Patriots/Colts Preparation Heats Up

Over on Patriots Daily this morning, we’re Trading Places with the Colts bloggers from, and you might be surprised (or not) to find out that Colts fans still think Tom Brady is just a product of the Belichick system, and that they guy they really fear is Randy Moss. There is also some good information on the Colts defense there, and why all the injuries aren’t as big a deal as some might think.

Adam Kilgore has a look at the links between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, and how they are the best of this era. Ian R. Rapoport has the two quarterbacks ready for the latest chapter in their rivalry. Andy Vogt says that the two have a mutual admiration society going on. Glen Farley has each QB talking glowingly about the other. Mark Farinella has them deflecting the spotlight off themselves and placing it on the other.

Rich Garven has a good look at the Patriots remade defense, which is getting noticed around the NFL.  Brian MacPherson has Bill Belichick talking about the challenge of trying to defend Peyton Manning. Bill Burt says that overshadowed by all the Manning/Brady hype is the fact that this is a must-win game for the Patriots.

Albert R. Breer has Vince Wilfork focused on the job at hand, not his contract. Karen Guregian has Wilfork refuting any notion that progress was made on a new deal over the bye week, but still remaining focused on his job.

Guregian has Rodney Harrison saying that Brady needs to exploit the Colts banged up secondary. Here are the notes from the NBC Conference call with Harrison and Tony Dungy yesterday.

Christopher Price lists out his five favorite moments from Patriots/Colts. Tom E. Curran has his three greatest games. The Projo PatsBlog is going to look at each game between the two teams this decade. Jim Donaldson looks at game one and game two today.

Shalise Manza Young has Colts coach Jim Caldwell keeping things consistent after replacing Tony Dungy. Farinella has Manning and the Colts impressed with former Mansfield High School and Holy Cross wide receiver Brett McDermott, who was in their camp this summer.

Jonathan Comey puts the Patriots fourth in his NFL power rankings.

Jeff Jacobs has the UFL coming to Hartford tonight, and probably getting a franchise next season.

Monique Walker’s notebook has Jonathan Wilhite back at practice, after missing last week with a stomach virus. Rapoport’s notebook has more on Wilhite’s return from illness. Young’s Patriots Journal has the Colts making the most of their unbalanced offense. Vogt’s notebook has more on the Patriots using Wilfork as a defensive end. Garven’s notebook has more on Wilfork. Farley’s notebook has the Colts in pursuit of perfection.


Celtics Play a Sweet Tune on Jazz

We’ll lead off here with Jessica Heslam and her story about the back-and-forth war of words between Bill Simmons and Glenn Ordway. The last line is a bit inaccurate. Perhaps Ordway took the high road when asked for comment by the Herald, but he certainly hasn’t done so the last two days on the air.

You can download and listen to Simmons’ appearance on 98.5 through their On Demand page.

The Celtics did a number of the Utah Jazz last night, running out to a 105-86 win at the Garden. Mark Murphy has the Celtics putting together a balanced attack, which started with the guys inside. Julian Benbow has the Celtics paying attention to the small things and the details against the Jazz. Lenny Megliola has the Celtics not interested in losing a second straight home game. Bill Doyle notes how much better the Celtics played with a little rest. Robert Lee has the Celtics defense doing the job on Utah.

Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics certainly showed the benefits of getting a few days with no games and being able to get some practice time. Gary Washburn says that the short break allowed the Celtics to put it all back together. Paul Flannery has the Celtics finding their legs at the Garden last night. Mike Fine has the rest allowing the Celtics to show what they’re capable of. Rich Levine has a revamped “D” getting the job done.

Jeff Howe has Marquis Daniels impressed with the defense that his teammates play. Murphy has Glen Davis finding an old shoebox in his closet that was full of old clippings of guys who are now his teammates. Bulpett has Brian Scalabrine mad at a New York cameraman who had his foot over the line down at Madison Square Garden, and caused the Celtics forward to sprain his ankle.

