Sports ownership is a hot button topic around these parts -- and you can thank the Fenway Sports Group for that. The Sox owners have brought championships to Boston, but seem to have lost sight of what the real Sox fan wants. Would that be the case if they were from Boston? On the other hand, the Krafts over at Foxboro seem to know their fan base completely. Ditto for Wyc Grousbeck and the Celtics ownership group.
The guys on Sports Tonight discuss these owners and wonder if being local has a direct effect on being successful.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while honoring and remembering those that paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freed on this Memorial Day.
*Here’s a hockey column from Mark Madden, which kind of proves his dopiness when it comes to pucks. He writes about Pittsburgh’s excellent shutdown pair of Ian Cole and Justin Schultz, who have averaged a whopping 15 and 13 minutes of ice time respectively in these playoffs. Yeah, that’s not a shutdown pair. That’s called a bottom pairing.
*PHT writer Joey Alfieri with another chapter in hockey’s version of the Never-ending Story: John Scott wants to make his own World Cup team with Phil Kessel.
*Mike Sullivan reminisces about coaching Joe Thornton, and playing for the San Jose Sharks, as his Penguins ready to take on San Jose in the Stanley Cup Final.
*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s me wondering what the heck the Bruins are doing on Sports Sunday last night on CSN.
*Apparently Alex Semin is going to stay in the KHL for this coming season. I don’t think anybody is too heartbroken around the NHL about this given the way things ended for him.
*Buffalo’s Mike Harrington says that Sidney Crosby returns to the Stanley Cup Final with a new kind of hunger.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Zeisberger goes 1-on-1 with Joe Thornton, who says that the cat likes his Hillbilly Jim playoff beard.
*For something completely different: I haven’t yet read this Joe Posnanski piece on the play Hamilton and his daughter, but I’ll include it because everybody says that it’s great.
We are less than a month away from the NBA Draft. Here’s a look at how things stand in CSNNE.com’s Mock Draft 6.0.
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Lou Merloni and Sean McAdam discuss David Price's outing vs. the Blue Jays and Merloni says he is still waiting for that 'wow moment' from the Boston Red Sox ace.