Bruschi on the Field

Tedy Bruschi was back out on the practice field yesterday, going through a full workout with his Patriots teammates. Karen Guregian reports on the part of practice that the media was allowed to see, observing that it seemed to be full steam ahead for the Patriots linebacker. Kevin McNamara says that while the workout was a success, it actually revealed little, as the team only engaged in light hitting out on the field. Alan Greenberg notes that Bruschi was relieved to get that first practice session under his belt, and feels confident that he made most of the right reads on the defense during the practice. Jerome Solomon notes Bruschi trying to get some contact out of non-contact drills. Chris Kennedy observes that the day was as much about the huge playoff like media contingent around Foxboro as it was about Bruschi, who they all came to see. Dan Pires says so much for the bye week being a week of rest and reduced activity. Michael Parente says that Bruschi is being welcomed back by a defense that needs his big play ability. Albert Breer lists out five ways in which Bruschi can have an impact on the Patriots defense.

Ron Borges teased his article for today while on WWZN yesterday, snidely promising a tale of a guy who was in the same situation as Bruschi, and things didn’t work out quite so well for him. It continued a bi-polar week for Borges, who seemingly has jumped to each side of the issue on each day this week. The piece is on Brian Mullen, brother of Joey, who played for the Islanders in the early 90’s, and suffered a minor stroke in August of ’93. He attempted to come back in March of 1994 after being cleared by all doctors, and went through practice with the club. Afterwards, he suffered a seizure. He never played in the league again. (Though he believes he could have, and wishes he did.) Karen Guregian has a shorter second piece on Bruschi, who said yesterday that part of his comeback will be to raise awareness for stroke victims. Bruschi wasn’t the only Patriot returning to practice yesterday as Richard Seymour also was active, and is targeting the Buffalo game for his return. Eric McHugh has a good piece on the biggest disappointment with the Patriots thus far this season, how their depth and defense have failed get the job done. Christopher Price looks at the toughest ever opening schedule in the NFL finally coming to a close for the Patriots. Michael Felger looks at Duane Starks stepping up to face the critics over his recent play.

Solomon’s notebook has rookie Logan Mankins explaining what happened to get him ejected at the end of the first half of Sunday’s game. Guregian’s notebook reports on Guss Scott being finished for the year. McNamara’s notebook has Starks planning on turning himself around. Parente’s notebook has more on Starks standing up for himself after getting torched on Sunday. Pires’ notebook observes that there is still time for Starks to straighten himself out.

Mark me down as one caught by surprise that WEEI could spend a full 12 hours talking about the new NBA dress code yesterday. It got to the point that by 4:00, when Michael Felger’s show came on ESPN Radio Boston, callers were thanking him for not talking about that subject, and instead talking some real topics. Shira Springer has Paul Pierce disagreeing with the rule, noting that NBA players are not businessmen. Tim Weisberg says that the dress code is not too much to ask of millionaires. Shalise Manza Young reports on last night’s loss at the Garden, which can be pinned on the reserves not getting the job done. Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics’s need to get their bench and point guard spots figured out. Mike Fine looks at Delonte West, of whom it seems to be constantly said “He has a high basketball IQ”. Mark Murphy looks at the two top sixth men in the league last year apparently moving into starting roles this seaon. Paul Doyle has a look at one of those players, former UConn star Ben Gordon. Bulpett has the Celtics players and brass appreciative that they are once again playing in the Garden.

Shira Springer notes that there is a steep learning curve ahead for first round pick Gerald Green, who needs a lot of work before he’s going to see the type of playing time that Al Jefferson and Tony got last year. Bulpett’s notebook has more on Paul Pierce’s unhappiness with the dress code. Young’s notebook has more on that topic. While Bulpett’s notebook reports that Tony Allen went to Chicago last night to talk to the police about the shooting involving a member of his entourage in August, the Chicago Sun Times reports that Allen was arrested by Chicago police last night.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell and Joe McDonald each report that Joe Thornton could be back in the Bruins lineup as early as tonight when the Bruins play the Sabres at the Garden. Stephen Harris says that the Bruins are in a bit of an identity crisis as they seek a defining personality and style. Bill Griffith reports that some Bruins fans had a hard time finding Tuesday night’s game on OLN.

