John Molori’s Media Blitz reports that ESPN Boston is interviewing candidates for a permanent co-host for Michael Felger and that Tony Massarotti is the frontrunner for the job.

Well, its official:

Football Season has begun!

Greg Doyle has a Review of the Tape from Saturday night’s Patriots preseason win over on the Patriots Game Day page.

Michael Felger says that the early returns on the performance of the Patriots cornerbacks thus far have been encouraging. He also looks at a few items from Saturday’s preseason game with the Cardinals. Mike Reiss looks at the Patriots dealing off offensive lineman Brandon Gorin, which appears to be another successful product off the Dante Scarnecchia production line. Tom E Curran looks at Bam Childress making a name for himself thus far in camp. The diminutive receiver impresses Bill Belichick with his competitiveness and toughness. Christopher Price has Tully Banta-Cain having a great month on the field, and pumped about Madden ’07.

Ed Berliner says that the Patriots have a lot of problems, and they can’t hide them. He says “The Patriots’ dynasty years are in the rear-view mirror. There’s blood in the water…” Eric McHugh says that in the first two games, the Patriots offense has shown it can get the job done on third down, even without Deion Branch. Rich Garvin has Belichick pleased with his team’s performance on Saturday, but admitting there is still a lot of work to do. The AP has Willie McGinest reluctant to hand over 55 to Junior Seau.

Felger also reports on the Patriots trading Brandon Gorin to the Cardinals. Curran also looks at the trade and a couple of minor cuts by the team. Reiss’ notebook looks at the competition for the fourth running back spot on the Patriots. McHugh’s notebook says that the jury is still out on the Patriots run defense.

Do We Have To Talk About This?

This west coast road trip could not come at a better time for both the Red Sox and their fans. For the next week or so, most of their games will be decided at a time when most East coast fans are already safely in their beds. A historic five game sweep by the New York Yankees was capped by yesterday’s 2-1 loss by the Sox, who now find themselves 6 1/2 games out of first, and seemingly dead in the water. There will be plenty of mentions and comparisons to the “Boston Massacre” and this time, the media isn’t blowing things out of proportion. This was horrible.

Amalie Benjamin notes that David Wells was sharp and on his game yesterday, but it wasn’t enough to avert the sweep. Michael Silverman says look on the bright side…things can’t get any worse. Joe McDonald is embarrassed to use a cliché, but says that the Red Sox have some serious work to do or they can kiss their playoff hopes good-bye. Paul Doyle says that the Red Sox are unraveling right before our eyes. Garry Brown has more on the Red Sox leaving town reeling. David Borges and Phil O’Neill round out the depressing game stories.

Uncle Bob Ryan sits us down and explains some very uncomfortable truths about our favorite baseball team. Sean McAdam notes that the Red Sox lost perspective in this series, and has some legit, even-handed criticism of Manny sulking about an official scorers ruling. Steve Buckley says that the Red Sox best hope now is the Wild Card, but we have no evidence that they are up for that challenge. Jim Donaldson looks at this series by the numbers. Jon Couture says that it could be a long September around Fenway Park. Mark Murphy says that yesterday’s David Wells performance was not one that the Red Sox could afford to lose. Jeff Jacobs looks at everything going as wrong as it possibly could for the Red Sox over the last four days.

A nameless column in the Worcester Telegram &amp: Gazette proclaims that the heartless Sox choked in this series. Jackie MacMullan says that this series has left the Red Sox devastated, blames yesterday on Manny, (though McAdam above makes a better case for criticizing Manny and his teammates) and says that the Sox have no choice but to try and use the final 38 games to regroup from scratch. Buckley has more on Manny’s hammy, including Curt Schilling and Alex Cora defending him. Lenny Megliola says that it is quite possible that the Red Sox October hopes went away this weekend. Murphy looks at the down scene in the Red Sox clubhouse following the game.

David Borges reports that Dustin Pedroia was pulled from the PawSox doubleheader last night and is headed to the big club. Fluto Shinzawa notes that despite a wild pitch that allowed the winning run to score, Keith Foulke’s performance yesterday had to be a rare bright spot for the Sox on the afternoon. Matt Kalman also says that Foulke was the lone positive to emerge for the Red Sox. Mike Fine says that this series won’t change the way Theo Epstein does business. Kevin Gray looks at the Yankees finishing the job on the Sox.

Kevin McNamara has Bobby Abreu saying that he likes the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry. Yeah, no kidding, huh? Kelsie Smith looks at Yankees starter Cory Lidle making the most of a huge opportunity. Get the jubilant coverage from NY on the New York Sports Pages.

The Projo notebook reports that Dustin Pedroia will be called up this week to take the place of Alex Gonzalez, who will be placed on the DL. Benjamin’s notebook looks at Craig Hansen getting sent down to Pawtucket, perhaps more to clear his head than anything else. Also noted in there is that Mike Mussina left the game on Sunday after four innings with a “strained groin” but was fine yesterday. No suggestions that he “bailed” on the Yankees? Not a foxhole guy? Silverman’s notebook suggests that there may be a few changes to the roster as soon as today for the Red Sox. Doyle’s notebook looks at Hansen’s demotion. Brown’s notebook also reports on Hansen. O’Neill’s notebook says that things won’t get any easier for the Sox on the road. Borges’ notebook focuses on Manny’s hamstring. Couture’s notebook has Hansen getting time to regroup in Pawtucket. Fine’s notebook says that it is hard to believe how far the Sox have fallen.

Misc.

Kevin Paul Dupont reports that the Bruins are closing in on a long term deal with Patrice Bergeron.

Michael Vega has BC coach Tom O’Brien looking for a few take-charge guys. Steve Conroy looks at middle linebacker Jolonn Dunbar of the Eagles. The Eagle in Atlanta blog has an email exchange with ESPN’s Andy Katz about the BC basketball team.

Keep up with the Portsmouth NH Little Leaguers on Seacoast Online.

NESN has Red Sox/Angels at 10:00.

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