Mile High Compliments

The Patriots continue preparations for the Broncos, while the baseball playoffs continue, with a very controversial call being the difference for the White Sox. The Celtics continue preparation for their second preseason game tomorrow night, while the Bruins will be without Joe Thornton tonight, who is back in Boston.

Karen Guregian and Tom E Curran each look at the mutual admiration society that Bill Belichick and Mike Shanahan have going. Alan Greenberg has a nice mini-feature on Patriots tight end Daniel Graham, coming off his best offensive game of the season, and going back this weekend to play in front of his home town of Denver. Albert Breer also has a short bit on Graham and offensive tackle Tom Ashworth, who also played college ball at Colorado. Jerome Solomon has a look at Patrick Pass, who has grown into the ultimate team player down in Foxboro. Christopher Price has a look at the reputation of the Denver offensive line as dirty players who utilize the controversial cut block technique.

The injury report was a big topic yesterday, especially after last week when it appeared that Atlanta coach Jim Mora Jr messed around with the report to make it seem all week that Michael Vick had a good chance of playing against the Patriots. Eric McHugh has a look at that situation as well as more from the game on Sunday. Guregian has a look at the Patriots injury report from yesterday, which listed 15 Patriots as probable. Mike Reiss also has the injury report, and a look at new Patriot Arturo Freeman. Buddy Thomas launches a tirade against Keyshawn Johnson in his column today. One note Buddy, Johnson is 33, not 35. Get the stories from the Mile High city in the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News. The Post has a look at the elite coaches and kickers that will be involved in this game, while the News has a piece on Graham.

Solomon’s notebook reports on the injury report as well as a couple of roster moves for the Patriots. Guregians notebook also looks at the injuries and reports on Tom Brady being named AFC player of the week. Curran’s notebook has Denver linebacker Al Wilson speaking about Brady.

Gordon Edes and Jeff Horrigan report on a controversial call in the ninth inning last night which gave the Chicago White Sox new life and allowed the winning run to score and tie the series at a game apiece. Dan Shaughnessy says that the call was as bad as it gets, and now there is a cloud over the whole series. Howard Bryant (subscription only) also looks at the horrendous call, noting that the umpiring crew remains in denial about messing it up. Horrigan has a brief article that has Ozzie Guillen wanting Paul Konerko to return to the White Sox next season. Edes’s notebook has more on A.J. Pierzynski, who took advantage of the blown call by the home player umpire. Horrigan’s notebook has Mike Scioscia saying that his offense didn’t get the job done last night, and explaining how he uses the DH.

Nick Cafardo looks at Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals getting a game one win over the Astros in the NLCS. Cafardo’s notebook looks at the rough outing for Andy Pettitte.

Steve Bulpett assesses the Celtics a week into training camp, with a preseason game under their belt, and has several observations, including wondering what Ricky Davis’ role will be. Starter or Sixth man? Shira Springer looks at Doc Rivers giving his team a day off yesterday, and looks back at the game on Tuesday and ahead to tomorrow night’s game in Manchester, NH. Scott Souza talks to Celtics radio play-by-play man Sean Grande about broadcasting on a station that people will be able to hear at night around the region. You get the feeling that Grande has a bit of wanderlust in him, and might not be a long term guy for the position, talking about new challenges, having almost left the job twice already. Maybe I’m just old fashioned, knowing that Johnny Most called the games for 40 years, but you’d think this might be the top of the mountain for a guy like Grande.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell reports on Joe Thornton returning to Boston for treatment on his ailing back. Steve Conroy reports on Center Dave Scatchard, who is set to make his Bruins debut tonight. Burrell’s notebook says that Scatchard is excited about suiting up for the Bruins for the first time. Conroy’s notebook has more on Thornton returning home.

Rich Thompson reports that BC Defense End Mathias Kiwanuka will likely miss this Saturday’s game with Wake Forest due to a knee injury. Ron Chimelis looks at UMass forward Rashaun Freeman, who is a likely NBA candidate. In the Globe’s Suburban Diary, one Red Sox fan tells of how she is planning on getting through the offseason.

The New York Sports News page has plenty on the baseball playoffs and on Mel Stottlemyre resigning as Yankees pitching coach. The Bay Area Sports page also has plenty of baseball and football stories from the West coast.

Bill Griffith reports on the Patriots building their own television network…without a TV station. They have a number of programs that will be available from Comcast On Demand. on ESPN.com Ombudsman George Solomon wants to draw a stronger line between reporting and commentary.

NESN has Bruins/Panthers at 7:00. FOX has Astros/Cardinals at 8:30. ESPN has Clemson/N.C. State at 7:30.