Actually a pretty light day

Actually a pretty light day for pro links. That’s ok, there’s plenty of stuff from the weekend to read on this site. I’m still irate over that monstrosity of an article in the Globe Magazine…

The Celtics got a win on National TV last night with a 89-65 pasting of the 76ers at the FleetCenter. The Green is now a 1/2 game up on Cleveland for the eight playoff spot in the East and two games behind Miami for the sixth seed, with two games against Miami remaining. Links are over at Fox Sports Net.

Gordon Edes looks at Derek Lowe chartering a plane for a 19-minute flight. Oh yeah, he also looked strong in throwing 88 pitches against the Marlins. Tony Massarotti says Lowe had the sinker in top form yesterday. David Borges looks at Frank Castillo, back in the Red Sox organization. Jeff Horrigan says that Pokey Reese is hoping that his next stint as an opening day shortstop goes better than his last one. Edes’ notebook says that Jack McKeon is a big fan of Reese from their days with the Reds.

Steve Conroy says that large FleetCenter crowds have been giving the Bruins a boost down the stretch run. Ron Idrisano looks at something new for the Bruins…scoring from the blue line.

Kevin Mannix says that the NFL owners meetings will be low on drama.

David Scott wraps up the NCAA tournament coverage, Sunday night shows and tons of other stuff in Scott’s Shots.

FSN has Celtics/Nets at 7:30. ESPN2 has Wild/Red Wings at 7:00. NESN has a Red Sox Nation 2004 Preview at 10:00. ESPN has the NCAA women’s tournament at 7:00 and 9:00. ESPN Classic has Sports Century for Rick Pitino at 8:30 and 11:30. Ok, maybe you’ll want to skip that one…

I had to comment on

I had to comment on an article from the Boston Globe magazine today. Bill Littlefield of NPR has a piece entitled “Fever Pitch“. The subtitle reads: “What if we actually win? As the host of NPR’s Only a Game writes, Red Sox fans would be lost.”

Ugh.

This is the kind of mindless drivel that just really gets my dander up. The media and “celebrity” fans just have no clue about true Red Sox fans. This article is nothing more than a pseudo-intellectual trying to paint a romanticized picture of the puritanical suffering of Boston fans. A notion that he had no doubt heard bandied about through some social circle, or at a cocktail party and thought that it sounded good and embraced the idea because it allows a large contingent of fans to painted with a simple, but very broad brush. After painting various doomsday scenarios as to why this Red Sox team might fail to win it all this year, Littlefield says:

Any or all of the above might be better than winning. Because though Boston fans say they want the Sox to reign as world champions and may even believe it, that outcome would likely bewilder rather than delight them. Were the Sox to win the World Series, it's cliche-easy to imagine the heartening spectacle of overturned and burning cars, the liberation of all the beer in Brighton, tear gas and arrests from Kenmore Square to Kennebunkport -- developments of that nature. But doesn't it seem more likely that fans (as well as those who weren't aware that they were paying attention) would tremble in the scary novelty of this... this... winning, and that they'd wonder how they were supposed to make sense of the next day that would dawn -- that day upon which they would have no new pain to embrace, nobody to blame?

Pathetic. “no new pain to embrace”? The idea that Boston fans reveled in the pain of last October and other losses in team history is solely a media creation. I have yet to meet a Red Sox fan who says “Thank God for Aaron Boone – I just don’t know how I could’ve handled it if the Red Sox won it all last year.” Why does this idea of misery enjoy such a large circulation in the media? As I wrote in a column for the Boston Metro a couple weeks ago, it’s largely because the media is lazy. The bigger question is what will they have to write about once the Red Sox win it all? They will have no more “curse” angle and story to fall back on and write about. As Dan Shaughnessy himself has said, he doesn’t root for the Red Sox, he roots for the story. Once the Sox win it all, the story is over. The gravy train will have left the station. While Red Sox fans are celebrating and enjoying the thrill of victory, Shaughnessy, Littlefield and co-horts will be wondering what in the world are they going to write about now.

It’s not the fans who will be miserable and lost when the Sox win the World Series, it’s the media.

