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CBS is reporting that Corey Dillon is OUT with an injury today.

We have another big game today as New England fans can finally shift their focus back on the Super Bowl Champion Patriots. As a reminder, this is the latest in the season that the Patriots have been undefeated (6-0) and the current record streak is 21 games. The Patriots-Steelers game is on CBS-4 at 4:15. Plan trick or treating accordingly.

Tom Curran explains that, contrary to popular belief, Bill Belichick and the Patriots don


I Love A Parade

Parade Day links by Rich (

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The Red Sox parade begins at 10 today, and thousands are already lining up on the route. The Globe has the details on the parade, including a map of the route. For those out of the local area, the parade can be seen on ESPN News and/or The Herald’s Michael Silverman says the parade will make believers out of the players who still think they may be dreaming this. The Globe’s Jim McCabe reports that although Nomar Garciaparra is back in Boston, he won’t be participating in the parade, but he is very happy for his old teammates. Meanwhile Rhode Islanders need not fear. There will be a parade in the ocean state, but as the ProJo’s Kevin McNamara explains, there simply hasn’t been time to plan it yet.

The Globe

They’re ruining my celebration…

I expected it from Dennis and Callahan, but not from the Big Show. Less than 48 hours after the Red Sox won their first World Series in 86 years, Glenn Ordway has to lead his show in a discussion of…politics. I realize there is a Presidential Election on tap for next week, but c’mon, this is a sports station, and it’s not like there is a lack of a compelling topic to talk about this week. THE RED SOX JUST WON THE WORLD SERIES.

It’s uncalled for on the “Sports Radio Leader”.

It’s more ironic that Glenn mentioned that Boston media people were upset with Ted Sarandis for allegedly cheering for the Red Sox in the auxiliary press box Wednesday night. What a crime. Apparently there are “rules” that the press must maintain decorum and remain objective in covering such a serious topic such as sports, yet these same guys feel that it is acceptable to be using their position on the airwaves to push their own political agendas, whatever they may be.

Glenn…people don’t want to be listening to your political views this week of all times. You should be ashamed of yourself for using your show to promote these things.

Friday Afternoon Pats Update

Friday afternoon Patriots links by Rich ( – giving the hardest working man in weblogbiz a much deserved break.

A match-up of the two 2001 Super Bowl champs – the team that actually went to New Orleans and won the game, and the team that spent the following off season talking about how they were really the best team in the NFL – just ask them. This was of course prior to the black and gold getting smoked by the Pats in the 2002 season opener, which led to one of my all time favorite Bill Simmons columns (fear not – no Starbucks references).

The major dailies locked in on two of the Pats offensive stars of late, with the Herald’s Michael Felger and the Courant

Day Two of the Rest of your life…

Articles today are again way too numerous to link. The Boston Herald alone has at least 25 Red Sox related articles today. The Globe has almost as many, and The Projo is stocked full as well. I’ll once again attempt to bring you some of the stuff that stands out to me.

As usual Bob Ryan “gets it “. While some of his Globe colleagues cannot enjoy the win, Ryan understands what this means to the real fan. Tony Massarotti says the 2004 Red Sox found the right combination in all areas. Lenny Megliola looks at how the Sox made history. Alex Speier says that not even filmmakers could’ve anticipated how this postseason would go for the Red Sox. Steve Britt looks at 10 postseason heroes for the Red Sox. David Heuschkel has a nice look at Terry Francona. David Borges writes about Johnny Pesky and Ellis Burks, both finally World Series Champs. Stan Grossfeld writes about the triumphant return to Boston by the Red Sox. I like the quotes from Pedro that end the article:

Just don't tell us you'll sign with the Yankees.

"I promise," he said. "I'm not going to the Yankees. I want to stay right here.''

To be honest though, I’m scratching my head at some of this coverage. I should’ve expected it, but thought that perhaps it would come later, not before the team had even had it’s victory parade yet. What am I talking about? The negative talk, the downer stuff. The leader of the pack is of course Dan Shaughnessy, and while he starts out talking about the jubilation of the fans and how this was worth the wait, he ends with:

Personally, I already miss the old Red Sox a little.

The Red Sox as we have always known them are gone forever. They never again will be the cuddly team on a near century-long, quixotic quest. They are no longer cursed and they will cease to be America's team as soon as the hangover wears off. The ghosts are purged. Buckner and Friends are off the hook. All of them.

