Good Lord. I’m gone for

Good Lord. I’m gone for four days and all hell breaks loose around the media and the Sox. I spent the time secluded away from radio, cable TV, Internet and even newspapers. I couldn’t even get a USA Today to dig up some scores on. I’m still trying to sift through all the articles and comments, trying to piece together what has been happening. Seems like it’s been a zoo. The hard part about it is trying to figure out what is really happening. The only reports we’re getting are from the media themselves, and just what level of objectivity can we possibly hope to expect when the ones reporting the stories are the very ones involved in these confrontations? This is getting ridiculous. No one is going to call out a fellow media member, either, since it seems everyone in the media is connected to each other through some radio or TV outlet. The overexposure of these guys is also creating an atmosphere in which it’s all about scoops, and soundbites. Say, write or do something controversial, and you’re the star of the week.

The media oftentimes claims to represent the voice of the fan. Additionally, they may say that when the players refuse to speak with them, they’re in effect, snubbing the fans. I maintain that the average fan doesn’t care if Pedro talks to Bob Hohler. The question I have is, when do the fans start to turn on the media because they’re becoming so disruptive that they’re actually effecting the performance of the team on-field? Sounds silly…why would these professional players allow a few lousy reporters to mess with them so much that it effects their craft? It shouldn’t. Will it? I think it could.

Things have gotten awfully ugly awfully early this year. You’d figure these things would happen during a four game losing streak in the dog days of summer, not three weeks into the season, after a seven game winning streak.

Celtics…glad I missed Monday night, sorry I missed last night. Decent article by Shaughnessy today, but he couldn’t resist the “grown up” shot at Wyc Grousbeck. I’m being whispered at behind the scenes not to be surprised by these shots being taken at the Celtic owners by various Globies. If the Celtics try to wiggle out of a lease, or eventually build their own building, the Globe–>NESN—>Bruins chain could suffer.

Patriots…what better way to celebrate my return than with a Nick Cafardo blunder? On Tuesday, Nick wrote:

Koppen was coached by Dave Magazu, who spent four years as BC's line coach but left the Heights to join Jack Del Rio's staff (as a tight ends coach) in Carolina, where another former BC line coach, Mike Maser (1981-93) is the Panthers' offensive line coach.

Del Rio is the Jacksonville head coach. How good does it make you feel to know that the beat writer for the Patriots on the most prestigious paper in your city doesn’t know the head coaches in the NFL?

Bob Hohler recaps the Sox

Bob Hohler recaps the Sox lack of offensive firepower in their rain-delayed-by-nearly-90-minutes 6-1 loss to the Rangers. In his notebook, he reveals Pedro’s unique “western” attire. Jeff Horrigan’s notebook thinks “closer-by-committee” has now been reduced to “closer-by-a-couple.” Steve Krasner’s notebook also looks at Grady Little narrowing down his closer options as well. Tony Massarotti says Big Brother is watching MLB umpires, as he discusses details of a system used to grade the accuracy of their ball-and-strike calls. David Heuschkel says when it rains, it pours. Literally.

Peter May says don’t hold your breath waiting for Ron to go Artest on somebody and do something stupid in this series. Shira Springer has Antoine Walker calling Reggie “a big flopper.” Hank Lowenkron looks at former Providence College star Austin Croshere returning to New England. He also notes that the Pacers made the (rather strange) decision to “commute” to Boston for this series, as they will be leaving after tonight’s game and then flying back for Sunday’s game. Steve Bulpett worries that this series is uncomfortably resembling last year’s Eastern Conference Finals series against the Nets. His notebook has Jim O’Brien saying that the C’s will probably have to win at Conseco again to win this series, since “the league’s new, larger, and less personal arenas” tend to minimize home court advantage. Dan Shaughnessy reveals there may be trouble lurking with the C’s lease at the FleetCenter. He has this quote from Harry Sinden: “I’m sure they read the lease before they spent 360 million bucks. Maybe not though.” Ouch. Grousbeck counters that they read the lease, but the previous Gaston regime had not, since they didn’t know the exact date of the lease’s expiration. Kevin McNamara wonders what could have been had Pitino been able to trade for Jermaine O’Neal back in 2000. Christopher Price has O’Brien exclaiming that he doesn’t “think either team gives two hoots about the physical play” in this series, saying that’s just playoff basketball. Bob Schron has a more in-depth look at the series, citing the “Doug Collins” rule that this series has now begun (once each team has won a game in a series). I always thought the Collins rule was that a series really starts once a road team wins a game…

