A New Era For The Red Sox Begins

The timing was perhaps not great, but as Red Sox President-to-be Sam Kennedy explained this morning on WEEI, sometimes things just happen on their own time frame.

We’re talking of course, about last night’s huge Red Sox front office shakeup. The Red Sox announced in the middle of the game, in the middle of the Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon, that Dave Dombrowski was being named president of baseball operations. At the same time it was announced that GM Ben Cherington turned down an offer to remain in his position, and will leave the team, but will assist in the transition.

It truly is a big shakeup. The current structure of things has pretty much been in place since John Henry and his partners bought the team. Larry Lucchino has been the President/CEO and for most of the time Theo Epstein was the GM until leaving and being replaced by his assistant GM, Cherington, who shared many of the same philosophies and methods.

Now things will be completely different. Lucchino is leaving, now Dombrowski will be the face of the baseball side of things. Reports say that he will hire a new GM to replace Cherington, and that the whole organization will be assessed. Things have been gutted, and will need to be rebuilt from the top down.

When you’re looking at last place for the third time in four years, that sort of shakeup is to be expected, especially for a franchise with the resources of the Boston Red Sox.

Alex Speier looks at the incoming: With Dave Dombrowski, Red Sox seek better player evaluations.

And at the outgoing: In difficult business, Cherington never worried about job security.

Check Red Sox Links for the rest of the extensive coverage of this huge shakeup.

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Tom Brady’s legal team and the NFL were in court again this morning, and Judge Berman was once again a bit prickly towards the NFL and how they have handled things.

Adam Schefter had posted this morning that league sources told him:

Tom Brady is open to accepting some form of suspension, but only if it can be for failing to cooperate with the NFL…

Posted by Adam Schefter on Wednesday, August 19, 2015

While it was Schefter reporting it, “league sources” have proved to be somewhat unreliable during this whole case. Albert Breer tweeted the following this morning, which seems to contradict Schefter’s report:

When it came time for court, the NFL got cuffed around again. CSNNE’s Tom Curran who is in NY today, posted the following updates:

Berman seems to agree with Kessler on ‘general awareness’

Berman bombards NFL lawyer with questions about Brady’s ban

Berman zeroes in on NFL refusing to let Pash be questioned

Patriots, Brady Back On The Field

The Patriots opened up their preseason schedule last night with a 22-11 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Gillette Stadium.

Tom Brady made a surprise appearance, taking seven snaps to open the game for the Patriots offense. He wasn’t able to do a whole lot in those seven snaps, but his very appearance on the field seemed to be a statement. As you would expect, he had plenty of support from the crowd.

Check all the local coverage over at PatriotsLinks.com.

The WBZ broadcast last night was much as it has been the last couple of years. It’s still….different. Dan Roche is enthusiastic, Matt Chatham is informative, and Christian Fauria is goofy. The cuts to my pals Andy Hart and Paul Perillo seem unnecessary.  I actually prefered the Packers Preseason TV network which had Kevin Harlan on play-by-play and Rich Gannon on color. Yes, they were both wearing polo shirts with the Packers logo…

Meanwhile, this was announced last night by NFL Network:

This is different from the America’s Game special which will debut on Tuesday, September 8 at 10:00 PM ET on NFL Network.

Frank Gifford was more than just a jock – Chad Finn has a look at the ex-Giant and Monday Night Football broadcaster who passed away last Sunday.

Finn also touches on this:

Since apparently New England just can’t get enough of simulcasted Sports talk radio shows.

Roger Dodger

When Ben Volin makes you look foolish…

I don’t know how many times I can say this: It’s astounding that Roger Goodell can evade, duck and flat out lie and suffer absolutely zero consequences while preaching INTEGRITY.

Volin of course, is the mental giant who, this morning on WEEI, claimed this whole deflategate scandal has been an effort by the NFL to protect and cover up wrongdoing by Bill Belichick.

Seriously.

He also admits he’d rather cover this deflategate mess than actual football.

BUT…the fact that Goodell steps in front of the microphone, even though he is telling lies and not answering questions, makes him better than Tom Brady according to some.

Oh. My. God.

That’s your Boston Herald sports editor right there.

What is he thinking? It’s better to get up in front of reporters and lie, evade and be condescending than to keep quiet over legal proceedings? What is the “at least” indicating? Bravery? Integrity? Trustworthiness? He’s flat out lying to us but at least he’s talking to us – unlike that Tom Brady snake!

This morning, as this is posted, the NFL and Tom Brady are meeting with Judge Berman in New York.  Some, even around here, are somehow thinking that Brady needs to cut some sort of deal, even if it means he has to sit out a game or two.

Time for Brady to think hard about making a deal – Tom E Curran is among them. I could not disagree more. If Brady believes he is innocent, why in the world would he take anything? The notion that he needs to do it “for the good of the team” just makes zero sense. How is it good for the team to lose him for any games? In terms of distractions, is there any coach in the NFL better at eliminating distractions for team than Bill Belichick?

As Brady-NFL settlement talks begin, unsettling picture continues to emerge on league’s conduct – Dan Wetzel says that Brady should not settle. As he says – Here’s hoping he takes a hard line, takes it to the wall, takes it to federal court and then a civil one via a defamation charge, because no matter where you stand on guilt or innocence, after all these months, we’re finally getting to the real stuff.

We’ll perhaps know a little more today, but don’t hold your breath for a settlement.