Harrison Scapula’d

We’re on day three of the 2006 BSMW Fall Fund drive and still a little behind schedule. To this point we’ve collected $825. To keep on track to meet our goal we’d like to have $1800 by the end of the day. If you’re putting something in the mail to send the site, please drop me a note via email, and so I can add it to the tally.

Today we’ve got a nice little prize package: A pair of Tickets to the December 17th Lowell Devils/Providence Bruins game along with a $20 Gift Certificate to Athenian Corner restaurant. This prize was donated by Ted Panos of the fine Sports Talk Blog from the Lowell Sun.

The winner of yesterday’s prize was Kristoffer Eriksen.

Again, all donations greater than $25 are eligible for the drawing. If you donate more than $25, you can get more entries…$50 gets you two, $75 gets you three and $100 gets you FIVE entries. You’ll also be eligible for the week one drawing on this Friday as well as the Grand Prize drawing at the end of the drive. The weekly prize is a one year membership to Hideaways International and the grand prize will be a Sling Media Slingbox.

Thanks as always for your support…

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The Patriots received a bit of bad news regarding Rodney Harrison yesterday, though it wasn’t quite as bad as it could’ve been, I suppose. The hard hitting safety suffered a broken scapula after landing on his shoulder taking down Marvin Harrison on Sunday night. Mike Reiss had the first report on his blog yesterday, and has a further report this morning in the Globe on the matter. Reiss reports that Harrison had a very similar injury in 1999 which caused him to miss much of the rest of the season and had a devastating effect on his Chargers team. John Tomase gets the opinion of Dr. Bill Morgan on Harrison’s injury. Alan Greenberg says not to expect to see Harrison until December or January. Christopher Price says there is still a lot that is not clear about the injury. Albert Breer, with an assist from Tomase, also has a report on the Harrison injury.

Reiss’ midweek report gives us some background on the NFL weekly injury reports. Michael Felger notes that things are about to get better for the Patriots…they always do in the second half of the season under Bill Belichick. He looks at specific areas in which they can improve, and wonders if the Patriots will spend time in practice the next eight weeks working on ways to beat the Colts and Broncos. Albert Breer hands out some midseason awards, and notes that the Patriots are good…but not great at this point. Michael Parente says that the Patriots have moved on and are now focused on beating the Jets.

Eric McHugh says that the Patriots veered their game plan on Sunday night and it likely cost them the game. Tom King looks at the Patriots taking their place as the third best team in the AFC. Glen Farley questions Josh McDaniels’ playcalling in the Indianapolis game. Hector Longo says that the Patriots need to simplify things and ride their version of the “big three” – Tom Brady, Laurence Maroney and Benjamin Watson.

I have no idea what Jim Donaldson is trying to say. Something about NFL celebrations, and that players should make big shows when they screw up as well as when they score…Mark Farinella puts together a session of “Ask Fearless” – a mailbag of mostly fictional questions.

The New York Sports Pages are starting to contain articles on this weekend’s Patriots/Jets game, including an article in the Post this morning were Eric Mangini expects to be booed on Sunday.

Reiss’ notebook looks at the Patriots having some uncharacteristic struggles at home. McHugh’s notebook has Troy Brown talking about how tipped balls can turn into interceptions, and how much of it is the receivers fault.

Red Sox

Quite a few Red Sox articles this morning, led by the news that the team has declined their option on reliever Keith Foulke. This doesn’t mean that the 2004 playoff hero won’t be back with the team, as he still has a player option he can exercise at a lower salary. Nick Cafardo reports on the situation, and also reports that the Red Sox have grabbed Gary DiSarcina from NESN to be a baseball operations consultant. Jeff Goldberg notes that the ball is now in Foulke’s court as to what he wants to do. Garry Brown seems to think that it is doubtful that Foulke will return to the team and looks at closing options for 2007. David Borges says that Foulke may decide he wants out of town and away from the Boston media, even if it means less money. Michael Silverman says that even if Foulke returns, the Red Sox are going to look externally for a closer.

Art Martone says that Theo Epstein has a busy offseason in front of him. Alex Speier says that the Red Sox have plenty of work to take care of, starting with the closer position. Jon Couture has Epstein prepping for plenty of house cleaning and a busy hot stove season. Mike Fine notes that even with the down year from the Red Sox, even a simple session like a informal sit-down with a new pitching coach can bring out the Boston media in full force. Silverman also reports on the re-signing of Alex Cora to a two-year contract.

Celtics

Both the Globe and Herald focus on Delonte West this morning, and with good reason. The third year guard has apparently been hampered by injury during camp and the early part of the season and it has shown on the floor, where West has shot 3-16 on the season thus far (.188) and has been a shell of the confident guard that we saw much of last season. Peter May says West is ready for a breakout game, and notes that the 6-4 West was banging with the big guys in practice yesterday, trying to boost himself. Mark Murphy also looks at West, and has Doc Rivers praising the fact that West is “nuts” and stating that he is close to a breakout game.

Bruins

The Bruins shook things up a little bit yesterday, sending goaltender Hannu Toivonen down to Providence. Fluto Shinzawa has reaction from the goaltender and a look at the situation for the Bruins, who traded away Andrew Raycroft this past summer and have seen their former goalie get off to a great start with the Maple Leafs. Matt Kalman and Joe McDonald have more on the demotion of Toivonen, who will get a chance to play more and work things out down there.

Other

Frank Dell’Apa has the Revolution and Dynamo right back where they should be this season, in the MLS final.

College Basketball previews are starting up and the Globe has a pretty good preview section up today, led by Jackie MacMullan’s look at BC’s Jared Dudley. IN the Herald, Rich Thompson has a look at Dennis Wolff and BU.

FSN has Celtics/Bobcats at 7:30. ESPN has Suns/Spurs at 8:00 and Pistons/Kings at 10:30.