Benbow’s notebook has more on Davis finding the box of clippings. Murphy’s notebook has Kevin Garnett fine after slipping on a third quarter alley-oop pass. Doyle’s notebook has Doc Rivers and the Celtics not worried about KG’s diminished numbers. Chris Forsberg has a notebook which looks at Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins briefly switching roles. Lee’s Celtics Journal has the Celtics expecting KG to improve as the season wears on.

Red Sox

Rob Bradford looks at three men outside the Red Sox organization who will likely have a big impact in the Boston offseason. Nick Cafardo has a look at San Diego first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who isn’t fazed about the uncertainty over his future with the Padres. In the Metro, I’m looking at three possible “big splash” moves the Red Sox could be looking at.

Peter Abraham and Michael Silverman have Jason Varitek exercising his $3 Million player option and returning to the Red Sox next season. Fine has more on the catcher returning to Boston for his 13th season with the Red Sox. An ESPNBoston report notes the Red Sox interest in Hideki Matsui, as reported by a Japanese web site.  

Silverman’s notebook has the Red Sox OK with the idea of Billy Wagner accepting arbitration. Abraham’s notebook says that Wagner enjoyed his time in Boston, and the Red Sox would love to have him back in a non-closer role. Sean McAdam also has a notebook with more on Wagner, and some pitchers the Red Sox might take a look at this offseason.


Mike Loftus and Stephen Harris have Bruins coach Claude Julien with some criticism of David Krejci yesterday, saying that the center’s game “certainly isn’t where it should be.” He is also hinting that Krejci isn’t working as hard as he should. Fluto Shinzawa has the Bruins still needing the sharpen up their power play.

Julian Benbow has a feature on Boston College point guard Biko Paris.

Patriots links coming in separate post.

Veteran’s Day Top Ten Links

We’re sticking to “only the best” today, so no muckraking, no cheap shots, no agendas, just pure unadulterated sports coverage:

1) Albert R. Breer enlists the help of three NFL scouts to define five factors that could determine how this Sunday night’s Patriots/Colts matchup will play out. (Weird formatting though, there is a bunch of AP stuff added on the end, and the byline lists Breer as “Associated Press.”

2) Mick Colageo and Bill Burt have a look at Chris Bourque, son of Bruins legend Ray Bourque, coming into the Garden last night with the Penguins, and trying to forge his own identity in the NHL.

3) Michael Silverman has Theo Epstein talking about how the Red Sox will likely need to get creative this offseason in order to improve the team.

4) Peter Abraham says that there are moves out there for Epstein and the Red Sox to make.

5) Kerry Byrne tells us why the Tom Brady/Peyton Manning matchup is the greatest QB rivalry in the history of the NFL.

6) Mike Reiss gives us 10 quick-hit thoughts on the Colts.

7) Jessica Camerato looks at Eddie House’s friendly relationship with the Suns and why they gave him the nickname “Cheat Code.”

8 ) Daniel Barbarisi tells us why why having Jason Varitek as a $3 Million backup next season would be a high risk/high reward move for the Red Sox.

9) Mike Loftus says that the Bruins won’t boast that their problems are finally over after their back-to-back wins, but at least they’re moving in the right direction.

10) Jim Fenton and A. Sherrod Blakely have the Celtics ready to get back to work tonight after a few days of much-needed rest.

Bonus: Remember the 1996 AFC Champion Patriots with Brendon Rosenau on the Patriots Daily 50th Anniversary Minute.

Patriots Grade Out Well vs Miami

The grades are in, and they’re looking pretty good for the Patriots this week. Ron Borges even admits that he finds it “difficult to hand out anything but nearly perfect grades” for the Patriots 27-17 win over the Dolphins. What an unabashed homer that Borges guy is! Jeremy Gottlieb on Patriots Daily also has high marks this week, with the wide receivers and special teams getting the highest marks. Steve DeOssie says that this was a very good win, but it was not perfect, and his grades are a bit lower than the first two cards. Tedy Bruschi looks at how the Patriots handled everything Miami threw at them.

Jonathan Comey says that the Patriots first half numbers for points scored and points allowed are championship numbers. Jeff Howe says that the Patriots are playing with another Super Bowl on their mind.

