NBA Draft Tuesday

A busy Tuesday morning as we’ve got coverage of the Red Sox ending their winning ways, lots of analysis on tonight’s NBA draft and a couple other media related items.

The Red Sox hot streak came to a crashing halt last night in their return to Fenway as they were blanked by Kevin Millwood and the Cleveland Indians, 7-0. Chris Snow says that Eric Wedge and the Indians should be pleased with the symmetry achieved with this win. Sean McAdam notes that you can’t win if you don’t score, while Tony Massarotti goes a step further, telling us that when the Red Sox score at all…they win. Jeff Goldberg says that is was shoddy defense along with the lack of offense that did in the Red Sox last night. David Borges says that the Red Sox finally proved human after all.

Lenny Megliola looks at a forgettable night at Fenway, all was festive around the park…until the game started. Dan Shaughnessy tells us that the good news is that now the Red Sox can start new routines and wash the uniforms before starting their next winning streak. Karen Guregian writes that Bronson Arroyo is likely headed to the bullpen once Curt Shilling returns, and it has nothing to do with his shaky outing last night. Rich Thompson looks at how Kevin Millwood shut down the Red Sox bats last night. Kelsie Smith takes a look at the defensive lapses which did in the Red Sox last night. Alex Speier has a look at a historic run by Manny Ramirez over the last couple weeks. Massarotti has a brief note on Ramirez being named the AL Player of the week. Ron Chimelis writes that the Red Sox need to do what it takes to keep Johnny Damon, overpaying him if necessary.

Kelsie Smith also has a piece on super-prospect Hanley Ramirez coming down to visit Fenway and the Red Sox on his off day. David Ortiz played the role of bodyguard to the youngster. Guregian also has a piece on the shortstop making a short stop at Fenway. Borges’ notebook also looks at Ramirez coming down from Portland on his off day to hang out at Fenway. Snow’s notebook has Edgar Renteria expressing a willingness to learn a new position if it becomes necessary to make room for Ramirez. McAdam’s notebook updates us on the status of talks with first round pick Jacoby Ellsbury. Massarotti’s notebook looks at the shoddy defense by the Red Sox. Goldberg’s notebook looks at Aaron Boone’s return to Fenway.

Plenty of NBA Draft articles this morning. Jackie MacMullan asserts that the Celtics have a lot of holes to fill, and they will need to go well beyond this draft to try to fill them. Tim Weisberg says that Danny Ainge has done his best work on draft night, so we should be interested to see what goes down tonight. Mark Murphy looks at options for the Celtics this evening. Kevin McNamara provides draft thumbnails at each position. Mock Drafts are served up by Steve Bulpett, Peter May and Gabe Kahn.

Shira Springer looks at a pair of Europeans who might be of interest to the Celtics. Michael Muldoon also says a foreign player is a possibility, but in addition, he lays out some other possible picks for the Celtics. Brendan McGair looks at Rhode Island native T.J. Sorrentine from the University of Vermont, who hopes to hear his name called at some point tonight. Ken Davis looks at North Carolina’s four top prospects, all of whom are expected to go in the first round. Davis also takes a look at UConn’s Charlie Villanueva and where he might end up.

You can get more coverage of the NBA draft, as well as reports on George Steinbrenner calling his brain trust to Tampa for an emergency session on fixing his Yankees on the New York Sports News page.

Bill Griffith’s Tuesday SportView looks at the draft coverage tonight and also several other media items from the weekend. John Molori’s Media Blitz looks at John Tomase, the Celtics move to WRKO, and Russ Conway. Molori describes Tomase’s piece last week on Ramirez as an “assault”, but applauds him for having the “gumption” to pen the piece. He compares him favorably to Ron Borges, who “has been similarly and, at times, unfairly bashed for criticizing the ultra-popular Patriots.” Great stuff on Conway, though.

Bob Lobel update: The Inside Track has Lobel saying that ADD, not alcohol, causes his on-air mistakes and slurring.

Peter King has a good interview with Ty Law, who says he’s got no bitter feelings towards the Patriots or Bill Belichick, whom he says he has a good relationship with.

NESN has Red Sox/Indians at 7:00. ESPN has NBA Draft coverage starting at 7:00. FSN will break in to programming when the Celtics make their first round selection to provide reaction to the pick.

06.27.05 Afternoon

A few Celtics articles for the afternoon, but first, David Scott saw John Tomase on NECN last night and wasn’t impressed with the performance.

Jon Duke has the final part of the BSMW Full Court Press Draft Preview, where he breaks down the likely candidates for the Celtics first round selection at #18. Mike Fine has a good draft article, looking at what Ainge might be likely to do, which is just about anything. Jim Fenton also has a look at what might be on the Celtics draft board tomorrow night. Fine has a second article looking at the holes needed to be filled on the Celtics roster. Bill Simmons looks at something everyone will be looking for in the draft: TUP.

Rob Bradford has an interesting piece on the Lowell Spinners players having their turn for being tested for steroids. Some intriguing quotes from Spinners manager Luis Alicea:

“Today we had our drug test, but was it supervised? No. I could have easily (urinated) for another guy,” said Lowell manager Luis Alicea, whose club underwent the same test on two occasions last season. “It was no different than last year except last year we had a guy there looking. This year there was nobody looking. I was like, ‘Wow!'”

He also goes on to talk about his time with the Red Sox when Jose Canseco was a teammate of his. He says Canseco talked openly about what he was taking during that time.

This week, Cold Hard Football Facts has decided to preview the NFL Preview Magazines which are starting to appear on newsstands. In the first review, they check out The Sporting News.

