Lovely Day For A Parade

Sorry folks, but I’m Riverdanced-out.

The rolling rally went through the streets of Boston yesterday, with periodic stops for Jonathan Papelbon to dance and go wild, much to the delight of the masses gathered to watch their heroes. On TV, viewers were treated to more inane comments from news people trying to cover a sports related event. The highlight of the afternoon at this address was Manny Ramirez speaking to reporters one last time in before heading out for the winter.

Boston fans now have today and tomorrow to exhale before jumping into Friday night’s debut of the new-look Celtics, followed by Sunday’s showdown of the unbeatens in Indy.

Jeff Horrigan offers up the top 10 golden moments from the 2007 season, leading off with Clay Buchholz’s no hitter against the Orioles. John Powers says that the pieces are in place for what would be a dynasty in this day and age. Gordon Edes and Amalie Benjamin say that it appears that Curt Schilling will not be back with the Red Sox next season. Schilling himself talks about the situation on 38Pitches, even listing the teams that he is considering for next season.

Alex Speier notes that this was a home grown title for the Red Sox. Joe Haggerty says that the Sox have work to do with Schilling and Mike Lowell. Horrigan’s notebook says that the Pirates have not contacted the Red Sox about speaking with John Farrell for their open managerial job.

Patriots

Mike Reiss says that since the Patriots and Colts last met, New England has overhauled both sides of the ball, adding speed to try and counter the Colts. John Tomase says the difference between the two clubs this season is how they are handling garbage time…which is another way of saying that the Colts have been every bit as dominant as the Patriots this season, they’re just not running up the score. Shalise Manza Young observes that in this matchup, the Patriots are now seen as the bad guys. Mark Farinella says that the Patriots march through the NFL is making them plenty of enemies eagerly awaiting payback.

David Heuschkel has the CBS’ analysts for Sunday’s game talking about the Patriots season and actions thus far. Douglas Flynn looks at how the Patriots and Colts have actually taken parallel paths to success. Eric McHugh has some midterm grades for the Patriots.

Reiss’ notebook leads off with Bill Cowher talking about the Patriots tactics, and also has a number of other items. Tomase’s notebook has more comments from Cowher, but you’ve got to love the comments from Phil Simms at the end.

Celtics

Tim Weisberg says that the Celtics depth after the trio will determine how far they are able to go this season. Mark Murphy has John Havlicek coming in to speak to the Celtics yesterday, and Kevin Garnett, for one, hung on every word from the Hall of Famer. Jessica Camerato has Garnett offering praise on Rajon Rondo, who had his contract extended by a year yesterday. Marc J. Spears has more on Garnett enjoying the experience of being around the Celtics legends.

Other

Mark Blaudschun notes that it will be a reversal of fortune when Florida State comes to town this weekend, hoping to play the role of spoiler to Boston College. Steve Conroy says that the BC receivers will be challenged this weekend. Blaudschun’s notebook looks at possible Bowl destinations for the Eagles.

Fluto Shinzawa says that the Bruins will now need to find a way to divide up Patrice Bergeron’s duties. Stephen Harris says that the two-game suspension handed down by the league on Randy Jones for the hit on Bergeron is a joke. Harris’ notebook has Manny Fernandez suffering a knee injury in practice yesterday.

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