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The Celtics continued their strides toward respectability last night, beating the Knicks 114-109 to pull to within a 1/2 game of division leading New York. This game belonged to Celtics future, as Al Jefferson, Kendrick Perkins and Marcus Banks all had key roles in this win. Shira Springer mostly focuses on Banks in her game story as the second year point guard was on the floor during the closing minutes, over Gary Payton, who gave his blessing to the arrangement. Steve Bulpett has more on Payton giving the nod to Banks down the stretch. Carolyn Thornton also reports on the efforts of the Celtics youngster, while Lenny Megliola looks at what he calls perhaps the Celtics best team effort of the season. Gus Martins has a further look at the night for Kendrick Perkins, who pulled down 13 rebounds in 25 minutes.

Vin Baker was back in Boston last night, the former Celtics forward has had a hard time finding the floor for the Knicks, only playing a total of about 30 minutes in the month of December. Peter May has a look at Baker, who looks back at his time in Boston, and wishes that he could be able to play a meaningful role with the Knicks. Gus Martins also looks at Baker, who doesn’t take shots at the Celtics and says Danny Ainge and the Celtics owners are “good guys”. Thornton’s notebook has a look at the reception Baker got when he entered the game last night. Springer’s notebook has a look at the progress of Al Jefferson, who got his first NBA start last night, and has developed much faster than coach Doc Rivers thought he would. Bulpett’s notebook puts to bed the Antoine-back-to-the-Celtics trade rumors that were started by Peter Vecsey.

The play of Tom Brady on Monday night is still a hot topic of conversation, mostly because many of the mistakes were so unlike anything that we’ve seen from the Patriots QB. Alan Greenberg looks at Brady stepping up, taking the heat for his performance and preparing to move on. Nick Cafardo has Brady going to the film to try to figure out how to make sure he corrects his mistakes. Tom E Curran says we haven’t seen such hand-wringing over a decision by a Patriots QB since Drew Bledsoe dived into the mosh pit. Chris Kennedy looks at Brady being tough on his performance and hoping to learn from the experience. Michael Parente notes that unlike Chad Pennington, Brady handled the media criticism of his performance with grace. Buddy Thomas says that it was proved on Monday night that Brady is overrated. It should be noted that Thomas is an unabashed Peyton Manning fanboy, who spends most of his day engaging in email battles with readers about the merits of Brady vs Manning. Many of the arguments and terms he uses in emails are in this column, including comparing his value to Joe Andruzzi, and a reference to “Marsha” Brady. It’s fairly disturbing all around. Christopher Price also has a look at Brady.

Jim Donaldson looks at the sudden panic in Patriots fans, and says that the team might even actually lose two in a row with the game this weekend in NY against the Jets. He says though that even if that happens, this team is still capable of winning a second straight Super Bowl. Michael Felger says that the Patriots certainly aren’t panicking after the loss in Miami. Bill Reynolds notes the irony in the fact that it took a Patriots loss to get them front and center. That’s only on sports radio, Bill. For many fans the Patriots have been front and center since the end of the World Series. It took a loss for the WEEI hosts to start talking about them. Felger also looks at the Pro Bowl snubs of Rodney Harrison and Tedy Bruschi. Parente’s notebook also covers the Pro Bowl selections and clarifies that Randall Gay’s injury which was originally termed “got the wind knocked out of him” is actually an arm injury. Cafardo’s notebook also looks at who made and who didn’t make the Pro Bowl, as does Greenberg’s notebook. Curran’s notebook has a look at David Givens, and how he seems to be unhappy with his role as of late. He doesn’t understand why the ball isn’t thrown to him as much, and it’s hinted that this could be a way in which the Patriots are trying to save money on him:

Since his production has dropped, it's not as likely that some team will throw a blockbuster offer at him. That figures to help the Patriots who -- because Givens is restricted -- would have the right to match any offer made by another team. So every quiet game that Givens has helps the Patriots in the long-term.

I’d term the idea that Givens’ lack of catches is a ploy by the Patriots to drive down his price patently ridiculous.