Gerry Callahan says that the Tom Brady/Peyton Manning rivalry is the best in the NFL. Mike Reiss says that history shows us that this game will be worth watching. Dan Duggan goes through the stats of Manning vs. Brady.  Steve Buckley says that Bill Belichick will never admit it right now, but these Patriots/Colts games mean a lot to him as well. Rapoport has Tom Brady giving respect to Peyton Manning on WEEI yesterday. Glen Farley says that the Patriots will need their Sunday best this week.

Ian R. Rapoport looks at how Sebastian Vollmer has developed from a raw prospect to someone who could potentially keep the starting spot even when Matt Light is ready to play again. Monique Walker says that there is no news of the status of center Dan Koppen, though Dan Connolly filled in nicely against Miami. Shalise Manza Young has a look at safety Brandon McGowan, who just loves to play football.

Adam Kilgore’s notebook has more on the Patriots/Colts rivalry from the Patriots players.  Rapoport’s notebook has Shawn Spring with some thoughts on Manning.  Young’s Patriots journal notes that moving Vince Wilfork out to defensive end gave the Patriots defense a different look on Sunday. Farley’s notebook has Leigh Bodden up for his first taste of the Patriots/Colts rivalry.

Red Sox

Rob Bradford looks at yesterday as the day the Red Sox world started to change. Mike Fine has the Red Sox ready to start playing in the Hot Stove league.

Michael Silverman and Nick Cafardo have Red Sox GM Theo Epstein stating yesterday that the Sox will look for Victor Martinez to be their full-time catcher next season.

John Tomase and Peter Abraham have Tim Wakefield and the Red Sox redoing his contract and making it a 2-year, $5 million deal, with the potential to make up to $10 million in the two years. Paul Jarvey says the deal gives Wakefield a chance to go after the club record for wins. Daniel Barbarisi has the Sox starting their offseason business early. Sean McAdam has the Sox taking care of some internal housekeeping.

Silverman’s notebook says that any deal for Jason Bay is going to take time. 


Paul Flannery has a really good piece on Rasheed Wallace and how he has learned to accept his diminishing physical abilities and pick up more of the mental side of the game, which is a sharp contrast to former teammate Allen Iverson, who doesn’t seem to be able to accept that he isn’t what he once was.

Bill Burt talks to former Cavs star Mark Price, who has been tutoring Rajon Rondo on his shooting, and tells us we can expect big improvements down the line from the Celtics point guard. Frank Dell’Apa has Rondo getting some rare fourth quarter rest Saturday night against the Nets. Mark Murphy has the Celtics working on getting better at the free throw line. Jim Fenton has the Celtics getting some home cooking in the upcoming schedule.

Jenn Abelson look at the Celtics going digital in a big way, with interactive features on, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.


Kevin Paul Dupont has a feature on Lou Lamoriello, inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame last night.

Fluto Shinzawa has the Penguins showing a unique blueprint for success, one that the Bruins may follow. Rich Thompson has the Bruins preparing to face Sidney Crosby and the Penguins tonight. Mike Loftus has David Krejci set to rejoin the Bruins tonight after a bout with H1N1. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has more on Krejci’s return, as does Thompson’s notebook.

“Content Sharing” Agreement Between and

In a post by Chad Finn on the Extra Points blog, the following “Editor’s note” appears:

Through a content-sharing partnership with Sports Illustrated and, occasional articles and information from the magazine and its website will be used on The partnership begins today with some Patriots-related insight from Peter King’s popular “Monday Morning Quarterback” column.

The sharing apparently goes both ways. Check out’s new NFL Insider:



The Rest Of Monday’s Sports

The Patriots dominated 90% of the sports coverage this morning, but there are a few other articles out there this morning as well:

Alex Speier says that even with Jed Hoyer as the new GM of the Padres, there is a good chance that Adrian Gonzalez could remain off-limits to the Red Sox. Tony Massarotti and Michael Silverman report on the Red Sox declining the 2010 contract option on shortstop Alex Gonzalez, but say that the Red Sox may still talk to him about coming back next season.

Tim Weisberg has the Celtics getting a bit of a breather after a tough, whirlwind first eight games of the season. Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics are not impressed with their 7-1 start to the season. Julian Benbow examines the Celtics lust for the 3-point shot in the early going of the season.

