Sox Straighten Up

After losing the first two games of their four game set with the Kansas City Royals, the Red Sox got on back last night, with a 9-3 win.

Amalie Benjamin has the Red Sox shaving another game off their magic number for clinching a postseason spot. The number now sits at five. Michael Silverman has Josh Beckett battling through a season high 12 hits to get the win. Daniel Barbarisi says that Beckett and the Sox weren’t about to lose three straight to the bottom-feeding Royals. Alex Speier says that last night we saw once again that Beckett is a workhorse.

Adam Kilgore has David Ortiz hitting the 25 home run mark for the season, a number few though was possible after his horrible start to the season. McAdam has more on Ortiz’s return to power this season. Barbarisi has Ortiz finding satisfaction in reaching 25 homers.

Sean McAdam says that having Victor Martinez catch Josh Beckett last night was a postseason preview. Rob Bradford says that last night’s lineup means that October is right around the corner. Barbarisi says that the second Beckett-Martinez partnership certainly went better than the first.

Kilgore says that the decision to start Tim Wakefield next Tuesday is all about postseason flexibility. Joe Haggerty says that the Red Sox pitchers are coming up aces in September. Barbarisi says that a few Red Sox are nearing performance bonuses.

The Globe notebook has more on Victor Martinez getting the call to catch Josh Beckett last night. Silverman’s notebook has a look at the decision to start Wakefield on Tuesday. The ProJo Red Sox journal has Hunter Jones getting brought back to serve as a long man out of the bullpen.


Greg Doyle gives us some First Impressions of the Atlanta Falcons. We’re also Chatting With The Falcoholic on Patriots Daily today.

Christopher L. Gasper has Tom Brady struggling with his mechanics and working to find answers. Mike Reiss has Brady expecting more blitzing this Sunday.  Karen Guregian looks at how the blitz has suddenly become a mystery to Brady. She also says Brady is still firing away despite the issues. Shalise Manza Young has Brady saying that his problems are all mechanical. Rich Garven has more on Brady’s mechanics and problems handling pressure. Christopher Price has Brady knowing full well that teams are going to continue to rush him until he proves he can handle it.  

Ian R. Rapoport has former Boston College QB Matt Ryan viewing this return to New England as nothing more than a business trip. Mark Farinella has “Matty Ice” breezing back into town.  Jim Donaldson says that Ryan has come a long way in a short time. Andy Vogt says that Ryan will present a big challenge for the Patriots. Farley says that it has been a smooth transition for Ryan from BC to the NFL.

Julian Benbow has Prescott Burgess trying to get his bearings after a whirlwind coast-to-coast three day stretch. Glen Farley has Burgess just rolling with the moves.Rapoport has a Matthew Slater update. Price talks to special teams captain Sam Aiken about his unit’s lackluster play on Sunday.

The Globe notebook has ex-teammates Matt Ryan and Ron Brace reuniting this Sunday. Rapoport’s notebook has Burgess set to add depth at linebacker for the Patriots. Young’s Patriots journal has more on Burgess. Vogt’s notebook also looks at Burgess’ first day as a Patriot. Garven’s notebook looks at whether the Patriots will look to get Chris Baker more involved.


I’ve come to realize that there is No such thing as objectivity in sports.

Kevin Paul Dupont has Bruins legend Brad Park leveling some criticism at Andrew Ferrence for his role in the firing of NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly.

Fluto Shinzawa has coach Claude Julien doing some split squad work yesterday. Stephen Harris has 41-year-old Mark Recchi back for another run with the Bruins. Joe Haggerty says that the trade of Phil Kessel could open the door for the Bruins to pursue Ilya Kovalchuk. Mike Loftus has the “real” Bruins finally getting to work together. Harris’ notebook  has the regulars getting to work as a unit yesterday.

Eric Avidon has a look at BC linebacker Mike McLaughlin coming back after tearing his achilles tendon last spring. Mark Blaudschun says that McLaughlin’s return will be a boost to BC. Steve Conroy has McLaughlin eager to get on the field Sunday. Blaudschun’s notebook has 25-year-old first year QB Dave Shinskie looking to improve his game.


Zack Greinke Shuts Down Red Sox

All season we’ve been hearing about the Royals’ Zack Greinke. Last night, the Red Sox and their fans got an up close look at the young Kansas City ace, and he didn’t disappoint, pitching six shutout innings as the Royals beat the Red Sox 5-1. Boston managed just two hits the entire night.