You won’t have Dale Sveum to kick around any more. The third base coach of the Red Sox left the team yesterday to accept the same job with the Milwaukee Brewers. Chris Snow says that the reason for Sveum’s departure was not the heat he took for his performance, but wanting to be with a team that trained in Arizona so he could spend extra time with his family. Michael Silverman says that the Red Sox won’t just be replacing Sveum this offseason, first base coach Lynn Jones has been demoted to the minors and will also be replaced.Sean McAdam and David Heuschkel also look at the depature of Sveum. Heuschkel also included this bit at the end of his report:

Epstein expected to sign: The Red Sox are expected to sign general manager Theo Epstein to a contract extension in the next week. His current deal expires Oct. 31.

Snow also reports on the Astros going to their first ever World Series with a 5-1 win over the Cardinals last night. Gordon Edes looks at White Sox GM Kenny Williams, who made all the right moves this season in getting his team to the World Series. Buddy Thomas has tears of joy over his White Sox.

Jim McCabe weighs in on the Michael Bamberger/Michelle Wie disqualification story, and claims it should never have become the huge story that it has.

Check the New York Sports News and Bay Area Sports pages for reports and columns from other parts of the country.

NESN has Bruins/Sabres at 7:00. ESPN has Virginia Tech/Maryland at 7:30.

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Bruins Fall to the Habs

The Bruins get top billing in this morning’s links, but unfortunately, not for a win. After leading much of the night, the Bruins lost the lead and the game in the third period, falling to the Canadiens, 4-3. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has coach Mike Sullivan saying that his team was outworked and didn’t deserve to win last night. Stephen Harris says that the Bruins once again provided wonderful entertainment for the Montreal fans. Mike Loftus has a look at Brad Isbister, one of the first Bruins acquired this offseason. Harris has a short piece on Nick Boynton’s efforts to get up to speed after his holdout. Hubie McDonough in the Union Leader writes that the new rules implemented by the NHL and AHL are working out quite well thus far. Joe McDonald looks at Rhode Island native Joe Capuano, who is back in the league as an assistant with the Islanders. Burrell’s notebook reports on the possibility of Ray Bourque joining the Bruins as a consultant, not as an assistant coach. Harris’s notebook looks at Brian Leetch becoming only the seventh defenseman to reach 1000 points in a career. Loftus’ notebook has more on Boynton working his way into shape.

Both Michael Felger and Nick Cafardo look at the Patriots offseason moves from this year, noting that most of them have not worked out as well as some off-seasons of the past. Jim Donaldson tries to examine whether the Patriots glass is half empty or half full. Eric McHugh has more on Tedy Bruschi, who aims to play in the Patriots next game, October 30th against Buffalo. Cafardo’s notebook examines whether the Patriots will try to get Bruschi to sign a waiver, looks at the AFC East and what’s wrong with the defense.

Lenny Megliola looks at the point guard possibilities for the Celtics, noting that the votes are still being tabulated to determine the winner of this competition. Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics have no problem with the new dress code edict handed down by David Stern this week. Peter May reports on the slow recovery of Al Jefferson, whose absence has been the “one indisputable downer of Celtics training camp”. Bulpett tabs Delonte West as the early favorite to be the starter at point guard. Mike Fine has a look at Justin Reed, who is always looking to help out others on the court and off. He studies his opponents carefully, looking at how he might be able to stop them. Elizabeth Gudrais reports on Bob Cousy speaking at the University of Rhode Island last night, and lamenting the loss of gentility and lack of humility in sports. Fine also has a piece on Marcus Banks and what his absence means for the club. Bulpett’s notebook looks at Brian Scalabrine, trying too hard to fit in with his new club.

Jon Couture says that Theo Epstein is caught in a numbers game with the Red Sox. Chris Snow looks at the Astros efforts to reach that World Series that has eluded the franchise. Snow’s notebook looks at David Eckstein.

Stan Grossfeld looks at an Ohio High School football player who gets out and around on the field despite not having legs. Bobby Martin was also featured in Sports Illustrated recently.

