A plethora of links today, do try and keep up.
Ron Hobson recounts some Patriots history in Houston, from the early days of the AFL. Kevin Mannix says that the decision to start Eugene Wilson at safety was the turning point in the Patriots season. Tom Curran says the Patriots are well aware of the threat and danger that the Carolina defense poses. Mike Reiss looks at the long road traveled by Bobby Hamilton to Houston. In another interesting Bio of the Patriots head coach, Alan Greenberg says that Bill Belichick is just a Bred Winner. Why does the media complain that he is dull and not a story? I can’t read enough about the guy. Michael Holley looks at Romeo Crennel, passed over for a head coaching job once again. Michael Felger also looks at Crennel and Charlie Weis being bypassed. Dan Ventura says the Patriots players a disappointed for the coaches, but also want to have them back for next year. John Powers writes that Belichick does not tolerate slipups, on or off the field. Another Patriot with Texas ties is David Givens who played high school football within an easy commute of where Reliant Stadium now stands. Michael Smith says Ted Johnson will be a big factor Sunday as a run stopper. Karen Guregian looks at the Patriots young players, soaking in this experience.
Mike Reiss says that Houston is ready and pumped to host the SuperBowl. Eric McHugh has the story of Given’s homecoming. Hector Longo looks at the quarterback destruction left in the wake of the Patriots defense. Michael Parente looks at Troy Brown, who doesn’t take anything granted in his career. Jon Couture looks at the Patriots decade-by-decade. Gus Martins has a look at Eugene Wilson. Mark Farinella writes about experiencing the Super Bowl for the fourth time. He recalls Will McDonough vouching for him in 1986 so that he could simply get into the game. Martins says that Mike Vrabel will get plenty of attention in this game. Tom Mooney looks at how little-used Mike Cloud is preparing for the game. Rich Thompson looks at the amazing rookie class of 2003. A group Ron Borges insisted last Friday on WWZN only deserves a “C-” for a grade. Martins also has a look at rookie center Dan Koppen.
George Kimball looks at the effect that having two members of the team diagnosed with cancer this season has had on the Carolina panthers. Michael Parente has a look at Stephen Davis, unwanted after last season, but having a monster year this season. Jeff Jacobs looks at Panthers linebacker Dan Morgan. Ron Borges looks at an ex-sportswriter turned Panthers GM. Bob Ryan wonders if Jake Delhomme will be the secret weapon for the Panthers. John Altavilla has another look at Delhomme. Joe Burris has a look at Panthers right guard Kevin Donnalley. Altavilla’s notebook looks at receiver Muhsin Muhammad. Kimball’s notebook says that Davis will be a full speed for Sunday. The Globe Panther’s notebook has more on Davis.
Parente’s notebook looks at no more head coaching jobs available for Crennel and Weis. Greenberg’s notebook also looks at that topic. Curran’s notebook says that regardless of the outcome, you’re likely to see some big hits on Sunday. Felger’s notebook reveals that Bill Belichick owns season tickets to the Panthers. Cafardo’s notebook looks at the Raiders hiring Norv Turner.
If you’re in Southern New England and have Cox cable, Andy Smith says don’t plan on watching the game on HDTV. Glen Farley has a profile of Patriots radio voice Gil Santos. Bill Griffith looks at HBO’s documentary on the first Super Bowl, and has Howard Bryant reacting to D&C’s attack on him last week.
Bob Hohler says reports on the conditioning and health of Pedro Martinez are encouraging. Jeff Horrigan says that Dale Sveum has emerged as the leading candidate for the position of third base coach for the Red Sox.
Celtics links are, as always, at Fox Sports Net New England.
Mark Blaudschun reports on Rick Pitino going on indefinite medical leave.
NESN has Bruins/Islanders at 7:00. ESPN and ESPN2 will have College Hoops. WBZ4 continues its Super Bowl special at 7:00.