Amalie Benjamin has the Royals’ five runs off Paul Byrd in the first inning plenty enough to get them the win. Michael Silverman notes that neither Byrd nor the Red Sox bats were any match for Greinke. Daniel Barbarisi says that this one was over early for the Sox.

Sean McAdam says that the Sox aren’t in a hurry to face Zach Greinke again. Adam Kilgore has Greinke impressing the Red Sox with his poise and stuff. Amy Nelson has the Red Sox tipping their caps to Greinke after the game. Rob Bradford says that the Red Sox getting their ace, Josh Beckett, a little rest down the stretch could be a key to the postseason.

Alex Speier says that Michael Bowden is emerging as a darkhorse candidate for a postseason roster spot. Barbarisi has a look at Paul Byrd’s struggles last night. He also has a look at Josh Reddick, who isn’t quite ready to be in the majors full-time, but isn’t far away.

Kilgore has Ramon Ramirez and the Red Sox happy with the trade that brought him to Boston for Coco Crisp. McAdam has the Sox a little worried about their infield depth at the moment. Joe Haggerty has J.D. Drew putting together the exact type of season the Red Sox hoped for when they signed him. Barbarisi looks at what the Red Sox are going to do with Tim Wakefield.

Benjamin’s notebook has the Sox not ready to give up on Manny Delcarmen. Silverman’s notebook says that Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman figures to be the hottest pitching commodity available this offseason. Barbarisi’s Red Sox journal has more on the Sox work with Delcarmen.


Scott Benson says that based on Dean Pees’ comments yesterday, we shouldn’t be holding out any hope for an increased pass rush anytime soon.

Christopher L. Gasper notes that the Patriots are going to have their hands full with Tony Gonzalez this Sunday. Glen Farley says that Gonzalez has already proved to be a good pickup for the Falcons. Karen Guregian’s notebook has more on the huge problem that Gonzalez will present to the Patriots. Mike Reiss offers up ten thoughts on the Atlanta Falcons.

Shalise Manza Young examines the Patriots struggles on offense thus far. Farley says that the Patriots are simply passing on the running game right now. Kerry Byrne says that the Patriots need to get back to a balanced offense. Benson urges the Patriots to Take the air out and run for it.

Jim Donaldson says that there isn’t a lot to feel good about around these Patriots right now. Mark Farinella says that all is not lost for the Patriots…yet.

Karen Guregian has Matt Ryan’s coach at Boston College, Tom O’Brien gushing over his former QB. Guregian says that the Falcons are more likely to have Ryan let it fly this season. Mike McDermott says that the Patriots defensive stats are not impressive. Christopher Price tries his hand at the mailbag.

Benson answers the burning question: Who in the hell is Prescott Burgess?

Paul Doyle looks at how far the Patriots have come in 50 years.

Gasper’s notebook has the Patriots picking up linebacker Prescott Burgess from Baltimore. Young’s Patriots journal has Terrence Wheatley caught in a numbers game at cornerback.


Rich Thompson says that Zdeno Chara needs a new defense partner with Aaron Ward traded to Carolina. Matt Kalman says that Vladimir Sobotka needs to step up his game or he will find himself in Providence. Fluto Shinzawa has Andrew Ferrence talking about his role in the firing of NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly.

Thompson’s notebook has Blake Wheeler making his case to replace Phil Kessel’s spot in the offense.  Kalman’s notebook has David Krejci still hoping for an October 1 return.

Frank Dell’Apa has Rasheed Wallace already making an impact in the community.

NESN Adds Jade McCarthy To On-Air Cast

jadeNESN announced today that Jade McCarthy will join NESN as an anchor, host and reporter in January 2010. 

From their press release today:

A Newton, Massachusetts native, McCarthy has spent the last 4 years with WCAU NBC 10 in Philadelphia, where she serves as a sports anchor/reporter. In 2008 she won 2 Emmy awards, one for best sports news story and the second for best sports special for Football Night in Philly. The Mount Holyoke College graduate also served as a host on Sports Final, an anchor on NBC 10’s weekend newscasts and a co-host for The10! Show, a daily lifestyle & entertainment show. 

“Jade’s passion for sports and her unique style will make her homecoming that much more enjoyable for our fans,” said Joel Feld, NESN’s executive vice president of programming and executive producer. “She will make a terrific addition to NESN’s on-air team.” 

