Rally Cry

Note: For some reason I was unable to access either the Boston Globe or Herald websites when doing the links this morning.

Christopher Price in his Inside Gillette column for Patriots Daily, notes that when it comes to crisis management, no one holds a candle to Belichick and the Patriots.

Albert Breer says farewell as the prepares to leave the MetroWest Daily News and step onto the Cowboys beat at the Dallas Morning News. Go get ‘em, Bert.

David Heuschkel says that two games into the season, the Patriots look like a juggernaut. Shalise Manza Young notes that it was rally-around-the-coach time in Foxboro as the Patriots stand by their man. David Brown has Tedy Bruschi defending his coach and striking back at critics. Ian M. Clark also looks at the Patriots rallying around their coach.

Rich Garven says that Tom Brady is finally showing what he can do with a top-flight receiver to throw to. Douglas Flynn says that the Patriots spoke loud and clear on Sunday night. Bill Reynolds looks at the “no respect” rallying cry coming front and center for the Patriots once again.

Young’s notebook has Belichick complying with the league’s request to turn over notes and video gathered on opposing teams since 2000. Brown’s notebook has LT saying that the Chargers were trapped at Gillette Sunday night.

John Molori says that Belichick’s punishment was an end and a beginning.

Red Sox
Frank Thomas hit three home runs last night, and Dustin McGowan pitched a complete game five-hitter as the Blue Jays beat the Red Sox 6-1 in Toronto last night. The loss dropped the AL East lead to 3.5 games, the lowest it has been since May 1st.

Bill Ballou says that the positive that can come out of the Red Sox recent play is that maybe it will come as a slap in the face. Sean McAdam looks at the weary and undermanned Sox falling in Toronto. Jeff Goldberg looks at the Sox sleepwalking through the Frank Thomas show.

Art Martone says that even though the lead is down to 3.5 games, the numbers and history are both still on the Red Sox side for winning the AL East. Joe Haggerty looks at Eric Hinske as a guy who plays the game the right way. McAdam reports that NESN broadcaster Don Orsillo will be used by TBS to announce postseason games, as the network secured the rights to the Division series for this season.

McAdam’s notebook has Clay Buchholz getting the call to start tomorrow’s series finale with the Blue Jays. Goldberg’s notebook has more on Buchholz getting the call. Ballou’s notebook has more on the rookie making his first start since his no-hitter against the Orioles.