Red Sox officials continue to

Red Sox officials continue to try to hammer out an extension agreement with Curt Schilling which would bring the pitcher to Boston. Jeff Horrigan says Theo hopes to have the deal done sometime today, before the Holiday tomorrow. Kevin Gray says bet on Schilling to the Sox. He talks with the Arizona bullpen catcher, who is close to Schilling. Paul Doyle says a large part of the selling of Schilling on Boston will be Terry Francona. Doyle speaks with Rico Brogna, who played with Schilling in Philadelphia for Francona. Michael Gee has a pay column on the Francona/Schilling dynamic, and says that even if Schilling comes here, the first time he goes on the DL we’ll all be calling him a bum and questioning why the Sox didn’t go for Colon instead.

Don't say it wouldn't happen. Always has, always will. The delusional expectations that spin the Sox' wheel of causality are why the club hasn't won a World Series. As Donald Rumsfeld wrote of the war in Iraq, "the harder we work, the behinder we get.''

He says it’s the fate of the Red Sox for those things to happen. The Red Sox team that finally wins the series will be one that is picked to win about 75 games. Gordon Edes does some number crunching to determine how the Sox could afford Schilling, Foulke, and yes, ARod. Jimmy Golen of the AP looks at the shape of the 2004 Sox, and has quotes from Pedro on what it would be like for the Sox to get Schilling. Edes’ notebook has Francona already acting like the manager, and Horrigan’s notebook looks at the progress of the Foulke negotiations.

Michael Felger looks at what the return of Ted Washington has meant for the Patriots Defense. Ron Borges looks ahead to the Sunday matchup in Indy, and likes the Patriots chances. Michael Smith says the Colts win on BIG plays and if the Patriots can stop those, they’ll be in good shape. Jonathan Comey’s wednesday Morning QB looks at the Patriots in position to clinch a playoff berth this week, and how it all came about after the week one debacle. Alan Greenberg looks around the league at he playoff picture. Michael Parente says the Patriots are showing proper respect for the Colts. Jim Donaldson looks at the play calling of Charlie Weis and notes that you only have a problem with gambling if you lose. Smith’s notebook looks at Ken Walter and his job stability for this week. Felger’s notebook looks at the job the Pats secondary has in front of them this week. Parente’s notebook also looks at Walter.

Bruins had the lead with just over 30 seconds left last night, and still lost in OT. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell and Steve Conroy have the recap from St Louis. Jumbo Joe took a costly penalty at the end of regulation which gave the Blues the advantage of not having on the the NHL’s best players on the ice against them. Conroy’s notebook looks at the mistake by Thornton. Marrapese-Burrell’s notebook looks at a rough night all around for Thornton.

Celtics links are at Fox Sports Net New New England.

Jackie MacMullan looks at the firing of Holy Cross Football coach Dan Allen. The program is 1-11 this year, but the firing is noteworthy for because of Allen’s battle with multiple chemical sensitivity. Well, he wasn’t really fired, he was “relieved of his duties” and is still an employee of Holy Cross with full benefits. That part of it is classy by Holy Cross. Mark Blaudschun and John Connolly also look at the situation.

Monday’s edition of the Inside Track had this line:

Ex-NHL All-Star Joe Jaeger slapping down his credit cards while shopping at the Prudential Center Mall with a buxom brunette . . .

As far as I can tell, there has never been an NHL player by that name. There was a baseball player by the name of Joe Jaeger who pitched in two games for the 1920 Chicago Cubs, but no Hockey player. There is however a mysterious figure by that name on the BSMW message board who has posted exactly once in that forum. Has someone pulled a fast one on the Track Gals? Wasn’t me… (They didn’t mean Jaromir Jagr, did they?)

FSNE has Celtics/Magic at 7:00 ESPN has Pistons/Sixers at 7:00 and UConn/Georgia Tech at 9:30.

