More Theo, Celtics Ready to Go.

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With a day to absorb the shock that Theo Epstein won’t be around anymore, now the process of restoring order and getting back to business begins. Tony Massarotti says that the organization needs John Henry to step up and be a stabilizing force during these times. Jackie MacMullan writes that these negotiations were a disaster and Henry and Larry Lucchino must answer for them. She says it never should’ve come to this and that they should have signed up Theo a long time ago. Art Martone says that the Red Sox just never saw this coming. David Heuschkel talks to Mike Port about working for Lucchino and what the Red Sox have to do next. Alex Speier notes that suddenly, the Red Sox seem to be an organization in turmoil once again. Sean McAdam looks at who the Red Sox are sending to represent the team at the GM meetings next week. Chris Snow examines what could be up next for Epstein. Michael Silverman says things were quiet at Fenway yesterday, with no one saying anything. He cites sources that say Boston has taken a serious hit with players around the league because of what has gone on here in recent days. Kevin Provencher talks to Bob Tewksbury about Theo’s departure, and the Red Sox psychology guru expresses his surprise over what has unfolded.

Silverman attempts to break down the early candidates to be the new GM of the Red Sox. Gordon Edes notes that the Red Sox are short on in-house candidates at this time. Garry Brown also looks at the search for a new General Manager for the team. Andrew Zimbalist has a story in the Globe looking at how much Theo Epstein is really worth.

Garry Brown and David Borges have Gold Glove catcher Jason Varitek expressing shock over Epstein’s departure, and indicating that this is not at all a popular development with the players on the club. Snow says that Varitek’s award is a little tainted by the departure of Theo. John Tomase also notes Varitek’s frustration on a day that should have been for celebrating the franchise’s first Gold Glove since Tony Pena. Martone also has Varitek lamenting the changes to the organization. Borges has Bronson Arroyo expecting a multi-year deal from the Red Sox this winter.

Dan Shaughnessy continued his media tour/damage control with an appearance on Dennis & Callahan this morning. He continues to say he finds it hard to believe that Theo Epstein is so thin-skinned that his column from Sunday would be enough to make him step down from the Red Sox. WEEI has already put the segments up on their website. You can listen to them here:

Segment one with Shaughnessy

Segment two with Shaughnessy

The segment with Curt Schilling is also worth listening to, as he and Shaughnessy traded barbs.

Scott’s Shots and Sheriff Sully go back and forth on the Theo situation.

With the Celtics opening their season tonight at the Garden against Larry Brown and the New York Knicks, Mark Murphy takes a look at the roster, noting that it is awfully…green. Mike Fine says that the young and restless Celtics roster is eager to make their mark in the NBA this season. Shalise Manza Young notes that at the moment Paul Pierce and Ricky Davis are the only definite pluses on the squad, everything else is really an unknown right now. Paul Doyle says that the Celtics need to come of age quickly, as right now it is Paul Pierce and bunch of kids. Lenny Megliola also looks at this Celtics squad on opening night and where they go from here. He claims that the Celtics are fourth in terms of popularity in Boston, even behind the Bruins. I don’t agree with that at all. The Celtics are ahead of the Bruins.

Steve Bulpett says that the growing pains for the Celtics this year could be ugly at times. Bulpett also breaks down the good, the bad, and the ugly in the NBA for this season. Mike Fine says that Ricky Davis is more than just flash, he has grown up and matured during his time with the Celtics. Scott Souza looks at Delonte West’s determination to make the point guard position his own this year. There is also a new edition of the BSMW Full Court Press up looking at the prospects for the upcoming season.

Mark Murphy examines the road that high school players face in trying to make the transition to the NBA. Bulpett looks at the three Celtics on the roster who joined the club out of high school. They don’t regret their choice, though Doc Rivers and Paul Pierce wish they had spent some time in college. Murphy looks at the struggles of a few of the recent 18 and under picks in the league. Bulpett looks at Ryan Gomes, who is a dinosaur is some ways as he actually went to four years of college.

Peter May has an article on Knicks coach Larry Brown this morning, who is taking on his latest and perhaps greatest challenge in coach in his home city of New York. Paul Doyle examines whether this will be a dream job or nightmare for Brown. Shira Springer’s notebook reports that the Celtics want to spend more time this season practicing on the Garden floor. Bulpett’s notebook also has the Celtics wanting to have a tough home court advantage this season.

Jonathan Comey says that if you think that the Patriots can’t beat the Colts this time, then think again. Michael Felger has Colts president Bill Polian not wishing to fan the flames of the Patriots/Colts rivalry at this time, he also looks at Chad Brown sitting out Sunday night, and Mike Vrabel’s transition to Inside Linebacker. Nick Cafardo looks at old man Corey Dillon solving a few of the Patriots offensive problems with his resolve on Sunday night. John Tomase says that after beating Buffalo Sunday night, the Patriots find themselves facing a much stiffer test next Monday night against the Colts. Michael Parente looks at the Patriots shuffling up their backfield a bit yesterday. Chris Kennedy says that the Patriots are out to take control of their division, and Sunday night was a start. Now they look ahead to Indy. Cafardo’s notebook looks at the Colts new balanced attack. He also has another Lawyer Milloy update and some contract talk.

Get the take from the midwest in the Indy Star.

The Bruins continued their overtime woes, losing to the Islanders last night 4-3. Worse, they also lost defenseman Brian Leetch, who suffered what is thought at this time to be an MCL injury. Kevin Paul Dupont and Stephen Harris report on the loss. Harris has Tom Fitzgerald frustrated by the inconsistency of the calls by the officials. Dupont’s notebook has Hannu Toivonen still learning the ropes as a starting goaltender. Harris’ notebook has more on the loss of Leetch.

FSN has Celtics/Knicks at 7:30. ESPN has Sixers/Pistons at 8:00 and Lakers/Nuggets at 10:30.