And Peter King Wonders Why Bill Belichick Won’t Talk To Him…

From his Game Plan column today:

I’ve always heard, reliably, that the Colts never trusted that they were totally alone in the Colts’ locker room in Foxboro, and that when Manning had something of strategic significance to say to offensive coordinator Tom Moore, they both stepped outside into the concourse outside the locker room. So if you’re outside the locker room Sunday, don’t be surprised to see Manning and his first-year coordinator, Christensen, huddling for a few minutes.

To me, this isn’t all that different from John Tomase saying that he was told, reliably, that the Patriots taped the Rams walkthrough prior to Super Bowl XXXVI.

Peter thinks Bill Belichick won’t speak to him because of this (Tweeted earlier this week):

RT @ehose2110: What’d you do to ruin your relationship with Belichick? …Wrote, broadcast my opinion about Spygate, I guess. He never said.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck


Lucic, Rask Lead Bruins Over Panthers

Milan Lucic had a had trick, and Tuukka Rask pitched a shutout as the Bruins beat the Florida Panthers 4-0 at TD Garden last night.

Rask, Lucic share the spotlight – Mick Colageo says that Lucic may have stole the final act, but this was Tuukka’s show last night.

Hats off to Lucic after three-goal performance – Joe Haggerty looks at the big night for Lucic.

Tuukka Rask: Win ‘feels good’ – Rich Thompson has Rask enjoying his first win of the season.

The story of why it didn’t work out for Nathan Horton in Florida – DJ Bean examines why Horton was a bad fit in Florida.

Krejci not ready, but getting closer – Kevin Paul Dupont’s notebook has David Krejci and Marc Savard getting closer to a return. The Herald notebook from Stephen Harris has Claude Julian with praise for Lucic. The notebook by Joe Haggerty has Johnny Boychuk feeling rusty in his first game back.

Sterling safety measures – Shalise Manza Young has Patrick Chung reminding those around him of Rodney Harrison and Lawyer Milloy.

Impacting the future of Patriots-Colts – Chung is one of the young players cited by Mike Reiss as a big player in the future of this rivalry.

Patriots defensive front set to play anywhere – Ian R Rapoport looks at the versatility of the Patriots D-Line.

Around The League – Week 10 – Jeremy Gottlieb goes around the league.

Pats defense needs to do 3 things to beat Colts – Robert Lee looks at what needs to happen for the Patriots defense on Sunday. Tom E. Curran thinks the Patriots have the advantage here.

Tully Banta-Cain thrown a changeup – Rapoport’s notebook has the linebacker trying to adjust to whatever the coaches ask of him. The Globe notebook from Shalise Manza Young has Tom Brady returning to practice yesterday. The notebook from Glen Farley has Javarris James returning to Foxborough. Lee’s Patriots Journal has Brady preferring Super Bowl rings to MVP trophies.

Shaquille O’Neal exceeds expectations – Dan Duggan has Shaq and the Celtics satisfied with their union.

Turkish rookie Semih Erden thankful for Shaq – Mark Murphy with a very good piece on how Shaq has helped rookie Semih Erden with his transition to the United States and NBA.

Celtics face task of stopping scoring machine Durant – Jim Fenton has the Celtics with the challenge of facing Kevin Durant at the Garden tonight.

Oden’s injury saga painful to hear about – Julian Benbow’s notebook has the news that Greg Oden will miss another season due to injury being taken hard by some of the Celtics.

Get Justin Upton to Boston – Michael Silverman says that the Diamondbacks outfielder is exactly the type of player the Red Sox should be trying to acquire.

What the GM Meetings taught us about the Red Sox – Rob Bradford with some thoughts from Florida.

He still gets a kick out of ’75 winner – Bob Ryan has WCVB sports anchor Mike Lynch still proud of his game winning kick for Harvard against Yale in 1975.

Where Is Deserved Outcry For The Colin Campbell Situation? My SBNation Boston media column looks at the lack of media outcry over the Colin Campbell situation.

Radio show looks good on NESN – Chad Finn thinks Dennis and Callahan look good on television.

Celtics Wipe Out Wizards

April 9th, 2010 might have been the low point of the Celtics season. On that night, the Washington Wizards came into the TD Garden and waxed the Celtics 106-96. In that game, Wizards forward Andray Blatche scored 31 points while embarrassing Kevin Garnett and making him look very bad.

That night might’ve been on the Celtics minds heading into last night, as Garnett and the Celtics extracted revenge with a 114-83 waxing of the Wizards. Blatche was limited to 10 points, while KG scored 18 points in 23 minutes.

Celtics blow away the Wizards, 114-83 – A. Sherrod Blakely anchors the coverage.

A night of redemption for the Celtics – Paul Flannery has more on the Celtics getting back at Blatche and the Wizards.

Delonte West debut a winner – Steve Bulpett notes that the guard had an easy game in which to ease back into the Boston lineup. More on West from: Gary Washburn | Peter May | Jessica Camerato 

Kevin Garnett on Flip side – Dan Duggan has KG’s former coach saying that he looks like the player he once coached.

Home improvement – Julian Benbow’s notebook has Shaq getting an education in “Gino time.” The Herald notebook from Mark Murphy has more on KG getting revenge. The Celtics Journal from Daniel Barbarisi leads with West’s return, as does the notebook from Jim Fenton.

The Bruins held on against the Rangers, 3-2  in New York last night.

Tyler Seguin gives everyone a reminder in New York – DJ Bean has the Bruins rookie showing a flash of his skills in a tiebreaking goal last night. Joe Haggerty has more on Seguin.

B’s penalty kill takes the day – Haggerty’s notebook has the Bruins holding down the fort in the final period. The notebooks from Fluto Shinzawa and Stephen Harris each lead with Seguin.

It’s Colts week, which hasn’t quite cranked up around here just yet. That should change as we get closer to Sunday afternoon.

A duel of QBs? Hold your horses – Greg A Bedard says that the real rivalry here isn’t Manning/Brady, it is Patriots/Colts.

Brady, Manning won’t tell it like it is – Tom E Curran says that the two QB’s are in each other’s heads a lot more than either will admit.

After all these years, Belichick and Manning still at center of Patriots-Colts rivalry – Christopher Price says that while much has changed over the years on these two teams, the constants are at QB.

Manning’s modesty aside, the Colts will challenge Patriots – Mary Paoletti says that the banged-up Colts are still going to present a huge challenge for the Patriots.

Woods a keeper after all – Monique Walker’s notebook has Pierre Woods returning to the team that cut him at the end of training camp. The Herald notebook from Ian R. Rapoport has more on Woods, as does the Patriots Journal from Robert Lee and Mark Farinella.

Talk cheap now but Red Sox promise to step to plate soon – Michael Silverman has Tom Warner promising a big free agent signing and a big trade.

McAdam at the GM Meetings: Market prices rising – Sean McAdam reports from Florida.

Hot corner could be hot topic – Peter Abraham looks at the third base possibilities.

Patriots Get Back To Work, Prepare For Peyton and the Colts

After taking care of business in Pittsburgh and enjoying a couple of days off, the Patriots return to work today, preparing for another big challege to their defense. Peyton Manning and the Colts may be banged up and not the team they’ve been in previous seasons in November, but a wounded tiger (Colt?) is a dangerous tiger.

Patriots face a different QB challenge in Manning – Tom E Curran says that Patriots approach this week will have to be different from last week. Glen Farley says that Manning is a horse of a different color lately.

Will Patriots keep it coming? – Greg A Bedard wonders if the Patriots will use a similar blitz scheme this week against Manning and the Colts.

Bill Belichick Explains Which Stats Aren’t for Losers and 19 Other Thoughts – Jeff Howe drops 20 thoughts on the Patriots.

Pats’ numbers don’t add up, but wins do – Robert Lee looks at the anomaly that is the New England Patriots, statistically.  

