Maybe it just seems this way, but do the Red Sox have to struggle around the trade deadline every year? They seem to falter in July, play frustrating baseball, and then they either turn it around in August and September (’03, ’04, ’07) or crash and burn (’06). Which will it be this season, and how long do we have to figure it out?
There seems to always be a point where I say, “that’s it, the Patriots links come first now, unless the Sox turn it around and make the playoffs.” I’m almost there. If we’re fed up with the Sox play, Mike Fine says that they’re fed up with themselves.
The Red Sox will get top billing today, but not the links. If you want to read about how they almost got no-hit by John Lackey, who has usually lived up to his name when he faces the Sox, you’re going to have to head on over to RedSoxLinks.com.
The Patriots season is still fresh and new, so we haven’t gotten totally sick of the patented storylines that are being pounded at us on a daily basis. The storylines are there, the top ones that you are going to be totally sick of hearing about sometime in the next few weeks are as follows:
- The Super Bowl hangover.
- Who is going to wear the radio headset on defense?
- Tom Brady took time off this offseason rather than working out.
- Is Chad Jackson a bust?
- Why isn’t Randy Moss playing in the preseason games?
There will be more, I’m sure. Refreshingly, there are really none of those on display today. Instead, there is a nice variety of coverage.
Christopher Price has LaMont Jordan denying that he and his agent had any sort of agreement with the Raider that he would not sign with the Patriots after his release from Oakland.
Christopher L. Gasper has Tank Williams not saying whether he’s going to be a safety or a linebacker in the Patriots defense. Karen Guregian has more on Williams getting his feet wet at linebacker for the Patriots. Shalise Manza Young has Williams accepting the challenges of learning a new system and position with the Patriots.
Douglas Flynn has a look at the Patriots young defensive backs getting an education in training camp. Guregian has the Patriots’ rookie DBs trying learn on the job as they get experience going up against NFL receivers in practice. Rich Garven has Terrence Wheatley looking to secure a spot in the starting lineup once the season begins.
Tony Massarotti has Tedy Bruschi saying that he won’t pull a Brett Favre when it comes time to decide whether or not to retire. Mark Farinella talks to Sammy Morris about his long road back to action after his injury last season. Eric McHugh gets to know special teamer Sam Aiken a little better. Baxter Holmes has a look at the new rule changes for this season, and how the NFL officials helped out the Patriots in understanding them yesterday at practice. Massarotti has Kevin Faulk not feeling threatened by the signing of Jordan.
Farinella reflects on how times have changed since his first Patriots camp back in 1977.
Gasper’s notebook has Stephen Gostkowski working on extending his range on field goals. Guregian’s notebook has Belichick talking about the rule changes. Farinella’s notebook has more on the rules. McHugh’s notebook has more on Gostkowski’s practice habits this summer. Garven’s notebook has Faulk focused on only his job, not the signing of Jordan. Flynn’s notebook has the refs explaining the new rules at practice yesterday. Young’s notebook has more on the rule changes.