Patriots Try To Put Jets Game Behind Them

The Patriots and their followers are still trying to put that ugly second half from Sunday behind them as they start a new week in preparation for the Buffalo Bills this coming Sunday.

New boss in charge of Entercom Boston - Boston Radio Watch reports on Tim Murphy being named the new Vice President/ General Manager of Entercom Boston. Murphy is the brains behind the revamped WEEI.com. The question unanswered at this point is - is this a statement on Jason Wolfe?

Making The Grades – Game Two At Jets - Jeremy Gottlieb has the Patriots Daily report card.

Patriots Report Card - Ron Borges has the Herald version. Michael Felger has the CSNNE.com edition. Belichick hits bottom - Kirk Minihane has the WEEI.com edition.

No film credits from Belichick’s view - Shalise Manza Young says that no one was spared in Belichick’s review of the film from Sunday.

Patriots take last look back at second-half horror show - Christopher Price has the Patriots trying to learn from the Jets game.

He’s not kicking himself - Young’s notebook has Stephen Gostkowski working on turning around his bad start.

Playing out the string, the Red Sox dropped one to the Baltimore Orioles last night, 4-2, as Daisuke Matsuzaka once again struggled with his command. Get all the coverage at RedSoxLinks.com.

Matsuzaka’s lack of command leads to another loss - Sean McAdam says that Dice-K himself doesn’t even know what his problem is.

A hot hitter at hot corner - Bill Ballou compares Adrian Beltre to some of the other Red Sox third basemen of the last 30 years.

First things 1st for Lars Anderson - Dan Duggan has the slugging prospect working on his defensive skills.

Youk’s diary: Reflections on the season - Kevin Youkilis talks about the apology he received from Manny Ramirez and some other thoughts in his ESPN Boston Diary. (There is also one from Johnny Boychuk of the Bruins)

Broken bats becoming a sticking point - Amalie Benjamin’s notebook looks at the outcry over maple bats.

Bruins veterans Mark Recchi, Patrice Bergeron enjoy role in development of rookie Tyler Seguin. - Mike Loftus has some Bruins veterans taking an interest in the youngster.

Bergeron-Recchi-Seguin combo lays a foundation - Joe Haggerty has more on the trio.

Celtics training camp preview: Battles to watch - A. Sherrod Blakely says that there are a couple of rotation spots up for grabs, including the starting center spot.

Jet Dominate Patriots In Second Half, Earn Right To Yap

When Randy Moss hauled in a long TD pass from Tom Brady while Darrelle Revis simultaneously grabbed his hamstring near the end of the first half, things were looking good for the Patriots at the new Meadowlands. Unfortunately it was to be the last highlight of the day for the Patriots, who were dominated by the Jets the rest of the way en route to a 28-14 loss that dropped New England to 1-1 on the season.

Get all the links at PatriotsLinks.com.

Patriots’ youth gets served up against the Jets – The Boston Globe - Albert Breer says that the Patriots defense is mediocre for all the right reasons.

Tom Brady, Bill Belichick big part of New England Patriots’ problem in loss – ESPN Boston – Mike Reiss has the Patriots leaders without any anwers for this one.

Bad habits return – The Sun Chronicle Online – Sports – Mark Farinella has things looking a lot like 2009.

Jim Donaldson: Bad as it seemed, let’s keep it in perspective -The Providence Journal – You know things are bad if Jim Donaldson is your voice of reason.

patriots – Ten Things We Learned Sunday: We’ve been here before – WEEI.com – Christopher Price has the Jets and Mark Sanchez making a statement with this one.

Patriot Mind Games – Rich Levine sums things up pretty well for Patriots fans.

Darius Butler, New England Patriots DBs didn’t have things covered against New York Jets – ESPN Boston – Mike Rodak looks at a rough afternoon for the second year cornerback.

Faulk injured in fourth quarter – The Boston Globe – Monique Walker’s notebook has Kevin Faulk’s status a bit of a concern after he was unable to return to the game yesterday.

