If you’re tired of this ongoing Jason Varitek/Red Sox catching saga, take heart, it may be coming to an end.
Michael Silverman says that the deadline for Varitek to accept the one year contract offer (which has an option year) from the Red Sox is Saturday. Tony Massarotti says that Varitek might actually prefer just a one year deal from the Sox. Joe McDonald has former teammate Kevin Cash talking about Varitek’s value in the clubhouse. Kirk Minihane just wants the ballad of the captain to end. Mike Fine urges Varitek to take the deal from the Sox.
Silverman and Richard Weir report on Dustin Pedroia’s older brother being arrested for alleged child molestation. Bill Reynolds has Joe Torre roiling the very same waters he used to calm. Ryan Trepanier has former Red Sox prospect Brian Rose being named special assistant and pitching coach for the New Bedford Bay Sox.
After carefully watching the Senior Bowl last weekend, Chris Warner has a self-admitted ridiculously premature Patriots mock draft on Patriots Daily.
Michael Felger offers up four items, three of them football related. (The other is Varitek.)
Christopher L. Gasper says that despite appearances to the contrary, “Anquan Boldin is not a self-centered wide receiver like Terrell Owens or Chad Johnson.” Karen Guregian looks at the Cardinals other superstar receiver, Larry Fitzgerald, and how his background gave him a head start on stardom. Ron Borges has a piece on Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, while Mike Reiss and Guregian have Hines Ward determined to play on Sunday despite a bad knee.
I’m not sure Tom King has it right. He seems to think Patriots fans are angry at the Cardinals for their performance in Foxboro and will root against them this Sunday. I’m pretty sure the opposite is true, most Patriots fans are going to root for the Cards against the hated Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Globe notebook has Fitzgerald talking about the influence of Randy Moss and Kevin Garnett on him when he was younger. Guregian’s notebook has Ben Roethlisberger denying any rift with his former offensive coordinator, Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt.
Julie Onufrak has a profile of Cold Hard Football Facts founder and lead writer Kerry J. Byrne.
Steve Bulpett and Frank Dell’Apa try to sort out Stephon Marbury’s claim that the Celtics have made a verbal commitment to sign him if the Knicks ever buy out his contract. Robert Lee has more on Marbury’s claims of the Celtics interest. Jeff Howe says that the Celtics supposed interest in Marbury just doesn’t make sense.
Paul Flannery says that the Celtics success all starts with the defense. Jim Fenton has a look at Eddie House’s ability to score in bunches. Bulpett’s notebook has Doc Rivers campaigning for his players to be named All Star reserves.
Stephen Harris has a midseason Bruins report card. Mick Colageo says that the second half of the season will be a challenge for the Bruins. Mike Loftus has the Bruins set to renew hostilities with the Capitals. Kevin Paul Dupont has the Bruins trying to get back to business as usual. Rich Thompson has Milan Lucic ready to rumble once again.