Lunchtime links on Celtics opening day.

Mike Fine looks at the Celtics as they prepare to put the nightmare of the 2003-2004 season behind them. Rob Bradford looks at the developing young talent on this Celtics roster which will still have veterans such as Paul Pierce, Gary Payton, Raef LaFrentz, and Tom Gugliotta to lean on and learn from. Jim Fenton says this is a Celtics roster that is looking to get a fresh start after the turmoil of last season. Del N Jones looks at what Doc Rivers is going to bring to the Celtics in his first season as head coach of the Green. Bill Simmons has an Eastern Conference preview and reveals that he is now a Clippers Season Ticket holder. Fine’s notebook has Pierce eager to meet up with Jim O’Brien tonight.

In perhaps a perfect example of knee-jerk reaction to one loss, Mark Farinella talks with the Voice of Doom and Gloom, who thinks this could lead to a 7-9 season for the Patriots. This year. I know it’s meant to be tongue-in-cheek, but c’mon. This is ridiculous. Glen Farley looks at the Patriots predicament at cornerback with the injury to Law and Tyrone Poole still nursing an injury as well. Eric McHugh looks at David Givens, who has stepped up big with the injuries to his fellow wide receivers. Over at FootballOutsiders, Aaron Schatz looks at the Patriots/Rams matchup, and feels things aren’t as gloomy for the Patriots as they might first appear. McHugh also looks at the new Patriots DVD on the 21 game winning streak.

John Tomase looks at the tough offseason decisions facing the Red Sox. Jay Mariotti says the Red Sox have played the “idiot” role too far, citing political stumping and shot drinking. David Teel writes that the Red Sox have proved that indeed anything is possible.

I’m in the process of putting together the 2nd Annual BSMW Fall Fund drive, set to kick off next Monday. If you or your company are interested in donating a prize to be used in conjunction with the Fund Drive, feel free to contact me as soon as possible.

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