You know things are screwed up around here when Dan Shaughnessy is 100% right in a column.
Many of you will still refuse to read it, and I understand that view completely. But Shaughnessy is completely correct today in his assessment of the Red Sox, how far they’ve fallen and where they stand. The vitriol is warranted.
One thing he doesn’t touch is the issue of the character assassination on Terry Francona, a subject that still has many seething.
Has the Globe finished their victory lap over yesterday’s piece yet? It was a big nauseating seeing all the promotion they put into it, even arranging a special mid-day chat with Globe sports editor Joe Sullivan, who lauded the ethics and professionalism and reporting in the story. Apparently Bob Hohler was supposed to do the chat, but had a conflict, and Sullivan said he felt very comfortable speaking for Hohler. Why not just wait for when Hohler was available and have him do the chat?
The whole situation has caused media on media crime, a subject Ryan Hadfield is going to explore in a bit, with the likes of Michael Felger and Heidi Watney going head-to-head with Joe Haggerty jumping on the pile, Junior Seau-style.
Owners under microscope more than ever -Sean McAdam says that it “would be nice to get some clarity rather than the strange silence — beyond the dastardly, off-the-record sliming of exiting employees, that is — that has existed of late.”
Sox ownership showing its true colors: yellow – Mike Fine says that ownership has hit a new low.
Forget the wrecking ball: Red Sox unlikely to blow up roster in light of revelations – Alex Speier says that huge roster changes this offseason are likely impossible.
Clean up starts with Josh Beckett – John Tomase says that Beckett is most likely the one to get dealt in the offseason.
Empty feeling inside Fenway – Jon Couture says that Sox fans would be smart to keep their credit cards in their wallet this winter.
Special teams leads to bigger things – Chris Forsberg looks at how special teams led to a starring role for BenJarvis Green-Ellis. Julian Benbow looks at others on the Patriots roster who got their first chance on special teams.
In blink of eye, Tom Brady calls it as he sees it - Ian Rapoport looks at what goes into calling and changing a play at the line of scrimmage.
Pats must ready for another Ryan – Tim Whelan Jr. has the Patriots prepping to face a defense led by one of only two coaches to beat them last year.
Dez Bryant-Devin McCourty a select matchup – Karen Guregian notes that the 2010 draftees will always be connected.
Tip of the hat to Cowboy – Monique Walker’s notebook has Bill Belichick saying that it is fair to compare DeMarcus Ware with Lawrence Taylor. The Enterprise notebook from Glen Farley has Albert Haynesworth feeling like he’s improving. The Herald notebook from Ian R. Rapoport has Tony Romo speaking about his clutch failures.