Patriot Ledger Piece on WEEI/ESPNBoston/CSN

Steve Adams of the Patriot Ledger had a piece over the weekend looking at the recent sports media frenzy in Boston, with coming into town, Comcast SportsNet launching a multi-million-dollar cable network expansion and 98.5 The SportsHub launching as a rival to WEEI.

A sports media frenzy in Boston

I’m quoted toward the end of the article, in regards to whether 98.5 can be a serious competitor to WEEI.

Also, if you see a copy of the 11/25 edition of Patriots Football Weekly on the newsstands this week, be sure to check out my interview and column with CBS broadcaster Lesley Visser, who talked about breaking down barriers as the first female NFL beat writer as a 22-year-old with The Boston Globe in 1976.


Are The Patriots True Contenders?

While we won’t know the complete answer, tonight’s game against the unbeaten New Orleans Saints down in the Superdome will go a long ways in telling us what we can expect in the long run from this Patriots team. The Patriots need a win tonight to stay in the hunt for the #2 seed and a first round bye. They need to show that they can win on the road. We’ll know a lot more about this team by midnight tonight.

Over on Patriots Daily, Greg Doyle gives us some first impressions of the Saints, while Dan Zeigarnik checks out his matchups of the week.

Adam Kilgore has the Patriots saying that they need to make a stand in this game. Karen Guregian says that this is a statement game for the Patriots. Shalise Manza Young says that despite what people in New Orleans may think, the Super Bowl is not tonight.  Rich Garven has New Orleans looking at this one as Mardi Gras in November. Andy Vogt says that the Patriots can take care of two the biggest gripes about themselves with a win tonight. Mark Farinella reminds us that the Superdome has a lot of memories for the Patriots, not all of them good. Tom E. Curran says that the Patriots are playing for more than just pride tonight.

Ian R. Rapoport gives us the top five determining factors for tonight’s game. Christopher Price gives us five things to watch for tonight. Monique Walker says that despite all the attention the offenses are receiving, the defenses of the two clubs could determine who wins this one. Brian MacPherson picks the Saints by two after looking at all the matchups. Jim Donaldson says that the Patriots don’t have a chance tonight. Scott Coen thinks the Patriots will win comfortably. Jonathan Comey says that the Saints are the 2007 Patriots reincarnated. Farinella though, says that these Saints play defense, too.

Bob Ryan says that with all the praise that Bill Belichick has dished out to the Saints in the last week, the Patriots are brave to just show up tonight. Ron Borges says that the Patriots and Colts have switched identities from earlier in the decade, the Colts are now the resourceful team that finds ways to win, while the Patriots are soft and can’t make the big defensive play when needed. Jim Donaldson says that this is also a defining moment for the Saints. Bill Burt says that the Patriots need Tom Brady to be the King in this must-win game.

Mike Reiss says that Junior Seau has made a huge impact on these Patriots without seeing much playing time. Young catches up with Ty Warren prior to the game. Garven looks at how good Drew Brees has been since joining the Saints. Glen Farley has a look at Isaiah Stanback, who hasn’t let setbacks stop his career. He also has ESPN hyping this one as the game of the year since last Monday night.

Jim McBride has tonight’s Patriots/Saints scouting report. The Herald staff puts together their own scouting report. The ProJo trots out their pregame analysis as well.

The Globe notebook has Drew Brees remembering Wes Welker’s first NFL training camp, with the San Diego Chargers. Rapoport’s notebook says that preparation for this one will continue right up to kickoff for the Patriots. Vogt’s notebook has Rob Ninkovich looking forward to his return to New Orleans.


The Celtics got their road trip off to a good start with a 92-85 win over Dwyane Wade and the Heat in Miami. Kevin Garnett was 11-12 from the field with 24 points in the victory.

Gary Washburn notes that the Celtics clamped down defensively on the previously hot Michael Beasley and his Heat teammates in the fourth quarter. Mark Murphy has the Celtics applying just enough stinginess down the stretch to get the win. Jessica Camerato has KG enjoying a run of near-perfection the last two games. A. Sherrod Blakely has the Celtics picking up their fourth straight win last night.

Robert Lee says that there are still a lot of questions surrounding this Celtics team. Tim Weisberg wonders how Allen Iverson would look in green.

Washburn’s notebook looks at a rough weekend for Ray Allen, as the Celtics guard saw his young son hospitalized after taking ill Thanksgiving night. Murphy’s notebook has Rasheed Wallace planning on appealing his $30k fine for talking about the officials Friday night.


