Rich Levine's Red Sox Home Opener Live Blog


Rich Levine's Red Sox Home Opener Live Blog

Rich Levine's Opening Day Live Blog

In a little bit, the Red Sox will take the field at Fenway for the first time since September 21.

On that day, they dropped a close one to the Murderers Row Baltimore Orioles, 6-4. Josh Beckett picked up the loss. The immortal Clay Rapata registered the win. And in the 205 days since, life has gone from bad to worse to holy hell for the Sox.

You know what happened. We dont need to relive it here. But, as a result of what did happen, heres the reality that we live in today:

The Sox are going to get booed.

Maybe not individually. In fact, when it comes time for each player to be introduced before the game, Josh Becketts the only guy who will or should receive any sort of negative ovation. (Thats assuming they dont introduce John Lackey, and thats not to say some of player ovations wont be a little more subdued than theyre used to).

But, when they take the field as a team, when Carl Beane introduces Your 2012 Boston Red Sox! there will be boos. Maybe not across the board, but theyll be there. More than you ever could have imagined at any point over this past decade.

The boos will in some part be aimed towards the team, to the collective group of players who couldnt get in done down the stretch last season, havent got it done in the early going this season, and in the process have helped make our lives a living hell. But more than anything, the boos will be directed to the bozos in the background, pulling the strings and signing the checks. To the institution of the Boston Red Sox, which has failed so miserably on so many levels in the years since that first World Series win and especially in the months since last Septembers collapse.

For years and years, ownership screwed with their real fans. They alienated the people who stuck with this team when times were tough. But at the same time, back then, the Sox were winning, so what could you say? Why complain about what was going on behind the scenes when there was so much success right in front of your face?

Today, that success is gone. As a result, there will be a whole bunch of pent up booing on display. And theres only one thing the Sox can do to make it stop.


Becketts back on the mound, and Im back on the keyboard. Ready to relay all the action as it happens, complete with a little analysis, a little humor and, hopefully, minimal typos.

So, please follow along, and I hope you enjoy it.

If not, feel free to boo.

Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable


Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

FOXBORO -- The Patriots will head into Sunday's AFC title game with seven players listed as questionable, including three receivers. 

Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell and Chris Hogan have all been limited in practices this week due to their injuries. Amendola has been dealing with an ankle issue since a Week 13 win over the Rams, while Mitchell has not played since injuring his knee in Week 16 against the Jets. Hogan suffered a thigh injury against the Texans and left the game in the third quarter.

Both Hogan and Mitchell indicated this week that they were moving in the right direction in terms of their recoveries. One would think that the Patriots would need at least one, if not both, to help stress the back end of the Steelers secondary this weekend.

Hogan has been the team's most consistent down-the-field threat this season, averaging a whopping 17.9 yards per catch during the regular season. Against the Texans, before his injury, he reeled in four passes for 95 yards. 

Mitchell, meanwhile, had a very productive second half of his rookie season before he was hurt. He compiled 25 catches for 306 yards between Weeks 11 and 16, establishing himself as one of Tom Brady's go-to targets. 

The overall health of the Patriots receiving corps -- which will also include Julian Edelman and Michael Floyd -- will bear watching when the Patriots and Steelers kick off in two days.

The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Steelers game:


WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (knee)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder)
WR Chris Hogan (thigh)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
DL Jabaal Sheard (knee)


TE Ladarius Green (concussion/illness)
LB James Harrison (shoulder/triceps)
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion)

RB Le'Veon Bell (not injury related)
K Chris Boswell (illness)
LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle)
S Sean Davis (shoulder)
C B.J. Finney (illness)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bay (illness)
DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle)
QB Zach Mettenberger (illness)
S Michael Mitchell (not injury related)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related)
LB Vince Williams (shoulder)