The Red Sox avoided a sweep at the hands of the Blue Jays with a 6-0 win behind Jon Lester yesterday. Lester improved to 18-8 on the season. Check all the coverage at RedSoxLinks.com.

Jon Lester, with 18 wins, a steadying force for Boston Red Sox – ESPN Boston – Joe McDonald says that Lester still has a goal of getting to 20 wins this season.

Boston Red Sox – Wrist sprain sidelines Beltre – The Boston Globe – Peter Abraham’s notebook has the third baseman hoping to return to the lineup tonight.

Bruins area of concern brought up – puck movement by D-men – The Boston Globe – Fluto Shinzawa says that this is one area where Dennis Wideman will actually be missed.

Bruins’ Lucic looks to bounce back – Mike Loftus has the bruising forward looking for stay healthy this season.

Bringing You A Friday Megalink Thing

I owe you some megalinks from last week so let’s get this done.

Don’t forget the Weekend Viewing Picks.

National

USA Today’s Michael Hiestand and Mike McCarthy square off over whether viewers should care what announcers do off the air and away from the camera.

USA Today’s Sean Leahy has NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger saying the New York Jets did nothing wrong in the Ines Sainz controversy. For some reason, this story is just not going away. 

At Sports Illustrated, Richard Deitsch has his Media Power Rankings for August and September.

Chris Gentilviso of Time notes that 2010 may be the Year of the Blackout for the NFL. 

At Pro Football Talk, Michael David Smith says all 32 NFL teams will undergo a training program in the wake of the Ines Sainz incident.

Mike says the Lions just barely avoided a blackout in Detroit.

Jason Lisk at The Big Lead feels the NFL blackout policy needs to change.

Ryan Wilson at Fanhouse tells us which athletes are going to “appear” in this year’s “Body” issue for ESPN The Magazine.

Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News says Fox Soccer Channel has signed a rights deal to air French’s top soccer league in the US.

Mike writes that some Comcast subscribers had trouble accessing NFL Network’s RedZone last week.

George Winslow of Multichannel notes that Verizon Fios is adding Syracuse University sports for fans in the upstate New York area.

Paul Thomasch at Reuters notes that Fox is over 90% sold for the Super Bowl in February.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell says Michigan football jerseys are a hot seller once again.

Marcus Vanderberg at SportsNewser reports that Jay Mariotti’s arraignment on domestic violence charges was postponed until October 1.

Sports Media Watch notes that the NFL had its most watched opening week since 1987. 

Even with that good news, SMW discovers that the early NFL window for Fox actually experienced a ratings decline from the year before.

SMW has some various ratings news and notes.

SMW says the delayed men’s final at the US Open hit another ratings low.

And SMW tells us that the US Open women’s final also delivered low ratings. 

At Puck The Media, Steve Lepore looks at the early plans for NHL Network and NHL Radio.

Dave Dahlquist at Macworld says CBS is streaming its entire SEC football schedule on its iPhone app.

David Brown at Yahoo’s Big League Stew blog has a very good interview with Los Angeles Dodgers voice Vin Scully.

East and Mid-Atlantic

Chad Finn of the Boston Globe looks inside the radio ratings between 98.5 The Sports Hub and WEEI.

At the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Bill Doyle talks about the tremendous Week 1 TV ratings for the NFL.

The New York Times’ Richard Sandomir says Fox failed to follow up after the Philadelphia Eagles’ Stewart Bradley returned to the field after seemingly suffering a concussion.

Newsday’s Neil Best notes that MSG Network has signed a rights agreement with the New York Giants.

Kimberly A. Martin of Newsday says the Jets will not be penalized for its behavior last week against Ines Sainz.

Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News has NBC’s Andrea Kremer’s take on the Ines Sainz
situation.

Dr. Doom and Gloom in the New York Post continues to harp on points that only he cares about.

Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union profiles the new program director/midday host of the local sports radio station.

Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Ashley Fox says Ines Sainz brought on the Jets behavior by her improper attire. 

Dave Hughes at Press Box talks about the new partnership between the Baltimore Ravens and Comcast SportsNet’s Baltimore website.

