A trial run of early

A trial run of early morning links. No negative Boston media this morning when in comes to the Red Sox. Nothing to be negative about. It’s all roses. Jeff Horrigan says Pedro’s rainman like memory motivated his sterling performance yesterday afternoon. Gordon Edes looks at the likely playoff-bound Sox. Steven Krasner examines the capper to an extremely productive road trip. David Heuschkel says the trip was likely a launching pad to a playoff appearance for the squad. Tony Massarotti says the postseason is right within reach. Bob Ryan looks at a classic Pedro performance, and notes that Martinez deserves the Cy Young, though there is no chance he’ll win it. Bill Reynolds quotes a magazine article in which Red Sox players tell their part of the story about the adversarial relationship they have with the media in Boston. The article is from 1957. In Baltimore, Laura Vecsey says the Red Sox can sense fear in the Yankees. Massarotti looks at a milestone for Tim Wakefield, today will mark 10 years in the big leagues, qualifying him for an MLB pension and making him a 10-5 man, meaning he can veto any trade. The notebooks all look at Trot Nixon’s injury. Edes’ notebook also looks at the first MLB start for Andy Abad. Horrigan’s notebook says Nixon could possibly be out for the year. Krasner’s notebook says going back to Fenway can mean only good things at the plate for Nomar. Heuschkel’s notebook says that at the very least, Nixon won’t play this weekend.

Nick Cafardo looks at the injury to Ted Johnson and what it could mean for the Patriots inside linebacking rotation. Good stuff from Nick, informative. Tom Curran also looks at the Johnson injury and who is behind him on the depth chart. Alan Greenberg has another look at the injury and how Roman Phifer will need to play a bigger role inside. Michael Felger says that Tom Brady and Donovan McNabb aren’t looking back at their disastrous open day performances. Michael Parente says the entire Patriots team has put last week behind them and is focusing on stopping McNabb and the Eagles. Dan Pires says Belichick isn’t hinting at any major changes in the lineup in the wake of last Sunday’s game. George Kimball, in a pay column for the Herald, suggests that the Lawyer Milloy situation will be the Patriots version of Babe Ruth. Kimball says:

Only time will tell whether Milloy's departure was just another football transaction or whether it, like Ruth's, foreshadowed the wholesale disintegration of the team he left behind. Could it be that future generations of Patriots fans will be telling their grandchildren about their team winning their lone Super Bowl back in 2001, only to banish their best player to a divisional rival less than two years later, thus initiating Milloy's Curse?

Please. Curran’s notebook has Belichick pointing the finger at himself for last Sunday. Felger’s notebook has more on Ted Johnson, as does Parente’s notebook.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell looks at Bruins training camp opening without Sergei Samsonov or Nick Boynton. Nick Colageo also looks at the holdouts. Stephen Harris says that with the shortage on defense with Boynton unsigned, Jonathan Girard out for the year and Bryan Berard in contract limbo, Jeff Jillson could get a big opportunity. Harris’ notebook has more on the camp holdouts and other missing persons.

Shira Springer has a lengthy feature on Vin Baker, who admits he had a serious problem with alcohol last year and years previous, and is grateful to the Celtics for insisting he go to treatment. He is at 241 lbs, the playing weight of his first two seasons in the league. He has no statistical expectations for the season, other than to contribute. He has his support system in place, and will be apologizing to his teammates. He is eager to show the fans what he can do as a sober player. You can’t help but root for the guy. Mark Murphy says Tony Battie is looking impressing in early workouts coming off of knee surgery.

OK, a couple Revolution stories….Frank Dell’Apa looks at the team’s fading playoff hopes. Gus Martins looks at some hard feelings between the Revs and the MetroStars.

ESPN has Utah/Cal college football at 7:30. TBS has Braves/Phillies at 7:30.


