Who Are These Guys? – David Brown

David Brown covers the Patriots for the New Bedford Standard Times.

He grew up in Rhode Island, and went to URI for a a bachelor’s degree in journalism. During his time in school he covered the URI basketball team in the Jim Harrick/Lamar Odom era while interning for the Newport Daily News. In his senior year, he did a co-op at The Boston Globe during the 2000 election.

After graduating from URI, he went to Chicago to work on his master’s degree at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He lived five blocks from Wrigley Field and covered Chicago sports for the Medill News Service.

After grad school he moved back to Falmouth for a time before moving to Hendersonville, N.C., and becoming the Prep Sports Writer at The Times-News in that town. He covered mostly high schools, but occasionally covered the Carolina Panthers (coincidentally during their run to Super Bowl XXXVIII vs. the Pats). He was recognized by the North Carolina Press Association with an award for sports feature writing in 2004.

He escaped the mountains of North Carolina after two years and returned once again to Falmouth, where he was hired by the Standard Times. He’s covered a number of sports for the paper, eventually landing on the Patriots beat alongside the late Danny Pires. He also covered the Red Sox World Series run alongside Jon Couture last fall.

In his time with New Bedford, Brown has been honored with three awards from the New England Associated Press News Editors Association (NEAPNEA) and two from the New England Press Association (NEPA). Last spring, he was recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) for an enterprise series on the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA).

He describes his philosophy towards writing as this:

“I’m obligated to produce something that I would want to read. Because if I have no interest in my copy, then I can’t expect my readers to. Also, I’m a big fan of sleeping until noon and getting paid money to attend the Super Bowl. I can’t stress enough just how awesome that is. My greatest ambition at this point is to get paid more money to sleep until noon and attend the Super Bowl.”

For a couple examples of his work, he cites his Patriots training camp preview, as well as a piece on  Al “Bundy” Martinez, a mixed martial arts fighter from New Bedford.

A Step Forward For Sox

The Red Sox took the first game in their series with the Yankees last night, 7-3 down in Yankee Stadium. With the win, they were able to move up a game on the division leading Tampa Rays, who lost to the Blue Jays last night.

Amalie Benjamin has Justin Masterson coming up with the biggest pitch of the game – a double play inducing sinker to Alex Rodriguez with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. John Tomase has the Red Sox putting together some of their best baseball of the year at the most crucial juncture of the season. Joe McDonald has Masterson putting a quick end to a potential Yankees rally. Dom Amore says that the Yankees look and sound just about done. Bill Ballou has the bottom of the order helping out the Red Sox last night. Jason Dachman has Tim Wakefield all business right from the start.

Sean McAdam notes that the Red Sox rewrote history during the final years of Yankee Stadium. Dan Shaughnessy relates his own version of memories and highlights from Yankee Stadium. Alex Speier examines the impact that the new Yankee Stadium will have on the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry. Steve Buckley has Tim Wakefield coming full circle at Yankee Stadium.

Tony Massarotti has Justin Masterson earning the trust of his manager and being put into the game at its most important point. Nick Cafardo looks at the new instant replay policy that goes into effect tomorrow. Ballou has more on the new Instant replay, which will initially only be used for disputed home runs.

Michael Vega looks at Paul Byrd getting the start tonight, which isn’t his first big game against the Yankees. Massarotti has Josh Beckett set to return Friday after throwing a side session yesterday. Buckley reports that Mike Lowell is making progress in his recovery from his oblique strain.

Vega has Alex Rodriguez feeling the wrath of 55,058 jurors in Yankee Stadium last night. Tomase reports on the Red Sox interest in Atlanta outfielder Mark Kotsay. With J.D. Drew on the disabled list, McAdam explains the Sox interest in Kotsay.

Tomase also reports on Carl Yastrzemski being released from the hospital. McAdam reports that the Red Sox will help open the Mets’ new Citi Field next spring. Dan Lamothe says that there is some poetic justice with how the Yankees and Red Sox are playing right now.

Benjamin’s notebook has more on the Red Sox pursuit of Kotsay. Tomase’s notebook has Mariano Rivera missing the challenge of facing Manny Ramirez in the Red Sox lineup. Jeff Goldberg’s notebook has more on Kotsay. Ballou’s notebook has multiple injury updates. Dachman’s notebook has more on Kotsay.

Patriots

The Patriots made their first round of roster cuts and moves yesterday. Greg Doyle has the first edition of College Scout this season over at Patriots Daily.

