Thursday’s Top Stories

Here again with the best of the best from a busy Thursday morning:

How John Lackey Ended Up With the Red Sox – Rob Bradford explains how Theo Epstein had to be convinced that the former Angels ace really wanted to play for the Red Sox.

Just the beginning – Michael Silverman says that the signings of Lackey and Mike Cameron are just the beginning for the Sox.

Epstein moved with ease – Gordon Edes explains how Theo Epstein adjusted smoothly when his plan A this offseason – signing Jason Bay or Matt Holliday fell through.

Here’s why the Patriots can win the Super Bowl – Kerry Byrne says that all is not yet lost for the 2009 Patriots.

Brady toughs it out – Mike Reiss looks at how all the attention on Randy Moss is overshadowing the toughness and leadership that Tom Brady has displayed.

Come later rounds, Pats would be wise to take Tebow – Yeah, Buddy Thomas. Hey sometimes we just need to be amused…

Celtics have plenty to smile about – Jim Fenton looks at six encouraging signs that the Celtics have displayed during their 11 game winning streak.

No Bull: Celtics road to 72 tough – Steve Bulpett talks to some ex-Bulls about how tough it would be for the Celtics to challenge Chicago’s 72 win season.

Coming to Bruins’ defense – Rich Thompson has the Bruins forced to summon reinforcements for their injury-riddled defense.

Bills Coach Perry Fewell In Midst of Interview of a Lifetime – Jeff Howe on NESN.com looks at the Bills interim coach and his extended audition to be the permanent head coach.

Also see Jeremy Gottlieb on Patriots Daily, as he goes around the league.

Check back later for number 9 on our list of Boston sports media stories of the decade….