Got a bit of a late start this morning, so the links will be very brief this morning. I’ll try to put together an afternoon post as well, but we’ll see how the day goes.

Thanks to all who contributed to the BSMW Fall Fund Drive, with a donation this morning we squeaked over the goal amount, a tremendous achievement. I’m pretty overwhelmed by the support from everyone out there. The total may actually climb in the next day or two if there are any lingering checks that have not reached my mailbox yet.

In lieu of the links, I’ll be spending some time organizing the drawing for the TiVo and the other prizes. I’ll be contacting the winners via email, and once I have confirmation from them I’ll post their names and the prize they won here.

Kevin Mannix picks the Patriots by four. Paul Kenyon looks at the Patriots trying to win in Kansas City for the first time on 40 years. Michael Parente says the Chiefs are dangerous, even if Bill Belichick goes overboard in his praise of them. Alan Greenberg looks at the Chiefs’ main weakness: defense. Chris Kennedy writes that this is a matchup between a complete team and a half of one. Dan Pires picks the Chiefs to win by 10. Nick Cafardo looks at the six Patriots that have been together since 1996. A nice article, it would be interesting to see if any other teams have six guys that have been together that long.

The Celtics put together an impressive win over the Sonics last night, winning 102-83. Seattle had been 9-1 coming into last night. Game stories are submitted by Steve Bulpett, John Powers and Carolyn Thornton, but probably the most complete breakdown of the game can be found right here on BSMW. Jon Duke takes a look at the Celtics in all areas from last night. Bulpett’s notebook looks at Ricky Davis’ new role as instant offense off the bench. The rest of the NBA articles deal of course with the brawl in Detroit Friday night. Everyone is weighing in on this one, in print and on the airwaves. As with most NBA issues, Bob Ryan is someone whose opinion I’ll value.

ABC has Patriots/Chiefs at 9:00.