Now the men who play at Fenway Park are simply the World Champion Boston Red Sox. The best team in baseball.

I guess we'll have to settle for that.

I supposed we can acknowledge that Dan is mourning the loss of his cottage industry, which extends well beyond the books. The books will still sell for a time. He’ll add the final chapter, the happy ending, and sell thousands of copies. For the next few weeks, maybe even months, he’ll still get the call to make TV and Radio appearances around the country, being well compensated for these. But they will gradually peter out. The days of the easy income will be over. Soon he’ll no longer be the alleged foremost expert on the Red Sox curse, he’ll just be another tired, bitter, out of touch sportswriter whose time has passed him by. How sad. His colleague at the Globe, Brian McGrory insists that winning is a positive thing, but every other word of his column indicates he wishes they were still losers. ( I mean, c’mon, even Jim Donaldson “gets it” for crying out loud.) I began reading Howard Bryant’s column today with great promise. He revealed he was hoping that the Red Sox would win game four. For a while, his column feels good, he even takes a little shot at the “the cottage industries that have sprouted over the past 20 years, the prospectors who exploited 86 years of failure at big profits.” (Hi Dan!) But Bryant ends on a down note as he reveals why he hoped the Sox would win game four:

During this month of splendor, I had a theory: The Red Sox winning the World Series over time would make them one of the more loathed franchises in baseball, at least outside of Boston. The lifting of the historical baggage will also remove the sympathy, and the Red Sox can now be viewed for what they are, a financial monster that will smartly and shrewdly use its power to take players from the weak in the same vein as the bauble-buying Yankees. Both teams, unlike the rest of the league (Dodgers and Cubs possibly excluded) are the only ones in baseball that are never faced with losing players for financial reasons.

He adds that the new chapter has begun, and he’s looking forward to the ongoing story. The Red Sox may well lose Pedro, Lowe and Varitek for “financial reasons”. Gerry Callahan explores what could have happened had Schilling gone to the Yankees and ARod came to the Red Sox.

Elsewhere, on a more enjoyable topic Glenn and the Big Show boys went after Paul Costine, A.K.A “Angry Bill” for an idiotic article that appeared in NY Newsday yesterday. Ordway called him a fraud, and with good reason. Costine is another who sees his 15 minutes of fame rapidly fading out. Thank God. The man is a miserable, pathetic little twit who actually dares to blame his alcoholism on the Red Sox. He’s angry that the Red Sox have won the World Series. He called into Dennis and Callahan this morning to try to defend himself, said he’s been trying to call during this Championship run, but hasn’t been able to get through. He sucked up to John and Gerry, as he usually does and asked for a “special” number to be able to call in. He made no mention of his pronouncement that the Red Sox have “no bullets left in the gun” which he made after the Sox beat the Yankees.

David Scott has been writing non-stop since the Red Sox won. He checks in with a post game coverage report card of the various media types.

One thing I can admire. Edward Cossette has closed up shop on “Bambino’s Curse” the weblog he’s been writing for a number of years now. The mission has been accomplished. He doesn’t have to pursue the quest of the Red Sox winning it all anymore. Best wishes to Edward as he moves forward. I had a few moments of reflection on whether the Red Sox winning the World Series would effect BSMW at all. Will the writers and media now change? After a few minutes I quickly realized that no, nothing will really change, except for the curse references. The Patriots have won two Super Bowl titles and we still have the same media goofiness by certain people, perhaps even more so now. I’m confident that the Boston sports media will continue on, just as they have before in their coverage of the Red Sox.

Yes, there is a pretty big football game on this weekend. If I can find the time (and energy – I bushed) maybe I can get some Patriots links up this afternoon.

“I don’t believe in damned curses…”

So how do you feel? Is part of your identity now gone forever, or are you totally enjoying the moment and looking forward to more? For generations, the Red Sox have held the fans attention in Boston, always ending the season just short of the glory, yes sometimes agonizingly so. Now, that period in time is over. Another generation will not grow up as the last several have. There will be no more talk of 1918, of Babe Ruth and of any ridiculous curse. This Red Sox team put an end to all such weak minded, negative talk and did so in the most convincing and powerful fashion imaginable. They swept the Angels, a team only a couple years removed from a title, they did to the Yankees what that franchise has done to them so often, only a hundredfold, crushing their spirit in a most demoralizing way. They then swept the St. Louis Cardinals, thus avenging two of their previous seven game World Series loss. What else could they have possibly done? As was the case with so many other people around Red Sox nation last night, I thought of those who never got to see this. My great-grandfather for one, who introduced me to the aging Yaz and the Red Sox, starting me down the path of being a fan myself. Thanks Papa. Wish you were here.

