Bob Ryan leads off expressing

Bob Ryan leads off expressing his frustration with Tiger Woods. This as you can imagine quickly became a hot topic on the golf-crazed Dennis and Callahan program. They criticized Ryan and other media figures who seem to look for something wrong in Tiger, and focus on his “spotty” record in Wild Card play. Always looking for a negative. I thought that was rather ironic. Karen Guregian’s article was also discussed, in which she looks at the British media trying to find something to nail Tiger with. Jim Baker focuses on the coverage of the Ryder Cup. Bill Griffith does the same with additional notes on ESPN HD and a Mike Lynch schedule change and contract extension.

The tights ends seem to be a common theme throughout the Patriots articles in the papers today. It is the sole subject of a Michael Smith article in the Globe this morning. It’s also mentioned in most of the various notebooks. Michael Felger and Alan Greenberg look at the receivers as a group. Paul Kenyon has the Patriots impressed with the Chargers defense. Rich Thompson writes about a reunion of ex-Buffalo Bills and good friends on Sunday, in Antowain Smith and Marcellus Wiley. Smith’s Globe notebook gives us an injury update. Roman Phifer hopes to visit his son after the game Sunday in Felger’s notebook. Ian Clark says the running game is ready to go.Leigh Montville makes his weekly picks and says copycat head coaches around the league are telling their offensive coordinators to get their stomachs stapled. I’m glad he mocked that “copycat” stuff…if I hear one more time that the NFL is a copycat league….

Lenny Megliola wraps up the Red Sox season. Bob Hohler has a piece on Shea Hillenbrand, who says Joe Kerrigan never liked him. Jeff Horrigan reports on Josh Hancock’s first MLB start yesterday. Another Projo no byline article (Is it McAdam?) also features Hancock. Horrigan’s notebook has Little talking rest for Hillenbrand and Damon, Ramirez’s batting title quest and the possible end of the line in Chicago for Frank Thomas. Hohler’s notebook has the news that the Sox might be close to a deal with Alan Embree and a mea culpa from Hohler about a mistake in an article from yesterday.

Goalies are the rage today. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell looks at Andrew Raycroft, while Steve Conroy profiles John Grahame.

Up for a little soccer talk? Frank Dell’apa looks at last night’s 2-0 Revolution playoff victory. Gus Martins has the Herald’s version. George Kimball tries valiantly to make a comparison between last year’s Patriots and this year’s Revolution.

Fox25 has Red Sox/Devil Rays at 7:00. ESPN2 has Astros/Giants at 10:30. ESPN Classic has the NBA Hall of Fame inductions at 7:00. Catch Larry Bird presenting Magic.