We’re into October, and the craziness is set to begin. The Patriots are on Monday Night Football tonight, looking to stay unbeaten, while the AL East champion Red Sox are looking forward to their division series matchup with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, which starts on Wednesday.
We’re going to go with another quick version of the links this morning, as this week promises to have several marathon mornings in terms of sports coverage. Check back this afternoon as we’ll get some afternoon links to you as well.
For your Patriots links this morning, I encourage you to head on over to Patriots Daily, where Scott has a round up of the morning stories and a quick look at the action on the field yesterday.
Tony Massarotti puts together the final individual regular season grades for the 2007 Boston Red Sox in his Report Card. Sean McAdam says that the Red Sox could decide to carry three catchers on the division series postseason roster, meaning Kevin Cash would be on the squad for the first round. Jeff Horrigan looks at the Red Sox choosing to go with the eight day schedule for the division series, rather than the seven day schedule. Lenny Megliola has the Sox starting all over again in the postseason.
Bill Ballou examines some noteworthy team and individual occurrences from the 2007 regular season. Bill Burt says that the postseason gives guys like J.D. Drew and Eric Gagne a chance for redemption from their regular season struggles. Amalie Benjamin looks at the bullpen getting in some clean work yesterday in preparation for the postseason.
Chad Finn is glad the Red Sox could stick it to Murray Chass and win the division. He also promises to live-blog tonight’s Patriots game, so it might be a worthy halftime stop tonight.
The Celtics are in Rome, getting their first practices as a team under their belt. Despite the picture in Steve Bulpett‘s article this morning, the Celtics aren’t doing a whole lot of sight-seeing over there. Marc J. Spears says that Kevin Garnett is setting the tone early with his practice intensity. Bulpett’s notebook has Tony Allen playing the point while making sure his knee is ready to handle the rigors of training camp. CelticsBlog has a Celtics team preview.