Maroney Traded, Moss Wants To Stay

The Patriots traded former first round pick Laurence Maroney to the Denver Broncos along with a sixth round pick in exchange for a fourth round pick in next year’s draft. This brings to an end, a strange, disappointing, and at times interesting run in Foxborough for Maroney.

Randy Moss told everyone who would listen yesterday that he wants to remain in New England, and that he won’t be talking further about his contract. Let’s hope he sticks to his word.

The Patriots are getting ready for the New York Jets this Sunday, but yesterday, the media wasn’t too interested in talking to Bill Belichick about the game. In his conference call yesterday morning, a grand total of TWO questions were asked of the coach. For a group that rails about lack of access to the coach, they were more interested in attending Matt Light’s Celebrity Shootout – a very fine event, but one that went all day long. They could’ve participated in the Belichick conference call.

Get all the stories at PatriotsLinks.com.

Laurence Maroney dealt to Denver - Mike Reiss reports on the trade of the running back.

Lo-mo is no-mo . . . Maroney’s weird stay is over - Tom E Curran says that Maroney is now Denver’s goodhearted goof.

Why the Patriots may have traded RB Laurence Maroney and a look to the future… - I’m intrigued by Ian Rapoport’s theory on the trade.

Randy Moss wants to end career with Patriots - Karen Guregian has the wideout talking about why he talked on Sunday and what he wants for the future.

Silent treatment would have saved Moss - Mark Farinella says that Moss would’ve been better served keeping quiet.

Jets Week means excitement - Glen Farley wants to grab a (gosh darn) snack and watch this game.

With Patriots arriving, Jets check the baggage - Albert R Breer looks at things from Jets perspective.

Effective use of safety belt - Shalise Manza Young’s notebook has Corwin Brown talking about Pat Chung’s performance in the opener.

Jed Lowrie hit two home runs, David Ortiz hit his 30th homer of the season, and Massachusetts native Rich Hill picked up the win as the Red Sox beat the Mariners 9-6 in Seattle last night. Get all the stories at RedSoxLinks.com. The Red Sox also released their 2011 schedule.

The return of Ortiz, Martinez and Beltre to the Red Sox? Not a bad idea. - Rob Bradford thinks it might be smart to bring all three players back for 2011.

David Ortiz (30 HRs) is still swinging - Gordon Edes has Ortiz reaching 30 homers for the sixth time with the Red Sox, and first since 2007.

In short order, Lovullo sees his work paying off - Brian MacPherson has Pawtucket manager Torey Lovullo pleased with what he’s seen from Ryan Kalish, Daniel Nava and others.

John Lackey weighs in on numbers for debut season - John Tomase talks to Lackey about his first season with the Red Sox.

Hill gets win for his hometown team - Sean McAdam’s notebook has the hometown kid getting the win.

Metered calls on BC football games - Lenny Megliola profiles Boston College announcer (and WEEI morning flashguy) Jon Meterparel with the help of spotter Peter Foley, who has known Meterparel since he was a kid.

  • Paul

    Yay! Maroney's gone! I've been telling his supporters for years to watch what the Pats do with him once his contract is up or close to up. That will tell you how the organization feels about him. Turns out the Pats and I agree that Maroney's tenure here was frustrating, to say the least.

  • Tony

    OK, so I sat down at 10 p.m. last night and turned on the Comcast show, hoping that Felger would have the night off or something. He didn't, but I soldiered on anyway, hoping that there would be some sober, non-hysterical, non-obnoxious analysis of the Maroney trade. I didn't even last two minutes, because within the first 30 seconds of the show, Felger says, "…they got a fourth rounder for Maroney, which of course they'll trade for two 6th rounders and three 7th rounders and get GREAT VALUE out of the deal."

    I turned it off after that, questioning why, at my age, I even thought that a show hosted by Mike Felger could contain any sober, rational, non-obnoxious analysis of anything–particularly anything involving the Patriots.

  • Lance_

    Someone (ESPN Boston?) wrote yesterday that they wonder who will be the new scapgoat for fans of the Patriots. That's what makes being a sports fan in the area so frustrating. The media fans flames with their "good guys and bad guys" shtick. Can't we all just hate the Colts and Jets?

