Here we are for the final weekday of the BSMW Fall Fund Drive. At present we’re about $1200 short of the stated goal for the drive. I’m still extremely impressed by the contributions made and from people’s comments about the site. If you are able today and have not done so yet, please consider sending a donation to the drive. It’s a large part of what keeps this site going and allows me to justify the early mornings and late nights that go into it. Please go to the fund drive home page linked above and check out the prizes. This is the largest number of prizes that we’ve had for a drive, and we might even be able add a few more, the publisher of the book “Mind Game” which looks at the methods and formula used by the Red Sox to win the World Series last year has offered up a few copies of the book as prizes.
Thanks again for your participation and generosity. Prize winners should be notified sometime next week.
The messageboard will be down this morning as we are experiencing some MYSQL errors.
Ron Borges has an outstanding article this morning on Richard Seymour. It’s not so much about the Seymour the player, but Seymour the man. A great glimpse into who he is and what motivates him. Michael Parente has a look at safety Michael Stone, who is not only wearing Ty Law’s old #24, but he’s also filling his shoes…literally. Alan Greenberg looks at Stone and Hank Poteat, two players picked up by the Patriots during this season, who have kept working at making a living in the NFL. Chris Kennedy has a look at Antowain Smith, back in town to face his old mates.
John Tomase looks at the task faced by the Patriots short cornerbacks when it comes to defending taller receivers. Jerome Solomon looks at one of those short DB’s, Ellis Hobbs, who is trying to follow up his first impressive start with another this weekend against the Saints. Ian M Clark notes that this weekend the Patriots should have the same pair of cornerbacks starting the game as they had last week…the first time that has happened all season. Dan Pires looks at Heath Evans, ready to answer the call once again if needed.
Tom E Curran says that the Patriots will spend Sunday looking for the Saints to make a mistake, and then to take advantage of it. Steve Maniaci and Christopher Price write that the Patriots are looking to build some consistency starting this weekend against the Saints. Tomase has an update on Matt Light’s ankle injury (complete with photo). Eric McHugh has more from Tom Brady about life without Dan Koppen.
Solomon’s notebook looks at linebacker Chad Brown, who was used in situational pass rushing last week against Miami and felt comfortable doing it. Tomase’s notebook looks at Daniel Graham, who has been practicing this week, after missing last week’s game with the Dolphins. Curran’s notebook has more on Michael Stone attempting to fill the number and shoes of Ty Law. Parente’s notebook reports on the progress Matt Light is making from his injured ankle.
Jim Lazar and Jim McCabe make their NFL picks for this weekend. Double D and I.M. Bettor also give us their thoughts on some of the weekend action. Patrick Hanrahan and Steve Britt have fantasy updates, and the Globe tells us who’s hot and who’s not.
Rob Bradford looks at the wheels continuing to go round and round on the Red Sox GM search. Michael Silverman reports that Jim Bowden will also get a second interview with the Red Sox, joining Jim Beattie in that category. Chris Snow also reports on that item. Dan Shaughnessy tries to show he isn’t a mere mouthpiece for the ownership, but still comes across as one.
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell reports on the Bruins losing another game in which they were tied in the final period, this time 4-1 to the Maple Leafs. Douglas Flynn and Joe McDonald also report on the loss, which had the Bruins lacking the three P’s in the final period. (Passion, Purpose and Process) James Murphy also has a report on the Bruins suffering another lackluster loss.
Karen Guregian reports that Mike O’Connell is ready to go out and start making some changes to his club, while Mick Colageo says that the GM is content to let thing play out for a little while longer. Frank Dell’Apa looks at the frustration continuing to mount for the Bruins. Flynn has O’Connell extending no guarantees to his players or coach that they will be here the whole season. Joe Haggerty says that it is the familiar woes that keep coming back to bite the Bruins. Guregian has Ray Bourque giving Joe Thornton a thumbs up for his role as captain of the club.
Burrell’s notebook has more on the patience of O’Connell. Flynn’s notebook has rookie defenseman Andrew Alberts making the highlight reel with a crushing hit. McDonald’s notebook has more from O’Connell on his team’s poor start.
Steve Bulpett looks at the Celtics needing to buckle down on defense, an area with has coach Doc Rivers concerned, as his players seem to have let their effort slide on that end of the game. Shira Springer looks at one guy who never lets down on defense, Justin Reed, who enjoys that aspect of the game. Mike Fine notes that the young Celtics bench has been putting a burden on the starters. Springer looks at Tony Allen hoping to test out his surgically repaired knee in practice sometime in the next week or so. Bulpett’s notebook has more on Allen, and the news that Celtic Hall of Famer Frank Ramsey lost his home and nearly all of his basketball memorabilia when a tornado destroyed his home on Tuesday. The 74 year old Ramsey survived the Tornado by taking shelter in a closet next the fireplace.
FSN has Celtics/Raptors at 7:30. ESPN has Magic/Cavs at 7:00 and Pistons/Rockets at 9:30. NESN and ESPN2 both are carrying college basketball doubleheaders.