The Boston Phoenix on the “cartel”.

The Boston Phoenix has a feature by Ian Donnis entitled “What happens when the biggest newspaper in town owns a financial piece of the biggest story in town?”

It’s about the New York Times/Boston Globe ownership stake in the Red Sox, and how that affects the coverage given to the team. It’s sort of a follow-up to the “Cartel” piece written by Howard Bryant in the Herald a couple months ago, a column that has been the object of sarcasm on WEEI and other outlets around town since then.

This article takes a deeper look at the impact of the situation, both in the coverage of the team as well as on the day-to-day operations of the paper. Definitely worth a read.

A surprise from Patriots camp – Ted Johnson has announced his retirement.

This sudden announcement further changes the face of the Patriots linebacking core. It also adds another “question” to all those training camp previews. Here’s a few more. Mark Farinella has questions on the offense, Tom King on both sides of the ball, and Eric McHugh looks around the AFC.

Random Quote

“The AFC East sucks! Tom Brady is elite!” Wake up, everybody. It’s 2014

— Ben Volin, Twitter, September 30th, 2014.