08/20/2009 - 4:54am
Report card feedback in the mailbag this week, which is pretty much code for a little J.D. Drew bashing. The people have found their scapegoat, and he’s not going to be able to use a sore groin as an excuse to get out of this spot.
08/18/2009 - 6:33am
Q: What do you do when your 5,000-word “Tiger Woods is the Greatest Athlete of all time” column gets Yanged on Sunday afternoon?
A: You pump out a Red Sox report card!
My own fault, I was overconfident after Friday and assumed that we would spend the weekend watching a Tiger double-digit victory. Lesson learned.
08/12/2009 - 2:31am
I live by one rule and one rule only. Any time I can dust off my Rex Reed mask from Halloween 1992 and play movie critic I'm doing it. And that chance has presented itself thanks to the "What the hell happened to the sports movie?" column I wrote earlier this week. So I'll tackle a couple of emails on that as well as a botched headline, The Captain, Mr. Skin and Greg Luzinski.
To the ‘bag we go (and, as always, feel free to email away to firstname.lastname@example.org)
08/10/2009 - 8:31am
What happened to the sports movie?
If you had stopped 14-year-old Kirk Minihane (he of the email@example.com email address for those who don't agree with what is about to be written) outside of the Burlington Mall theatre on April 21st of 1989 and told me that the movie I’d had just seen – Field Of Dreams – would signal the end of the sports movie as I knew it I doubt I would’ve recognized what language you were speaking.
08/06/2009 - 9:37am
David Ortiz takes over for Jim Rice and Dwight Evans this week in the mailbag, and the Pink Hats aren’t exactly thrilled that I didn’t join them in that standing ovation last week. Oh well, we can always make up over a screening of “Still We Believe” while we swap stories about meeting Dennis Drinkwater.
To the ‘bag we go (and, as always, feel free to email away to firstname.lastname@example.org)
08/03/2009 - 7:17am
A note to the 37,919 fans in attendance at Fenway for last Thursday’s win over the Athletics.
Asking for a curtain call from David Ortiz on the same day he was outed as a steroid user? That means the following:
You can no longer chant “A-Roid”.
You cannot laugh at those fans in San Francisco who rooted for Barry Bonds, or the Yankees fans that cheered when it was announced that Clemens was coming back in 2007. You are those people.
07/30/2009 - 3:00am
I thought I was done with Jim Rice and Dwight Evans.
Lots of email this week on these guys, and I tried to answer a couple of them. But there isn't much left to say, and I'm closing the book after this mailbag. But we have some fun as the Jim Ed crowd makes some noise (but let's hope that they still have energy-- they'll need it to get Ellis Burks into Cooperstown).
Plus we look at George Washington Dungy, say goodbye to Jonathan Papelbon and I defend Bruce Springsteen, Pete Rose and Nelson de la Rosa.
07/26/2009 - 9:30pm
I have no idea if the Patriots want Michael Vick.
You hear things, read things. Maybe they want to get into the Wildcat sweepstakes. Maybe they think Tom Brady isn’t completely healthy and don’t think there is a Cassell II in the wings. Corey Dillon and Randy Moss turned out OK, right? And if it worked with them…
07/23/2009 - 6:18am
Lots and lots of Dwight Evans vs. Jim Rice here this week. The email was probably about 70-30 pro-Dewey, which surprised me more than a little. But the Rice crowd won’t give up the ghost. They are a resilient bunch, the lovers of the 6-4-3 (is that the number the Sox will retire on July 28?) and they let me have it over my lack of respect for Jim Ed.
07/20/2009 - 6:55am
Cooperstown, N.Y. – 2018
07/16/2009 - 10:17am
Things seemed to have changed around here.
I’ll confess that as I started attacking the mailbag this week I felt a little bit like Gary Cherone taking over vocals for Van Halen. Just didn’t belong on this piece of real estate. But by the end of the week I truly believe that I was giving off a Hagar vibe. That’s progress, right?
We sort of jump (get it?) all over the place in the bag this week, as we try and find Joe Haggerty, figure out if Drew Bledsoe can match up with Babe Ruth and wonder if Chris Berman is in on the joke.
07/13/2009 - 12:53am
I'm all over the place when it comes to dates.
Some are hard to pinpoint.
07/07/2009 - 11:39am
So, here is the debate: Which Boston athlete can stake claim to the best individual season?
(Note: Email me at email@example.com if you would like to debate further on our new feature at WEEI.com -- Slugfest.)