Jim Williams at the Washington Examiner notes that football fans are opting to stay home and watch games in HD rather than go to the stadium and pay expensive ticket prices.

And Jim likes listening to the Sirius Playboy Morning Show not just to hear about women, but for the NFL picks.

South

Carolyn Shapiro at the Virginian-Pilot notes that CBS College Sports is being picked up by a local cable company.

Barry Jackson at the Miami Herald looks at the tremendous TV ratings for the NFL.

Katherine Kington of WTVM in Columbus, GA speaks with ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit. 

Ray Buck at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram hears from the CBS college football crew on the state of the game today.

David Barron from the Houston Chronicle talks with one of the hosts of Sporting News Radio who made the move to H-Town when the operations moved from California.

Mel Bracht in the Daily Oklahoman says Saturday’s Air Force-Oklahoma game will be picked up for troops stationed overseas.

Midwest

John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer says the Bengals avoided a local blackout on Sunday.

John notes a Chicago sports TV anchor who got some bad advice from her boss when she was working in Dayton.

Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News says the Motor City will not be blacked out this Sunday for the Eagles-Lions game.

Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports on the very short leave that Shannon Sharpe took from CBS due to a legal problem that was quickly dropped.

Ed Sherman in Crain’s Chicago Business has his winners and losers in sports business and media this week.

David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune says the Ines Sainz controversy is an example of a woman being unprofessional.

Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes with Cardinals returning to KMOX, it completes sports teams going full circle in the Gateway City.

Dan notes that there’s some late season juggling going on with the Cardinals TV schedule.

West

Brian Murphy of the Idaho Statesman says a local cable system will not pick up CBS College Sports for tomorrow’s Boise State-Wyoming game. 

Jay Posner at the San Diego Union-Tribune wonders what’s going on at one local sports radio station.

John Maffei of the North County Times says fans who want to watch San Diego State play this weekend will have to shell out some extra bucks.

Jim Carlisle of the Ventura County Star wants CBS to stop sending the Oakland Raiders to the local airwaves.

Jim also has the NBC crew previewing Sunday’s Manning Bowl II.

At the Los Angeles Daily News, Tom Hoffarth inquires about the local ESPN Radio affiliate.

Tom speaks with a former Sports Illustrated editor who authored a damaging book on the USC football program.

Tom looks back at a crazy week in sports media in his blog.

The San Jose Mercury News has video of a rather testy exchange between KPIX sports anchor Dennis O’Donnell and 49ers coach Mike Singletary.

Canada

Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail writes that two cable companies are picking up the controversial Rogers Sportsnet One in time for NHL season.

Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star wonders if it’s time for a rights charter for sports fans.

The Star’s Rosie DiManno heard from former NHL coach Pat Burns after CTV Ottawa erroneously tweeted today that he had died.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie received the first phone call from Burns.

And we’re done for the night.

Albert Breer Headed To NFL Network, Patriots, Jets On Tap Sunday

After a stint of just under a year at the Boston Globe, Albert Breer is taking his talents to the NFL Network. The Globe’s National NFL writer will be covering the East coast for the Network in a writing, reporting and on-air role. According to Chad Finn today, Breer will be leaving after the Patriots play the Porps, er, the Dolphins on October 4th.

Here are the top links for a busy Friday:

Radio ratings game sounds like a good battle - Finn’s media column takes an extended look at the battle between WEEI and WBZ-FM.

Media Roundup: Randy To The Rescue - My Media column for SBNationBoston has Randy Moss bailing out the media with his comments after the game Sunday.

NFL’s opening TV ratings huge - Bill Doyle looks at some huge numbers for the first week of NFL football.

What to watch for Sunday against the Jets - Chris Price tells us what to look for this weekend.

Wes Welker the X-factor against Jets - Mike Reiss says that the key to game might be Welker, and wonders if Revis will cover him.

Sticking is far from a snap - Monique Walker has a nice little profile on linebacker Rob Ninkovich.

