Update. The Herald sports section

Update. The Herald sports section has been updated and the links below as well.

Alan Greenberg looks at what the Patriots plan to do to stop Drew. Tom Curran ponders how the Patriots can get their “sense of urgency” back.” Nick Cafardo has Lawyer Milloy searching for answers. Bill Reynolds looks at the fine line between genius and buffoon. The Bitter Globe Columnist looks at The Head Coach trying to prepare for the matchup against The Quarterback, who, says to The Bitter Globe Columnist, is doing in Buffalo exactly what he did here all those years. (Does anyone recall the BGC being this big of a Bledsoe fan when he was here?) Contrast that article, with Rich Thompson’s piece in the Herald on the same subject. Cafardo’s notebook looks at the Patriots aging defense. Curran’s notebook looks at the lack of wide receiver production and a slight alteration in Tom Brady’s comments. Bill Burt suggests the Patriots go back to last year. Hector Longo says this team just isn’t that talented. Longo also gets a sampling of the emotions after the loss Sunday. Gerry Callahan looks at Brady/Bledsoe. Kevin Mannix hands out his report card. Thompson’s notebook mentions the bye-week fight in practice.

NBA tips off tonight. The Globe has a mini-preview. Likely more tomorrow when the Celtics tip off. Shira Springer is optimistic about the team. Peter May composes a few top-five lists from around the NBA. Springer, May and Jackie MacMullan make brief season picks. Paul Doyle has an overview of this non-traditional Celtics squad. Mark Murphy has Vin Baker giving himself a “B” for the preseason. Murphy’s notebook has O’Brien lauding his young leaders.

Gordon Edes says the Red Sox need to just copy the Angels model, listing out 20 points from the season. I hope he was kidding with #17. Angels people have admitted that they thought he might be a useful backup. Not something “special”. Bob Hohler looks at possible offseason moves, including the likely Floyd to the Yankees speculation. Michael Silverman also looks at the possible loss of Floyd. Tony Massarotti rehashes the Angels history and concludes there’s hope for the Red Sox. Steve Buckley gives us his closing thoughts on the World Series.

Bill Griffith looks at the debut of the NBA on ESPN. He also notes that the Globe has banned its writers from appearing on the Herald-sponsored FSNE “New England Sports Tonight” show. John Molori reports that WWZN has hired Jimmy Myers as host of its new season of “Celtics Rewind” starting tomorrow night. I say not so fast…don’t be surprised to find that Myers isn’t the one for that show. Jim Baker gives us World Series highs and lows, and also reports the Myers to WWZN rumor.

TNT has Magic/76ers at 7:30 and Spurs/Lakers at 10:30. ESPN2 has Sharks/Red Wings at 8:00. HBO has “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” at 10:00 with the segments including the coming out of former NFL player Esera Tuaolo.

The panic button was pushed

The panic button was pushed on Sport Final. (Literally) Borges admitted that he doesn’t like Belichick. Said he is disingenuous. The panel of Zolak, Borges and DeOssie talked vaguely about Belichick lying to the media. Then the conversation went into Brady/Bledsoe. Borges says Brady is Jeff Hostetler. The Giants didn’t trade Phil Simms after Hostetler led them to the Super Bowl. Zolak says the Patriots have peaked early, and they’re not that good. DeOssie says for a certain that the Patriots will not win next week. The other two agreed.

Felger and Cafardo were up next. Cafardo says next week could be the Patriots SuperBowl. But then Cafardo went after Felger for all the things he’s said during the offseason and up to the this point. Belichick can stop Bledsoe, more talent this year, etc. Cafardo insists that the team has tuned out Belichick. He thinks that many of the Patriots guys like Bledsoe, and won’t go after him. He puts his money on the Bills next week. Then Nick went into the whole deal about the Patriots being nuts for trading Bledsoe to the Bills. They should’ve kept him instead of trading him to a divisional rival.

Other segments: Burton on Shannon Sharpe, a segment with a Buffalo sportscaster, Shaughnessy in to talk about the MasterCard top 10 baseball moments, a Terry O’Reilly Video.

Tim Fox told Gene Lavanchy on Sports Extra that Tom Brady played his worst game as a Patriot. Very tentative, like he made a vow not to throw any interceptions. Smerlas noted there was no pressure on Griese, during the game. Then onto the Bledsoe matchup next week. After a break, back to the Patriots, Lavanchy notes that the rest of the country was right about this team last year and this. They’re not a very good team. There is a lack of hunger and intensity. No big plays being made on either side of the ball. Fox says the good news is that Belichick has had success against Bledsoe in the past.

Quick Links: Ron Borges is an objective reporter. Dan Shaughnessy compares the Patriots to past Red Sox teams. Michael Felger looks at nothing falling in place for this team. Tom Curran looks at 0-for-October. Nick Cafardo has the game story. Kevin Mannix says this is a bad team with a coach that has no answers.

During the broadcast yesterday CBS sideline reporter Armen Keteyian mentioned that there had been a fight during a Patriots practice last week, and that at one point 20 guys were involved. Did I miss the mention on this locally? I’ve been kind of out of it the last few days, so if it was mentioned in any of the local papers or news outlets, I didn’t hear about it.

Eddie Andelman was back in

Eddie Andelman was back in studio with Dave Jageler today. A typical Friday, with Patriots talk and the wiseguys. Also a promotion throughout the show was giving away $20 bets on horses for tomorrow’s Breeder’s Cup. Bob Neumeier was replaced by Scott Zolak alongside Dale Arnold. Zolak isn’t bad at taking calls and interacting with the listeners. Patriots talk here as well. It continued over to the Big Show with Ordway, Smerlas and Felger. Mike Giardo hosted the McDonough group and was joined by Ron Borges and Tim Fox. Borges was surprisingly lucid for at least much of the first hour. It seems that when teams are struggling, he can spend time analyzing what they need to get better, and he’s not angry and bitter. When the team is winning, he’s miserable because there’s not much for him to do, so he does all he can to find things to criticize about them. That’s the best I can come up with for him. In the second hour, Borges got a little more antagonistic, boasting about the silence of the callers who were all over him the first three weeks of the season.

Bill Simmons takes us behind the scenes of sports talk radio. Ron Hobson previews Patriots/Broncos. Eric McHugh looks at Broncos kicker Jason Elam. David Pevear looks at Terrell Buckley’s third game in a row against a former team. Michael Felger looks at the red zone blues for the Sporting News. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has an Eastern Conference Notebook for ESPN.com.

Good to see former Sox 3rd baseman Wade Boggs maintaining his dignity in retirement. A couple of readers have e-mailed in to report that they saw Boggs on an infomercial as a celebrity endorser of a hair restoration product. He was even in the chair, with the “Doctor” drawing dots on his head and everything.