Morning links while waiting for

Morning links while waiting for David Ortiz’s homerun to land. I do have to hand it to Dan Shaughnessy. Yes, he gave Ortiz the horrible tag at the beginning of the season, but this past weekend, noting that Ortiz had something like 22 RBI in his last 14 games, (A number that has gone up since then.) Shaughnessy tagged him the “Dominican Yaz”. I think that fits nicely. Gordon Edes thinks Ortiz would hold his own in hanging out with the Babe, as well. Jeff Horrigan looks at a gritty performance by Derek Lowe. Steven Krasner says that this club wants to go the way of the 2002 Angels. David Heuschkel looks at an overall good evening for Ortiz, Lowe and the boys. Tony Massarotti touts Bill Mueller for MVP. Not of the team, of the American League. Bob Ryan looks at Mike Hargrove, looking to get back to the postseason in the near future. Stan Grossfeld has the story of Duane Thomas, a Cowboys running back in the early ’70’s who didn’t speak to the media. The lesson? Pedro and Manny should start talking to the media if they know what’s good for them. Massarotti also looks at the never-ending shuffling of roles in the bullpen. Krasner’s notebook looks at Nixon’s calf injury, which has him on day-to-day status. Edes’ notebook has more on Nixon. Horrigan’s notebook looks at Dave McCarty, who following the example of Brooks Kieschnick, wants to become a two-way player next year, pitcher and first baseman/outfielder.

Michael Felger has his Patriots Insider, sort of a mid-week notes column in which he touches on the Eagles, Drew and of course more Lawyer. Speculation immediately begins on who the writer outside Boston that Milloy is ticked at. Curran? Greenberg? Speaking of Tom Curran, he reports that Victor Green would like to come back to the Patriots. He says “I love Bill Belichick as a coach.” Shira Springer looks at Richard Seymour, gearing up to take on a bigger leadership role. Steve Buckley has a very good pay column on Seymour and his reaction to Milloy’s shooting his mouth off. Seymour isn’t happy with Milloy’s comments, and hopes he’ll say he was wrong when he cools off. He adds:

"He just got cut by the Patriots,'' he said. "He just went over to the Bills. He said it's more of a family atmosphere over there. He knew that in just four days? You know? He'd been here for eight years, and I think it was more emotions talking at that point, and not his true feelings at that point."

Buckley notes that Milloy is sounding a lot like Shea Hillenbrand these days, and says:

Hillenbrand was dismissed as a crank, this because he is boorish and immature, a young man whose head, both physically and emotionally, has swelled to the size of a Volkswagen. But, again, Milloy is talented, well-liked and intelligent. So when he takes shots at his old team, it is viewed as proof positive that Gillette Stadium is an unhappy, war-torn place, and that Bill Belichick is an evil man. (Nobody took personal shots at Belichick when the Patriots won the Super Bowl. But then he cut Lawyer Milloy, which makes him, in the eyes of some people, the meanest man in Norfolk County not living at MCI Walpole.)

Jim Donaldson looks at the Eagles, coming off a performance almost as ugly as the one put on by the Pats. Christopher Price looks at Kevin Faulk taking time from Antowain Smith. Jonathan Comey weighs in on the Pats and some NFL items. In his Power Rankings, the Pats drop from 5 to 16. Michael Parente says that someone has to score this Sunday.

Michael O’Connor looks at back to business for the Bruins. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has a look at the newest Bruin, Felix Potvin. Steve Conroy also looks at Potvin. Conroy’s notebook looks at the Bruins new goaltending consultant. Marrapese-Burrell’s notebook looks at Andy Hilbert.

Mark Murphy says the Celtics will be looking to get out and run this season.

John Molori looks at the HBO documentary “Curse of the Bambino.”

NESN has Red Sox/Orioles at 3:00. ESPN has Braves/Phillies at 7:00 and A’s/Angels at 10:00. ESPN2 has Tigers/Yankees at 7:00 and Rangers/Mariners at 10:00.

Sox fall to the Orioles

Sox fall to the Orioles again. David Heuschkel says there was no letdown after the Yankees series, this one was just a laugher. Jeff Horrigan says costly errors let this one get away. Steven Krasner says the Sox took a giant step backwards last night. Bob Hohler looks at the Orioles transforming themselves into birds of prey against the Sox. It wasn’t just a rough night for the Sox, the umpires didn’t cover themselves in glory last night either, with a number of curious calls and emotional outbursts. Gordon Edes notes how the umpires refused to explain themselves when given the chance. Tony Massarotti takes a closer look at the critical errors which led to the defeat. Edes looks at the playoff races, noting the field is pretty level and wide open. Massarotti looks at the different field, the playing surface at Fenway after the Springsteen concerts. Krasner’s notebook looks at the Sox closing on the team home run mark. Heuschkel’s notebook looks at some other team records that could be broken soon. Horrigan’s notebook looks at the ejections last night. Hohler’s notebook looks at the Sox in contention for the batting title. Three in the top ten.

