February has always been a transitional month in sports. Once the Super Bowl is over, focus shifts to the NBA and NHL, and eventually to Spring Training, as the Red Sox equipment truck leaves today, and workouts start up officially next week.
There will still be football talk…the combine, draft prep, and of course the endless Rob Gronkowski offseason adventures, which will no doubt, be the most talked about Patriots subject on the airwaves.
When it comes to roster decisions, Mike Giardi reports that the Patriots have concerns about giving Aqib Talib a multi-year contract based on his work habits while here this season. He says they’d like to give a him a one-year deal, but that another team is likely to offer him more.
While some in town don’t bother to disguise their dislike for Rajon Rondo and declare the Celtics better without him, people who actually watch the games know that the Celtics improvement has been from turning things around with defense, and that the process started well before Rondo was injured.
The Celtics talk you’ll be hearing the most of over the next few weeks will be possible trades and whether the Celtics should just conduct a full-scale fire-sale, or play out the season and see what happens. Most of the “rumors” you’ll hear and read will have no truth to them, but that won’t stop them from appearing, as Rich Levine notes.
From now until the trade deadline, short of the Celtics breaking off a 20-game win streak, we’ll continue to hear rumblings of numerous deals that might be in the works — regardless of how realistic those rumblings are. Why? Because that’s the world we live in. No one cares about real. It’s all about headlines and clicks.
Indeed it is.
The Bruins are ramping up, getting ready for when the schedule starts to really pick up, and have gotten off to as good a start as you could hope for coming out of the lockout. The Bruins are enjoying the shortened season, with Tyler Seguin among the few Bruins struggling thus far. Rookie Dougie Hamilton has been impressive, and even as Steve Buckley rushes to compare him to Bobby Orr, he finger-wags those comparing him to Bobby Orr. Yeah, you read that right.
Today is Truck Day. A day that is either celebrated, or mocked, depending on your viewpoint. Some view it as the first sign that spring is coming, while others just mock it as another silly annual rite that is given way too much attention.
Players having already been informally working out in Fort Myers, and there are reporters there already covering them.
A photo like this suggests spring much more than a semi-truck being loaded up in freezing temperatures.
A guy to get excited about this spring is outfield prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. Alex Speier runs down why he seems a fitting successor to Jacoby Ellsbury. If you’re not interested in looking for positives, Gerry Callahan says that the Red Sox are going to be a team of great guys who are going to suck.
Finally, from the media side of things, Kirk Minihane has an opinion that many people share, Phil Simms was dreadful during the Super Bowl broadcast for CBS.