The New York Sports News page has the word that Joe Torre will be returning to the Yankees next season. The Bay Area Sports page has a number of stories of interest, a couple articles on Tedy Bruschi, word of Victor Conte heading to prison for a short sentence and long time A’s radio man Bill King passing way.

David Scott reports on Rob Bradford moving from the Lowell Sun over to the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune to fill the spot vacated by John Tomase. John Molori looks at NECN revamping the weekend edition of Sports Late Night with Mike Giardi.

I’ve updated some of the links in the sections to the left. If you click on the “New England Media Outlets” header, the dropdown now also contains a list of blogs run by mainstream media (MSM) outlets. The list is growing seemingly by the day.

Check below for some quotes from last night’s “Chronicle” on WCVB which profiled Sports Radio WEEI.

FSN has Celtics/Bulls at 7:30. FOX has Astros/Cardinals game 6 at 8:00.

Excerpts from “Chronicle”

“Chronicle” on WCVB channel 5 this evening hosted by Anthony Everett focused on the powerhouse that is Sports Radio 850 WEEI. Here are some quotes and excerpts from the show:

Gerry Callahan on whether he gets told from listeners to stop talking politics:

I get that all the time, but its just from liberals who say stop talking politics. They don’t want me to stop talking politics, they want me to stop talking the politics they disagree with.

Callahan on callers:

“Mere props” and “They’re there to be used and abused and bent and spindled and mutilated.” (to entertain the rest of the listening audience.)

GM Julie Kahn on lessons learned from the Metco incident:

“We learned to give our talent training. And we learned also to support the staff in that they have so much original content to put out, and there is no dead air time, and oftentimes people make mistakes, and all we can do is train people to know what is in good taste and what is acceptable and what is the community standard tolerance.”

Dale Arnold on the job:

“Rule of thumb is for every hour you’re on the air, you spend an hour preparing. And it’s a lot more than that. We’ve got to watch every game, and I’m not trying to make this sound like woe is me, I like watching games, but I’m watching five games at a time. And I’m reading four sports sections before I go on the air, and I’m on the internet reading 18 others from all around the country.”

Is his job “heavy lifting”?

“My Dad worked his rear end off his whole life to make sure us five kids had shoes and clothes and food and a roof over our heads. I’m not going to pretend this is hard work, cause it isn’t. But it takes…there’s more to it than people understand.”

Glenn Ordway on he and the station being nominated for a Marconi:

“What our success and what we’ve done here in Boston is far more well known in the industry outside of Boston. But I’m not sure the fan base totally understands it, and I’m not expecting them to totally understand it as long as they listen and apparently they’re listening and they’re listening in big numbers.”

Program Director Jason Wolfe on whether ESPN Radio or anyone else can challenge them:

“In our case this past year we were number one 9 out of 10 books in our core demographic, including four in a row with our secondary demographic adults 25-54. We were named sports station of the year for the second year in a row. In our case we feel like we own the sports format, its been proven that way over the 15 years we’ve been on the air, 14 years we’ve been on the air and we think our philosophy works.”

Also featured was “Angry Bill” Paul Costine, on his style:

I’m an old time baseball guy I guess. It BOTHERS ME when a guy doesn’t run it out when he’s making 20 Mill. I mean I’d get down fast if I was making 20 Mill. Those paychecks alone. I’d be down there in THREE SECONDS.”

On manager moves he doesn’t agree with:

“Is he doing it to irritate me? I take it personal”.

Tedy’s Back

He’s back. Linebacker Tedy Bruschi stepped before the cameras, microphones and notebooks yesterday to talk publicly about his situation and comeback. He confirmed that he will be out on the practice field tomorrow, and that he has done his everything possible to ensure that this is the correct decision. Accounts from the media session are filed by Chris Kennedy, Fluto Shinzawa, Dan Ventura, Paul Kenyon and Christopher Price. The medical risks in this situation are low, reports Scott Allen in the Globe, who notes that a full stroke recovery is not an uncommon occurrence especially for a minor stroke, which is what Bruschi suffered. Jon Brodkin also reports that because the doctors repaired the hole in his heart, Bruschi’s stroke risk should be the same as everyone else’s.