Ron Borges looks at the problems with the Patriots. The loss of Lawyer Milloy is not one of them. The playcalling, talent and execution on offense is a big problem, however. It’s hard to read that piece without seeing the smirk Borges must’ve had on his face while writing it. Kevin Mannix has his report card for the week, besides calling Belichick an “arrogant oaf”, his grades are pretty predictable. The namecalling is unprofessional and inexcusable. Tom Curran is clearly down on the team and coach and wonders if this could be the beginning of the end for Belichick. Curran thinks that the coach might’ve ruined the entire season for the team. I think that might be going a little far, but I guess we’ll see. Alan Greenberg looks at a team seeking to put Milloy behind them. Lenny Megliola looks at Ty Law, dealing with the departure of his friend, and how he and the team will move on from this. Nick Cafardo says the Milloy incident continues to linger in the locker room. In Gerry Callahan’s pay column, he outlines the mea culpa that Bill Belichick should be reciting to his players this week. That he screwed up, but that they did as well, he underestimated their need for the “screaming and spitting and rah-rah stuff” that Milloy brought to the team. Bill Reynolds says that in the NFL, business as usual is anything but ordinary. Karen Guregian says that Belichick needs to somehow diffuse this bomb that is in his locker room. George Kimball in his pay column notes that all of Buffalo’s high profile acquisitions contributed on Sunday. Kevin McNamara says that Ty Law wants to move on from the Milloy talk and get back to work. Michael Parente says that in the end, the Patriots might’ve lost more than the Bills gained from this Milloy situation. Christopher Price looks at the Patriots licking their wounds after the beating on Sunday. Rich Thompson says that Rosevelt Colvin and the Patriots had visions of a second half comeback on Sunday, but it didn’t happen. Ian M. Clark says the backfield was one of very few bright spots for the Patriots on Sunday. Ed Gray looks at Rodney Harrison, ready to assume a bigger leadership role on the team. Jon Wallach says he lost a lot of respect for Lawyer Milloy after Sunday. McNamara’s notebook looks at the possible tampering charges pending in the Milloy case. Cafardo’s notebook looks at the coaches taking a fair share of the blame for Sunday. Thompson’s notebook has Belichick saying the team is not pursuing the tampering charges.

Michael Felger made an appearance on The Jax show yesterday, programming from ESPN Radio 1410 in Hartford, and said that Bill Belichick’s timing could not have been worse in releasing Lawyer Milloy, and that the Pats had no chance to win the game when the Bills announced Milloy last in pre-game introductions. Felger also talked about the shaky start for the Patriots running game – saying that Antowain Smith is the worst starting running back in the NFL – and the fact that he’s still not sold on the Patriots new run defense. Felger does hold out hope for Tom Brady, however, saying that even after his terrible game Sunday, Brady’s the right guy to lead this team. Felger also pointed out that one bright spot for the Pats Sunday was the play of Rodney Harrison, the player who was essentially brought in to replace Milloy in the lineup. (from an email sent by the station) The Jax show is trying to gain a bigger share of the Boston sports talk market, hoping to land an affiliate or two closer to the Boston area. In addition to Hartford, the show is currently heard in New Haven (1300 AM) and also in Springfield MA, on 640 AM

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell looks at Sean O’Donnell, who intends to take a larger leadership role in the Bruins defense this year. Steve Conroy takes a look at Shaone Morrisonn, hoping to make an impact with the Bruins.

Bill Griffith looks at the weekend numbers, and has assorted media notes.

NESN has Red Sox/Orioles at 7:00. TBS has Braves/Phillies at 7:30.

