Week Log: Big Guys Don’t Cry

The only thing better than watching the NYJ take a beating on an autumn Sunday afternoon is watching the Patriots give it to them. After nine weeks out of alignment, the football world has righted itself again as the Pats redeemed their Week 2 loss to the Jets with a 31-14 win in Foxborough on Sunday. Patriots Gab has nine weeks making a huge difference as the tables have turned again in the Border War. The Patriot Act stops just short of saying Wes Welker made all the difference in this one. First And Ten From Foxborough has CB Leigh Bodden and the Pats’ D knowing Jets’ QB Mark Sanchez was good for a few turnovers.

Hey, what yaps more than a Jets team after winning a Week 2 Super Bowl? The answer, of course, is a Jets team that got their arses handed to them on Week 11. CB Donald Strickland might want to get himself a publicist, as Jessica Isner thinks he would do better to sweep the hit he took from LT Mark LeVoir under the rug rather than crying out about it. Rex Ryan did his share of crying after Tom Brady and Randy Moss took that deep shot on him inside of a minute to go, but The Crowe’s Nest liked the call because he needed the fantasy points.

There’s a freshness in Pats Chowder‘s air on days following a Pats win-Steelers loss combo. But even three rows removed from the parking lot, Pats Pulpit can see the Pats don’t have the look of a team that will go far in January.

Forget January, because Boston Sports Blog is looking to February when the New Orleans Saints and Pats next meet after this Monday night’s showdown in the Superdome. Rich Levine has Bill Belichick seeing similarities between these Saints and the Rams team he beat on his last trip to the Superdome back in 2002. The Rap Sheet has New Orleans dear in Robert Kraft’s heart.

Blaug and his cat Charlie are happy the Pats don’t have to play tomorrow. PatsFans have plenty to be thankful for this Turkey Day, not the least of which is a cream puff December.

Bruins

Last week, one blogger foresaw a resurrection on this road trip and now that their prophecy has been fulfilled, View From 311 earns opening honors and the chance to gloat about the B’s newfound winning ways. The Hockey Blog Adventure isn’t sure whether it’s the play of Patrice Bergeron or their own lack of publishing, but something has set the B’s right again. CSNNE’s Bruins Blog has the once-hibernating B’s back at full strength with the return of Marc Savard. Eric Ortiz has the Black & Gold re-establishing their identity, but if he sees two aces between the pipes I’d sure like to play him in a hand of poker.

Something’s Bruin has a couple of 60 year-olds putting the puck in the net in St. Louis Monday night. I guess hockey years must be kind of like dog years. Milan Lucic’s five hits against the Blues earned him a Hub Hockey game recap bullet.

Stanley Cup of Chowder thinks hockey coverage is being denied its freedom of the press, while According To Cameron Frye celebrates her right to bear arms.

Celtics

Rooting for the C’s of late is a lot like buying a penny stock: you don’t know if you’ll be up or down by the end of the day, but you know the ride will kill you. LOSCY starts us off with 34 questions about this team and thinks he can handle The Truth. This season started out for Celtics Stuff Live with the same level of anticipation they had for Lethal Weapon 2, and has so far been equally as disappointing.

Evans Clinchy has Paul Pierce filling the void created by slacking teammates. Lex Nihil Novi is unofficially on the KG retirement watch. Loy’s Place has Kendrick Perkins as one of the few bright spots in Sunday’s win over the Knicks, and one of the most consistent C’s this season. Green Street goes inside the mind of Perk for their portrait of a serial blocker.

Red’s Army debunks the myth that the C’s are shooting too many threes. Nuggetpalooza has the C’s ending their worst eight-game stretch from beyond the arc in the Ray Allen era with a breakout game at MSG on Sunday. It’s sure easier to settle for the outside shot than to work inside.

CSNNE’s Celtics Blog has the old guys taking on Philly’s youth tonight at the TD Garden.

NCAAF

UConn Sports Blog has Huskies’ coach Randy Edsall schooling his backfield duo of Jordan Todman and Andre Dixon on proper celebration etiquette after what he calls the program’s biggest win ever over Notre Dame last Saturday. Ex-Huskie Rob Lunn learned that UConn doesn’t have a lot of quit in them. UConnFootball is still feeling LB Greg “The Finisher” Lloyd’s goalline hit that kept the Irish’s Armando Allen out of the end zone. Sox & Dawgs suggests Irish QB Jimmy Clausen should know better than to get into a post-game bar brawl given the Jasper Howard tragedy.

