Business rules different for Red Sox, Patriots


Business rules different for Red Sox, Patriots

On page B2 of Thursday's Boston Globe, tucked neatly under the "New England in brief" headline was an interesting piece of business news.

Boston City Councilor Michael Ross filed for a hearing to "examine the lease of public streets near Fenway Park to the Red Sox."

That lease, which costs the team 186,000 per year (or roughly 100 times less than they'll pay Josh Beckett this season) has netted the team 45 million over the nine years of the agreement, according to an investigative story in the Globe last November.

It is the sweetest of sweetheart deals and credit to the Globe for pulling the rug back on it.

The streets leased - Yawkey Way and Lansdowne Street - were labelled "urban blight" back in 2002 by the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

The reason? The Globe explained in November that it was, "To legally justify taking them from the city and handing control to the Red Sox. This is a common tool the authority uses to take destitute property in the city for redevelopment, though it is unclear how these prosperous streets fit the definition."

Now that the negotiations are moving forward though, the news is wedged in the "New England in brief" section?

We'll see where the Globe goes with this going forward but it is interesting to see the indignation expressed over a far-less-expensive proposal put forth on behalf of the Patriots.

Exactly two years before the Globe wrote its expose of the lease deal, the Globe wrote about about stimulus funds that were being ticketed for a pedestrian bridge over Route 1 in Foxborough.

The article dripped indignation that the 9 million bridge would be financed by federal funds given that Patriots owner Robert Kraft was 468th on the Forbes list of richest men.

Given the Patriots built their 325 million stadium, which opened in 2002, and have since added Patriot Place -- which includes restaurants, shopping and a hotel -- the impact there on the regional economy and jobs is surely comparable to what the Red Sox generate around Fenway for the city of Boston.

Consider this: If the city had pushed to get a portion of the revenue those leased streets generate for the Red Sox they'd have certainly made as much as - if not more - than the 9 million the federal government was to have spent on the proposed bridge which would have been maintained by The Kraft Group.

The state has since denied the proposal by The Kraft Group. Twice.

We'll see where the Red Sox lease deal goes. And the attendant flavor of the coverage the Globe brings to it.

Monday, Sept. 26: So what happens if Canada loses World Cup final?


Monday, Sept. 26: So what happens if Canada loses World Cup final?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while finding it hard to believe that it’s game day for the Boston Bruins. Summer is officially O-V-A.
-- The Montreal media is starting to get on board with this tougher, grittier version of the Habs, along with a healthy Carey Price.
-- Pierre McGuire sits in with Ottawa’s TSN sports radio station and talks Team Europe in the World Cup, as well as a number of other things.

-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Zeisberger is already openly wondering what would happen in Canada if they lose to Team Europe in the best-of-three final to the World Cup.

-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Puck Daddy Greg Wyshynski asks Brad Marchand if a part of him has thought about playing with Sidney Crosby on the Penguins if he hits free agency. Bells, alarms and whistles should be going off on Causeway Street to give No. 63 whatever he wants at this point. In case you missed it, I talked about the danger of Crosby trying to woo his Nova Scotian buddy to Pittsburgh last week.
-- PHT writer James O’Brien says it sounds like the St. Louis Blues are going to play a more aggressive brand of hockey this season.
-- For something completely different: Forbes Magazine says Pete Carroll, not Bill Belichick, should be considered the NFL’s foremost cheater.

Rookie Dak Prescott solid again, Cowboys beat Bears, 31-17


Rookie Dak Prescott solid again, Cowboys beat Bears, 31-17

ARLINGTON, Texas - Maybe the Cowboys will be OK without quarterback Tony Romo this time. The future of the Dallas running game with Ezekiel Elliott looks pretty good, too.

Dak Prescott led scoring drives on all four Dallas possessions in the first half before throwing his first career touchdown pass in fellow rookie Elliott's first 100-yard game, and the Cowboys beat the Chicago Bears 31-17 on Sunday night to snap an eight-game home losing streak.

With his second straight win, Prescott doubled the number of victories the Cowboys (2-1) had in 14 games without the injured Romo over three seasons before the fourth-round pick showed up.

Prescott's first TD pass was a 17-yarder to Dez Bryant for a 31-10 lead in the fourth quarter, and he's up to 99 throws without an interception to start his career. Philadelphia's Carson Wentz has 102, and those are the two highest career-opening totals for a rookie in NFL history.

"Dak's handled every opportunity he's had right from the start really, really well," coach Jason Garrett said. "No different tonight."

Brian Hoyer had trouble moving the Chicago offense early with Jay Cutler sidelined by a sprained right thumb as the Bears fell behind 24-3 at halftime and dropped to 0-3 for the second time in two seasons under coach John Fox.

Making his 27th career start for his fourth different team, Hoyer was 30 of 49 for 317 yards - a good portion of that with the game out of each late in the fourth quarter - and threw for two scores to Zach Miller.

"We haven't played a complete game," Fox said. "This week was the reverse of what we've had. We played very poorly in the first half."

Elliott finished with 140 yards on 30 carries, including a 14-yard run when he hurdled safety Chris Prosinski. The Cowboys kept giving him the ball while trying to work the clock with a two-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter a week after he was benched because of two fumbles in a win over Washington.

"Made a lot of good runs tonight, a lot tough runs, a lot of NFL runs," Garrett said. "He's physically tough. He's mentally tough."

It didn't even bother Prescott that Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith missed just the second game of his six-year career after his back tightened up during the week.

Prescott was 19 of 24 for 248 yards in Dallas' first home win since last year's opener, which was a week before the first of two broken left collarbones that kept Romo out of 12 games last season.

Romo is expected to miss about another month after breaking a bone in his back in the preseason.

Prescott had one of three rushing touchdowns for the Cowboys, who have seven this season after getting eight all of last year, when they finished 4-12.

Because the Bears fell behind again, they couldn't do much with the running game. They had just 15 carries for 73 yards and lost leading rusher Jeremy Langford to an ankle injury in the second half.