Alex Speier looks at the downsides for the Red Sox if they acquire Roy Halladay.

Rich Thompson has Michael Ryder delivering the goods for the Bruins on Saturday night. Kevin Paul Dupont looks at a late goal on Saturday night which nearly cost the Bruins a point in the standings. Joe Haggerty says that the Bruins need to make sure not to take any unneccessary risks with Patrice Bergeron.

Mark Blaudschun has the BC Eagles getting some rest after their 8-4 regular season.

Blaudschun also looks at how the Bowl Championship Series might fill its at-large slots.

High School Football Links and Previews

Here’s a few links for those of you headed out to enjoy some high school football today:

HOMETEAM: Thanksgiving football preview – Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

GRIDIRON GREATS: Local football legends share their Thanksgiving stories – The Patriot-Ledger.

For some, Thanksgiving is the last time they’ll play football – Eric McHugh, Patriot-Ledger.

Patriot-Ledger High School coverage.

Playoff berths on the menu – Michael Grossi, Boston Globe.

He’s still a part of Reading team – Dan Shaughnessy, Boston Globe.

the High School Sports blog – The Boston Globe.

Boston Globe High School Sports coverage.

High School Insider – Boston Herald Blog.

Boston Herald High School Sports coverage.

Bleacher Creature – Eagle-Tribune High School Sports blog.

Varsity Voice – Western Massachusetts High School sports blog. High School Sports Coverage.

Metrowest Daily News High School coverage.

South Coast Varsity – High School Sports site.

HSGameTime – High School Coverage from

Marc Thaler’s Moving the Chains NH High School Football blog.

Week Log: Big Guys Don’t Cry

The only thing better than watching the NYJ take a beating on an autumn Sunday afternoon is watching the Patriots give it to them. After nine weeks out of alignment, the football world has righted itself again as the Pats redeemed their Week 2 loss to the Jets with a 31-14 win in Foxborough on Sunday. Patriots Gab has nine weeks making a huge difference as the tables have turned again in the Border War. The Patriot Act stops just short of saying Wes Welker made all the difference in this one. First And Ten From Foxborough has CB Leigh Bodden and the Pats’ D knowing Jets’ QB Mark Sanchez was good for a few turnovers.

Hey, what yaps more than a Jets team after winning a Week 2 Super Bowl? The answer, of course, is a Jets team that got their arses handed to them on Week 11. CB Donald Strickland might want to get himself a publicist, as Jessica Isner thinks he would do better to sweep the hit he took from LT Mark LeVoir under the rug rather than crying out about it. Rex Ryan did his share of crying after Tom Brady and Randy Moss took that deep shot on him inside of a minute to go, but The Crowe’s Nest liked the call because he needed the fantasy points.

There’s a freshness in Pats Chowder‘s air on days following a Pats win-Steelers loss combo. But even three rows removed from the parking lot, Pats Pulpit can see the Pats don’t have the look of a team that will go far in January.

Forget January, because Boston Sports Blog is looking to February when the New Orleans Saints and Pats next meet after this Monday night’s showdown in the Superdome. Rich Levine has Bill Belichick seeing similarities between these Saints and the Rams team he beat on his last trip to the Superdome back in 2002. The Rap Sheet has New Orleans dear in Robert Kraft’s heart.

Blaug and his cat Charlie are happy the Pats don’t have to play tomorrow. PatsFans have plenty to be thankful for this Turkey Day, not the least of which is a cream puff December.


Last week, one blogger foresaw a resurrection on this road trip and now that their prophecy has been fulfilled, View From 311 earns opening honors and the chance to gloat about the B’s newfound winning ways. The Hockey Blog Adventure isn’t sure whether it’s the play of Patrice Bergeron or their own lack of publishing, but something has set the B’s right again. CSNNE’s Bruins Blog has the once-hibernating B’s back at full strength with the return of Marc Savard. Eric Ortiz has the Black & Gold re-establishing their identity, but if he sees two aces between the pipes I’d sure like to play him in a hand of poker.

Something’s Bruin has a couple of 60 year-olds putting the puck in the net in St. Louis Monday night. I guess hockey years must be kind of like dog years. Milan Lucic’s five hits against the Blues earned him a Hub Hockey game recap bullet.

Stanley Cup of Chowder thinks hockey coverage is being denied its freedom of the press, while According To Cameron Frye celebrates her right to bear arms.