That you can’t turn the ball over six times and win tops five things learned by The BC Blog, who have the Eagles wilting under another top-tier defense last Saturday. Despite the six turnovers, Eagle in Atlanta gives the offense a C-. The View From Section X gives a thumbs-down to QB David Shinskie, but a big thumbs-up to RB Montel Harris, who racked up 132 rushing yards against North Carolina’s 7th-ranked run defense. Soaring To Glory has the Eagles playing for nothing this weekend at Maryland. Eagle Insider wraps up their ten observations by concluding the Eagles are headed to SF and the Emerald Bowl.

BC Interruption has the demise of Northeastern’s program opening up a home date for the Eagles in 2013, but don’t look for USC to be coming to The Heights. College Sports Blog has Northeastern AD Peter Roby blindsiding coaches and players with last weekend’s decision to pull the plug on Huskies football. New Hampshire Football Report has the UNH Wildcats drawing McNeese State in the first round of the FCS playoff after beating Maine on Saturday.

And finally, the last weekend of Ivy League football is always a somber time for me. When this most pristine of all football associations in America clears its gridirons for the last time, winter has made its most lethal advance on the New England autumn to date. But Portal 31 is going out with guns a-blazing, ripping Yale Bulldogs’ coach Tom Williams for his Bellichickian decision to go for it on fourth-and-long late in their Saturday loss to Harvard. Dr. Saturday doesn’t think Williams’ call will inspire the same stimulating discussion that Belichick’s did. The Harvard Crimson says the game was just an excuse for keg-laced tailgate parties anyway.

Hot Stove

We’re not going to do the Sox or MLB much justice today, but the Hot Stove is beginning to simmer and demands some attention.

Surviving Grady says a Roy Halladay addition would stick it to Canada and make the Sox rotation better than a forest full of porn-bearing trees. Boston Dirt Dogs says the Halladay pursuit is Theo being Theo around Thanksgiving.

The Bottom Line looks for a suitable home for Mike Lowell. Fire Brand Of The American League says replacing Lowell with free agent Adrian Beltre is an interesting avenue, but one that will block Adrian Gonzalez from coming to Fenway. One If By Land likes Beltre for his glove and his bat on the road. Anybody at third but Miguel Cabrera, says Extra Bases.

And with Thanksgiving a day away, Red Sox Monster finds five things Sox fans have to be thankful for.

I’m going to leave you with my best wishes for a good feast and these tips on surviving the day, courtesy of Thanks For Playing. A shout to Bruce for letting me out a day early, but I’ll be back in my appointed slot again next Thursday. Until then, follow me on my new Twitter account at @BobEks for posting schedules.

Wednesday Top 10

I’m sure it’s a busy day out there, so I’ll just give you the links you need to read this morning:

Halladay is being targeted – Peter Abraham’s notebook in the Globe says that the Red Sox are making a push to land Toronto ace Roy Halladay prior to the Dec. 7 winter meetings.

Why Roy Halladay is a priority – Rob Bradford tells us why the Red Sox are making Halladay such a priority.

Marco Scutaro’s name on short list – Michael Silverman reports that the Red Sox have expressed interest in free agent shortstop Marco Scutaro, who played for the Blue Jays last season.

Red Sox in a curious position – Peter Gammons explains why voodoo economics and Scott Boras will make this an interesting winter in Boston.

To get into the game, ID often required – Albert Breer shows off his football chops by explaining in detail how the Patriots protected Tom Brady from the Jets’ elaborate blitz schemes even when some of their top lineman came out of the game due to injury.

Felger’s Week 11 report card – Michael Felger says that the Patriots just took care of business on Sunday, and when you look at results from around the AFC that day, that’s no small feat.

Rex Ryan disrespected? Tough – It’s nice to see Ron Borges turn his snide commentary on to a Patriots opponent, rather than the home team.

No one calls them the Aints any more – Shalise Manza Young offers up a primer on the Patriots Monday night opponent.

