Celtics Follow Patriots Model In Draft

You could make the case that the Celtics draft picks in some way mirrored the choices that the Patriots made in April.

With one pick, they selected a tall, big man from Syracuse, (Fab Melo) who is still a bit raw, but a good developmental project. With their other pick, they selected a physical thumper from a big program (Jared Sullinger) who fell a bit in the draft due to some physical concerns, but who should be able to step in and be productive right from the start.

You can compare those attributes to Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower whom the Patriots drafted earlier this spring.

Promising future starts now – Gary Washburn has the Celtics future looking brighter.

In Jared Sullinger, C’s gamble is worth risk – Paul Flannery looks at how Sullinger ended up with the Celtics and why he was worth picking despite some back issues.

Celtics gamble on Sullinger, Melo – Chris Forsberg has the Celtics hoping to repeat the success they’ve had with Avery Bradley.

Sullinger ‘ready to dominate’ in Celtics uniform – Jimmy Toscano has Sullinger talking about being picked by the Celtics.

When it comes to NBA-level defense, Melo not yet the man – A. Sherrod Blakely says that the Big East Defensive Player will have to make some adjustments at the next level.

Still Andre Carter country? – Jeff Howe looks at why the defensive lineman and the Patriots have yet to agree to a new contract.

Five things we learned on another memorable night for Franklin Morales – The Red Sox lost a 1-0 decision to the Seattle Mariners last night, but Morales sparkled once more. Rob Bradford looks at what we can take from the outing.

Young Bruin Hamilton is hard to miss – Dan Cagan has the Bruins top pick of 2011 standing out at developmental camp. DJ Bean says that Hamilton is ready to make the leap.

Media Columns

Gymnast Aly Raisman’s Olympic quest is subject of documentary – Chad Finn has local filmmaker Torey Champagne waiting for the ending of his documentary on the Olympic hopeful. He also looks at the NFL switching up some late-starting game times, and has a few other notes.

Tornadoes’ Gagalis is more than a voice – Bill Doyle talks to Worcester Tornadoes play-by-play man Nick Gagalis, who does a whole lot more for the team than just call the games.

Times Have Changed In MLB, As Evident By Clay Buchholz Charity ‘Scandal’ – In my SB Nation Boston media column, I look at how the mediahas gone from drinking with players to knocking them for going to a charity even where they don’t drink.

Gary Tanguay is an embarrassment. But you probably already knew that.

Do you want THAT guy taking over for Gil Santos in the Patriots radio booth? No thanks.

Tracking The Buchholz Story

The Buchholz Charity Scandal

In case you missed it, Boston sports radio and twitter blew up this morning at the news that Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz, fresh out of the hospital, attended a charity event last night. Here’s how it went down, and what they’re saying.