Rooting for the C’s of late is a lot like buying a penny stock: you don’t know if you’ll be up or down by the end of the day, but you know the ride will kill you. LOSCY starts us off with 34 questions about this team and thinks he can handle The Truth. This season started out for Celtics Stuff Live with the same level of anticipation they had for Lethal Weapon 2, and has so far been equally as disappointing.

Evans Clinchy has Paul Pierce filling the void created by slacking teammates. Lex Nihil Novi is unofficially on the KG retirement watch. Loy’s Place has Kendrick Perkins as one of the few bright spots in Sunday’s win over the Knicks, and one of the most consistent C’s this season. Green Street goes inside the mind of Perk for their portrait of a serial blocker.

Red’s Army debunks the myth that the C’s are shooting too many threes. Nuggetpalooza has the C’s ending their worst eight-game stretch from beyond the arc in the Ray Allen era with a breakout game at MSG on Sunday. It’s sure easier to settle for the outside shot than to work inside.

CSNNE’s Celtics Blog has the old guys taking on Philly’s youth tonight at the TD Garden.


UConn Sports Blog has Huskies’ coach Randy Edsall schooling his backfield duo of Jordan Todman and Andre Dixon on proper celebration etiquette after what he calls the program’s biggest win ever over Notre Dame last Saturday. Ex-Huskie Rob Lunn learned that UConn doesn’t have a lot of quit in them. UConnFootball is still feeling LB Greg “The Finisher” Lloyd’s goalline hit that kept the Irish’s Armando Allen out of the end zone. Sox & Dawgs suggests Irish QB Jimmy Clausen should know better than to get into a post-game bar brawl given the Jasper Howard tragedy.

That you can’t turn the ball over six times and win tops five things learned by The BC Blog, who have the Eagles wilting under another top-tier defense last Saturday. Despite the six turnovers, Eagle in Atlanta gives the offense a C-. The View From Section X gives a thumbs-down to QB David Shinskie, but a big thumbs-up to RB Montel Harris, who racked up 132 rushing yards against North Carolina’s 7th-ranked run defense. Soaring To Glory has the Eagles playing for nothing this weekend at Maryland. Eagle Insider wraps up their ten observations by concluding the Eagles are headed to SF and the Emerald Bowl.

BC Interruption has the demise of Northeastern’s program opening up a home date for the Eagles in 2013, but don’t look for USC to be coming to The Heights. College Sports Blog has Northeastern AD Peter Roby blindsiding coaches and players with last weekend’s decision to pull the plug on Huskies football. New Hampshire Football Report has the UNH Wildcats drawing McNeese State in the first round of the FCS playoff after beating Maine on Saturday.

And finally, the last weekend of Ivy League football is always a somber time for me. When this most pristine of all football associations in America clears its gridirons for the last time, winter has made its most lethal advance on the New England autumn to date. But Portal 31 is going out with guns a-blazing, ripping Yale Bulldogs’ coach Tom Williams for his Bellichickian decision to go for it on fourth-and-long late in their Saturday loss to Harvard. Dr. Saturday doesn’t think Williams’ call will inspire the same stimulating discussion that Belichick’s did. The Harvard Crimson says the game was just an excuse for keg-laced tailgate parties anyway.

Hot Stove

We’re not going to do the Sox or MLB much justice today, but the Hot Stove is beginning to simmer and demands some attention.

Surviving Grady says a Roy Halladay addition would stick it to Canada and make the Sox rotation better than a forest full of porn-bearing trees. Boston Dirt Dogs says the Halladay pursuit is Theo being Theo around Thanksgiving.

The Bottom Line looks for a suitable home for Mike Lowell. Fire Brand Of The American League says replacing Lowell with free agent Adrian Beltre is an interesting avenue, but one that will block Adrian Gonzalez from coming to Fenway. One If By Land likes Beltre for his glove and his bat on the road. Anybody at third but Miguel Cabrera, says Extra Bases.

And with Thanksgiving a day away, Red Sox Monster finds five things Sox fans have to be thankful for.

I’m going to leave you with my best wishes for a good feast and these tips on surviving the day, courtesy of Thanks For Playing. A shout to Bruce for letting me out a day early, but I’ll be back in my appointed slot again next Thursday. Until then, follow me on my new Twitter account at @BobEks for posting schedules.

Wednesday Top 10

I’m sure it’s a busy day out there, so I’ll just give you the links you need to read this morning:

Halladay is being targeted – Peter Abraham’s notebook in the Globe says that the Red Sox are making a push to land Toronto ace Roy Halladay prior to the Dec. 7 winter meetings.