Pats defensive line rivals Big 3 years– Rich Garven looks at the Patriots defensive line, which has been impressive despite shuffling players in and out of the lineup.

Crystal ball a bit cloudy this year – Mark Farinella tries to figure out why he’s been so lousy at predicting NFL games this season.

Troy Brown blasts Terrell Suggs for anti-Patriots comments – The Patriots don’t need to respond in public these days. With Brown, Rodney Harrison and Tedy Bruschi in the media, they’ve got their defenders out there.

Ron Brace steps up – Karen Guregian’s notebook has the second year lineman making progress. The Globe notebook from Monique Walker has Shawn Crable getting his walking papers. Again. The Patriots Journal from Robert Lee has BenJarvus Green-Ellis playing his best against the toughest defenses.

Allen proves his game is more than long-range – A. Sherrod Blakely has a very good look at Ray Allen, and his complete game.

Big Baby growing up for Celtics – Scott Souza has the fourth-year forward showing maturity on and off the court.

Things we learned at the GMs’ meetings: Warning shots from Theo Epstein – Rob Bradford reports from the GM meetings.

Red Sox comfortable with Saltalamacchia as starting catcher – Sean McAdam has more from the meetings, including Epstein’s thoughts on the catching position. Mike Fine has more on the catching position.

David Ortiz wanted ‘something different’ – Jackie MacMullan chats with the Red Sox DH.

Bruins Look to Build Momentum With Trip to New York to Face Rangers – Douglas Flynn has the Bruins looking to keep things going.

Patriots Score High Among Media Graders

As you might imagine, the report cards for the New England Patriots this week are a whole lot better than they were last week. On the heels of a failing effort in Cleveland, the Patriots aced their test in Pittsburgh Sunday night.

Making The Grades – Patriots At Steelers – Chris Warner steps in for Jeremy Gottlieb this week on the Patriots Daily report card, and brings his own style to the grading process. See the other report cards this morning from: Ron Borges | Mike Reiss |  Michael Felger | Kirk Minihane.

Refrain: Yet again, Brady has answer – Dave D’Onofrio has Tom Brady stating his case once again as the best QB in the league, heading into another battle with Peyton Manning.

No time to waste for Patriots as playoff picture starts to take shape – Christopher Price says that the AFC playoff picture is already coming together, and the Patriots need to keep winning.

Pats pass rush gave Big Ben little time – Brian MacPherson looks at what the Patriots changed up in order to be able to sack Ben Roethlisberger five times on Sunday night. Ian R. Rapoport says that variety was the key.

Five observations from impressive win – Tedy Bruschi weighs in on his former team.

Soured by ‘extra sugar’ – The Globe notebook by Shalise Manza Young and Michael Vega has the Patriots talking about the Steelers getting a little dirty. The Herald notebookfrom Rapoport has Bill Belichick OK with Brady’s sideline histrionics Sunday night. The Patriots Journal from Brian MacPherson has more on Brady.

Enforcer should get a major penalty – Kevin Paul Dupont says that Colin Campbell should face disciplinary action from the league. More on this from Stephen Harris | Joe Haggerty | Amanda Bruno.

Thomas, Bruins shut out Devils, 3-0 – Danny Picard and Joe Haggerty have Tim Thomas with another shutout.

No sympathy for Devils – Rich Thompson has the Bruins bouncing back strong.

B’s Michael Ryder shows he belongs – James Murphy says that Ryder is making a case to stay with the Bruins.

Tim Thomas dazzles (again), Bruins use a strength to solve a weakness – DJ Bean has some points from the game.

It’s not yet time for Seguin to take wing – Fluto Shinzawa’s notebook says that Tyler Seguin will need to remain at center for the time being. The Bruins notebook from Rich Thompson has more on Ryder. The notebookfrom Haggery has Johnny Boychuk closer to a return.

Celts to get backcourt additions – Scott Souza has Delonte West and Avery Bradley ready for action. Dan Duggan and Frank Dell’Apa have more on the return of West.

