Could It Get Any Better?

There is no doubt that it is a great time to be a Boston sports fan.

Dan Shaughnessy looks at how much things have changed for Boston sports in seven years. Josh Egerman agrees that Boston sports are on top of the world right now.

Jeff Horrigan has the Red Sox believing that their shorter layoff prior to the World Series will keep momentum on their side. Joe McDonald wonders which team will keep the momentum going in the series. Jeff Goldberg notes that J.D. Drew will be out to beat the team that eliminated his brother from the postseason. Bill Ballou examines whether the Red Sox can cool off the red hot Rockies.

Tony Massarotti notes that after 162 regular season games and 10 playoff games, the Red Sox have finally found their identity. Bill Burt says that we need to give Theo Epstein a little credit. Steven Krasner says that game seven was no walk in the park for the Sox, no matter the final score.

Bob Ryan is enjoying the Jacoby Ellsbury era. Steve Buckley has more on Ellsbury, who had quite the baseball journey this season, from the AA Portland Sea Dogs, to Pawtucket, to the Red Sox and now the World Series. Alex Speier has Dustin Pedroia coming up huge for the Red Sox in the last few games of the ALCS. Lenny Megliola looks at how Pedroia took over the final two games of the series.

Rob Bradford notes that David Ortiz will again be playing first base in the road games for the series, and how that might impact his aching knee. Mike Fine has Daisuke Matsuzaka looking to get better in the World Series. Garry Brown says that the Sox have shown time and again that there is no place like home. Bob Halloran says that the games will be decided by the bullpens.

Michael Silverman has Kevin Youkilis’ wrist feeling fine coming off of a tremendous ALCS. David Brown has more on Youkilis, who hit .500 in the series with three home runs. Goldberg says that Beckett will start Game 1, but that is about all we know at this point.

Bob Hohler remembers 2004 as if it were 50 years ago. Nick Cafardo talks to alumni from that team, as if they’re all old and gray at this point. Dave Roberts, Doug Mientkiewicz, Orlando Cabrera, Trot Nixon, Derek Lowe, Bill Mueller and Johnny Damon all speak about that season. The only mention of Pedro Martinez is that he “left for the Mets after a snippy contract dispute with the Sox.”

Joe Haggerty says that this club is no band of idiots. Amalie Benjamin looks at some of the younger players who weren’t around for 2004, such as Manny Delcarmen, Dustin Pedroia and Ellsbury. Jon Couture notes that Jonathan Papelbon is a throwback to the “Idiots” of 2004. McDonald asserts that the pressure builds once you’ve won it all.

Dan Duggan examines the Red Sox/Rockies series from June. Couture gives us a lesson in Rockies 101.

John Molori has Don Orsillo, who called the Philles/Rockies series for TBS, talking about the challenges that the Rockies will present for the Red Sox.

Kevin Paul Dupont‘s Globe notebook says that Terry Francona will have some decisions to make when the series shifts to Colorado this weekend. Horrigan’s notebook says that is Beckett in game one, and then sort of up in the air after that. Sean McAdam’s notebook has John Farrell feeling for the team that employed him for the last five seasons. Ballou’s notebookhas the top four in the Boston lineup as the four that carried the Sox in the ALCS.

Patriots

Christopher Price has Joe Theismann talking about Tom Brady over on Patriots Daily.

Michael Felger has his Patrots report card, and hands out a “D+” to the defensive line. Ian M. Clark also grades the Patriots performance in Miami, and has a low grade for the D-Line. Rich Garven says that even though they have been perfect thus far, there is still “room for improvement, and cause for concern.” Christopher L. Gasper says that defensive lapses are one area that Bill Belichick will be addressing this week.

Rich Thompson has Belichick standing in admiration of Joe Gibbs. Douglas Flynn looks at Tom Brady as the engine that drives the Patriots. David Heuschkel has Belichick looking to improve the defense. Karen Guregian suggests that the Patriots are running up the score on opponents to strike back at their critics after spygate. Shalise Manza Young however, has Belichick giving a different take on that situation.

Gasper’s notebook has Belichick standing behind Matt Cassel. Robert Lee’s notebook has Belichick demanding perfection from his charges.

Celtics/Bruins

The Celtics and Bruins both lost last night, the Celtics dropped a 94-87 preseason contest to the Knicks, while the Bruins were thumped 6-1 in Montreal. Check Celticslinks.com and Bruinslinks.com for the rest of your morning sports stories.

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