As you see, no links

As you see, no links today. Still under the weather. Besides, what do you need me for today, I’m sure you all already knew what all the stories in the papers were going to say today anyways…not good. As Kevin Mannix showed yesterday, things are clearly personal between Bill Belichick and the media in this town.

Bill Simmons kept a running diary of the day yesterday, a day that started with so much promise…

Today is also the launch of a new weekly feature for BSMW. If you’ve read the Patriots USENET newsgroup at all, you surely know Kent Thaler. He’s been doing a weekly “thoughts” posting in that forum for a number of years. It includes 20 (occasionally 10) thoughts of his, mostly involving the Patriots, but also branching out into other sports, and subjects. It’s for his thoughts on the Patriots though, that I’ve decided to start posting his thoughts columns here as well. He hooked me during the 2001 road to the SuperBowl, when he outlined what was going to happen in each game, and why the Patriots would beat the opponent that week.

The column doesn’t have a whole lot to do with media, though Kent does occasionally go into that area as well. I’m bringing the column here to add some more quality content to the website. You may not always agree with him, but I think you’ll enjoy the weekly thoughts, and they’ll make you think and react as well. The Thoughts will be archived each week, and you’ll be able to access previous versions though the Archives page.

Without further ado, here is this week’s edition of Thoughts from Kent Thaler.

Peter King’s MMQB contains a different perspective on Milloy than you’re going to read about from around here. Milloy apparently is tiffed at King, and vows not to speak with him again. He didn’t like that King reported his comments that have led the NFL to investigate tampering charges. King asserts that in many ways, this situation is as much Milloy and his agent’s fault as it is Belichick’s.

Lastly, got a nice little check from Google Ads. Thanks for the clicks. They help immensely.

No Sunday night sports shows

No Sunday night sports shows tonight. I’ve been fighting a cold all weekend, and appear to be going downhill as quickly as the Pats did today. I’m heading to bed. I’ll try to get the links up in the morning, but will cross that bridge when I get to it.

I fell way behind this

I fell way behind this morning, so I don’t have the usual exhaustive links. Rather I’m going to just highlight a few of interest. That is still a lot of links. Bob Hohler looks at the Sox headed into New York with a sense of confidence and unity. Michael Silverman says recent events have not killed them, but only made them stronger. The Hartford Courant switches things up and has its Yankees beat writer Don Amore, write about the Sox. This is their last chance to make a stand against the Yankees. David Heuschkel, meanwhile writes about the shaky Yankees.

Dan Shaughnessy writes about the family of Harry Frazee this morning. Interesting timing by Shaughnessy as HBO is set to debut it’s documentary on the “Curse of the Bambino” next week. Shaughnessy is featured pretty extensively in that program. Last July, Glenn Stout did a pretty extensive piece on the sale of Babe Ruth to the Yankees, and how the Yankees nearly moved their franchise to Boston.

Matt DiFilippo writes an interesting article looking at the Manny Ramirez incidents from a different perspective than what we’ve read around here. He criticizes a few of the media members for how they’re portrayed Ramirez and suggests that Manny may well need some therapy to deal with things here. Scott Miller of CBS Sportsline also writes at length about Manny, speaking with many of the people in the game who are close to him, including former Sox Carlos Baerga and Shea Hillenbrand. Steve Buckley has a pay column today in which he says Manny might be the team’s MVP for putting them the events of last weekend and the beginning of this week, which tested the resolve of the club and has them playing with a new sense of purpose.

Steve Bailey of the Globe Business section makes the case for keeping Fenway. As the Globe is part of the ownership group of the Sox, you can’t help but wonder at the possibility that this article is a plant.

Kevin Paul Dupont looks at Lawyer Milloy’s arrival in Buffalo. Former Bills writer Jim Baker looks at Milloy’s arrival for the Herald. Gerry Callahan’s pay column tells us that Bill Belichick has always put his team in the best position to win…

Until this week. In a game that could eventually make the difference between going to the playoffs and going home, the Patriots are definitely not in the best position to win. Belichick made sure of that when he dumped Milloy, a defensive co-captain, the guy who made the calls in the secondary, a man who had not missed a game in seven years. You lose all that, you lose something significant. That is really not debatable. And if that guy jumps to the team you're playing -- all full of vengeance and anger -- the scales tip even further.

