I’m bored with this Red Sox crap, and there is no end in sight. This story is the epitome of low-hanging fruit for the sports media. I could be very very wrong, but I think this story is much more interesting to the casual and even non-fan than it is to the hardcore Red Sox fan. For the former, this story is appealing, it’s gossipy, scandalous, TMZ-like, for the latter, they just want to see what the team is going to do to fix things. The media, which like water, seeks its own level and the path of least resistance, is busy breathlessly reporting the latest gossip and giving their uninformed opinions as an easy way to fill airtime. What happened in the Red Sox clubhouse actually might not be all that outrageous, if you ask Peter Abraham.
To quickly sum up the latest, WHDH-TV reported yesterday that Jon Lester, John Lackey and Josh Beckett were drinking beer in the Red Sox dugout during games. The Red Sox quickly issued a complete denial, including a statement from former manager Terry Francona. Jason Varitek spoke to the Globe yesterday and to WAAF this morning.
What makes this week worse is that the Bruins are still struggling, and the Patriots are on their bye week, meaning the Red Sox story will continue to dominate everything for at least another week.
Boxed out – Fluto Shinzawa has the Bruins losing 4-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes last night.
Missed conduct – Stephen Harris says that while the Bruins finally ”displayed passion and toughness — but it was poorly timed and kind of ugly.” Douglas Flynn says that the Bruins need to learn to play with passion even when the opponent does not engage them physically. James Murphy says that the Bruins need to get a hold of themselves and their frustrations.
Looking for a spark, Julien juggles his lines - Shinzawa’s notebook has the coach shaking things up a bit. The Herald notebook from Steve Conroy has Tuukka Rask dealing with very little scoring support from his teammates.
Cowboys reined it in - Greg A Bedard says that while there has been improvement from the defense in the last two games, some of that is on the opposition rather than vast improvement from the Patriots. Karen Guregian examines the Patriots’ stinginess in the Red Zone.
Break-out season so far, but Arrington sees room for improvement – On the new-look Providence Journal website, Brian MacPherson looks at the Patriots cornerback, who leads the league in interceptions. More on Arrington from Glen Farley and Dan Duggan.
An opposing scout offers his take on what the Pats need to work on during bye week – Christopher Price has an outside look at what the Patriots need to improve.
Patriots use PUP list to advantage – Chris Forsberg has the Patriots getting a boost from three returning veterans.
Belichick blames media for ruination of handshake - Tom E Curran has the Patriots coach says that the media has ruined the traditional postgame handshake. He also has the coach taking another shot at the trigger-happy media.
Matt Light’s Gutsy Play a Critical Part of Tom Brady’s Comeback Drive and 19 Other Patriots Thoughts – Jeff Howe offers up his weekly observations on the team.
Payoff pitch is Patriots will get a bye - Jonathan Comey thinks another bye is in the cards for the Patriots. Don’t get your hopes up though, Cold Hard Football Facts says that it is impossible for the Patriots to win the Super Bowl.
Faulk back on the field, but still a long way to go - The Patriots Journal has Kevin Faulk among those returning to practice. The Globe notebook from Monique Walker has more on Arrington. The Herald notebook from Karen Guregian has Ron Brace also returning to action.
NBA is inviting irrelevance – Bob Ryan says that there are no sympathetic figures in the NBA lockout.