Pretty straight forward here, just one rule -- a player can only appear on the list once. Why? Just wanted to avoid four Bobby Orr seasons, three from Ted Williams and a couple of Bill Russell's. Thought a little variety might make for a better read.
06/30/2009 - 12:53pm
July 4th will mark the 70th anniversary of perhaps baseball’s most famous moment. (And maybe the most famous speech in sports history -- is “Win one for the Gipper” close?) Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest Man” farewell to roughly 60,000 at Yankee Stadium took place on July 4, 1939. Can any athlete ever again be as beloved as The Iron Horse was during his 277-word farewell?
06/23/2009 - 9:42am
It’s okay to admit that you forgot the NBA Draft is Thursday night, or maybe didn’t know at all. This is what happens when you win 60 games and don’t have a first-round pick. If things stay the course right now the Celtics pick 58th. About the only interesting story there would be if Tyrese Rice were on the board. Not exactly gripping television.
06/16/2009 - 11:07am
Here comes John Smoltz.
(What he’s going to do when he gets there is the question. Where does he fit in? Truth be told, I think it might be time to give Dice-K a couple of weeks in Florida to “work things out.” Plus, I guess it’s 50/50 that Brad Penny gets moved in the next few weeks. I’m thinking if Smoltz pitches well, he stays in the rotation and the Sox will be happy worrying about too many starters.)
06/09/2009 - 6:02am
Stuff that’s been kicking around in my head for the last few days…
06/02/2009 - 6:34am
Couple of things before I present the Red Sox First Two Months Report Card (terrible title I know, but better than 'A Report Card for a Little More than a Quarter of the Season but Not Yet A Third')…
Grades are based on expectation heading into 2009. If Jason Bay had the same stats as Jason Varitek he’d probably be looking at a C-/D+, for example.
And all stats are through 5/31…
Jason Bay (A)
05/26/2009 - 9:13pm
So this idea was triggered by something I read in Peter King’s Tuesday edition of his Monday Morning Quarterback (usually a mailbag-type setup) on 5/19. King was describing the scene at a charity dinner for the great Paul Zimmerman.
“Yogi Berra and Dick Ebersol next to each other at the NBC table. When I introduced Yogi as the greatest living baseball player in the United States, everyone began clapping, and Ebersol stood, and then everyone stood.”
05/19/2009 - 6:29am
And it was all over.
He came home an American hero.
He bragged to the world he'd beat the Russians.
He can now command the same money
as heavyweight prizefighters.
He was invited to dinner by statesmen and kings.
Then Bobby Fischer made the most original, unexpected move of all.
--Searching for Bobby Fischer
Brett Favre has me thinking about Marvin Hagler.
05/11/2009 - 2:48pm
I’m not sure there is anything left to be written about Manny Ramirez, so I’ll try and leave out all the stuff that you’ve seen over the past four days.
We’ll just focus on how this affected some of the major supporting characters in the saga and try as best we can to stay away from the lead. It’s sort of like how you never actually saw Nixon in “All the President’s Men.” That’s a good comparison, of course, because like Nixon, Manny was raised a Quaker and was always fiercely anti-communist.
05/04/2009 - 11:45am
Is Paul Pierce a Hall of Famer?
04/27/2009 - 12:49pm
Two things about Tim Wakefield (the first one you probably won’t care much about, the second you might).
1. For about the last 12 years or so, every time I go to a Sox game Wakefield is pitching. I can’t escape him. I’ve seen him in New York, Seattle, Baltimore, San Francisco, Toronto. I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure I saw him pitch for the Pittsburgh Crawfords in a 1936 Negro League game vs. the Homestead Grays.
03/30/2009 - 2:48pm
So here is Part II. Following last week's entry on the bottom half of the list of the Top 64 Sports Movies, I was surprised at some of the email reaction. The movie I was most asked about? Teen Wolf. For some reason people wanted to know if the tale of one Scott Howard would make the final 32. Will it? Or will I give Teen Wolf Too (featuring the same Chubbs but a different Stiles) a spot?
To the list…
03/20/2009 - 2:14am
I was going to call this the 64 Greatest Sports Movies of all time but it became pretty clear that there are nowhere near 64 great sports films. Maybe 30 or so could be argued as great (at most).
A couple of things before we get started…
(1) There are movies that I have seen on a lot of lists that I cannot count as a sports movie. Gladiator, to me, isn’t a sports movie. Best in Show is not a sports movie. They don’t pass the smell test.