Kevin Mannix isn’t impressed with the Patriots. They aren’t playing championship football and lack the ability to deliver the knockout punch. But I wonder. Had the Patriots punched the ball into the end zone with 30 seconds left yesterday instead of taking the knee with class, would the 27-12 final score have had people looking differently at this team? Doesn’t keeping the ball for the final 9+ minutes of the game equal a “knockout punch”? Ron Borges is thankful for Troy Brown. Mannix and Alan Greenberg also submit articles on the player probably most important to the team. Michael Felger and Nick Cafardo are both thinking that signs seem to point to the team going down a familiar road. Tom Curran looks at Tedy Bruschi’s contributions yesterday and notes that Patriots fans should really be hoping for a quick recovery. Karen Guregian writes about the blitz attack the Joey Harrington faced all day. Alan Greenberg sounds a little skeptical of how good the Patriots are after another win over a weak opponent. Jim Donaldson counts his blessings. The importance of that final drive isn’t lost on Michael Smith. Antowain Smith was once again a factor in the game, Karen Guregian submits a short article detailing his contributions. George Kimball says that Tom Brady looked like — and played like — Matt Cavanaugh yesterday. Ian Clark breaks the game into a Thanksgiving dinner. Curran has a notebook that is informative and entertaining at times. Felger’s notebook and Cafardo’s notebook both put much of their focus on the injuries.
Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star isn’t too happy with Theo Epstein’s hiring. He feels the Red Sox “once again have thrown cold water on every African-American and minority candidate and have managed to alienate every loyal, front-office person of any race in team scouting and player development departments who aspired to reach the pinnacle of their profession the old-fashioned way.” He goes on to add that “There will be an entire generation of passed-over candidates (and friends) who would like nothing better than to see him and the Red Sox fall flat on their face