Russell Warms Cold Day At Fenway

Gordon Edes looks at the relatively quick decision to postpone yesterday’s Red Sox/Mariners game, after letting people into the ballpark and saying they were going to do everything they could to get the game in. Karen Guregian has the Mariners having only played 5 out of 10 scheduled games, and getting frustrated. Joe McDonald has Terry Francona using the rainout as an opportunity to entertain with “war stories.” Joe Haggerty has Brendan Donnelly glad to be out of Anaheim and able to have a meaningful role with the Red Sox.

Jeff Horrigan looks at the Red Sox deciding to push Daisuke Matsuzaka back a day rather than having him pitch on Patriots day as originally scheduled. Tom Yantz has Celtics legend Bill Russell talking during the rainout yesterday about being a pallbearer at Jackie Robinson’s funeral. Ron Chimelis says that the no-hit bid by Felix Hernandez on Wednesday night tested some loyalties. Haggerty also has Dustin Pedroia proving to skeptics that he belongs in the majors.

Guregian says that it has been hard to boo J.D. Drew based on the start he’s had to this season. Jennifer Toland says that Terry Francona plans on giving Drew a rest about once every 10 days to try and keep him fresh. Terry Nau has 82-year-old PawSox owner Ben Mondor enjoying life and his baseball team.

The Globe notebook has a look at the rotation shuffles as a result of yesterday’s rainout. Horrigan’s notebook has Celtics coach Doc Rivers talking about his friendship with Terry Francona. The Projo notebook says that giving J.D. Drew an occasional rest might be the biggest step towards keeping him healthy all season.

Celtics

Bob Ryan looks back at 50 years ago today, when the Boston Celtics captured the first of the 16 NBA championships. It’s a great look back at the historic seven game championship series with the St. Louis Hawks. Steve Bulpett also has a very good look back at the 50th anniversary of that first championship.

Tony Massarotti has a piece on Bill Russell, of whom he says:

And now, with Auerbach gone, who better represents the Celtics than Russell? Who can truly silence a room, without ever raising his voice, quite like him? Who possesses the air of a dignitary, the humor of an everyman and the conviction of a cultural leader?

Very well said. Kevin McNamarahas Russell shedding light and warmth on a cold rainy day at Fenway yesterday. Michael Vega has Russell giving high marks to Ohio State center Greg Oden, who Celtics fans have been dreaming about all season as their missing link. Bulpett has Doc Rivers saying that he doesn’t like the NBA’s current weighted lottery system, he thinks all teams that miss the playoffs should get one ping pong ball. Mike Loftus says that Paul Pierce has seen enough of the 2007 season.

Patriots

Hector Longo says that the Patriots 2007 schedule “screams” a 10-6 season for the club. Michael Parente tries to figure out what direction the Patriots might go in this month’s NFL draft. Massarotti has Drew Bledsoe talking about his time in New England, and looking back to how the region accepted him as a kid out of college, and how he’s proud of the role he had in bringing the franchise to prominence.

Marathon

Both Boston papers have their extensive Boston Marathon preview sections today. Here’s the link to the Globe Marathon section and the Herald Marathon section.

Susan Bickelhaupt has WBZ-TV as the only local station providing wall-to-wall marathon coverage this year.

Misc

David Scott notes that the painful “Voice of the fan” segment on NESN with Jack Welch will be brought back again this season. He also has mote on the Herald’s hiring of Rob Bradford.

Bill Doyle looks at the major markets of Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles being missing from the NHL playoffs, and what that means for NBC and Versus, who are carrying the games.

Paul Doyle has Hartford still missing the Whalers, even as they’re out shopping for another NHL team.

Jeff Jacobs and Jim Donaldson weigh in on the Don Imus firing. In the Globe, Joanna Weiss and Carolyn Y. Johnson report on the firing by CBS radio of Imus, and in the Herald, Peter Gelzinis and Howie Carr both weigh in, and Jessica Heslam examines the impact that the firing could have on local radio.

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