    I hate fans who need to pick on a local player. The mediots are desperately trying to do that to Ellsbury. I too was frustrated with Maroney but I always wanted him to do well because if he did well that meant the team was doing well. But no, any excuse to whine. That being said I have a feeling the next time someone beats Light the fans and media will be on him; too bad because he's been such a solid player and teammate for a long time. Hope I'm wrong.

  • J.R.

    To steal a lame — and lazy — column device used by many in the media, here are my random thoughts while emptying out the sports media watch drawer:

    – Metergerbil is essentially harmless enough, but he's still an incredibly annoying pencil-necked geek, not to mention a doosh's doosh.

    – Thirty home runs later, all those self-appointed media "experts" who were carping about David Ortiz being d-u-n after one week(!!) of play back in April sure do look pretty idiotic, as usual.

    – In a similar vein, remember when many of these same "experts" (Gresh, Felger, et al) were borderline hysterical in March regarding the lack of tight ends on the Patriots roster?

    – Speaking of Mr. Underwood, how he morphed from being Mike Reiss before Mike Reiss — which is to say, measured, informative and agenda-less — into some type of Frankenstein monster amalgam of Borges and Shank has been amazing.

    • Paul

      No, Ortiz was declared "d-u-n" after yet another horrible April. (And had they won some of those games they might be playing for a playoff spot right now…just sayin'…)

      • J.R.

        Nah, not really. Despite their less-than-stellar start, they managed to climb back to within a few games of first right around July 4. It was the horrible couple of weeks right after that, combined with all their injuries and the need to play a glorified Triple A lineup, that made the playoffs a dream in 2010. Carry on.

        • Paul

          If they didn't get off to a slow start, they would have been in first place by July 4th not a 1/2 game out of it. If that were the case, they'd be almost neck and neck with the Rays coming down the stretch for the Wild Card. Your logic makes no sense.

          Carry on.

        • J.R.

          So, you're saying they "lost" a playoff berth in April, after playing only about 30 games? Got it. It's not like they started 0-30. I guess we'll do the ol' we'll agree to disagree thing.

          Now, go get your #$%^&*# shinebox!

        • Classless

          using injuries as an excuse (especially concerning a $170 million dollar team) is really lame. The Sox disappointed this year. Live with it.

        • Paul

          In case you don't know, games played in April count just as much as games played in August and September. The Sox were 11-13 in April against teams like KC, O's and Toronto…not to mention losing a bunch to the Yanks and TB. And this was before all the injuries began to plague the team.

          You also know that when you start to get vulgar, you start to lose an argument. And to quote another Marty Scorsese movie "You talkin' to me?"

        • J.R.

          C'mon, Paul. Lighten up, will yah? We're debating sports here, not trying to solve the Middle East issue. We all have our opinions, that's what makes this — in theory — fun.

          Vulgar? You're kidding me, right? Are you Tony Dungy? My "shinebox" reference was meant in jest, as it's how my friends and I talk back-and-forth with each other when busting each other's onions (I was going to say balls, but it appears that might offend your delicate sensibilities) when it comes to sports discussions.

          Have a good day and get a good night's rest.

        • Paul

          Since when did having a civil argument without the use of vulgarities become a bad thing?

      • Tony

        The whole team, not just Ortiz, got off to a slow start. Victor Martinez, in fact, was really bad in April, if I recall correctly, and Beckett and Dice-K both landed on the DL not long after the season began. Lester, also, had his usual awful month of April before finding his stride in May.

        They were still in good shape until the lost weekend in San Francisco in June when they lost Martinez, Pedroia and Buchholz. After that it was an uphill battle to say the least.

        I agree that every one of the 162 games is important, but some really are more important than others, and those games usually take place after June 30th.

        • Classless

          which is why it's confusing that a team that charges the highest prices in all of baseball refused to make trades at the deadline to fill injury holes. A miserly rich organization is insufferable.

        • Paul

          It's not that confusing. The Red Sox didn't make any moves because VMart, Ellsbury and Pedroia were on schedule to return and Youk wasn't hurt.

          I'm sorry you didn't believe Theo when he said the team was entering a "bridge period" and your expectations were high.