Alan Greenberg looks in the Patriots locker room at teammates left behind. Tom Curran looks again at the candidates for the starting safety position left open by Milloy. Michael Felger tells us that Pats/Bills is now the marquee matchup in the AFC East. If you can’t get enough Patriots coverage, Bill Griffith breaks down all the shows and programs that are dedicated to the Pats. John Howell looks at the national NFL coverage.

Shira Springer looks at Robert Parish, headed in to the Basketball Hall of Fame. The chief would like to get back into the game in some capacity. Ken Davis looks at Parish, who hated basketball as a kid. Michael Gee looks at Parish in a pay column, a nice tribute to the center of the the Celtics 80’s titles. He looks at his longevity and importance to the team. He was often overlooked, but chose it to be that way. Gee concludes:

The only reason it's taken so long for Parish to join the Hall is that he took longer than anyone to retire from the game.

May his walk to the podium be slow indeed. A proper ovation takes a long time.

UPN38 has Red Sox/Yankees at 7:00. (ESPN nationally) TBS has Braves/Pirates at 7:30. ESPN has Oregon State/Fresno State college football at 10:00. USA has US Open Tennis at 8:00.

Bill Simmons uses “Top Gun”

Bill Simmons uses “Top Gun” quotes to give us the first part of his NFL preview.

In the Patriot Ledger’s NFL preview, Eric McHugh says the Pats are contenders again. Ron Hobson says you don’t question the man with ring. McHugh speculates as to what the Patriot defense can do. Del Jones looks at Tom Brady. McHugh also looks at the gamble of releasing Milloy. Chad Finn says that Milloy wasn’t being a team player by refusing to redo his deal. A different view from many of the stories you’ve read so far. Tom King looks at the candidates for safety. Glen Farley considers the departure of Milloy.

Mike Loftus looks at the signing of Felix Potvin

Milloy to the Bills. Nick

Milloy to the Bills. Nick Cafardo says Lawyer didn’t have any harsh words on the way out the door, but Michael Felger’s article shows otherwise. Milloy says in an interview with a Houston TV station that he doesn’t feel good about the Patriots organization and hasn’t for some time. Tom Curran looks at how Sunday’s game could be effected by this move. Alan Greenberg expects Milloy to play the game of his life on Sunday. Kevin Mannix looks at how the Patriots will attempt to fill Milloy’s position on the field. Michael Gee says Milloy won’t be able to pass much expertise onto the Bills for this Sunday. His pay column, however, says that this move is going to hurt the Patriots bigtime in the long run, not just the loss of Milloy to a division rival, but also as to how the Patriots treat their players. In Buffalo, Leo Roth looks at the signing from the Bills perspective. Curran also looks at Drew Bledsoe and his preparation to face his former club. Felger takes another look at the Bledsoe/Belichick matchup. Cafardo takes a look at the starting cornerback opposite Ty Law, as Belichick has not made that announcement yet. Christopher Price says the rookies are ready to go. The NFL regular season kicks off tonight, and the Herald has its Patriots preview, with far too many articles to link to here. Felger’s notebook looks at the safety-by-committee system shaping up. (anyone else sick of everything being “by committee”? Not a knock against the Patriots, but against people who now use that phrase for everything.) Curran’s notebook looks at the glut of Milloy jerseys in the Patriots Pro Shop and who will fill his leadership role.

