Twitter Updates for BSMW on 2009-04-24

The Friday Megalinks!

Ken from Fang’s Bites with your megalinks.

As usual, we begin with the Weekend Viewing Picks. This is a busy viewing weekend for sports.

The NFL Draft takes precedence this weekend complete with a later starting time, 4 p.m. ESPN and NFL Network will have gavel-to-gavel coverage. ESPN actually begins its coverage of the Draft at 11 a.m. Saturday with a 5 hour pre-Draft SportsCenter On The Clock special. It switches to ESPN2 at 1 p.m. while ESPN has an NBA Playoff game. Then barring any trade, the Detroit Lions will be on the clock at 4 p.m.

Chris Berman and a cast of millions including Erin Andrews will on ESPN. Rich Eisen anchors the coverage for NFL Network. The first day will run until 11 p.m. and then Day 2 begins on ESPN and NFL Network at 10 a.m. Sunday.

As Bruce mentioned earlier today, the Patriots will be on Twitter giving their Draft picks before they’re announced in New York.

The NHL Playoffs are in full swing and NBC has coverage of at least one game this weekend, Game 6 of the Flyers-Penguins series on Saturday at 3 p.m. If necessary, NBC will have Game 6 of Washington-New York Rangers on Sunday at 2 p.m.

The NBA Playoffs continue this weekend and the game we care about, Game 4 of the Celtics-Bulls will be aired on WCVB and ABC6, Sunday afternoon at 1.

The Yankees-Red Sox begin the 2009 version of the rivalry this weekend. NESN has tonight’s game at 7. Then Fox 25 and Fox 64 will have Saturday’s game at 4 then on ESPN Sunday night at 8. The Fox announcing assignments can be seen here.

MLB Network has Phillies-Marlins Saturday night at 7, while TBS has the Sunday game at noon. WGN has the White Sox hosting Toronto at 7 p.m. Saturday and Cubs-Cards Sunday at 2 p.m.

NASCAR is at Talladega for the Aaron’s 499 on Fox, Sunday at 1 p.m.

Formula 1 heads to Bahrain Sunday on Speed at 7:30 a.m.

Indy Car is at the Kansas Speedway Sunday on Versus at 4 p.m.

The PGA Tour is in the Big Easy for the Zurich Classic, CBS has third and final round coverage at 3 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

The full Weekend Viewing Picks has all this and more along with primetime programming.

Now to your links.

National

USA Today sports TV columnists Michael McCarthy and Michael Hiestand square off on whether Matt Millen should be on TV so soon after his firing in Detroit.

In the Sporting News, Dan Shanoff tells us why we love Erin Andrews.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell says the fact that there’s no shoe endorsements coming into this year’s NFL Draft shows that companies are getting smarter in this sluggish economy. Darren looks at one prospect who could be one of the more amazing stories of year’s Draft.

The Sports Media Watch says the NBA Playoffs on ABC got off to a slow start last Sunday. SMW notes that the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Versus are seeing a ratings jump.

Ryan Saghir of the Orbitcast satellite radio blog says Sirius XM will be all over the NFL Draft.

Maury Brown of the Biz of Baseball writes that MLB Extra Innings customer service is referring calls about silly blackout rules to him.

John Eggerton of Multichannel News reports that there will be not be a decision by an FCC judge in the Comcast-NFL Network dispute until June 11.

Mike Reynolds of Multichannel writes that the New York Jets and SNY have extended a programming agreement that gives the regional sports network greater access to the team.

John Daly of the Daly Planet NASCAR blog wonders what happened to a NASCAR-centric reality TV series.

Christopher Byrne of the Eye on Sports Media blog looks into a rumor that Fox may shake up its NFL announcing and production teams. Chris writes that ESPN’s attempt to challenge Wikipedia has gone live.

East and Mid-Atlantic

The Boston Globe’s Nancy Marrapese-Burrell looks at Mchael Felger’s expanding media presence.

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times says the Yankees need seat fillers. Richard says the battle is just beginning for athletes and collectors who donated items to the now-bankrupt Sports Museum of America.

Judy Battista of the Times looks at the mom-and-pop NFL Draft business run by Mel Kiper, Jr. and his wife, Kim.

Also from the Times, Jeff Z. Klein says ratings for the NHL Playoffs in the U.S. are way up from last season.

