Pats Get Dirty

John Tomase looks at Rodney Harrison sitting atop a Sports Illustrated poll as being the dirtiest player in the NFL for the second time in three years. The Herald also lists out some of Harrison’s greatest hits over the years. Dan Pires says that the legend of Rodney continues on.

Michael Parente looks at the Patriots being able to maintain a good balance on both rushing offense (6th) and run defense (8th). Christopher Price has a look at Patriots defensive coordinator Dean Pees. Albert Breer has a short bit on how Mike Vrabel ended up filling in at tight end, a spot that has seen him catch eight touchdowns over the last several years. Joe McDonald has an article on punter Josh Miller, who has been outstanding for the last three seasons, certainly making us forget the days of Ken Walter. Alan Greenberg takes a look at Ty Warren, who is enjoying his best season as a pro, and continuing to work harder than ever to get better. Mark Farinella also has a piece on Warren. Ian Clark looks at the Patriots offensive lineman all deciding to grow beards this season as a sign of unity. Jennifer Toland looks at Ellis Hobbs preparing to go up against Lee Evans for the second time this season. David Pevear says that FieldTurf this season at Gillette is still not out of the realm of possibility, despite NFL rules prohibiting it.

Mike Reiss looks at Tom Brady’s claim that the blame for the sack that led to a Buffalo touchdown to start off the season lies with him, having called the wrong protection. Tomase has more on Brady musing about the first play of the season against the Bills. Jeff Howe says Brady is sick of seeing the play, and it makes him sick to watch it. Chris Kennedy looks at how the Patriots and Bills have seemingly gone in opposite directions since a single key play in that first game.

Check out the Buffalo side of things in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle and in the Buffalo News.

Tomase’s notebook has the Bills struggling to find consistency thus far this season. Reiss’ notebook has more on Harrison defending himself against the “dirtiest player” label. McDonald’s notebook has Belichick express confidence in his coaching staff, noteworthy since two coordinators were dismissed elsewhere in the NFL this week. Toland’s notebook has Dan Koppen happy about his new deal. Parente’s notebook has Tom Brady learning a lesson from the first play of the season. Farinella’s notebook looks at Brady getting a vote as the NFL’s dirtiest player.

Down 23 points at one juncture, the Celtics behind Ryan Gomes and Leon Powe came all the way back and defeated the New Jersey Nets last night, 94-90 at TD Banknorth Garden.

The game of course, wasn’t the only thing that had people talking about the Celtics yesterday. News surfaced yesterday that point guard Sebastian Telfair had been pulled from Tuesday night’s game against the Knicks in order to be taken to a police station to view a lineup. Telfair had apparently been robbed outside a club, and incident which also took place just hours before rapper Fabolous was shot outside the same club. Mark Murphy and Shira Springer report further on the incident. Lenny Megliola says this isn’t the type of attention that the Celtics need right now as they try to win over the fans for a new season. Kevin McNamara and Bill Doyle also report on Telfair’s drama. Steve Bulpett chastises Telfair, Doc Rivers and the Celtics for not being more honest about the whole situation.

The BSMW Full Court Press has a look at some decisions facing the Celtics very soon.

Second round pick Leon Powe finally got a chance to show what he can do last night, and responded with 11 points and 15 rebounds in 29 minutes of playing time. Steve Bulpett and Peter Stringer each have a look at the rookie power forward. Springer’s notebook has a very brief account of the game. Murphy’s notebook also looks at the action, with the young Celtics impressing late. McNamara’s notebook has more on the impressive play of Powe and Ryan Gomes. Jim Fenton has a profile of Gomes, who always seems to have to be proving himself on the court. In this month’s edition of Boston Sports Review, Megliola has a look at new Celtics COO Rich Gotham.

Scott Van Voorhis looks at new eats available at the Garden this season. Bill Doyle has a look at Tommy Heinsohn marking 50 years with the Celtics.

Also in that Doyle article:

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The Bruins finally get to play their first home game of the season tonight, and Douglas Flynn says that while this isn’t a must-win game for the team, it’s pretty close. Bud Barth has the Bruins hoping that a little home cooking can get them on the right track. Stephen Harris says that the Bruins have a long ways to go to make the Garden a home advantage for themselves. Kevin Paul Dupont looks at how coach Dave Lewis has tried to address the early struggles. Joe McDonald also emphasizes the importance of getting off to a good start at home. Mick Colageo looks at Shean Donovan facing his former team tonight.

Flynn’s notebook has the Bruins trying to create a screen when defending the power play. Harris’ notebook has Marco Sturm questionable for tonight. Fluto Shinzawa’s notebook has the Bruins goaltenders looking for improvement.

Ron Chimelis says FOX was right to fire Steve Lyons. Buddy Thomas says that Lou Piniella will be no match for the curse of the Cubs.

NESN has Bruins/Flames at 7:00. ESPN has Cardinals/Mets at 8:00.