We’ll get to the Patriots links in just a moment, but first, welcome to the 2006 BSMW Annual Fall Fund Drive. Check the link for details and a full list of prizes.

We’ll be running the drive this week and next, and will be awarding a prize every day, in addition to a weekly and grand prize. Today’s prize is a $50 gift card to Staples, provided by BSMW reader “Walt”.

Donations of $25 and over are eligible for all prizes.

I thank you sincerely for your support. I couldn’t do this all without it. It would’ve been nice to kick this drive off with a Patriots win and everyone in a good mood, but unfortunately it didn’t happen that way.

Here’s your links, as depressing as they are after the 27-20 loss to the Colts:

Mike Reiss says this was a test that the Patriots didn’t come close to acing. Albert Breer asserts that the Patriots didn’t play that poorly last night, but mistakes killed them. John Tomase looks at mistakes costing the Patriots dearly as the Colts established themselves as the best team in football. Shalise Manza Young says that right from the start it was clear this wasn’t Tom Brady and the Patriots night. Alan Greenberg touts the Colts defense as the surprise of the game, as they seemed to have Tom Brady’s number all night. On the Patriots Game Day page, Scott Benson notes that this was like the Seinfeld episode where George and Elaine switch places. Chris Kennedy says that the Patriots have lost their edge against the Colts. Rich Garven notes that after years of struggling here, it seems Peyton Manning can’t lose now. Michael Parente agrees that the roles have been reversed in this rivalry. Mike Lowe says that Brady and the Patriots were unexpectedly ripe for the picking last night. Mark Farinella writes that the Colts were validated as Super Bowl contenders last night.

Tony Massarotti notes the role reversal on display last night as Tom Brady threw four interceptions on the big stage and Peyton Manning was cooly efficient. Ron Borges looks at Manning never losing confidence in himself despite the many previous loss to the Patriots. Jeff Jacobs says that the Colts certainly played well enough to deserve their 8-0 record, and Patriots fans might want to acknowledge that Peyton Manning is a winner after all. Jennifer Toland looks at Rodney Harrison going down with injury, creating a hole in the Patriots defense. Dan Pires notes that the Patriots had no answer for Peyton and Marvin Harrison all night.

Michael Felger looks at the what we can take out of last night’s game, including the fact that the Patriots aren’t as good as the Broncos and Colts, the team has a lot of work to do, and that the Patriots don’t have much of a home field advantage at Gillette. Christopher Price lists out 10 things we learned last night. Christopher L Gasper notes that Brady’s campaign for the office of best QB in football hit a rough patch last night. Lenny Megliola says that Gillette was like a wake as the fans filed out shortly before midnight last night. David Brown has more on the reception for Vinatieri. Steve Solloway says that the Patriots simply didn’t measure up last night.

Bob Ryan notes that after the last two weeks, the Colts are clearly the best team in football, and that they have a very realistic chance of running the table and going 16-0. Steve Buckley says Adam Vinatieri is relaxed and showing the Colts the way to winning. In a column clearly written before last night’s game, Jim Donaldson says he’d take Tom Brady over Peyton Manning. Amalie Benjamin examines a terrific night for Marvin Harrison. Paul Jarvey has Tony Dungy saying that his Colts are finding new ways to win games.

On a positive note, Breer comments on the Patriots defense tightening up quite a bit in the second half. Bob Duffy reports on Troy Brown becoming the Patriots all time leader in catches, and prompting a taunting call for which the official later apologized to him for making. Ian Clark notes that with his next win, Tom Brady will pass Steve Grogan as the QB with the most wins in franchise history. Farinella has more on Brown adding to his franchise legacy. Over the weekend, Eric McHugh had a good look at Pats Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. You can get the rest of the Sunday links from the local papers on this post from Patriots Game Day.

The Herald’s play of the game is the Marvin Harrison TD catch in the third quarter. They also list the problem of the game for the Patriots. Joe McDonald files his game analysis. Greenberg has analysis in his turning point feature. Felger looks at the Patriots being unable to stop the stretch play of the Colts. McDonald looks at the unstoppable Manning/Harrison combo for the Colts. Massarotti looks at the best and worst from last night. McDonald says that the tone of the game was set on the first two series by the Colts. Brown has Bill Belichick sharing in the loss with his team.

Jim Lazar looks at Brady and the Patriots letting their backers down.

Tomase’s notebook looks at Rodney Harrison going down with what appears to be a serious injury. The Projo notebook looks at Troy Brown becoming the Patriots all time leading pass catcher. Reiss’ notebook looks at the chilly reception for Adam Vinatieri. A second version of Tomase’s notebook, in the MWDN says that Daniel Graham’s injury could hurt his wallet. Kennedy’s notebook looks at a rough return for Vinatieri to Foxboro. Garven’s notebook looks at Brady’s winning percentage sitting at the top of NFL QB’s. Brown’s notebook has more on Troy Brown’s record breaking night. Parente’s notebook looks at the improvements the Patriots have made since the bye week, last night not included. Lowe’s notebook has more on Vinatieri’s reception from the Foxboro faithful. Farinella’s notebook looks at Billy Yates stepping in nicely on the offensive line.

Other Sports

The early going has been rough for the Celtics. With a loss to Washington on Saturday night, they fell to 0-3 on the young season. Steve Bulpett boils it down to no defense, and not running the fast break as two of the major reasons for the struggles. Shira Springer has the Celtics focusing on the need to come up with a win on Wednesday night against Charlotte. Get more Celtics news and notes on the new Celtics News Mashup page. Over on the FSN Nothing but Net blog, I’ve strung together a few ideas about why the Celtics have struggled in the early going.

Stephen Harris says that Peter Chiarelli and Bruins management needs to be patient with this club and note make any moves out of panic. Fluto Shinzawa looks at things around the club lightening after the 6-5 win over Tampa on Saturday night. Mick Colageo says Mike O’Connell did a couple things right in his final season with the Bruins by signing up Tim Thomas and P.J. Axelsson. On the BSMW Power Play, Mike looks at what we learned about the Bruins this week.

BSMW’s David Scott had a Q&A session with BC coach Al Skinner in this weekend’s Boston Globe Magazine. Michael Vega reports on a pair of Skinner’s players being suspended for violating team rules. Karen Guregian looks at the BC football team lamenting a wasted opportunity Saturday night against Wake Forest. Vega has more on the football team licking its wounds.

Joe Haggerty looks at Tim Wakefield ready to come back for his 13th season with the Red Sox.

Versus has Bruins/Thrashers at 7:00. ESPN has Raiders/Seahawks at 8:30.