Sox Still Scuffling, Patriots on Vacation

Braves 5, Red Sox 2: Minor lapses add up to an eighth loss in nine games – Tim Britton looks at the latest Red Sox loss which included a John Farrell ejection.

John Farrell needs to be tougher on Red Sox players – Peter Abraham says that the manager needs to be more like Bill Belichick when he had Malcolm Butler sit out OTA practices. Wait, no, he doesn’t actually say that…

It’s a good overall look at the current state of the team, though.

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington disappointed with his own performance – Jen McCaffrey has the Sox GM trying to get back on track.

James Young working to silence the doubters – Chris Forsberg has an encouraging piece on the 2014 first round pick, who basically went through a redshirt season as a rookie.

The Patriots are officially on summer vacation until training camp starts in about five weeks or so.

What we learned from Bill Belichick’s final minicamp news conference – Mike Reiss with a look at what the coach had to say before heading out to his boat.

Five predictions for the 2015 New England Patriots season – Kevin Duffy with a nice look ahead.

Foes will shoot for Patriots more than ever – Karen Guregian says that the team will have an ever-present target on its back in 2015.

Chorus of Deflategate skeptics getting louder – Tom E Curran looks at the noise starting to pick up against Roger Goodell.

The Wells Report In Context website continues to be updated, as two pages on the site are collecting articles critical of TWR:

Wells Report Critical Articles

Wells Report Critical Science Articles

Chris Gasper wants you to thank your local beat writer:

6. Media members are often subject to criticism and derision. Sometimes we deserve it. But I hope Patriots fans appreciate the yeoman work being done by the Patriots beat writers to chronicle practice sessions and provide them with updates during OTAs and minicamp while contending with players who have no identifiable numbers on them. If going sans numerals really does boost team bonding, the Patriots will win the first-ever Nobel Prize for team chemistry.

While the Patriots did this last year as well, it seems like it’s been a much bigger deal this year. (I think last year there was still a small number on the helmet.) Some have insinuated that it is done purposely to make the media’s job more difficult.

Consider what Ben Volin wrote last year when this was a novelty:

Belichick has the players practicing without numbers on their jerseys, and it’s more than a way to build team chemistry or needle reporters trying to watch practice. There’s an unspoken message that the players are all parts of one machine, working together to win a Super Bowl trophy.

Since that’s exactly what happened, should Belichick be awarded that Nobel Prize for team chemistry, Chris Gasper?

Red Sox Don’t Lose.

The Red Sox finally got back into the win column yesterday, scoring a 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves at Fenway Park. Brock Holt was the star, playing second base in place of Dustin Pedroia and hitting for the cycle in the victory.

Boston Red Sox should have identified Brock Holt as an everyday player before signing Hanley Ramirez – Christopher Smith thinks that the team should’ve just penciled Holt into an outfield spot and saved $88 million.

Newest Red Sox need thicker skins – Michael Silverman says that the Red Sox need to quit worrying about the media and focus on improving.

Rebuild of Red Sox might test patience of impatient fan base, media market – Brian MacPherson says that fixing this team might take longer than some are willing to realize.

Seven straight Red Sox losses, but not a negative word to be heard here – If you missed it yesterday, Gordon Edes took a “Royal Rooter” approach to the Red Sox losing streak.

Bill Plaschke Proves That Stupid Cheating Takes Aren’t Exclusive To Patriots-Bashing – Michael Hurley takes apart the LA columnist, who seems to want to play the Gregg Doyel role in the Cardinals hacking scandal.

How Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen brought the Celtics back – Chad Finn has an enjoyable and definitive look at the New Big Three era with the Celtics, and the cast of characters and the moments that made it so memorable.

Tom Brady might be more motivated than ever – Karen Guregian says that the man who thrives on proving people wrong has the fires stoked even hotter this offseason.

Salem State foundation paid Brady $170,000 for speech – The Globe had Bob Hohler “investigate” the QB’s appearance at the University the night after the release of the Wells Report.

This fairly snarky article, which seems to be more about Brady not talking about the Wells Report and PSI, is a curious bit of investigative journalism. Imagine if the Globe used its resources to try and track down the leaks in the NFL front office which set the stage for the witch hunt atmosphere that followed? Wouldn’t that be a huge story?

The Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship last night, beating LeBron James and the Cavaliers in Cleveland. The city’s streak of not having a championship team continues.

Sorry, Dan Shaughnessy!

June 15th, And The Red Sox Season Is Over

It sure feels that way, doesn’t it?

School’s not out yet, but Red Sox done – Scott Lauber has the team out of contention before they can even launch their “Calling all kids” campaign in earnest.

It’s time for the Red Sox to call for a changeup – Chris Gasper says “We’re officially in Bobby Valentine, avert-your-eyes territory, people.

Red Sox’ chosen path has proven to be wrong one – Rob Bradford says the Red Sox have lost their way.

Boston Red Sox’s 2015 season to date is worse than the 2012 Bobby V debacle; has the team hit rock bottom? – Christopher Smith with another reference to the Bobby V experience.

Four is enough of those. I think we get the point. The Red Sox are bad. Really bad. If they’re not going to fire the Manager and GM, what are they going to do?

Maybe this can make us all feel better:

Not bad, not bad.

At the end of last week (I was away) the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) put out a report on the Wells Report. – Deflating Deflategate

Their conclusions are that the Patriots did not tamper with the footballs and that the Wells Report was deeply flawed.

A bit later Boston Globe NFL writer Ben Volin sent out the following Tweet: (since deleted)

Ben Volin ‏@BenVolin
Kraft Foundation is a corporate supporter of the American Enterprise Institute, author of latest #Deflategate report http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/american-enterprise-

In his eagerness to perhaps get something to discredit the report or nail the Krafts and Patriots on, he failed, epically, in his job. Later:

Nice job. Any repercussions for having to apologize to an entity that you cover as part of your job? Apparently not.

Finally:

What he’d give to have heard this conversation … –  Mark Farinella would’ve loved to have listened in on the conversation between Bill Belichick and Brandon Spikes following the car incident last week. He also gives details of a time when he and other reporters were able to listen in on Bill Belichick’s private conversation. The media version of Spygate.

Sports Writers Hall has home at Fenway – The home of the Red Sox will today become the home of PEN New England’s new Sports Writers Hall of Fame. The inaugural class will be Grantland Rice, Red Smith, Ring Lardner and W.C. Heinz.

I would have just assumed that Dan Shaughnessy would’ve been included in that class.