The Red Sox continued to rebuild their rotation, officially signing Matt Clement, and also agreeing to a one year deal with former Astro Wade Miller. David Heuschkel notes that Theo Epstein has now taken the 14 million dollars Pedro Martinez would’ve gotten, and turned it into David Wells, Clement and Miller. He notes you could also look at it as that the Red Sox signed Clement and Miller for the same amount that the Yankees got Carl Pavano for, and you can make the case that the Red Sox pair is each as good as Pavano. Gordon Edes and Michael Silverman also each look at the signings and what they mean for the Red Sox. Sean McAdam also has a look at the signing of Miller, and Joe Haggerty has a good piece on Matt Clement. David Borges has a further look at the Red Sox signings and adds the note that the Sox might be interested in reliever Scott Schoeneweis, if for no other reason that he is the cousin of Sox senior advisor Jeremy Kapstein. Dom Amore looks at Pavano officially signing with the Yankees.

Jackie MacMullan looks at Bruins coach Mike Sullivan, who is biding his time during the lockout by coaching his son’s team.

In another BSMW experiment, Jack Travers begins what we hope to be a regular report on the happenings of local sports radio. A sports radio “beat reporter” if you will. His initial installment looks at the Dennis and Callahan show.

As noted last night, postings may be sporadic here over the next few days. There will likely be more “BSMW Classic” items from the past that did not migrate over when the site changed hosts. It’s a mixed bag from columns, to Sports Final transcripts at the height of the Mike Felger vs. Nick Cafardo/Ron Borges feuds.

TNT has Timberwolves/Spurs at 8:00 and Kings/Spurs at 10:30. ESPN has a pair of minor Bowl games tonight with the Plainscapital Fort Worth Bowl of Marshall vs. Cincinnati at 6:30 followed by the Pioneer Purevision Las Vegas Bowl, Wyoming vs. UCLA at 9:45. ESPN2 has college hoops with Richmond/Pitt at 7:00 and Providence/Memphis at 9:00.

BSMW Classic – FSN Media Show 5/26/03

I recently got a new computer at home, and while cleaning out my current one, I’ve come across a number of items that were on BSMW when it was on it’s prior host. These articles and items didn’t make it across to the new server. Since it’s the end of the year, and afternoon and weekend posting may be sporadic over the next couple weeks, I’ve decided to post a few of them here over that time period. This will preserve these articles, and give the site some more content during this slow period.

Fox Sports New England Memorial Day show on the Boston Sports Media with Jim Baker and John Molori 05/26/2003

FSNE with Jim Baker and John Molori joining Greg Dickerson and Gary Tanguay:

(not exact translation, but as close as I could get)

Gary: Welcome everyone, we have been talking about doing this show for some time, it is our pleasure to have these two legendary, esteemed, journalists with us, we cannot suck up enough. John Molori here, and you talk about high maintenance (lists papers Molori

Low Marks

The grades are in from Monday night, and they aren’t pretty. Kevin Mannix hands out a couple of failing marks to the quarterback and cornerbacks and barely passes the special teams. Michael Parente holds back on the “F’s” but does issue three “D’s”. Likewise, Steve Grogan pulls no punches in grading his former team. Tom E Curran has Troy Brown saying that while other teams are getting better as the season goes on, the Patriots are not. Alan Greenberg asserts that this Patriots team is the most vulnerable 27-2 (since September 2003) team you’ll ever see. Nick Cafardo says that Ty Law is the Patriots best hope right now, but they can’t rush him back either. Ian M Clark says that the secondary is the primary concern on this club right now. Lenny Megliola looks at the concern over the Patriots and their need to make a statement on Sunday afternoon against the Jets. George Kimball (subscription only) tells us that the Patriots have been pushing their luck for some time now and it finally caught up with them Monday night. Perhaps it was just what they needed.

Was it Charlie Weis’ fault Monday night? Was he distracted? You knew that question was going to be raised, though I haven’t heard it nearly as much as I thought I would. Ron Borges and Michael Parente say that the loss Monday night was most definitely NOT the fault of the Offensive Coordinator. Rich Thompson says that the Patriots now need to regroup and focus on capturing a first round bye for the playoffs. Mike Reiss says the defense and special teams is what is going to make or break the Patriots. The headline to Chris Kennedy’s column today is pretty self-explanatory. “Brady’s Play Dumb”. Steve Buckley (subscription only) says that all great Boston athletes have to serve their time in the stocks, and now is Brady’s turn to be publicly stoned. He reminds us though, that it’s one bad game for Brady, and that he’ll be back. Scott A Benson hashes out the playoff scenarios for us this week, and Parente’s notebook looks at the hit to their playoff chances the Pats took on Monday night. Jonathan Comey says that only some of the panic surrounding the Patriots right now is valid. Cafardo’s notebook tells us that the special teams will be getting quite a workout from coach Brad Seely this week.

