Rask Impressive in Debut

David Scott offers up his Turkeys of Boston Sports Media for 2007.

Bruins rookie goaltender Tuukka Rask made his first NHL start a successful one last night, as the Bruins defeated the Maple Leafs in Toronto, 4-2.

Fluto Shinzawa notes that Rask was drafted by Toronto, (traded to the Bruins for Andrew Raycroft) and says he didn’t look rattled at all during his debut. Stephen Harris says that someday we might look back at last night as a key moment in Bruins history.

Harris’ notebook has Rask enjoying his win over the team that drafted him. Shinzawa’s notebook has coach Julien flipping the right switches leading into last night’s win.

Patriots

Mike Reiss notes that if a comparison can be made to this Patriots offense, it is the 1998 Minnesota Vikings, who interestingly enough, also had Randy Moss. John Tomase has John Madden praising the Patriots, and specifically Bill Belichick, for keeping his team focused and motivated each week out. Jim Donaldson says that Joe Montana’s 49ers have set the bar for Tom Brady and the Patriots. Christopher Price has more on Madden’s comments about the Patriots.

Reiss mentioned it in his mailbag yesterday, and today Niner Watch, Week Twelve is posted on Patriots Daily.

I thought it ironic that the Herald has a piece touting Bill Belichick’s motivational techniques. Just a couple of weeks ago, on November 2nd, Mike Felger on his radio show (along with Patriots Football Weekly Andy Hart and Tom Casale) said that Belichick as a motivator is “a disaster” and that he is “weird, terrible, awkward” and that players only play for him because of his game plans. By the way, Al Groh was not the Patriots defensive coordinator in 2001 – he was the head coach of Virginia by that time.

Tomase also has a very good Tale of the Tape look back at the Bills game. However, in the post Madden, Tiki on the Pats, the blog states that the Patriots will be the first team since the 2001 Ravens to play two straight games in prime time. Last year’s Broncos played three straight prime time games, First on Sunday Night Football against the Patriots, then on Monday Night Football vs. Baltimore and finally on Sunday Night Fottball against Oakland. There was a bye week in there, but the team played three straight prime time games. Eric McHugh has a Patriots report card from the Buffalo game. Lenny Megliola notes that Pro Football is supposed to be hard, but the Patriots make it look like child’s play.

Reiss’s notebook observes that the Patriots will be playing their first “hat and t-shirt” game of the season on Sunday night against the Eagles, as they can clinch the AFC East with a win. Glen Farley’s notebook has the Patriots Hall of Fame getting closer to completion.

Celtics

Peter May has fans, media and even other teams around the NBA now taking notice of the Celtics, and even using them as a measuring stick. Steve Bulpett notes that the Magic were able to expose the Celtics a little bit, and other teams will be quick to try and copy them. Scott Souza says that the Celtics will be doing their best to try and learn from their mistakes in the Magic game.

Bulpett’s notebook has the Celtics going back to basics at yesterday’s practice, hoping to return to their winning ways tonight against Golden State.

Red Sox/Mike Lowell

Michael Silverman notes that “Comfort level, not the bottom line, was the deciding factor for Mike Lowell” in his return to the Red Sox. Nick Cafardo says that “Thirty seven and a half million was enough for Mike Lowell.” Jeff Goldberg says that Lowell showed that he is not just all about the money, and speculated that Terry Francona could be next for a new contract from the Red Sox. Joe McDonald has Lowell’s decision trumpeted by all.

Mike Fine notes that Boston has become a destination for athletes of all sports.