The columnists weigh in as well, with Ron Borges making the case that the Patriots organization really had no choice but to accept Bruschi back regardless of any fears that they might have. Jim Donaldson says that Bruschi understands and appreciates the concern of the fans over his well being. Lenny Megliola notes that Bruschi is entering a brave new world here. Injuries are common in the NFL. Strokes aren’t. Unlike his radio partners John Dennis and Jon Meterparel, Gerry Callahan (subscription only) doesn’t think that this is a “selfish” decision by Bruschi, it’s decision made because NFL players are tied to the game in a fashion that you and I cannot fathom. Dennis and Meterparel have disgraced themselves with their comments and accusations towards Bruschi, their claims that this is a selfish decision and one that is all about Tedy. Meterparel was on FSN last night furthering this viewpoint, and when pressed on it, stated “I get paid to give my opinion”. If only it really were your personal opinion, Jon. It’s obvious that for those two people it’s only about being a contrarian and taking the unpopular stand. Steve Buckley (subscription only) states that those who feel Bruschi should have just called it a career are certainly within their rights. He feels it’s Bruschi’s choice. I agree with that. If people are concerned with Bruschi’s health then they have a right to say what they feel. When they start vociferously calling Bruschi selfish, I have a problem. Dan Pires notes that Bruschi’s comeback speech was vintage Tedy. Dan Ventura says that the woes of the team were not a factor in Bruschi’s return.

Michael Felger has his Patriots Report Card, with several positions on the roster receiving “D” and “F” marks after the performance in Denver. Steve Grogan also has his grades on Patsfans.com. Jerome Solomon notes that many of the Patriots problems can be traced to a substandard defense. Tom E Curran states that the next 12 days will in a large part determine what the rest of the Patriots season is going to look like. Alan Greenberg says that the bye week will give the Patriots a chance to get their house in order for the stretch run. Jonathan Comey says that there is still time for a Super Bowl run, but he pinpoints five things that need to happen for that possibility to be realized.

The BSMW Game Day Rear View is up and ready for your perusal. Albert Breer looks at Tom Brady’s efforts on Sunday to bring about a miracle comeback. Bill Reynolds has a peek at the new David Halberstam on Bill Belichick “The education of a coach”, which can be pre-ordered through the link at the end of this post. Breer’s notebook looks at some disturbing patterns with the Patriots, while Kenyon’s notebook says not to expect any moves before tomorrow’s trade deadline.

As first reported last night by Jeff Goodman on FoxSports, Marcus Banks will miss at least six weeks due to a stress fracture in his left tibia. Peter May and Steve Bulpett have more on this blow to the third year point guard. Shalise Manza Young has a report on Kendrick Perkins, who aims to become a rebounding and defensive force, and to help with that aim, the third year center has dropped 53 lbs since coming into the league and lowered his body fat from 24 to 11. Bulpett says Doc Rivers wasn’t happy with the film he reviewed of the team’s play on Saturday night in Chicago. May’s notebook looks at David Stern’s new edict on what players are to wear when in public representing the league. Bulpett’s notebook looks at whether we’ll be seeing more of Ricky Davis at the point guard position. Young’s notebook has more on the injury to Banks.

Stephen Harris looks at the Bruins putting in some work on the transition game at practice. Check out the BSMW Boston Bruins Blog Power Play for some round table thoughts from the crew on the first half dozen games of the season for the Bruins. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell reports that Jiri Slegr will sit out of tonight’s game against the Canadiens due to a sore back. Harris’ notebook reports that the Senators player who kicked Hal Gill on Saturday night will be suspended for five games.

Chris Snow and Michael Silverman report on Trot Nixon undergoing surgery on his left knee. Gordon Edes looks at the White Sox looking to erase history and finish what they started.

Bill Griffith has a look at Hazel Mae, and does a little follow-up to John Molori’s column from last week on the NESN personality. The interview with Molori caused a buzz at NESN headquarters and prompted a meeting with Mae, after which NESN President Sean McGrail stated: ”I’m comfortable that [the interview] doesn’t reflect her core beliefs and values.” Dom Amore wonders if the White Sox in the World Series is going to have as much of a impact for FOX as having the Red Sox did last year. If you missed it yesterday, check out David Scott’s report on the possibility of Howard Bryant leaving the Herald to be the beat writer covering the Redskins for the Washington Post.