Around The League – Week One Recap - Jeremy Gottlieb bounces around the NFL.

 After 13 seasons, Taylor still not at the end of the line - Robert Lee has Fred Taylor still able to get it done.

Showing his metal - Mark Farinella has Wes Welkersticking with knee brace for a while longer.

In this corner - It was fun hearing Michael Holley this morning pick apart the exaggerations in this Darrelle Revis love-fest by Breer.

Strong start for Patriots’ special teams - Price looks at an impressive start for this unit.

Carl Crawford and the Red Sox: Will they end up together? - Rob Bradford examines whether it would be a good fit.

Navarro: Dirt-poor, talent-rich - Amalie Benjamin has a look at 22-year-old Yamaico Navarro and his rise to the majors.

Fresh start for Jarrod Saltalamacchia - Scott Lauber has the catcher glad the Red Sox wanted him.

Stud Sox prospect Ranaudo takes things slow - Mauren Mullen has the Red Sox taking things slow with Anthony Ranaudo.

Talent abounds among Bruins rookies - Joe McDonald says there was plenty of talent on display at the Garden the last two nights.

Time’s now to be a Bruin - Stephen Harris says this should be a highly motivated team.

“Jets Week” Kicks Into High Gear

Things are heating up for this Sunday’s showdown between the Offseason Champion New York Jets and your on-the-decline New England Patriots.

Yesterday was media day with plenty of conference calls, quotes and notes passed around. Tom Brady’s comments(great photo with that column – OK, maybe not, see comment below.) about the fans at Gillette Stadium has certainly stirred things up and gave blabmasters plenty of ammo. But no, Mark Farinella, we’re not blaming the media for Brady’s remarks. We’ll say the reaction has been a little over-the-top, (witness Karen Guregian saying of Brady’s comments “It’s hard to imagine a worse insult or something more blasphemous.“) but no one is saying this is an example of the media “bashing” Brady as Farinella claims.

Brady’s observation is one that has been noted by others over the years as well. Gillette Stadium, for the most part, just isn’t very loud, nor is it an overly hostile place for opponents to play.

Here are the top links and stories for this morning. Check all the Patriots stories at PatriotsLinks.com.

Worry Wart – Game Two At Jets - Chris Warner goes over his concerns for Sunday.

Differing styles work for Pats, Jets - Mike Reiss says that the way the Jets and Patriots work may be different, but the results are good for each.

Brady’s father accepts son’s bumps and bruises - Lenny Megliola has Tom Brady’s father talking about his son’s accident, and how he worries about him.

Darrelle Revis won’t back off ‘slouch’ remark, Randy Moss - Ron Borges has the Jets corner ready to take on Moss once again.

Faulk: Maroney felt betrayed by trade to Denver - Robert Lee has the longest tenured Patriot talking about how Maroney took the news of his trade to the Broncos.

What do Bill Belichick and Rex Ryan think of each other? - Christopher Price says that the two coaches respect one another.

The Bruins held a rookie game last night against the New York Islanders. Over 11,000 people showed up, indicating the interest people have in the Bruins and getting a look at B’s top pick Tyler Seguin. Check BruinsLinks.com for all the stories.

Boston Bruins prospect Jordan Caron steals the rookies show at TD Garden. - Mike Loftus has the Bruins 2009 top pick stealing the show with a hat trick last night.

Boston Bruins by the letters - Bud Barth has a bunch of notes about the game and the Bruins.

Tyler Seguin passes - Stephen Harris has the rookie doing well in his Garden debut.

Show time - Fluto Shinzawa with a mini-feature on Nathan Horton, says that the winger can blossom here.

Five Bruins who stole the show in the first rookie game - D.J. Bean also report on the action.

The Red Sox finished off a sweep of the Mariners with a 5-1 win in Seattle. Check all the stories at RedSoxLinks.com.

Do the Red Sox still have a shot? Reassessing the odds - So you’re saying there’s a chance, Alex Speier?

Doing the math for true believers - Gordon Edes says it remains a huge longshot.

