Unbeaten Hawks Shot Down by Pierce

The Atlanta Hawks were a perfect 6-0 heading into last night’s game with the Celtics. They fought the Celtics every step of the way last night, were red-hot (13-22) from three-point land, and when Marvin Williams hit his fourth three of the night to give the Hawks back a one point lead with seven seconds left, it appeared that they might’ve finally broken through at the Garden.

Not so fast. Paul Pierce hit a jumper with half a second remaining on the clock to give the Celtics the victory, 103-102.

Mark Murphy has Pierce riding a 34 point performance to the victory. Frank Dell’Apa has more on the last-second comeback for Pierce and the Celtics. Bill Doyle has the Celtics back on top in the Eastern Conference. Jeff Howe has the Celtics handing Atlanta their first loss of the season. Robert Lee has more last minute heroics from Pierce. Jim Fenton says that the Celtics expected a great effort from the Hawks. Jessica Camerato has another NBA superman born last night.

Marc J. Spears says that the Celtics are in a large way responsible for creating this new monster in the East down in Atlanta. Steve Bulpett has more on the Hawks learning from the Celtics. Alan Siegel has the Truth prevailing last night at the Garden. Lenny Megliola has more on Pierce delivering for Boston once more.

Dell’Apa’s notebook has Pierce and Garnett giving different accounts of what the last play was supposed to be. Doyle’s notebook has more on the Hawks maturing in the playoffs last spring. Murphy’s notebook has an update on Pierce’s swollen hand. Lee’s notebook has Mike Bibby expressing no regrets over calling out the Celtics fans last spring.

There’s enough to get you started for now. The rest of the links are on their way.

To tide you over, head over to Patriots Daily as Britt Schramm has another edition of Line Em Up in preparation for tonight’s Patriots/Jets game in Gillette.

Favre, Jets “Heroes” to NFLN

If you’ve watched the NFL Network this week, you’ve no doubt seen the ads for tomorrow night’s Patriots/Jets game, which are a play on NBC’s hit show “Heroes.”

 

Get ready for some serious Brett Favre love tomorrow night. But you probably already expected that.

Over on Patriots Daily this afternoon, Tyler Carter has his turning point column, looking back at how pressures and coverages were key to New England’s victory over the Bills on Sunday.

Border War Simply “High School” Move by Jets

While there are plenty of articles in the papers this morning talking about the renewed “border war” between the Patriots and the Jets with New York’s signing of former Patriot (and Jet) Ty Law this week, I come down on the side of my colleague Scott Benson, who wrote yesterday on Patriots Daily:

What a typically whorey, showy move by the Jets to sign Ty Law now, just as they’re preparing for a game with the Patriots. A typically catty high school girl approach to team building. “Your boyfriend likes me better, bitch, and he’s taking me to your party on Thursday night!” What are they going to do next? Put up a fake Bill Belichick MySpace page? How am I supposed to take these clowns seriously, regardless of what their record is?

Benson goes on to call the move “a laughably pathetic grab at some sort of psychological advantage.” Which is exactly what it is.

Of course, if the Patriots go and sign Justin Miller, whom the Jets released to make room for Law, then perhaps we’ll have to wonder if the Patriots got caught up in this ploy, or if they just think that Miller can add something to their special teams.

Anyway, onto Border War Wednesday…

Ron Borges uses the occasion to rehash the entire Patriots/Jets war, if you’re interested. Adam Kilgore has the Jets on the right side of the Law. Rich Garven has the border war rekindled with the signing of Law by the Jets.

Karen Guregian says that the Patriots did give Law respect this time around. Christopher Price has Law’s remaining teammates on the Patriots talking about the cornerback.

As for the actual game being played tomorrow night, Mike Reiss looks back at the first meeting between the clubs to determine what adjustments might be made this time around. Guregian says that the Jets defense will provide a stiff test to Matt Cassel and company. Shalise Manza Young looks at the Jets’ Kris Jenkins, who is an irresistible force and immovable mass in the middle for New York. Glen Farley has the Patriots focusing on ball control this season.