Fluto Shinzawa looks back at the Bruins well-rounded 4-2 win over the Sabres on Saturday night. Rich Thompson has the Bruins finally getting their power play going in the win.

Patriots Prepared For Wildcat, Disarm Pistol

Since the Dolphins debuted their “Wildcat” offense last year against the Patriots in Foxborough, it seemed natural that with a whole year gone by, that the Dolphins would use yesterday’s game in Gillette as an opportunity to introduce a new aspect of the formation that hadn’t been seen before. They did, using rookie QB Pat White in a new formation dubbed the “Pistol.” After White and the Dolphins were successful on the first play in that formation, the Patriots made adjustments, and were able to come away with an important 27-17 win over Miami, which gives the Dolphins their first AFC East loss on the season.

Adam Kilgore has the Patriots and Randy Moss looking good in the victory over the Dolphins and their elaborate offensive schemes. Ian R. Rapoport has the Patriots taking firm control of the AFC East with the division win. Shalise Manza Young says that the Patriots weren’t quite as crisp as they would like on both sides of the ball, but managed a key win anyway. Scott Coen has Brady and Moss leading the way for the Patriots. Jennifer Toland says that yesterday was a truer test of where the Patriots stand at this point. Mark Farinella says that all things considered, this wasn’t a bad day for the Patriots. Tim Whelan Jr. has the Patriots stretching their division lead with the win. Glen Farley says that the division now has a typical AFC East look to it.

Albert R. Breer details the in-game adjustments that the Patriots made to shut down the “Pistol.” Mike Reiss notes that those adjustments were the key to the game for the Patriots. Ron Borges says that there was no panic on the part of the Patriots defense over the new formation yesterday. Farinella says that the Patriots had some tricks of their own to try against the Dolphins formations yesterday. Tim Weisberg says that this Patriots team is finding their identity.

Karen Guregian has Randy Moss terrorizing the young Miami secondary yesterday. Jim Donaldson says that the Dolphins still haven’t learned their previous lessons on Moss. Rich Garven says that with Moss and Wes Welker, the Patriots need for a true #3 receiver are diminished. Farinella says that the clock is ticking on Moss and his opportunity to win a Super Bowl. Chris Forsberg has Moss’ big play keeping the Dolphins at an arm’s length away.

Chris Warner on Patriots Daily says that the Dolphins always give the Patriots a tough time, and yesterday was no exception. Christopher Price knocks out the 10 Things We Learned Yesterday. Andy Vogt feels that this was a good start to a stretch of games where consistency will be key. Kirk Minihane says that you can now book a playoff spot for the Patriots.

Hector Longo says that the Patriots are a one-dimensional team that could still be an AFC beast. Robert Lee is still little worried about the Patriots offense inside the red zone, and so is Tom E. Curran who says that the Patriots inability to grind their way to scores in the red zone against stout defenses is going to cost them. Forsberg has Tom Brady lamenting the missed chances in the red zone.

Michael Vega has the Patriots offensive line keeping Joey Porter silent on the afternoon. Steve Buckley has Porter disappearing during and after the game, where he was nowhere to be found in the Miami locker room. Walker has Adalius Thomas making an impact on the field with his play yesterday. Guregian has Thomas happy to play his part in the win. Duggan has Jerod Mayo standing out on defense with a team-high 12 tackles, while making plays all over the field.

Dan Duggan has Stephen Gostkowski’s booming kicks the key to stopping Ted Ginn Jr. Dan Ventura has Brady’s latest 300-yard game setting a new Patriots record.

Joe Sullivan has rookie cornerback Vontae Davis talking about his first matchup with Moss. Curran says that the Dolphins playoffs hopes got squished yesterday.

Bill Burt is already looking forward to next Sunday night in Indy.

Longo’s Two-minute drill has Jerod Mayo atop his list of “no-show’s” yesterday. Borges gives us his Best & Worst on the afternoon. Ventura says that the stiff-arm from Moss on Davis was the play of the game. Lee’s analysis has the Patriots doing just enough to get the win. The Patriot-Ledger has their version of Who was hot, who was not as well. The Metro has a version as well.

