ends up the article by dismissing some trade rumors that are floating out there regarding the Sox and the Cubs. John Dennis this morning on WEEI said that today being the last day of January, guys like Manny and Burkett are probably just starting their offseason workouts. Stuff like this is clearly just thrown out there. It’s been documented over the winter that Manny and Burkett in particular have been taking part in some serious offseason conditioning, Burkett pretty much for the first time. the Boston Dirt Dogs web site has transcripts of Larry Lucchino’s visit with D&C yesterday, as well as John Henry’s on-air confrontation with Sean McDonough yesterday afternoon. A war over minor league baseball is shaping up in New Hampshire, Michael Cousineau writes about the tug between Manchester and Nashua.
The Bruins couldn’t keep it going, falling to the Blackhawks last night in their last game before the All Star game. Steve Conroy and Nancy Marrapese-Burrell recap the game that, despite the score still had some encouraging signs for the Bruins. Douglas Flynn says the the Bruins weren’t into the game mentally as much as they should’ve been. Joe Gordon notes that Paul Hackett isn’t going to win them all for the team. Karen Guregian agrees, noting that the Bruins really need another goal scorer. Jim Greenidge looks at Martin Samuelsson, who continues to makes a name for himself. Gordon also looks at Joe Thornton’s rough night with a referee. Marrapese-Burrell’s notebook also looks at Thornton and the refs. Joe McDonald’s notebook has Don Sweeny remembering the old days. Conroy’s notebook has a look at Kris Vernarsky adjusting to NHL life.
The Pats get themselves a QB coach to go with Tom Brady. Tom Curran reports on the hiring of John Hufnagel. Michael Felger notes that Hufnagel will focus on the quarterback’s footwork and escapablility. Michael Smith also has a brief look at the hiring. Steve DeOssie says that you can throw all that politically correct crap out the window in the Barret Robbins situation. DeOssie says Robbins was wrong, period, to leave his teammates. Bill Burt wishes he could write as well as Bill Belichick. Chad Finn says the Patriots need a pass rusher, and no, Greg Spries wouldn’t have been the answer.
Peter May reports on Antoine Walker and the knee brace he’ll need to wear if he’s going to play tonight. Steve Bulpett reports that Walker used the time on the sideline to get a better idea of his teammates ability and play. Bulpett’s notebook has a disappointed Jim O’Brien still lamenting the loss in Detroit.
Only Bob Ryan can make me even look at an article on indoor track. Bill Simmons wonders if fans really can jinx sports events. Jim Donaldson looks at Tiger Woods getting ready to come back strong after hurting much of last year. Jim McCabe looks at 20 years of Bowdoin hockey under Terry Meagher.
Bill Griffith previews a weekend of unusual sports events. He also looks forward to some Red Sox broadcast plans. Jim Baker looks ahead to the premiere of the Arena Football League on NBC. In The Week That Was, I’m looking back at Super Bowl talk, Sean McDonough’s WFAN interview and handing out a couple of awards.
FSNE has Celtics/Pistons at 7:30. ESPN has Spurs/Magic at 8:00 and Lakers/Kings at 10:30.