B’s, C’s Fall

Both the Bruins and Celtics were in action last night and both fell short in the end.

First, the Bruins dropped a 4-2 decision to the Buffalo Sabres at TD Banknorth Garden. Stephen Harris says that the Bruins played fairly well, but the Sabres played with desperation. Fluto Shinzawa has the Sabres making a statement with their play last night.

Rich Thompson notes that a couple of “gray area” goals did in Tim Thomas last night.

Harris’ notebook has the Bruins looking into a new concussion treatment plan for Andrew Alberts and Patrice Bergeron. Shinzawa’s notebook has a look at a rough night for Dennis Wideman.

Celtics

Out in Cleveland, playing without Kevin Garnett once again, the Celtics defense took the night, losing 114-113 to LeBron James and Cavs. Peter May is pretty harsh on the Celtics after this one, probably because he hasn’t had a whole lot to complain about thus far this season. Steve Bulpett has the Celtics hard on themselves for their performance on the defensive end.

May’s notebook has Ray Allen open to the idea of going to the All Star game as an injury replacement. Bulpet’s notebook has Paul Pierce and LeBron James taking different approaches to the fourth quarter of games now.

Patriots

On Patriots Daily, Dan Snapp wonders if he might have to give up his Patriots merit badges.

Yeah, we’ll do some Patriots links today. Limited. Nothing from the Herald. I didn’t see anything of value in there anyway, at least from browsing the headlines. And we certainly won’t be looking over Dan Shaughnessy’s picked up pieces from the Super Bowl. You guys are all on your own for those links.

Christopher L. Gasper has Bill Belichick already moving on to the 2008 season. Joe McDonald also has Belichick taking a forward-looking approach to things. Glen Farley has more from Belichick on moving on. Jeff Howe also has Belichick looking ahead, rather than behind.

Shalise Manza Young can’t quite figure out the Man of mystery that is Bill Belichick. Tania deLuzuriaga and Laurel J. Sweet report on Willie Andrews getting busted for pot possession yesterday in Lowell. Gasper’s notebook has Belichick explaining his walk off the field with a second left on Sunday.

Gordon Edes and Amalie Benjamin report on the Red Sox re-signing Bobby Kielty yesterday, a move that would seem to indicate that the Sox are still planning on trading Coco Crisp.

Donaldson Checks in at HDH, Buy Simmons’ Moss Jersey on eBay

A couple of notes to pass along here.

If Tina Cervasio is really headed to a TV station in New York, then it’s only fair that we take one of theirs. Meet Julie Donaldson, your new WHDH Channel 7 sports anchor. Donaldson comes over from SportsNet New York, and is also a former Miss Florida USA.

No word yet on if she’s bumping someone out at HDH, though Dave Briggs has been spending an awful lot of time on Comcast SportsNet as of late…

After wrestling with the decision as to whether he should take it home and burn it, you can now buy Bill Simmons’s Randy Moss Jersey on eBay. The money is going to The Jimmy Fund.

Still Not Moving On Yet

Nope, not ready yet.

After a quick glance at the headlines, I’m still not ready to read articles like Time for classless Belichick to eat some humble pie.

Why would I be interested in reading a piece of bile like that? Is it going to enlighten me in any way?

Nope, it’s just another guy who has been lying in the weeds waiting for this opportunity to unleash his stored up venom on the Patriots and Belichick.

I probably shouldn’t have even linked it, as many of you will click on it, and the writer will feel like he’s on track for his long-awaited Pulitzer.

Look, I said it on Sunday night, and I’ll say it again. Give the Giants all the credit in the world. They won this game. They imposed their will on the Patriots. This was no karma coming back to bite the Patriots, or any comeuppance for past actions. You suggest that, and you’re insulting the New York Giants. By eagerly jumping on the chance to insult Belichick and the Patriots, these clowns are really insulting the Giants.

I will pass along this article that was sent to me overnight, Gregg Patton tells us that ” It’s still New England’s dynasty. The Giants are just passing through.”

Over on Patriots Daily, Christopher Price checks in with a season-ending edition of Inside Gillette, examining the future of a number of key Patriots contributors.

We’ll also give the always steady Mike Reiss some link love on his piece looking at the offseason decisions looming for the Patriots.

Jessica Heslam reports that the game was a huge ratings winner for FOX25.

Check the rest of the Patriots stories from today on PatriotsLinks.com.

Celtics

Kevin Garnett is still feeling the effects of his abdominal strain, and may miss his return to Minnesota as the end of this week. Julian Benbow says that it is just as well, as the Timberwolves have made no plans to honor the player who was the face of their franchise for over a decade and is the teams career leader in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks. Tim Weisberg says that thus far, the Celtics have been able to take their injury woes in stride. Mark Murphy has the Celtics taking some lessons from the Patriots demise, knowing that the Championship torch is now being passed to them to run with.

Bill Doyle has a look at Rajon Rondo, and how his quick mind and feet are huge assets to the Celtics. Interesting that the start of the article talks about stealing signs from the opponents…no outrage? It’s been 15 years since Johnny Most passed away, but he is still remembered by all that heart him. Shirley Coshatt remembers Most today on the BSMW Full Court Press. The Celtics are out in Cleveland tonight to take on the Cavs, Peter May examines how LeBron James is a one-man show out there, keeping the Cavs in the race all by himself. The Herald has two articles tagged as notebooks today, one with an update on Kevin Garnett and his injury and the other on Brian Scalabrine, who is expected to start for Garnett again tonight.

Bruins/Hockey

Stephen Harris has the Bruins secretly harboring Stanley Cup dreams for this season. Barbara Matson profiles Czech import Vladimir Sobotka, who has made an impact in 23 games with the Bruins, despite not scoring a goal.

In the Beanpot last night, Jeff Horrigan and Fluto Shinzawa report on Harvard reaching its first final since 1998, while Nancy Marrapese-Burrell and John Connolly have BC knocking off BU for the right to face Harvard in the final.

Rich Thompson has Northeastern coach Greg Cronin apologizing for his team’s performance last night. Connolly’s notebook and the Globe notebook each look at Ted Donato getting his Harvard squad into the final.