Update: We’ve got a roundup of national stories mentioning the Patriots as well as a look at various Power Rankings and where the Pats stand over on the BSMW Game Day page.
Michael Felger says that Randy Moss was not worth the risk for the Patriots. The team would’ve been guilty of a double-standard had they acquired him, and if they weren’t going to extend themselves for Deion Branch, why do it for Moss? David Brown says that the Patriots made the right move in not making a move for Moss. Felger also features a snapshot of “Mr Patriot” – Troy Brown. Mike Reiss sizes up the AFC East after six weeks of play.
Glen Farley notes that of the “Fab Four” of big name players who left the Patriots in the last calendar year, only Deion Branch is having an impact on his new club. Albert Breer looks at Asante Samuel, who takes pride in working hard, getting better and being more physical out on the field. The results thus far have shown it.
All the talk about FieldTurf for Gillette stadium turned out to be for naught. Despite the NESN report earlier, Howard Ulman of the AP noted that league rules prohibit teams from changing from a natural surface to an artificial surface during the season. John Tomase says that the team did explore going to FieldTurf this year.
Reiss’ notebook has more on the field issue, as well as a look at Samuel and at Buffalo digging out from under an early snowstorm. Farley’s notebook looks at the success that the Patriots have traditionally enjoyed following the bye week.
Playing without Captain Paul Pierce once again, the Celtics came short to the tune of 116-108 (AP Story) in last night’s preseason game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. You can pick up some more coverage of the night over on the New York City Sports Pages.
Steve Bulpett looks at Sebastian Telfair’s return to his hometown last night, and also at the rumors of hard feelings between he and his cousin, Stephon Marbury. Telfair did his best to put to rest those rumors. Shira Springer also looks at Telfair’s night in NY. The Celtics play their first home game of the preseason at TD Banknorth Garden tonight. Fans at the game will get their first look at the new High Definition scoreboard that was installed over the summer. The Associated Press has an article on it, and also has team owner Wyc Grousbeck preaching patience when it comes to this young Celtics squad. Bulpett’s notebook has a look at another impressive performance from Rajon Rondo.
Jeff Goldberg looks at Theo Epstein meeting with the media to discuss the offseason and confirming that he has signed his contract with the team. Nick Cafardo has more from Epstein. Jeff Horrigan also reports on the press conference, which touched on a number of topics, but didn’t really go into depth on any of them. Bill Ballou examines the challenge facing Epstein and the Red Sox – develop for the future, but also try to win now. Alex Speier notes that an improved American League will make it tougher for the Red Sox to return to the postseason in 2007. Mike Fine has Terry Francona talking about new pitching coach John Farrell.
Jon Couture examines the Steve Lyons situation, but also announcing in general, the challenges of it, and why the good ones are so rare. Alan Seigel says that the San Francisco Chronicle reporters facing jail time for refusing reveal the source of leaked sealed grand jury testimony are getting a raw deal. Jim Donaldson wonders why college sports have turned so ugly. Stan Grossfeld looks at Duquesne players dealing with the aftermath of last month’s campus shooting.
Stephen Harris says that with 8 of their next 9 games at home, the Bruins need to get themselves on track. Bob Duffy has Bruins coach Dave Lewis offering some praise to his fourth line. The BSMW Power Play is back online, and Mike Dunshee has a look at the early returns on this edition of the Bruins. Harris’ notebook has a look at the start from rookie Phil Kessel, who just needs to work on being able to finish plays a little better.
FSN has Celtics/Nets at 7:30. FOX has Mets/Cardinals at 8:00.