Sox should bring back Big Papi - Brian MacPherson says it needs to happen.

Rich Hill’s Milton family on top of the world for Boston Red Sox pitcher - Jay Miller looks at the feel-good story of the Milton native.

Red Sox Journal: Lowrie makes case to play every day - MacPherson has the infielder impressing in September.

Pete Sheppard To Host Weekly Show on Patriots.com

It seems only fitting.

While at WEEI, Pete Sheppard was the biggest Patriots (and Tom Brady) booster at a station that is still quite pro-Patriot. Sheppard was let go early this year, and had not really surfaced at any media outlet, instead spending his time at Poker tournaments. Sheppard will make his return to sports talk hosting with a weekly internet radio show on Patriots.com.

The Pete Sheppard Show” will run from 4:00 – 6:00 pm on Tuesdays, starting next week.

Sheppard made the announcement on his Facebook account, and also noted that he’ll be doing a weekly call-in segment on Fridays at 8:35 am to Rush Radio 1200 AM in Boston.

It’s a start.

Maroney Traded, Moss Wants To Stay

The Patriots traded former first round pick Laurence Maroney to the Denver Broncos along with a sixth round pick in exchange for a fourth round pick in next year’s draft. This brings to an end, a strange, disappointing, and at times interesting run in Foxborough for Maroney.

Randy Moss told everyone who would listen yesterday that he wants to remain in New England, and that he won’t be talking further about his contract. Let’s hope he sticks to his word.

The Patriots are getting ready for the New York Jets this Sunday, but yesterday, the media wasn’t too interested in talking to Bill Belichick about the game. In his conference call yesterday morning, a grand total of TWO questions were asked of the coach. For a group that rails about lack of access to the coach, they were more interested in attending Matt Light’s Celebrity Shootout – a very fine event, but one that went all day long. They could’ve participated in the Belichick conference call.

Get all the stories at PatriotsLinks.com.

Laurence Maroney dealt to Denver - Mike Reiss reports on the trade of the running back.

Lo-mo is no-mo . . . Maroney’s weird stay is over - Tom E Curran says that Maroney is now Denver’s goodhearted goof.

Why the Patriots may have traded RB Laurence Maroney and a look to the future… - I’m intrigued by Ian Rapoport’s theory on the trade.

Randy Moss wants to end career with Patriots - Karen Guregian has the wideout talking about why he talked on Sunday and what he wants for the future.

Silent treatment would have saved Moss - Mark Farinella says that Moss would’ve been better served keeping quiet.

Jets Week means excitement - Glen Farley wants to grab a (gosh darn) snack and watch this game.

With Patriots arriving, Jets check the baggage - Albert R Breer looks at things from Jets perspective.

Effective use of safety belt - Shalise Manza Young’s notebook has Corwin Brown talking about Pat Chung’s performance in the opener.

Jed Lowrie hit two home runs, David Ortiz hit his 30th homer of the season, and Massachusetts native Rich Hill picked up the win as the Red Sox beat the Mariners 9-6 in Seattle last night. Get all the stories at RedSoxLinks.com. The Red Sox also released their 2011 schedule.

The return of Ortiz, Martinez and Beltre to the Red Sox? Not a bad idea. - Rob Bradford thinks it might be smart to bring all three players back for 2011.

David Ortiz (30 HRs) is still swinging - Gordon Edes has Ortiz reaching 30 homers for the sixth time with the Red Sox, and first since 2007.

In short order, Lovullo sees his work paying off - Brian MacPherson has Pawtucket manager Torey Lovullo pleased with what he’s seen from Ryan Kalish, Daniel Nava and others.

John Lackey weighs in on numbers for debut season - John Tomase talks to Lackey about his first season with the Red Sox.

Hill gets win for his hometown team - Sean McAdam’s notebook has the hometown kid getting the win.

Metered calls on BC football games - Lenny Megliola profiles Boston College announcer (and WEEI morning flashguy) Jon Meterparel with the help of spotter Peter Foley, who has known Meterparel since he was a kid.