“I am very excited to join the NESN family. I still remember sitting at my first Red Sox game with my great aunt being amazed as I watched Wade Boggs tower over Jody Reed in front of the dugout,” said Jade McCarthy. “My love for the Boston teams went with me as I worked in Alabama, and then in Philadelphia. While it is bittersweet to leave four years in Philly behind, I couldn’t be more thrilled to come home to the Boston area for this opportunity.” 

McCarthy began her career as a reporter at WGGB in Springfield, Massachusetts. She then moved to WAFF the NBC affiliate in Huntsville, Alabama to serve as a weekend morning show anchor and reporter before moving on to Philadelphia in 2005. Growing up, McCarthy rode horses competitively for 10 years.  Although she no longer competes, she still enjoys horseback riding. She will join NESN after completing her current contract at WCAU NBC 10.

Apparently they’re heartbroken in Philadelphia over this move…

Patriots Still Licking Their Wounds

The grades are in this Tuesday morning, and they’re not pretty.

The best grade Ron Borges can hand out is a “B” to the running backs, while the linebackers get a “F.” He lists Chad O’Shea under the “Back of the Pack” with the comment “His special teams weren’t.” One problem there, Scott O’Brien is the special teams coach. O’Shea is the wide receivers coach.

It’s funny how people see things differently. Where Borges gave the linebackers the “F”, Michael Felger gives them a “C+”. He gives the receivers an “F” and the defensive line a “B”, while Borges had given that unit a “D”. Follow that? Jeremy Gottlieb has the Patriots Daily report card. Steve DeOssie saves his harshest grade for the special teams.

Mike Reiss offers some ups and downs from yesterday. Scott Benson gives the PD Game Ball to Rex Ryan and has Tom Brady Take a Lap.

Coach Bill Burt has ten things the Patriots need to do to improve, and the first thing is that that bum Brady needs to show some life. Jonathan Comey says that the Jets will win a minimum of 11 games this season. Glen Farley says forget circling November 22 on their calendar for the Jets rematch, the Patriots need to be circling the wagons right now. Lenny Megliola says that the Patriots have some deep problems. Michael Hurley says that the loss might not have been quite as bad as we all think.

Ian R. Rapoport says that red zone woes were a major factor for the Patriots on Sunday. Monique Walker says that the Patriots need to make some adjustments this week while recovering from the Jets loss. Robert Lee also looks at the Patriots woes in the red zone. Christopher Price has more on the red zone troubles. Much of the preseason worry was focused at the defense, but Rich Garven notes that it is the offense that is struggling now.

Rapoport checks in with rookie Brandon Tate, who continues to work his way back from a knee injury. Brian MacPherson has a look at the impressive debut of Julian Edelman.

Rapoport’s notebook looks at the small role of the running game on Sunday. The Globe notebook discusses offensive and defensive communication. Lee’s Patriots journal has Vince Wilfork giving the Jets credit for backing up their words. Garven’s notebook has the Patriots failing to take out the trash on Sunday.

Red Sox

The Red Sox were shocked in KC last night, leading 6-1 at one point, Manny Delcarmen was hit hard again out of the bullpen, and it snowballed from there, with the Royal eventually recording a 12-9 win in very wet conditions.

Amalie Benjamin has the Sox turning a win into a loss right when they’re playing their best ball of the season. Michael Silverman says that one soggy night shouldn’t derail the Red Sox march to the playoffs, but it sure was ugly. Daniel Barbarisi has Tim Wakefield and the Red Sox giving this one away.

Sean McAdam says that the Red Sox can still catch the Yankees for the division, and should try to do so. Bill Reynolds says that the Red Sox may be peaking at just the right time. Adam Kilgore has weary Tim Wakefield not really looking like he’s going to be able to take the mound again in five days. Barbarisi looks at how far Junichi Tazawa has come in just a single season.

Amy Nelson wonders how much Tim Wakefield has left this season. Rob Bradford says that it wasn’t all bad for Wakefield last night. McAdam looks at the miserable weather last night in Kansas City and why the game was played despite it. David Willis gives a hesitant vote for Curt Schilling as US Senator. Joe Haggerty checks in with Billy Wagner. Alex Speier looks at how Red Sox assistant GM Allard Baird will find it hard to root against the Royals’ Zack Greinke tonight.

