Just The Links…

Alan Greenberg says that the Patriots fear only one thing…losing the Super Bowl. It’s a motivating force for them to succeed. Micheal Felger says that just like three years ago, Mike Vrabel and Willie McGinest will have a big role in this Super Bowl, this time knocking around Brian Westbrook. Dan Shaughnessy has an article on Tom Brady, who plans to cut his hair sometime before the Super Bowl. Slow week for stories, huh? Kevin Mannix also looks at Brady, who is as astounded by his success the last four years as anyone. Nick Tavares compares Brady to other athletes who have climbed out of their sick bed to perform big. Michael Parente looks at the Eagles expressing their admiration for the Patriots quarterback, and how they plan to play against him.

Michael Vega and Shalise Manza Young have a look at Rosevelt Colvin, who is looking forward to being able to participate in the Super Bowl this time around. Ian M Clark looks at the six Patriots that are heading to their fourth Super Bowl together. Steve Buckley (subscription only) looks at how all the Patriots and in this instance Rodney Harrison give the media and opposition no bulletin board material. Buckley laments towards the end of the column:

Some controversy would be nice. Perhaps Belichick could pull a Tuna and put it out there that he's going to slide himself out of his contract and coach another team next year. A watered-down version of this did, indeed, take place earlier in the week when a TV guy intimated that Belichick planned to retire if the Pats beat the Eagles in the Super Bowl.

He doesn’t name Jim Nantz, but notes that the story had no legs. But still, pining away for controversy. I don’t like it. Jim Fennel says that the Patriots may not be talking about T.O., but they’re preparing for him. Chris Kennedy has a very similar article, as does Michael Gee in a subscription only column. Tim Weisberg looks at the Patriots not being respected as far as Pro Bowl selections. Gerry Callahan (subscription only) writes about the issue of Donovan McNabb, Rush Limbaugh and race, a subject that also dominated the Dennis and Callahan radio show this morning. Lenny Megliola says that Adam Vinatieri is the best. Gee, that’s swell.

Felger’s notebook says that February 6th could spell the end of the line for Roman Phifer. Curran’s notebook has Brady uncomfortable with his growing fame. Kennedy’s notebook looks at the Patriots preparations this week. Vega’s notebook says that the Patriots preparations have focused mainly on limiting Donovan McNabb. Parente’s notebook looks at the Pats silence regarding Terrell Owens.

Eagles Stuff

Tom E Curran recalls the rough day that Donovan McNabb had the last time he faced the Patriots in a game that counted in the standings. Jim McCabe looks at the passion for the Eagles in Philadelphia. Chris Snow says that Terrell Owens could be risking a whole lot of money should he take the field on Super Sunday. Nick Cafardo looks at Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, a Massachusetts native, former Patriots season ticket holder, and huge Red Sox fan. Michael Parente has an article on how Jeremiah Trotter finds himself back in Philadelphia and playing a huge role in their success. George Kimball also has a subscription only article on Trotter.

Kimball’s notebook says at least a few of the Eagles are used to playing in Jacksonville. Snow’s notebook looks at Brian Westbrook’s contributions to the Eagles’ success.

You can check out the Philadelphia view of things in the Super Bowl section of Philly.com, which has articles from both daily newspapers in the city.

Doc’s Dilemma

Mark Murphy looks at how Doc Rivers is trying to balance playing the youngsters with playing the veterans. Carolyn Thornton reports on Tony Allen, who will be playing in the rookie game during All Star Weekend. Shira Springer has a brief report on Al Jefferson’s injury. Stan Grossfeld has a feature on streetballers.

Future of the Sox

Gordon Edes looks at how 11 of the Red Sox top prospects were given a special orientation and training course this week. Jeff Horrigan says that Hanley Ramirez and Kelly Shoppach remain hopeful about playing in Boston despite the team signing players who play the same spots as they do to multiyear deals this offseason. Horrigan also has an update on Manny Delcarmen. Johnny Damon was in Providence yesterday and Laura Meade Kirk reports on the reception the Red Sox centerfielder received.

Media

Bill Griffith ponders the future of Bob Neumeier, whose contract with WEEI expires on February 10th. Griffith wonders if something on the national level is in the card for Neumy. David Scott has Sunday Night leftovers; Streetball and even a mention or two of the Red Parrot. Andrew Neff looks at how postseason runs often leave some fans out in the cold when it comes to listening to the play by play calls of the local broadcasters. A problem especially in rural areas such as up in Maine.

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