Sox Steal Headlines, Ace

The Red Sox continue to make headlines, as word got out last night from Peter Gammons that they had agreed in principle to a deal that would bring 25 year old pitcher Josh Beckett to Boston along with third baseman Mike Lowell in exchange for prospects Hanley Ram

Pats Make it Two in a Row

Thanks to everyone who helped out in the 2005 BSMW Fall Fund Drive. I’ll be selecting the prize winners over the next couple days and notifying the winners.

Just a few items this morning as it’s another busy Monday here.

You can get a lot of your Patriots coverage on the Patriots Daily Links page, with all the headlines from the Globe, Herald, Projo, Reiss’ Pieces and stories from yesterday’s win over New Orleans. The Bob Ryan piece on Bill Belichick and his dad is top notch. Michael Felger also did a good job on this. Rob Bradford had a very good article with Belichick recalling the strike of 1987 when he had to piece together a team of replacement players.

Scott’s Shots weighs in with a monster edition from the weekend, including some WFAN/WEEI comparisons, some Deadspin observations, Sunday night sports shows recaps and a number of other items.

John Molori’s Media Blitz talks with Ted Sarandis about BC Basketball and his departure from WEEI, Talks with Dan Shaughnessy about being the villain in the Theo Epstein departure and Bill Griffith’s plans at the Globe.

On the other BSMW Blogs, check out the Patriots Game Day Rear View, Celtics Full Court Press and Bruins Power Play, all of which were updated in the last day.

As noted by Ben yesterday, this piece from Murray Chass in the New York Times yesterday is certainly suspicious and curious. Chass defends Larry Lucchino, talking to the candidates who turned down the Red Sox, noting that they were sure to say that it was for family reasons, not Lucchino that they turned down the club. The suspicious part is of course that the Times is part owners of the Red Sox and appears to have been used as another PR outlet for the club to do some damage control.

You can also check out the NY Sports News and Bay Area Sports for NFL roundups from around the league yesterday and coverage on the Rangers extended the Bruins losing streak.

Sunday Morning Alert

The Artist formerly known as the Boston Sports Guy, Bill Simmons, crosses into the mainstream with today’s feature by Warren St. John in the New York Times Fashion & Style section. In Scott’s Shots, Dave Scott has a brief comment on the topic.

While you’re over at the New York Times, Murray Chass, in the role of the late Johnie Cochrane, continues his defense of Larry Lucchino. I’d like to avoid any references to any type of cartel, and its likely just a relationship between the two, but, either way, I found it a little unusual to have a column like this in a New York paper. The rough equivalent would be a column from Gordon Edes defending George Steinbrenner’s, or even Randy Levine’s, handling of Joe Torre. Certainly, I could picture Edes providing a synopsis of the goings on in New York but to dig this deep into the topic (including interviewing the candidates who declined the opportunity) in order to make sure everyone is clear that it had nothing to do with Lucchino fuels further questions regarding the Sox administration’s overall emphasis on “spin control” (which, if I’ve correctly digested all the ink spilled on the topic, was the underlying reason behind Theo Epstein’s departure).

A few other notable links from today: (from Bruce)

Tony Massarotti reports that the Red Sox are bidding against the Rangers for Marlins ace Josh Beckett.

BSMW Game Day previews today’s Saints/Patriots game. Check in with Mike Reiss for updates throughout the day. Jim McCabe has a look at the season of turmoil for the Saints. Tom E Curran has a profile of Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia.

CBS4 WILL show the Colts/Bengals game at 4:00 after all. They just announced it on the Patriots Gameday Show at 11:30.

Mark Murphy has a good profile of Celtics guard Delonte West this morning. Check the BSMW Full Court Press for recent Celtics commentary.

The BSMW Power Play has thoughts on the recent Bruins trade of Dave Scatchard.

Check the New York Sports News and Bay Area Sports for newspaper coverage from those areas.