Doug Kennedy in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review looks at the new NFL Broadcasting schedule that will go into place in 2006, with NBC taking over the Sunday Night Football game and ESPN the Monday Night Football game. He has the following tidbit, which I’m not sure what to make of:

Another plus for NBC is that no one, including ESPN, will be able to air any NFL highlights until midnight or after on Sunday. “So people will be tuning into NBC for highlights,” said McCarley.

Does this mean local programs, like newscasts and shows such as Sports Final will not be able to show highlights under after midnight? It probably means that NBC will have some sort of highlights show similar to what ESPN current does with “NFL Primetime”.

Road Sweep

The Red Hot Red Sox continue their winnings ways, the Celtics prepare for the draft tomorrow night, and the Boston.com image gets tarnished once again. All in a Monday morning edition of BSMW.

The Red Sox polished off a perfect 6-0 road trip with a 12-8 win in Philadelphia over the Phillies yesterday afternoon. In the process, Manny Ramirez hit his 19th career grand slam, tying him for second place all time in that category, behind only Lou Gehrig’s 23. The Red Sox did have an 8-1 lead in the fifth inning, but the Phillies came roaring back to tie the game before the Red Sox put them away with four more runs. Gordon Edes looks at the afternoon for David Wells and company in steamy Philadelphia. Jeff Horrigan looks at the club finishing up their “fantastic voyage” with the win. Steven Krasner looks at the Red Sox red-hot offense, which allows them the luxury of never having to panic, even when the other team roars back to tie the game. David Heuschkel notes that Wells “aggravated the plantar fasciitis in his right foot” yesterday, but there is no work on if it will affect his next start. David Borges looks at the “litany of impressive Sox streaks” which continued yesterday.

Lenny Megliola wonders if these Red Sox are simply too good to be true. On the other hand, Michael Silverman cautions that it is way too early to be getting cocky. Dan Shaughnessy beats up on Mark Bellhorn despite the second baseman’s 3-4 performance yesterday which included a home run and three RBI. Shaughnessy’s column from yesterday, which proclaimed that the Red Sox would be a runaway winner in the AL East even made it onto the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball telecast, where Joe Morgan said he talked to Derek Jeter and Gary Sheffield about it. Horrigan also has a brief sidebar on Mark Bellhorn and his hot afternoon. Silverman looks at David Wells having two sore spots yesterday, his foot and the home plate umpire. John Tomase looks at how the Red Sox are suddenly the beasts of the AL East. We’ll have more on Tomase and his appearance on NECN’s Sports Late Night last night later on today.

Horrigan’s notebook looks at Manny’s chase of the Iron Horse. Borges’ notebook looks at an eventful day for David Wells in Philly. Edes’ notebook has Wells giving a few thoughts on the struggling Yankees. Krasner’s notebook looks at an extremely impressive week for Manny Ramirez, one which should garner him player of the week honors. Heuschkel’s notebook looks at Bill Mueller, who has been consistent and clutch this season, making it hard for the Red Sox not to re-sign him.

The Yankees rallied to beat the Mets and avoid being swept at home. Get those stories and more on the NBA draft over at the New York Sports News page.

Steve Bulpett reports on Danny Ainge making a weekend trip to watch a lottery pick work out, and also pretty much closing the door on a return to Boston for Gary Payton. The veteran point guard had been on Fox Sports BDSSP last week and indicated that his number one choice would be to return to the Celtics. Peter May has a look at the top high school prospect in the draft, Gerald Green. According to May in the article, this will be the last year in which high school players will be able to be drafted. Ken Davis looks at the centers available in the draft. Zach Rocha looks at the choice facing the Milwaukee Bucks at the top of the draft, taking either Marvin Williams or Andrew Bogut.

John Powers has an article in the Globe this morning where he examines the idea of “cost certainty” in professional sports, an idea that doesn’t seem realistic to many. He quotes Marvin Miller as saying that slavery is a form of cost certainty. Powers looks at the topic in light of the night NBA labor deal and with the NHL still trying to come up with a new agreement.

Frank Dell’Apa looks at the Revolution having to deal with losing a few of their top players to National team duty for most of the month of July. Gus Martins looks at one of those players, Steve Ralston, who scored the game winner for the Revs on Saturday night. Martins has a brief note on the substitions by Revs coach Steve Nicol.

I would be remiss if I didn’t at least mention in passing the incident which happened on Friday afternoon over at Boston.com. The Dirt Dogs page ran a headline “Welcome Back Tito” and under the headline was a black and white photo, presumably from the 1950’s, of a black man surrounded by a mob of white men, one of whom was kicking him in the chest. Underneath the photo was the caption “Philly Fans Greet Francona as He Returns Home”. The photo was only up for a short time before it was yanked, and then later on that night the following statement was issued on the site by Boston.com management:

Note to users: Earlier today, Boston Dirt Dogs used a photo on this page that was offensive and inappropriate. There was no malicious intent behind the posting. We removed the photo immediately, and we apologize to any users who saw it during the brief time it was on the site.

I also received copies of emails from several readers who had written in to the Boston.com general manager to protest the use of the photo, and they all received the exact same response, which was very similar to the above statement. The story was significant enough to be mentioned on the FOX25 newscast that night.

Katie Johnston Chase looks at WEEI yanking the offensive DNA home testing kit advertisement off their airwaves. Good move by station management, that ad, along with the Jack Diamond ads – a lawyer who promises to help you beat a drunk driving charge – did not do the station any favors in terms of positive image. But one suggestion…how about listening to the ads before you run them on the station?

NESN has Red Sox/Indians at 7:00.