Why Roy Halladay is a priority – Rob Bradford tells us why the Red Sox are making Halladay such a priority.

Marco Scutaro’s name on short list – Michael Silverman reports that the Red Sox have expressed interest in free agent shortstop Marco Scutaro, who played for the Blue Jays last season.

Red Sox in a curious position – Peter Gammons explains why voodoo economics and Scott Boras will make this an interesting winter in Boston.

To get into the game, ID often required – Albert Breer shows off his football chops by explaining in detail how the Patriots protected Tom Brady from the Jets’ elaborate blitz schemes even when some of their top lineman came out of the game due to injury.

Felger’s Week 11 report card – Michael Felger says that the Patriots just took care of business on Sunday, and when you look at results from around the AFC that day, that’s no small feat.

Rex Ryan disrespected? Tough – It’s nice to see Ron Borges turn his snide commentary on to a Patriots opponent, rather than the home team.

No one calls them the Aints any more – Shalise Manza Young offers up a primer on the Patriots Monday night opponent.

No big plans for Allen Iverson, yet – Steve Bulpett has Danny Ainge saying that the Celtics have had internal discussion about Allen Iverson, but the decision was not unanimous, and nothing is close to happening.

Bruins: Bergeron providing boost B’s need – Mike Loftus looks at the increased production from Patrice Bergeron and some other key players for the Bruins.

In addition, also be sure to check out the 50th Anniversary Minute – the 1997 Patriots post from Brendon Rosenau on Patriots Daily.

For the rest of the sports news today, you can always hit the link sites:

Bob Ekstrom will be by later with the Week Log.

Patriots Begin Prep For The Bayou

The Patriots now begin their preparations to face the unbeaten New Orleans Saints down at the Superdome next Monday night, still seeking their first* road victory of the season.

Gerry Callahan says that the Patriots have a whole lot to prove in this game. Bill Burt gives us 10 reasons to feel good about the Patriots. Monique Walker says that the Patriots are rightly focused on themselves and not on the playoffs. Projo Sports Editor Shalise ManzaYoung has the Patriots similarly focused.

Jeremy Gottlieb checks in on Patriots Daily with an exhaustive edition of Making the Grades, while Ron Borges has pretty high grades across the board on this one in his report card.

Karen Guregian says that the Patriots defense can make a name for themselves with a good showing against the high-powered Saints. Mike Reiss claims that this is the Patriots last chance at a signature win this season. Glen Farley says that the Saints have benefited from a very easy schedule.  Rich Garven says that the Patriots need to start winning on the road. Tom E. Curran has the Patriots saying good-bye to the Jets and moving on to the Saints.

Ian R. Rapoport looks at the path to Foxborough for Wes Welker. Lenny Megliola has more on Welker, who seems put on Earth to be a football player. Rapoport has Brady and the Patriots set for the real season, which according to their coach, starts after Thanksgiving.

Rapoport’s notebook has Rex Ryan feeling “disrespected” by the Patriots late in the game. Adam Kilgore’s notebook says that it’s been a rough year with the challenge flag for Bill Belichick. Young’s Patriots journal has Belichick making sure he didn’t miss out on Welker the second time around. Garven’s notebook has Brady turning to Welker when Moss is bottled up. Farley’s notebook has Brady one game shy of tying the NFL record for consecutive 300-yard passing games.

*everyone I hear tells me that the London game against Tampa doesn’t really count as a road game

Red Sox

Gordon Edes says that the Red Sox are in the running to land Roy Halladay, but face plenty of competition. John Tomase looks at what the offseason may hold for teams in the AL East.

Peter Abraham has Terry Francona moving DeMarlo Hale up to the position of bench coach, while shifting Tim Bogar over to third base and bringing Pawtucket manager Ron Johnson in to coach first. Joe McDonald has Johnson’s devotion to the organization paying off with his promotion. Sean McAdam says that the coaching shuffle provides new opportunities for all three men. Mike Fine says that these promotions were more than just about rewarding friendships. Tomase’s notebook also looks at the moves.


The Bruins scored a 4-2 win in St. Louis last night, giving them their first three-game winning streak on the season. Marc Savard returned to the lineup for the Bruins, but Fluto Shinzawa says that Patrice Bergeron was the one who stole the show for Boston. Stephen Harris has the Bruins power-play units connecting twice in the win. Joe Haggerty has the Bruins finally back to full strength. Graig Woodburn has Bergeron with another game-winning performance. Matt Kalman has the Bruins showing signs of life.

