Tough day in Boston for sports. First, the Sox break their winning streak, and then the C’s fall behind early in Indy and are never able to get over the hump, as the Pacers were the front runners all game. Coverage of the game on NBA TV made me feel like it was the 90s all over again, as “Snapper” Jones helped call the game, and they even had the NBC music going to time outs (weird). Bob Ryan says we should be happy the C’s managed a split. Shira Springer submits her game summary and writes about the physical play in the series. Her notebook reveals that Battie’s flagrant Type 2 from Game 1 stands, and gets his reaction. Steve Bulpett has the game recap for the Herald, and quotes Walker’s key to Games 3 and 4 is to “not get down 18 points.” (good idea) Bulpett and Ryan both chat with I-can’t-get-enough-of-this-game O’Brien, who says he “enjoys watching other coaches having their own anxiety attacks.” Bulpett’s notebook also has some news on the progress of Vin Baker’s rehab. Mark Murphy finds out that Reggie Miller is quite [expletive deleted] superstitious. Dan Hickling notes that Conseco Fieldhouse was noticeably short of a sellout.
Gordon Edes covers yesterday’s Sox loss, and notes that The Committee’s streak of 13 1/3 innings of not allowing a run (don’t blame me) came to an end. Dan Shaughnessy talks about one unique advantage of the Monster seats on Patriots Day. Mark Blaudschun says John Burkett was hoping for a better day yesterday (no kidding). Edes’ notebook previews a Sox showdown against streaking ex-teammate Carl Everett. Michael Silverman tries his hand at poetry (he should quit while he’s ahead). Alex Speier covers the game for Boston Metro. Kevin Gray writes, “What a difference a homestand can make.” Bill Reynolds says it’s too early to tell how this season will play out for the Sox. Joe Sullivan believes Nomar is the best Red Sox player in his lifetime.
Nick Cafardo weighs in on NFL draft prospects Jordan Gross and BC’s own Dan Koppen. Kevin Mannix previews defensive backs while Michael Felger looks at cornerbacks. Tom Curran looks at Kentucky’s DeWayne Robertson in this weekend’s draft.
NESN has the Sox opening their series against the Rangers in Texas at 8. TNT has Bucks-Nets Game 2 at 7, followed by Lakers-T’Wolves at 9:30. The ESPN family has a “triple header” of Game 7′s for those NHL fanatics out there: ESPN has Toronto-Philadelphia at 7 followed by Minnesota-Colorado at 10, while ESPN2 has St. Louis-Vancouver at 10:30.