'Really strong' offer
points to a small quote that signals the Sox have known for a while they probably wouldn't sign Mike Lowell: an anonymous team official saying the club made a 'really strong'
initial offer to Lowell. The spin was indeed apparent. ... Hey, we tried!
... Not that I favor signing Lowell at all costs. Four years is a long time for a guy Mike's age. ...
... OK, on to the Celts. What can you say? I'm glad Doc is giving the big three
a rest. I've heard more than a few people wondering if they're playing too much. But when you're off to an 8-0 start, you might as well play the streak out to its end. It's been fun. ... Boston College: Very impressive
, considering the setbacks over the past two weeks. ... Speaking of college sports, I have mixed feelings about this story
on Kyle Eckel. It's fair and balanced. The US Naval Academy angle is also intriguing. The topic is legit. But if one looked into the off-field college antics of other NFL players, you'd find far worse Neanderthal behavior. Also, ask yourself: Do you really think the academy let Eckel in because it thought he'd make a good midshipman? Who was using who? At least Eckel graduated. ... Still, it's always good to get another peek into how the NCAA's student-athlete system works. Here's to Derrick Jackson for keeping up the heat
on that front. ...