Pats Back on Track

Welcome to the second and final week of the 2005 BSMW Fall Fund Drive. We had a pretty strong first week, coming in just under $200 below the halfway mark of the goal. Let’s make it a strong second week and plow ahead to the goal. For today, we’re looking to get the total to $3600. Check the Fund Drive page for total updates and listings of the prizes that will be awarded next week after the drive, and once again, thanks for all of your support.

The Patriots got back on track with a 23-16 win in Miami over the Dolphins yesterday afternoon. Jerome Solomon says that renewed enthusiasm was a big factor in the Patriots victory. John Tomase says that the Patriots did just enough with an even more injury riddled cast to get the victory. Tom E Curran looks at the Patriots coming up and making a stand in a tough divisional game. Alan Greenberg looks at the injury riddled Patriots having enough to hold off the Dolphins in a place they traditionally have a hard time winning. Michael Parente has more on the Patriots getting back on the winning track.

Michael Felger says it was only one game, and passion is the easiest thing to fix on a team, but the Patriots got it done yesterday. Ron Borges says that the Patriots once again showed that they are at their best in a close game, and showed they still have the guys who can make the big plays in a game of that type. Ian M Clark says that the champs showed that they still have some fight left. Karen Guregian looks at another great fourth quarter performance for Tom Brady. Curran has his game analysis, looking at the play on both sides of the ball. Greenberg submits his very similar Turning Point segment, which breaks down the action.

Guregian has more on Corey Dillon, who was injured on the first play of the game, and is also dealing with the death of his father last week. Tedy Kider has more on Dillon’s replacement in the game, Heath Evans, who had himself a memorable, physical performance, racking up 84 yards on 17 carries. Dan Shaughnessy also looks at Evans, who was with the Dolphins for the first six weeks of the season. Curran has more on the former Dolphin, who wasn’t expecting his big role yesterday. Alan Greenberg has more on the fullback from Auburn who used his strength and the holes opened for him by the offensive line to fill in for Corey Dillon.

Tomase has a look at the big day from Benjamin Watson, who hauled in a pair of TD passes in the victory. Fluto Shinzawa has more on the strong day from the second year tight end. Curran designates the 59 yard pass to Tim Dwight to set up the go ahead TD in the fourth quarter as his key play of the game. Tedy Kider looks at rookie Ellis Hobbs coming up big in his first career start. Curran has a short note about how Tedy Bruschi is elevating his game as he continues his adjustment back into football.

Nick Cafardo writes that Nick Saban may be trying to build his team in the mold of the Patriots, but they aren’t equipped to make the big play when they need it the most. Felger says that the Dolphins having Jason Taylor line up in different positions on the field actually ended up helping the Patriots. Get the views on the game from Miami in the South Florida Sun Sentinel and the Miami Herald.

Tomase’s notebook looks at Troy Brown switching over to defensive back for the first time this season, while also playing an increased role at wide receiver. Solomon’s notebook has more on the rough week, emotionally and physically for Corey Dillon. that is also the theme of Parente’s notebook.

The Celtics, behind a huge first half (27 points) from Raef LaFrentz (32 for the game) led the Rockets throughout the evening last night, cruising to their first blowout win of the season, a 102-82 romp over Houston at TD Banknorth Garden. Shira Springer looks at LaFrentz stealing the thunder of Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady last night. Steve Bulpett has more on the Celtics taking it at the road-weary Rockets last night. Shalise Manza Young reports on the Celtics bouncing back from a 21 point loss to the Spurs on Friday night to record a 20 point victory of their own. Peter May looks at Yao coming up short for the legions of fans who showed up last night to support him in his only appearance in Boston. I was at the game last night, and the place was filled with Asian-Americans who mostly spent the night cheering for the Celtics, but going wild whenever Yao scored, or had his name mentioned. The crowd was one of the best I’ve seen at a Celtics game in the ones I’ve been to in recent years.

Mark Murphy has more on LaFrentz, who is turning out to be a true barometer for the Celtics, when he gets a lot of touches and open shots, the Celtics are usually much more successful. Bulpett also looks at a nice night for rookie Ryan Gomes, who has seen more playing time in the last two games. Murphy looks at Gerald Green, who continues to get his learning experiences at the hands of Paul Pierce and Ricky Davis in practice while the club tries to determine whether to let him get playing experience in the NBDL. You can get the view on the game from Texas in the Houston Chronicle.

Bulpett’s notebook has Doc Rivers speaking out on some comments made by Mark Blount over the weekend. Young’s notebook has more on the red hot LaFrentz. Springer’s notebook looks at the three point shot being a key weapon for the Celtics last night.

Today is the day in which we find out if the esteemed baseball writers of the America deem a DH worthy of winning the MVP award. Gordon Edes and Tony Massarotti both look at Boston’s candidate, David Ortiz, who awaits the announcement today. Edes says it is too close to call, while Massarotti says that Ortiz is routinely bigger in the big moments, which makes him more valuable. A story with no byline in the Hartford Courant examines why the Red Sox GM job doesn’t seem to perhaps be the dream job that some think it is.

Stephen Harris and Kevin Paul Dupont examine how the Bruins are a team in desperate need of repair…and quick. This club was supposed to be in prime position to shine in the new NHL, but has instead been one of the greatest disappointments in the league.

Frank Dell’Apa and Mike Biglin report on the New England Revolution coming up short in their title game rematch with the Los Angeles Galaxy, falling 1-0 in the MLS title game. John Powers says that this one felt just as bad as the title game loss in 2002 to the same Galaxy franchise. Biglin says that even with the loss, this was the best season in Revolution history. Tobias Xavier Lopez reports that once again it was a native of Guatemala that beat the Revs in the title game. Dell’Apa’s notebook says that this was a painful loss for New England in terms of injury as well. Biglin’s notebook looks at the struggles of the offense for the Revs.

Bill Burt pulls a “Paper Lion” and tries out for the Manchester Wolves of the ArenaFootball2 league.

Check NFL and NBA stories from around the country at the New York Sports News and Bay Area Sports pages.

ABC has Cowboys/Eagles at 9:00. ESPN2 has BU/Duke in the NIT Preseason Tournament at 7:30.