Tomorrow night will also be the night that the Patriots honor Troy Brown. Jim Donaldson looks at Brown getting his due from the Patriots. Mark Farinella feels that the loss of Adalius Thomas is the tipping point at which the Patriots magic will run out. Brian MacPherson looks at how the short week trips up many of the Patriots routines and schedules. Andy Vogt has more on the quick turnaround this week.

Guregian’s notebook has Brady working through some knee stiffness as a result of his surgery. Reiss’ notebook says that having Brady around has given his teammates a lift. Young’s notebook has Law getting in his first practice with the Jets. Garven’s notebook says that the Patriots will need to be wary of the Jets’ ball-hawking ways on defense. Farley’s notebook has the Jets keeping mostly grounded this season.

Celtics

Be sure to check out Paul Flannery‘s feature on Kevin Garnett this month in Boston Magazine. He talked to a number of the so-called stat geeks (the basketball sabermetric folks) to try to get a read on just how valuable KG really is.

Scott Souza has the Celtics working on overcoming their slow starts as of late. Julian Benbow has the Celtics defense winning games for then while their offense gets back on track. Mark Murphy has Glen Davis learning the art of post defense. On WEEI.com Flannery also has a piece on Leon Powe.

Murphy’s notebook catches up with old friend Dino Radja.

Red Sox

Alex Speier examines the state of Red Sox catching.

Joe McDonald has David Ortiz asserting that the Red Sox just need another power bat, and some bullpen help and they’ll be right back on top. Nick Cafardo has more from Ortiz, who made the remarks at a charity event. Sean McAdam notes that Ortiz is feeling better, and looking for some help in the lineup. Rob Bradford also has the comments from Big Papi.  Amalie Benjamin has Sox bench coach Brad Mills enjoying the time he got to spend talking with the Mariners about their open manager position.

Bruins

Joe Haggerty looks at the strange road to success for Bruins rookie Blake Wheeler. Barbara Matson looks at the tough slate of back-to-back games for the Bruins. Steve Conroy has Patrice Bergeron and Michael Ryder on the verge of breaking out.

Thank you, veterans everywhere

One week ago today, we elected a new president. Most were happy with the pick, but many weren’t. As for me, I pulled the plug on my inflatable lawn elephant, took off its red scarf, and tucked both away on a garage shelf for another four years. It’s alright. We live in a democracy and I had a voice in our choice. A voice our founding fathers gave me, but one that took the effort of millions of veterans to defend. On behalf of Bruce and my fellow guest bloggers, I want to thank each of them today. Now, it’s our turn to serve you . . .

Celtics

It was another come-from-behind performance last night at the TD Banknorth Garden, as the Celtics downed the Toronto Raptors, 94-87. Bill Doyle gives us the rundown, as the Big Three combined for 76 points to erase second-, third-, and fourth-quarter deficits. Mark Murphy has it as another case of the starters morphing from Lamborghini to Secretariat, breaking down out of the showroom and falling behind by 16 points before rallying like true champs. Scott Souza has Doc Rivers praising the Big Three for hanging in to pull this one out. Frank Dell’Apa says it was another save-the-best for last performance, led by Paul Pierce’s 22-point fourth quarter. Lenny Megliola has Pierce, after a 2-of-10 first half, getting things turned around just in time last night. Jeff Howe reminds us that starts like last night used to spell doom for the C’s. Julian Benbow has more from Pierce’s teammates on their captain’s performance. Steve Bulpett says Pierce should thank referee Bennie Adams for his bad call that limited the Captain’s play time on Sunday night, giving him energy for his fourth quarter performance last night. Talk about a stretch, ehh? Steve Buckley has birthday boy Kendrick Perkins getting the better of Toronto’s Jermaine O’Neal after the two exchanged words.