On the Globe SportsPlus last night on NESN, hosted by Bob Lobel, Cafardo and Ron Borges were guests on the program and made their predictions for the season. Cafardo selected Miami to win the AFC East and go on to the Super Bowl where they will lose to Tampa Bay. He just feels Miami is due to win one of these years, and this might be the year. He picked the Patriots to be one of the AFC Wild Card playoff teams. Borges selected the Patriots to win the AFC East, “To get people off my back” he said. Lobel stated that Borges doesn’t really think the Patriots are going to win, but now he can at least say he picked them to win. Borges foresees a Kansas City/Atlanta high scoring Super Bowl, with Atlanta winning.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox keep winning, and Shaughnessy’s favorite player keeps leading them to it. David Ortiz does it again. Two home runs for the erstwhile “sack of you-know-what” and a solid night from Manny. Bob Hohler looks at another huge win. Michael Silverman looks at the Red Sox making themselves at home in Chicago, and ready to move onto New York. Silverman notes that this is the Sox third one run win in a row, one against Philadelphia and two against Chicago. Gong! Sorry, Michael….The win in Philly was a four run win…grand slam to win, remember? Sean McAdam looks at the Red Sox transforming into road warriors. Paul Doyle says that Ortiz might be the Red Sox most valuable player…and person, for all he does in the locker room and on the field. Gordon Edes has a tremendously enjoyable article about Ortiz. If you’re not smiling while reading portions of this article, it’s time to examine things. Karen Guregian also takes a look at Ortiz. Phillip C. Naslund looks at a solid start from Derek Lowe. Bill Reynolds looks at another September drama in the Sox clubhouse. Bob Halloran looks at cartoon, movie and entertainment characters and establishes who would be Red Sox fans and who would be Yankee fans. Meant to be lighthearted, but predictably, the “losers” are Red Sox fans and the “winners” are Yankee fans. Guregian looks at Grady Little’s decisions with Manny and says he did the right thing. Naslund takes a look at Andy Abad, making his Red Sox debut 10 years after being drafted by the club. (A couple stops inbetween) Edes also takes a look at Manny’s short lived benching. Hohler’s notebook says the Sox won’t be using Byung Hyun Kim in any save situations against the Yankees this weekend. Silverman’s notebook looks at Manny’s return…for now. McAdam’s notebook also looks at Manny.

Bruins get a “name” goaltender. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell looks at the signing of Felix “the cat” Potvin. Michael O’Connor looks at the one year deal for the veteran goalie. Mick Colageo looks at Potvin and the Bruins.

Bud Collins looks at a flooded US Open.

ABC has Jets/Redskins at 9:00. USA has the US Open at 7:00.

What a day yesterday, eh?

What a day yesterday, eh? The biggest story is clearly the release of Lawyer Milloy, and it seems pretty clear the boys in the press aren’t thinking this was such a wise move. Ron Borges takes a moment to gloat a bit, in effect saying “see…I was right when I said the Patriots were trying trade Milloy in the spring”…it’s ok Ron, you’re entitled. Borges adds:

Much will be made in some corners about Milloy having no sacks, no interceptions, no forced fumbles, and no fumble recoveries last season. Some will argue this was a sign of slippage and that he is no longer the player he once was. Much the same was said about Drew Bledsoe before he went to Buffalo and returned to the Pro Bowl while leading a team with no defense to within one game of the AFC East title in his first season there.

Jim Donaldson, who had made that exact argument about a month ago, sticks by it as the reason for the move. Borges often makes the statement that he goes by what he sees. His comments today seem to fly in the face of that claim. Kevin Mannix says this leaves a huge void for the Patriots. He adds that the clues that this was coming were there:

Earlier this week, in discussions with a media regular around Gillette Stadium, the coach was asked if newly signed veteran running back Larry Centers had lost a step. Belichick said that he hadn't, but then volunteered that there was another veteran who had slowed down considerably. He said later that he was referring to Milloy.

He goes on a paragraph later to add:

Meanwhile, another media regular, friendly with front-office folks, knew Milloy was on shaky ground a couple of days ago, predicting the strong safety would be among the cuts when the team got to the 53-man limit. Clearly Milloy was in the team's financial sights.

