David Scott leads off with another look at Ron Borges’ comments about “getting screwed” by the Globe in the plagiarism case this spring.

Borges, it seems, just won’t go quietly.

Over on Patriots Daily, Christopher Price has his weekly Inside Gillette column, where he takes a look at rookie linebacker Oscar Lua’s efforts to make the club, gives us five things to look for Thursday night against the Giants and has a stat and quote of the week from Gillette.

Asante Samuel returned to the fold yesterday, but as John Tomase points out, he gained nothing by his holdout. Christopher L. Gasper writes that Samuel’s return will cause some shifting around in the defensive secondary. Shalise Manza Young reports that while Samuel showed up yesterday, he did not yet sign the one-year franchise tender. Albert Breer says that the final piece to the Patriots puzzle fell into place when Samuel reported yesterday. David Heuschkel says that Samuel’s return appeared to have been met with a collective ho-hum at Gillette.

Tomase has Samuel’s teammates happy that he is back, but saying that now is the time for him to get to work in preparation for the season. Mark Farinella has more on Samuel finally being in the house for the Patriots. Jennifer Toland has more on Samuel’s teammates reacting to his return to the fold.

Robert Lee has Kelley Washington trying to stick at a crowded wide receiver position for the Patriots. Mark Farinella has more on the 28-year-old Washington, who brings some impressive physical gifts to the field. Eric McHugh looks at another receiver, Randy Moss, who has his fair share of vocal critics, as well as supporters. Breer reports that it appears that Nick Kaczur has won the right tackle job to start the season. Jeff Howe has rookie Kareem Brown hoping to steal some playing time from the veterans, in addition to stealing their moves.

Gasper’s notebook has coach Bill Belichick praising Willie Andrews, who could see some time at safety if Eugene Wilson is out for an extended period of time. Tomase’s notebook has owner Robert Kraft cautiously optimistic about the team’s chances this year. Paul Kenyon’s notebook has Marcellus Rivers to trying make a roster sport for himself as a blocking tight end. Toland’s notebook discusses the cuts that must be made by 4:00pm today. Six players will need to be cut from the roster by that time.

Red Sox
Rob Bradford has an interview with Red Sox owner John Henry about what his club has done over the last few years to try and compete with the Yankees. Nick Cafardo also has a look at the Red Sox and Yankees, with New York having been unable thus far to catch the Red Sox in the division. Sean McAdam says that this Red Sox/Yankees series feels more like an afterthought than a showdown. Bill Ballou however, says that Red Sox fans must feel like Titanic survivors as they head into the series with the Yankees. Terry Nau says that the difference between the Red Sox and Yankees this season is money well-spent. Jon Couture has the Red Sox and Yankees ready to rumble once more, as does Joe Haggerty.

Lenny Megliola looks at who has overachieved, underachieved, or landed somewhere in the middle this season for the Red Sox. Gordon Edes looks at Mike Timlin, who is closing in on his 1000th career big league appearance. Jeff Goldberg says that last Friday will be remembered as the turning point in this season for both the Red Sox and Yankees.

Edes notebook has Mike Lowell and David Ortiz being named Co-Players of the Week in the American League. Bradford’s notebook looks at the magic number for the AL East finally coming into play.

Scott Souza has a look at the newest Celtic, forward James Posey, who looks forward to making another title run. Steve Bulpett has Posey saying that the Celtics offered the best opportunity to win a championship. Jessica Camerato has more from Posey. Daniel Malloy has more on Posey’s introduction at the Garden.

Mike Biglin has the Revolution doing some fine tuning in their time off.


Borges Got Screwed!

The WEEI morning show today featured former Globe writer Ron Borges alongside Greg Dickerson.

It was largely a forgettable morning, dominated by Jon Meterparel, who increasingly has become the third co-host on the program and not just the flashboy. This isn’t a positive development.

One segment, shortly after 7:20 this morning, was noteworthy however. Dickerson teased Borges about the suspension issue at the Globe, and then said that Borges “got screwed” in the whole incident. Borges agreed.

They were talking about Asante Samuel returning to the Patriots as the Franchise tagged player after sitting out the first month of camp. Here’s the transcript:

Borges: Hey Walter Jones did this three years in a row, it didn’t seem to bother him one bit, he kept going to the Pro Bowl

Meterparel: It’s always back to Seattle for you, isn’t it?


Dickerson: it’s funny you say that Ron, I remember listening to a sports radio show out on K…KIRO radio in Seattle and I heard Mike Sando say the exact same thing.

Borges: Did you really…

Dickerson: I’m sorry…

Borges: Who’s he?

Meterparel: Ron, you’re never going to live that one down, admit it.

Dickerson: I’m sorry…

Meterparel: Some of us all have..

Dickerson: I hate to admit this, because I like you, actually because I don’t like you…but you got screwed…but I’ll leave it…

Borges: I did get screwed.

Meterparel: Railroaded.

Dickerson: I’m still going to make fun of you, because…that’s what we do on this radio station.

Borges: That’s all right – you can laugh at it, because you know, when you know the truth, you can laugh at it.

So there you have it. Ron Borges got screwed. He didn’t plagiarize – he is the victim. There’s got to be an upcoming lawsuit against the Globe, right?

The NFL Network announced two new shows that will air Tuesday through Friday on the network beginning on September 4th. These shows will lead into the flagship offering by the network, NFL Total Access:

6:00 PM ET
College Football Now – Host Paul Burmeister; Analysts Mike Mayock, Charles Davis, and Terry Donahue

CFN is a studio-based information show providing viewers with up-to-the-minute news, match-up analysis and discussion of all the hot topics in college football including the latest Top 25 and BCS rankings.

