I’m going to be away until next Tuesday. For Thursday and Friday I have put together a lengthy look at the current state of the Boston Globe, looking at each area of sports coverage and giving them each a grade.

I think there will be at least one day of links over the weekend, and for Monday, I’ll have something posted as well.

For the days without the daily links, I’ve created a couple of pages to help make your daily reading at least a little easier without having the full front page links.

Red Sox Daily Links

Patriots Daily Links

These pages will update automatically. They aren’t all inclusive, but they should make things a little easier for you to find the major stories in one spot.

Scott’s Shots will have its regular Friday posting, and make sure to check in on the Patriots Game Day Rear View page for updates as well.

A scattering of afternoon links. Mike Reiss has the first edition of his Boston.com mailbag, Ask Reiss. Lots of linebacker and run defense questions in there this week. Mark Farinella looks at Bill Belichick rounding into form with the media, and is glad that he can turn some sarcasm back at the Patriots coach. Eric McHugh and Rob Bradford each have articles on the offensive line, which is a close bunch, even when jobs are up for grabs and injuries cause others to have to move around on the line. Tom Curran’s Blog has Matt Light’s father saying that his son’s injury isn’t serious. He also clarifies what stats Bill Belichick was actually referring to in the exchange he had with Alan Greenberg during yesterday’s press conference. This is also the incident referred to in Farinella’s article above.

Jim Fenton has an article on new Celtics point guard Dan Dickau.

Jeff Sullivan tells some interesting tales from his sportswriting days, involving Jose Canseco, Roger Clemens and Juan Gonzalez. Chad Finn writes about the Red Sox, Royals, Julio Franco and Dan Dickau among other things.