Tom Curran says the team allowed business to get in the way of the on field product. He does say, in contrast to Borges, that Belichick and the team really thought they could get something done with Milloy, right up until the end. Borges says the Patriots knew this was coming and merely hung on in the hopes they could trade him for something…anything. Curran says there is (or was) warmth between Belichick and Milloy, and the team really thought they could get it done. Alan Greenberg takes a more vanilla look at the situation. Nick Cafardo calls Drew Bledsoe to get his thoughts on the situation. Michael Parente says that “it’s clear that the cap was somehow mismanaged this season.” Gerry Callahan’s pay column contains the headline “Thanks a lot, now get out: Disloyal Patriots are just idiotic.” Whether Callahan made up that headline or not, that’s a bit harsh. The article itself is a tribute to Milloy and what he’s accomplished and meant to the franchise The idiot comment comes from Rodney Harrison, who says you’d have to be one to think this team is better without Milloy. Well, I don’t think anyone thinks the team is better off on the field without Milloy, including Belichick and the rest of management. Dan Pires looks at the impact of the move on the team. Mannix also gets locker room reaction to the move. Curran reports on the thinking behind the move and the career of Milloy. Christopher Price reports on the release. Joe Burris looks at the possible (on field) replacements for Milloy. Michael Felger says that the Patriots haven’t tried to shop Ty Law around the league, something that has been rumored. Cafardo has part of a one-on-one interview with Rodney Harrison for the Globe Sportsplus. Cafardo also gets reaction from ex-teammates Tom Brady, Ty Law and Tebucky Jones. Curran also gets reaction from some other members of the Patriots.

My take? I try not to fall into the knee-jerk reaction that many people seem to have when something like this happens. Milloy was my favorite Patriot. I had been exuberant in looking forward to Sunday’s game in Buffalo. That enthusiasm has been tempered somewhat. I’ve got faith that Patriots management knows what they’re doing, however. I believe they’re looking to have a contender every year and to avoid the salary cap hell that has doomed other teams in the league. This was something that they felt needed to be done for the long term benefit of the franchise. Perhaps it allows them to get the Rosevelt Colvin of next spring’s free agent class. As for Milloy’s leadership, yes, his fire and attitude is going to be missed. It’s been said in some circles however, that Colvin has already emerged as a leader of this defense. Same can be said about Harrison. Ted Washington is also said to be a great locker room leader. I think the team on the field will be fine this year. This Sunday could be a challenge, especially if Milloy is on the other sideline. Once they get past this week, however, I think things will straighten out. I think Aric Morris might be the one who eventually becomes the starter. He’s been a starter on a very good defense for the Titans, and is in many ways a similar player to Milloy (and Harrison) a hard hitting, emotional player. I think he has a little more speed than those guys as well. He’s not the second coming, but I think he can be plugged in and be serviceable. Harris may start Sunday and the first couple weeks, simply because he’s been here a couple years and knows what’s going on. Steve DeOssie also made the point on WEEI yesterday that with the improved pass rush, the secondary doesn’t have as much pressure on it. I agree with that.

Manny sits again, this time at the decision of the manager. Bob Ryan lauds the move by Grady. Turns out that thanks to John Burkett, the Sox didn’t need him last night, as his replacement, Gabe Kapler hit the game winning home run. Michael Silverman reports on Burkett outdueling Bartolo Colon. Bob Hohler looks at the amazing performance by Burkett. Sean McAdam lauds the effort of the club last night. Paul Doyle looks at how two hits were enough to beat Colon. Karen Guregian writes about the effort of Burkett. Phillip C. Naslund looks at a strong outing by the bullpen, as well.Gordon Edes looks at the decision by Grady to sit Manny and notes that Manny might be better off elsewhere. McAdam also looks at the Manny situation. He makes no mention of something he said on the radio last night, namely that in the off-season the Sox should try to trade Manny for pretty much whatever they can get for him, even if that is pennies on the dollar. That’s an absurd notion and very surprising coming from McAdam. Manny is not Carl Everett. He’s worth working with and trying to save. You can’t ignore his production. To dump him for someone like Darren Oliver (what the Sox got for Everett) would be just plain stupid. Steve Britt says get rid of Manny, let the Yankees have him, even. Good plan. Jason Giambi and Manny back to back in the lineup at Yankee Stadium. Kevin Gray takes a look at a number of Manny incidents, some amusing, some not so. Steve Buckley’s pay column says none of this should be at all shocking. Sox knew what they were getting when they signed him. He sums up Manny thusly:

Ramirez always presents himself as a very nice man, charming to say hello to, a guy with a ready smile who ambles through the clubhouse as though it were Saturday night at the Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes. Clubhouse kids like Manny. Even the evil sportswriters, always on the lookout for negativity, find Manny to be pleasant, albeit unavailable for interviews.