Using expert college football analysts Mike Mayock and Charles Davis and former college coach Terry Donahue, College Football Now gives fans credible and independent insight from people who have played the game and follow the sport year-round. CFN will also include on-air appearances by the editors of websites which cover college football teams on a daily basis.

6:30 PM ET
Put Up Your Dukes – Host Jamie Dukes

Put Up Your Dukes is a 30-minute show starring former NFL offensive lineman Jamie Dukes tackling the headlines of the day in football. The show promises to inform and entertain and use Dukes’ engaging personality to bring the viewer inside the National Football League to share opinions and debate the issues people are talking about.

Each show will feature “10 Rounds” of discussion highlighting the players, plays and key topics of the day. An interactive component through NFL.com will allow viewers to submit questions for Dukes, who will answer some of them on air.

Rob Bradford has three items on the Red Sox as they prepare to take on the Yankees starting tomorrow night in New York.

Joe Haggerty talks to Arizona State University baseball coach Pat Murphy about his former pupil, Red Sox rookie of the year candidate Dustin Pedroia.

Eric Gillin editor in chief of Esquire.com has a Patriots season preview for Deadspin.com.

Michael Silver has Edgerrin James back with a vengeance in his Morning Rush column. (A worthy competitor to MMQB)

Speaking of which, Peter King offers up three ways to fix the preseason in his Monday Morning Quarterback column.

Len Pasquarelli notes that the Patriots will be counting on Laurence Maroney to carry a huge load this season.

Hub Arkush reflects on how the NFL has changed in the 40 years that Pro Football Weekly has been in business.

Alex Belth says there will be no repeat of 1978 for the Red Sox.

Tim O’Sullivan thanks Reggie Miller for remembering that he is old and turning the Celtics down.

Marty Burns gives the Celtics an A+ for their offseason moves, but notes that they weren’t the only Atlantic division team to improve this offseason.

Bill Simmons talks to Suns GM Steve Kerr in his latest podcast.

7:00pm, NESN – Thunder @ Seadogs
7:00pm, USA – US Open Tennis
7:00pm, ESPN2 – Yankees @ Tigers
8:00pm, ESPN – NFL Preseason – Bengals @ Falcons
11:00pm, FSN – Basketball – USA vs. Mexico

Sox Sweep Sox

The Red Sox finished off a four game sweep of the White Sox in Chicago with an 11-1 pasting yesterday afternoon. The Red Sox offense was dominant in this series, scoring in double figures in all four games.

Rob Bradford has the Red Sox bats waking up just in time for this week’s series with the Yankees. Gordon Edes notes that Boston “outscored the White Sox in the series, 46-7, almost matching the 46-10 beating the Bears laid on the Patriots in Super Bowl XX.” Sean McAdam notes that the hit parade marched on in Chicago for the Red Sox yesterday. Jeff Goldberg notes that it was appropriate that the White Sox handed out white towels to the fans as a promotion yesterday.

Tony Massarotti proclaims what I thought most experts had already proclaimed in June; The AL East race is over. Bill Ballou also declares the race over. I’ll never understand why media members feel the need to make these type of proclamations. Kevin McNamara observes that the Red Sox are the baseball version of the Alabama Crimson Tide. Lenny Megliola says that good times are ahead for Boston sports fans. Bob Halloran says that the 2007 Red Sox are the 2003 Patriots.

Amalie Benjamin has a piece on Bobby Kielty, who had a big day yesterday, getting on base three times and hitting a home run. Massarotti also observes that Bobby Kielty has already had a big impact on the Red Sox…perhaps already more than Wily Mo Pena ever did. Bradford notes that Big Papi might’ve figured out that the first pitch he sees in an at-bat might be the best one he is going to get. Maureen Mullen has Red Sox coaches talking about the dangers of standing on the field while coaching first or third base.

Bradford’s notebook has J.D. Drew glad to finally snap his homerless drought. Edes’ notebook has more on Drew, and has Julian Tavarez hoping for another chance to pitch in a World Series. McAdam’s notebook says that this weekend’s sweep was one for the ages. Goldberg’s notebook has a look at Tavarez and how his rubber arm has served the Red Sox well. Ballou’s notebook has Kielty making the most of his time in the lineup.

Shalise Manza Young reports that Asante Samuel will sign his franchise tender and report to Patriots training camp this morning.

John Molori’s Media Blitz is back and this week he talks to Cris Carter about his former teammate Randy Moss and how he thinks Moss will do here in New England under Bill Belichick.

Mike Reiss looks at Heath Evans, whose willingness to do whatever is asked of him makes him asset for the Patriots. John Tomase says that there are only a few spots on the roster that are up for grabs. Robert Lee notes that wide receiver is one area of competition where slots are up for grabs. Christopher Price examines what a huge weapon Laurence Maroney can be for the Patriots. Mark Farinella has a piece on Le Kevin Smith and how he might surprise you with his athleticism and creative interests.

Christopher L. Gasper’s notebook looks at Maroney getting his feet wet against the Panthers on Friday night.

Scott over at Patriots Daily also weighs in on today’s Patriots news.

Steve Buckley writes about Junior Seau, Michael Holley’s next book, and Tony Conigliaro among other topics.

John Connolly looks at the first place New England Revolution getting a nice break, Frank Dell’Apa says that the break comes at a good time for the Revs, who have not been as sharp recently.

Mark Blaudschun has the Boston College football team ready and eager to get out and play a real game this coming Saturday.

Craig N. Liadis reports on WEEI expanding into NH with their recent deal with Nassau Broadcasting which will put their programming on stations in the Concord and Lebanon markets

A new server was installed for the BSMW messageboard this weekend. As many of you have noted there have been a lot of problems with the forum over the last several weeks and months. We’re hoping that the new server will be able to keep up with the demands of all those who enjoy reading and participating on the board.