Another edition of (somewhat) quick links…
Bob Ryan has a look at Bill Belichick, who had himself quite a press conference yesterday, ending with a nice zinger to the reporters gather. Ryan says Belichick has certainly grown and changed from his days in Cleveland. He enjoys a good joke here and there, and a few players give glimpses of that. If you look at the pres conference transcript, you gotta wonder though if that was the “B” pool of reporters. Where do they come up with some of those questions? Michael Felger has a look at Rodney Harrison, who has been a hit with the team right from the start. Carolyn Thornton has an article on Tedy Bruschi, coming off the best regular season of his career. Glen Farley has a look at Mike Vrabel. Rich Thompson has Vrabel giving credit to Romeo Crennel. Michael Parente looks at the recent success in the running game for the Patriots. Mike Reiss looks at Charlie Weis’ hiring of a high powered agent and whether that will help him achieve his goal of being a head coach in the NFL. Alan Greenberg says that if Crennel leaves, his replacement could be 32-year-old Eric Mangini. Michael Smith also looks at who the replacements from within could be. Steve Buckley’s pay column tells us that the Patriots players are saying all the right things. Howard Bryant’s pay column looks at these “New” New England Patriots. He tells us:
In a micro sense, the Patriots merely are this season's powerhouse now trying to complete the title quest. Taking a longer view, the Patriots have entered the early stages of something major - completely reinventing the franchise. The result is a new world order unseen by many a sports team.
He goes on to tells us that the old days of futility under Pat Patriots are a thing of the past. Parente’s notebook leads with a look at the AFC. Felger’s notebook looks at the Dolphins (apparently futile) interest in Scott Pioli. Thornton’s notebook says there is plenty of work to be done before the next game.
Gordon Edes recounts the events that led to the death…or should we say coma… of the ARod to Boston deal. (and the downfall of the Boston Dirt Dogs website.)
Mark Blaudschun looks at former Pats coach Pete Carroll, happy to be on the West coast, and Pete admits that it’s where he should stay. He wasn’t meant for New England. Mike Shalin looks at tonight’s B.C./Colorado San Francisco bowl. (10:30, ESPN2) Michael Vega looks at some similarities between the two teams.
The Celtics links…or should I say link…can be found at Fox Sports Net New England.
The Bruins aren’t worth linking to…
There may be links in this space tomorrow on New Years day. There may not be. You’ll have to come to find out.