The Boston Celtics hope to put themselves back on both the local and NBA map starting tonight as they open their regular season against Gilbert Arenas and the Washington Wizards.

Trades for Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, along with the free agent signings of James Posey and Eddie House to join Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Tony Allen and Kendrick Perkins have many proclaiming the Celtics as the favorites to come out of the East.

Tonight’s 8:00pm game can be seen on Comcast SportsNet (Formerly FSN New England) with the familiar duo of Mike Gorman and Tommy Heinsohn calling the game. Greg Dickerson is the sideline reporter, a role he will hold on both home and road games this season.

Back in the studio, Gary Tanguay and Donny Marshall will have a special one-hour edition of GMC Pre-Game Live, (the show will normally be a half hour) starting at 7:00pm.

Tonight’s game is also being broadcast nationally by ESPN.

Comcast SportsNet will again be showing all home games in high definition this season, road games will be in standard definition, but CSN officials say they’re working on getting road games shown in HD in the future.

The Celtics also play in Toronto against the Raptors at 2:30 on Sunday, (again on CSN) giving a nice lead-in to the 4:15 Patriots game on CBS.

Boston College will again be featured on national television as their matchup with Florida State tomorrow night will be broadcast on ABC at 8:00pm.

On radio, the game can be heard on WEEI, which will also be broadcasting #1 ranked Ohio State’s game against #21 Wisconsin at noon.

So WEEI has the call of the top two college football teams in the country tomorrow.

Patriots All Access this week includes:

  • A sit-down with Junior Seau and Rodney Harrison. After playing together in San Diego more than a decade ago, they are re-united in Foxboro with a common goal in mind.
  • Hall-of-Fame quarterback Troy Aikman sits down to give his opinion on the Pats-Colts game.
  • One-on-one with Vince Wilfork.
  • Head coach Bill Belichick addresses the hype for this week’s game, and gives us his take on how best to finish the game. He also shows us how Joseph Adai and Reggie Wayne have emerged as key performers for the Colts on the Belestrator.

Patriots All Access airs Saturday night at 7PM on WCVB-TV, and re-airs Sunday at 10AM.
Can’t get enough Patriots/Colts? NFL Network is going almost wall-to-wall with material from these two teams, look at the these weekend schedules, and set your DVR’s accordingly:

Saturday, November 3
11:30 AM – Who Is…: Who is Better: Brady or Manning?
5:00 PM – Game of the Week: New England at Indianapolis – Week 13, 2003. (HD)
6:00 PM – Game of the Week: Indianapolis at New England – 2003 AFC Championship. (HD)
8:00 PM – Game of the Week: Indianapolis at New England – Week 1, 2004.
8:30 PM – Game of the Week: Indianapolis at New England – 2004 AFC Divisional Playoff. (HD)
9:30 PM – Game of the Week: Indianapolis at New England – Week 9, 2005. (HD)
10:30 PM – Game of the Week: Indianapolis at New England – Week 9, 2006. (HD)
11:30 PM – NFL Replay: 2006 AFC Championship Game: New England at Indianapolis. (HD)

Sunday, November 4
1:00 AM – Game of the Week: New England at Indianapolis – Week 13, 2003 (HD)
2:00 AM – Game of the Week: Indianapolis at New England – 2003 AFC Championship. (HD)
*2:00 AM – Game of the Week: Indianapolis at New England – Week 1, 2004.
2:30 AM – Game of the Week: Indianapolis at New England – 2004 AFC Divisional Playoff. (HD)
3:30 AM – Game of the Week: Indianapolis at New England – Week 9, 2005. (HD)
4:30 AM – Game of the Week: Indianapolis at New England – Week 9, 2006. (HD)
5:30 AM – NFL Replay: 2006 AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots at Indianapolis. (HD)

*Extra hour due to end of Daylight saving

A certain disgraced sportswriter has decided to take a shot at this address in his relatively new blog. The topic is the comments made by Colts coach Tony Dungy when Spygate broke as compared to what he said this week.

The former-writer-turned-untrafficked-blogger wrote the following:

Those comments were later misrepresented by one local blogger, Bruce Allen, who wrote in his media blog, “The Projo notebook has more on Dungy slightly backing away from his earlier comments.’’

The blogger, known to be good at cut-and-paste, showed off that he can still do the Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V functions with that statement. That is exactly how I described the article in the Projo.

