So what’s the top story

So what’s the top story on a Friday during the bye-week for the Patriots? The World Series that begins tomorrow? The MLS championship game Sunday at Gillette? The Red Sox GM search? Bruins early season success on the road? Celtics preseason? None of the above? We’ll start with the Sox and their Homer-esque journey to find the GM of their dreams. It appears another name is scratched from the list, as Tony Massarotti and Michael Silverman team up in the Herald to write that the Yankees action in denying permission to the Sox to speak to Gene Michael was “a flagrant breach of baseball protocol.” Gordon Edes paints it more from the perspective that Michael withdrew his name from consideration, and at the end of his article throws out some little known names as potential candidates. David Heuschkel and Steven Krasner also report on the Red Sox rejection. A lot of talk in these articles about Michael being under contract for another year. Last week, Sean McAdam reported “a source close to Michael” as saying that he had been working without a contract since last season. I guess that source wasn’t as close as Sean thought.

Gerry Callahan says Barry Bonds is a sham, plain and simple. His premise is that you won’t hear in the World Series coverage on TV anything bad and Bonds or hints about possible steroid use. Dan Shaughnessy thinks out loud about the reasons everyone (read: the media) hates Bonds. He also throws out his thoughts on the World Series. The obligatory veiled curse reference is made in the last two sentences. Jeff Jacobs chats with Mike Port about the 1986 Angels team and the sad story of Donnie Moore.

Nick Cafardo criticizes the Patriots offseason acquisitions and moves. Rich Thompson has notes on the Patriots practice yesterday. Kevin McNamara writes on the need to feature the running game more. Leigh Montville hands out his weekly picks.

Peter May reports on the Celtics preseason game in Manchester last night. A very ugly breakdown of Baker’s preseason stats in there. Mark Murphy also notes Baker’s performance, and gives an encouraging update on Kedrick Brown’s injured ankle. Murphy also has an article on the Celtics top three point shooter of the preseason 7-2 Bruno Sundov. Dan Hickling tries to sort out the Celtics lineup, and it must’ve gotten by the editor that Rich Pond didn’t buy the Celtics. Lenny Megliola says the road ahead could be tough for Baker if he doesn’t get himself going.

How ’bout some good soccer talk? Frank Dell’Apa reports that Taylor Twellman plans to be in the lineup Sunday. Gus Martins looks at midfielder Daniel Hernandez. Joe Burris has an interesting article on goalkeeper Adin Brown, who is a Christian Scientist, and the decision he had to make to go against his faith to accept medical treatment for injuries. WEEI had Jonathan Kraft on the Dennis and Callahan program this morning, one of the questions Callahan asked was when is the league going to fold…

Bill Griffith reports on Mike Adam’s new WWZN show. Jim Baker focuses more on the World Series, and only mentions Adams in passing. Makes sense, as WWZN is closely aligned with the Globe. John Howell looks at the World Series coverage as well.

ATT3 has Patriots Football Weekly at 7:30. FSNE has a New England hockey doubleheader. BU/Vermont at 7:00 and UNH/Minnesota at 10:00. ESPN has Fresno State/Boise State college football at 8:00.


Mike Adams is going to

Mike Adams is going to be named as host of a 6:00 – 10:00 AM show on WWZN, starting on Oct 31. Initially at least, he’ll have no co-host, but will have a different guest/co-host each morning. You may recall Mike Adams was a runaway winner of a recent poll on this site as to which part-time radio host most deserved a full time gig.

Adams did the 2:40 sports update on WWZN and announced his new show officially at that time.

The Herald web site finally came up during mid-morning. Kevin Mannix says Tom Brady doesn’t mind carrying the offensive load. In his notebook, Mannix looks at the possibility of adding Orlando Brown to the O-Line mix. Michael Gee tells us that “The defending Super Bowl champs have gotten wussier by the week.” Eric McHugh has a look at an unshaken Tom Brady, and his notebook has Belichick again looking at improving the one on one matchups.

Rob Bradford examines the shorthanded Celtics lack of depth on the front line. Vin Baker promises he’s going to be settled in and making an impact by the season opener, says Mike Fine. Over at the up and down Herald, Mark Murphy has two articles, one on Walter McCarty, and another similar to Fine’s on Vin Baker. Ralph Ranalli has a sad article on the Reggie Lewis foundation closing its doors.

Coleman C. Connelly has the story about the Babe Ruth Home Run award that was also done by Jackie MacMullan. Michael Silverman looks at the Gene Michael possibility, and speculates on where Lou Pinella could end up. (Not Boston)

Anyone seen Michael Holley lately? If not, it’s likely he was tailing around Bill Belichick. From what I’ve been told, Holley has requested and been granted a leave of absence from the Globe in order to write an all-access book on the Patriots. He’s even allowed on the sideline during the games. If this is true, the Globe will miss his columns while he’s away. Holley is one of the few columnists in Boston who doesn’t turn nasty. (Bob Ryan is another) He’ll criticize where it is due, but he doesn’t attack. That’s a nice change in this town. Will McDonough confirmed the book and Holley’s absence from the Globe on WWZN this afternoon.

On WWZN, Dave Jageler was joined by Mike Ratte and Nick Cafardo. An early guest was Shammond Williams of the Celtics. One of the topics was Larry Izzo being upset with Nick for writing that when the ball was ripped out of Izzo’s hands on the fumble recovery Sunday that the other guy wanted it more than Izzo. Chris Collins and Larry Johnson joined Glen Ordway on the Big Show and as has been the case much of the day, Donald Hayes and his statements in the Globe today have been a major topic. Collins and Johnson feel Hayes should be cut, and perhaps shouldn’t even have made the team out of training camp. Sean and Will McDonough were joined by Pete Brock and Kip Lewis on the McDonough group. Sean mentioned in the opening chat with Adams that Borges has been slotted for the new 10-12 show. My thoughts are that when there is a midday show brought in, there will be some reshuffling of the deck and the times of the shows will be all changed a bit. Will McDonough feels the Patriots will still make the playoffs, they’ve just lost their way for a bit.

Nick Cafardo writes about the

Nick Cafardo writes about the struggling Donald Hayes. Hayes claims to have a hard time picking up the plays, and understanding the complicated offense. This was the first topic on WEEI this morning with Dennis & Callahan mocking Hayes. Callahan said if it was him, he’d be spending 24 hours a day learning the playbook. Dennis lumps Hayes in with the Patriots long line of troubled receivers. Irving Fryar, Terry Glenn, Tony Simmons, Hart Lee Dykes, etc. They also took captions from callers for the picture of Bill Belichick on the front page of the sports section. Tom Curran writes about the Patriots big guy on offense who got hurt in week three and has only played a few snaps since. Jim Donaldson helps us understand what a square is. Thanks Jim. Alan Greenberg analyzes the decline of the offense. Curran’s notebook has Belichick talking about the Patriots getting beat one-on-one. Cafardo’s interesting notebook has a look at Brady and injury updates on several players. The Herald and Metrowest Daily News web sites are once again down this morning…

Plenty of Red Sox articles today. Gordon Edes and David Heuschkel report on the Red Sox asking permission to talk to the Yankees Gene Michael. Both articles have quotes from the obligatory unnamed MLB sources with ringing endorsements. Heuschkel’s source tells him that Michael is very interested in the Red Sox position. The same article also has Lucchino dismissing the Lou Pinella interest rumors, and says that Grady Little has permission to assemble his coaching staff. (The NY Post identifies the Red Sox as the third team) D&C didn’t like Michael as a candidate either. They think he’s too old and that he is too entrenched as a Yankee for this to work. They compared it to getting hand-me-downs from your big brother. They endorse Brian Sabean of the Giants. They think the timing is right for a move back home for him. Edes has a close look at Sabean today as well. I know Edes didn’t write the headline to his story on the circumstances leading to the loss of David Eckstein, I don’t recall any great and hue and cry going up among the media when Eckstein was lost. A quick look through the Globe’s archives confirms that. Bob Hohler reports on Sox prospects who will be playing winter ball this offseason. Bill Reynolds gives a synopsis of Howard Bryant’s book on race and baseball in Boston. I’m almost done with the book and plan a more detailed review soon. As a teaser, I’ll say that the Globe and certain writers there don’t come off so well. Jackie MacMullan writes on the sponsorless Babe Ruth Home Run award. A pretty interesting piece.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell reports on the Bruins 6-3 win last night. Peter May has details on the Celtics four “practice players”, guys who have no shot at making the club. Not because of talent, though that is a factor, but because Gaston won’t allow the team to have more than 12 players. Jim Fennell looks at the Celtics preseason game in Manchester NH tonight.

