A reminder – the 2004 BSMW Fall Fund Drive will kick off on Monday…

The Patriots play the Rams in St. Louis on Sunday, and while there has been considerable shoe-peeing about this game among certain media types, (“formula for disaster”?) the fact remains that the Rams don’t pose the defensive threat that the Steelers did. Tom E Curran acknowledges that the Rams will put up a lot of points on the board, but tend to give up just as many. John Powers says St. Louis is no longer the “greatest” show on turf, but maybe they should just be the “really good show”. Rich Thompson looks at the preparation the Patriots are doing to get ready for the Rams offense. Michael Parente says the panic around this game is justified, but ends the column urging us to lay off the panic button, as the Rams defense is so poor. Ian M Clark says that even if the Patriots should lose on Sunday, there is no need to panic. Tom King says that even though the Rams are only 4-3, they will provide a stiff test for the Pats. Chris Kennedy says the Patriots have done what the Rams couldn’t – win two Super Bowls in three years.

While David Givens has gotten a lot of the attention for stepping up in the wide receiver department, the job David Patten has done has not gone unnoticed. Alan Greenberg has a look at how Patten has re-emerged as a vital cog in this Patriots offense. Eric McHugh and Glen Farley have a look at how the Patriots are attempting to overcome all the injuries they’re battling, specifically in the secondary. David Pevear looks at the absence of Ty Law and later in the article touches on the respect that the Patriot veterans are getting for rookie Randall Gay. Hector Longo has a look at Brandon Gorin who he portrays as not just a smart football player, but a football player who is smart.

Reid Laymance’s Globe notebook reports that Corey Dillon was held out of practice yesterday and is still listed as questionable for Sunday. Thompson’s notebook compares Tom Brady and Marc Bulger. Curran’s notebook has more on the plethora of injuries. Parente’s notebook has Bill Belichick admiring the play of Bulger.

Gerry Callahan urges Theo Epstein to put Manny Ramirez on waivers again this offseason. He says Manny’s contract is still a liability to the what the Red Sox want to do. Gordon Edes writes about Manny and David Ortiz as they hit Japan as part of an MLB exhibition tour. Tony Massarotti has a Red Sox notebook looking at the coaching staff of the team and who is likely to return. Shawn Courchesne catches up with Johnny Damon at the Mohegan Sun casino. Bob Hohler’s Red Sox notebook says don’t expect the Red Sox to sign any of their free agents before their window of exclusivity closes shut next Thursday.

Mark Murphy has Bill Russell talking about the fast break and the current edition of the Boston Celtics, a group he feels is still “a work in progress”. Murphy’s notebook has Gary Payton hoping his foul trouble from the other night is merely an aberration. Amalie Benjamin of the Globe has a Celtics notebook looking at the injuries facing the Pacers as they come into two tonight to play the Celtics.

Jackie MacMullan has a feature style article on Don Brown, who left Northeastern last spring to become UMass’ new football coach and how it has strained relations between the two schools.

Jeff Sullivan writes his final column for the Pawtucket Times. Sullivan is leaving the paper to go work for Donruss, the baseball and football card company in Arlington, Texas. He’ll get to write and edit the little bits of information on the back of the cards.

Another defection from Joe Sullivan’s Globe Sports department, Joe Burris, who has been at the paper for quite some time, has according to sources, put in his notice and will be joining the staff of Baltimore Sun sports editor Randy Harvey. No word on what role Burris, who is the son-in-law of Desmond Tutu, will have at the Sun.

Bill Griffith looks at Joe Castiglione, who can finally say he’s had the most thrilling calls of this broadcasting career. Castiglione’s calls of the ALCS and World Series clinchers were somewhat understated, but at the same time, he didn’t make himself the center of the moment, as some other broadcasters are known to do. Jim Baker blasts Boston TV media types for their behavior and actions following the Red Sox World Series triumph. Andrew Neff talks with Eric Frede about the thrill of covering the Red Sox as they won it all. John Howell recaps a visit by Cablevision and MSG boss Jim Dolan to the Mike and the Mad Dog program on WFAN, where he did some major spin. David Scott revs up the college hoops engine in Scott’s Shots.

Legend of Red, Part I

This FSN production will premier tomorrow night, November 6th at 7:00 PM. The program follows the highlights of the career of Red Auerbach, with plenty of vintage footage and stories. Many of the tales are familiar to diehard Celtics fans, but it never gets old. There is much footage in this Part I that I had not seen before and much of it is striking. One of the scenes that stood out to me is a shot of Red at practice, with the team around him, Heinsohn, Cousy, Russell, Sam Jones, Havlicek