We’ll lead off this morning with the news that Boston Globe Patriots beat writer Adam Kilgore will be leaving the paper to go down to Washington D.C. and take over the Nationals beat for the Washington Post.
The move is said to be a personal one, rather than a professional one, as Kilgore is taking a job with his former paper, and in a place where he has some personal ties which make the move a good fit for him.
This is a blow for the Globe, as Kilgore has always been a rock steady performer, taking intelligent, reasoned stands, and staying away from the muck-racking which is more and more prevalent in his profession these days.
Now, on to the top links for today:
Wizards, Celts in swap talks - Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has the two teams talking about a potential blockbuster trade.
NBC’s universal coverage will be hard to miss - Chad Finn will be among the Globe staff in Vancouver for the Olympics, and he previews the TV coverage in his media column today.
Busy time for Celtics call-in show - Bill Doyle talks to WEEI Celtics postgame host John Ryder about the current struggles of the team, and talks about his career in sports radio.
Red Sox have trucked a long way - Jon Couture notes that as absurd as “truck day” has gotten, it’s a good time to reflect just how far the Red Sox have come.
Mirror, mirror on the wall . . . – Rich Levine with a detailed look at the Celtics problems, and how to fix them.
Some Celtics trade rumors don’t add up, but an Iguodala deal would make sense - Robert Lee looks through the various trade rumors and advocates a trade for the 76ers André Iguodala.
Hot Peppers talk needs cooling down - Tom E Curran says Patriots fans shouldn’t be getting hot and bothered over Julius Peppers.
After decades in the minors, Johnson looks forward to major role - Joe McDonald has former PawSox manager Ron Johnson looking forward to his first season on the Red Sox major league staff.
Bruins slip Lightning comeback - Stephen Harris reports on the Bruins 5-4 victory in Tampa over the Lightning.
Get to know the new look Red Sox - John Tomase has a position-by-position look at what the Red Sox should look like come opening day.
…and for the NASCAR folk – Wounded knee won’t bury Hamlin - Michael Vega has Denny Hamlin getting ready to race in the Daytona 500 with a torn ACL.
I also wanted to comment on a Boston.com Patriots blog entry this morning. Albert Breer happened to write this one, and while this is going to sound like I’m picking on Breer, he’s not the only one to spout this point of view. In talking about the franchise tag, and whether the Patriots will use it on Vince Wilwork - actually the post is titled Why is Wilfork not tagged yet? - Breer says the following in conclusion:
Remember, what players get upset about isn’t simply being tagged — It’s the violation of the spirit of the tag. The idea of the rule, in the first place, was to keep valuable players (namely, quarterbacks) from arbitrarily switching teams. But it’s become a way of holding players hostage for a year or two, and delaying their big paydays. It’s important, if this negotiation gets to the point where Wilfork must be tagged, a day that’s still likely to come, he doesn’t feel like that’s what’s happening.
C’mon. a violation of the spirit of the tag? Can you tell me the difference between the two scenarios? You’re either “keeping a valuable player” or holding them hostage (unfortunate choice of words, by the way.)
I’ve heard the “spirit of the tag” elsewhere. Do these people forget that this was a negotiated point in the CBA that the players agreed to? So did they agree to it, but never expect the owners to actually use it?
Looking at the other side, was free agency never supposed to be about players arbitrarily swtiching teams? Have they violated the spirit of free agency?
I’m always bemused when the media applauds players for treating things like a business, (Tony Massarotti has been adamant lately that if he was Tom Brady, he’d have no loyalty to the Patriots since he’s not from here, and this isn’t a good place to play and that he should go chase the money elsewhere.) but when a team makes a move within the rules to protect and hold onto a business asset, they’re holding them hostage – at millions and millions of dollars per year.
If the use of the tag really has turned out to be different from its original intention, it will be interesting to see if it is tweaked to be more specific as to its use. Is it changed to only include quarterbacks? Or specific positions (not kickers)?