FSNE has New England tailgate at 7:00 and Celtics/Nets at 7:30. NESN has Bruins/Flames at 9:00. ESPN Classic has game four of the 1981 NBA Eastern Conference finals between the Celtics and 76ers at 9:00. ESPN has Georgia Tech/Maryland College football at 7:30. ESPN2 has Red Wings/Canadiens at 8:00. HBO has inside the NFL at 8:00.

Baseball talk dominates today’s airwaves

Baseball talk dominates today’s airwaves on sports radio, with Eddie away, Dave Jageler was joined by Tony Massarotti on WWZN, and the topic for most of the first hour was Lou Pinella. Are the Red Sox the mystery third team that was mentioned in the New York Times this morning? Tony feels the Red Sox should make an effort to go after Pinella, even despite Grady Little just having finished his first year. He compared Pinella to a Bill Parcells type personality. He would be the perfect type for Boston, and would be extremely popular. Dale & Nuemy had Richard Ben Cramer on the phone as a guest, talking about his book, “What Do You Think of Ted Williams Now?: A Remembrance” Cramer thinks that its sad that Williams in now “hung by his heels in a freezer in Arizona”. He heard Ted say that he wanted to be cremated. In response response to a Neumeier question regarding Ted and Joe DiMaggio, Cramer noted that the perceptions of both were wrong, and caused by the media in the towns in which they played. DiMaggio was also painted as a great guy, caring, outgoing etc, by the adoring New York media, when in fact, he was a loner, who really didn’t want attention and jealously guarded his money and image. Williams was painted as “tantrum Ted”, a really nasty guy by the Boston media, when in fact he was a gregarious, warm, loyal guy who loved to talk. The Big Show also promised a lot of Pinella and Red Sox GM talk with Steve Buckley and Sean McAdam joining the cast. Ron Borges and Steve Burton were aboard the McDonough group.

Mike Fine gives us a good look at the new Celtics big man averaging double digits in the preseason. Mark Farinella says New Englanders are uncomfortable with success. Jonathan Comey says the Patriots need to keep their heads. Chad Finn addresses the issues around the Patriots. Bill Simmons says we need to cut Bill Buckner some slack. Fellow ESPN2 columnist Chris McKendry has a rebuttal column to a Simmons piece a couple weeks ago about rules for women watching sports.

Gerry Callahan attempts to reassure

Gerry Callahan attempts to reassure everyone that the Patriots did make the right move in trading Bledsoe. Jim Donaldson says the Patriots need to go back to feeling disrespected. Michael Smith garners film reviews from Patriot players. He also ends the story with news on Orlando Brown. George Kimball looks at former wrestler Stephen Neal and his football instincts coming around. Alan Greenberg looks at the most popular player on any team — the backup quarterback. Michael Felger takes time from his wedding preparation to file a Sporting News team report on the Pats. Joe Murphy notes that there are good seats available on the Patriots bandwagon right now. He goes on to touch on other sports notes, and says WWZN is “out to lunch”.

