Bob Ryan tries to get the Patriots back on track and regain their swagger. Terry Glenn tells Michael Felger he’ll have to be in a morgue not to play against the Patriots on Sunday. Mike Reiss looks at Massachusetts native Mike Sherman, coming back to the state for the first time as a pro coach. Michael Smith takes a deep look at the Patriots defense. Felger’s notebook has a look at the Patriots and Packers as the two most popular teams in the NFL, and Glenn’s possible use as a safety the other night.

Tony Massarotti reports on the Sox possibly getting a new spring training partner, as well as news on the GM hunt. As part of his NLCS notebook, Jeff Horrigan has Concord, NH’s Brian Sabean as not interested…right now. Gordon Edes makes it sure look like the Sox have no idea what they’re doing with this GM search. In the business section, Frank Phillips has word of the teams unsuccessful attempt to avoid paying certain taxes associated with the sale of the ballclub. Edes also writes about the Cardinals/Giants series, while Dan Shaughnessy and Michael Silverman cover the Twins victory in game one last night.

With the NHL opening tonight, it’s time for the local papers to preview the Bruins and the league. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has an optimistic Bruins preview. Steve Conroy reports on Joe Thornton being named captain. In the battle for the lead goaltender position, Kevin Paul Dupont looks at John Grahame, while John Powers looks at Steve Shields. The Globe hockey staff offers up predictions. A look at the most memorable goaltenders in club history is done by Jim Hoban. Elsewhere, Joe McDonald also looks at the Bruins 17th captain.

Steve Bulpett has Paul Pierce focused solely on basketball. Peter May gets the commish to say the approval of the Celtics sale should be just a formality. Mark Cuban likes them, too. Shira Springer reports on the preseason opener last night, a 100-91 Celtics win. Dan Hickling reports on the game for the ProJo. Carolyn Thornton looks at a happy Vin Baker. Bulpett’s notebook has a brief account of the game as well as an honor bestowed upon Eric Williams. Hickling’s notebook contains a various sundry items.

Fox has Giants/Braves game 1 at 8:00. FSNE will carry Twins/Angels game 2 at 8:00. ESPN has Rangers/Hurricanes NHL opener at 8:00. EPSN2 has Kings/Coyotes at 10:30. ESPN Classic has a SportsCentury bio on former Pats QB Jim Plunkett at 8:00 & 11:00