Soccer dominates the Boston sports pages this morning. Who would’ve ever thunk it? Frank Dell’Apa and Gus Martins file the game stories. Jackie MacMullan writes that despite the loss, the Revolution won over many fans. George Kimball looks at the future of coach Steve Nichol, as well as striker Taylor Twellman. There are many more articles on pages in the Herald and Globe.
The World Series is the other hot topic this Monday morning. Gordon Edes and Jeff Horrigan report on Anaheim’s epic 11-10 win last night. Steve Buckley says this game might revitalize Baseball. Bob Ryan looks at the “positively fictional” Francisco Rodriguez. Tony Massarotti notes that Rodriguez, not even 21, has as many postseason victories as the Red Sox have had in the last 16 years. Sean McAdam and Bob Hohler look at longtime Angel Tim Salmon’s turn in the spotlight. Edes also talked with Mike Port about Gene Autry. Edes’ notebook has another look at the Red Sox losing Eckstein and a shot by the Anaheim fans at Mo Vaughn. Horrigan has a brief piece on the Sox receiving permission to interview Phillies assistant GM Mike Arbuckle. Sean McAdam also has information on this.
Tom Curran has an entertaining feature on the story behind many of the Patriots choices of uniform numbers. With Howard Bryant’s book on the Red Sox still fresh in many minds, yesterday Curran also noted that not many of the Patriots black players have benefited from the team’s Super Bowl victory, endorsement-wise. Kevin Mannix has Charlie Weis making good use of the bye-week. Michael Smith has an article on the father of Patriots rookie Daniel Graham, Tom, who played in the NFL for the Broncos, coming out for the game next weekend. Ron Borges’ article today can only be described as damning the Patriots front office with faint praise. Michael Gee writes that Tom Brady had to look in admiration at Drew Bledsoe’s performance yesterday. Yesterday, Michael Smith had praise for the Patriots rookie class, a contrast from his Globe colleague Nick Cafardo’s article last week saying none of the rookies except Branch had shown anything. Bill Burt also said the Patriots have gotten too flashy. Will McDonough solicited a group of experts to give Tom Brady advice on how to get through his tough stretch.
Steve Bulpett has a look at Celtics second-year assistant coach Frank Vogel. Shira Springer has Antoine Walker doing all he can to keep Vin Baker in the the game and enthusiastic. Bulpett’s notebook has a look at last night’s preseason loss.
NESN has Bruins/Maple Leafs at 7:30. ABC has Colts/Steelers on Monday Night Football at 9:00.