Nationally, check out the New York Sports News and Bay Area Sports page for news and headlines around the country.

OLN has Bruins/Canadiens at 7:30.

Does Duane Starks Still Have a Job?

Breaking News:(4:30 PM) David Scott reports that Howard Bryant could be leaving the Boston Herald to join the Washington Post as beat writer covering the Redskins.

The Patriots dug themselves into too deep of a hole in the second quarter yesterday in Denver, and while they made a spirited second-half comeback, it was in the end too much to overcome as they fell to the Broncos 28-20.

You can check the headlines and links on the Patriots Daily Links page.

It’s a crazy Monday here, so we’ll have to forgo the usual exhaustive links. I know this upsets some of you, who let me know your feelings via email, but until BSMW is a full time venture, occasionally there are going to be days in which it’s relegated to second place in favor of things like…my job.

Here’s some other links so you don’t feel your trip here is totally wasted. We had updates on both the Full Court Press (Celtics) and Power Play (Bruins) blogs this weekend, be sure to check them out, I think they’re coming along very nicely.

John Molori’s Media Blitz looks at Bill Romanowski’s interview on 60 Minutes last night.

Chad Finn looks at the End of the Idiots.

More Bruschi Rumblings

Steve Burton (page was down earlier) on CBS4 last night reported that sources indicate to him that Tedy Bruschi will be returning to practice with the Patriots, as early as next week, and based on how that goes, it will be determined if he’s going to return to game action. Burton says he can “guarantee” that Bruschi will be on the practice field in the next three weeks. Karen Guregian’s notebook reports on the report, adding that Robert Kraft and his lawyer might throw up a few more obstacles in Bruschi’s path, so his return is anything but a given at this point. Alan Greenberg has more on the story, noting that when asked directly about coming back this season, the most telling sign was that Bruschi didn’t deny the possibility.

Jerome Solomon has a nice report on Bethel Johnson, who seems to have grown up quite a bit, is handling new duties on special teams, and even caught a 55 yard TD pass from Tom Brady last Sunday. Tom E Curran looks at Corey Dillon, who quietly went over the 10,000 rushing yard mark for his career last weekend, but who isn’t generally acknowledged as an All-Time great NFL running back. Karen Guregian writes about Tom Brady and the awe and respect his presence inspires in opponents for his clutch play. Michael Lazarus on FoxSports.com however, developed his own “Clutch Factor” formula, and ranks Brady 10th in that category among quarterbacks, behind guys like Peyton Manning, Drew Bledsoe and Mark Brunell. I’m thinking Lazarus might need to re-think his theories. Eric McHugh thinks you can make a strong case for Brady as league MVP thus far. Guregian also has a short report on Bill Belichick acknowledging Dillon’s reaching the rushing milestone last Sunday.

Check out Greg Doyle’s BSMW Gameday for a preview of Patriots/Broncos. Michael Parente reports on Arturo Freeman joining the Patriots to add depth to the secondary. Freeman has seen plenty of the Patriots, having spent five years playing against them with the Dolphins. Chris Kennedy has a look at Daniel Graham heading home to Denver this weekend. Dan Pires also looks at the homecoming for Graham and his breakout day on offense last week. He also has a few other Patriots notes. Ian M Clark also looks at a Mile High return for Graham. Get the stories on the game from out West in the Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post. Both papers have plenty on BC product Bill Romanowski, who admitted yesterday that he used steroids while with the Broncos.

Solomon’s notebook has more on Freeman as the newest Patriot settles in. Curran’s notebook has more on Freeman who it out to prove that he still belongs in this league, and isn’t finished at the age of 28. He’ll play a little of both corner and safety with the Patriots. Kennedy’s notebook looks at the plethora of ex-Browns on the line for the Broncos. Parente’s notebook looks at the Patriots finally reaching the end of this grueling five game stretch. McHugh’s notebook has the Patriots looking to string together two wins in a row for the first time this season.

