After one Celtics game, panic ensues. Jackie MacMullan reads like Ron Borges. Bob Ryan starts out a little down, but gets rolling and reminds us that Robert Parish was “brutal” in his first month with the Celtics. Steve Bulpett blames the defense for letting down last night. Shira Springer’s game story looks at the silence from the captains down the stretch. Ryan’s second article looks at the young Bulls. Lenny Megliola gives us his observations on the game. Carolyn Thornton has a straightforward game story. Gus Martins looks at Tony Delk’s scorching night. Michael Gee makes a comparison between last night’s game and the last game of the playoffs last year. Bulpett’s notebook has the interesting news that the new owners may attempt to build their own arena for the Celtics after their lease at the Fleet expires in eight years. Springer’s notebook focuses on Kedrick Brown’s stay on the IR. Thornton’s Projo notebook has Jim O’Brien saying he viewed Bill Cartwright as a potential coach back in his playing days with the Knicks.
Genius coach Ron Borges has all the answers to what the Patriots need to do. Tom Curran says Bledsoe had just as much to do with his departure from the Patriots as Bill Belichick had. Michael Felger looks at the reborn Bledsoe, who admits that he might’ve gotten complacent here feeling firmly entrenched as the starter. Bill Reynolds writes that Brady can learn from Bledsoe how to handle things during down times. Alan Greenberg looks at what his old coach and friends have to say about Drew. Today shows the Jekyll and Hyde nature of Nick Cafardo. Read his even-keeled, objective article on the Belichick press conference yesterday, and then think what Cafardo would’ve said about it had he been on Sports Final and been talking about the same press conference. Michael Smith looks at Bledsoe as the center of attention yesterday. Jim Donaldson also looks at Bledsoe’s rebirth. Felger also has Tom Brady clarifying his comments and taking blame on himself for the team’s slide too. Cafardo’s notebook also looks at Brady’s comments. Felger’s notebook has Donald Hayes practicing with the scout team, as does Curran’s Projo notebook.
Meanwhile, with absolutely zero fanfare, the Bruins continue their streak of not losing since opening night. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has the story from the Bruins 7-2 win in Washington last night. Steve Conroy reports for the Herald. Both notebooks in the Globe and Herald focus on goalie Tim Thomas, making his second NHL start last night.
As for the Red Sox, Michael Silverman says the Sox still hope to talk to Billy Beane. Bob Hohler reports that the A’s have already denied permission for such talks. He also reports that if they can’t get Beane, they might put Lee Thomas in the job on an intern basis. Both stories also report on Manny Ramirez getting a perfect rating in the Elias Sports Bureau statistical rankings. Hohler seems a bit shocked by this. Manny is the fifth player in 21 years to get the perfect score. Now, if he would only try out there, right? Peter Gammons said again yesterday on WEEI how the Red Sox were “stuck with one of the worst contracts in the history of baseball.” If the guy didn’t produce, (See Hampton, Mike or even Mussina, Mike) that’s one thing. But he produces something this rare, and still gets raked over the coals. Only in Boston.
NESN has Bruins/Mighty Ducks at 7:00. TNT has Celtics/Wizards at 7:30 and Portland/Sacramento at 10:00 ESPN2 has Coyotes/Flyers at 7:30.