Murphy’s Celtics Notebook takes note of The Truth icing his hand after last night’s 36-point game, but not for the reason you’d like. Robert Lee recounts a tough year for Tony Allen, who puts his knee at 82% healthy. I guess decimal places would have been over the top. Doyle’s Celtics Notes has more on Tony Allen, plus a rundown on Rondo and old friend Dino Radja, who was in town last night. Benbow’s Celtics Notebook has Raptor Coach Sam Mitchell reflecting on his playing days with Kevin Garnett. Buckley has Mitchell saying that KG doesn’t think he’s been good enough, despite helping his team win the NBA title last year. Marc J. Spears updates us on Boston’s chances of landing Antonio McDyess.

Patriots

It’s Tuesday, and that can mean only one thing: report cards are out. Ron Borges was not his usual cantankerous self today, nor for that matter was Michael Felger, each of whom were far too kind on special teams. Ian Clark is also dispensing lots of A’s. In one of my favorite features, Reiss’s Pieces provides the defensive participation on Sunday.

Karen Guregian wonders if Adalius Thomas’ injury will be the last straw for the plug-and-play 2008 Patriots. Guregian reports that AD is scheduled for season-ending surgery tomorrow. She also offers a nice recount of the painful chronicle of this year’s squad and how they’ve adjusted. Christopher L. Gaspar and Mike Reiss are also reporting Thomas is done for the year. David Brown tallies 22% of the Patriots’ salary cap out on IR with Thomas’s expected inclusion. Jennifer Toland says the Thomas injury is Pierre Woods’ opportunity to step up.

Putting the injuries aside for a moment, Adam Kilgore has a revved-up Jets team coming into Foxboro on a high. Christopher L. Gaspar has the Jets improving with the addition of Ty Law, who just wanted to be somewhere he was wanted.

In Reiss’s Patriots Notebook, Laurence Maroney does damage control on his earlier use of the word ‘issues.’ Guregian has the now tongue-tied Maroney unable to defend himself from critics in the wake of his season-ending shoulder injury. Shira Springer reports that a staph infection has been hampering Tom Brady’s recovery, and that he may not be out of the woods yet. The Herald’s Inside Track team has the latest Tom Brady spottings, which include Gillette Stadium.

Red Sox

In his Red Sox Notebook, Michael Silverman keeps us posted on the Seattle Mariners’ assault on the Red Sox coaching staff. However, Amalie Benjamin says that John Farrell will be staying put. Tom Caron has more on Mo Vaugn and Mike Greenwell making happy returns to Boston as the newest inductees into the Red Sox Hall of Fame.

Nick Cafardo gives us the latest on Matt Holiday and the 2008 rookies of the year.

Odds & Sods

Jay Gearan has Leominster native Jim Remy rising to the top of the PGA after being elected its 36th president last weekend.

At any given moment in America, there is an ongoing discussion about the greatest sports movies of all time. Here’s Joe Sullivan throwing another log on this perpetual fire.

No afternoon links are on the burner today, but if something big should break, you know we’ll be there. In the meantime, leave us your comments below and be sure to check in on PatriotsDaily.com and right back here first thing tomorrow. Have a great day.

Another Win, Another Injury For Patriots

The Patriots racked up another win yesterday afternoon, 20-10 over Division Rival Buffalo, but also might’ve suffered yet another season ending injury, as linebacker Adalius Thomas reportedly has a broken arm and will probably be lost for the season.

Chris Warner on Patriots Daily says that the last drive yesterday looked “old school” Patriots – and by “old school” he means 2004, not 1990.

Christopher L. Gasper has the Patriots winning one first place battle, with another on tap for Thursday night. Mark Farinella has the Patriots taking a business-like approach to victory. Karen Guregian has the Patriots taking the first of a three game set with the AFC East. Eric McHugh says that this game was a real grind for the Patriots. Dom Amore has the Patriots just overpowering the Bills at Gillette. Shalise Manza Young notes that the Patriots once again bounced back from a defeat with a win. David Brown calls this one the prettiest ugly win you’ll ever see. Andy Vogt describes it as methodical. Chris Kennedy notes that while the players were different the results were the same for the Patriots against the Bills.

Christopher Price works up his 10 Things We Learned Yesterday. Michael Felger says that how far the Patriots can go really boils down to two things. Lenny Megliola says that this one was an important win for the Patriots.

