For the definitive piece on Theo Epstein, John Tomase provides a story that that follows Epstein from childhood and to where he is now. If, after reading it you don’t feel he was “destined” to become the youngest GM in MLB history, and to run the Red Sox, then I don’t know what to tell you. This isn’t the first time Tomase has written a piece superior to anything you’ve read in the Globe or Herald. Tony Massarotti writes about the hiring of Bill Lajoie and also gets Grady Little’s thoughts on his new boss. In addition to news on Lajoie, Gordon Edes provides a few other tidbits, such as Pedro stating his offseason workouts, coaching rumors and Mike Port’s future. Steven Krasner and David Heuschkel report on the Lajoie hire. Tony Massarotti puts together a notebook on Charlie Manuel being offered the job as the Sox new hitting instructor, and Port’s future. Mike Sullivan reports that Jim Beattie is still a candidate to join the Red Sox, while Mike Flanagan is not. For the Cliff Notes version of the Red Sox news of the day, Alex Spier provides a nice concise wrapup in the Metro, and includes comments from a possible upcoming trade partner, Padres GM Kevin Towers. Tom Curran gets Patriots Vice President of player personnel Scott Pioli to explain what he’s done to make himself successful and presents it as a guide for Epstein.

Something the Patriots have been criticized for in light of last Sunday’s squeaker against the Vikings was the lack of a killer instinct. According to Nancy Marrapese-Burrell, the Bruins have developed on this season, an offers as evidence last night’s 7-3 win over the Flames. Steve Conroy reports for the Herald. Jim Greenidge and Joe Gordon have a look at Glen Murray’s hat trick, which he had finished off in the second period. Joe McDonald compares the Murray-Thornton combo to Wayne Cashman and Phil Esposito, Barry Pederson and Rick Middleton and Adam Oates and Cam Neely. The Bruin’s efforts to bolster their attendance are chronicled in the Globe notebook. Over at the Herald, the notebook has trade and injuries news and updates.

Michael Felger has everyone on the Patriots paying proper respect to the Lions and their record on Thanksgiving. Tom Curran looks at overmatched Detroit coach Marty Mornhinweg and his decision to give up the ball in OT last week. Michael Smith has a good look on safety Victor Green, who seems to always be in the right place at the right time. Alan Greenberg also has Belichick addressing the Lions on Thanksgiving, and hears from Pete Carroll fan Ty Law. Christopher Price says to expect the Lions to use a lot of no-huddle in tomorrow’s game, given the success that the Raiders and Vikings had against the Patriots with it. Curran’s notebook looks at the worrisome playoff picture. Smith’s notebook has more Thanksgiving stuff, a Tebuckey Jones injury update and the address to Richard Seymour’s web site. Felger’s notebook looks at Seymour’s increased production and Pat Patriot jerseys. Ian Clark also focuses on Pat Patriot. Good Lord. I need to check my temperature. Michael Gee writes the second thing in a week that I agree with. I think I’m running a fever.

Peter May looks at the young Bulls coming in tonight. Mark Murphy looks at the maturing of the former “El Busto”, Celtics center Tony Battie. Tim Weisberg envisions what Randy Moss on the Celtics might be like. Murphy’s notebook also looks at the running of the Bulls, and at chef Paul Pierce.

John Molori looks at Mike Lynch’s Thanksgiving day high school football coverage. WEEI promises an announcement of some kind this afternoon at 5:00.

FSNE has Celtics/Bulls at 7:00, followed by NE Tailgate. ESPN has Magic/Lakers at 7:00 and the Maui Invitational final of Virgina/Indiana at 9:30. ESPN2 has a college hoops tripleheader with games at 7:00, 9:30 and 11:00. NESN also has college hoops with Arkansas Pine Bluff (!) taking on Illinois at 8:00.