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John Molori’s Media Blitz has an interview with Steve Lyons after his recent dismissal from FOX. Lyons’ name also was mentioned in a local gossip column as being under consideration for the Red Sox radio spot vacated by Jerry Trupiano. If that’s not a Dr Charles planted rumor, than I don’t know what is…

Michael Felger has his weekly report card, and Tom Brady scores a fat “F”. Ian Clark also has a Patriots report card, and the Pats QB gets a “D” from this professor. Michael Parente says that the Patriots performance against the Colts was a mixed bag, in all three phases of the game. Greg has a second look at the game film on the BSMW Game Day page.

Gerry Callahan writes that the Patriots did themselves in by abandoning the running game. Christopher L Gasper reaches a similar conclusion, but notes that that the third quarter rushing results were not productive and might’ve cause the playcalling to shy away from the run after that point. John Tomase also says that the Patriots curious playcalling decisions really hurt their cause against the Colts. Alan Greenberg says it’s easy to see why the Patriots lost the game: five turnovers. Plain and simple.

Shalise Manza Young notes that the Colts didn’t do anything new offensively in this game, the Patriots just couldn’t line up and stop them, even if they knew what was coming.

Steve Buckley talks to Troy Brown about his taunting penalty on the play in which he tied the team record for receptions. Brown notes that he’s never had an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against him at any level of football. Buckley tries to show his tech savvy by throwing a YouTube reference in at the end of the column. Bill Reynolds assures us that the Patriots will get another shot in a big game, and the results could well be different next time. Christopher Price notes that the Colts have the edge in home field advantage for the AFC.

Albert Breer looks at an increased role for David Thomas since the injury to Daniel Graham. Chad Finn has a few leftover thoughts from the Patriots game.

Tomase’s notebook looks at the fears that Rodney Harrison may have suffered a torn rotator cuff against the Colts. That report initially came from the Lawrence Eagle Tribune. Gasper’s notebook has Belichick providing no details, as per usual, about the injury to Harrison. Young’s notebook does have Belichick praising those who replaced Harrison in the lineup. Parente’s notebook looks at a strange record breaking night for Troy Brown.

Red Sox

Sean McAdam and Jeff Goldberg have new Sox pitching coach John Farrell talking about the work he has in mind for his new pitching staff, especially young pitchers Jonathan Papelbon, Manny Delcarmen and Craig Hansen. Kevin Thomas says that Farrell is here to work with the kids, many of whom will make up the core of the staff. Alex Speier reports that the Red Sox have got a new deal with infielder Alex Cora, while Nick Cafardo says a deal is close. Speier has quotes from Cora, so I’ll take his word. Cafardo is coming off a rough weekend in which he had to issue a correction for his woefully incomplete list of players in the 400HR/.300BA club that appeared in the Globe Sunday Baseball Notes column. The online edition of which has since been corrected. Joe Haggerty has a look at the chase for Japanese ace Daisuke Matsuzaka.


The Bruins stumbled again, this time in Atlanta, where they dropped a 5-3 decision to the Thrashers. The Bruins came into the night 28th in the league in power play kills, and then handed Atlanta 11 power plays during the course of the night. As Fluto Shinzawa points out, that’s not exactly a formula for success. Stephen Harris says that this game was not nearly as close as the score would seem to indicate. Shinzawa’s notebook and Harris’ notebook each have GM Peter Chiarelli assessing trade options, but not ready to make any moves just yet, preferring to wait a little longer and learn more about the team he already has on the ice.


Mark Murphy looks at Theo Ratliff taking part in a full practice for the first time in almost a month. Ratliff’s presence in the middle and defense and rebounding are qualities that this Celtics team desperately need right now. The article has Doc River noting a huge difference in practice scrimmages with Ratliff manning the paint. Peter May has more gushing from Rivers on what Ratliff can bring to the club. He notes that while Ratliff will certainly help, it will take a lot more from the Celtics to turn things around from this bad start. Scott Souza notes that Ratliff will also help the communication on defense, which has been lacking, and notes that for a positive, the Celtics showed improved ball movement against the Wizards on Saturday night.

Mike from the BSMW Full Court Press has a few thoughts on the rough start for the Celtics, and wonders whether bringing Wally Szczerbiak off the bench might be a consideration. If you missed it yesterday, I myself tried to figure out some reasons for why the Celtics haven’t been running in the early going over at the FSN Nothing but Net blog. In Murphy’s notebook, the search is on for a consistent third scorer for the Celtics. Right now Al Jefferson filling that role averaging 11 points a game in the first three games, but more is needed.


Frank Dell’Apa looks at the Scottish roots in the MLS championship game between the Revolution and Houston Dynamo. Andrew Hush says defense was the key for the Revolution in getting the title game.

Mark Blaudschun has his ACC Notebook, where he observes that once again Boston College will likely miss out on a prestigious Bowl game after not taking advantage of the opportunity to improve their position.

Versus has Hurricanes/Devils at 7:00. ESPN2 has Toledo/N. Illinois at 7:30.