Mark Farinella knows he’s isn’t going to get much sympathy for writing this column. He writes it anyway. So I have to give him points for honesty and guts, I guess. He acknowledges the success of Bill Belichick and then says:

But does his success justify a methodology which is inherently dishonest, and at the very least, unnecessarily paranoid?

I refer, of course, to Belichick's distaste for full disclosure -- his refusal to offer accurate information about injuries to the public (as reported dutifully by ink-stained wretches such as myself), or his frequent forays into what the political pundits used to call "disinformation'' during the Nixon White House.

I can understand to a point, and as I said I give Farinella points for being honest about how he feels about the issue. At least he is being truthful and forthright about this issue. Other media types around town put their frustration into slanted coverage of the coach and team. With that out of the way I also agree with his first point. He’s not getting any sympathy from me. Del Jones says the Patriots are just hoping to get through tomorrow night without any injuries. David Pevear has more on Christian Fauria and what his role on the team might be.

Bill Simmons looks at the excitement among Red Sox fans as the team stalks the Yankees in the standings…Mike Fine says the Manny factor might be the X-factor in getting the Red Sox into the playoffs and beyond. Win Bates says the surge continues for the Red Sox. Chaz Scoggins says that the Red Sox and their followers are no longer just thinking wild card. Eric Wilbur exults in the 22-0 loss the Yankees suffered last night. Fine’s notebook says that Scott Williamson could be back on the mound as soon as next week.

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