Neil Best of Newsday has an extensive review of the MLB Network. Neil adds that MLB Network serves diehard fans while ESPN is good for the general fan. Neil asks ESPN to stop harping on the West Coast references during the L.A.-based late night SportsCenter. Neil talks with CBS’ Dick Enberg who will be honored with the Vin Scully Award at Fordham University next month.

The New York Post’s Phil Mushnick wishes SNY wouldn’t beat around the bush when it comes to the Mets’ less than stellar play.

Justin Terranova of the Post talks with Red Sox hater Tim McCarver about the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry. Justin has five questions for ESPN’s Herm Edwards.

Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union writes about ESPN’s five hour warmup for the NFL Draft.

Laura Nachman writes that Philadelphia viewers preferred seeing the Harry Kalas memorial on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.

John Gonzalez of the Philadelphia Inquirer advises Eagles president Joe Banner to stop going on the radio.

Don McKee of the Inquirer says Mel Kiper, Jr. is so identified with one event.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says NBC is once again putting the kybosh on outdoor viewing of Saturday’s Flyers-Penguins game.

Tricia Lafferty from the Trib-Review writes that part of last night’s Pens-Flyers game was blacked out due to a lightning strike at FSN’s technical operations facility in Atlanta.

Ray Frager from the Baltimore Sun says pre-NFL Draft programming is almost equal to the Super Bowl pregame show.

Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner says a DC sports radio station has its own pre-draft special today.

Midwest

Michael Zuidema of the Grand Rapids Press writes that a local TV news reporter returns to the sports desk.

Bob Wolfley from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says only ABC saw a ratings bump for NBA regular season games.

Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business wonders if the Draft will be anti-climatic for Bears fans.

In the Chicago Sun-Times, Dan McNeil says as the Bulls go further into the NBA Playoffs, he truly misses analyst Norm Van Lier.

Paul Christian of the Rochester Post-Bulletin says ESPN will be all over the NFL Draft.

South

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution publishes dueling op-ed pieces by Comcast and the NFL Network on their dispute.

From the Miami Herald, Barry Jackson says in its 30th year of covering the Draft, ESPN is always looking to improve.

Ray Buck of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram writes that Texas Rangers TV voice Josh Lewin tries to cram in as much trivia as much as he can.

Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News says the Cowboys finally have a deal in place with a new flagship radio station. Barry looks at the hour-by-hour breakdown of the local sports radio ratings. And Barry says the ratings for the Mavs-Spurs series have been good in Big D, but even better in the Alamo City.

Mel Bracht from the Daily Oklahoman talks about ESPN going deep into the NFL Draft. Mel wonders why Fox stuck with last week’s Indians 22-4 blowout of the Yankees and would not switch to Cards-Cubs. Mel bids farewell to ESPN’s Steven A. Smith.

West

Scott D. Pierce of the Deseret (UT) News says the national NBA analysts are being fair when it comes to the Jazz.

Jay Posner of the San Diego Union-Tribune writes there’s been little to no feedback on new Padres announcer Mark Neely.

John Maffei from the North County Times feels Herm Edwards will be a good addition to ESPN’s NFL Draft coverage.

Jim Carlisle of the Ventura County Star writes that new Dodgers TV announcer Eric Collins had a short, but sweet start to his gig this week.

Diane Pucin from the Los Angeles Times wonders how anyone can keep up with all of the NFL Draft talk.

From the Los Angeles Daily News, Tom Hoffarth says the real drama at the NFL Draft is where USC QB Mark Sanchez will land. Tom says an ESPN.com story on Lenny Dykstra is a must read. Tom has his usual extensive media notes which include a review of new Dodger announcer Eric Collins.

Canada

Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star says a deal between Rogers Cable and TSN 2 might be near.

And that will do it for the megalinks.

Celtics Get Strong Ratings For Game Three Win

The Celtics blowout win in game three of their opening round playoff series scored a strong 10.8 rating combined between Comcast SportsNet and TNT.

CSN picked up 6.8 of that rating number, leaving the remaining 4.0 to TNT.

You can browse notes from the TNT broadcast here.

Patriots To “Tweet” Draft Picks

The New England Patriots are jumping on the social media bandwagon and will use Twitter to announce their 2009 draft picks in real time.