Jim Lazar and Jim McCabe make their NFL picks. Double D and I.M Bettor also offer up their selections for the week.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell and Steve Conroy each report on the Bruins 5-2 win over the Panthers last night for their third straight victory. The Bruins also finally came to terms with defenseman Nick Boynton yesterday, agreeing on a one year contract. Chris Collins of NECN had the news first, early in the AM yesterday. Kevin Paul Dupont says that the Bruins reluctance to pay Boynton now, could have an impact in the future, when the blueliner becomes and unrestricted free agent. Joe McDonald, Mick Colageo and Conroy also each report on the signing. Nick Tavares has greeting the return of hockey with open arms. Burrell’s notebook says that Boynton was the first to blink in the standoff with the Bruins. Conroy’s notebook reports on Joe Thornton’s progress with his back injury.

Ricky Davis is the man in the spotlight today for the Celtics as we’ve got no less than four articles on the swingman. We’ll lead off of course with the BSMW Full Court Press, where Mark admits to taking his time in coming around on this whole Ricky Davis as a Celtic thing. Peter May notes that Davis is taking a leadership role with the Celtics, something his former coaches would be aghast at. Mark Murphy has a more complete piece on Davis, who is feeling at home with the Celtics…even buying a home in the area…and becoming in many ways the face of he franchise. Shalise Manza Young notes that Davis just continues to prove all the critics wrong when it comes to his game and personality. Davis is so popular he’s even inspired a blog dedicated just to him, in the Get Buckets Brigade.

The Celtics play their second preseason game tonight up in Manchester, NH. The game will mark a homecoming of sorts for former NH schoolboy star Matt Bonner, who will be in with the Toronto Raptors. Kevin Gray has a report on Bonner. Scott Souza says that the first preseason game was something of a reality check for the young Celtics. Steve Bulpett reports that Al Jefferson will not resume practice until next week at the earliest. Young’s notebook looks at the Celtics getting some work in even on the day off on Wednesday. In mentioning that the rookies sung “Happy Birthday” to Paul Pierce yesterday, Young seems a little confused in naming who the rookies were last year. Perkins and Banks were already second year players last year. Bulpett’s notebook gets it right and reports on Gerald Green lighting things up in practice.

Tony Massarotti reports that the Sox are working on getting Mike Timlin re-signed, and says there is no progress in talks with Theo Epstein. Gordon Edes also says there is a “major money gap” between the Red Sox and their young GM.

Bob Ryan looks at heroes and villains from ” The Great Third Strike Controversy of 2005″. Nick Cafardo reports on the Astros evening the series with the Cardinals at a game apiece. Jeff Horrigan notes how the White Sox always seem to capitalize on mistakes by the other team. Horrigan also looks back at the complete game for Mark Buehrle. The Cardinals might be without Reggie Sanders, who has had several big hits for them in the playoffs thus far. Cafardo’s notebook looks at the injury to the outfielder. Ryan’s notebook looks at a couple of Angels who haven’t been pulling their weight on offense. Horrigan’s notebook reports that White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski has run into the “dropped strike” play before.

The big game on the college football scene this weekend is USC/Notre Dame. Mark Blaudschun notes that the swagger is back around the Golden Dome. Ken Davis calls this a Golden opportunity for Charlie Weis and the Fighting Irish. John Tucker wonders if this could be an upset for the ages in the making this weekend. Michael Vega looks at a change for BC in the kicking game. Rich Thompson looks at Jake Ottolini, who will be stepping in for Mathias Kiwanuka this weekend for BC against Wake Forest. Vega’s notebook has Kiwanuka definitely out for tomorrow. Blaudschun’s notebook has more on the epic drama in South Bend tomorrow.

Check out the New York Sports News and Bay Area Sports for more perspective on the national sports scene.

David Scott has his Friday edition of Scott’s Shots, looking at a variety of topics, while Bill Griffith looks at the many local subplots in this weekend’s USC/Notre Game matchup.

FSN has Celtics/Raptors at 7:00. FOX has White Sox/Angels at 8:30.

Mile High Compliments

The Patriots continue preparations for the Broncos, while the baseball playoffs continue, with a very controversial call being the difference for the White Sox. The Celtics continue preparation for their second preseason game tomorrow night, while the Bruins will be without Joe Thornton tonight, who is back in Boston.