Tom Curran says Victor Green may be headed to the Saints. Nick Cafardo has the story of the Bengals reaching an agreement “in principal” with QB Carson Palmer. Michael Smith says BC’s Brian St. Pierre just hopes his name will be called. Smith also says be happy the Pats don’t have the problem facing several teams in this year’s draft, that of finding the right quarterback. Cafardo’s notebook writes that talks are on-going between the Pats and the Bears about trade possibilities. Michael Felger wonders if those trade talks have been blown out of proportion. Kevin Mannix speculates about just how high a pick McGahee will be, and has Raven head coach Brian Billick predicting “someone will take a flier on him.” Michael O’Connor talks with a few doctors about athletes returning from ACL injuries.

NESN has Sox-Rangers in an afternoon matinee (2 PM). Tonight, an NBA triple-header features an early 6PM game, as Pacers-Celtics comes to the FleetCenter, followed by Bucks-Nets at 8:30 and Lakers-T’Wolves at 11 on TNT. ESPN2 has the opening game of the Tampa Bay Lightning-NJ Devils series at 7.

Bob Hohler reports on the

Bob Hohler reports on the Sox returning to their winning ways with Pedro on the mound. His notebook says Everett is quite happy to be out of the Hub, directing a shot at the media when he says, “They never hear the truth in Boston.” Tony Massarotti offers his view of “The Truth.” He also wonders out loud whether Pedro’s hurt, and, since he’s not talking, in true Boston sports media fashion, says, “guess we’ll just have to speculate.” Jeff Horrigan writes that only Pedro could go 7 innings and give up only 3 hits and 1 unearned run and have people worried. He has Tony Cloninger complaining a bit about the “real tight strike zone” in there. His notebook includes this Totally Misleading Stat (by his own admission): the Sox are 6-1 in one-run games. Steven Krasner writes that the bottom line is that the Sox won last night. His notebook also talks about Everett and the “peace of mind” he’s enjoying these days in the Lone Star State. David Heuschkel worries about Pedro’s “uncharacteristic” outing and worries about his season-high pitch count.

Peter May discusses the growing hostilities between the Pacers and Celtics, noting that “what you’re getting is basic, simple, competitive dislike for the guy in your way.” Basically, playoff basketball. Shira Springer cites a whole bunch of statistics, but doesn’t say much that’s meaningful otherwise. Mark Murphy has the C’s looking forward to returning to the confines of the FleetCenter and the “rowdy” fans.

Michael Smith talks about draft prospect Carl Morris. He also previews receivers available in the draft. Ron Borges has excerpts from an interview with his favorite NFL genius. The interview will be aired on NESN after tonight’s Red Sox-Rangers game, and should be available on their website later tonight. Nick Cafardo discusses draft prospect Willis McGahee’s “dog and pony show” yesterday, and discusses several possible trade scenarios for the Pats. Michael Felger and Kevin Mannix preview offensive line prospects. Alan Greenberg worries about the Pats’ previous “faulty choices in recent years” as they approach this weekend’s draft. Mike Reiss writes that Damien Woody is ready for next season.

Douglas Flynn can’t remember the last time there were three Game 7’s in the NHL playoffs in one night, but is quite certain it happened before the remote control was invented (actually, it was 1996, but who’s counting). He laments the “good ol’ days” when Game 7s were regularly played at the Garden, and says none will be played at the FleetCenter any time soon. With more from the gloom-and-doom department, James Murphy wonders if unrestricted free agent-to-be Don Sweeney has played his last game for the Bruins.

Bill Griffith reports on Levan Reid’s departure from Fox 25, and gets Butch Stearns’ reaction. Reid will be giving up his part-time radio gig, and is making his final “Big Show” appearance this afternoon. Lenny Megliola has Kevin Winter gushing about his dream job on the Zone’s morning show.

NESN has the Red Sox continuing their series against the Rangers at 8. For hoops fans, TNT has a double header of Game 2’s, with Sixers-Hornets at 7, followed by Blazers/Mavs at 9:30.