The Globe notebook looks at yet another shuffle at the shortstop position.  Silverman’s notebook has the Sox bringing Chris Woodward back as a reserve infielder with Nick Green out. Barbarisi’s Red Sox journal has PawSox manager Ron Johnson joining the big club and watching over his “kids.”


Fluto Shinzawa has a look at Andrew Ference as he returns from groin surgery. Rich Thompson has Tim Thomas getting up to speed. Mick Colageo says that the Bruins are better after the Phil Kessel trade. Mike Loftus has former first round pick Zach Hamill giving the Bruins a tough decision.

Shinzawa’s notebook has the Bruins taking a long look at 19-year-old forward Jamie Arniel.

Jets Can Walk The Talk, Too

You know, it’s hard to put together morning links when I have absolutely no interest in reading anything written about yesterday’s Patriots loss to the New York Jets. I have no interest in revisiting that game.

I know some of you do, though.  

Chris Warner has the Gut Check on Patriots Daily, while Jeremy Gottlieb already has the report card posted.

Ian R. Rapoport has the Patriots unable to slow down the all-out attack put on by the Jets. Christopher L. Gasper has the Jets backing up all their talk from earlier in the week. Andy Vogt has the Patriots happy to bid farewell to Giants Stadium after a horrible second half. Dom Amore has the Jets making good on all their talk. Shalise Manza Young has the Patriots offense sputtering for the second straight week. Mark Farinella has the Patriots unable to get anything working yesterday.

Ron Borges is troubled by what he sees from the Patriots. (Who are we kidding…he’s thrilled!) Dan Shaughnessy is elated that he can take a whack at the “Kool Aid crowd” today. Jim Donaldson has the Jets making a statement with all their talk. Bill Burt talks to former Patriots Larry Izzo and Damien Woody, who enjoyed all the talk and the win yesterday.

Mike Reiss says Tom Brady was uncomfortable and inaccurate all afternoon. Karen Guregian says that the Jets could see that Brady was completely confused by their defense. Chris Forsberg has Brady unable to lead the comeback in the end this week. Hector Longo says that the Patriots lack playmakers on offense right now. Farinella says that the timing was off for Brady all day. He also has the tight ends trying to find their niche in this offense.

Monique Walker has the Patriots defense OK, but not good enough. Donaldson says that Bill Belichick had no answers after the game. Christopher Price examines the 10 Things We Learned yesterday. Rapoport has Julian Edelman filling in for Wes Welker.Young has Edelman catching on on Welker’s fill in yesterday. Guregian has Randy Moss being shut down by the Jets.

Mark Lelinwalla has the Jets getting the last laugh. Farinella has Mark Sanchez earning the Patriots respect. Ben Seal has Sanchez looking good in the second half yesterday. Brian MacPherson says that the Jets defense is relentless. Farinella has the Patriots Feeling swamped in the Meadowlands.

Borges gives us the Best and worst from yesterday. Lelinwalla has the Play of the game. Young gives us some Analysis of the game. Longo gives us his Two-Minute Drill.

Rapoport’s notebook says that delay of game penalties were costly to the Patriots. Gasper’s notebook has Moss refuting Revis’ claims on shutting down the Patriots star by himself. Young’s Patriots journal has more on Revis and Moss. Vogt’s notebook looks at Edelman’s impressive debut.

The Red Sox continue their late-season roll to the playoffs. Check all the details of their 9-3 win in Baltimore over at Red Sox Links.

Doing the Friday Megalinks

Ok. After hardly doing links this week, it’s time to make up for it today. And I hope to finish this during the day. Let’s get to it.

First, the Weekend Viewing Picks.

College Football has good matchups this weekend including USC at Washington on ABC, Michigan State at Notre Dame on NBC, and Texas Tech at Texas in primetime on ABC. ESPN College Gameday is in Austin, TX to preview the Aggies-Longhorns game. Locally, BC takes on Clemson and that will be seen at noon (WSBK and CW28). The College Football Viewing Picks in full are right here.

To the NFL where we have some intriguing games in Week 2. CBS has the doubleheader this week and a good early game with the Patriots at the Jets especially in the wake of coach Rex Ryan’s trash talking. The showcase late game for CBS will be Pittsburgh at Chicago. For Fox, it’s regional coverage and New Orleans at the Eagles will be called by Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver. On Sunday night, it’s the regular season debut of the new Cowboys Stadium on NBC with the Giants and the Cowboys facing off. The entire Sunday schedule along with announcer assignments, DirecTV channels, satellite radio channels and anything else I wanted to add are in the NFL Viewing Picks.

