The Colts are coming. Is this Peyton Manning’s year? It’s his week to be the media binky, we know that much. But then again, we also have the angle that Tom Brady could beat both the guys that beat him out for league MVP. Should be a fascinating week and game. Michael Holley does the smart thing and doesn’t focus a whole lot on the Colts just yet. Lets enjoy what this team has done and is doing. Kevin Mannix’s report card gives the fans an A+ for Saturday night. Tom Curran looks at all the seemingly small things during the course of the game that led up to victory for the Patriots. Alan Greenberg looks at a close call for the Pats. Mike Reiss looks ahead (and back) at the Colts. Ron Borges says Colts/Pats II will be a classic confrontation. Michael Smith says the Patriots are in for a fight on Sunday afternoon. Michael Parente looks at the Colts turn to come to Frosty Foxboro. Michael Felger looks at the wild ride that was the first meeting between the Colts and Patriots. Jim Donaldson drinks the Kool Aid and compares Tom Brady to Joe Montana. Gerry Callahan has a pay column saying that Tom Brady outplayed Steve McNair and will be overlooked again this week as Peyton Manning will get all the ink. Steve Buckley’s pay column is focused on how Manny Ramirez would fit in with these Patriots and different the Pats are from the Sox. Nick Cafardo looks at the unsung Bobby Hamilton. Christopher Price looks at the clutch plays that made a difference Saturday night. Ian M. Clark says it’s business as usual for the Patriots. Smith’s notebook looks at Willie McGinest being named to the Pro Bowl. Felger’s notebook looks at the Patriots injuries. Curran’s notebook looks ahead to the Colts. Parente’s notebook also looks at McGinest.
Jim McCabe has the game story of the Colts win over the Chiefs. Bob Ryan says that offensively, the Colts were perfection personified. George Kimball says Peyton Manning is a master at the line of scrimmage. McCabe says the Colts aren’t worried about the Patriots. McCabe’s notebook looks at Tony Dungy. Howard Bryant has a pay column on Donovan McNabb, who got his Eagles to yet another NFC title game. Frank Dell’Apa has the story on the game. His notebook looks at the Eagles’ kicker, David Ackers who shook off an earlier miss to tie and then win the game for the Eagles.
Kevin Paul Dupont looks at Cam Neely having his number retired tonight at the Fleet. Karen Guregian gets reaction from former teammates. Joe Gordon looks at Neely’s passion for the game. Ron Indrisano says Neely is revered by Bruins young and old. Guregian also looks at the slow start to Neely’s career and gets the reaction of other Bruins legends to having Cam join their numbers in the rafters. Stephen Harris says the Bruins aren’t going to let recent success go to their head. Harris notebook looks at the injury status of one of the Bruins few legit prospects.
The Celtics came up with a road win and continued their amazing success against the Western Conference with a 97-93 win in Houston. Links are at Fox Sports Net New England.
Bob Hohler says Kevin Millar has talked to Nomar Garciaparra about the comments he made last month when a deal for Alex Rodriguez seemed certain. Millar says all is well. Hohler also looks at the baseball writers dinner.
ESPN has college hoops with Notre Dame/Pitt at 7:00 and Syracuse/Missouri at 9:00 (In HD) ESPN2 has Penguins/Flyers at 7:30.