Celtics Beat Knicks, Mosi Passes Away

The Celtics managed to stave off a retooled New York Knicks club which just wouldn’t go away last night, 110-106 at the TD Garden.

Former Patriots Fullback Mosi Tatupu has reportedly passed away at the age of 54.

Here’s rest of the top links from this morning:

Celtics sweat out ‘sure’ win against Knicks – Robert Lee in the Projo gets game story duty this morning.

Marquis Daniels walks softly – The Celtics swingman started in place of Paul Pierce and scored 14 points without having a play called for him. Steve Bulpett looks at the contributions of the low-key (on the court) Daniels.

Being Nate: Knicks offer insight into newest Celtic – Jessica Camerato talks to Al Harrington, Wilson Chandler and Chris Duhon about what their former teammate Nate Robinson can bring to the Celtics.

Rondo/Robinson show promise for the future – A. Sherrod Blakely’s notebook looks at the combination of small, speedy guards which debuted for the Celtics last night, and a number of other topics.

Stephen Gostkowski One of Few Bright Spots From Patriots’ 2006 Draft – Jeff Howe notes that when a kicker is your best pick in a particular draft, that’s not a good sign.

Mailbag: Who’s on Patriots’ radar? – Mike Reiss deals with another mailbag of restless Patriots fans.

The NFL combine: The joke that’s no longer funny – WEEI.com guest columnist – former Patriots linebacker Matt Chatham – tells us why the NFL Combine, which starts today in Indianapolis, is a joke.

Red Sox unlikely to be able to trade Lowell – Sean McAdam’s story here was quoted on sports flashes all afternoon yesterday, with the announcers saying that Lowell would be part of the Red Sox 25-man roster when camp break because the Red Sox aren’t going to be able to trade him. While that might be the situation right now, couldn’t it change at any time? What if another team loses their third baseman tomorrow? Couldn’t things change now? (Something Alex Speier points out this morning.) There’s a long ways to go before opening day, so while the report is accurate today, I think it’s hard to conclusively report that Lowell will be on the 25-man roster on opening day, as those flash guys and announcers were stating as fact. McAdam himself says “in all probability” which is a better way to state the situation.

For first time, Scutaro comes to camp as starting SS – Daniel Barbarisi looks at the last man signed by Theo Epstein to hold down the shortstop position for the Red Sox.

Time running out for Lowell, Wakefield, Ortiz – Mike Fine looks at three Red Sox veterans facing baseball mortality.

A few other thoughts/items this morning:

  • Just wondering…where’s all the outrage and sanctimonious outcry over the Steelers violating the spirit of the rules by using their transition tag on a kicker? It was meant for quarterbacks!
  • This is awkward. That’s how Dan Shaughnessy’s column this morning. on Mike Lowell’s situation with the Red Sox begins. It’s a fitting phrase to open the column, as Dan, who complained on Sunday for the second straight year that there was no controversy in Red Sox spring training, tries hard to create one.
  • At the NFL Combine, which starts today, you’re going to hear the name Jacoby Ford a lot. There is talk that the former Clemson track star and wide receiver will break speed records. Check out his Patriots Daily interview with Chris Warner. Also at the combine will be former TCU defensive end Jerry Hughes, who also was interviewed on PD.
  • Joe McDonald, who has covered the Red Sox for the Providence Journal, has been hired by ESPNBoston.com to cover the Red Sox and Bruins.

Wilfork Tagged, Nate Set To Debut For C’s

It’s not a great time for quality Boston sports writing and talk. The Red Sox are just getting going, so all we’ve got are the usual spring training profiles, any Patriots article these days is bound to be laced with snark and doom, the Celtics are just coming off a West coast road trip where most of the writers didn’t go with them, and the Bruins are off until after the Olympics.

Here’s what we find this morning:

Set up to go long? – I went back and forth on this Albert Breer piece about the Patriots applying the franchise tag to Vince Wilfork. Breer is a top-notch football reporter and writer, but  has the annoying habit of sometimes talking down to his readers. There is a little of that in here. I like the overall points he’s trying to make, but his manner is a bit off-putting –  spare everyone the “He’s got 7.003 million reasons not to complain.’’

Tag ordeal might have happy ending – Karen Guregian has a more optimistic view of the situation.

Randolph armed, ready for NFL – Jennifer Toland with a nice piece on Holy Cross QB Dominic Randolph, who has gotten plenty of looks from NFL scouts, and who many feel has a good shot at landing with an NFL team.

Patriots Have No 2007 Draft Regrets Thanks to Randy Moss and Wes Welker – continuing his series, Jeff Howe takes a pick-by-pick look at the 2007 draft for the Patriots. Judging by the number of clicks the first two part of this installment have gotten, Howe is doing a good job looking at the Patriots draft record without the hysterics used by others in town.

Bird-Magic documentary on HBO is a winner – Jim Fenton gives his take on the new HBO documentary Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals which screened last night at TD Garden.

Kid stuff high on Doc Rivers’ list – Mark Murphy has a really good feature on how Doc Rivers and his wife balance out keeping up with their four children, plus another that they have guardianship over, while living in two different states.

Celtics’ (re)starting 5 – Steve Bulpett tells us the keys to the stretch run for the Celtics.

The Celtics prepare to add Nate Robinson to the mix – A. Sherrod Blakely with a look at Nate Robinson getting set for his Celtics debut tonight.

Crossroads moment for Ortiz: Past and future loom over slugger – More and more I’m coming to the realization that if I just want to read one baseball writer in town, it’s Alex Speier. There were at least six or seven articles on Ortiz in the morning papers, and Speier has the best and most informative. Again.

Cameron gets the star treatment; Beltre talks about the Fenway turf – Daniel Barbarisi’s extensive Red Sox Journal covers a number of topics from camp yesterday.

BSMW Poll – Morning Link Preferences

Lately, I’ve made a change in how I present the morning links to you. For years, I got up and tried to get you a link to every single sports story out there in New England that dealt with one of our pro teams, and occasionally college as well. For the last couple of months, on most days, I’ve linked to just what I thought were the ten or so best or most noteworthy stories from that morning.

The feedback that I have received has been positive, as many of you have expressed appreciation at not being subjected to the likes of Shaughnessy, Borges and others on a daily basis, but only when they actually write something worth reading.

But I want to make sure – do you prefer getting just the top stories, or do you like to get everything, and then try to sift the wheat from the chaff yourself?

Vote below, and also please weigh in down in the comment section. This feedback will be of benefit to me as I try and plan the future of BSMW going forward.