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Interesting…….a little bird just told me there’s a damn good pool party going on at MGM Grand Foxwoods…Clay Buchholz is there #peptoScott Zolak
Team source: Clay Buchholz attended but did not drink at Foxwoods charity event less than 24 hrs after hospital release http://fullcount.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/2012/06/28/clay-buchholz-attended-but-did-not-drink-at-foxwoods-charity-event-on-wednesday-night/Alex Speier
#RedSoxTalk Buchholz, too sick to travel to Seattle with the #RedSox, reportedly attended an event at MGM Foxwoods http://ow.ly/bStFZCSNNE.com
CLAY BUCHHOLZ didn’t travel w the team to the west coast, but was at a vodka-sponsored pool party at MGM Foxwoods last night. Details NEXT.Toucher and Rich
AUDIO: Clay Buchholz attended a pool party at MGM Foxwoods on Wednesday night rather than traveling with the team to… http://dlvr.it/1n1X6XWEEI
Some people have a problem with Clay Buchholz going to a charity event? Really?Clay Buchholz just got out of the hospital for esophagitis. Less than 24 hours later, the team has confirmed, he attended a charity event…
#RedSox Clay Buchholz reportedly attended a pool party at Foxwoods on Wednesday… Big deal or non-story? http://cbsloc.al/OChqjn98.5 The Sports Hub
Buchholz attends an event for Greg Hill. Greg Hill is one of @Toucherandrich’s main competition. @Toucherandrich make a big deal about it.Adam Nappa
Footage of Bucholz at the MGM pool party! http://tinyurl.com/6txpeg4Chris Curtis
This Buchholz/Foxwoods story makes me hate being a member of the media. It’s a total non-story but people will act like he committed murder.Michael Berger
I tweet something that was pure info, & the national media uses it as ANOTHER excuse to crap on Boston sports fans. http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/06/28/some-people-have-a-problem-with-clay-buchholz-going-to-a-charity-event-really/Toucher and Rich
This is what the Buchholz/Foxwoods story comes down to: The majority of folks who are outraged work in the media. Fans generally don’t care.Michael Berger
Methinks using the phrase "a little birdie told me" makes you sound like a tool, not informed. #RedSoxRyan Hadfield
#RedSoxTalk Clay Buchholz was at a charity event last night. That OK with you? The Uno’s Sports Tonight guys discussed. http://ow.ly/bT1ngCSNNE.com
So Buchholz gets OK from medical staff, goes to a charity event to help a friend out, shows up doesn’t drink, yet he’s getting killed for itLou Merloni
Gresh & Zo: Buchholz Attends Pool Party: Gresh and Zo kick off Thursday’s show talking about Buchholz attending … http://bit.ly/QrIKOlGresh & Zolak
Can confirm @LouMerloni report that Buchholz granted permission by Sox medical staff to go to Foxwoods last night. There endeth the story?Michael Giardi
I’m all for blasting a player when it’s deserved, but attending a charity event with medical clearance from the team doesn’t qualify.Kirk Minihane
if going to the event was no big deal, why would he ask for clearance from sox staff? if it’s not a big deal then why do you need permissionGresh & Zolak
@GreshandZo If it was a problem why didn’t Sox say no? If he went without permission you’d be blasting him for not asking for clearance.Kirk Minihane
I love how everyone at EEI is contorting themselves into a pretzel to make the Bucholz appearance a non story, comical.Chris Curtis
Clay Buchholz Attends Charity Fundraiser, Boston Media Reports He Attended Vodka-Sponsored Casino Pool Party | The Big LeadBoston pitcher Clay Buchholz recently spent five days in Massachusetts General Hospital with esophagitis. When he was released, he did no…
Report: Buchholz Attends Foxwoods Pool PartyBOSTON(CBS) – Clay Buchholz just went through a "frightening ordeal," spending five days in the hospital fighting esophagitis. Given what…
I guess Clay only drinks during games, not at Stoli sponsored pool parties..Chris Curtis
Pool party for Clay BuchholzWhile the rest of his teammates are in Seattle to begin a four-game series against the Mariners beginning tonight, Red Sox pitcher Clay B…
It’s one thing to be angry about how last year ended. It’s another to leap down every #RedSox throat when you’ve got maybe half a story.Jon Couture

Red Sox bats come alive early, NBA draft tonight

The Red Sox exploded for six runs in the first inning, which was more than enough for Jon Lester as the team rolled to a 10-4 win. David Ortiz continued his hot streak of late with another home run. It was his 21st of the season and 399th of his career. It was Lester’s fifth win of the season. The team is now in Seattle to take on the Mariners in a weekend series.

Following the game word got out that Clay Buchholz, less than 24 hours after being released from the hospital for esophagitis, was at Foxwoods attending a pool party with other athletes. Later it was learned that Buchholz was at Foxwoods, but the Red Sox gave him permission to attend and he did not drink. Regardless, it probably wasn’t the best of moves for the Red Sox pitcher who did not travel with the team and is unlikely to pitch until after the All-Star break.

Looking good, Red Sox– Michael Silverman says the Red Sox are in a good position as they head out West for a week-long road trip.

Successful Red Sox homestand marks turning point– Maureen Mullen says this past homestand could be a major turning point in the season for the Red Sox.

Red Sox come together with solid homestand– Joe McDonald also has what a big homestand this was for the Red Sox.

Five questions about  the resurgent Red Sox– Tony Massarotti has five questions about the Red Sox for the remainder of the season.

A look at who might be the next Red Sox player to be traded– Kirk Minihane has now that Kevin Youkilis has been traded, who might be next.

Pedro Martinez a ‘Bostonian forever’– John Connolly has Pedro Martinez’ remarks from The Tradition held at TD Garden Wednesday night.

The NBA Draft is Thursday night and the Celtics have picks No. 21 and 22, which gives them a number of options. Knowing Danny Ainge he will make the best of his two picks, whether it is using the two picks, trading up, trading out, etc.

Celtics have many good options in 2012 draft– Gary Washburn says with picks No. 21 and 22 the team has many options, some of which could be unexpected.

Rivers reunion fun, but not likely– Steve Bullpett says it is unlikely the Celtics will select Doc Rivers’ son Austin.

Danny Ainge mulls making a move– Mark Murphy has in his notebook that a trade is not out of the question on Thursday night.

2012 NBA Mock Draft 3.0– A. Sherrod Blakely has his mock draft, and I won’t give away who he has the Celtics taking, although one might surprise many people.

July 1, not June 28 is C’s real D-Day– Peter May says the draft doesn’t have many impact players, rather those players will come through free agency.