Sunday Links from Len
As expected, there has been quite a bit of fallout from Ty Law’s outbursts in Saturday’s Boston Globe. Michael Smith has more from Ty Law in his NFL Notes today. It seems Law is steamed that the team brought in Terrell Buckley in 2001 with the intention of creating a three-man cornerback rotation. It is in Pepper Johnson’s book, Won for All , and Law is insulted by this. But there might be good reason why the Patriots did this. What neither Smith nor Law mention is that Law was not a great cornerback in 1999 or in 2000. In fact, Law was suspended for the final game of the 2000 season. Ty Law was worried about flying home in the snow after a win at Buffalo. But it didn’t stop him from driving to a strip club in Canada. On his return to the states, he was busted for possession of ecstasy and missed his flight home. Bob Kraft was incensed and wanted to recover part of the $14.2 signing bonus he had just paid to Law. Tom Curran explains that, despite what Law says, he’ll be a Patriot in 2004. Bob Ryan also tries to make some sense out of this situation. Kevin Mannix is sick of Law’s whining and makes a good comparison to Troy Brown, who never really made a big financial score with the Patriots. Mannix also points out that Law’s 2004 compensation is still the highest of any cornerback in the NFL (before the Bailey signing).
Tom Curran explains that if you want a great running back, history tells you that you find them in the first round of the draft. Kevin Mannix looks at all of the Patriots losses during free agency. Dan Le Batard believes the Dolphins are confused and desperate and that explains why they are going after a jerk like David Boston.
The first place Bruins are on a roll. They came back from a 2-0 deficit and won with 3.9 seconds left in overtime on a Mike Knuble goal. Kevin Paul Dupont and Steve Conroy have game stories. In his NHL Notes, Conroy says the Todd Bertuzzi suspension is just. Bob Duffy explains Nick Boynton’s really weird goal on a 185 bank shot. Dupont has a Bruins Notebook and some sympathy from Andrew Raycroft to Sabres goalie Martin Biron on the fluke goal.
Shira Springer has the game story on the Celtics 111-102 win at Washington last night. Springer also has a Celtics Notebook with the news that Vinnie Baker is not holding a grudge against the Celtics. Phew!!!
Gordon Edes explains the Red Sox new variable pricing plan for tickets. Isn’t it great when professional sports teams learn the fine art of ticket scalping as they continue to gouge their devoted fans for overpriced tickets in that uncomfortable cramped ballpark. Edes also brings up the story of NY gossip columnists going after A-Rod because he likes strip joints. Bob Hohler has a Red Sox Notebook today with the lowdown on Derek Lowe’s sinker which was outstanding yesterday. Tony Massarotti has a look at various Red Sox injuries. Howard Bryant has a look at the elite shortstops in the AL East.
NESN the Red Sox-Orioles game at 1 PM. FOX-25 has NASCAR from Hampton, GA at 1 PM. CBS-4 has the SEC Final between Kentucky and Florida at 1 PM and ESPN has the ACC Championship Game at 1 PM as Duke takes on Maryland. CBS-4 has the NCAA Selection Show at 6 PM as PC, BC, and UConn begin March Madness.