Bill Burt says that the Patriots might’ve found their post-Tom Brady franchise running back on the scrap heap in BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Jeff Jacobs has all you need to know about the undrafted free agent running back.  Dan Shaughnessy says that in a season of surprises for the Patriots, the emergence of Green-Ellis ranks near the top. Lauren Carter looks at Green-Ellis getting his first 100-yard game in the NFL. Dan Ventura has Green-Ellis putting on a show against the Bills yesterday. Jim Donaldson has Green-Ellis keeping it simple. Jennifer Toland has the rookie making a name for himself.

Ron Borges has the Patriots defense smothering the Bills all day yesterday. Brian MacPherson has the Patriots defense once again bendable, but unbreakable. Farinella says that the Pats defense is becoming dominant. Price notes that New England played a near-perfect football game yesterday afternoon. Donaldson says that the Patriots defense confused Buffalo and QB Trent Edwards. Toland says that it was a fired-up defense for the Patriots yesterday.

Mike Reiss has the Patriots turning into clock-killers yesterday afternoon, with great success. Robert Lee looks at the “awesome” (Bill Belichick’s word) 19-play drive in the fourth quarter.  Den Ventura looks at the mammoth march to close out the game.

Farinella has the Patriots talking about their quick turnaround this week before facing the Jets on Thursday night. Ben Swasey says that this was more convincing that the 20-10 score. Chris Forsberg has Matt Cassel again meeting the challenge and making improvements. Young has Cassel using his arm and his legs to make plays yesterday. Rob Bradford says that the Patriots are starting to answer the question of whether they can be contenders with Cassel at QB.  Steve Buckley has Bill Belichick answering his critics.

Rich Thompson has Wes Welker setting an NFL record with his ninth straight game of six or more catches. McHugh has more on Wes Welker setting that fairly obscure record. Lee also reports on the NFL receiving record for Welker. Young says that the officials helped with at least one Welker catch.

Juliet Pennington has Patriots fans realizing the importance of yesterday’s game. Steve Krause says that the Patriots went out yesterday just to do their jobs.

Hector Longo says that Swampscott’s Dick Jauron showed us what poor coaching is all about yesterday. Michael Vega has turnovers doing in the Bills in this one. Steve Krause has Jauron not quick enough on the draw yesterday.

Thompson has the play of the Game. Buckley has the Best and Worst of yesterday. Mike Petraglia has sights and sounds from yesterday. Lee provides more postgame analysis.

Gasper’s notebook has Randy Moss picking up a $20K fine for his fairly innocuous comments about the officials last Sunday night. Carter’s notebook has Wes Welker adding a record to his resume. Guregian’s notebook has more on Moss’ fine. McHugh’s notebook has Cassel getting his second career rushing touchdown. Amore’s notebook has the Patriots not too worried about the short week of preparation ahead. Garven’s notebook has the Patriots jumping into their preparation for the Jets. Vogt’s notebook looks at the fine game from Green-Ellis. Kennedy’s notebook has the Patriots defense limiting the Bills from start to finish.

Out of time this morning…the Celtics had a big win in Detroit last night, spoiling the home debut of Allen Iverson with the Pistons. Check the stories at CelticsLinks.com.

Saturday Morning Megalinks. Again

Ken from Fang’s Bites again. I can’t believe how busy at work I’ve been over the last month. One of these weeks, I’ll be back doing the Megalink on Friday. I’m ready to provide you with massive linkage. But before we do that, I give you the Weekend Viewing Picks.

Boston College hosts Notre Dame at the Heights tonight at 8 on ESPN. Mike Patrick, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe will call the action live. Other locals in action on TV include Maine and UMass on Comcast SportsNet at noon. If you have YES on DirecTV or Dish Network, Yale vs. Brown will be seen live from Providence at 12:30 p.m. In its final days, CN8 carries UNH at Villanova at 3:30.

