Sad media note in Chicago,

Sad media note in Chicago, where 37 year old TV sports anchor Darrian Chapman passed away suddenly yesterday of an apparent heart attack while preparing to play hockey. Chapman had local ties, as he was a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Mike Adams made his WWZN morning show debut with former WEEI intern Candy alongside providing sports updates and traffic reports. Reports on the show are mixed. Perhaps it can be chalked up to opening day jitters.

Jim Fenton recaps the Celtics season opener. Rob Bradford noticed Bulls GM Jerry Krause standing outside the locker rooms “throwing around the same sized smile seen after each of his team’s six NBA World Championships.” Mike Fine has the game story from last night, and in his notebook he writes on the subject of Kedrick Brown being placed on the IR: “A player on the IL at the start of the season can come off at any time rather than wait the mandatory five games if placed on the list at any other time.” Interesting. First I’ve heard of that. All other accounts just talk about him missing at least the first five games. (Same with Shaq) Bill Simmons says David Stern for President.

David Pevear has Drew taking care of the Bills. Eric McHugh looks at Drew facing his old team and how others in this game have fared in that situation. Glen Farley has Drew admitting that he took things for granted and what he’s done in this rebirth in Buffalo. McHugh’s notebook focuses on the media horde inundating Belichick with Bledsoe questions. Sal Paolantonio writes about Bledsoe’s revenge. Mark Malone and Merril Hodge look at the Bledsoe/Belichick matchup. John Clayton’s First…and 10 leads with Patriots/Bills. Peter King and Don Banks answer whether the Patriots blew it with Drew Bledsoe. Pete Prisco looks at Bledsoe for CBS Sportsline. Paul Attner says Drew is smiling more now than people have ever seen.

After one Celtics game, panic

After one Celtics game, panic ensues. Jackie MacMullan reads like Ron Borges. Bob Ryan starts out a little down, but gets rolling and reminds us that Robert Parish was “brutal” in his first month with the Celtics. Steve Bulpett blames the defense for letting down last night. Shira Springer’s game story looks at the silence from the captains down the stretch. Ryan’s second article looks at the young Bulls. Lenny Megliola gives us his observations on the game. Carolyn Thornton has a straightforward game story. Gus Martins looks at Tony Delk’s scorching night. Michael Gee makes a comparison between last night’s game and the last game of the playoffs last year. Bulpett’s notebook has the interesting news that the new owners may attempt to build their own arena for the Celtics after their lease at the Fleet expires in eight years. Springer’s notebook focuses on Kedrick Brown’s stay on the IR. Thornton’s Projo notebook has Jim O’Brien saying he viewed Bill Cartwright as a potential coach back in his playing days with the Knicks.

Genius coach Ron Borges has all the answers to what the Patriots need to do. Tom Curran says Bledsoe had just as much to do with his departure from the Patriots as Bill Belichick had. Michael Felger looks at the reborn Bledsoe, who admits that he might’ve gotten complacent here feeling firmly entrenched as the starter. Bill Reynolds writes that Brady can learn from Bledsoe how to handle things during down times. Alan Greenberg looks at what his old coach and friends have to say about Drew. Today shows the Jekyll and Hyde nature of Nick Cafardo. Read his even-keeled, objective article on the Belichick press conference yesterday, and then think what Cafardo would’ve said about it had he been on Sports Final and been talking about the same press conference. Michael Smith looks at Bledsoe as the center of attention yesterday. Jim Donaldson also looks at Bledsoe’s rebirth. Felger also has Tom Brady clarifying his comments and taking blame on himself for the team’s slide too. Cafardo’s notebook also looks at Brady’s comments. Felger’s notebook has Donald Hayes practicing with the scout team, as does Curran’s Projo notebook.

Meanwhile, with absolutely zero fanfare, the Bruins continue their streak of not losing since opening night. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has the story from the Bruins 7-2 win in Washington last night. Steve Conroy reports for the Herald. Both notebooks in the Globe and Herald focus on goalie Tim Thomas, making his second NHL start last night.

As for the Red Sox, Michael Silverman says the Sox still hope to talk to Billy Beane. Bob Hohler reports that the A’s have already denied permission for such talks. He also reports that if they can’t get Beane, they might put Lee Thomas in the job on an intern basis. Both stories also report on Manny Ramirez getting a perfect rating in the Elias Sports Bureau statistical rankings. Hohler seems a bit shocked by this. Manny is the fifth player in 21 years to get the perfect score. Now, if he would only try out there, right? Peter Gammons said again yesterday on WEEI how the Red Sox were “stuck with one of the worst contracts in the history of baseball.” If the guy didn’t produce, (See Hampton, Mike or even Mussina, Mike) that’s one thing. But he produces something this rare, and still gets raked over the coals. Only in Boston.

NESN has Bruins/Mighty Ducks at 7:00. TNT has Celtics/Wizards at 7:30 and Portland/Sacramento at 10:00 ESPN2 has Coyotes/Flyers at 7:30.

A lot of Celtics talk

A lot of Celtics talk on both sports radio stations today. Dennis & Callahan had Chris Wallace on, Dale & Neumy had Steve Bulpett and Tommy Heinsohn as guests, and the Big Show with Glen Ordway had the baseball dudes of Buckley and McAdam, and planned to have Heinsohn and Mike Gorman on together later on. The McDonough Group had Sean, Bill Simmons, Kip Lewis and Steve Burton. While talking Patriots, Simmons and Burton were pro-Belichick, while McDonough and Lewis think the jury is still out as to whether he is a good coach.

The worst kept secret around WWZN will be revealed after the Celtics game tonight, when as reported by John Molori and Jim Baker yesterday, Jimmy Myers will host “Celtics Rewind” until midnight. I say the worst kept, but in reality, they did a pretty good job at keeping it concealed, since Myers was hired in August…

Mike Fine looks at the Celtics on opening night. Jim Fenton says for better or for worse, here they are. Rob Bradford wonders if the Dynamic Duo is going to be enough for this team, and looks at the rest of the roster. Tim Weisberg examines the roster and the increased expectations. Michael Muldoon looks at J.R. Bremer. Bill Simmons has a look at the Western Conference.

I’m trying to figure out Mark Farinella’s column today. He says he’s never been too fond of Bledsoe personally, but at the same time he hopes he shreds the Patriots and sends them to their 5th straight loss. He also is of the opinion that this team is cooked and will not be a playoff contender. Eric McHugh emphasizes the pass rush for Sunday’s matchup with Drew. Bill Burt says the problems are on defense. Len Pasquarelli notes that for the second straight year, the Patriots are 3-4, but for different reasons. ESPN.com has a Pro Football Weekly Patriots report.

If you need to feel a little better you can read Steve Serby in the NY Post describe how New York has become the new “Loserville”, or as he puts it, “the Rotten Apple”.