But airheads come in all sizes, shapes and temperaments, and our airhead, our Manny, is big, strong and pleasant. And that's fine.

He goes on to add that nothing is ever going to change Manny. This is what you get. Other articles above seem to have even David Ortiz knocking Manny, but in Doyle’s article on the matter, Ortiz calls Grady’s sitting of Manny “Crazy stuff”. Also:

"He's my boy, you know," Ortiz said. "I talk to him. But if he's not ready, he's not ready. And it doesn't matter what I say. It doesn't matter what anybody else says. He knows."

Doyle says that “Ortiz did not know Ramirez refused to pinch hit Sunday.” Alex Speier talks with Manny’s old GM, John Hart, who give us some hope:

"With all that greatness, I think Manny always has another gear," Hart said. "Maybe a [controversy] like that, he can go to that other gear."

Edes looks at Manny’s replacement, Gabe Kapler and his all out style. Mike Giardi is sick of second guessers. Hohler’s notebook has a different look at Ortiz’s comments from above. Silverman’s notebook says the players are focusing on the game, not Manny. McAdam’s notebook looks at a key defensive play by Todd Walker, of all people.

NESN has Red Sox/White Sox at 7:00. (ESPN2 Nationally) ESPN2 has Dodgers/Astros at 10:00. USA has the US Open at 7:00.

First, a flash, WEEI is

First, a flash, WEEI is reporting that the Patriots have released Lawyer Milloy. Patriots.com now has official word.

It just wouldn’t be Boston and the Red Sox without something to be angry at and go off on for days at a time, I guess. First, the game. Bob Hohler looks at the rousing ninth inning comeback capped by a Trot Nixon grand slam. Michael Silverman looks at the crazy, back and forth Labor Day day. Sean McAdam says this win is another example of the resiliency of this team. David Heuschkel tries to report when the momentum shifted for good in this game. Karen Guregian looks at Trot’s grand slam. Jon Wallach says the bats have returned, and that should give all fans hope. Brian McGrory looks at an incident Saturday at Fenway that got a fan tossed and an apology issued by John Henry. Hohler’s notebook looks at Kim remaining the closer, though the team may try to work him around the Yankees. Silverman’s notebook looks at the gritty, gutty, Johnny Damon. McAdam’s notebook looks at Suppan, who though shaky, managed to stick around for six innings.

OK, onto Manny. Bob Hohler and Sean McAdam provide somewhat measured reporting on the situation. Karen Guregian and Michael Silverman are a little stronger in their denouncements of Manny, Guregian saying he owes his teammates an explanation. David Heuschkel notes the irritation of some of the Sox. Dan Shaughnessy uses the situation as personal vindication for himself and the media. His delight can hardly be restrained as he trots out tired “Animal House” quotes with expletives and gets in a few shots at Pedro as part of the bargain. Class, I tell ya. That Shaughnessy is all about class.

I’m pledging not to listen to a single minute of angry Manny talk on the radio this week. How can that be considered good radio? You know it will dominate the “discussions”. Our only hope is Patriot callers will start to take over as the week progresses. (With the news of the release of Milloy, I’m thinking that might happen even sooner than we thought.) Am I going to defend Manny here? No. I’m as a frustrated as anyone at not having him in the lineup. I’m even more frustrated by the tabloid-like coverage that these incidents get. Sensationalize, sensationalize. That’s the motto. Leave the actual reporting to the NY Times, which actually contacted Willie Randolph to confirm if he was with Manny. The only good thing I can see happening from this is that last year, after the incident in Tampa, Manny went on an absolute tear the rest of the season, perhaps in response to the harsh criticism that situation brought. We can only hope the same happens this year.

News of Milloy will be the story of the day, but until that happened, this was a slow Patriots news day. Alan Greenberg takes a look at the Patriots rebuilt defense. Nick Cafardo looks at where the Patriots spend their cap money. Rich Thompson looks at Ken Walter, somehow managing to hold onto his job. “Hold” might be the operative word there. Tom Curran looks at the makeup of the practice squad.

Bob Ryan says our local sporting calendar is now complete. A PGA event for Boston to call its own.

NESN has Red Sox/White Sox at 8:00. USA has US Open Tennis at 7:00.