Brown In. Brown Out. Brown In. Colvin Out.

The Patriots made their long-awaited decision on Troy Brown yesterday, activating the 15 year wide receiver and waiving rookie defensive lineman Kareem Brown.

Also, linebacker Rosevelt Colvin was placed on Injured Reserve, ending his season, while the team re-signed veteran linebacker Chad Brown to take his spot on the roster.

The decision on Troy Brown needed to be done by 4:00pm yesterday, but the team didn’t officially announce anything until nearly an hour and a half later. This left media outlets scrambling to find out what the team was going to do. Bill Burt of the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune was ahead of the field as he posted on his blog right around 4:00pm that the team had told Brown he would be activated yesterday.

After Burt, it was John Tomase on The Point After blog at 5:33 who had the full details of the roster moves the Patriots made. WEEI’s Big Show spent much of the time between 4:00pm and 5:30pm mocking Tomase for his “tea leaves” prediction earlier in the day that Brown would not be a part of this team in 2007. They also kept asking why Tomase and Reiss didn’t have the news yet.

WEEI is the home of “Patriots Monday” is it not? The Big Show hosts Bill Belichick each Monday during the season don’t they? Several key figures on the show host “The Real Postgame Show” following Patriots games right? They couldn’t try and get this information on their own? Oh I forgot, it’s much easier to just mock the fact that others have not been able to get the information rather than actually try and get it yourself.

They went by the word of Bill Burt, which did prove to be accurate, even though they made a little fun of him as well, (mostly by Steve Buckley) to which Steve Burton asked at least twice: “Are you going to see him at the Celtics game tonight?” The Celtics of course, played IN Cleveland last night.

On Patriots Daily, Dan Snapp looks at how the Patriots refuse to be held hostage by media “storylines” – something fans would be smart to do as well.

As big and positive as the news on Troy Brown is, the news that Colvin is on IR is just as big, if not bigger. Mike Reiss and John Tomase report on the loss of Colvin to an apparent foot injury suffered Sunday night against the Eagles. Speculation is already beginning as to how the Patriots will deal with this move on the field. Theories advanced include Adalius Thomas moving outside to Colvin’s slot with Junior Seau becoming the starter inside, or younger players such as Pierre Woods or Eric Alexander getting a shot. Also a possibility is more 4-3 defensive play, with Jarvis Green becoming a starter on the defensive line, and Thomas, Bruschi and Vrabel remaining the starters at linebacker.

Christopher Price says that the triple threat Brown brings value to the Patriots roster. Shalise Manza Young has more on the move to activate Troy Brown and carry seven wide receivers on the roster. Douglas Flynn has the Patriots gaining and losing players on the same day. David Heuschkel also reports on the roster moves from yesterday. Eric McHugh has a Patriots report card from the Eagles game. Michael Parente says that the Eagles game showed that it may not be a cakewalk to 19-0 after all for the Patriots.

Mark Farinella muses about the traffic situation around Gillette Stadium on game days. He also expresses a wish that he didn’t jump on the “blueprint” bandwagon. Tomase comes through with another good Tale of the Tape entry looking back in detail at Sunday night’s game. Jim Donaldson says that America may hate the Patriots, but gamblers love them. The Eagle-Tribune has details of Tom Brady Sr doing a local speaking engagement, with plenty of talk about his son and the Patriots.

Tomase’s notebook has more on the return of Troy Brown. Reiss’ notebook says that it is unclear just where Brown will fit in among the Patriots receiver corps.

Celtics

The Celtics suffered just their second loss of the season, a 109-104 overtime setback to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Mark Murphy says that too many mistakes at key junctures led to the Celtics downfall last night. Peter May says that if Saturday night’s win was a gift, the Celtics re-gifted last night and handed this one to the Cavs.

John Molori has an extensive interview with Celtics television play-by-play man Mike Gorman.

Murphy’s notebook observes, that like everyone else in the NBA, the Celtics were unable to slow down LeBron. May’s notebook has the Celtics recalling rookie guard Gabe Pruitt from the developmental league after suffering a backcourt shortage.

Red Sox

Michael Silverman has the Red Sox actively joining the trade talks over Minnesota ace Johan Santana with plans to “aggressively pursue the two-time Cy Young Award winner.” Gordon Edes reports that some select tickets will be put on sale December 8th, and also has a number of other team notes.

Jeff Goldberg reports on the Sox starting spring training two days early next season to get ready for Japan.

Sarah Green says that this should be the year that Jim Rice gets elected to the Hall of Fame.

Bob Tremblay reviews the Red Sox World Series DVD. (The top one to the right here.) Purchasing either of these collectible DVD’s will help support BSMW. (There was no fund drive this year, as you may have noticed.)

Misc.

Jeff Horrigan has Bruins reaction to the two-game suspension handed to the Flyers’ Scott Hartnell for his cheap shot on Bruins defenseman Andrew Alberts. Kevin Paul Dupont has more from Alberts on the hit and the suspension.

Steve Conroy has Boston College right tackle Anthony Castonzo doing his homework on trying to slow down Virginia Tech’s Chris Ellis in this Saturday’s ACC title game. Mark Blaudschun notes that the loss to the Eagles earlier in the season proved to be a launching point for the Hokies.

Conroy’s notebook has BC cornerback DeJuan Tribble hoping to be healthy enough to play in Saturday’s championship game.