For baseball, Cubs-Cards and Angels-Rangers will be featured on the national networks this weekend. NESN has the Red Sox at Baltimore series throughout the weekend. You can see what’s being covered in Baseball Viewing This Weekend.

Other programming notes of interest include Floyd Mayweather vs. Juan Miguel Marquez on HBO pay per view called by Jim Lampley, Emanuel Steward and boxing charlatan Max Kellerman and UFC 103 on pay per view.

NASCAR is in New Hampshire for the Sprint Cup Series on ABC at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The Weekend Viewing Picks in full not only have your sports picks, but primetime viewing as well.

Let’s get to your links.


Michael Hiestand of USA Today writes about Fox Sports unveiling new programming online and from what I hear, some nudity in the weekly “Cubed” series.

Sports Business Daily looks into the beginning of Fox Sports’ online initiative and the nudity on “Cubed”.

Brian Helfrich of SBD writes about Fox Sports not only cutting out the nudity in “Cubed” but also cutting down the web show from 16 minutes to under 2.

Eric Fisher in Sports Business Daily writes that the NFL has brought increased traffic to various sports news websites.

Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated reviews the Week 1 performances of several new NFL TV analysts.

The Nielsen ratings Wire blog says the early returns show ratings success for both college and pro football.

Anthony Crupi of Mediaweek says ESPN, Fox and NBC all saw ratings jumps for their first offerings of the NFL regular season.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell notes that the Cubs are feeling the effects of the recession.

Darren looks at how MillerCoors is getting notice for its brand at the new Cowboys Stadium.

Nick Saint of the Silicon Valley Insider notes that CBS Sports will stream its entire 15 game SEC football schedule online.

Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo’s Puck Daddy blog reports that DirecTV and Versus are talking to bring the sports channel back, but it appears it won’t be in time for the NHL season openers.

Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News also writes about the DirecTV/Versus negotiations.

R. Thomas Umstead of Multichannel says Spike is seeing excellent ratings for “The Ultimate Fighter” season premiere.

Michael Malone of Broadcasting & Cable says Bright House Sports will be picking up a slate of SEC games thanks to a new deal with ESPN Regional Television.

Ben Grossman of B&C writes that CBS is back in the Mixed Martial Arts business signing a deal to air Strikeforce bouts starting in November.

Steve Schwankert of the Hollywood Reporter notes that the NFL is expanding its broadcasts into Communist China and into democratic Taiwan.

Diego Vasquez of Media Life Magazine writes about a successful opening to the NFL season on the league’s TV partners.

Christopher Byrne of the Eye on Sports Media notes that ESPN is already releasing the opener to next year’s college football season.

Chris has the video of former Detroit Tigers voice Ernie Harwell saying thanks to his fans. Ernie was diagnosed with inoperable cancer and there has been a huge outpouring of support from all over baseball for Ernie.

The Big Lead talks with college football reporter Joe Schad.

The Sports Media Watch looks at the ratings of the recently completed US Open.

SMW tells us that of the NFL TV partners, only CBS saw a decrease in ratings for Week 1.

Here’s the first edition of a podcast I did with Sports Media Journal’s Keith Thibeault.

East and Mid-Atlantic

Chad Finn of the Boston Globe writes about some of the latest developments in new media in Boston.

Amanda Bruno of the Batter-up with Bruno blog notes that the Boston Globe has made a new hire to cover the Red Sox.

Bill Doyle of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette talks with Ron Jaworski of ESPN’s Monday Night Football about the Patriots’ performance against the Bills.

Newsday’s Neil Best writes that YES is not producing a postgame for the entire Yankees schedule.

Neil writes a feature on Newsday’s owner, Cablevision, increasing its commitment to high school sports.

Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News writes that CBS’ Phil Simms seems to be the only one not jumping on the Jets’ bandwagon.

Phil Mushnick in the New York Post rips the NFL replay rule.

Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union talks with ESPN Radio’s Freddie Coleman who got his sports radio start in New York’s Capital Region.

Pete also has five questions with Freddie.

In Press Box, Dave Hughes of talks with WNST’s Nestor “Nasty” Apricio.


To the Miami Herald, Barry Jackson says the Dolphins are excited about having their home opener on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

Gary Smits in the Florida Times-Union says the DirecTV/Versus dispute is preventing Florida State fans from seeing Saturday’s game against BYU.

