Bobby Valentine will be introduced as Red Sox manager at 5:30 this afternoon. The Bruins won their 12th game in 13 tries last night as they downed the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3 last night, and took over first place in the Northeast Division in the process.
The papers are full of articles on Valentine this morning, here is a sampling:
Team taking a big chance with this choice – In the Globe, Bob Ryan says that “the Red Sox have stolen a page from the old George Steinbrenner playbook.” Also in the Globe, Bob Hohler runs down Valentine’s obsession with charity, and Amalie Benjamin looks at his role as good citizen in Stamford, Connecticut. Peter Abraham looks at possibilities for the rest of the coaching staff.
Rise of Bobby V. raises eyebrows – John Tomase says that the hiring of Valentine completes a startling turn of events. Michael Silverman says that fans should enjoy having Valentine as manager. Scott Lauber has former players lauding Valentine’s approach, and Jay Greenberg also checks in down in Stamford, CT.
Bobby Valentine a wake-up call – Joe McDonald says that some Red Sox players may not like this choice, but they brought it on themselves, even if they were told that “the team had no plans to hire “someone like Bobby Valentine.”
Bruins Cap Memorable Month With Another Win in Toronto to Finish November 12-0-1 – Douglas Flynn has the Bruins finishing off an incredible month. Fluto Shinzawa and Stephen Harris have more on the win.
November’s over… now what? – DJ Bean looks at what’s next for the Bruins.
Bruins sign Krejci to three-year extension – Joe Haggerty reports on a new deal for the Bruins center.
Wonderful time of year for Patriots – Karen Guregian has the Patriots moving into Bill Belichick’s favorite time of the year.
Two schools of thought on recent run for Patriots’ defense – Christopher Price examines the two ways you can look at the Patriots defense right now.
Sacks, lies and videotape – Mark Farinella says that there is a whole lot of lying going on in Foxborough this week.
Easy win? How dare you! – Chris Forsberg has Belichick and Tom Brady dismissing talk that the 0-11 Colts will be easy to beat.
Secondary education continues with Patriots for versatile Edelman – Glen Farley looks at the expanded role for Julian Edelman.
Job Promotion For Dan Orlovsky – Jeff Jacobs looks at the former UConn QB, who will get the start this week against the Patriots.
Danny Ainge’s wheels turning – Peter May says that Chris Paul and Dwight Howard might be longshots for the Celtics, but Danny Ainge has to try. Steve Bulpett says that trading Rajon Rondo might work. Or it might not.
Closing window won’t change Danny Ainge – Bulpett has Ainge trying to reload while remaining a contender.
Changing of the guard – Julian Benbow has a mini-feature on Delonte West, who may be looking for a new team this week, even as he attempts to change his image.
Rivers may welcome a new-look Celtics team to camp – Scott Souza notes that the Celtics coach may have a whole new cast to work with.