NESN To Broadcast Two UFL Hartford Colonials Games

NESN will produce two United Football League games this season featuring the Hartford Colonials including the league’s season opener this Saturday (9/18) at 2:30 PM when Hartford hosts the Sacramento Mountain Lions at Rentschler Field.

For Saturday’s game, Mike Logan will handle play-by-play with former Patriots QB and 98.5 midday host Scott Zolak will provide color analysis. John Chandler and Tony Terzi will be the sideline reporters.

The second game will be on Saturday, October 16th with the Omaha Nighthawks coming to Connecticut, and Brett Haber will be the play-by-play man for that game, with Zolak on color, and Chandler and Terzi on the sidelines.

The Omaha team is coached by former Boston College football coach Jeff Jagodzinski, and is loaded with players with NFL experience, including QB Jeff Garcia.

This is a smart move by NESN, adding more sports programming, and should the start of the 2011 NFL regular season be delayed by a work stoppage, the UFL could become a valuable broadcast property. Getting in with them this season could lead to a bigger role next year, and helps their NESN National channel.

Here are the network bios for the NESN Broadcast teams:

Mike Logan - Mike is an experienced play-by-play announcer as he is the television and radio voice for the Providence College men’s hockey team, a position he has held for the past 16 seasons.  He has also served as a play-by-play announcer for the Pawtucket Red Sox and broadcast football and basketball for both Harvard and Northeastern Universities.

Brett Haber - For almost 15 years, Brett has become established as a fixture of sports news broadcasting.  He has previously served as an anchor for ESPN’s SportsCenter. During his career, he has received 17 Emmy Awards, including a remarkable four-year run as the Washington D.C. area’s most outstanding sports anchor beginning in 2007 and continuing through this year.  Brett joined WUSA9 in November 2004 and is currently the station’s sports director and primary sports anchor.

Scott Zolak - Zolak will be the color analyst for UFL games on the New England Sports Network. He has worked both pregame and postgame analysis of New England Patriots games on radio and television. Zolak co-hosts the “Gresh and Zolak” show weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on 98.5 FM The Sports Hub in Boston, Massachusetts. A former quarterback in the National Football League, Zolak spent eight seasons with the New England Patriots (1991-98) and one with the Miami Dolphins (1999). In 55 career games, Zolak threw for 1,314 yards and eight touchdowns. He originally was a fourth-round pick of the Patriots in 1991. Zolak played college football at Maryland.

Tony Terzi - Tony has more than 20 years of experience in the broadcast industry. He has worked as a Sports Anchor/Reporter at WTIC, Sports Anchor/Reporter at WVIT (NBC 30), and Air Personality at KC-101. Currently, Terzi is a SportsCenter anchor for ESPN Radio.

John Chandler – John is no stranger to NESN viewers, having served as both an anchor and reporter for NESN’s sports news programming. In 2009, he worked as the play-by-play voice for the Springfield Armor of the NBA D-League. He also worked as a sports reporter/anchor at WEWS in Cleveland, Ohio and WVII in Bangor, Maine. His work has earned several Emmy nominations and has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Maine Association of Broadcasters.

Grades Are In: Patriots, 98.5 Top Of Class

Tuesday during the NFL season is traditionally report card day, as various outlets weigh in on the performance of the local gridiron squad.

Also today though, Chad Finn reports on the latest radio ratings, where 98.5 defeated WEEI in the all-important 25-54 male demo during all three daytime shows. The numbers, I presume, do not include those of WEEI-FM in the Providence market…

Check all the Patriots stories at PatriotsLinks.com.

Making The Grades – Game One vs Bengals - Jeremy Gottlieb on Patriots Daily grades out the first game of the season.

Patriots Report Card - Professor Ron Borges…and that is literal as Borges is leading a class at a local college, also grades the Patriots and puts Robert and Jonathan Kraft in detention for their comments on Mankins and Moss.

O-Line leads the way in Week 1 - Kirk Minihane also hands out grades.

Bob Kraft must keep band together for Patriots - Gerry Callahan says that Randy Moss has to get a new deal from the Patriots.

