View from NY

I don’t think I can do this each day of the series, but here’s the links from the NY Papers on the Sox:

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Mike Vaccaro says the time is now for the Yankees to put away the Red Sox in the AL East race. Mike Lupica hopes ARod does a little better against the Red Sox this time around. Murray Chass says there is no possible way that the Red Sox can catch the Yankees. Bob Klapisch looks at the possibility of an early knockout for the Yankees, and how George Steinbrenner was pressuring Brian Cashman to add a big piece to his team in time for this series. George King has Steinbrenner saying that it is payback time. Shaun Powell says the two series in April are long forgotten. Anthony McCarron looks at the struggles of the Red Sox. Joel Magaraci lists out 10 things wrong with the Red Sox. Does he get a cut from Shaughnessy for listing number 10? Ken Davidoff says the Red Sox have lacked intensity since the April series. Mike Celizic looks at how the Yankees reversed a 5 game deficit in two months, and tells us how the Red Sox cannot do the same in three months.

Steve Serby gets some sampling of talk around New York about the series. McCarron also looks at how the Yankees have taken off since being swept in April. Brian Costello has members of the Red Sox saying that tonight is just another game. Pete Iorizzo has a look at Keith Foulke. Bill Finley looks at the impact of David Ortiz on the Red Sox. Ken Davidoff looks at Manny Ramirez, taking everything stride after what happened in the offseason. Locally, Win Bates looks at how important this series is for the Red Sox.

Chris Perkins of the Palm Beach Post looks at the flirting between Mark Blount and the Miami Heat. The Heat and the Sixers (because of Jim O’Brien) seem to be the most likely candidates for Blount to leave the Celtics for, unless Doc Rivers can talk him into staying here.

Bill Simmons explains his vision for his new Page2 website. He plans to incorporate a lot of the features that made his old BSG site such a rousing success. He also manages to squeeze another column out of Hoosiers. The big news here is the upcoming release of a special edition DVD of the movie.

Yes, I enjoyed Mark Cuban’s rant on his blog yesterday about “Sports Gossip Columnists”, like Sam Smith and Peter Vecsey. He also had some kind words to say about Antoine Walker.