Dan Shaughnessy calls Randy Moss “rude, ridiculous, self-important, and difficult” (Maybe Dan is projecting?) but says no one cares because he makes plays on the field. He adds that no one can criticize Moss because “Belichick and his minions are ever-ready to defend Randy with froth and fury.” Just go away, Dan. Please.

Walker’s notebook has Tom Brady recording the 27th 300-yard passing game of his career, passing Drew Bledsoe for 1st place on the all-time Patriots list. Rapoport’s notebook has the Patriots moving Vince Wilfork to defensive end at times yesterday. Young’s Patriots journal has Joey Porter ending a mouthy week with a silent game. Toland’s notebook has more on the silent Porter. Farinella’s notebook has the Patriots keeping Ted Ginn Jr. in check as well. Vogt’s notebook has more on the Patriots keeping Ginn in check. Farley’s notebook also look at Gostkowski’s kicks as key to holding down Ginn. Weisberg’s notebook has Gostkowski moving up the Patriots scoring chart.

Another Friday Megalinks Edition

Time once again to provide the Friday megalinks. Lots of links to get to.

Don’t forget to check out the Weekend Viewing Picks for your sports and primetime viewing.

To the links.


One story that’s developing this afternoon. Pro Football Talk goes after ESPN Boston’s Patriots blog for plagiarizing word for word one of its articles written by Michael David Smith.

A few stories from USA Today. Michael Hiestand speculates on a combined Comcast/NBC Sports juggernaut.

Hiestand says a NASCAR spokesman took ESPN/ABC to task for its production of last week’s race.

Michael McCarthy writes that if the NCAA opts out of its current contract with CBS, then ESPN would be happy to jump in the bidding for the NCAA Tournament.

The Nielsen rating Wire blog notes that as the World Series’ ratings increased, so did interest in MVP Hideki Matsui of the New York Yankees.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell looks at the last men standing at the World Series of Poker.

Jon Weisman of Variety says the Yankees World Series win turned out to be a huge ratings victory for Fox.

David Tanklefsky from Broadcasting & Cable says Disney and ESPN will re-brand the Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World in Florida early in 2010.

Anthony Crupi of Mediaweek says this year’s World Series was the most viewed since 2004 when the Red Sox swept St. Louis.

Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life Magazine says the Series’ high ratings weren’t just due to the Yankees, but there were other factors that contributed as well.

The Sports Media Watch says the Yankees helped to bring a big audience to the World Series.

SMW says the World Series was a big hit in New York and Philadelphia.

SMW has the ratings for the entire 2009 MLB Postseason.

Good article by SMW on the ratings comparison between MLB and the NBA.

And the SMW has some ratings news and notes.

Jim McCable of Golfweek writes that Dottie Pepper is cutting down on her TV schedule.

Joe Favorito says when it comes right down to it, live sports is king.

East and Mid-Atlantic

Chad Finn of the Boston Globe writes that 98.5 The Sports Hub is making a dent in its war with long-time incumbent WEEI.

Jessica Heslam of the Boston Herald reports that Fox 25 has not renewed the contract of Bulworth, Butch Stearns.

Bill Doyle of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette writes about a Central Massachusetts native leaving WEEI’s sales department for a position with the Miami Dolphins.

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times says a new Knicks coach’s show on MSG Network might be turning a new leaf for the organization.

Richard writes the Yankees are a big TV draw across the country.

The New York Daily News’ Bob Raissman feels MLB Network analysts and hosts made several errors after the Yankees clinched the World Series.

The New York Post’s Phil Mushnick will miss Bill Walton on NBA broadcasts.

Pete Dougherty in the Albany Times Union talks with NBC’s Tiki Barber.

Ken Schott of the Schnectady Gazette writes that NHL Network is picking up a Union College hockey game.

Dave Hughes from writes in Press Box about ESPN’s Len Bias documentary, the Baltimore Sun not sending a reporter to the World Series and why Anita Marks is the subject of jealousy among her co-workers.

Mark Maske in the Washington Post writes that a down economy is a boon for the NFL’s TV ratings.

