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The Red Sox hot stove season seems to be again be the biggest topic of conversation around newspapers and airwaves. Whether that actually coincides with the fans interests, I’m not 100% sure. Bob Hohler and Jeff Horrigan look at the Red Sox meeting with Carl Pavano yesterday, and both touch on whether there is room for both Pavano and Pedro Martinez in the Sox rotation and payroll. Pavano was assured that there is room for both, and the Joe Torre put out the welcome mat for Pedro in NY as well. David Heuschkel also files an article looking at both the Pavano and Pedro negotiations, as well as the Yankees interest in each pitcher. Gerry Callahan (subscription only) says Pedro needs to stay in Boston. Going to the Yankees might get him a few more dollars, but in the large scheme of things, he’ll never notice that money, and no one there (except George) seems to want him anyway. Brian Fleming writes that Pedro and the Red Sox need each other. Michael Silverman looks at the Red Sox situation at first base heading into the winter, and what possible moves might be out there for the Red Sox. He also looks at the available first basemen out on the market. Michael Gee (subscription only) says we’ll probably have to wait awhile for any deals to get done, as Scott Boras’ clients will set the market, and none of them will likely sign before Christmas. Hohler’s notebook says the Red Sox have shown some interest in Edgar Renteria, and also looks at the future for Pokey Reese. Horrigan’s notebook looks at the Red Sox interest in infielder Placido Polanco.

Jackie MacMullan has a mini-feature on the versatile Troy Brown, who has always done everything that could be asked of him with the Patriots, and who has held just about every role with the squad you can imagine. Tom E Curran looks at where and how things have gone wrong for the Chiefs this season. Michael Parente says that Dick Vermeil has somehow managed to hide his team’s weapons of mass destruction in Kansas City. Christopher Price looks at Bill Belichick’s comments regarding the Chiefs. Felger’s notebook says that the Chiefs’ talent and record just don’t add up. Kevin Paul Dupont has a Globe notebook looking at Belichick praising the Chiefs as a very dangerous team. Greg Dickerson on FSN last night proclaimed that he is not drinking the Patriots Kool Aid put out by Bill Belichick regarding the Chiefs. It’s a good thing we have guys in the media like Dickerson who offer a shield for the fans against that shyster, Bill Belichick. *insert eyes rolling here*

Michael Felger has Bill Belichick saying that he agrees “1000%” with Tony Dungy’s comments about the Monday Night Football opener. Chris Kennedy has Rodney Harrison also agreeing with the sentiments expressed by the coaches. Parente’s notebook has more on Harrison’s comments. Alan Greenberg has a look at second year linebacker Tully Banta-Cain, who has been seeing the field more and more and making an impact when he is out there. Ron Chimelis says the Patriots are their way to a 15-1 season. Michael Felger looks at Tom Brady, who is on pace for the best statistical season of his young career. Ian M Clark looks at Earthwind Moreland and also has a few other Patriots notes. Curran’s notebook leads with Adam Vinatieri, who is leading the NFL in scoring.

Mark Murphy has Paul Pierce hopefully learning a lesson from Gary Payton and Wednesday night regarding shot selection and playmaking during crunch time. Shira Springer writes that not automatically going to Pierce down the stretch might be a tough habit to break. Murphy’s notebook looks at the Celtics continued rebounding woes, and has coach Rivers assigning some viewing homework for his team.

David Scott files an extensive edition of Scott’s Shots, with notes on the Globe, ESPN, and his recent appearance on CN8. Bill Griffith doesn’t like the NFL’s strong arm tactics and it’s ability to dictate viewing policy to the networks. Jim Baker looks at Harvard/Yale tomorrow, also looks at the MNF flap, and has a few other media notes. Andrew Neff mostly looks at Maine HS Football, but also has a few NESN viewing notes for the coming week. John Howell looks at the Nextel Cup wrapping up with the Ford 400 this weekend, and he too looks at the MNF opener.

FSN has Celtics/Spurs at 7:30. ESPN has Pacers/Pistons at 8:00 and Kings/Grizzlies at 10:30.