Karen Guregian and Tom E Curran each look at the mutual admiration society that Bill Belichick and Mike Shanahan have going. Alan Greenberg has a nice mini-feature on Patriots tight end Daniel Graham, coming off his best offensive game of the season, and going back this weekend to play in front of his home town of Denver. Albert Breer also has a short bit on Graham and offensive tackle Tom Ashworth, who also played college ball at Colorado. Jerome Solomon has a look at Patrick Pass, who has grown into the ultimate team player down in Foxboro. Christopher Price has a look at the reputation of the Denver offensive line as dirty players who utilize the controversial cut block technique.

The injury report was a big topic yesterday, especially after last week when it appeared that Atlanta coach Jim Mora Jr messed around with the report to make it seem all week that Michael Vick had a good chance of playing against the Patriots. Eric McHugh has a look at that situation as well as more from the game on Sunday. Guregian has a look at the Patriots injury report from yesterday, which listed 15 Patriots as probable. Mike Reiss also has the injury report, and a look at new Patriot Arturo Freeman. Buddy Thomas launches a tirade against Keyshawn Johnson in his column today. One note Buddy, Johnson is 33, not 35. Get the stories from the Mile High city in the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News. The Post has a look at the elite coaches and kickers that will be involved in this game, while the News has a piece on Graham.

Solomon’s notebook reports on the injury report as well as a couple of roster moves for the Patriots. Guregians notebook also looks at the injuries and reports on Tom Brady being named AFC player of the week. Curran’s notebook has Denver linebacker Al Wilson speaking about Brady.

Gordon Edes and Jeff Horrigan report on a controversial call in the ninth inning last night which gave the Chicago White Sox new life and allowed the winning run to score and tie the series at a game apiece. Dan Shaughnessy says that the call was as bad as it gets, and now there is a cloud over the whole series. Howard Bryant (subscription only) also looks at the horrendous call, noting that the umpiring crew remains in denial about messing it up. Horrigan has a brief article that has Ozzie Guillen wanting Paul Konerko to return to the White Sox next season. Edes’s notebook has more on A.J. Pierzynski, who took advantage of the blown call by the home player umpire. Horrigan’s notebook has Mike Scioscia saying that his offense didn’t get the job done last night, and explaining how he uses the DH.

Nick Cafardo looks at Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals getting a game one win over the Astros in the NLCS. Cafardo’s notebook looks at the rough outing for Andy Pettitte.

Steve Bulpett assesses the Celtics a week into training camp, with a preseason game under their belt, and has several observations, including wondering what Ricky Davis’ role will be. Starter or Sixth man? Shira Springer looks at Doc Rivers giving his team a day off yesterday, and looks back at the game on Tuesday and ahead to tomorrow night’s game in Manchester, NH. Scott Souza talks to Celtics radio play-by-play man Sean Grande about broadcasting on a station that people will be able to hear at night around the region. You get the feeling that Grande has a bit of wanderlust in him, and might not be a long term guy for the position, talking about new challenges, having almost left the job twice already. Maybe I’m just old fashioned, knowing that Johnny Most called the games for 40 years, but you’d think this might be the top of the mountain for a guy like Grande.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell reports on Joe Thornton returning to Boston for treatment on his ailing back. Steve Conroy reports on Center Dave Scatchard, who is set to make his Bruins debut tonight. Burrell’s notebook says that Scatchard is excited about suiting up for the Bruins for the first time. Conroy’s notebook has more on Thornton returning home.

Rich Thompson reports that BC Defense End Mathias Kiwanuka will likely miss this Saturday’s game with Wake Forest due to a knee injury. Ron Chimelis looks at UMass forward Rashaun Freeman, who is a likely NBA candidate. In the Globe’s Suburban Diary, one Red Sox fan tells of how she is planning on getting through the offseason.

The New York Sports News page has plenty on the baseball playoffs and on Mel Stottlemyre resigning as Yankees pitching coach. The Bay Area Sports page also has plenty of baseball and football stories from the West coast.

Bill Griffith reports on the Patriots building their own television network…without a TV station. They have a number of programs that will be available from Comcast On Demand. on ESPN.com Ombudsman George Solomon wants to draw a stronger line between reporting and commentary.

NESN has Bruins/Panthers at 7:00. FOX has Astros/Cardinals at 8:30. ESPN has Clemson/N.C. State at 7:30.