BSMW Fund Drive – Midway point

Today will be the halfway point of the 2006 BSMW Fall Fund Drive, and we’ve got some catching up to do. We sit at $1785 raised thus far and to keep pace with our goal would like to be at an even $3000. I appreciate all those donations that have come in thus far and would like to encourage those who haven’t yet done so to please consider help supporting the site.

Yesterday’s prize winner of a pair of Bruins tickets to the November 18th game is Adam Howarth.

Today’s prize – for which all who have donated this week are eligible – is a one year membership to Hideaways International. This is a $185 value, and you will receive their yearly book and their magazines, which highlight some of the best places to stay around the world. Being a member also entitles you to discounts and benefits at these amazing locations.

Thanks again…

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It’s Friday, which means roundtable day on the Patriots Game Day page.

Christopher Price talks to Matt Cassel about the work he does each week serving as the scout team QB, imitating the mannerism and throws of the opposing quarterback that week. Christopher L Gasper has a look at Patriots cornerback Ellis Hobbs, who despite only being in his second year with the club, may need to see his role and leadership step up in the secondary with the absence of Rodney Harrison. John Tomase has Corey Dillon’s teammates talking about the veteran running back, who has been testy with the media (Cursing out Michael Felger earlier this week.), but they say he’s nothing but an ideal teammate who is focused on winning. Shalise Manza Young looks at Patrick Pass returning to practice. The Patriots fullback spent his downtime this year getting his first ever tattoos…six of them. Alan Greenberg looks at Tom Brady’s history of bouncing back after a bad game. Michael Parente says that the Patriots are aiming to limit the big plays of the Jets this Sunday.

Bob Ryan says that even though the Patriots have fallen to the second tier of the AFC, there’s still plenty to be impressed with from this team. Toward the end of Tony Massarotti’s column today on Chad Jackson, you get the sense he’s wondering when we should just give up on the rookie wide receiver. Rich Garven says that the Patriots tailor their offensive attack each week with the idea of keeping the opponent off balance. Albert Breer looks a a frustrating season thus far for Nick Kaczur, who has been battling a shoulder injury since camp. Hector Longo grades out the defense at the midway point of the season. Eric McHugh looks at the Patriots secondary having to again work without their leader.

Tomase’s notebook reports on Patrick Pass returning to the field after being taken off the PUP list and being cleared to practice. The Globe notebook looks at Chad Jackson and Patrick Pass. Young’s notebook has Belichick preaching patience…in his own way…when it comes to Jackson. Garven’s notebook looks at the Patriots preparation for Brad Smith, the multi-positioned Jets weapon. Parente’s notebook has more from Belichick on Jackson. McHugh’s notebook says Tom Brady should bounce back nicely this weekend.

Jim McCabe has his weekly NFL picks in the Globe. Jim Lazar has his picks in the Herald. The Herald also has the advice of Double D and I.M. Bettor.

Bruins

The Bruins lost a wild one at the Garden last night, handing the Maple Leafs an early three goal lead before mounting a spirited comeback, which in the end fell short to the tune of a 6-4 loss. Fluto Shinzawa has coach Dave Lewis praising his team’s third-period resiliency. Stephen Harris says that the Bruins paid for their shaky start and remain a hard team to figure out. Joe McDonald looks at Andrew Raycroft’s homecoming not going quite according to plan. Douglas Flynn says it was too little, too late for the Bruins last night. Bud Barth looks at the Bruins new problem of preventing goals. Mick Colageo looks at the Razor’s return turning into a circus last night.

Bob Duffy looks at Andrew Raycroft being glad to get his first visit back to Boston out of the way, after being booed in introductions and again after having to leave the ice because of injury. Karen Guregian says that the Bruins sure could’ve use Raycroft thus far this season. Duffy also has a look at the return of Hal Gill to the Garden ice. Guregian also looks at Gill coming home to New England where was raised and went to college before playing eight years with the Bruins. Flynn has more on Gill finding a home in Toronto. Mike Loftus says that the Bruins have shown signs of having offensive firepower.

Shinzawa’s notebook looks at Brad Stuart getting back on the ice, having returned from a broken pinkie. Harris’ notebook has more on Stuart, and also notes that the defenseman’s name has been mentioned in some trade talks with the Islanders. McDonald’s notebook looks at backup goaltender Brian Finley getting thrown into the fire early for the Bruins. Barth’s notebook has Raycroft acknowledging that yes, he asked twice for a trade from the Bruins, showing that perhaps it wasn’t the club that gave up on him.

Celtics

Shira Springer has Paul Pierce saying that the Celtics are looking to become an “opportunistic running team.” Steve Bulpett notes that fresh off their first win of the season, the Celtics know that they have plenty of work ahead of them. Both articles also report on former Celtic Walter McCarty stopping by practice. Mike Fine says that perhaps now Delonte West can relax a little in his game after hitting the game winner Wednesday night. Fine’s notebook observes that Al Jefferson’s appendectomy could’ve been a lot worse. Had it burst, he could’ve been lost for the season.

Other

David Scott has been accused of slashing for the sake of slashing. Today he shares some things he actually likes.

Bob Hohler has a feature in the Globe on the high number of NBA and NFL players who carry handguns.

Nick Cafardo says that the agents for Roger Clemens have touched base with the Red Sox, and that J.D. Drew might be a target for the team to replace Trot Nixon. David Borges has a look at Jerry Remy being inducted in the Red Sox Hall of Fame.

Mike Biglin has the New England Revolution intent on seizing the moment and capturing their first MLS title this weekend. Bob Duffy has a feature on Revolution All Star Shalrie Joseph, who overcame the odds to be where he is today. Biglin’s notebook has the Revs seeking to treat the game, practice-wise, like any other.