Steve Bulpett looks at Rodney Rogers’ reunion with the Celtics last night. Peter May looks at the loaded Nets and notes at the end, that even with the injuries Paul Gaston will not allow the team to keep an extra player. How soon before he’s out and the new owners are approved by the NBA? In his notebook, Bulpett has Jim O’Brien calling last night’s preseason loss a “good learning experience.” Vin Baker should be thanking the Patriots for struggling right now. The big fella has scored a total of two points in the last two preseason games. No one is talking about it, right now, but if performances like that spill into the regular season, things could get ugly, quick.

Bob Ryan loves this game. Baseball, that is. Jeff Horrigan writes about the Sox planning another query to the Oakland A’s about Billy Beane, after receiving no answer to their first attempt. Michael Gee compares Barry Bonds with the all time greats. Lenny Megliola gives a World Series preview, and laments the late games which kids won’t be able to see all of. Gordon Edes notes that great players don’t always shine in October.

Stephen Harris tries to figure out what level of team the Bruins really are. They get pummeled by Minnesota, but beat Colorado. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell gives an update on injuries, goalies and holdouts in her notebook.

Bill Griffith returns from vacation with a column on the baseball playoffs, ratings numbers and Revolution fever. Jim Baker dishes more numbers and continues to express his disgust for Sports Final.

NESN has Bruins/Canucks at 10:30. With no other nationally televised games it’s a slow night for sports viewing.

Jon Couture attempts to rationalize

Jon Couture attempts to rationalize what’s gone wrong with the Patriots through forced golf analogies. Eric McHugh writes about the running game needing to be featured more. His notebook looks at two minor bright spots from Sunday, Stephen Neal and David Givens. Ray Duckler says the Patriots got big heads and now they stink. John Molori lauds Ron Borges for his courage to challenge the status quo and have “the audacity to actually question the infallibility of Pope William II.” But is it really as simple as Borges being “willing to defy trendy popularity and speak his mind”? Does Borges have another agenda or aspiration in mind? Before the past year, Borges was only occasionally a controversial figure, perhaps being best known for his exposing the 1985 Patriots team as having a large contingent of drug users. Over the past year, he has gone off the meter. Why? What’s his motive? Could it be an effort to get himself into the spotlight more, to become known as this controversial figure in order to to make himself a more viable candidate for the upcoming WWZN morning show? Does he see Gerry Callahan pulling in over a million dollars a year between his radio show and newspaper and TV gigs and decide he wants a bigger part of that for himself? He figures, ‘hey, I can be a jerk on the radio and make big money for it just as well as Callahan.’

Borges came onto 1510 after being introduced by Sean McDonough with the above mentioned article. Borges said he knew all along this team wasn’t very good, and that they only won last year because they refused to make the critical mistakes and thats a very fine line to deal with. Now they’re making the mistakes. He said Brady has never been in a tough situation, never been booed off the field by 68,000 people like he was on Sunday and now when he goes to restaurants instead of giving up their seats to him, people are throwing food at him. He mentioned the Marv Levy quotes from his article today, that the Patriots overachieved considerably. Borges added that many NFL experts from around the league feel exactly the same way, that the win last year was a huge fluke. Borges says he’s been watching NFL teams up close for 30 years, and he can tell when a team is good or not. He also said Levy isn’t given to exaggeration, implying that what he says must be true. He made sure to close the segment with the glee that Levy talked about the Patriots having the biggest collapse he’s ever seen.

Mike Fine looks forward to more three point shots. Tim Weisberg also looks at the 3’s and chronicles Jim O’Brien’s plans for Kedrick Brown while he’s injured.

Kevin Mannix thinks Bill Belichick

Kevin Mannix thinks Bill Belichick has pulled a Charlie from Flowers for Algernon. Gone from an idiot to a genius and now back again. Ron Borges actually makes it through his column today without using the word genius. Steve Buckley writes off the season. Tom Curran as usual is able to go past the knee-jerk reactions and look a little deeper look at the situation. Alan Greenberg has the players looking to cut down on the penalties. Rich Thompson outlines the three major trouble spots. Bill Reynolds says the team’s problems are not because of Tom Brady.