Each of the Patriots’ picks during the NFL Draft this weekend will be announced at Twitter.com/realpatriots, the official Twitter feed of the New England Patriots.

Following the draft, the “RealPatriots” Twitter feed will be used to distribute official Patriots information, including player transactions, player appearances and other official announcements from the team’s public relations staff.

Patriots fans following the Twitter feed might even get the picks before they’re announcing publicly:

“We might even get a few draft picks out via Twitter before they are announced on TV, so any Patriots fans following the draft closely are encouraged to begin following RealPatriots on Twitter,” said Patriots Vice President of Media Relations Stacey James. “Of course this is the first time we are attempting this, so it should be interesting.”

Patriots.com, the team’s official website, also has a Twitter feed available at Twitter.com/patriotsdotcom, where fans can get additional analysis and updates from the Patriots Football Weekly staff along with links to updated content.

Celtics Win Big In Chicago

OK, confession time…

I wasn’t really high on the Celtics chances last night. There just seemed to be too much going against them for last night…a pumped United Center crowd, an athletic young Bulls team feeling confident, the continuing injuries – it all just seemed to add up to disaster. And it did. For the Bulls. The Celtics jumped out fast, and never looked back in a 107-86 stampede of the Bulls, and the game wasn’t even as close as the final score. The Celtics lead was over 30 for most of the fourth quarter.

I’m really confused right now, because my gut instinct on these type of things is usually correct. I’m really glad I was wrong, however.

Frank Dell’Apa has the Celtics grabbing a 2-1 series lead by taking control right from the opening possession. Mark Murphy has the Celtics rediscovering their inner defender last night.

Marc J. Spears has Paul Pierce and the Celtics putting the pieces together last night. Steve Bulpett has Pierce throwing heat and setting the tone for his club. Paul Flannery says that among the things we learned last night is that Paul Pierce is not dead. The BSMW Full Court Press has the Game 3 Breakdown.

Daniel I. Dorfman has the Bulls losing the home court advantage they had stolen from the Celtics in Boston. Jessica Camerato says that rookie of the year Derrick Rose has been no match for Rajon Rondo. Spears has Tony Allen receiving death threats from his hometown of Chicago.

Spears has Commissioner David Stern not feeling sympathy for the injured Celtics, and addressing the rumors that the league would prefer to have a Kobe Bryant/LeBron James matchup in the finals. Bulpett has Stern blaming the media for the notion that the league is focused on a particular player matchup in the finals.

Check CelticsLinks.com for more coverage and chatter from all around the country.

Dell’Apa’s notebook has Rajon Rondo insisting he is fine despite having to be helped to the locker room after the game. Murphy’s notebook has more on the death threats to Allen.

Patriots

The draft section at Patriots Daily is complete and all set for this weekend’s big event. In addition to all the position previews, player interviews and mock drafts, we’ve got downloadable draft boards for Day One and Day Two and Chris Warner takes A Look At Drafts Past.

Mike Reiss gives us the State of the Patriots. Ron Borges says that we must shake the idea of Julius Peppers coming to the Patriots this weekend. Christopher L. Gasper has the Patriots, as always, looking to the future with the draft. Hector Longo says that Belichick and the Patriots must hit a home run tomorrow. Jonathan Comey says that the Patriots have a huge chance to stock up for the future this weekend.  Jim Donaldson makes fun of people who put together mock drafts.

Mark Farinella checks out prospects in the secondary. Karen Guregian scouts the Outside LB and the Inside LB  positions. Gasper rates the Wide Receivers in the draft. Shalise Manza Young rates the best and worst Patriots draft trades. Christopher Price has the home stretch in sight for potential draftees.

Red Sox

The Yankees are town for their first visit of the season this weekend. Dom Amore has the Yankees bringing some new faces to the rivalry this season. Adam Kilgore says that it is never too early for Red Sox/Yankees. Sean McAdam says that the rivalry seems to have cooled a bit.  Mike Fine has Nick Green now getting a chance to the see the other side of the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry. Joe McDonald has more on the rivalry being reborn tonight. Lenny Megliola says that it is time for the rivalry to be renewed.

