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.