Lenny Megliola has some players scratching their heads and wondering what is going on. Bill Burt wonders if the time has come to criticize Tom Brady’s offseason escapades. Hector Longo questions the team’s character. Nick Cafardo looks at Brady, and has some praise from Brett Favre for him. Cafardo’s notebook has speculation on possible personnel moves. Rich Thompson’s Herald notebook looks ahead to the Broncos, and Curran’s notebook focuses on the penalties and play calling. The Union Leader does its own Patriots report card with high school coaches.

Dan Shaughnessy has the same feeling about the Angels that he had for the Patriots. He too manages a “genius” stab at Belichick. Gordon Edes looks at last night’s 9th inning victory by the Giant to propel them into the World Series. Edes also has an article on an aspiring GM who isn’t getting any phone calls, Dave Stewart. It’s early, but I’m not sure I get Michael Gee’s article today. Something about Red Sox holes and what the fans want and what the owners wants. The Globe’s baseball notebook has a couple fleeting quotes from guys the Sox are interested in as GM candidates.

Kevin Paul Dupont and Stephen Harris report on last night’s thrilling, last second win by the Bruins. Dupont’s notebook looks at the earlier Bruins goal, while the Herald notebook looks at Colorado native John Grahame’s performance last night.

With the Celtics facing the Nets in a preseason game tonight, focus is naturally on Rodney Rogers. Steve Bulpett has Rogers blaming Paul Gaston for his exit, and Shira Springer expands on that theme. Bulpett’s notebook looks at the Nets matchup, and has a peek at Bruno Sundov.

FSNE has Celtics/Nets at 7:30. ESPN presents its EOE block starting at 7:00.

So where to begin today,

So where to begin today, that’s the question. Alan Greenberg looks at the self destruction yesterday. Tom Curran has some potentially damning quotes from Kevin Faulk (“I wasn’t really thinking”) and some lamenting by Terrell Buckley (“We’re getting no bounces, we’re getting phantom calls against us”) Though Michael Felger might be secretly pleased his hometown team won, to his credit you can’t tell it from his article. The touchback twins, Ron Borges and Nick Cafardo weigh in on the game, with Borges putting the blame on the coaches, and Cafardo plays it straight, as he usually does in his game stories. Kevin Mannix says the Patriots are in big trouble. Bob Ryan tries to figure this whole mess out. Jim Donaldson regurgitates everything that went wrong. Jeff Jacobs ends his column with a sarcastic ” Your move, Coach Genius.” Showing characteristic Boston Media understatement, Steve Buckley says “this is turning into a season of catastrophic disappointment.” He also says they’re playing like they’re “auditioning for the role of Manny Ramirez in “Red Sox: The Movie.” Karen Guregian says, Hey, it’s ok the Patriots lost, we still got to watch Brett Favre play.

Michael Gee likes that Tom Brady got booed. George Kimball, Paul Kenyon and Nick Cafardo look at Terry Glenn’s happy return to Foxboro. Michael Smith looks at the costly penalties. Rich Thompson re-visits the Faulk lateral-fumble. Kevin McNamara looks at the offensive struggles, and says that a bye week is a good thing. The Globe’s notebook looks at the return of Troy Brown and speculates on some possible player movement. One line notes that “The Patriots likely will get either cornerback Leonard Myers or running back Antwoine Womack back this week from the physically unable to perform list.” If true, that’s amazing, as Womack was expected to miss the entire season. Tom Curran’s notebook has various sundry items as does Felger’s notebook.

David Heuschkel speculates on Gene Michael as a GM candidate for the Sox, while Gordon Edes focuses on Sandy Alderson.

Steve Bulpett looks at Walter McCarty. Shira Springer writes about the quality of toughness needed on the Celtics. Bulpett also looks at that in his notebook.

Stephen Harris and Kevin Paul Dupont look ahead to tonight’s Bruins/Avalanche game.

