A pretty strong day for the 2004 BSMW Fall Fund Drive yesterday, but we still have a long way to go to reach the goal. As donations have come in, I’ve seen a lot of familiar names, people who have donated in the past. That means so much to me to see that. However for you who haven’t donated in the past, why not do so now? The traffic on the site has grown steadily, I know you’re out there. As mentioned yesterday, if you’re hesitant about using PayPal or Amazon, there is a PO Box you can mail a donation to. If you choose that route, drop me an email when you send the payment, and we can add it to the Drive total. Once again, all transactions and personal information are kept confidential. Thanks again.

Another fairly slow day for afternoon sports links. A few items of interest, however. Mike Fine has a look at Pedro and the other Sox free agents. It’s time to see just how much Martinez and the others really want to stay in Boston. Eric Wilbur says that despite his obvious leadership and defensive skills, Jason Varitek is likely gone if his agent holds to his demands. Tom Robinson writes that perhaps the Sox should be sending a World Series share to Maury Wills. Scott Kerman looks at his extensive Boston sports wardrobe, with outfits for all occasions.

Eric McHugh has a midterm report card for the Patriots. Corey Dillon is his first half MVP for the team. Bill Burt checks in with Otic Smith, who wouldn’t mind another run with the Patriots. Mike Reiss checks in with an update from today in Foxboro. He says there are a full media hoard there today (75+) and has a couple interesting notes and stories from this morning. In the Herald’s other football blog, The Pigskin Diaries, a challenge is extended to CBS Sportsline writer Pete Prisco, who declines the opportunity to debate Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady. Larry Mahoney look at the Patriots adaptability.

Mike Fine also submits an article on Celtics rookie forward Al Jefferson.