Tim Lemke from the Washington Times has the marketing winners and losers from the World Series.

Jim Williams in the Washington Examiner looks at former DC NFL team star John Riggins blasting owner Dan Snyder on Inside the NFL.


Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald wonders if ESPN has too much power in college sports.

Mike Bianchi from the Orlando Sentinel feels ESPN Radio’s Mike Golic owes an apology to Florida’s Brandon Spikes.

Barry Horn in the Dallas Morning News compares how the World Series did against the Mavericks and Stars.

Barry says Dallas finished near the bottom of the major markets rated for the World Series.

Barry says there’s a clear winner in a three way sports radio ratings race in Dallas.

Barry writes that being the Cowboys flagship station is not helping one sports radio station.

Barry notes that NBC’s Football Night in America analysts aren’t high on the Cowboys.

David Barron of the Houston Chronicle also writes about local sports radio and the World Series’ ratings.

In his blog, David adds a few items to his Friday column.

To the Daily Oklahoman where Mel Bracht talks to an unhappy Ron Franklin of ESPN who feels he’s being forced out of the network. I agree. Ron is nothing but class and I feel he’s one of the great college football and basketball announcers of all-time. But ESPN apparently doesn’t feel that way.

In his media notes, Mel writes that the Thunder set a ratings record for Fox Sports Oklahoma this week.

Mel also looks at the best college football games of the week.


Bob Wolfley from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the Yankees are truly a marquee team as the ratings have shown.

Ed Sherman in Crain’s Chicago Business says the Bulls have upgraded their website.

Ed also has his weekly sports business and media winners and losers.

Paul Christian in the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin looks at Fox NFL Sunday heading to Afghanistan this Sunday.

Dan Caesar from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes about one local sports radio station’s personnel move.

Scott Dochterman of the Iowa City Gazette says no matter what one says about the World Series’ ratings, the NFL is still king.


Scott D. Pierce in the Deseret (UT) News says high definition is coming to the mtn., but not fast enough for some fans.

Jay Posner of the San Diego Union-Tribune says a long-time sports reporter in the market is being let go by the local NBC station.

John Maffei in the North County Times also writes about the local sports reporter.

In the Ventura County Star, Jim Carlisle writes that Bill Walton will be missed.

Jim says Matt Millen is slowly rehabilitating his reputation after his failed GM tenure with the Lions.

Diane Pucin of the Los Angeles Times warns of being caught on the internet or writing something on a social media site.

Tom Hoffarth in the Los Angeles Daily News discovers that former Dodgers catcher Paul Lo Duca has been handicapping the horses on TVG.

In his blog, Tom has some more with Lo Duca.

Tom also has his usual extensive media notes.


In the Toronto Globe and Mail, Bruce Dowbiggin writes that a Vancouver sports radio station is ready to launch a spinoff.

The Toronto Star’s Chris Zelkovich says a former broadcast executive is finding a second life in front of the camera.

In the Truth & Rumours blog, William Houston says Phil Kessel’s debut for the Maple Leafs brought record ratings for Rogers Sportsnet Ontario.

And William looks at a sports talk show host’s firing from The Score.

That will conclude the megalinks. Enjoy your weekend.

WEEI Holds Steady, 98.5 Continues Rise, FOX Dumps Butch Stearns

The latest radio ratings are out, and 98.5 continues to surprise with their solid gains in the sports radio market.

WEEI is doing just fine, though, actually moving up a bit from 5.2 in September to 5.3 in October. The station is fourth overall on the chart while WBZ-FM, 985TheSportsHub went from a 2.5 in September to a 3.6 in October, good for 14th in the market.

WEEI vs. The Sports Hub – Jessica Heslam in the Herald breaks down the two stations, show vs. show.

Round 2 : SportsHub proves that it has arrived – Boston Radio Watch says that no matter how you look at it, WEEI is still the top dog in this fight, and is not going away.

‘Hub’ is climbing the charts – Chad Finn notes that the Sports Hub’s gains did not come at the expense of WEEI, though they’re showing that there is room in Boston for two strong sports radio stations.