This business is all very interesting - Bob Ryan thinks we’ll never quite understand Randy Moss.

Beyond both-end bluster, some questions after Patriots opener - Jonathan Comey still needs a few questions answered about the Patriots.

Patriots Journal: Chung playing up to his potential - Robert Lee has the second year safety all over the field on Sunday.

Jets’ offense not much to look at - Mike Reiss looks at what last night’s Jets game means for the Patriots on Sunday.

Dan Shaughnessy Has a Sniffle - Dan Snapp on Patriots Daily looks at Shaughnessy’s reaction to Moss’ comments.

Jon Lester struck out 12 last night as the Red Sox beat the Mariners, 5-1 in Seattle. Get all the links at RedSoxLinks.com.

Lester continues march to Red Sox history - Alex Speier has Jon Lester becoming the first lefty in Red Sox history to record two straight 200 strikeout seasons.

Jon Lester’s season a striking success - Gordon Edes has Lester putting on a show in his hometown.

Rich Hill back in the big leagues, with the team he grew up watching - Brian MacPherson has the Massachusetts native getting the call from the Red Sox while at the Patriots game with his dad.

Bruins goalie Tim Thomas ready for another challenge - Mike Loftus has the Bruins goaltender about to start another season of attacking preconceived notions.

Ray of sunshine will be missed - Julian Benbow says that Clifford Ray will be missed around the Celtics.

Fast Start Puts Patriots In Win Column

The Patriots got off to a fast start yesterday, running out to a 31-3 lead after Brandon Tate returned the second half kickoff for a touchdown. The Bengals scored three touchdowns in the second half, but the Patriots were never seriously in danger in the 38-24 opening day win.

Check all the coverage at PatriotsLinks.com.

Ten Things We Learned Sunday: Welker finishes long journey back to game - Christopher Price lists out what we can take away from yesterday’s win.

Reality show - Mark Farinella says that perhaps the Patriots were just playing possum in the preseason.

Patriots show they’re still elite - Mike Reiss has the Patriots showing that they shouldn’t be written off just yet.

Tone-deaf Moss shows tender side - Tom E Curran takes a different view than many of his CSN colleagues of the Randy Moss post game press conference. Monique Walker also has a look at Moss’ statements.

Unexpected returns are welcome bonus - Bill Doyle looks at the touchdowns from Gary Guyton and Brandon Tate.

Brady again an in-control freak - Albert R Breer has the QB showing why the Patriots made him the highest paid player in the history of the game.

Opponents weren’t braced for Welker’s return - Frank Dell’Apa has Wes Welker talking about being on the field for opening day.

Good sign Brady & Co. didn’t let lead slip away - Karen Guregian has the Patriots able to put together a long second half TD drive to finish this one off.

Electric youth on display - Andy Vogt looks at an impressive display from the kids.

Overall, they had it covered - Walker’s notebook leads off with more on the young defense.

The Red Sox got a pinch-hit two run single from rookie Ryan Kalish to complete a sixth inning comeback in the 5-3 Boston win over Oakland. Get all the coverage at RedSoxLinks.com.

Another defining offseason approaching for Theo Epstein - In his last Sunday column for the Standard-Times before heading to the Boston Herald copy desk, Jon Couture looks at another defining offseason on tap for the Red Sox GM.

Is Drew in decline? A look at outfielder’s 2010 struggles - Alex Speier looks at the relevance of one of the worst seasons of J.D. Drew’s career.

As end nears, Mike Lowell looks back at career - Having announced this weekend that he plans to retire at the end of the season, the Red Sox first baseman looks back at his career with John Tomase.

Beckett escapes early hole - Peter Abraham’s notebook has Josh Beckett overcoming four early walks.

Seguin has familiar look - Fluto Shinzawa has Jamie Arniel comparing the Bruins rookie to Tampa star Steven Stamkos.

Celtics duo give it their best shot - Chris Forsberg has Tony Gaffney and Oliver Lafayette facing an uphill battle to make the Celtics roster.