Celts Pull One Out

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The Celtics picked up their fourth win against five losses last night at home against the winless Toronto Raptors. The 0-9 Raptors have some talent but enough weaknesses that a Celts team with weaknesses of their own could scratch out a win. Paul Pierce, Ricky Davis and Mark Blount were relatively consistent in leading the C

BSMW Fall Fund Drive – Final Chance

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.

Bill Griffith looks at how much sports is driving the development of wireless technology. John Howell looks at ESPN’s wall-to-wall coverage of Terrell Owens.

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.

Sonic Boom Lowered on Celtics

We’re onto the last two days of the BSMW Fall Fund Drive and currently sitting 2/3rds of the way towards the goal. Here are some of the benefits the site provides which might be worth a donation from you:

  • Stories from most of the New England papers all in one place.
  • Exposure to different writers, such as ones at smaller papers around the region.
  • When I format the links, I have them point at the full page version of the stories, you don’t have to click multiple times in the same article just to finish reading it. For many people this is another convenience and timesaver that they’ve noted and appreciated.
  • As time permits, there are often transcripts and exact quotes from curious and controversial segments on radio and TV, brought to you, word for word so there is no mistaking what was said.
  • Two other media columns are published on the site each week, (Scott’s Shots and Media Blitz) and we’re looking to add more.
  • The individual team blogs (Patriots Game Day, Celtics Full Court Press and Bruins Power Play) offer an alternative perspective to your local teams and provide some analysis you perhaps hadn’t seen elsewhere.
  • As time permits, columns and commentary on some of the things happening in the Boston sports media. These are designed to give you a better idea of the motivations and intentions behind many of the columns, shows and outright acts that we see in the area today.

These are just a few of the benefits that come from the site. I’m looking to grow the site and make it even better going forward. If you haven’t done so already, please consider helping out the future of the site.

The Celtics came out flat on the second night of a back-to-back and got routed by the Seattle SuperSonics, 113-100 in a game that was nowhere near as close as the final score would indicate. Shira Springer observes that the Celtics were beaten in every phase of the game by Seattle. Mark Murphy notes that even though the Celtics shot 52% from the field, they could not get stops against the Sonics, especially Ray Allen, who had the answer whenever the Celtics started a modest run. Peter May has more on the Seattle running away from Boston on a night where all the signs pointed to a Celtics victory. Scott Souza also has coverage of the Sonic rout.

Steve Bulpett has the story of former Providence College star and short time Celtic Marvin Barnes claiming that he did cocaine while seated on the Celtics bench back during the ’78-’79 season. Murphy looks at the Celtics showing concern over the Tony Allen case, where the second year player was indicted yesterday on three counts of aggravated battery to cause serious bodily harm. Celtics ownership is keeping their option open regarding Allen. Springer’s notebook has more on Allen’s case. Murphy’s notebook looks at the Celtics failure to get the ball inside to their big men.

Russ Hochstein was in the spotlight yesterday at Patriots practice as the lineman will fill in for injured center Dan Koppen for the rest of the season. Jerome Solomon has a look at Hochstein as he prepares for his new role. Alan Greenberg says that Hochstein will now get his wish of being the “director”, a role he wanted in the credit commercial he appears in with his fellow Patriots linemen. Karen Guregian has more on Hochstein. Michael Parente also looks at Hochstein putting in extra work this week to prepare for his center spotlight role on Sunday. Guregian also looks at what losing Koppen means to the entire line. Tom E Curran says that the unit will face a stern test this Sunday against a “mean” defensive line of the Saints.

Bob Ryan looks at Bill Belichick describing the Saints as the best 2-7 team of all time. John Tomase looks at how all the injuries for the Patriots leave Tom Brady with very little margin for error. Jim Donaldson notes that all the injuries are threatening Brady’s well being. Michael Felger says that the Patriots defensive backs are in the process of transforming themselves into a more physical, hard hitting unit. Eric McHugh notes that Ellis Hobbs may be small, but he can play must taller and bigger than his size would lead you to believe. Chris Kennedy looks at the Patriots filling as many gaps as they can with street free agents. Felger has Belichick remaining in the one game at a time mode in dealing with the injuries and setbacks.

Tomase looks at former Patriot Antowain Smith who gets a chance to wear his “big boy” pants in the lead role this Sunday. Christopher Price has more on all the replacement players brought in by the Patriots to fill holes. Tomase’s notebook says that Mike Cloud may see more carries on Sunday. Curran’s notebook has more on Antowain Smith as he prepares to face his former team this Sunday. Solomon’s notebook has the Patriots hoping to win two in a row for the first time this season. McHugh’s notebook says that we should probably assume the worst with many of the injuries, and looks at who is left in the secondary.

Gordon Edes & Chris Snow report on Jim Beattie getting a second look as a Red Sox GM candidate. Michael Silverman also looks at this development. David Heuschkel notes the lack of interest in the position, to the point that the club is having a hard time just finding candidates. The ProJo looks at the Red Sox struggles in finding a replacement.

NESN has Bruins/Maple Leafs at 7:00. TNT has Wizards/Timberwolves at 7:00 and Rockets/Spurs at 9:30. ESPN and ESPN2 have college basketball doubleheaders.