1. The Boston Marathon is a uniquely Boston sports event and yesterday's record-setting run by Robert Cheruiyot in the men's marathon was sublime, but the Marathon has a lot of phony fans. How many sports fans three months from now are going to remember Cheruyiot's name or his record-setting time (2 hours, 5 minutes, 52 seconds)? Not many.
2. There is a huge Dodgers billboard with Manny Ramirez on it on La Brea Avenue in Hollywood and his drama and personality are perfect for flighty L.A. It's interesting to see the contrast in fan support level between one-time slugging partners David Ortiz and Ramirez, who is beloved in Dodgertown, especially after he hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer on Sunday to beat the Giants.
3. Don't expect the Patriots to trade up in the first round of this draft. The team values its four draft picks in the top 53 and is bracing for the return of the salary cap in 2011 and beyond. It's far more likely they go the value route and trade back and try to acquire another 2011 first-round pick (they currently have their own and the Raiders') with their picks than use them to move up in this draft Jets-style.
...That's what the Patriots have when it comes to picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. After all those years of stockpiling picks the way a survivalist does non-perishables the Patriots have just five picks in this year's draft, thanks to Band-aid trades for Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco and Aqib Talib. Five picks would be the fewest draft picks in franchise history. (Part of that is attributable to the trimming of the draft to just seven rounds in 1994). Further complicating matters is that two of the Patriots' greatest needs are at wide receiver and cornerback, positions where they have sustained draft droughts. With that in mind, I'm convinced the Patriots are going trade back out of the first round of a quanity-over-quality draft where you're just as likely to pick a Pro Bowl player in the second and third round as you are in the first round.