Within that article on the Providence Journal website, Shalise Manza Young wrote the following:

In a conference call yesterday, Dungy said he didn’t regret his comments, but backed away from them a bit, saying that was his opinion “at the time.”

My description of the article was based on the content of the article. This is a media blog, as was accurately pointed out. I fail to see how I personally misrepresented Dungy’s comments, since I only described what the writers were saying about them. If there is an issue, perhaps the actual writers should be contacted by the blogger.

What is clear to me is that this was simply a transparent attempt to draw me out, so that I would respond here, and perhaps even provide a link that would boost the traffic of the blog of the disgraced writer.

While I did respond here, there will be no link to the blog nor even a mention of the name. But if you came here looking for a rebuttal, there you have it.

Carlo Rotella in Boston Magazine has the story of the ugly breakup between “Flamboyant manager Norm Stone and sullen world champ John Ruiz” which is now headed to court.

The blog Post Game Heroes has a terrific breakdown of the how the Patriots offense owned the Redskins defense last Sunday.

Yesterday, Eric Wilbur went after Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star about how he reacted to several Colts blowout wins in ’04. Today Bob Kravitz responded to the piece, and also took at shot at Wilbur while on the Dennis and Callahan program this morning.

Mike Sando has NFL execs comparing Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

Pete Prisco says that the Patriots offense is the best of the modern era.

Tim Layden wonders how long the Patriots can stay fired up over SpyGate.

Fans in the Houston area are not going to get to watch the Patriots/Colts game because their local team is playing. (The SF Bay Area is ignoring the Raiders in favor of Colts/Patriots) David Barron has advice for those caught in this situation who want to see the game.

By the way, here are the game coverage maps for CBS Early Game the CBS Late Game and the FOX Single Game.

Neil Best says that TV executives would love to see a revival of the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks.

Michael Hiestand has NBC going green by turning out the lights during Football Night in America.

Bob Raissman has Michael Kay taking some shots at Joe Torre as the former Yankees manager leaves towns.

John Maffei has a look at a huge weekend of college football on TV.

Joe Haggerty has John Farrell turning down managerial opportunities elsewhere to remain with the Red Sox.

Some segments to look for on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown:

Former NFL coach Bill Parcells, who led the Patriots to a Super Bowl appearance in 1997 and one of only four coaches last year who beat the Indianapolis Colts, will make his second Sunday NFL Countdown appearance of the season Sunday at 11 a.m. ET. Parcells will join Chris Berman, Mike Ditka, Keyshawn Johnson, Tom Jackson, Emmitt Smith and NFL insider Chris Mortensen to preview the Patriots (8-0) at Colts (7-0) game featuring the only remaining undefeated teams in the NFL.

The two-hour program will also preview all league games and will include reports from Indianapolis by Sal Paolantonio covering the Patriots and Ed Werder reporting on the Colts. Steve Young will contribute his weekly Sunday segment – “Young is Restless” – featuring his opinion on the week’s hottest topics. Other highlights:

Manning and Brady
While the Pats at Colts matchup will determine which undefeated team is better, the game will also answer which quarterback – Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady – is better? Reporter Greg Garber turns to Hall of Fame quarterbacks Warren Moon, Jim Kelly and Steve Young to break down how both quarterbacks compare to one another.

TJ’s Tale of the Tape
Countdown’s Jackson answers the tough questions about the Patriots and Colts – who has the edge in all the key areas of the game in an old-school “tale of the tape” that compares the two unbeaten teams.

Ditka and Parcells on Patriots-Colts Coaching Chess Match
Ditka and Parcells will analyze the coaching moves and countermoves that will take place between Bill Belichick and Tony Dungy during the Patriots-Colts match-up.

Demo: Patriots/Colts & “The Slot”
The Patriots and Colts offenses make great use of their receivers in the “slot” positions. Parcells leads the Countdown analysts in demonstrating how both teams use the “slot” receiver and how both defense need to play against the “slot.”

Soundtracks: 2006 AFC Championship Game – Patriots vs. Colts
In ‘Soundtracks,’ Countdown takes fans inside the sights and sounds of last season’s AFC Championship game when Peyton Manning and the Colts overcame a 21-3 deficit to defeat the Patriots and reach the Super Bowl.

We’ll close out the week with a little Beano: