Wednesday Afternoon Notes

A few notes from today.

I’ve got a new column up for the Metro: Moss Speculation Means New Lows For Media.

Rodney Harrison was a guest on the Dan Patrick Show today, and as always, had some interesting things to say.

Jeremy Gottlieb goes around the league on Patriots Daily.

The Big Lead has an interesting post on Should Sports Editors Forbid Their Writers From Helping ESPN Essentially Kill Newspapers?

With the Bruins starting the regular season and the Red Sox in the playoffs once again the NESN dance is set to begin again. Like last year, when the teams happen to play on the same night, both Bruins and Red Sox games will be available in HD, with one of them being moved to a NESNplus station.

On October 3, NESN will deliver simultaneous high definition (HD) coverage of the Red Sox and Bruins when both teams play at the same time. The Red Sox and Bruins are both scheduled to play 7:00 PM regular season games on October 3 and NESN will deliver live and exclusive coverage of both games in standard and high definition. The Red Sox – Indians game will be available on NESNplus and NESNplus HD channels with coverage beginning at 6:00 PM with Olympia Sports presents The Boston Globe Red Sox Game Day Live while the Bruins – Hurricanes game will be available on NESN and NESNHD with coverage beginning at 6:30 PM with WB Mason Bruins Face-Off Live.

NESNplus and NESNplus HD are a compilation of channels that distributors provide NESN to carry simultaneous coverage of Red Sox and Bruins games.

A complete list of NESNplus and NESNplus HD channels will be available at NESN.com later today.

Sox Back Into The Wild Card

From the very first pitch last night it seemed that the Red Sox were going to need some help to secure the wild card playoff berth. Clay Buchholz got shelled as the Toronto Blue Jays were once again launching home runs all over Fenway Park. The Red Sox made it tight close, and had the winning run on base in the ninth, but couldn’t get it done, losing to the Jays 8-7.

That meant a late night for Red Sox players and media, who remained at the ballpark to await the results of the Rangers/Angels game out west. The Angels defeated the Rangers, eliminating them from the playoff hunt, and giving the wild card to the Red Sox.

John Tomase has the Red Sox happy to be in the playoffs, regardless of how they got there. Amalie Benjamin says that the wait into the late hours was worth it for the Sox. Jeff Goldberg has the Red Sox late rally falling short last night. Joe McDonald has the Red Sox clinching the playoff berth while most of us were sleeping. Bill Ballou notes that not all the Red Sox were around for the clinching party. Amy K. Nelson has the Red Sox finally getting something to celebrate.

Michael Silverman has the Red Sox keeping their clubhouse party private. Alex Speier says that the Red Sox don’t need to apologize for their celebration last night. Ron Chimelis has the Red Sox locker room subdued following their loss to Toronto.  Jon Couture is a little confused by these Red Sox. Mike Fine has the Red Sox coming in the back door to the postseason. Jim Fenton has the Sox wrapping up their sixth trip to the postseason in seven seasons.

Michael Whitmer says that Buchholz didn’t have it right from the start last night. Silverman says we shouldn’t be worried about this late season slide that the Red Sox have been on.  Kevin McNamara has last night’s comeback falling just a little short.

McDonald notes that with six playoff appearances in seven years, this is a golden era for the Red Sox. Joe Haggerty says that Beckett and Lester are on track for their playoff starts. Silverman has Casey Kelly and the Red Sox with a decision to make about his future. Brian MacPherson notes that Manny Delcarmen only struggles when given a clean inning. When inheriting runners, he’s still the best reliever in the bullpen. Bill Burt says Aaron Hill is the best second baseman in baseball.

Tomase’s notebook has Josh Beckett getting three partial cortisone shots in his back, but expecting to make his start on Saturday. Benjamin’s notebook has Beckett optimistic about his next start and beyond. Goldberg’s notebook has Beckett’s back feeling better already. The Projo Red Sox journal has more on Beckett. Ballou’s notebook has Kelly in the park last night. Fenton’s notebook has Buchholz getting roughed up last night.  

Patriots

On Patriots Daily, Scott Benson awards the PD Game Ball to the line of scrimmage and has himself Take a Lap after getting caught up in the Joey Galloway frustration. Brandon Rosenau has his 50th Anniversary Minute on the 1976 Patriots.

Kerry Byrne says that Patriots fans need to temper their expectations for this team.

Christopher L. Gasper looks at a Patriots defense which finds itself one of the top-ranked units in the NFL after three weeks. Rapoport has Tedy Bruschi applauding the effort of the defense.

