Kevin Mannix isn’t impressed with

Kevin Mannix isn’t impressed with the Patriots. They aren’t playing championship football and lack the ability to deliver the knockout punch. But I wonder. Had the Patriots punched the ball into the end zone with 30 seconds left yesterday instead of taking the knee with class, would the 27-12 final score have had people looking differently at this team? Doesn’t keeping the ball for the final 9+ minutes of the game equal a “knockout punch”? Ron Borges is thankful for Troy Brown. Mannix and Alan Greenberg also submit articles on the player probably most important to the team. Michael Felger and Nick Cafardo are both thinking that signs seem to point to the team going down a familiar road. Tom Curran looks at Tedy Bruschi’s contributions yesterday and notes that Patriots fans should really be hoping for a quick recovery. Karen Guregian writes about the blitz attack the Joey Harrington faced all day. Alan Greenberg sounds a little skeptical of how good the Patriots are after another win over a weak opponent. Jim Donaldson counts his blessings. The importance of that final drive isn’t lost on Michael Smith. Antowain Smith was once again a factor in the game, Karen Guregian submits a short article detailing his contributions. George Kimball says that Tom Brady looked like — and played like — Matt Cavanaugh yesterday. Ian Clark breaks the game into a Thanksgiving dinner. Curran has a notebook that is informative and entertaining at times. Felger’s notebook and Cafardo’s notebook both put much of their focus on the injuries.

Shira Springer writes about the Celtics looking to “take care of home”. Jim O’Brien has had a talk with the new owners, reports Steve Bulpett.

Stephen Harris and Jim Greenidge look ahead to today’s noontime Bruins matchup with the Canadiens. A little revenge might be in the air.

Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star isn’t too happy with Theo Epstein’s hiring. He feels the Red Sox “once again have thrown cold water on every African-American and minority candidate and have managed to alienate every loyal, front-office person of any race in team scouting and player development departments who aspired to reach the pinnacle of their profession the old-fashioned way.” He goes on to add that “There will be an entire generation of passed-over candidates (and friends) who would like nothing better than to see him and the Red Sox fall flat on their face

If you receive WEEI’s “Clubhouse”

If you receive WEEI’s “Clubhouse” E-mails, then today’s “Major Announcement” came as no surprise. As touted in the latest Clubhouse e-mail, sent earlier in the week, WEEI will be honoring its top “Whiner line” callers in an awards ceremony called “The Whineys” to be held in January. Awards will be handed out in several categories, and Lenny Clarke will be the host of the event. Early odds have the caller known as the “Ghost of Harry Carey” as a favorite to walk away with some of the top honors.

Dale & Neumy had a

Dale & Neumy had a lot of Bruins talk on WEEI today, understandably. Dale had to clarify his comments from the NESN telecast last night when, in the closing minutes, he remarked something along the lines of “Soon, the people of the Commonwealth are going to wake up a realize they have one of the best teams in the NHL here.” Dale had to clear up that he wasn’t knocking the fans who weren’t showing up in protest to Jacobs, but rather talking about fans in general who just aren’t aware of how good the team is. They also took a few calls on trading Kyle McLaren. One exchange was fairly frustrating, as when the caller wanted to know exactly why McLaren wants to be traded, does he have a beef with management…they respond with ‘That’s not it…McLaren has nothing against the Bruins team or its management. McLaren has a personal issue that doesn’t involve the team.’ When pressed, Dale said, “I can’t divulge this information”. It’s frustrating from the viewpoint of the listener, it’s almost a teasing, “I know something you don’t know” type of thing. At the same time, Dale is respecting McLaren’s privacy in whatever his personal issue is. Of course, it wasn’t frustrating to listen to Dale mention this site as the one that guided him to the John Tomase article on Theo Epstein, which was also discussed during the show.

The Eddie shots across the bow continue. Today in response to a caller who mentioned “the other end of the dial”, Andelman said he didn’t know too many people who would walk away from the offer that they put before him. He said there are good people there, Dale is a good guy, Ted is a good guy, but otherwise the place is filled with the “slimiest characters” you could imagine, and that he is a family man and couldn’t stand to be associated with them any more. The rest of Eddie’s show was his annual pre-Thanksgiving “turkeys” of the year in sports.

Speaking of Eddie, reader Matt Cullen writes (Greg) Dickerson was filling in for Teddy last night and an old man called up and asked “What ever happened to Eddie Andelman?” .. and Greg replied “Eddie is no longer working in radio, he has retired.” In the most serious tone .. It was strange, I felt bad for the old guy wondering where Eddie was!

I wrote last night about Borges loosening up on the Patriots. Maybe the Globe has put shackles on him, But MSNBC hasn’t. Borges submits an article highly critical of Tom Brady to that web site. He talks about “lingering doubts in the minds of many” about Brady. After mentioning that the Patriots have only beaten two teams with winning records this year, Borges adds: “In an area that for years insisted Ted Williams and Roger Clemens were