Just back from out West and getting ready to climb back into the grind.

Be sure to check out Scott Benson’s version of the morning links over at the BSMW Game Day Page – he’s got a nice overview of the pregame coverage of today’s huge Patriots/Bears matchup.

There is plenty of coverage from the Windy City as well on the pages of the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times.

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The Celtics showed something last night after being humiliated in their last two outings. They came from 16 points down to winning going away in Milwaukee last night as they took out the Bucks, 111-98.

Shira Springer and Steve Bulpett have coverage of the game. Bulpett also has Danny Ainge saying the recent struggles lay with the players, not the coach. Springer’s notebook has more from Ainge on his sticking by Doc Rivers, who has been the object of wrath from many fans of the club. Bulpett’s notebook has Rivers not enjoying the heat.

Peter May’s NBA notes has Yao Ming finally feeling comfortable with life in the NBA.

Red Sox/Baseball

Stan Grossfeld has a feature on embattled former MLB saves leader Jeff Reardon. Tony Massarotti says that the Red Sox options for dealing Manny Ramirez are very few. Nick Cafardo’s Baseball Notes leads off by telling us why the Red Sox investment in Daisuke Matsuzaka is a sound one.


The Bruins also won last night, posting a 3-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Kevin Paul Dupont and Stephen Harris have the recaps. Dupont’s notebook has Paul Mara laying down the law last night after a hit from a Maple Leaf on Zdeno Chara. Harris’ notebook has Brad Boyes happy to get on the scoreboard last night after a rough start to the season. Dupont’s Hockey Notes has him begging the league to bring back the fighting.