Christopher L. Gasper examines yesterday’s moves, but looks closer at the moves facing the Patriots this weekend when they must trim to their final roster size. Ian Clark says that there were no real shockers among the moves yesterday. Karen Guregian also look at the choices that the Patriots still have to make in coming days. Shalise Manza Young says that roster cuts have never been easy for Bill Belichick.

Mark Farinella has LaMont Jordan back at practice for the Patriots. Hector Longo looks at the injury bug which has battered the offensive line for the Patriots. Glen Farley examines the impact of losing Stephen Neal for the first six weeks of the season. David Brown has the offensive line taking a couple of hits yesterday.

Christopher Price says that the Patriots still haven’t decided whether to use the new defensive communication system or not. Jennifer Toland says that if the Patriots keep five running backs, it could change their offense. Douglas Flynn also looks at the battle in the backfield for the Patriots.

Lenny Megliola says that Tom Brady has it all, but still wants more. If you missed it, Boston Magazine’s Luke O’Brien has a feature on Brady’s right hand man, Will McDonough. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has the Patriots Hall of Fame ready for its opening on September 18th. Guregian has Larry Izzo receiving the Ron Burton Community Service Award last night.

Gasper’s notebook speculates that there is some horseplay at work with the carefully planted items in Tom Brady’s locker. Farinella’s notebook has more on the roster moves of yesterday. Guregian’s notebook has Brady a no-show for the Pats Kickoff Gala last night. Young’s notebook has more on the scheduled opening ceremonies for the Patriots Hall of Fame. Toland’s notebook has more on the moves from yesterday. Flynn’s notebook says that the mood in Foxboro was somber with the cuts being made.

If you can only read one thing today, I recommend Dirty Jobs: WEEI Listener over on Pink Hat Hell.

 

 

Sox Saying Their Farewells To The Stadium This Week

Starting tonight, the Red Sox and Yankees will play their last series inside this version of Yankee Stadium. Amalie Benjamin points out that there is plenty of Red Sox history inside of Yankee Stadium, and talks to a few players about their first trip to the venue. Jeff Horrigan has a similar piece this morning as well. Joe McDonald says that the series will bring out some nostalgic feelings in a few members of the Red Sox. Dom Amore has a look at more of the memories between the two clubs in The Stadium. Bill Ballou has a few of his own memories in Yankee Stadium to share. Jon Couture says that the Red Sox need to forget nostalgia or the rivalry this week and just get the wins.

Tony Massarotti says that Terry Francona has shown that he does things the right way, even if it might mean a loss for his team. Dan Hickling has Clay Buchholz making it through seven innings without giving up a walk for AA Portland. Garry Brown says that the Yankees need to sweep the Red Sox this week in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. Brown also checked out the Neil Diamond show at Fenway.

Benjamin’s notebook says that Jason Bay’s knees haven’t been a problem this year, as evidenced by his stolen base total. Horrigan’s notebook has the Sox considering the DL for J.D. Drew. McDonald’s notebook has a few more injury updates.

Patriots

On Patriots Daily, Tyler Carter has a new edition of The Turning Point.

Mike Reiss has the Patriots experimenting with a new version of the nickel defense, which features new safety John Lynch lining up with the linebackers. (Didn’t they try the “big nickel” a few years back when Lawyer Milloy and Tebucky Jones were the safeties and the club had signed Victor Green in the offseason?) David Brown gives us a deeper look at Matt Gutierrez, who impressed in his time against the Eagles. Robert Lee has Ray Ventrone impressing the Patriots with his ability and willingness to play in all three phases of the game. Douglas Flynn looks at Victor Hobson’s chances of making the club.

Citing Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Guregian says Tom Brady has a deep bone bruise, but will be ready for the season opener. Glen Farley says that Brady was still a little vague about his availability. Karen Guregian has Chad Jackson showing some spark as of late, but still proving to be a mystery overall. Mark Farinella has Jackson acknowledging that Thursday night could be his last shot with the Patriots.

Christopher Price has the Turk on the prowl this week in Foxboro. Rich Garven looks at a short week of major decisions for the Patriots. Farley says that Thursday night will be the last chance for many players on the roster. Bob Halloran says that Patriots fans must cling to their faith this preseason.

Reiss’ notebook has Brady expecting to be ready for the opener. Guregian’s notebook has local guy Mike Flynn doing his best to make the Patriots roster this week. Brown’s notebook has more on Ventrone, who is out to make the roster any way he can. Lee’s notebook says that things have been so far so good for Jerod Mayo in preseason. Flynn’s notebook has more on Jackson trying to make the most of this last opportunity. Garven’s notebook has Bill Belichick throwing a little praise at his rookie class.