No big plans for Allen Iverson, yet – Steve Bulpett has Danny Ainge saying that the Celtics have had internal discussion about Allen Iverson, but the decision was not unanimous, and nothing is close to happening.

Bruins: Bergeron providing boost B’s need – Mike Loftus looks at the increased production from Patrice Bergeron and some other key players for the Bruins.

In addition, also be sure to check out the 50th Anniversary Minute – the 1997 Patriots post from Brendon Rosenau on Patriots Daily.

For the rest of the sports news today, you can always hit the link sites:

Bob Ekstrom will be by later with the Week Log.

Patriots Begin Prep For The Bayou

The Patriots now begin their preparations to face the unbeaten New Orleans Saints down at the Superdome next Monday night, still seeking their first* road victory of the season.

Gerry Callahan says that the Patriots have a whole lot to prove in this game. Bill Burt gives us 10 reasons to feel good about the Patriots. Monique Walker says that the Patriots are rightly focused on themselves and not on the playoffs. Projo Sports Editor Shalise ManzaYoung has the Patriots similarly focused.

Jeremy Gottlieb checks in on Patriots Daily with an exhaustive edition of Making the Grades, while Ron Borges has pretty high grades across the board on this one in his report card.

Karen Guregian says that the Patriots defense can make a name for themselves with a good showing against the high-powered Saints. Mike Reiss claims that this is the Patriots last chance at a signature win this season. Glen Farley says that the Saints have benefited from a very easy schedule.  Rich Garven says that the Patriots need to start winning on the road. Tom E. Curran has the Patriots saying good-bye to the Jets and moving on to the Saints.

Ian R. Rapoport looks at the path to Foxborough for Wes Welker. Lenny Megliola has more on Welker, who seems put on Earth to be a football player. Rapoport has Brady and the Patriots set for the real season, which according to their coach, starts after Thanksgiving.

Rapoport’s notebook has Rex Ryan feeling “disrespected” by the Patriots late in the game. Adam Kilgore’s notebook says that it’s been a rough year with the challenge flag for Bill Belichick. Young’s Patriots journal has Belichick making sure he didn’t miss out on Welker the second time around. Garven’s notebook has Brady turning to Welker when Moss is bottled up. Farley’s notebook has Brady one game shy of tying the NFL record for consecutive 300-yard passing games.

*everyone I hear tells me that the London game against Tampa doesn’t really count as a road game

Red Sox

Gordon Edes says that the Red Sox are in the running to land Roy Halladay, but face plenty of competition. John Tomase looks at what the offseason may hold for teams in the AL East.

Peter Abraham has Terry Francona moving DeMarlo Hale up to the position of bench coach, while shifting Tim Bogar over to third base and bringing Pawtucket manager Ron Johnson in to coach first. Joe McDonald has Johnson’s devotion to the organization paying off with his promotion. Sean McAdam says that the coaching shuffle provides new opportunities for all three men. Mike Fine says that these promotions were more than just about rewarding friendships. Tomase’s notebook also looks at the moves.

Bruins

The Bruins scored a 4-2 win in St. Louis last night, giving them their first three-game winning streak on the season. Marc Savard returned to the lineup for the Bruins, but Fluto Shinzawa says that Patrice Bergeron was the one who stole the show for Boston. Stephen Harris has the Bruins power-play units connecting twice in the win. Joe Haggerty has the Bruins finally back to full strength. Graig Woodburn has Bergeron with another game-winning performance. Matt Kalman has the Bruins showing signs of life.

Shinzawa’s notebook has Byron Bitz using his size and hockey sense to play a straightforward game. Harris’ notebook has Savard assessing his peformance as “not bad.”

Celtics

Scott Souza has the Celtics working on turning their recent struggles around. Gary Washburn and Steve Bulpett have Glen Davis getting closer to a return, but will face a fight for minutes when he does get on the court. Rich Levine looks at another new free throw routine for Rajon Rondo. Mike Fine has the Celtics talking about their team-wide shooting woes. Jessica Camerato looks at Kendrick Perkins’ mindset as a shot blocker.

Mark Blaudschun and John Connolly have more on Northeastern’s decision to drop football.