Paul Jarvey has David Ortiz getting into a happy place again. Brian MacPherson says that Papi’s struggles should be of little worry to the Red Sox and their fans. John Tomase has Mike Lowell not giving a second thought about Mark Teixeira and the Red Sox pursuit of the first baseman last winter. Alex Speier has Jason Bay talking contract.

Dan Lamothe compares and contrasts the two clubs. Rob Bradford looks at the return of Kason Gabbard. Paul Kenyon says that it looks like the sellout streak will continue. Bradford also looks at the  Red Sox Future Without Teixeira.

Kilgore’s notebook has a look at Kevin Youkilis’ hot start to the season. Tomase’s notebook has Ortiz asking Joba Chamberlain not to throw at Red Sox hitters, particularly Youkilis.

Bruins/Other

Mike Loftus says that every potential second-round playoff matchup has pros and cons for the Bruins. Steve Conroy has the Bruins showing their complete talents against Montreal. Stephen Harris says that the Canadiens were clearly outmatched in the series. Fluto Shinzawa has the Bruins just taking care of business against Montreal.

Shinzawa’s notebook has Zdeno Chara being named a Norris Trophy finalist for the second straight year.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has Michael Felger adding even more to his media menu.

Twitter Updates for BSMW on 2009-04-23

Stephon Marbury on E:60

Next Tuesday’s edition of ESPN’s E:60 will have a feature on Stephon Marbury. The show airs at 7:00pm.

E:60’s Lisa Salters explores the conflicting sides of Boston Celtics guard Stephon Marbury as he opens up about the most tumultuous chapters of his life. Topics covered include his public divorce with his hometown New York Knicks last winter, his feud with former Knicks coach Isiah Thomas, and his shocking testimony in Thomas’ sexual-harassment trial. More intimate matters are also discussed, leaving Marbury in tears and exposing a side of him hardly anyone has seen.


E:60 Stephon Marbury Preview from ESPN Communications on Vimeo.

What’s Bleu et Blanc et Rouge . . . All Over?

What could be better than a spring afternoon that finds the grass greening, the birds singing, and the Habs golfing? It’s almost as good as Yankee Elimination Day – especially given the manner in which the Bruins dispensed with them – but that’s half a year away and this is now, so let’s talk some hockey.

Bruins! Bruins! Bruins!

Caveman Strong is whooping it up big-time after the four-game hurt the B’s laid on Montreal. Kynch’s Korner says the B’s swept away a decade’s worth of playoff futility along with the Habs. Looks like Puck Daddy has to eat a little crow, while NESN’s Boston Bruins blog has Habs GM Bob Gainey trying to bring civility into his barbaric franchise. He’ll have the summer to try . . . maybe.

Last night’s win took all the suckiness out of Wicked Bruins Fan‘s day. The Two-Line Pass thought it poetic that it should be the B’s who put the Bleu et Blanc et Rouge out of their misery. Now maybe The Spoked B won’t fear those colors anymore. Stanley Cup of Chowder conjures the frightening image of a French-speaking Bob Lobel. Here Come The Bruins! says we’re playing with house money now. The Big Bad Bruins pays tribute to his pepe, who was surely smiling down on the Black & Gold last night.

Kathryn Tappen isn’t naming names, but she is still fielding questions over the B’s legitimacy. And, in a puzzling move, Big Bad Blog chooses Schneider as poster boy for taking everything One Day At A Time. Apparently, Valerie Bertinelli downloads weren’t available; either that, or Haggs, like buddy Felger, knows gay.

Maybe it’s water under the bridge now, but The Bruins Report calls NHL discipline czar Colin Campbell pathetic after his suspension of Milan Lucic. Jack Edwards thinks Campbell would make a lousy Connecticut state trooper.

Celtics

Now to the C’s where Ball Don’t Lie tries to simplify the chaos that is this first-round series with the Bulls. Green Street has the series moving to Chicago, where the C’s will be walking through the doors of United Center but Michael Jordan won’t be. Red’s Army has found a new object of scorn and he hails from Chicago.

Basketball Prospectus lists both Rondo games as among the top point guard performances this postseason. Celtics 17 places Rondo well up on their list of the NBA’s top point guards. Celtics Stuff Live has the C’s needing Brian Scalabrine and Scals wanting to contribute, but at what risk to his health? NESN’s Boston Celtics blog puts the Scalabrine-for-Powe swap as a net loss for the C’s. Green Street traces Powe’s left knee woes back to his high school days.

