More Patriots/Jets Intrigue

Shaping up to be a busy week with the Patriots trying to prepare for the Chargers amidst spying allegations, and the Red Sox hoping to hold off the Devil Rays while getting ready for a weekend series with the Yankees.

Michael Felger has his Patriots report card for Sunday’s game, and the lowest grade he can muster is a “B” for the secondary. Ian M. Clark also has a report card, with his lowest grade being a “C” for the linebackers. On Patriots Daily, Christopher Price goes Inside Gillette for another look at Ellis Hobbs’ 108-yard kickoff return. He also has five things to watch for this Sunday against the Chargers.

The big story from yesterday was the news were the allegations that the Patriots had been caught filming the Jets sideline, attempting to steal signals. With that story out there, many more began to surface from around the league. John Tomase reports on the story, and says that the Patriots could lose a draft pick because of this. Karen Guregian does a little moralizing, making the assumption that the Patriots are fully guilty and their coaches are cheating. In the Globe, Christopher L. Gasper and Mike Reiss have more on the matter, giving us more of a “just the facts” account without leaping into judgment just yet. Albert Breer also looks through the accusations, noting that the players claim to be unaware of such activity. David Heuschkel also looks into the matter. Bob Hohler talks to a number of the San Diego Chargers about the Patriots’ cheating – including Shawne Merriman.

Bill Reynolds has Bill Belichick’s non-style giving him a style all his own. Dan Pires urges all not to get too carried away with the results from the first game of the season. Price says that there is no title talk in Foxborough just yet. Shalise Manza Young looks at the help that Ellis Hobbs got along the way on his record breaking kickoff return to open the second half on Sunday. Robert Lee has Jarvis Green filling in just fine in the opener.

Gasper’s notebook has the Hall of Fame requesting Ellis Hobbs’ shoes from his record 108-yard kickoff return. Guregian’s notebook has Hobbs saying that the actions and taunts from the San Diego playoff game are all in the past now. Lee’s notebook has more on the spying charges. Breer’s notebook has more on Hobbs getting the call from the Hall.

Red Sox
Scott Kazmir was once again the Red Sox daddy, as he went seven shutout innings last night in a 1-0 Devil Rays win at Fenway Park. The loss dropped the Red Sox AL East lead to five games.

Amalie Benjamin notes that not even the magic of Jacoby Ellsbury could save Schilling from the loss last night. Jeff Horrigan has Schilling getting outdueled by the 23-year-old lefty. Sean McAdam says that Schilling’s performance last night was a big positive for the Red Sox in defeat. Paul Doyle has the Sox again unable to get to Kazmir.

Rob Bradford has the Devil Rays coming into Fenway on something of a roll, and ready to cause the Red Sox problems in their efforts to wrap up the AL East. Alex Speier has the Red Sox pressing on without Manny Ramirez. Garry Brown talks to Carlos Pena about being Manny’s teammate last season. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has a seventh inning visit to the mound by his manager pumping up Kazmir to finish the inning and his outing strong. Paul Kenyon has Kazmir once again on the mark against the Red Sox.

Bradford has Dustin Pedroia talking about his workout partner Jay Gibbons’ name coming up in the federal probe into performance-enhancing drugs. Sarah Green has the Sox doing more bunting this season. Horrigan looks at 9/11 tributes scheduled for Fenway today. Bradford looks at a rumor that gained steam yesterday, that the Red Sox will have Japan in plans for ’08 opener. Speier reports that the offseason will see knee surgery for Ortiz.

Keith Reed examines Fenway Sports’ interest in NHIS.

Benjamin’s notebook has David Ortiz being given the night off to rest his aching knee. Horrigan’s notebook has Manny Ramirez taking some swings yesterday for the first time since August 28th. The Projo notebook has John Henry saying that the reports about the Sox opening the season in Japan are premature. Brown’s notebook says that Daisuke Matsuzaka will take his regular spot in the rotation this week against the Yankees despite his recent struggles.

Other
Marc J. Spears has David Stern happy that Celtics fans once again have a potential contender to cheer for.

Stephen Harris has new Bruins coach Claude Julien thinking playoffs this season.

Desmond Conner has a column on Boise State tailback Ian Johnson and his wife, Chrissy, the former school cheerleader to whom he proposed on the field immediately after the thrilling win in the Fiesta Bowl.