I don’t believe there is any way I’m going to get to all the links today. I’ll try to get you the most important ones, the ones from the people you want to hear from, and the perspectives I think are interesting. My advice to you, just this once….BUY the newspapers. All of them. Read them. Keep them. Even the smaller newspapers, because things are going to change in the future, I don’t mean just with the Red Sox. In so many ways, an era ended last night. Things WILL be different going forward, but only in a good way. You’ll have those papers and years from now will be able to look back and appreciate just how different our perspective and even life was, back in the year 2004. A milestone year in so many ways for the sports fans of New England. Fans here have the Super Bowl Champions and the World Series Champions, both reigning at the same time. These are truly the glory days, my friends.

A column we’ve been waiting years for was finally written this morning. Dan Shaughnessy writes about the World Series champion Boston Red Sox. He can have his own paragraph and space here, as like him or not, he’s been at the forefront of the Red Sox sense of urgency the last 10 years or so, and now it has been accomplished. His book can get that final chapter, and be put to rest. Dan can now move on with the rest of his life, just as all of the rest of us can.

Gerry Callahan tells us that in so many ways, this Red Sox team did things that we will never see again. Bob Ryan tells us just “What this is about”, going through all that makes this so magical. Sean McAdam says yes, this does change everything, and now there will be a clear line of demarcation between this season, and all before it. Tony Massarotti notes the irony that “The team that so often failed to measure up has set new and lofty standards for everyone else to aim at.” Jeff Jacobs says the pain of cynicism that has been passed through generations of Red Sox fans is now gone forever. Lenny Megliola says that all wrongs have been righted. Jackie MacMullan looks at the celebrations among the players, noting the tears of joy in the eyes of Pedro Martinez, and how the team went about “transforming themselves from frustrated losers on the brink of elimination to the finest of champions.”

Bill Reynolds writes about “the great night in the history of New England sports”. Howard Bryant looks at Theo Epstein, ending the torment of Boston fans everywhere. Alex Speier says that at long last, there will be no more “wait till next year”. Steve Britt says that all of this just doesn’t feel real yet. Kevin Gray says “believe it”, the Sox have finally done it. Jon Couture says that many things are finally over, but he doesn’t want this morning to be one of them.

Yeah, I’ll get you the lead game stories. David Heuschkel says the Sox made it look easy. Steven Krasner says this is no cruel joke, this really happened, the Red Sox are champions. Bob Hohler says “hail the lovable idiots”, the Red Sox are champions of the World. David Borges simply ends with “Unbelievable.”

How about that Derek Lowe? Gordon Edes looks at Lowe’s “Road to Glory”. Steve Buckley says Lowe was as brilliant in his post game comments as he was on the mound in the post season, saying all the right things. Jack O’Connell says stock in Derek Lowe is once again on the rise after last night’s performance. Art Davidson says all Boston fans will owe Derek Lowe an everlasting debt of gratitude. Peter Gammons writes about Lowe coming through in the biggest of ways.

Manny as World Series MVP? Perhaps some might be curious over that choice, but he did hit .412 in the Series, and has a record tying 17 game postseason hitting streak going. Some might choose Schilling, though that would be for more intangible and emotional reasons, as Schilling’s outing performance wise at least, was matched by both Pedro and Lowe. Stephen Harris looks at Manny achieving one of his career goals. The other? The Hall of Fame. John Powers says that Manny’s performance in the series symbolized what these Red Sox are about. Jack O’Connell looks at Manny’s journey from waivers to MVP. Alex Speier says Manny’s consistent stroke in the Series got him the MVP honors. David Borges also looks at Manny as World Series MVP.

