Boston.com and Globe’s web pages were down for a time this morning, an unusual occurrence. The Bruins also lost, and lost badly, an equally unusual occurrence for thing season. Stephen Harris provides a game story, Joe McDonald has more on exactly what the Blues did to frustrate the Bruins. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has more on the good times coming to a screeching halt. Kevin Paul Dupont is still in shock over the Bruins handing out a contract extension to Jumbo Joe. Steve Conoy has a look at former UNH standout Eric Boguniecki, getting his first real chance in the NHL this season. Jim Greenidge has a piece on Blues goalie Fred Brathwaite. Either Karen Guregian is playing dumb, or she really doesn’t know why Kyle McLaren is holding out. I’m leaning towards the former. Harris’ notebook has an injury update on Sergei Samsonov. Marrapese-Burrell’s notebook is similar. McDonald’s notebook has a further look at Thornton.
Tony Massarotti has a lengthy article from a sitdown with Theo Epstein, going over some of his free agent plans and ideas for the team and the future. Tony doesn’t address him as “boy king”. Bob Hohler discusses Charlie Manuel turning down the Sox once again and reports the new bench coach, Jerry Narron. Sean McAdam and David Heuschkel also report on these topics. John Tomase discuses how the hiring of Euclides Rojas as bullpen coach could assist the Sox in their pursuit of Jose Contreras. George Scione has a preview of David Eckstein’s return to Lowell, where the first Lowell Spinners Alumni Dinner to benefit the Kids in Disability Sports, Inc is being held tomorrow night. Eckstein will also receive the first Dick Berardino “33” Alumni Award. Massarotti’s notebook also discusses Manuel and the upcoming GM meetings in Nashville.
Michael Felger looks at the job Bill Belichick has done this season and where he has the team positioned heading into the final quarter of the season. Ron Borges needs more fiber in his diet. Michael Smith has a look Buffalo running back Travis Henry. Over a year and a half later, Jim Donaldson looks at the huge draft day trade in 2001 between the Falcons and the Chargers…even though San Diego gave up Mike Vick, the trade has been a huge success for them as well. Steve DeOssie…aka Pinkie…has a column in the Metro about the December schedule and Bledsoe/Belichick. Felger reports in his notebook that the Patriots and Scott Pioli may be closing in on a contract extension.
What the Celtics need to do to keep improving is the subject of Shira Springer’s article this morning. Steve Bulpett has the Celtics discussing their mental toughness and that of tonight’s opponent, the Sixers. Kedrick Brown is the subject of discussion in both the Globe and Herald notebooks.
FSNE has Celtics/Sixers at 7:00. ESPN and ESPN2 both have College hoops doubleheaders from the ACC/Big Ten challenge.