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.
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.