Ian R. Rapoport has the Patriots reviewing the loss to the Jets in planning for the Ravens. Glen Farley has Kelley Washington becoming a productive receiver with the Ravens. Mike Reiss offers up Ten quick-hit thoughts on the Ravens.

Without mentioning it, Jim Donaldson refutes the ridiculous CBSSports.com column that claimed Randy Moss has been “dogging it” with the Patriots. Mark Farinella isn’t impressed with Gary Tanguay’s penchant for “storyline” radio on WBZ-FM.

Mike Reiss and Christopher Price each have mailbags. Jeff Howe examines the struggles of Joey Galloway.

The Globe notebook says that the Patriots are going to see a lot of familiar schemes this Sunday. Rapoport’s notebook has a look at the Matt Light Celebrity Shoot-Out. The Projo Patriots journal has the Patriots bringing in Terdell Sands.

Bruins

The Bruins start their regular season tomorrow night with the Capitals coming into town.

Kevin Paul Dupont says that the Bruins now have something unfamiliar to deal with: expectations. Steve Conroy has a mini-feature on defenseman Derek Morris, who is ready to play for a winner. Mike McMahon says that the Bruins will be just fine without Phil Kessel. Joe Haggerty previews the forwards. Joe Donahue runs down the Bruins roster.

Fluto Shinzawa says that the Bruins will strive to play with a shutdown mentality on defense. McMahon has David Krejci eying a career season. Mike Loftus has the Bruins expecting a big season from Patrice Bergeron.

The Globe notebookhas Chuck Kobasew’s relentless style on the ice resonating with his teammates. Rich Thompson’s notebook has Patrice Bergeron earning praise from Mark Recchi. Loftus’ notebook looks at role players who will need to step up for the Bruins.

Celtics

Frank Dell’Apa has Kevin Garnett going full speed at practice yesterday, participating in about 75% of the action. Mark Murphy notes that KG wasn’t happy at not being allowed in on the other 25% of practice.

Robert Lee has Rajon Rondo on a mission this season. Gary Washburn has Rondo trying to embrace a low-key, quiet role off the court this season. Bill Doyle says that Rasheed Wallace doesn’t expect to change his style with the officials.

Murphy’s notebook has Tony Allen way down on the depth chart as he recovers from ankle tendon surgery. Julian Benbow has the second unit looking impressive right off the bat. Lee’s Celtics journal has KG and Doc Rivers enjoying having training camp in Newport.

Celtics Ready To Roll

The Celtics held their annual media day yesterday, which marks the official opening of training camp for the 2009/2010 season.

Mark Murphy has the Celtics starting out with a hopes of raising banner # 18 this season.  Robert Lee has the Celtics feeling rejuvenated and upbeat as the new season begins. Jessica Camerato gives us a media day wrapup. Lenny Megliola says that the clock is ticking on the big three.

Steve Bulpett has Kevin Garnett set to start camp healthy and with no restrictions on his play. Gary Washburn says that the Celtics may not have the same Garnett of old back, and that in addition to being concerned about leading his team to wins, KG may be thinking about how much he has left. Scott Souza has Garnett eager to return to action and get started. Bill Doyle has KG and the Celtics looking to keep him healthy for the postseason. Chris Sheridan has Garnett scrimmaging with his teammates and ready to go. Jim Fenton has more on KG’s return.

Frank Dell’Apa has Rasheed Wallace voicing optimism about the Celtics and his role with his new team.  Dan Duggan has Wallace fitting in and already feeling the love from his new teammates. Washburn gives us Five things to watch in training camp. Steve Bulpett has the Celtics looking for a new version of Lucky.

Murphy’s notebook has Rajon Rondo putting on 11 pounds of muscle in the offseason, and not worrying about his contract.  Lee’s notebook has Garnett set to go “full blast” right from the start of camp. Julian Benbow’s notebook has Danny Ainge and Rondo both optimistic about the immediate and long-term future. Fenton’s notebook has Rondo determined not to let his contract situation weigh him down. Doyle’s notebook has Rondo looking to be shown the dollars.  

Bruins

Mike Loftus and Rich Thompson have David Krejci ready to go for Thursday night’s season opener. Fluto Shinzawa has a mini-feature on Marc Savard, who has changed his game from one that was about himself into one that is all about the team. Matt Kalman has defenseman Johnny Boychuk appearing to have made the team.

 Loftus’ notebook has Marco Sturm getting the first crack at replacing Phil Kessel at right wing on the top line. Thompson’s notebook has owner Jeremy Jacobs setting his sights on winning the Stanley Cup this season. Shinzawa’s notebook says that the roster moves indicate that Krejci will be ready to go on opening night.