Shinzawa’s notebook has Byron Bitz using his size and hockey sense to play a straightforward game. Harris’ notebook has Savard assessing his peformance as “not bad.”


Scott Souza has the Celtics working on turning their recent struggles around. Gary Washburn and Steve Bulpett have Glen Davis getting closer to a return, but will face a fight for minutes when he does get on the court. Rich Levine looks at another new free throw routine for Rajon Rondo. Mike Fine has the Celtics talking about their team-wide shooting woes. Jessica Camerato looks at Kendrick Perkins’ mindset as a shot blocker.

Mark Blaudschun and John Connolly have more on Northeastern’s decision to drop football.

Belichick “speaks to no one” – Really?

Might as well start the war with the New Orleans sports media nice and early. The Times-Picayune of New Orleans has a piece up by Peter Finney today, looking forward to the showdown between the unbeaten Saints and the Patriots a week from tonight.

In looking toward the game, Finney says:

Despite three losses, the New England Patriots speak for themselves, a perennial contender whose coach speaks to no one.

Finney is going by the commonly-held belief, especially among those outside New England, and in the national media, that the Patriots coach just doesn’t speak to or cooperate with the media.

Apparently Finney didn’t catch Belichick’s press conference this morning, which begins on a light note (the microphone was too high for the coach) and proceeds to talk about missing out on Wes Welker in the draft, and then (about 16 minutes in) getting into a fantastic in-depth conversation about roster decisions and what goes into them. Mike Reiss for one, really appreciated the session with Belichick.

One of the many misperceptions that the media puts out there about Belichick is that he doesn’t give anything to the media. In fact, it is the exact opposite.

While Belichick doesn’t give injury or contract information and doesn’t play the human interest or cliché game that some columnists are after, when it comes to pure football talk, few speak more and none provide anywhere near as much insight. It would be nice if some in the media, both locally and nationally acknowledged that fact.

The coach who “speaks to no one” followed that press conference with a one-on-one session with WCVB’s Mike Lynch, and then with radio call-ins to WFAN-New York and SIRIUS NFL Radio, and will appear on WEEI’s Big Show in the 5:00pm hour today.

Celtics Escape From New York, NU Dumps Football

There were two Boston-New York battles yesterday, and perhaps surprisingly, it was the Celtics that had the tougher afternoon with their Gotham opponent.

The Celtics needed overtime to defeat the Knicks, 107-105 at Madison Square Garden.

Julian Benbow has Paul Pierce carrying the Celtics on the afternoon, but passing off to Kevin Garnett for the game winner. Paul Flannery says that a win is a win, ever over the lowly Knicks. Steve Bulpet has KG finishing a bad game with a big shot. A. Sherrod Blakely says that the game winner by KG didn’t come as a surprise to the Celtics.

Gary Washburn says that the absence of Glen Davis is truly hurting the Celtics right now. Tim Weisberg says that the three-point shot has become a serious problem for the Celtics.

Benbow’s notebook has Rajon Rondo trying yet another routine at the free throw line. Bulpett’s notebook has another awful shooting game from Rasheed Wallace. Chris Sheridan looks at what is wrong with the Celtics.


Northeastern University has announced that they will discontinue their football program, following 74 years of play. Andrew Ryan has NU officials making the decision because they feel the sport is too expensive to justify. John Connolly has many unhappy with the decision.

Dan Shaughnessy weighs in on the demise of the program.


Joe Haggerty has Marc Savard returning tonight, and hoping to recharge the Bruins power play unit. Mike Loftus has the Bruins hoping Savard can add to the positive streak the team has been on recently. Mick Colageo has the Bruins with Savard returning, finally on track to get themselves into legitimate top-eight position. Stephen Harris has Savard excited to get back out on the ice. Kevin Paul Dupont has Byron Bitz getting a bump up to the top line.


John Tomase has J.D. Drew on the mend after shoulder surgery.

Mark Blaudschun has the BCS resulting in terrific dramatic games week in and week out.

Wes is More For Patriots Against Jets

Now we know. The biggest difference between the Patriots of week two, and the Patriots now is the little guy who wears number 83. By doing everything in their power to ensure that Randy Moss didn’t beat them, Darrelle Revis and the Jets won that battle, but lost the war in a 31-14 victory by the Patriots. Welker finished with 15 catches for 192 yards on the afternoon.

