At a little past 4:00 yesterday, Boston.com started reporting the news that Jim O’Brien had resigned as coach of the Celtics. It took a little while for the sports radio stations to catch up, understandable since WEEI was all in Houston, WWZN (the flagship station of the Celtics radio broadcasts) which has been able to break a couple Celtics-related stories this season already, had to be alerted to the news by a caller. Quite the event to happen during SuperBowl week. All the relevant links are at Fox Sports Net New England.
I’m not sure it’s possible to link every single story from the papers this morning. There are that many out there. Yesterday was media day, and the eager writers finally got their chance to speak with the assistant coaches of the Patriots. Michael Felger gives us a little bit of background on several of the Patriot assistants. Jim Donaldson looks at Romeo Crennel, who doesn’t give into the frustration of not being able to land a head coaching job. Bob Ryan talks with Charlie Weis about his disappointment after he thought he “nailed” his interviews. Michael Smith chats with assistant head coach and offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia. Mike Reiss also has an article on Scarnecchia. Another guy that you don’t hear from too much is Ted Washington. The Pats nose tackle doesn’t enjoy speaking with the media, but had to be out there yesterday. Nick Cafardo has a look at Washington, his views on being in the Super Bowl and why he dislikes reporters so much. Alan Greenberg and Michael Parente and Kevin Mannix also write about big Ted having his say. Lenny Megliola wonders what Bill Parcells is thinking about the Patriots and Bill Belichick now. Tom Curran looks at the Patriots no-name offensive line. Karen Guregian says Tedy Bruschi will likely play on Sunday. Nick Cafardo says that today’s practice will be the big test for Bruschi.
John Tomase says that these Patriots are built to win. Michael Parente says Crennel and Charlie Weis are being hurt by their own team’s success. Bill Burt has a look at Mike Vrabel. Kevin Mannix speaks with an unnamed AFC coach who says the Patriots should beat the Panthers. Jim Donaldson says Tom Jackson was wrong. Del Jones says the Patriots look good on paper. Bob Stern tells us what any New England sports fan knows…the Patriots are the anti-Red Sox. Carolyn Thornton looks at the intensity and drive of Tedy Bruschi. Michael Gee says Tom Brady is uncomfortable with comparisons to Joe Montana. Glen Farley writes about an emotional trip to Houston for Bobby Hamilton. Thornton also looks at the Zoo which is Media Day. Karen Guregian says Tom Brady’s dad knows the difference between his son and Joe Montana. John Powers says that Bob Kraft is taking the time to enjoy this SuperBowl. Howard Bryant looks at the Patriots receivers. Gus Martins writes about the tight ends, who hope to avoid the drops that have plagued them the last few weeks.
Smith’s notebook has Crennel and Weis not worrying about things they cannot control. Parente’s notebook leads with Tedy Bruschi saying he’ll do everything possible to ensure that he can play on Sunday. The ProJo notebook has more from big Ted Washington. Felger’s notebook has Tom Brady ducking the comparisons to Joe Montana.
There may be more links about the Panthers in today’s Boston papers than about the Patriots.
Jim McCabe says that Kris Jenkins might be the best defensive lineman in the game. Tim Weisberg can’t find any Panthers fans around the SouthCoast. Mike Reiss has a look at Panthers Tight Ends coach Dave Magazu, who coached with Boston College prior to moving to Carolina. Dan Shaughnessy loves “He Hate Me”. Somehow that makes a whole lot of sense. Steven Krasner says the Panthers front four will be very tough on the Patriots and Tom Brady. Ron Hobson says that these “running” Panthers have a couple really good receivers as well. Krasner’s notebook says Jermaine Wiggins has no hard feelings towards the Patriots. Joe Burris has a look at Wiggins’ OC in Carolina, former BC coach Dan Henning. Dan Ventura looks at a loyal Pats fan who will be cheering for Jermaine Wiggins.
George Kimball writes about Ricky Proehl, continuing his streak of odd year Super Bowl appearances. Peter May writes about Carolina owner Jerry Richardson. Rich Thompson says Muhsin Muhammad is looking forward to playing the Patriots physical cornerbacks. McCabe’s notebook says all the Panthers are rookies in this game. Dan Ventura says that Steve Smith will have a big role on Sunday. Steve Buckley says Jake Delhomme is Seabiscuit. Kimball’s notebook looks at Ricky Manning Jr.
Bruins tied the Islanders last night, 2-2 on a late goal by P.J. Axelsson. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell and Stephen Harris have the details. Harris’ notebook looks at the return of the three-point line for the Bruins. Marrapese-Burrell’s notebook looks at how Carl Corazzini is dealing with his friends and family since joining the Bruins.
FSNNE has Celtics/Pistons at 7:00. ESPN has NC State/UNC at 7:00 and Kings/Rockets at 9:00. ESPN2 has Flyers/Panthers at 7:00.