Tuesday Thoughts and Links

What? No ceremonies marking today’s 37th Anniversary of the Patriots changing their name from the Boston Patriots to the New England Patriots? (Edit – that’s according to NFL.com. I’m not sure where the whole Bay State Patriots name fits in here.)

Ummm, Butch? If you’re trying to be clever with the signatures to your posts from Japan, it should be Butchie-San, not Butchie-son

Succinct analysis from Glenn Ordway on the Red Sox win: “Dice-K sucked, Snyder sucked, Papelbon sucked.” OK then. I guess that’s all we need to know.

Reid Laymance has the official word from DirecTV on this morning’s outage.

Gordon Edes has the game story of today’s (last night’s?) Red Sox opening day win over the A’s out in Japan. Michael Silverman has the story for the Herald.

Dan Shaughnessy wonders what General Douglas MacArthur would have thought about the scene in Japan. You know, I was wondering the exact same thing…

Chad Finn has his 2008 Red Sox season preview.

Jeff Passan has Manny Ramirez enjoying the million yen he won with his MVP performance today.

Sean Deveney says that Dice-K’s wild start doesn’t really mean anything.

Dayn Perry says that today wasn’t really opening day.

Bill Simmons has some thoughts on the NCAA tournament.

Tom Curran says that Roger Goodell cherry-picked the 49ers tampering case to punish.

Scouts Inc. has Randy Moss back on top as the best receiver in the NFL.

I’ll credit a BSMW message board poster for pointing out the ad on the bottom of the Boston Herald sports page today:

Boston Herald back cover

That “sports nutrition” place in Everett is promoting an appearance by Brian McNamee in the store this Thursday? Why? Then again, the man might be a hero in these parts for taking on Roger Clemens…