Perkins’ rehab a team effort – Peter May has Kendrick Perkins using Wes Welker as inspiration in his recovery from knee surgery.

For Theo Epstein, trip not a vacation – Michael Silverman has the Red Sox GM heading to Walt Disney World, but not for a vacation.

Boston Red Sox GM Theo Epstein following his usual plan – Mike Fine has Epstein using familiar methods to assemble the 2011 bullpen.

McAdam at the GM meetings: Theo’s to-do list  – Sean McAdam looks at what the Red Sox need to do this winter.

Colin Campbell Called Marc Savard a “little fake artist”

This is a story that is sure to get bigger in the days to come, and has a strong Boston angle to it.

Colin Campbell, who serves as Senior Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations for the NHL – and chief disciplinarian – seems to have had a grudge against Bruins center Marc Savard, and that may have played a role in Campbell’s decision not to suspend Matt Cooke for his cheap hit on Savard which has essentially halted his NHL career. The story is based on emails from and to Campbell.

See the following links for more:

Leaked emails suggest Colin Campbell held bias against Savard, Bruins – (New England Hockey Journal)

Have Savard emails exposed NHL’s Colin Campbell as corrupt? (Yahoo! Sports)

Who did Colin Campbell call “a little fake artist”? (Cached version of the site that originally broke this story – – the site is down from so much traffic.)

A complication to this is that ironically, Campbell’s son, Gregory, now plays for the Bruins. Colin Campbell apparently also has a history of trying to intefere in matters to defend his son.

Patriots Stun Steelers (and everyone else)

I can’t get on anyone in the media for doubting the Patriots going into last night’s game, because I did the same. In my mind, I imagined the Steelers bringing great energy at home, and relentlessly pushing the Patriots over the field. It didn’t happen. In fact, the exact opposite happened. The Patriots played with the relentless energy, sacking Ben Roethlisberger five times, and Tom Brady three three touchdowns to rookie Rob Gronkowski in a 39-26 Patriots victory.

However, I did enjoy old friend Albert Breer accusing the Patriots of running up the score last night, and then quickly backtracking.

Ten Things We Learned Sunday: Patriots show resiliency in win over Steelers – Christopher Price looks at some things to take away from one of the most emotionally satisfying wins in recent memory for the Patriots. Tom E Curran has Five thoughts and Bill Burt has five reasons Patriots fans should be giddy.

They put squeeze on Roethlisberger – Greg A Bedard looks at the relentless and constant pressure the Patriots defense applied to the Steelers QB. Mark Farinella has more on a fired-up Patriots defense. Karen Guregian has the defense answering the call after the debacle in Cleveland.

Tom Brady gets Patriots fired up – Mike Reiss says that this one clearly meant a little more to the Patriots QB. Tom E. Curran has more on a fired-up Brady. Ron Borges has a great line to open his Brady column. Jeff Howe has more from a happy Brady.

Patriots silence their doubters once again – Jim Donaldson says that what happened in Cleveland last week was a fluke.

Gronkowski holds family banner highest – Farinella notes that on a winning day for the Gronkowski family, rookie Rob had the biggest day. More on the rookie tight end from Monique Walker and Shelly Anderson.

Happy new year – Michael Felger weighs in on the Patriots, Bruins and LeBron James. Also on CSNNE, Rich Levine wonders what the ceiling for this Patriots team is.

Welker was slotted for success – Monique Walker’s Globe notebook has the Patriots offense rediscovering Wes Welker last night. The Herald notebook from Ian R. Rapoport has more on Welker, Hector Longo cranks out his Two-minute drill.

Rajon Rondo and Goliath find their groove – Steve Bulpett has Rondo and Shaq working well together.

Delonte West set to join Celtics mix – Chris Forsberg has the Celtics guard set to join the rotation now that his suspension is over.

Krejci easing way back in – Fluto Shinzawa has the Bruins center practicing for the first time since suffering a moderate concussion.