Fox 25 dumps top sportscaster – Heslam reports that FOX25 has chosen not to renew the contract of top sports anchor Butch Stearns. The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports that Stearns is interviewing with Comcast SportsNet, among other places.

Worcester native to join Dolphins – Bill Doyle has Worcester native Jim Rushton set to take over as the Dolphins’ senior vice president of corporate partnerships and integrated media. He’s leaving his job as vice president of sports sales and marketing at Entercom Communications, responsible for all revenues associated with the WEEI radio network.

Sports coverage? Think local. – That Bruce Allen guy in the Metro tells you why national sports coverage is worthless.

Jabs Reserved For Web Foe – Jeff Jacobs looks at a web group calling themselves the Paper Champions Society, who have been mounting a campaign against boxer Chad Dawson.

Elsewhere in the sports sections, here are some of the top stories from this morning:

For the Sox, Hermida a Lottery Ticket Worth Playing – Alex Speier has a look at outfielder Jeremy Hermida, who the Red Sox acquired from the Florida Marlins yesterday.

Six tricky questions for Epstein this winter – Bill Burt looks at Red Sox issues that GM Theo Epstein must address this winter.

At a loss – Bud Barth tells us that if the Bruins “were scoring goals right now, the Bruins would be the terror of the NHL, because the rest of their game has been that good for the last couple of weeks.”

Lack of scoring strikes recently has been striking – Bob Ryan thinks that the Bruins still have time to get things straightened out.

Don’t underestimate the Dolphins – Tedy Bruschi and Mike Reiss warn that there is a whole lot more to the Dolphins than just the Wildcat.

Worry Wart – Game Eight vs. Dolphins – Chris Warner has some more concerns about the Dolphins.

Rookie Myron Pryor preps to pick up ‘D’ line – Ian Rapoport looks at sixth round pick Myron Pryor making a place for himself on the Patriots defensive line.

Brian Hoyer making an impression with Patriots – Andy Vogt has another rookie, QB Brian Hoyer also learning the NFL ropes.

Shelden Williams answers Celtics’ role call – Former Celtic Ryan Gomes tells Mark Murphy why Williams has been successful with the Celtics.

Celtics couldn’t ask much more from their bench – Mike Fine calls this the “deepest and most talented bench the Celtics have had in the past three seasons.”

Week Log: Another Little Souvenir of a Terrible Year

If part of your life is defined by the Boston sports experience as is mine, then any year involving both a Lakers and Yankees championship can’t be completely good. Sure, if the other guy wins, that means our guy doesn’t, but it’s also very much about who that other guy is. It took a summer for me to deal with the Lakers’ title, and I’ll get over the Yankees’ too, but in the meantime I need some Yankee hating to get me through.

Surviving Grady absolutely hits this thing right on the head in assessing the indignation of a Yankees championship. Boston Dirt Dogs says the Steinbrenners got what they paid for, as does Toeing The Rubber, who is thankful not to be in any physical pain over this one. The Bottom Line has this title strictly a monetary transaction. And The House That Dewey Built marvels at the Celtics and Patriots, who have had long-term success while contending with a salary cap.

Red Sox Monster says the Sox front office now has some catching up to do, but The Mighty Quinn Media Machine is prouder than ever of the two championships Theo & The Trio have brought us this millenium. A Red Sox Fan From Pinstripe Country thanks the 2004 Sox for helping him to cope with a Yankees title.


The C’s have their first six of a planned six dozen wins after back-to-back victories in Philly on Tuesday and Minnesota last night. Boston Celtics has Rasheed Wallace reaffirming his 72-win prediction, which is looking like a self-fulfilling prophesy. Celtics Hub appeals to our sense of self-worth to end the 72-win talk but, hey, we’re 1/12th of the way there. CelticsBlog ascribes the team’s success to the return of Ubuntu.

Red’s Army says the C’s had no business winning last night in Minnesota. Loy’s Place is incredulous that KG couldn’t contain no-name Oleksiy Pecherov. Tossing Batting Practice is alarmed at the rate in which C’s are jacking treys.