The post game coverage was extensive, and there was no way to catch all of it, but flipping around a bit, the following moments and scenes will be preserved in my memory:

  • On NESN, Don Orsillo was on the field after the game and one of the people he talked to was Don Lowe, father of Derek. The guy was a live wire. Wearing coke-bottle glasses and bouncing around, talking a mile a minute, you could easily see how the apple didn’t fall far from the tree in this instance. He was wild.
  • NECN’s Chris Collins was also on the field, and actually got lost in the crowd a number of times, he got some good interviews, including Johnny Damon and also talking to Pedro as he headed off the field and into the clubhouse. However as mentioned, Collins was engulfed by the crowd and you couldn’t even see him on his own camera a few times. He escaped the crowd after a bit, and went off babbling excitedly for a few minutes before sending it back to Mark Ockerbloom and Mike Shalin in the studio.
  • During the presentation of the World Series trophy, Jeanne Zelasko had a bit of a rough time, once she got over to Theo Epstein, she got covered with champagne as Epstein and Curt Schilling had a bit of a celebration. You could see Zelasko cringing, trying to avoid the spray, to no avail. In the middle of talking to Theo, she turned off camera and asked for a towel, appearing more than a little annoyed.
  • Bob Lobel, repeating over and over in disbelief: “The Red Sox have won the World Series. The Red Sox have won the World Series.”
  • In closing out the baseball broadcast season, WEEI had a great audio montage of the entire season, incorporating moments from sweeping the Yankees in NY in April, all the way through the summer and through the playoffs. Very well done. I’ve heard TV stations did similar pieces, but I didn’t get to see them.

As I said in the opener, there are so many other great articles out there. Buy the papers, real them all, soak all of this in. You’re going to remember last night and today for the rest of your life. Enjoy it, my friends.

Is Tonight The Night?

Can you feel it? The Red Sox are one win away from winning the World Series. They took a commanding 3-0 series lead last night with a vintage performance from Pedro Martinez, who worked out of trouble the first couple innings to record seven shutout innings, giving up only three hits. Bob Hohler has a look at a season on the brink. Jeff Horrigan looks at Pedro spinning a gem in his first World Series appearance. Steven Krasner says that no one stood taller than Pedro last night. David Heuschkel looks at the Red Sox winning their seventh consecutive postseason game. David Borges says the Sox are on the cusp of history. Only Dennis and Callahan could be unhappy with how things are going at the moment. And they are. More on that later.

Dan Shaughnessy says the lunar eclipse scheduled for tonight couldn’t be more appropriate. He says the planets are truly aligned in the Red Sox favor. Bill Simmons looks at the impact a win tonight would have on the lives of millions. Tony Massarotti notes that in every situation, the roles seem to be reversed for the Red Sox now. Sean McAdam says one more win is merely a formality. Christopher Price looks at the Red Sox, one win away from hardball heaven. Steve Buckley says to put the champagne on ice and start thawing the Yaz Bread, it’s time. Jackie MacMullan wonders…how did this all happen? All right, I’ll say it…I actually enjoyed Jim Donaldson today. For once it seems, he does a decent job of putting things in perspective.

Pedro Martinez was magnificent last night. After wiggling out of early trouble, thanks to throws from Manny Ramirez (to the plate) and David Ortiz (to third), Pedro settled in and looked to be his old self. Howard Bryant says that Pedro’s vindication is now complete. Bill Reynolds writes that last night was the exclamation point on a stellar career with the Red Sox for Pedro. Gordon Edes has Curt Schilling saying that Pedro has a whole lot more career in him. Michael Silverman writes that Pedro proved that he still has dominance left in him. Jeff Jacobs says that you could tell what kind of performance was in store for Pedro last night merely by looking into his eyes. Art Davidson says the future isn’t really important right now, as Pedro has pitched the Sox to the brink of a championship.

Bob Ryan says it’s a little scary how easy this is all looking. At least he isn’t complaining about it. On WEEI Gerry Callahan talked about his “syndrome” that he has today because he wants more drama in the series, going so far as to say he’d like the Red Sox to lose a couple games and bring the series back to Boston. He did also complain about Francona taking Pedro out after seven innings…Jim Donaldson looks at the defense making plays for the Sox last night, leaving them one win away. Michael O’Connor looks at David Ortiz doing just fine at first base, thank you. Jack O’Connell writes about Ortiz and Manny being able to show off their arms last night. Michael Gee looks at Manny not only hitting the first inning home run, but also gunning down Larry Walker at the plate. Kraz’s Corner looks at Manny making the Cardinals pay for mistakes on both sites of the plate. O’Connell has more on Manny’s throw. As noted in the ProJo today, with a hit tonight, Manny could tie a postseason record for consecutive games with a hit. Manny has taken some heat for not hitting for much power in the postseason, but he’s been hitting. His homer last night places him second all time in postseason home runs.

