Hot Start Examined

John Molori’s Media Blitz reports that it might not be a pleasant working atmosphere over at ESPN Boston. How much of those feelings can be attributed to sour grapes, I’m not sure, but it’s an interesting read nonetheless.

Tony Massarotti has a nice feature on Jonathan Papelbon in today’s Herald. He looks at how the youngster is handling his success thus far and that he “is rapidly becoming a cult figure on a team that desperately needs one.” Chris Snow examines how much the Red Sox have missed having Coco Crisp at the top of their batting order. He compares how Crisp did in his few games to how his replacements have done since he injured his finger. Gerry Callahan (subscription only) says that David Ortiz did the right thing by dropping down the bunt on Sunday afternoon. He says that Ortiz proved that he is a selfless superstar more interested in winning games than padding his stats. He asserts that Ted Williams should’ve done what Ortiz did on occasion. Garry Brown notes that pitching and defense have been the keys to a strong April for the Red Sox.

Gordon Edes has a look at Kevin Youkilis, who is working out very well at his new position of first base. It is to the point that Terry Francona may be bringing in J.T. Snow late in games more to keep him involved rather than for a significant defensive upgrade. Michael Silverman notes that Youkilis has been among several stellar performances which have fueled the team’s quick start this April. Silverman charts out who has measured up and who hasn’t during this beginning stretch to the season. Joe McDonald says that in order for the Red Sox to keep pace with their quick start, they need Curt Schilling to continue his own fast pace. David Heuschkel examines Schilling’s start tonight in the context of history.

Snow’s notebook has a look at Curt Schilling trying to tie some history tonight by attempting to go 5-0 in April. He’ll try to do it against the only AL team he has not beaten as a member of the Red Sox. Silverman’s notebook has the Sox making preparations should Lenny DiNardo falter in his next start.

Jerome Solomon has a profile of Ohio State linebacker Bobby Carpenter this morning. He says Carpenter appears to be a very good fit for the Patriots, and it doesn’t hurt that his father has known Bill Belichick for 25 years. Solomon also looks at another linebacker with ties to Belichick that the Patriots could be interested in. John Tomase looks at the defensive line prospects, an area which the Patriots might look to add some depth to in the early rounds. Dan Pires agrees that the Patriots might look to add depth on the defensive line, and says they could use another pass rushing End at that position. Chad Greenway played for former Belichick assistant Kirk Ferentz at Iowa.

Bob Ryan examines the uncertain process which is the NFL draft, in which someone can spend months studying intensely and still have no clear idea of who will go where, or which players will be stars. Michael Parente examines what options the Patriots have to replace Willie McGinest, and also looks at what smaller defensive ends are available in the draft who might be able to step into that position. Tom E Curran profiles Idaho State offensive lineman Darryn Colledge in his draft card for today. Alan Greenberg rates the defensive backs that are available in this year’s draft.

Mark Blaudschun reports on the investigation involving Reggie Bush and possible NCAA violations.

Steve Bulpett says that Al Jefferson’s mission this summer is to prove all his doubters wrong about him and his game. Mike Fine hands out a season ending report card on the 2005-2006 Celtics. Mark Murphy has a look at the eight youngsters on the Celtics roster, where they stand, and what the future could hold for each of them. Be sure to also check out a season recap from the BSMW Full Court Press crew, who look back on a building season for the green. Chad Finn also has a final look at the Celtics.

Lenny Megliola looks at the “Be a Bruin” NESN reality show, where they are holding tryouts for anyone willing to pay them $100. Three finalists will be invited to training camp in September.

NESN has Red Sox/Indians at 7:00. TNT has Wizards/Cavs at 7:00 and Kings/Spurs at 9:30. OLN has Senators/Lightning at 7:00 and Red Wings/Oilers at 10:00.

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