Unfortunately, I do not have the time to do a real version of links this morning. Here’s a quickie.
We need to get Dan Shaughnessy away from the Red Sox a bit more. His column this morning on Bill Belichick and the column he wrote last year for the NY Times is a good one. Kevin Mannix says that defense is the common denominator between the Patriots and Panthers. Tom Curran says that the Carolina offense provides some unique challenges for the Patriots defense. Even though his Globe colleague Ron Borges insists the Patriots 2003 draft class only deserves a C- grade, Michael Smith is very impressed with the standout rookies the Patriots have plugged into their lineup this year. Michael Felger writes about Ted Johnson and his dad. Sean Smith wraps up the 2003 season, game-by-game. Jim Donaldson examines the staying power of Dante Scarnecchia. Mike Reiss says that while the numbers of Tom Brady and Jake Delhomme may not be dazzling, these QB’s are winners. Eric McHugh says that Ted Washington uses his hands more than his bulk while working in the trenches. Steve Buckley writes about the Krafting of a winner. Nick Cafardo looks at the Patriots receiving corps, standing tall. Reiss writes about Belichick revamped. Elsewhere, Ian M Clark says the six Patriots that are making their third SuperBowl appearance with the club are enjoying the experience. Tim Weisberg wonders if the Patriots have the ingredients to create a dynasty. Felger’s notebook has Tedy Bruschi saying that he will play on Sunday.
The Celtics made their debut under interim head coach John Carroll and lost 106-103. The links are at Fox Sports New New England, and there are a number of interest, including Jim O’Brien speaking out and a piece from Jackie MacMullan wondering about Danny Ainge’s vision for the future.