Somewhat abbreviated Monday links today…
The Red Sox managed to stay alive in the American League Championship Series with a dramatic 6-4 win in 12 innings. David Ortiz (who else?) that lovable sack of you-know-what does it again for the Red Sox with a game winning home run. Bob Hoher…Jeff Horrigan…Steven Krasner…David Heuschkel and David Borges all provide the game stories from Fenway. Dan Shaughnessy has another game story for the Globe news section.
Bob Ryan writes that the Red Sox finally showed a little spunk last night. Tony Massarotti says the Red Sox are in the ultimate one-game-at-a-time scenario here. Sean McAdam says that once again, David Ortiz is Mr. Clutch for the Sox. Jackie MacMullan also looks at Ortiz wearing the hero’s jersey. Jon Couture says that Red Sox nation still believes. Steve Buckley looks at Derek Lowe stepping in with a big performance last night. Steven Krasner also looks at Lowe, who ended up leaving the game in a huff. Tom Yantz has another look at Lowe’s night.
Bob Ryan ponders Pedro’s seven years here and wonders if this is his last hurrah with the Red Sox. Tony Massarotti says that Pedro has again become the Red Sox ace in the postseason. Former Grady Little apologist Sean McAdam says that the fans are targeting the manager to blame for the Red Sox failures once again. Gordon Edes looks at Francona making the right moves last night. Howard Bryant looks at Keith Foulke allowing the Red Sox to live another day.
Horrigan’s notebook has the news that Curt Schilling will get the start in game six should the Red Sox survive another day. Heuschkel’s notebook has Theo Epstein exploring why the Sox had until last night underachieved against the Yankees. Hohler’s notebook looks at the Sox hoping to be able to send both Pedro and Schilling at the Yankees one more time. Krasner’s notebook has more on Schilling.
Before the Red Sox could get their first win against the Yankees, the Patriots took their 20th straight win, a 30-20 victory over the Seahawks, who came into the game flapping their jaws instead of their wings. Michael Felger looks at Seattle providing enough motivation for the Patriots to beat them. Nick Cafardo also looks at how the Seahawks talking came back to haunt them. Tom E Curran, Alan Greenberg, Michael Parente, Christopher Price and John Japha have the rest of the game stories from Foxboro. BSMW’s Scott A Benson weighs in with his thoughts on the game as well.
Kevin Mannix has a short article trying to make the case that the hit on Tom Brady in which he fumbled cause the Patriots’ QB to be “shaky” for the rest of the game. Jim McCabe looks at Brady holding things together just fine. Ron Borges writes about Bethel Johnson trying to make amends for his past transgressions with the big catch yesterday. Jim Donaldson feels like an idiot for picking against the Patriots. (I’ll be nice and refrain from comment on the first two lines of the column.) Jim McCabe looks at the Patriots playing for pride right to the end of the game. Rich Thompson looks at Ty Law tying the franchise record for career interceptions.
Paul Kenyon looks at what a difference Corey Dillon makes. Rich Thompson and Ron Indrisano have more on Dillon, who racked up a 100 yards despite not being a 100%. Alan Greenberg looks at Bethel Johnson’s catch. Dan Ventura has another look at the catch by the speedy Patriots receiver that basically put the game away. Ventura also looks at Rodney Harrison silencing the upstart Seattle talkers.
Felger’s notebook has Bill Belichick accepting blame on himself for some blown coverages during the game. Cafardo’s notebook also focuses on Belichick’s mea culpa. Parente’s notebook has more on Belichick. Curran’s notebook has the Seahawks eating their words. Japha’s notebook has more on the Bethel Johnson reception.
Shira Springer looks at the Celtics new offense, which is basically just “play basketball”.
Dave Scott has a special Monday edition of Scott’s Shots, looking at the Red Sox coverage over the weekend, and a number of other scattered items.
Fox has Red Sox/Yankees at 5:00.