First off, I dislike using

First off, I dislike using unnamed sources, and will not be putting stuff up like that on the site with my name again, as I did yesterday. I guess I could make the case that the trade was “announced” through various media outlets, and even talked about by Curt Schilling himself yesterday, but it certainly is not final. My info was bad, and it was a mistake to post it. Lesson learned. Jeff Horrigan and Sean McAdam report on the proposed deal and what it is going to take to get it completed and Schilling signed to an extension. Gordon Edes looks at the complete Red Sox picture, with Schilling, Terry Francona and Keith Foulke and what is likely to happen next. David Heuschkel says the ball is in Schilling court, the Sox would like it to be in his hand at Fenway the next few seasons. Jeff Jacobs says the Red Sox simply HAVE TO come to an agreement with Schilling, if only to keep him from the Yankees. Then we can sit back and watch what Steinbrenner and the Yankees do in reaction. Michael Holley writes about how the Sox need to go about their meeting with Schilling, skip the stats and talk baseball. (Though shouldn’t it be noted that Schilling was one of the first guys in baseball to carry a laptop with him everywhere?) Tony Massarotti likes what the Red Sox are trying to do here, and says Schilling and Foulke would be some great welcoming gifts for Terry Francona, expected to be named manager in the next week. Art Martone has a brief sidebar which should allay fears of Schilling’s performance and age. Gerry Callahan, a big Schilling booster, has a pay column today looking at how Schilling has grown up and matured since his days as a Sox farmhand and how he would be a perfect fit here. Horrigan’s notebook looks at the interview of DeMarlo Hale, which was lost in the excitement yesterday. The ProJo notebook looks at Foulke and Hale.

Nick Cafardo with the help of Tom Glavine has a very nice article in remembrance of Warren Spahn, who passed away yesterday at the age of 82. Well done. Don Amore also has a piece on Spahn.

Kevin Mannix has the Patriots Report Card for the week, he focuses on the achievements of Tom Brady, while handing out an F to special teams and a D to the offensive line. Tom Curran says Brady is the best in the clutch around here since the glory days of Larry Bird. Sometimes I fear Dan Shaughnessy goes too far the other way, setting us up for disappointment. That might be just my cynical nature though. Another positive article, though he does continue the glorious Globe tradition of taking a little shot at the Patriots coaches.

The Patriots and their fans have to stop thinking that New England's coaching staff is worth 7 points per game. There are good coaches on other teams, too, and it's arrogant to go into every week thinking you are smarter than the other guy.

Where that came from, I’m not sure. It mars an otherwise enjoyable article from Shaughnessy. Mike Reiss looks at the Pats as they come down the stretch run. Bill Burt says Tom Brady for President. Karen Guregian has more on Brady and his clutch performances. Alan Greenberg says the Patriots’ fragile offense gives their title hopes pause. Michael Smith’s notebook looks at the Patriots Dominant D.

The Celtics had another ugly loss last night to the Knicks. The links are at Fox Sports Net New New England.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell looks at the Bruins struggles in killing penalties. On WBCN on Sunday, Jonathan Kraft was high on the idea of the Bruins playing an outdoor game at Gillette stadium. In Stephen Harris’ notebook, several Bruins players think it’s a great idea as well.

Bob Ryan draws the tough assignment of covering the BC Eagles basketball team in the Virgin Islands. He reports on the 84-81 win for Boston College. Mike Shalin looks at the Bowl hopes of the Eagles football team.

Bill Griffith has the story of a local participant in the Golf Channel’s version of a reality show. He also looks at notes from the Patriots broadcast Sunday.

Somehow, the irony of this article from The Onion makes it a good fit for this page.

Kent Thaler has his weekly thoughts on the Patriots.

NESN has Bruins/Blues at 7:30.

It’s been circulating all over

It’s been circulating all over the internet and radio, (WFAN in NY had it first, it seems.) but it looks like the Red Sox have pulled off a deal for Curt Schilling. Going to Arizona would be Casey Fossum and two prospects. Unnamed sources with connections in the Red Sox front office have told me that the deal is done and will be announced later this afternoon. Stay tuned.

Update – John W Henry posted the following on the Sons of Sam Horn board:

There is a saying in business, "Until it's signed you don't have a deal."