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Mike Reiss has Daniel Graham and the Patriots still trying to figure out what they are offensively. You can almost feel the glee from John Tomase as he writes about some of the comments made by several Patriots after the loss. Richard Seymour, Mike Vrabel and Troy Brown are among those quoted. On the MetroWest Daily News website this article is entitled “Patriots question coaching.” Tomase also has Seymour setting up a Fan Hotline for Patriots fans to contact the All Pro. Shalise Manza Young and Alan Greenberg have more from Seymour on his reduced playing time in the Jets game.
Michael Felger has his Patriots Report Card this morning. Ian Clark also has a report card on the Patriots, and notes that the club is quickly approaching gut-check time. Rich Garven says that it is not time to panic yet, as the Patriots will likely be getting back a few core veterans down the stretch run to help solidify things. Greg Doyle provides a Second Look at the Jets game after watching it again.
Gerry Callahan writes about Bill Belichick taking a lesson from Eric Mangini and says that the Patriots coach needs to “hate Mangini on his own time.” Hector Longo says that Mangini attacked the Patriots in their weakest position – wide receiver – and made the club feel the losses of Deion Branch and David Givens. Eric McHugh says that the Patriots are in search of their lost mojo. Michael Parente notes that it is more than just Tom Brady who has been struggling for the Patriots lately.
Albert Breer looks at Jabar Gaffney getting a chance to make some plays after Doug Gabriel left the game on Sunday. Christopher Price wonders when we’re going to see the old Tom Brady fourth quarter comeback trick. Tom King is waiting for the real Patriots to show up.
Reiss’ notebook has a more balanced look at Seymour’s comments. Tomase’s notebook has Belichick not getting too worried about Tom Brady’s recent struggles. Young’s notebook has Billy Yates heading to the IR after suffering a broken leg in the loss. Parente’s notebook has Seymour spreading the blame around equally. McHugh’s notebook says that Ellis Hobbs is getting noticed for the wrong reasons lately.
Celtics Fall Again
The Celtics suffered another tough loss last night, this time at the hands of the Orlando Magic, 92-89. The Celtics had a one point lead with under a minute to go, but couldn’t get a defensive stop. Orlando shot 53% from the field on the night, as Jameer Nelson, Grant Hill, and down the stretch, Trevor Ariza killed them with big shots.
Peter May says this one was very much like the other tough losses the Celtics have endured this season, they simply cannot close out games. Steve Bulpett has more on the loss, which leaves the Celtics at 1-6, their worst start since 1978-79. Carolyn Thornton has Doc Rivers saying that he’s willing to be patient, but he’s going to need to be very very patient with this club. Lenny Megliola says Rivers is having a hard time keeping the faith with this group. Bill Doyle says it will be interesting to see what happens to Rivers if the Celtics keep losing. Interesting?
Bob Ryan notes that the Celtics are pretty much a Murphy’s Law team right now. In that column, he also notes the contributions of Leon Powe last night, who gave Doc Rivers yet another personnel decision to make. Ryan has a second column today (You think Shaughnessy would ever give you two columns like this?), where he outlines why he is still optimistic about the future for this Celtics team. Ryan has seen a lot of basketball through the years, and he assures us that there is talent here, and it’s talent that other teams would like to have. He also identifies himself as a Doc guy, though in my opinion, doesn’t really give a ringing endorsement of why Doc should stay. Mark Murphy isn’t quite so positive, saying that the Celtics “are 1-6 and going nowhere.”
May’s notebook says Al Jefferson is just happy to be alive after his emergency appendectomy last week. Bulpett’s notebook has more on Leon Powe, as well as a Theo Ratliff update and old friend Tony Battie praising Paul Pierce’s rebounding. Thornton’s notebook has more on Pierce’s rebounding, as the the Celtics captain entered the game fifth in the league in that category in the early going. Doyle’s notebook has only three Celtics on the All Star ballot in the East.
Do you have Daisuke Matsuzaka fever yet? Today is supposedly the day when the Red Sox find out whether – as has been speculated since late last week – they’ve made the high bid on the services of the Japanese pitching star. Nick Cafardo and Michael Silverman have the latest on the waiting game. Silverman’s notebook has former Sox prospect Hanley Ramirez taking home Rookie of the Year honors in the National League, he also has a number of Red Sox related items in there. Follow the Red Sox coverage during the day on the Red Sox News Mashup.
Mick Colageo has a look at the Bruins trade for Stanislav Chistov and notes that it’s not a matter if the Russian can play but whether he will. Stephen Harris and Fluto Shinzawa also report on the deal. Kevin Paul Dupont has a piece on goaltending guru Warren Strelow, currently working with the San Jose Sharks farm team in Worcester.
John Molori’s Media Blitz looks at NESN’s “Be a Bruin” reality show.
Michael Vega and Rich Thompson have coverage of Vermont stunning 14th ranked Boston College last night. Mark Blaudschun’s ACC notebook has the BC football squad trying to figure out their bowl position.
Versus has Rangers/Devils at 7:00.