With none of the local teams in action last night, it’s a mixed bag in the sports pages this morning. Excited about Kayem being named the “Official Frank and Sausage’’ of Gillette Stadium?

Tom Brady Lets His Teammates Know They Need to Be Better and 19 Other Thoughts – Jeff Howe has 20 thoughts on the Patriots as they prepare to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night.

Patriots’ signals mixed – Greg A Bedard examines why the Patriots are tied for the best record in the NFL despite being near the bottom of many statistical categories.

Wes Welker playing catch-up – Karen Guregian has the Patriots receiver still trying to trust his reconstructed knee.

Doom in for a visit – Mark Farinella visits with the voice of doom.

Brady the Pats’ midpoint MVP – Glen Farley hands out some midseason awards for the Patriots.

Pats miss Randy Moss on third down – Jeremy Lundblad looks at the Patriots offensive struggles since trading Randy Moss.

Graham steps in as kicker – Monique Walker’s notebook has the Patriots bringing in a kicker to fill in for Stephen Gostkowski. The Herald notebook from Ian R. Rapoport And Karen Guregian has Robert Kraft taking the high road when it comes to Logan Mankins. The Patriots Journal from Robert Lee has Bill Belichick with praise for the Steelers.

Believe it or not, Celtics were once regulars at the old R.I. Auditorium – Bill Reynolds looks back to a time when the Celtics played some games in the Ocean State.

Celtics’ best to come – Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics need some time to still come together.

Opportunity knocks – Rich Levine says that the Celtics, Patriots and Bruins all have big opportunities this week.

Assist by West will be welcome – Julian Benbow has Nate Robinson and the Celtics looking forward to what Delonte West can bring to the team.

Veteran Celtics rack up minutes early this season – A. Sherrod Blakely says that the Celtics “old guys” are playing big minutes in the early going.

Boston Bruins seek victory, not revenge, over Pittsburgh Penguins – Mike Loftus says that the Bruins won’t be concerned with Matt Cooke.

Jayson Werth isn’t worth $75 million to Boston Red Sox – Mike Fine says that the Phillies outfielder shouldn’t be the Red Sox main target. Maureen Mullen says that the Phillies could be interested in signing Jason Varitek.

Many paths to bolster offense – Scott Lauber looks at offensive options for Theo Epstein this offseason.

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