Grading Day for Pats

Michael Felger has his week two report card, with solid grades all around with the exception of the secondary, which gets handed a “D” for poor tackling in the Jets two long touchdown plays. Ian Clark also offers up a Patriots report card and notes that while the team might be a perfect 2-0, they’re still incomplete as a team. Greg Doyle spent Monday in the film room, and offers up his review of the Patriots performance on the Patriots Game Day page.

Gerry Callahan takes issue with Ron Borges and the New York writers (without mentioning either) who spent last week declaring the Patriots dead and going through “hard times.”

Bob Duffy looks at the Patriots ability to switch on the fly between a 3-4 and a 4-3 defense what advantages this can bring them. Joe McDonald has an interesting look at how rookies and young players are handled by the Patriots. They’re not allowed to talk with the media, and are expected to improve and work at their jobs each week. John Tomase says that the team’s final drive on Sunday really showed what they’re made of. Michael Parente has the Patriots looking to be a little more consistent moving forward and being able to put teams away on defense.

Albert Breer looks at Rosevelt Colvin again being in on a key play of the game, and how is role with the Patriots requires him to be a complete player, not just a flashy pass rusher. Rich Garven ? (no byline) looks at the Patriots going retro with their game plans. Lenny Megliola has a few thoughts on the Patriots, starting out with The Handshake.

Tomase’s notebook has Richard Seymour reflecting on Sunday’s opponent, Denver, which of course is also the team that ended the Patriots season last winter. Mike Reiss’ notebook has the Patriots pleased with their game ending drive Sunday. McDonald’s notebook has more on the significance of facing Denver Sunday night. Parente’s notebook has Bill Belichick pleased with his club’s final drive against the Jets.

David Scott links to an anti-Belichick column from Jersey and examines CBS4′s obsession with the “Corey Dillon Defender” on Sunday night.

Red Sox

Sean McAdam says that the experience that Dave Murphy and Dustin Pedroia are getting with the Red Sox this month is invaluable. They’re also producing, which is an added bonus. Gordon Edes takes a fun look at the Boston bullpen, which might not have been very effective at times this season, but has a lot of smart guys sitting on the benches out there. Jeff Horrigan has the Red Sox aiming to finish strong, despite being out of the playoff race. Phil O’Neill looks at what’s left for the Red Sox in their final 12 games, including David Ortiz’s pursuit of the club home run record.

By the way, Mike Adams last night on his radio show told the audience that if Ortiz doesn’t break the record, the blame should go to Manny Ramirez and his being “in quotation marks – unable to play.”

Bill Reynolds says that this lost season should mean a very interesting offseason, with major changes on the horizon for the Red Sox. David Heuschkel has Jason Varitek standing up for Trot Nixon, whom most feel is in his final days in a Red Sox uniform. Varitek says Nixon would “look stupid in another uniform.” Rob Bradford has Billy Beane and J.P. Ricciardi defending Theo Epstein. Kevin Thomas talks to Epstein about coming up to watch the Portland Seadogs win the Eastern League Championship. Joe Haggerty looks at Sox first round pick Daniel Bard and his New England roots which go way back.

To my knowledge and eyes, no correction has been issued for the Nick Cafardo article on David Murphy yesterday which contained at least 11 errors.

EDIT: (9:00 AM) The correction is posted, though not where you would usually find these:

Correction: Because of a reporting error, the list of players selected in the 2003 Major League Baseball draft was incorrect in the On Baseball column about Red Sox outfielder David Murphy in yesterday's Sports section. Lastings Milledge, Brandon Wood, Nick Markakis, Chad Cordero, and Rickie Weeks were the players drafted in 2003. In addition, the names of Weeks and Travis Hafner were misspelled.

Doesn’t quite cover how all those other names appeared in the column, however.

Edes’ notebook has Mike Timlin showing he might have a little something left in the tank just yet. Horrigan’s notebook has more on Timlin’s strong September.

Bruins/Misc

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has a look at a pair of Bruins youngsters with rich hockey bloodlines. Karen Guregian has the three ex-San Jose Sharks who came here in exchange for Joe Thornton, ready to turn the page and move forward as Bruins. Bud Barth has new Bruins center Mark Mowers looking to finally become an impact player in the NHL. Mick Colageo has Brad Boyes looking to make a step ahead after his impressive rookie season.

Guregian’s notebook has first round pick Phil Kessel prepping for his NHL debut tonight against the Canadiens in a preseason game. Barth’s notebook has more on Kessel, who will center a line with Marco Sturm and Glen Murray as his wings.

Kevin McNamara reports on Boston College and Providence signing a four year deal to play each other in men’s basketball. Since BC moved to the ACC, the rivalry with Providence seemed to be a thing of the past, this deal puts the schools back together on the court.

Christopher L. Gasper says that Boston College knows that they will be facing a desperate team in North Carolina State this weekend.

Jim McCabe says that Tiger Wood’s Ryder Cup record is deceiving and the golf superstar is looking to silence his critics in this set of matches.

NESN has Twins/Red Sox at 7:00.