Patriots Set for Dolphins

David Scott writes about an evening spent with ESPN Ombudsman George Solomon over at Boston University. He also has his usual lineup of thoughts on observations.

To get your Patriots coverage started, head on over to the Patriots Game Day page, where the Roundtable crew has assembled once more to talk all things Patriots.

Bob Ryan waxes about how we’re in the Glory Days of Patriots football and that we should be grateful everyday that we have them in our lives. Wow. Things should be awkward when Ryan and Ron Borges find themselves alone at the coffee machine in the Globe cafeteria this morning…Despite his best efforts not to, Tony Massarotti finds himself falling under the spell of Bill Belichick and the Patriots. Jim Donaldson looks at the misery of the Dolphins following all of the preseason hype.

Mike Reiss looks at the bond that Benjamin Watson has with Dolphins tight end Randy McMichael, going back to their time together at the University of Georgia, where they vowed to start a “Dynasty” of tight ends coming out of that school. Rich Garven looks at the progress being made by the Patriots third tight end, rookie David Thomas out of Texas. John Tomase writes that the Patriots smashmouth running attack brings back memories of the Patriots clubs of the late 70′s who ran behind Hall of Fame guard John Hannah. Hector Longo looks at how the Patriots offense is being transitioned around the running of rookie Laurence Maroney. Mark Farinella looks at Matt Light and Jason Taylor getting ready to renew acquaintances once again this Sunday. Christopher Price says that this week the Patriots could really separate themselves from the rest of the division.

Kevin McNamara has Junior Seau saying he’s not going to be out for revenge against the Dolphins. Albert Breer notes that Nick Saban could actually be given credit for a lot of what the Patriots do, considering he trained a number of their coaches. Alan Greenberg looks at how ante Culpepper has had to adjust his game after the knee injury which has limited his mobility even further. Massarotti points out that the Dolphins have been better than the Patriots in one category this season: forcing turnovers. Eric McHugh says that Ellis Hobbs still isn’t ruling out playing this weekend. Michael Parente says that the Patriots reserve defensive backs have already proven themselves to be very capable. Glenn Farley has more on the early season troubles of the Dolphins. Price also has a look at lineman Wesley Britt.

Reiss’s notebook says that Seau won’t be out for revenge this Sunday against his old club. Tomase’s notebook says Seau has no bitter feelings towards the Dolphins for not bringing him back this season. McNarama’s notebook chronicles Dante Culpepper’s early season struggles. Garven’s notebook has more on that topic. McHugh’s notebook has Reche Caldwell talking about the hit he took on Sunday. Parente’s notebook looks at the contributions made by the practice squad.

Susan Bickelhaupt looks at the fine line writers and reporters have to tread when it comes to what they should and should not report after sessions with players and coaches leading up to a big game.

Jim McCabe has his weekly NFL selections in the Globe. Jim Lazar offers up his picks for the Herald. Double D also has Pro Picks, and I.M. Bettor says that his money is going on Miami this week, taking 9 points, as he feels the Patriots are bit over-hyped after their win in Cincinnati last week.

Michael Salfino has some Buy Hold and Sell advice for fantasy football owners. Josh Bousquet looks at the furor caused by a small High School fantasy league started by a paper in Minnesota.

Ron Chimelis says that body language is overrated in sports.

Bruins Open Tonight

The Bruins drop the puck for real tonight, as they open their 2006-2007 regular season on the road against the Florida Panthers. (NESN, 7:30)

Jackie MacMullan has a feature on Patrice Bergeron, who knows that expectations for him will increase this season now that he has signed a big contract with the Bruins. Steve Conroy looks at rookie Phil Kessel preparing for his first NHL game. Joe McDonald says that the Bruins hope they have a winning hand with all the offeason changes they made to their roster and organization. Douglas Flynn looks at a new beginning for the Bruins. Stephen Harris notes that the Bruins have spent pretty close to the cap, leaving them not much room for adjustments should reinforcements be needed this season.

Mick Colageo looks at a season of promise for the new-look Bruins. Mike Loftus has a season preview for the Bruins, noting that the changes to the team start with the biggest one, Zdeno Chara. He also looks at the roster changes made by the club. Tom King also has a look at how the Bruins shape up for the new season. Karen Guregian reports on Bruins coach Dave Lewis selecting Tim Thomas as his opening night goaltender. Bud Barth also reports on the decision by the B’s coach. Win Bates looks at the Bruins new second line. Colageo also has a look at new Bruin Marc Savard.

Fluto Shinzawa’s notebook has more on Thomas getting nod in net for the opener. Conroy’s notebook has the Bruins coming home after the game tonight, rather than heading directly to the next city on their schedule. Barth’s notebook looks at 12 players making their debut with the Bruins tonight in Florida.

Celtics

Steve Bulpett looks at the effect that Theo Ratliff is already having on youngsters like Kendrick Perkins and Al Jefferson. Mike Fine has Delonte West appreciating the speech that former Celtic Togo Palazzi gave to the club earlier this week at practice. Scott Souza looks at the Celtics putting in long hours on the practice court this week. Jim Fenton has Wally Szczerbiak hoping to show the Celtics and their fans what he can do on the court, as well as be a leader off of it.

Shira Springer’s notebook looks at the Celtics bringing in referees to help them out during scrimmages at practice. Fine’s notebook has the Celtics OK with the new basketballs being used by the NBA. Bulpett’s notebook has more on the referees at practice.

Alex Speier looks at what starting pitchers could be out there for the Red Sox this offseason, including Roger Clemens. Michael Silverman has David Ortiz saying that health will be a big factor for the 2007 Red Sox. Silverman also has thumbnail sketches of the Red Sox infield for 2007.

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