Red Sox

Somehow, they got two in yesterday and the Sox took them both, making it seven straight now. Red Sox Monster officially pronounces the boys el scorcho and turns in the first tale-of-two-seasons account of the year. Given the weather in a typical New England spring, Surviving Grady has some good ideas for NESN to fill time during rain delays.

Justin Masterson looks to be the next Curt Schilling, discussing his morning start against the O’s on Patriots Day, a week after his blogging debut on Wicked Good Sports. Full Count has O’s LF Luke Scott ripping everything after his team was unceremoniously swept at Fenway. Boston Irish advocates enjoying the losses, as hard as that may be for O’s fans.

Fenway Pastoral has the economy tough on Moriarty the Scalper, as he tries to hold his night job to support a philanthropic side. Bill and Mike over on The Soxaholix are feeling a little greenwashed with all the Earth Day hype. Hey, napkins for your hot dogs may be a thing of the past as Hacks With Haggs looks at Fenway’s Go Green efforts. But not all of Red Sox Nation is green as Fenway West observes.

On the farm, The Bottom Line takes a look at some lively arms while Fire Brand of the American League reports on Julio Lugo’s quiet bat in his rehab debut.

Finally, the upcoming weekend series will have all Bronx eyes on Boston, not that they’re ever anywhere else. Take Subway Squawkers, where dear Lisa still hasn’t gotten over Beckett’s little Easter incident. Can you say deflection? Don’t worry; Boston Dirt Dogs everywhere will be awaiting Joba’s arrival.

Pats / NFL Draft

No, it’s not the best economy to be making up stories, but in an early sign that Obama’s stimulus package may be working, Tom Curran has upgraded Tom Brady from ‘significantly behind schedule’ to ‘participating without limitation.’ It Is What It Is catches up with Randy Moss giving back to his hometown community.

NE Patriots Draft gives us their final mock draft, while John Chandler has decided to punt. First And Ten From Foxborough has Belichick talking trades and upgrades.

Shutdown Corner says SI hasn’t done enough to unring the bell for B.J. Raji, and he’s got some ideas on how they can make the BC D-lineman whole in this year’s draft. National Football Post offers one player’s tale of a gut-wrenching draft weekend, as he was stood up twice before St. Louis selected him . . . just ahead of Tom Brady. Think the Rams would like to re-ring that bell?

Should be a great weekend, as the C’s look to extend their season, the B’s wait to see who’s next, the Pats build for the future, and the Sox take on the Yankees. Catch all the action at a blog near you, and we’ll see you back here next Thursday.

Bruins Four Game Sweep Sets New Ratings Record for NESN

The ratings are in for NESN’s telecast of the Bruins series-ending victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Last night’s game four scored a 9.2, which was also the average for the entire series.

New England’s most watched sports network, earned a 9.2 average household rating for the Boston Bruins four game sweep of the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal. This is the highest rated playoff series in NESN’s 25 year history. The 9.2 rating equals an average of 221,000 households in the Boston DMA.

NESN’s previous record rating for a playoff series was an 8.4 household rating, which the network earned during the 2004 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the Canadiens, a series that went seven games.

Along with the ratings information for last night, here is some additional information provided by the network:

NESN’s ratings for the four game series proved to be consistent, featuring the network’s third (9.5 – Game 2), fourth (9.4 – Game 1) and fifth (9.2 – Game 4) highest rated Bruins games of all time.

NESN’s ratings performance in the key demographic categories are up over 60% in almost every category vs. last year’s playoff coverage including Women 25-54 where the network is up 77% year over year. The network’s pre and post-game programs have also seen exceptional growth since last year’s first round playoff coverage with WB Mason Bruins Face-Off LIVE up 126% (2.7 HH) and Bruins Overtime LIVE presented by Ace Ticket.com up 81% (3.6 HH).

So the per game average for the series was as follows:

  • Game 1: 9.4
  • Game 2: 9.5
  • Game 3: 8.9
  • Game 4: 9.2

Game three went head-to-head with the Celtics broadcast.

Bruins Get The Sweep

This is something new. For the first time in BSMW history (8 springs now) I’ve never posted about a Bruins playoff series victory.