Derek Lowe takes the mound tonight, hoping to be the winning pitcher in the clinching game of the ALDS, ALCS and now World Series. Sean McAdam notes the amazing turnaround Lowe has made in this postseason. David Heuschkel has Lowe declaring that he loves this time of year. Michael O’Connor says that Lowe has certainly rebounded from being banished to the bullpen to start the playoffs. Lenny Megliola looks at Lowe getting a chance to close out the series tonight. Kevin Paul Dupont notes that his contract is the furthest thing from Lowe’s mind at the moment. Steve Buckley writes that Lowe has certainly put himself in line for a big payday with his postseason performance. You have to admit, for a guy who takes a lot of heat around Boston for perhaps not being mentally tough during the season, a “mental reject” in his own words, Lowe has had some huge postseason moments over the past two years. His closeout of the A’s in last years ALDS with the bases loaded remains memorable.

Stephen Harris looks at Trot Nixon coming up with a big hit last night to drive in a run, after an embarrassing slip in the wet outfield earlier. Jim McCabe writes about Nixon’s big hit in the fourth inning. McCabe also writes about Nixon’s batting helmet. St. Louis native Bill Mueller has been a big story in this series, Nick Cafardo and Steve Conroy look at Mueller playing in front of his home town fans. Sean McAdam talks with former Sox player and Cardinals fan Brian Daubach.

Jackie MacMullan looks at Bronson Arroyo being prepared to go last night. Alex Speier says that Terry Francona doesn’t feel any pressure. Steve Britt says he was wrong for writing that the Red Sox 0-3 hole to the Yankees was a result of the organization’s loose rein on it’s players. Jim Donaldson looks at a determined Sox clubhouse. Tony Massarotti says Curt Schilling would be ready to go in a possible game six. Art Davidson has Ellis Burks vowing that there will no loss of focus for the Sox. Jon Couture says that St. Louis is a nice place. Kevin Gray looks at NH native Chris Carpenter frustrated at having to sit out. Cafardo talks with Dan Duquette about the Sox in the series.

I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised, but the Dennis and Callahan stuff is truly amazing to me. One woman called up and suggested it would be a good thing for the Red Sox to lose the next three games in tight fashion to set up a dramatic game seven at Fenway Sunday night. D&C agreed with her. After the Yankees series Callahan said that the World Series would be anticlimatic. Compared to the ALCS, that might be true, but if it’s going to be “anticlimatic” wouldn’t a dominating, four game sweep be satisfying? They also noted that Glenn and the Big Show boys left the game early, apparently disgusted over either their seats or something else. That’s crazy.

Hohler’s notebook looks at Ortiz handling himself well at first. Horrigan’s notebook looks at Keith Foulke again playing a role in the end of the game. The ProJo notebook looks at Suppan’s baserunning gaffe. Heuschkel’s notebook says the Red Sox will not be changing their approach tonight. Borges’ notebook looks at Manny’s night with his bat and arm.

Things are not so pleasant on the Cardinals side of things. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has the stories from the midwest point of view. Karen Guregian reports on the Cardinal players ducking the media last night. John Powers looks at more squandered opportunities for the Redbirds. Jack O’Connell says that St. Louis has it’s own curse. Yawn. If I never hear the word “curse” again, used in any context, it will be too soon. Mark Blaudschun looks at the discouraged Cardinals locker room. Stephen Harris looks at tonight’s starter for the Cards, Jason Marquis, a rarity in that he is a pitcher who can hit a little. O’Connell has more on Marquis. Guregian’s notebook looks at Jeff Suppan’s slip-up on the bases. Powers’ notebook looks at the long odds facing the Cardinals. Jim Donaldson’s Cardinal’s notebook has more on Suppan.

Michael Felger’s Patriots Insider wonders who exactly, besides the Patriots and Eagles, constitute the “Iron” of the NFL. He also looks at the preparation of Bill Belichick, the progress of Stephen Neal and Ty Warren, and a peek at matchups for the Steelers game. Jonathan Comey says only the Patriots and Eagles are living up to their hype, and also has his NFL Power Rankings. Michael Parente ponders if the Steelers have what it takes to bring an end to the Patriots winning streak. Ron Borges says that anyone who doesn’t think Bill Cowher is a great NFL coach is smoking crack.

Shira Springer has the Celtics acknowledging that they need to get their heads together before the season opener next week. Mark Murphy has Paul Pierce neither confirming nor denying the alleged spitting incident in Ohio the other night. Murphy also looks at Jiri Welsch stepping in at starting point guard with Gary Payton out with a jammed thumb.

