Another Banner Night For Gillette

A special edition of John Molori’s Media Blitz talks to Michael Felger about his new role as host of “The Drive” the new afternoon show on ESPN Radio Boston, starting September 12th on 890 and 1400 AM. David Scott’s Shots also looks at the Felger hiring, and has more on the John Dennis/Ryen Russillo incident which surfaced again yesterday when a local website posted the expletive filled and threatening voicemail that Dennis left for Russillo last month.

The Red Sox got another strong performance from a starting pitcher, as Bronson Arroyo went eight innings last night, struggling a bit early, but recovering to only allow three runs over that span, as Boston beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 6-3. Steven Krasner says that things are falling into place for the Red Sox right now, as they’re getting the breaks and taking advantage of them. Chris Snow says that as good as the Red Sox situation is at the moment, they know it could be better. Jeff Horrigan says that this is a homestand that the club doesn’t wish to end. Shawn Courchesne writes that the Sox might as well start selling seats in the bullpen, as there isn’t a whole lot going on in there these days with all the strong starting performances. Lenny Megliola also reports on the Red Sox remaining hot at home. Ron Chimelis and Brendan McGair round out the game stories from last night.

Jackie MacMullan examines last night’s starter for the Red Sox, Bronson Arroyo, who is baffling in many ways, and not just to opposing hitters. Steve Buckley (subscription only) writes that Arroyo has put his music career on the back burner for now, which makes baseball fans happy, but says that as long as he is pitching well, Arroyo can do as he likes. Sean McAdam looks at the suddenly-hot Red Sox starting rotation, as they have now gone eight or more innings four out of the last five games. Joe Haggerty also looks at the Red Sox starters recent streak of going deep. Alex Speier has a profile of Sox prospect Jonathan Papelbon. Ron Indrisano reports on Tony Graffanino, who is glad he was invited along for this ride with the Red Sox. Bill Reynolds is tired of yet another slogan and t-shirt campaign within the Red Sox clubhouse, this one referencing a lack of respect. He says that the Red Sox need to remember and respect their fans, who made Red Sox baseball what it is today. Indrisano also looks at Angels manager Mike Scioscia getting tossed from the game after an extended argument over a checked swing by David Ortiz. Horrigan reports on the progress of Wade Miller.

Snow’s notebook looks at the continued power struggles for Manny Ramirez. Horrigan’s notebook looks at the improved starting rotation. Krasner’s notebook also leads with that theme. Courchesne’s notebook reports that Wade Miler might make a rehab start in a playoff game for AA Portland. Chimelis’ notebook has more on Miller.

It will be another banner night tonight at Gillette as the Patriots raise their third Super Bowl Championship banner and kick off the 2005 season with the Oakland Raiders. Alan Greenberg looks ahead to what is facing the Patriots, both tonight and for the season. Michael Felger kicks off the Herald’s NFL preview with a look at the evolution of Bill Belichick. Tom E Curran examines why the Raiders are a good choice for an opening night opponent this year. Christopher Price takes a look at the Patriots quest for history. Chris Kennedy looks at the challenge of defending a title, which starts tonight against the Raiders. Ian M Clark says that as usual, the Patriots are anxious to turn the page and get on with the work of beating opponents. Michael Parente looks at the Raiders as the opening night opponent and the challenges they provide.

Gerry Callahan (subscription only) writes that the Patriots will spoil the NFL’s opening night party, simply because the festivities don’t interest them. They’re only concerned with winning tonight’s game, as they are each week. Lenny Megliola writes that the Patriots and the NFL provide a nice escape from the devastation of New Orleans for a few hours. Dan Pires looks at the relationship at the top of the Patriots, the friendship of Bill Belichick and Scott Pioli. Albert Breer looks at how the newcomers to the Patriots are fitting in. Greenberg looks at the progress of Chad Brown and Monty Beisel as they continue to learn the inside linebacker spots for the champs. Parente’s notebook looks at the progress of the new faces. Jerome Solomon’s notebook looks at tonight’s festivities.

For some reason this morning, the Glove coverage appears to be more about the Raiders than it does about the Patriots. Ron Borges submits a mini-feature on Randy Moss, while Nick Cafardo, in a classic Globe and Cafardo move, talks to as many ex-Patriots around the league as he possibly can, and finds that they ALL have no regrets about moving on from the Patriots. Seriously, what are these guys supposed to say…”No, it was really dumb to leave New England, because I’ve found out that my new team stinks and doesn’t have a prayer of beating the Patriots.”? This is just a perfect example of why the Globe Patriots coverage is so bad. It’s just a kick in the teeth to Patriots fans. Here the squad is about to raise their third banner, and go on a quest to do something no team in NFL history has ever done…win three straight Super Bowls…and the largest newspaper in the region trots out a few articles on the opponent, and one on all the bitter ex-members of the Patriots? You’ve got to be kidding me. I’m getting angrier the more I think about this. It gets a little better when Cafardo compares the Patriots dynasty to that of the 1970’s Pittsburgh Steelers. Borges has an article on how to build a winner in today’s NFL, and notes that one of the ways that the Patriots have done this is by “not burdening themselves with the kind of dead money that forced the 49ers, Cowboys, Tennessee Titans, and several other franchises to strip their rosters and start over almost as if they were a expansion team.” Yet Borges continually accuses the Patriots of being “cheap” when in reality they’re doing what he just praised them for. For MSNBC Borges authored a piece outlining five ways to beat the Patriots.

The Herald does its usual quantity of preview articles this morning, cranking out from my count, no less than twenty-two Patriots and NFL articles. There’s no way I can link to them all individually, so you can browse through them at the Patriots page in the Herald sports section.

You can find more previews of tonight’s game over at the Bay Area Sports news page.

Bill Griffith previews the NFL and Patriots coverage for this coming season.

Peter May reports on the declining health of Celtics president Red Auerbach, who has been “in and out” of the hospital for the last month of so. Mark Murphy reports that a tape is being sought in the Tony Allen civil suit. May also has a report on the ugly situation. Paul Pierce’s name has popped up in another trade rumor, this time with Denver. Celtics Blog has more on the latest rumor surrounding the Celtics captain.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has Bruins GM Mike O’Connell insisting that the Bruins will indeed be a contender this season. Amalie Benjamin reports on Andre Agassi coming from behind to beat James Blake in a nearly three hour match at the US Open quarterfinal last night.

You can find more US Open coverage, as well as baseball and NFL stories at the New York Sports Headlines page.

NESN has Red Sox/Angels at 7:00. ABC has Patriots/Raiders at 9:00.

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