Patriots Monday on WEEI is always a good listen, and it’s the only day you can listen to WEEI over the internet. has a link to the streaming audio. Tom Brady had an impressive, candid interview this morning. He said he would’ve booed his own play had he been in the stands, and made an interesting point that if they had managed to win yesterday, a 4-2 record might’ve masked the bigger problems that have emerged and need to be addressed during the bye week. Now those shortcomings will have their full focus during this two weeks. On-line listeners also get to hear many of the sound checks and off-air chatter during commercial breaks, and sometimes during broadcasts. Towards the end of the Dennis and Callahan show, Dale Arnold could be heard doing sound checks, and Bob Neumeier was heard updating producers on the status of the WEEI in office football pool. Apparently Ron Hobson is the leader at the moment.

NESN has Bruins/Avalanche at 9:00. FOX has Cardinals/Giants game 5 at 8:00. ABC has Seahawks/49ers at 9:00.

Sports Final with Bob Lobel

Sports Final with Bob Lobel started with Lobel saying in this league the title of genius has a very short shelf life. The honeymoon is over. This team has turned quickly. Scott Zolak, Steve DeOssie, and Ron Borges were in as the first panel, Lobel laid down the rules of engagement for this group…one person talks at a time, and don’t get personal. Given the chance, Borges doesn’t want to say “I told you so.” He says it isn’t so much the players as it is the fact that the coaches have gone away from what won them the Super Bowl. They’re throwing the ball 44 times a game. Zolak says this kid has trouble going more than 20 yards downfield. He won’t go more because people are saying he’s a closet Brady-hater. A charge Zolak denied. He avoided pressure early, but later started going deep and changed completely. The coaches have put him in this position though. DeOssie thinks the coaches have out thought themselves with the playcalling. Doesn’t seem like a game plan, just a hodgepodge of offense. Lobel asked if it’s too early to start the Brady/Bledsoe comparisons. A chart with all the numbers and the split in Brady’s stats between the first three games and the last three games. Zolak was emphatic in stated that when behind, Bledsoe does a much better job bringing his team back than this kid. Borges agreed that there’s no question that Brady plays better with a lead. Teams are starting to take away the short routes, and he can’t hit the deep throws. Defensive coaches have figured out this QB and the team. The points have gone down dramatically. Borges brought out the Faulk fumble, said last year the whole team would’ve jumped on the ball, today only Branch and Neal went after it. Lobel moved onto defense and special teams. This team can’t rush the passer. They’re just another team.

A very pleased Terry Glenn allowed Steve Burton to interview him. Watching the Super Bowl last year was very very tough, and he hasn’t told anyone, but it was really painful, and he wishes he was a part of it, but he’s moved on. He played in his mind what it would be like to get a ring from Bob Kraft. Former teammates gave a little support, and last year he understands that they couldn’t because it was their team and he was disrupting their team. He doesn’t hold anything personal against the team fans or organization.

Michael Felger and Nick Cafardo were in next, and Felger left the cheesehead behind. Lobel says that Glenn appears to be a changed guy. Felger said “oh please” and Cafardo agree with Lobel, and said that until proved otherwise, Glenn is a changed man. He added that the Patriots have made the Bills and the Packers better with their offseason moves. Felger says Glenn is not the difference in the Green Bay team. Lobel said how the Green Bay receivers are more talented than the Patriots, and both agreed, then Cafardo went into criticizing Felger for saying earlier that the Patriots improved themselves with their offseason moves. He says he never believed it. None of the free agents have done anything and only Deion Branch is doing anything as a rookie. Felger disagreed, and said that the tight end is improved. But in general, the talent pool on this team still isn’t at the top of the league. Cafardo says the team missed the boat in the offseason and could’ve improved the team more. Onto Brady/Bledsoe. Brady is now more in a position to lose games. Felger doesn’t mind having the ball in Brady’s hands…and Cafardo kept interupting saying, “You said he could throw the deep ball” and “Last week you said you wanted him throwing it all the time.” Felger was trying to make the point that he can throw deep, but certainly not as much as they asked him to today. About Bledsoe, Cafardo is pleased as punch to say Bledsoe is clearly a better QB right now, and that Brady has taken a Super Bowl team to 3-3 and Bledsoe has already taken a Buffalo team and matched it’s win total from last year. The coaches have asked Brady to do things that Bledsoe has done in the past, and he clearly hasn’t been able to do them the last three games.

