Week Log: April Fools-Free Day

Last year, bloggers had a field day at my expense, enticing me into clicks where one April Fool’s story after another awaited. This year, I will spare you the same fate. Pumping out your basements all week has been torture enough. So let’s start off a fools-free Week Log with some baseball.

Red Sox

March has gone out more like a duck, and it feels a little hard to believe the Red Sox and Yankees are going to kick things off this Sunday night. We’re Just Saying bemoans the loss of the New England tradition of the Sox opening on a weekday afternoon, but Red Sox Monster thinks altered tradition is a small tradeoff for our team being hailed as global icons. Over on Sports Central, I thank both MLB and ESPN for going Sox-Yankees to open the 2010 season, thereby killing any springtime buzz for the rest of America who thinks they might have a shot at something this year. Confessions Of A She-Fan needs to stop acting like a wuss, so she’s just going to imagine the worst for her Yanks and get it over with already. Masshole Sports thinks Opening Night will suck if Jonathan Papelbon and 30-degree temperatures join forces.

Despite his newly-acknowledged fondness for them, Evan Brunell still manages to find ten reasons to hate the Yankees. It’s About The Money Stupid counters with ten reasons to hate the Sox, while Hardball Talk piles on with an eleventh.

NESN’s Boston Red Sox blog believes a Sox World Series requires 30 starts apiece from its three big arms. Boston Dirt Dogs brings us Maple Street Press‘s far-fetched theory that the Sox offense may not have gotten significantly weaker over the winter. ESPN Boston Red Sox Blog has Theo still in hot pursuit of Adrian Gonzalez. And with a Josh Beckett contract extension not even announced yet, Fire Brand Of The American League turns its attention to extending VMart.

A Red Sox Fan From Pinstripe Country gets sufficiently worked up about accurate springback chair counts to suggest reporters covering Fenway Park should . . . well, really go to Fenway Park.

Final / Frozen Four

New England teams have been or will be involved in three Final Fours, the one notable exception being NCAA Men’s Basketball, so we’re just gonna skip right over that one.

Starting with NCAA hockey, College Sports Blog has records falling and lamp lights burning out in BC’s 9-7 win over Yale on Sunday that advanced them to their third Frozen Four in the last four years. NESN University has eight players that will shape this year’s Frozen Four, including BC’s Chris Kreider and Cam Atkinson.

In spite of coach Geno Auriemma’s indifference, the Courant’s UConn Women’s Basketball wanted the Lady Huskies paired with Tennessee in women’s NCAA Final Four action this weekend at the Alamodome. Your CT theorizes that if only four Lady Huskies were to take the court, their margin of victory against Baylor could drop into single digits.

In NIT action, The Dagger says the URI Rams could have averted some horrid officiating on Tuesday by simply hitting one of four free throws down the stretch against North Carolina.

Bruins

A mixed week for the B’s as they faced two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. However, the win in New Jersey wasn’t enough to offset outrage from a bad loss to Buffalo on Monday after Claude Julien started Tim Thomas over Tuukka Rask.

Boston Sports Then And Now thinks Julien’s mistakes have sailed the B’s into rough waters this year. Something’s Bruin says Julien needs to be axed for his utterly pathetic decision-making. Boston Sports Blog says the controversial decision to start Thomas against Buffalo was all Rask’s fault anyway.

View From 311 saw all three Sabres goals against Thomas as soft-looking, while Stanley Cup Of Chowder has Rask relatively unchallenged but sharp when he had to be the next night against the Devils.

The Bear Necessities prefers the B’s aim for seventh in the Eastern Conference to face an overhyped Pittsburgh Penguins squad rather than the feared Sabres. Bruins 2010 Draft Watch has all the numbers on what it will take for the Maple Leafs to get the B’s into one of the top . . . errrr, bottom two spots on Draft Night.

Celtics

Just last week, everyone was optimistic the Celtics were finally putting things together with wins in six of eight games, including their last four at home. Today, all the old, dirty laundry is back after two straight TD Garden losses. Where Sunday’s blowout loss to the Spurs was a stinker, North Station Sports calls last night’s loss to Oklahoma City entertaining. Green Street says these are not your mother’s Oklahoma City Thunder. Celtics Hub says last night was everything an NBA fan could want. Red’s Army feels justified in bitching about the officiating.

When it comes to discussing the C’s these days, Celtics Stuff Live thinks we’re all sounding like broken records. A. Sherrod Blakely has the C’s bandwagon up and down all season.

Gino’s Jungle says that, sooner or later in the playoffs, the C’s will have to get things squared away in day games, where the D has often been missing.

LOSCY indulges a basketball shoe fetish as he guides us on a tour of Celtics feet.

Odds & Sods

. . . an unstructured stroll through the world of Boston sports

The BC Blog interprets AD Gene DeFilippo’s real motivations following his dismissal of basketball coach Al Skinner. The Sporting Blog figures DeFilippo for a Dirty Harry fan given the way he likes to blow his coaches’ heads clean off. On Campus considers which BC Eagles may transfer in the aftermath of Skinner’s firing. BC Draft is compiling its list of ten candidates for DeFilippo, and Duke’s Coach K is not on it. BC Interruption sees the Bruce Pearl bandwagon growing legs on its way to The Heights. Eagle In Atlanta has gotta have more flex with Skinner’s replacement.

Tom E. Curran hopes all Belichick’s sniffing around Tim Tebow’s hindquarters is a bad April Fool’s joke. Mike Reiss speculates that such over-the-top PDA is draft gamesmanship on the part of Belichick. It Is What It Is reminds us we’ve officially hit the halfway point in the Patriots’ offseason now that the preseason schedule is out.

Jade McCarthy laughs every time she sees the now-classic Jim Playfair blow-up, but admits there’s a serious side to the onslaught of such rage. Jerry Thornton thinks it’s going to take generations of tearing at it before Boston can rid itself of the scarlet ‘R’ on our chests.

And finally, mainstream journalists better run for cover as Boston-area bloggers are getting together for the first-ever Blogapalooza on May 2. Check out all the details here. Should be a great day of fun at The Baseball Tavern, which, hopefully, has sufficient ladies room amenities for Toeing The Rubber.

That’s a wrap for now. May your basements be dry and the Sox be undefeated the next time we meet. Have a great week!