Chris Warner has the Gut Check after this one.

Adam Kilgore has the Patriots successfully moving from last weeks loss in Indy. Tom E. Curran has the Patriots avoiding the “Indy Hangover” by handily beating the Jets. Ian R. Rapoport has the opportunistic Patriots taking advantage of the Jets mistakes yesterday. Shalise Manza Young has the Patriots bringing an end to a long week with the big win yesterday. Tim Whelan Jr. has the Patriots hazing the Jets rookie QB on their way to victory. Jennifer Toland has the Patriots bouncing back and getting some revenge. Tim Weisberg says that this could be the statement game that the Patriots defense has been waiting for. Mark Farinella says there were plenty of superlatives all around for the Patriots yesterday. Mike Reiss has the Patriots getting off the mat to deliver a knockout yesterday.

Michael Felger says that the Patriots might’ve played terribly in this game, but thanks to Mark Sanchez, the Patriots made it look easy. Steve Buckley says that you can always count on the Jets to make a lot of noise, and to face away as the season goes on. Rich Garven has the Patriots just getting back to ‘Business as Usual’ yesterday at Gillette. Jonathan Comey looks at this game and others in Monday Morning Fullback. Christopher Price shows us 10 Things We Learned Yesterday.

Bob Ryan looks at the huge afternoon by Welker, and wonders again why Miami ever let him come here. Jeff Jacobs says that thanks to Welker, this rematch was no match at all. Ron Borges says that while Revis may have shut down Randy Moss, Welker shut up the entire Jets team. Reiss says that Welker could be the Pats’ MVP this season. Brian MacPherson says that next time perhaps the Jets should send Revis over to cover Welker. Jim Donaldson says that it was Welker that made the difference between the week two loss and yesterday’s win. Andy Vogt has Welker as the key to beating the Jets defense. Farinella has more on the unstoppable Mr. Welker yesterday. Glen Farley says that Welker was no side story yesterday.

Albert R. Breer has Vince Wilfork once again anchoring the defense up front. Karen Guregian says that the defense never lost its swagger or confidence this week, and they showed that on the field. Glen Farley has the defense putting an exclamation point on their statement game. Reiss has the Patriots defense bringing heat yesterday, and Mark Sanchez wilting as a result. Robert Lee looks at the huge afternoon from cornerback Leigh Bodden. Rich Thompson has Bodden picking off Mark Sanchez three times yesterday. Farinella has No. 23 feeling comfortable here in New England.

Dan Duggan has Tom Brady and the Patriots getting much better results against the Jets this time around. Chris Forsberg has Brady able to handle the pressure of the Jets yesterday. Monique Walker has Laurence Maroney with another fumble, but also two touchdowns on the afternoon.

Brendan Hall looks at the job Darrelle Revis did in backing up his talk about keeping Randy Moss covered. Bill Burt makes this matchup his biggest focus of the game.

Borges gives us the best and the worst from yesterday. Duggan examines the marquee matchup of Revis vs. Moss. Lee has postgame analysis from both sides of the ball. Hector Longo continues to hate Jerod Mayo in his Two-minute Drill. Take that, you Kool-Aid drinkers.

Walker’s notebook has Leigh Bodden coming up with three interceptions off Mark Sanchez on the afternoon. Rapoport’s notebook has Maroney continuing his solid play as of late. Heading up Young’s Talking points is Revis being able to get the better of Randy Moss once again. The Daily News’ notebook has the Patriots getting the better of  “The San-chise.” Toland’s notebook has Bodden and the defense playing like they had something to prove yesterday. Weisberg’s notebook has Welker leaving us to wonder how the Patriots might’ve fared had #83 played in week two. Farinella’s notebook has Tom Brady adding to his resume yesterday. Farley’s notebook has an Easton grandmother picking up $300,00 at halftime.

Gordon Edes Officially In at

Gordon Edes has his first post up at today:

Back where I belong

New England is my home, baseball remains my game, and after being away, I am even more persuaded that there is no better place to talk, write, blog, tweet, text, chat and care about baseball than right here, for this audience. Many of you already know me, from my 12 years of covering the Red Sox for the Boston Globe and from posing as Heidi Watney’s favorite uncle on NESN. I hope to renew acquaintances with you, while introducing myself to many more of you through what we intend to be the go-to site for all things Red Sox. For openers, we have Peter Gammons on our side, which is like spotting us Pedro Martinez.

Good to have you back, Gordo…