Cafardo was replaced and Sara Underwood came onto the set, She and Felger are getting married next week. Lobel asked her what she sees in this guy. They actually met when Felger came on for a Sports Final appearance.

Red Sox update, Sean McAdam, Bob Ryan and Steve Burton were in to talk about the GM search, but first talk of the new ESPN show that is being partly shot in the Globe offices. Ryan will be a part of it. Lobel asked if Ryan has any time to write stories, being on NESN, ESPN and shows like Sports Final. Talking heads shows are taking over. Rayn doesn’t know where it ends, he just waits for the phone to ring. Burton jump started the GM talk by giving support to Mike Port. All the media guys seem to love Port. McAdam said after the first tier guys that they’re not going to get, Port is as attractive as any of the second level candidates. Port simply isn’t their guy though, and Ryan talked about them wanting to put their own stamp on things. McAdam talked about the presence of Lucchino being a factor, he’s very much a hands-on guy. That’s unappealing to some. Lobel raised a good point about how everyone talked previously about how bad the old organization was, but now this new group seems to have problems too, if no one wants to come to work for them. McAdam says Lucchino isn’t here for more than 6-7 years. David Eckstein’s name was raised. All lamented his loss. Cliff Floyd…we’ll see how far friendship goes, as if he goes to the Yankees he’ll be taking a job away from his good friend Rondell White, and Floyd is said my McAdam to have serious second thoughts about that. McAdam answered a Burton question by saying Clemens will never return to Boston. Red Sox need a lot more than a 40 year old pitcher. It’s not a PR move the team needs to make.

A blurb from Will McDonough with Burton, he says the team after the first two games started believing all the media praise, and now are not hustling, they don’t run on or off the field, they’re not prepared, they’re turning the ball over. Belichick is right when he says they need to start all over. McDonough says Tom Brady is doing ok, they have no running game, they take away the short routes. Packers didn’t miss a tackle all day. Patriots missed many. The team can rebound, they need to know that everyone is gunning for them. The back half of the schedule is very favorable. After Denver, Oakland will be the only first place team they play in the second half. Back in the studio, Ryan wants to know what it means to start all over. He isn’t so sure it can all be turned around. It’s doubtful they can make the playoffs. But the bye week is a blessing. They may look back and be very thankful that the bye came after this game. Lobel talked about an e-mail he got today asking “Where is Mo Lewis when we need him?”. Ryan and Burton both have confidence that Brady can make the deep pass, and can do the job, he was just off today. Ryan says the problem is the running game, that’s why they throw the ball so much, they can’t run the ball.

Jay Heaps and Taylor Twellman of the Revolution were in studio to talk about the team going to the Championship to end the show.

WHDH’s Sports Extra Gene Lavanchy led off the show being perplexed about what is going on. Tim Fox pointed to the penalties. Fred Smerlas says they’re playing dumb football. Last year Brady made all the right decisions, this year, he’s making some wrong decisions and can’t be the enthusiastic leader he was. Fox says a lot of things can go bad from throwing the ball. Smerlas said this isn’t a team of great individuals, they’re only great when they play together. Defense still can’t stop the run. Smerlas said they’re doing better, it’s the turnovers that is killing them. Gary Gillis had a segment on Terry Glenn.

Problems with the team: QB not playing well, receivers dropping passes and making mistakes, dumb penalties. This team is making mental mistakes. Fox says they’re not as aggressive as they were, they’re carrying the baggage of being Super Bowl champions, maybe feel don’t have anything to prove. The play on the reverse pass to Faulk was mentioned here, Smerlas also mentioned that last year there would’ve been seven Patriots on that ball. Fox says they need to go and integrate the pass and run better. Need to do the play action more. It’s clear what they’re going to do when they come up to the line. You can tell a pass play when it is called. This team has not made plays, on offense or defense. The turnovers make the defense look bad because the other team gets great field position and scores most of the time. Fox thinks there will be a more conservative offense after the break, and Smerlas says you don’t blow the team up, you maybe make an example out of someone, Fox added they need to hit people more. Jay Heaps and Taylor Twellman were also in studio on this show, and that was the last segment.