Gerry Callahan (subscription only) says that Theo Epstein is going about this offseason using his head, not his heart and that is a good thing for the Boston Red Sox. He talks about Pedro feeling disrespected by the Red Sox, but points out that he should feel even more so by the Yankees, who didn’t even submit an offer for him and instead went after Jaret Wright and Carl Pavano. At one point he says:

There is a tendency for some Sox fans to think their team is falling behind in this hot stove season, but rarely do Epstein's critics have an answer to this: What was Theo supposed to do?

Hello, Glenn Ordway. Callahan goes on to point out what Theo HAS accomplished this offseason.

We know now that there is nothing reasonable or rational that he could have done to retain the services of Martinez. So he signed veteran David Wells to a contract filled with incentives, and now at least the Sox have a guy who isn't afraid to take the ball on Opening Day in Yankee Stadium. He replaced Derek Lowe, who had an ERA of 5.42 last season, with Matt Clement, who had a 3.68. Lowe gave up 224 hits in 182 innings. Clement allowed just 155 hits in 181 innings. Also, Clement is younger, cheaper and not quite so scarred emotionally.

He adds that they signed Renteria for much less than Nomar was demanding last spring, and made a good offer to Jason Varitek, but since no one out there is competing for his services, why should he raise the offer? I may not always like Callahan’s radio persona, but as a columnist, if he’s not the best in town, he’s in the top three. A little more on Ordway’s “I’m not the GM” rant…one of his claims was the Renteria was no better than Cabrera. The latter got eight million a year from the Angels, while the Sox signed Renteria for 10 a year. Buster Olney was on WEEI this morning with Greg Dickerson and Steve DeOssie. He was asked if Renteria is two million a year better than Cabrera. Olney said he certainly was, he was a much better offensive player, more disciplined at the plate and can hit in any spot in the order save 3-4. Cabrera has holes in his hitting style and is much more of an undisciplined free-swinger. He was surprised that Cabrera even got as much as he did from the Angels. Who am I going to believe on the topic of baseball…Glenn Ordway or Buster Olney? It becomes more and more clear that Ordway is more bluster than Buster. I’ll take Buster, thank you. In addition, if you get a chance to read Olney’s books “The last night of the Yankee dynasty” I would highly recommend it. Good stuff. A lot in there on Schilling as well, as the book focuses on game 7 of the 2001 World Series where Schilling started against Roger Clemens.

Sean McAdam has a look at the Dave Roberts trade. Brian Fleming takes a look at the amazing run that Pedro had while here in Boston. Gordon Edes, Michael Silverman and Dom Amore all look at the Randy Johnson deal falling apart for the Yankees. The opinion of all however, including Olney, is that Johnson will be a Yankee sometime before spring training. Raja Mishra talks to fired Red Sox team Doctor Bill Morgan, who calls his dismissal “not an objective decision”.

Bob Ryan on the Celtics beat? Be still my heart. Ryan and Mark Murphy look at the Celtics getting out worked and beaten by the Shaq-less Miami Heat on the road last night. The Celtics Blog also has a nice account of the game. The Celtics will be without Ricky Davis tonight against the Knicks, as the Celtics swingman got an automatic one game suspension for a “Flagrant 2” call against him on a fast break by Dwayne Wade. A hard foul? Yes, a “Flagrant 2”? I don’t think so. Murphy’s notebook has more on this. Ryan’s informative notebook looks at the Celtics failing to capitalize with Shaq out.

John Molori’s Media Blitz comes out swinging, taking shots at all the Boston media members who have taken cheap shots at Pedro Martinez since his departure from the Red Sox.

FSN has Celtics/Knicks at 7:00. ESPN has the GMAC Bowl with Bowling Green/Memphis at 8:00. ESPN2 has Missouri/Illinois college hoops at 8:00, followed by Grizzlies/Warriors at 10:00.