We’re already six games into the season, so it must be time to talk about next year as ESPN’s Boston Celtics Blog looks at 2010’s free agents. Mike Gorman has Rondo both rich and smart with his recent contract signing, but thinks his new deal will be a real deal for the C’s when a successor CBA takes effect.

After six games, Lex Nihil Novi is already hanging the Beast from the rafters, so can Springfield be far behind? Green Street finds a Ph.D. who proves KG is the NBA’s best and whose numbers make intuitive sense.


It’s been quite the up-and-down season to date. Caveman Strong was frustrated when the B’s win-one, lose-one pattern was preserved with a loss at MSG on Sunday, while Wicked Bruins Fan was distressed to see the pattern broken in Detroit with a loss on Tuesday night. Chronicles From The Garden says the B’s picked the wrong night to end their win-one, lose-one rut.

The Canadiens come to town tonight and New England Hockey Journal says the Habs roster has a New England flavor to it. Something’s Bruin prescribes some crowd noise – and maybe a few goals – to help the B’s get by the Habs. Good news from Bruins Blog, which points out the B’s have only been shut out three consecutive times once in their illustrious history.

Kathryn Tappen has found the silver lining in the B’s goal drought. In his latest Pucks With Haggs incarnation, Joe Haggerty says the reality is that the B’s no longer have the “It” vibe. Naoko Funayama thinks it could take a hard shake to wake these scoring lines from their deep sleep. I’m Just Sayin’ wants to know GM Peter Chiarelli’s plans after trading all his goal-scoring to Toronto.

Bruins 2010 Draft Watch fears the Maple Leafs won’t stay tied for last very long now that Phil Kessel has made his long-awaited debut. And here’s Haggs back again on Big Bad Blog, having Kessel generating more offense in his first game than four lines of B’s can muster. If Exposure Bucks were negotiable, Haggs should be able to buy himself a couple of islands by now.


With the bye behind us, it is the Patriots’ time now says Jeff Howe, as the Pats are 70-17 after Halloween since 2001. The Pats didn’t quite reach the first-half expectations of Steve DeOssie, who is concerned the two losses could prove costly. Pats Chowder finds ten things to be worried over, not the least of which is Tom Brady’s knee. Nevertheless, Mike Reiss has Brady feeling the best he has in ten years. Blaug considers some D-line options in the aftermath of Jarvis Green’s knee surgery.

The de facto second half starts off this Sunday against the Dolphins, and Extra Points has Vince Wilfork liking that the Dolphins want to hit him in the mouth, even as Tom E. Curran has Joey Porter hating the Patriots, ostensibly for kicking his ass. It Is What It Is brings us Bill Belicheck’s assessment of Bill Parcells’ influence on the Dolphins.

Lastly, I go out of my way to avoid these things during football games, but NE Patriots Draft brings us Visa’s new Patriots commercial that’s worth a view.


Never mind not traveling well, as Eagle in Atlanta says BC fans don’t even show up to home games. BC Heights tells us why the marching band hasn’t been traveling well this season. BC Draft is shopping for the best bowl destinations, and Yankee Stadium is on their list. Hmmmm, could be just the thing to erase those images of leaping pinstripes for the rest of the wintah! College Sports Blog has former RB Josh Haden making some travel plans of his own, but he’s still not sure where. BC Interruption nominates BC freshman LB Luke Kuechly as ACC Defensive Player of the Year after his play last week against Central Michigan.

The UConn Blog annoints last Saturday’s loss to Rutgers as the school’s worst ever, coming on a day of tributes to slain CB Jasper Howard. Sox & Dawgs thinks a prime time date with No. 4 Cincinnati this Saturday is already a tough rebound, but Kevin Youkilis might also be in the house. UConn Sports puts Coach Randy Edsall on the conservative charts somewhere between Rush Limbaugh and George Bush.

UMass Football Blog is trying to fend off negative attacks after the Maine Black Bears sunk their playoff hopes for a second consecutive year. And The Harvard Crimson hopes the Crimson got those special teams miscues out of their system last week against the Big Green.

Just think: only 101 more days until pitchers and catchers report! I’m not ready to go there yet. Let’s take it a week at a time. See you next Thursday.