Butch Stearns was ready to jump off the Tobin bridge. On Sports Sunday he started by encouraging people to meet him for the jump. After the Patriots and NFL highlights, Stearns also tooted the Mike Port horn, he thinks they already have the right man in the job. Stearns gave Port credit for the Angels going to the World Series, as he brought in some of the key guys while he was GM there. Levan Reid said in his segment that if the Patriots coaches want to the throw the ball all over the field, they kept the wrong QB. Kevin Mannix appeared in studio, and said that Tom Brady is making mistakes, and the defense isn’t getting the job done. They can’t stop the run, and that is a measure of a team’s toughness. No question that they will pull the reigns in on Brady. This is the gamble they took in trading Bledsoe. The one thing that they are missing right now that they had last year is heart. They don’t have the desire, and Mannix doesn’t know if Belichick can fix that.

With the Bruins opener tonight,

With the Bruins opener tonight, lots of hockey talk was expected on WEEI with the Dale & Neumy show, and they delivered despite the presence of Scott Zolak, in to talk Patriots, who was silent for long stretches of the Bruins talk. (except to say BC played like a high school team last night) Andy Brickley was among the guests previewing the season ahead. Brickley is more optimistic then most of the national press. (Sports Illustrated this week picked the Bruins at # 21 in the NHL) McLaren is holding out simply because he doesn’t want to be here, having seen what happened to Oates, Bourque, and Allison. Unexpectedly, Eddie and Jags on WWZN also had a fair amount of hockey talk, with the agent for Byron Dafoe appearing on the station. Dafoe is awaiting the right situation…doesn’t want to be a backup, will wait for the chance to be a # 1 goaltender, and to be compensated like one. Michael Felger and Fred Smerlas were guests on the big show, and Ron Borges and Tim Fox joined Sean McDonough. One caller suggested putting Manny on waivers and hoping some team takes him. The hosts didn’t disagree or argue with him.

Mike Fine writes about the “stinkbomb” Vin Baker laid last night. Rob Bradford has a couple Celtic items, but also items from the other Boston teams, a couple things of interest not seen anywhere else:

“Some telling images from the Patriots’ locker room following their 26-13 loss in Miami: 1. Linebacker Mike Vrabel answering postgame questions in his suit and tie, but with eyeblack still smeared all over his face; 2. Head coach Bill Belichick huddled with offensive coordinator Charlie Weis in front of Weis’ locker, holding a rare public 15-minute discussion for all to see. 3. Linebacker Larry Izzo instructing a few teammates on the approach they should take when answering media questions.

Two early-season Red Sox trades that were close to being made: 1. Former Spinner Kevin Youkilis for Jeremy Giambi; 2. Brian Daubach for Atlanta second baseman Marcus Giles.

From the Useless Information Deptartment: Not only were two of the newest Celtics, Shammond Williams and Bruno Sundov, drafted back-to-back in the second round of the 1998 NBA Draft, but Vin Baker was picked by Milwaukee with the 8th pick in 1993, one spot ahead of the player he replaced, Rodney Rogers.”

Bill Simmons helps a kid pick a High School yearbook quote. Mick Colageo gives a Bruins preview. Mike Loftus looks at the Bruins season opening road trip. Russ Conway gets in a Bruins preview. Chad Finn rambles about the baseball playoffs. Eric McHugh looks at the MIA Donald Hayes. Hector Longo tries to figure how to get the Patriots defense back on track. Michael Felger serves up a Patriots team report for The Sporting News. Kevin Gray reports that NH native Chris Carpenter might be interested in coming to play for the Red Sox. Rudy Martzke chastises Andy Rooney for his comments on female NFL sideline reporters.