Jeff Caplan in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram writes that NBC will be ready to cover the punts and the now-infamous video board at the new Cowboys Stadium.

Ray Buck of the Star-Telegram says NBC will showcase the new stadium this weekend.

Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News says Michael Irvin will be all over the place on Sunday and Monday.

Barry writes that a local sports radio station will talk with former President George W. Bush next week.

David Barron of the Houston Chronicle says College Gameday is back in Texas on Saturday.

In his blog, David looks at the football segments on local radio this weekend.

Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman says a Fox Sports Net college football analyst can feel Oklahoma University QB Sam Bradford’s pain.


Michael Zuidema of the Grand Rapids (MI) Press feels there are too many retired NFL players on his television.

Michael Hunt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that you won’t be seeing the Packers on HBO’s Hard Knocks.

Bob Wolfley in the Journal Sentinel says Milwaukee viewers will see up to 8 Minnesota Vikings games with former Packer Brett Favre this season.

Ed Sherman in Crain’s Chicago Business has his winners and losers.

In the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin, Paul Christian writes about the return of MMA to CBS.

Paul says a popular Twin Cities sports radio show makes a local appearance this weekend.

Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Joe Buck’s second HBO show has been retooled.

Dan writes that the ratings for the Rams’ season opener were up from last year.

Tom Timmerman of the Post-Dispatch reports that the Big 12 Conference is looking to expand its TV footprint similar to what the SEC did this year.


Scott D. Pierce of the Deseret (UT) News feels ESPN’s Bob Griese is a BCS lackey.

Jay Posner in the San Diego Union-Tribune writes that the US Open fireworks helped to prepare CBS’ Dick Enberg for the new NFL season.

Jay says Lee “Hacksaw” Hamilton returns to the local airwaves in October.

John Maffei of the North County Times pays tribute to a colleague who recently passed away.

Jim Carlisle in the Ventura County Star writes that football brings in the ratings.

Jim says the new Cowboys Stadium gets a real public Open House this Sunday.

Diane Pucin of the Los Angeles Times says fans are truly ready for some football.

Tom Hoffarth in the Los Angeles Daily News says don’t count out newspapers yet.

As usual, Tom has his extensive media notes in his blog.

And that’s going to conclude this edition of the megalinks. Coming this weekend on the Fang’s Bites on BSMW page, look for an interview with an ESPN official about this week’s launch of the ESPN Boston website.

Jets Continue Brash Talk About Patriots

The Rex Ryan-led New York Jets continue to use every opportunity they can to talk about what they’re going to do to the Patriots on Sunday. Yesterday, safety Kerry Rhodes talked about how the Jets will “try to embarass” the Patriots on Sunday, and to “make them feel bad.” Rhodes says “enough is enough” when it comes to the Patriots dominating the Jets.

Um, didn’t the Jets win at Foxborough last season, and wasn’t that victory supposed to be the “statement” win for them? How many do they need?

Yesterday on Patriots Daily, we were Trading Places with Brian Bassett of TheJetsBlog, to swap some thoughts on Sunday’s game.

Mike Reiss says that the Patriots and Jets are each a reflection of their coaches. Gerry Callahan says that Rhodes wasn’t very smart with his comments yesterday.

Monique Walker has Adalius Thomas used to having many uses on the Patriots defense. Shalise Manza Young looks at the challenge Mark Sanchez faces the first time he plays against a Bill Belichick defense. Jennifer Toland looks at Sanchez’s impressive debut last week. Christopher Price says that the Patriots have faced this Jets defense before…in Baltimore.

Bill Burt has Rex Ryan giving Patriots fans a whole new reason to hate the Jets. Jim Donaldson says that the Patriots need to find an offensive balance that will keep Tom Brady protected. MARK FARINELLA says that the border war has always been mouthy. Matt Tempesta notes that the Patriots aren’t taking the bait coming from the Jets. Ian R. Rapoport has the Patriots not worrying about the trash talk.

Rapoport thinks the running game will be the key on Sunday.

Young’s Patriots journal has more on the anti-Patriots vitriol coming from Rhodes. Toland’s notebook has Laurence Maroney ready to handle more kickoff returns. Rapoport’s notebook has Jerod Mayo making a brief appearance in the locker room.

Scott Souza says KG should be good to go for camp.