Reports this morning are that the Cubs and Red Sox are close to finalizing compensation for Theo Epstein, and that the Cubs could officially hire Epstein in the next day or two. That would close out one bit of drama, in this nightmare of October, hopefully other items will follow and we can get on with our lives.
Theo Epstein deal near – Scott Lauber’s notebook in the Herald says that an announcement is possible tomorrow. The Globe notebook from Peter Abraham also reports that a deal could come tomorrow, an off-day for the World Series.
Cubs prospect Trey McNutt tries to make sense of Red Sox rumors - Alex Speier looks at the Chicago prospect that has been rumored in the Epstein compensation.
Apparently in-game beer drinking is common in baseball, but since it happened in Boston, it is the end of the world as we know it. Peter Abraham though, says that the practice is dwindling in the game.
Powder keg tapping out – Gordon Edes says that slowly but surely, the beer story is fizzing out around here. He’s got some little shots in there at his former employer, the Globe, as well.
Adrian Gonzalez looks for answers - Scott Lauber has the first baseman explaining how he feels the leadership structure of a team should be built, and says he’ll feel more comfortable taking a bigger role next year.
Red Sox could have a surprise up their sleeve - Christopher Smith looks at the rumored managerial candidates.
Forget crying, the Red Sox proved why there should be no captains in baseball - Rob Bradford has Jason Varitek’s ineffectiveness as an example.
Patriots rookie progress report – Chris Forsberg evaluates the rookies at the bye week.
Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez cause problems – Karen Guregian looks at the matchup nightmare that is the second-year duo.
Bye week a time for the Pats to heal – Tim Whelan Jr has the Patriots looking to rest up a bit and get healthy.
The Patriots/Cowboys game will be featured on tonight’s episode of NFL Turning Point, which airs on VERSUS at 10:00pm. Particularly in focus will be the final drive, which won the game for New England. The hour-long program, hosted by Football Night in America’s Dan Patrick, airs weekly throughout the NFL regular season and focuses on the crucial ‘turning point’ moment in several games for football fans each week in a more in-depth way than ever before by utilizing NFL Films’ unmatched cinematography and sideline and on-field audio.
Kessel, Leafs should motivate struggling B’s - Mick Colageo says that the sight of their former teammate might give the Bruins a spark tonight. Joe Haggerty notes that the former Bruin is on fire to start the season.
Slumping Boston Bruins expected to use new lineup against Toronto Maple Leafs – Mike Loftus looks at a lineup shift.
Bruins need to find a cure – Stephen Harris says that the Bruins need to shake their hangover.