For the first time this season, ESPN’s College Gameday goes to a site that is not an ABC or ESPN family of networks game. Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and a cast of thousands will broadcast live from the Alabama-LSU game in Baton Rouge, LA that be broadcast live on CBS later in the day. Other games of interest include Penn State at Iowa on ABC and Cal at USC, also on ABC.The College Football Viewing Picks has the entire national TV schedule.

In the NFL, the Patriots hope to rebound after their loss to Indy last Sunday night. Buffalo comes to Foxboro for a game at 1 p.m. Dick Enberg and Randy Cross will call the game on WBZ and WPRI. That will be followed by Indy at Pittsburgh at 4:15 p.m. The NFL Viewing Picks not only has the schedule for Sunday, but CBS and Fox coverage maps, DirecTV, Sirius and XM channel assignments.

As for your other viewing this weekend, there’s the NASCAR Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 on ABC this Sunday at 3:45 p.m.

There’s a great matchup in boxing’s light heavyweight division as Joe Calzaghe takes on Roy Jones, Jr. on HBO Pay Per View Saturday night at 9.

As the PGA Tour limps to the finish of its season, the Children’s Miracle Network Classic takes place at Disney World on the Golf Channel throughout the weekend.

The women’s tennis season ends with the WTA Championships finals in Qatar on ESPN2, Sunday at noon.

Now to your links.

National

USA Today’s Michael Hiestand writes that Barack Obama’s win on Tuesday is a big boost to Oregon State’s men’s basketball coach Craig Robinson who happens to be the President-elect’s brother-in-law.

Deadspin is being threatened by the overseas deployed boyfriend of Caitlin Davis, the former New England Patriots cheerleader who was fired after pictures from her Facebook account were posted.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell notices that President-elect Obama wears certain sportswear.

Joe Favorito says the Million Dollar Arm promotion may help baseball’s quest to get back into the Olympics.

From Puck the Media, Steve Lepore has a very good tribute to the best hockey broadcaster bar none, Mike Emrick, who is being deservedly inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Larry Barrett of Multichannel News talks about the ratings for Saturday primetime college football on ABC and ESPN.

Steve McClellan of Adweek writes that Cars.com has purchased a 60 second spot on the Super Bowl for the second consecutive year.

Tom Lowry of BusinessWeek says the University of Texas plans to launch its own cable all-sports channel.

One of my favorite actresses on one of my all-time favorite shows, 24, the lovely Reiko Aylesworth is expected to join my other all-time favorite show, Lost. By the way, Lost returns January 21, 2009 with a 2 hour premiere.

East and Mid-Atlantic

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell of the Boston Globe says a feature by ESPN college football analyst Todd Blackledge on local eating establishments during games has become a big hit.

Bill Doyle of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette talks with NESN analyst Mike Milbury who no longer doubts the ability of Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas.

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times writes that NBC Sports’ documentary on the Paralympics really tugs at the heartstrings.

Over to the New York Post where Phil Mushnick goes after ESPN and the Big Ten Network.

Justin Terranova of the Post talks with Fox Sports NFL analyst Daryl Johnston and NFL Today analyst Bill Cowher about the Jets’ short turnaround on Sunday. And Justin has five questions for CBS’ college football analyst Gary Danielson about Alabama-LSU.

The New York Daily News’ Bob Raissman feels Roy Jones, Jr. is aiming to return to HBO as an analyst. Do we really care?

Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union enjoyed watching the Denver-Cleveland game on the NFL Network, but feels bad the rest of the country did not.

Jim Williams of the DC Examiner says NBC Sports’ presentation of the Paralympics and college football are the highlights of the viewing weekend.

South

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald lists some of his annoyances with network football coverage both college and pro.

Dave Darling of the Orlando Sentinel says Magic fans are losing out with the Bright House-Fox Sports Florida dispute.

In the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ray Buck wonders if Monday Night Football has become irrelevant.

David Barron of the Houston Chronicle notes that Brent Musberger is back in the Lone Star State for the third time in four weeks.

Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News likes Bob Papa over Bryant Gumbel on the NFL Network, but prefers Cowboys’ voice Brad Sham over both of them. Barry says the West Coast won’t see Oklahoma State-Texas Tech Saturday night.

Jerry Garcia in the San Antonio Express-News says President-elect Obama will need a second term to fix the BCS mess.

In the Daily Oklahoman, Mel Bracht talks with ESPN/ABC sideline reporter Lisa Salters. In his media notebook, Mel writes about how Fox switched away from the Green Bay-Tennessee game that was going into overtime. And Mel says not all of Oklahoma’s cable systems are paying up to show Thunder games.

Midwest

Marc Katz of the Dayton Daily News says the NFL Network is still failing to reach a wide audience.

Michael Zuidema in the Grand Rapids (MI) Press says a local radio sports reporter is getting ready for the annual high school football championships.

Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says former Brewers voice Matt Vasgersian could not pass up the opportunity to join the new MLB Network.

The Chicago Tribune lists the games you should watch this weekend.

Paul Christian of the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin writes that the NFL Network can’t come to an agreement with Charter Communications.

Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the new format in the World Series of Poker will force ESPN to scramble in a quick turnaround to show the finals. And Dan writes that Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols filmed a “This is SportsCenter” promo.

West

Tyler Lockman of the Arizona Republic has Monday Night Football staffers telling college students that the Cardinals-49ers game will be a tough sell to get ratings.

Jay Posner of the San Diego Union-Tribune says there’s a lot of interest in the Padres TV job. And Jay has the ratings from last weekend.

John Maffei of the North County Times writes about the search to replace Matt Vasgersian as Padres play-by-play man.

To the Ventura County Star and Jim Carlisle who writes about NBC’s Paralympics documentary.

Diane Pucin of the Los Angeles Times says the West Coast is being neglected by ABC/ESPN for Saturday night’s Oklahoma State-Texas Tech game.

Philip Hersh of the Times strongly recommends you watch the NBC Paralympics documentary on Sunday.

From the Los Angeles Daily News, Tom Hoffarth says the fans are the losers in the Big Cable vs. NFL Network stalemate. Tom has some media news and notes in his blog.

Gary Washburn of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer talks with former Sonics guard Gary Payton who’s having fun being a TV analyst.

Canada

William Houston of the Toronto Globe and Mail says a local sports talk show host brought up race when mentioning President-elect Obama.

Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post reports that Versus will pick up TSN’s broadcast of the CFL Grey Cup later this month.

And that will do it for the megalinks today.

Bruins Rake Up Leafs

The Bruins are scoring goals, and having fun doing it. Last night at the Garden, rookie Blake Wheeler scored his first career hat trick in the Bruins 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Kevin Paul Dupont has the scoring getting a little easier in the Hub of Hockey. Rich Thompson has Tim Thomas just as important to the win with his 34 saves. Bud Barth has the Bruins looking impressive as of late, while Bob Stern looks at Wheeler’s decision to change his uniform number. Mike Loftus says that this one was harder than it looked. Joe Haggerty has Wheeler scoring three different types of goals for his hat trick.

 Stephen Harris remembers the retiring of Bobby Orr’s number, 30 years ago. Bill Doyle has NESN analyst Mike Milbury finally coming around on Tim Thomas. Barbara Matson has Wheeler showing up with a new uniform number and new game. Harris has a jersey change paying off for Wheeler last night. James Murphy has Aaron Ward remembering the lessons he was taught by Igor Larionov. Mike Petraglia chimes in with the Sounds of the game from last night.

Dupont’s notebook has Matt Hunwick seeing time once again last night. Thompson’s notebook has Andrew Ferrence rewarding Dennis Wideman for getting him his 100th career assist. Barth’s notebook has Glenn Murray disputing the terms of his buyout from the Bruins.

Patriots

Britt Schramm previews Bills/Patriots on Patriots Daily.