Sunday Links from Len Everything

Sunday Links from Len

Everything seems right again for hockey in Boston. The Bruins roared back from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Canadiens 3-2 in overtime in front of a sold out and very buzzing Fleet Center crowd. Even better news, as Steve Conroy points out, is that Sergei Samsonov finally looks to be back from his injury as he scored two goals and assisted on the other goal. There was a very ugly aspect of last night’s game. Stephen Harris points out that the officiating job turned in by one Kerry Fraser was beyond awful. In the opening minute of the game, the officials called for a Montreal penalty shot on what was even a marginal penalty call. Later, Joe Thornton was called for a major penalty on what may have been a minor for boarding. Harris gets some quotes from Joe Thornton who showed he has a great sense of humor and a desire not to be fined. Dale Arnold and Gord Kluzak are an outstanding announcing team for NESN. Last night, they justifiably sounded like Tommy Heinsohn in calling the officiating ridiculous and were harping on Fraser all evening. But in the NESN studios, former NHL official, Paul Stewart, laughed it off and justified the performance of Fraser saying that he knows what he’s doing because he’s called 1,500 games. If Fraser has called 1,500 games, there is little doubt that he’s done a better job in 1,499 of them.

The good news for the Red Sox these days is that Curt Schilling looks shahp whenever he goes to the pahk. Sean McAdam and Tony Massarotti each have looks at the Sox ace. McAdam also reports on a very impressive outing from Ramiro Mendoza. Tony Maz also has an interesting notebook today with a look at negotiations with the struggling Pedro Martinez and the destructive Joe Kerrigan. Kerrigan is taking some heat for screwing up Kevin Millwood and Tomo Ohka. Jeff Horrigan has a look at the Garciaparra injury. Nomar could be placed on the DL and be out until May. The good news is that there is no permanent damage to his Achilles tendon. Bob Hohler has looks at the Garciaparra injury and the more troubling injury to Trot Nixon. Gordon Edes looks at the Devil Rays and many other thing in his Notebook today.

Tom E Curran has a look at how the rest of the AFC East is trying to catch up to the Patriots. Kevin Mannix does not like Steven Jackson and sees the Patriots drafting Kevin Jones. Ron Borges has a look at the recovering Rosey Colvin. There is a “reporting error” by Borges in his column as he erroneously states that the Postons are the agents of Walter Jones. Roosevelt Barnes is Jones’ agent (edit by Len). Addition link from Bruce — Mike Reiss has a look at Isaac Sopoaga, who might be a guy the Patriots are looking at to fill the loss of Ted Washington. He also tells of a NH Fisher Cats promotion that will have Lonie Paxton snapping, and Ken Walter holding for six kids who will get to try to recreate the Patriots Super Bowl winning kick.

Bill Griffith has a look at ESPN’s coverage of the Yankees opener in Japan as the network will not be sending announcers to Japan to call the game but will be doing play-by-play and color from its Connecticut studios.

This past Thursday, John Molori did a total rip job of Michael Felger, WEEI, and FSN in the guise of defending Ron Borges. Before looking at Molori, it is worth it to look at the past week’s infractions of the Boston Globe and one Ron Borges. Last Sunday, as we recall, Borges fabricated a story about John Lynch’s Tampa Bay situation and used that fabrication as grounds to criticize how the Patriots (read: Bill Belichick) were heavyhanded in dealing with their players. During the week, the Globe cited this as a “reporting error” by Borges. It was beyond a mere reporting error considering the fabrication was used as the basis for criticism of the Patriots. The Globe editors must be aware that the chief criticism of Borges is his agenda in going after Patriots management. But, for now, they handled it as a reporting error. Back to John Molori. He was particularly critical of Michael Felger. But Molori actually claimed that it is Felger, WEEI, and FSN that have the agenda. He claimed that the agenda was corporate as WEEI and FSN have an anti-Globe bias. This is a bunch of bull. We don’t see Felger and company going after Michael Holley or Michael Smith. It’s just Borges. Furthermore, the most pointed criticism came from Tom Curran of the Providence Journal. There’s nothing corporate with him. Curran is a straight shooter and Molori conveniently did not mention Curran. One last thing on this one. Molori defended Borges’ remarks comparing the Brady contract to the Manning contract. What neither Molori nor Borges mention is that Brady signed his deal after his first full season in the league. He still had a couple years left at very short dollars. The Patriots and Brady had a mutual interest in getting him signed to a long-term deal commensurate with an upper echelon NFL quarterback. Peyton Manning was a free agent and had incredible leverage. He also won the MVP this year and is coming off several all-star seasons. Comparing the contracts of Brady and Manning is a joke. Borges ought to know better and Molori’s defense is less than noble.

Lenny Megliola talks with Upton Bell, who weighs in on the local sports scene, recounts a few of his wide variety of experiences, and whom Megliola suggests should write a book about his life. (This Link added by Bruce)

UPN-38 has Red Sox-Florida preseason baseball at 1:00 pm. The Celtics-76ers game is on FSN and ESPN(HD) at 6:30 pm. CBS-4 has Kansas-Georgia Tech at 2:40 pm followed by Xavier-Duke at 5:05 pm.

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