Changing things up a little here and for today, I decided to just bring you the best of what out there in the Boston newspapers/websites. If it’s not here, you’re not missing much. (These are not in any particular order)
1) How Welker Became Mr. Reliable for the Patriots - Christopher Price has a look at Wes Welker and why he flourishes in the Patriots offensive system.
2) Meriweather establishing comfort zone - Albert Breer has Rodney Harrison and others talking about the growth and maturity of Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather, who has become the Patriots top playmaker on defense.
3) After red, Heinsohn’s true color is Green - Bill Doyle chats with Comcast SportsNet Celtics broadcaster Tommy Heinsohn, who talks about losing his wife Helen last year to cancer, and about this year’s Celtics.
4) Gotham pity for Pedro Martinez - Michael Silverman has Pedro Martinez feeling, looking and sounding like a winner despite the Phillies 3-1 loss to the Yankees last night.
5) Help Out The Umps - Jeff Jacobs pleads for Major League umpires to get some help from technology in the postseason.
6) Everybody’s in the mix: Doc Rivers can play mad scientist concocting Celtics combos - Mark Murphy with a look at the seemingly endless combinations that Doc Rivers can put out on the court with this Celtics team.
7) After bye, Pats will see Denver copycats - Tedy Bruschi and Mike Reiss take a big-picture look at the Patriots and the rest of the season.
8 ) Effort is there, but this time, goals are not. - Mike Loftus recaps last night’s 2-1 Bruins loss to the Devils.
9) Tenacious Russillo finds his voice at ESPN - Chad Finn catches up with Ryen Russillo, who is happy with his roles at the the Worldwide Leader.
10) Cuban defector Jose Iglesias looks to fill Red Sox’ need - Sean McAdam’s piece on Red Sox shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias, a Cuban defector signed last summer.
(Reluctant addition) A fistful of Bird history - Dan Shaughnessy’s column on Larry Bird’s 1985 barroom fight is noteworthy only for the Cedric Maxwell quotes, which, for the most part, really don’t have much to do with the column’s premise.
Also check out a bye week edition of the Worry Wart by Chris Warner over on Patriots Daily…
*OK, technically there were 12 links here.