Shalise Manza Young has the Patriots still in the hunt, eight games into the season. Christopher Price says that for the first time in five years, Patriots/Bills means something. Jim McCabe says that the Bills have shown a split personality thus far this season. Ron Borges has Larry Izzo and the Patriots wary of the Bills’ kick return game. Eric McHugh says that Kevin Faulk could once again have a huge role come Sunday. Jennifer Toland has a look at the Bills’ Trent Edwards, who has rarely made mistakes this season. Ben Swasey thinks the Patriots have what it takes to move to 6-3. Robert Lee says that the big offensive line of the Bills will be a challenge.

Christopher L. Gasper says that for this season at least, the Patriots don’t have the huge edge at QB over all the teams in the AFC East. Karen Guregian has Matt Cassel developing right before our eyes. Mark Farinella isn’t pleased with Cassel’s “evolution as a “communicator” in the Bill Belichick mode” and wishes he was more like the happy-go-lucky kid he had been over the previous three seasons. Chris Kennedy looks at the battle of young QB’s on tap for Sunday. McHugh does Cassel by the numbers.

Guregian has DeAngelo Hall mulling his options. Mike Reiss and Michael Felger each have their latest very different editions of the Patriots Mailbag.

The Globe notebook has Bill Belichick gushing over the Bills’ specials teams. Guregian’s notebook has the Patriots and Bills talking about New England’s recent dominance in the series. Toland’s notebook looks at whether the Patriots have a mental edge over the Bills because of the dominance. Lee’s notebook has Buffalo coach Dick Jauron impressed with Cassel.

Red Sox

Sean McAdam looks back at an uneventful GM meetings. Nick Cafardo says that the Red Sox and other clubs are just biding their time right now. Amalie Benjamin has Dustin Pedroia winning the Gold Glove at second base. Joe McDonald and Michael Silverman have more on the honor for Pedroia. Rob Bradford says that we’re looking at history in the making with Pedroia.

With Mo Vaughn set for induction into the Red Sox Hall of Fame, Steve Buckley wonders if the big guy might’ve made it to Cooperstown had he remained with the Red Sox. Dan Lamothe has more on the 2008 class of the Red Sox Hall of Fame.

Celtics

Jeremy Gottlieb on the BSMW Full Court Press has a look at the first five games of the Celtics season, and what we’ve learned from them. Frank Dell’Apa has the Celtics finding their groove and using the loss to Indian as motivation. Mark Murphy has a look at Leon Powe’s development into an inside force for the Celtics.

David Scott has CN8 ceasing operations and 300 people getting layed off as a result.

Celtics Silence Thunder

The Celtics improved to 4-1 on the season with a 96-83 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Frank Dell’Apa says that there will not be much easier opposition this season than the Thunder. Kevin Garnett only played 29 minutes last night – by design. Mark Murphy has the Celtic bench doing a lot of the heavy lifting last night. Paul Flannery has a look at how Kevin Garnett revolutionized the game. Scott Souza has Leon Powe unable to escape the post.

Dell’Apa’s notebook has the Celtics setting a goal meeting President Obama at the White House next summer. He also has Spurs coach Gregg Popovich complaining about the Celtics championship banners. He doesn’t understand why the Celtics put “World Champions” instead of “NBA Champions” on them. They’ve always done it as “World Champions” why would they make this banner any different? What’s the big deal? Murphy’s notebook has Ray Allen feeling a little weird about the Thunder really being his former team, the Seattle SuperSonics.

Patriots

It’s a two-for-Thursday on Patriots Daily. Dan Snapp looks at the decision to not re-sign Adam Vinatieri and instead draft the cheaper Stephen Gostkowski, and how that has worked out for the Patriots. Tyler Carter looks at the Red Zone futility of the Patriots.

Karen Guregian says that the AFC East looks like a four horse race. She looks at each team’s schedule the rest of the way and what it means. Glen Farley also looks at the crowded field atop the AFC East. Hector Longo says that the Patriots are perfectly positioned for the playoffs. Chris Kennedy has the Patriots trying to fend off the field in the division. After a lot of doom and gloom thus far, Kerry J. Byrne finds 10 reasons for Patriots fans to be optimistic for the second half of the season.