The Bruins did it in style last night, beating Montreal 4-1 and sweeping the series four games to zero. The win gives the Bruins the opportunity to catch a breather before the next series.

Fluto Shinzawa has former Canadien Michael Ryder once again leading the charge, with a pair of goals in the victory. Steve Conroy has the Bruins already focused on the road ahead. Joe Haggerty has the Bruins making a statement in this series. Mick Colageo says that it is clear that these aren’t the same old Bruins. Mike Loftus says that there are plenty of reasons to love this sweep.

Kevin Paul Dupont has the Bruins “finally able to put some closure to their long and festering wound of playoff disappointment.” Stephen Harris wonders if David Krejci might be the best all-around player in the NHL right now. Colageo has Michael Ryder particularly happy with the outcome of the series.

Sean Farrell says that in the end, the Canadiens just couldn’t compete with the Bruins. Harris reports that Andrew Ference is getting closer to a return. Colageo has Blake Wheeler making the right choice to join the Bruins over the Canadiens. Check more Bruins coverage and messageboard buzz at BruinsLinks.com.

Shinzawa’s notebook has Milan Lucic and Mike Komisarek exchanging a fond farewell last night. Conroy’s notebook has Lucic flooring Komisarek with a single punch.

Celtics

The Celtics get back in action tonight, this time at the United Center in Chicago.

Mark Murphy has Paul Pierce hoping to shake the tentativeness that plagued his play during the first two games of this series. Tim Weisberg has the Celtics relying heavily on “Big Baby” Davis. Dan Ventura has Brian Scalabrine being cleared to play tonight, giving the Celtics at least another big body. Scott Souza says that Scalabrine can bring some balance to the Celtics defense. Ben Larsen examines how hitting the glass has paid off for the Celtics thus far. Patrick Gilroy tries to put last week in perspective for the Celtics. The BSMW Full Court Press gives us some Give and Go observations from the series thus far. Jeff Howe has UConn alums Ray Allen and Ben Gordon putting on a show. There’s more Celtics stuff at CelticsLinks.com.

Marc J. Spears examines Chicago’s long history with and love of basketball. Frank Dell’Apa says that the deal that netted the Bulls Brad Miller and John Salmons has transformed the club. Daniel I. Dorfman has the Bulls not happy with the number of points they’ve given up in the first two games. Robert Lee says that the Bulls are showing us that they are better than we thought they were. Jessica Camerato has Ben Gordon and Kirk Hinrich giving the Bulls experience. She also wonders what the Celtics can expect from the Bulls crowd.

Buddy Thomas attacks Tommy Heinsohn. I disagree completely with the entire premise of this column and to those “Celtics fans” that complain about Heinsohn. When I’m watching the Celtics, I enjoy Tommy’s rants, he’s defending the Celtics, he’s on “our side”, which is a sharp contrast to when you’ve got the likes of Mike Breen calling the games, Tommy is saying what a lot of us are thinking while watching the game, and we should treasure him while we’ve got him on the telecasts. It’s going to be a whole lot duller to watch the games when Donny Marshall steps into the full time analyst role – no offense at all to Marshall – who I also think is better than most people give him credit for.

Bill Reynolds says that right now the NBA is all about LeBron vs Kobe, that is what the league wants to see in the finals, and that is what they’re going to get. It does seem inevitable.

Murphy’s notebook reports no changes to Kevin Garnett’s status. Dell’Apa’s notebook has more on Scalabrine’s return.

Red Sox/Patriots

The Red Sox pulled off a day/night doubleheader sweep of the Minnesota Twins yesterday on Terry Francona’s 50th birthday. Check the coverage at RedSoxLinks.com. A few Red Sox links of interest: Bill Burt has Charlie Hough speaking proudly of Tim Wakefield. Adam Kilgore has the odd story of Lee County Florida turning over emails to the FBI related to the Red Sox proposed new spring training facility.

On Patriots Daily there is Greg Doyle’s Seven Round Patriots Mock Draft to look over.

Michael Felger has this week’s edition of the mailbag. Brian MacPherson tries to map out a dream scenario for the Patriots in the draft. Christopher Price has version 2.0 of his mock draft. Check the rest of your Patriots links and coverage at PatriotsLinks.com.