Mike Reiss and Mike Felger each have pieces on former Patriot and East Boston native Jermaine Wiggins, who has flourished in Minnesota and is one of the few free agents to get better after having left New England. Felger also mentions whispers that Richard Seymour’s injury is more serious than “day-to-day”, and doesn’t think he has a great shot of playing Monday night. I’ll be shocked if he plays…Michael Parente looks at the challenges that the Vikings will provide for the Patriots. Glen Farley says that the Patriots haven’t done anything fancy this season, but they’ve gotten the job done. Eric McHugh notes that the extra work put into the passing game seems to be finally starting to pay dividends.
Lenny Megliola says that Bill Parcells is ready for a Tuna Meltdown. Mark Farinella says Drew Bledsoe has to realize that he is just about at the end of the road – a pretty good retrospective of Bledsoe by Farinella. Christopher Price says that Bill Belichick should be a Jim Leyland fan instead of a Tony LaRussa supporter.
Reiss’ notebook looks at the Patriots special teams discipline, which has resulted in very few penalties for the squad. He also has a number of other interesting items packed in there. Albert Breer’s notebook has Jarvis Green ready to go if Seymour can’t. Farley’s notebook has some unfamiliar foes coming up on the Patriots schedule…so preparation work is going to go overtime. McHugh’s notebook has rookie kicker Stephen Gostkowski taking pride in his kickoffs.
Steve Bulpett and Shira Springer report on Paul Pierce missing last night’s preseason game and coming home to get an infected finger treated. Pierce’s finger had swollen up and he was unable to bend it after getting a paper cut. Mike Fine says that Allan Ray is looking like the odd man out at this juncture. Bulpett’s notebook has the Celtics falling to the Nets last night 109-107 in New Jersey.
Rich Thompson has Belmont’s Paul Mara looking forward to getting his first taste of participating in the Bruins/Canadiens rivalry after having watched it for so many years growing up. Kevin Paul Dupont has coach Dave Lewis posting the standings in the Bruins dressing room so they can see daily how far they have to go. Bud Barth says the Bruins need to bump up their goal scoring production, but they also need to get healthy. Mike Loftus notes that neither Hannu Toivonen nor Tim Thomas have been particularly impressive thus far. Thompson’s notebook has Marc Savard looking to bump up his shots on goal.
Red Sox/World Series
Rob Bradford followed Curt Schilling to MIT to hear him speak about his new venture – Green Monster Games. Michael Silverman and Tony Massarotti team up for a Red Sox notebook, with news that Mike Timlin will be back with the team in 2007. Stan Grossfeld has a feature on former Red Sox pitcher Sammy Stewart, who turned into a Major League crackhead after retiring from baseball. It’s not a pretty tale, but Stewart, currently in jail, hopes to still be able to turn his life around. Jon Couture looks at a movement to bring old time (like 1860’s old time) baseball to New Bedford. Where’s Steve Buckley on this?
After a nine-day hiatus (apparently in rehab for his Dunkin Donuts coffee addiction) Chad Finn is back and posts responses to real and imagined emails.
FSN has Celtics/Raptors at 7:30. ESPN has Rockets/Heat at 8:00. FOX has Cardinals/Tigers Game 4 at 8:00.