Ron Borges has an interesting Boxing Notes column, looking at ESPN trying to pick up more boxing coverage, in part because of the NHL lockout.

Fox has Red Sox/Cardinals Game 4 at 8:00.

Meet me in St. Louis

The World Series shifts to St. Louis tonight, and weather permitting, the Red Sox will send Pedro Martinez out to the mound to do something he’s waited seven years to do…make a World Series start. Bob Ryan says this is not just another World Series game, this is high athletic drama for Martinez and his future. Michael Silverman looks at a new chapter to be written in Pedro’s career tonight, and has the nice scene of Curt Schilling telling Pedro how excited he is to see him pitch tonight. Butch Stearns will tell you that’s an act and that they really hate each other. Jim Donaldson uses his classic one sentence paragraph style to tell us that it’s time for Martinez to put up. Howard Bryant says that tonight is Pedro’s chance to put a stamp on what has been a very odd season for the Red Sox righthander. Ron Chimelis says Pedro is ready to shine tonight.

Jeff Horrigan says that the Sox made the trip to St. Louis just fine, appear relaxed, but not overconfident in leading the series 2-0. Already counting down the outs, Sean McAdam says that this team seems unaffected by any pressure. David Heuschkel says everyone around the club is saying all the right things. Lenny Megliola writes that the Red Sox don’t need to be reminded of the danger of getting ahead of themselves. Jackie MacMullan ponders the reasons why the Series is over, and the reasons why the Series is not over. She’s a little tough on Pedro, calling him self-absorbed, and also seems to indulge in at least a little cursemongering, but otherwise a usual solid read from Jackie. Alex Speier writes that going to the NL park isn’t going to faze the Red Sox, as they’re built for just about any situation. Joe Haggerty also takes a look at the Sox as they head to the midwest. The Metro West Daily News trots out Lou Merloni to write a column for the Series, he looks at the adjustments the teams will make in St. Louis.

Part of going to the NL park means David Ortiz at first base, Tony Massarotti looks at what losing the DH is going to mean to the Sox. Curiously Massarotti makes no mention of the theory he espoused so fervently on the Big Show a number of weeks ago, namely that the Sox might consider sitting Ortiz in these games. I guess Big Papi’s bat has won over Mazz. Steven Krasner also has a look at the significance of losing the DH for the Red Sox. Bob Hohler looks at Ortiz, hoping to make a positive impact at first base for these games. David Heuschkel says Ortiz is hoping for a little good luck around the bag the next few nights. David Borges says Ortiz isn’t quite as bad at the position as many would have you believe. Steve Conroy also has a look at Ortiz getting his glove out of storage. Art Davidson says Ortiz is prepared to meet this challenge and play a steady first base. With Ortiz at first, it means Kevin Millar is out of the lineup. Jim McCabe has Millar saying that he’ll be ready to hit in a pinch over the next few nights.

Michael O’Connor writes about Derek Lowe preparing to pitch…and hit…in game four. Joe Sullivan talks to former Cardinal Bob Tewksbury who is rooting for the Red Sox in this series, and not just because he works for NESN. Steve Britt looks at the massive job that Keith Foulke has done for the Red Sox in the postseason. Michael Gee says momentum is real. I say tell that to the Yankees, I bet they thought they had momentum up 3-0, having just beaten the Sox 19-8. Bob Hohler reports that Curt Schilling’s status for the rest of the series is simply day-to-day. John Tomase writes that Schilling’s performance Sunday night won him over, saying:

I'll admit that the cynic in me wondered if he wasn't doing it for show, playing up the whole wounded-warrior thing to retain the spotlight. I even had words written to that effect.

Dan Shaughnessy, clearly writing for a national audience and the casual fan, writes about how much the Red Sox mean to generations of New Englanders. One positive thing for Globe readers about these postseason games is that Shaughnessy has had to reign in his act a bit, and insert less of his own opinion. He’s had to play it straight more often, “columnize” less. After saying yesterday that Curt Schilling was playing things up for drama, today Jeff Jacobs says he hates Red Sox fans. Sounds like just another irrelevant columnist crying out “Notice me!” Bill Reynolds says that once this team found it’s identity, there has been no stopping them. Gordon Edes has a piece on Tom Werner and his role in the Red Sox front office and operations. Zach Rocha looks back at the 1918 World Series. Steve Buckley says that the players understand the historical significance of playing the Cardinals.

