Karen Guregian looks at Tedy Bruschi, almost a full year since returning from his stroke. He talks about how some (Hello, John Dennis!) were critical of his return and how he had to push through all that, but still has some lingering feelings of animosity towards those critics. Eric McHugh has a report card on the Patriots for the first five games of the season.
Alan Greenberg looks at Jabar Gaffney as the former Florida wideout looks to fit in and contribute to the Patriots remodeled receiving unit. John Tomase has a look at cornerback Chad Scott, who has brought size and toughness to the cornerback position for the Patriots this season. Bob Duffy has a piece on fullback Heath Evans, whom he says is more of a full back, because he really has the full assortment of skills that is perfect for the Patriots. Guregian checks in with Tom Brady before the QB heads down to NY to spend a few days with girlfriend Bridget Moynahan.
Albert Breer has Bill Belichick talking about what happens when a QB gets a pass batted down at the line of scrimmage. It’s not always the fault of the passer. Shalise Manza Young looks at why play in the red zone is so much quicker and condensed, with little room for error. Ian Clark has the Patriots players looking forward to having a few days off. Michael Parente has more on the players eager to get out the door and start their mini-vacation. Glen Farley details what some of the various Patriots players intend to do with their time off.
Tomase’s notebook has Richard Seymour addressing the state of the team and their title hopes. Mike Reiss’ notebook has Vince Wilfork talking about the Patriots run defense, of which he is a key ingredient. Young’s notebook has more from Evans speaking on the evolution of the fullback position.
The Celtics moved onto Toronto for their second preseason game last night and dropped a 118-112 overtime decision to the Raptors. Rookie point guard Rajon Rondo was once again the story of this game, as he scored 29 points to the lead the Celtics, including hitting a three pointer at the buzzer in regulation to tie the game and send it to overtime.
Mark Murphy’s notebook looks at the small lineup that Doc Rivers had on the floor for much of the fourth quarter and overtime last night. Shira Springer looks at Doc Rivers choosing to rest Wally Szczerbiak and Theo Ratliff last night with the early back-to-back schedule. The Toronto Star has a game story from Doug Smith, and also a quarter-by-quarter recap of the game on their website.
Mark Murphy looks at center Michael Olowokandi, who says that his increased energy on the court thus far is simply due to being more healthy, rather than any motivation stemming from facing the possible end of his career. You can get these links as well as a preview of the centers position for the Celtics over on the FSN Nothing But Net Celtics blog.
The Bruins are still trying to put their pieces together to form a coherent team, and there will be stumbles along the way. They took a step back last night in Atlanta, dropping a 4-1 decision to the Thrashers. Fluto Shinzawa and Stephen Harris have the game stories. Shinzawa’s notebook and Harris’ notebook each look at goaltender Hannu Toivonen being struck by a puck in the throat during a morning shooting drill.
Chad Finn offers up 10 Half Formed Opinions for you.
The Cory Lidle tragedy dominated the airwaves nationally yesterday and will likely do so again today. Check the New York city coverage on the New York Sports Pages. Locally Gordon Edes and Nick Cafardo as well as Tony Massarotti get player reaction to the news, with Massarotti checking in with Curt Schilling via email. Dan Shaughnessy also has a column on the tragedy.
Michael Vega has a look at BC quarterback Matt Ryan.
ESPN has Virgina Tech/Boston College at 7:30. NESN has Bruins/Blues at 8:00. FOX has Cardinals/Mets at 8:00.