 Christopher L. Gasper and Mark Farinella look at the Patriots bringing back cornerback Jason Webster to help out at cornerback. Brian McPherson says that Webster’s familiarity with the Bills might be another reason he is here this week. Robert Lee says that the Patriots know that Trent Edwards is the real deal. Rich Garven has the Patriots preparing for the Bills. Tom Wilcox has three keys for the Patriots against the Bills.

Steve Buckley has BenJarvus Green-Ellis emerging as a player and contributor in the Patriots backfield. Dom Amore has Green-Ellis making a name for himself with the Patriots. Lenny Megliola talks to Paul Carroll who is the education/tours coordinator for the Hall at Patriot Place. Christopher Price says that Matt Cassel could be in line for some big bucks at the end of the year. Chad Finn has a look at Cassel’s on-the-job training. Tom Caron goes 1-on-1 with Heath Evans.

Guregian has the Patriots weighing in on the election Tuesday night. Young has Deltha O’Neal and Ellis Hobbs talking about Barack Obama being the man for the job. David Brown has the Patriots seeing hope in the Oval Office.

Guregian’s notebook has Webster back to provide relief in the secondary. Gasper’s notebook observes that the Bills have had some problems with 3-4 defenses the last two weeks. Farinella’s notebook looks at some tight scheduling coming up for the Patriots over the next three weeks. The Projo notebook has more on the Patriots bringing back Webster. Farley’s notebook has Webster looking to turn the tables on his old team this weekend. Garven’s notebook has Terrence Wheatley joining the ranks of the banged up in the secondary. Kennedy’s notebook has more on the return of Webster. Wilcox’s notebook has the Patriots first among equals in the AFC East.

Red Sox

Sean McAdam has the Red Sox finding some trade interest in Coco Crisp. Alex Speier issues a warning: free agency and big name pitchers make a toxic mix. Tony Massarotti looks at the Red Sox interest in Mark Teixeira. Nick Cafardo has the Dodgers making an offer to Manny Ramirez. Short years, big bucks. Check Speier’s Blog for all the hot stove updates from yesterday. McAdam’s notebook has the Mariners eying John Farrell and Brad Mills for their open manager position. Maureen Mullen has Tony Gwynn talking about Justin Masterson. Bill Burt wonders if Jason Varitek is worth the money Scott Boras is asking. Daniel Barbarisi says that a lower payroll this season will allow the Red Sox to spend a little more if they like.

Bruins

Stephen Harris and Matt Porter have Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas reacting to being left off the All Star ballot. Danny Picard looks at Thomas grabbing the starting goaltender position on the Bruins.  Mike Loftus says that the Bruins have a pretty good idea of what to expect in their second meeting with the Maple Leafs. Harris says that Marc Savard is now the complete package. That Bruce Allen guy wonders if there is hope yet for the Bruins.

Email Of The Day

From Bill:

Did Shaughnessy officially turn into Joe Fitzgerald today? Where was “Cakes are cooking for Leigh Montville (62) and Bob Sales (78).”

Check out the last 4 lines of his column.

Only seven pitchers in baseball history have won more games than Greg Maddux (355). Staggering.

Congratulations to former NESN Sox reporter Tina Cervasio, who completed the New York City Marathon in 4:24:13 for the benefit of the Garden of Dreams Foundation.

“Top of the World,” by former Globie Peter May, does a nice job telling the story of the 2007-08 Celtics.

Revs in Chicago for the playoffs tomorrow night. Just a hunch, but I’m guessing nil-nil.

That passes as the end of a sports column in 2008?

D&C Election Joke Not Funny to SoS

This morning, Dennis & Callahan made a joke about the election being postponed until tomorrow, and that Democrats should vote then. Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin wasn’t amused and issued a “warning” to the talk show hosts. 

WRKO and WEEI Program Director Jason Wolfe responded to the incident with the following statement:

“In their comments relative to today’s election, Dennis and Callahan were obviously joking about a story that has received significant media coverage. WEEI has been on the air today reminding listeners that today is the only day to vote and encouraging them to vote before the polls close,”