Hohler’s notebook has the Red Sox voting Nomar Garciaparra a postseason share. Horrigan’s notebook has the Red Sox surprised at the Cardinals’ complaints about their Boston accommodations. Chimelis’ notebook says the Sox are relaxed in St. Louis. Borges’ notebook has Pedro rarin’ to go in his first World Series appearance. The ProJo notebook has Terry Francona expecting big things from Pedro. Heuschkel’s notebook also looks at Pedro.

The St Louis Post-Dispatch has the Cardinals stories from today. In the local papers, former Red Sox pitcher Jeff Suppan will oppose Pedro tonight, and he is the focus of many stories this morning as well. John Powers looks at Suppan who was a 16-9 this season. Stephen Harris says that Suppan has something to prove to the Red Sox. Garry Brown also looks at Suppan. Karen Guregian looks at Suppan handling the pressure, something that was questioned about him during his time in Boston. Jack O’Connell says that his familiarity with this Red Sox team could help Suppan. Mark Blaudschun writes about the support the Cardinals have in St. Louis. O’Connell looks at the Cardinals heading home to Busch Stadium. Gordon Edes writes about the atmosphere at the stadium. Jim Donaldson writes about Ray King, the Cardinals designated David Ortiz stopper. Mike Anthony says that Cardinals fans are just as passionate as Red Sox fans, just less crass and nasty. Guregian’s notebook looks at the Cards heading home. Blaudschun’s notebook looks at the possible the Cardinals might get at home.

From the “Who thinks this makes good radio?” department of BSMW…what’s the deal with seemingly every sports talk radio host who feels the need to complain about their free hotel accommodations, given to them so that they can attend and watch the greatest sporting events on the planet…again for free? This happens over and over, I remember it during the last two Patriot Super Bowl appearances and now it’s happening on WEEI during this World Series. Have some perspective guys, you’re not sympathetic at all when you do this…more like pathetic.

I’m sure I’m not the only one to notice this, but did FOX only sell about 10 commercials for the entire playoffs? They weren’t funny the first 500 times we saw them. In addition, if there is one development in TV viewing from the 21st century that I just don’t get, it’s this reality TV craze and how many dozens of shows there are now of this genre. FOX slamming them down my throat does not make me want to even give them a chance. I used to like the FOX network. They’ve lost me. I’m sure that pains them.

Kevin Mannix and Michael Parente hand out Patriot Report Cards. Joe Burris looks at the Patriots success in the two minute drill on Sunday, leading to the winning touchdown. Tom E Curran notices that the Patriots getting off to a quick start in each game has helped them during the streak. Alan Greenberg agrees, noting that there isn’t a need for comebacks when you’re not trailing.

Mike Reiss says that when opponents say that they the Patriots don’t make mistakes, or that their own mistakes killed them, they’re off base. Rich Thompson has Bill Belichick praising Bill Cowher. Michael Parente looks at the important of Friday’s practice session. Reiss also looks at former UMass coach Mark Whipple as he tutors the Steelers young QB Ben Roethlisberger. Thompson’s notebook looks at rookie Vince Wilfolk’s first experience against Kevin Mawae. Curran’s notebook says the Patriots streak could be in jeopardy against the Steelers this weekend. Reiss’ notebook looks a the importance of practicing the two minute drill.

Steve Bulpett and Shira Springer report on things getting nasty in Ohio last night, as the Celtics and Cavaliers had a hallway brawl after the game, instigated by claims that Paul Pierce spit at the Cavs bench during the game. In Cleveland, Pierce is identified as the bad guy in this sudden rivalry between the two teams. Springer also writes about Walter McCarty, while Bulpett’s notebook looks at the Cavs offseason interest in Jiri Welsch.

Bill Griffith has Red Sox and Patriots ratings numbers and a series of bulleted notes on the media coverage of the events. Richard Sandomir in the NY Times (registration likely required) has a profile of Joe Buck, who acknowledges that Boston fans get on him about his announcing style. Christopher Price takes on “ethically challenged individuals masquerading as journalists” who wear Red Sox gear while “objectively” covering the team. The Globe looks at the city quietly making plans for a Parade. Guess it’s not that quiet after all, if it’s in the papers, eh?

Fox has Red Sox/Cardinals game 3 at 8:00.