A Few Afternoon Links

Just a few afternoon links and Super Bowl breakdowns. First David Scott has a Friday edition of Scott’s Shots, with a look at Super Bowl articles, Ken Powers and the state of the Union. Other media columns…Bill Griffith talks with Joe Buck, who has never seen the Patriots in person. John Howell also has a piece featuring Buck. Jim Baker looks ahead to the programming schedule for Super Bowl Sunday. Andrew Neff looks at a busy weekend for Maine sports fans.

Football Outsiders (mentioned in the Wall Street Journal today) has a Super Bowl preview and does their usual terrific job with it. They’re picking the Patriots. The lads over at Cold Hard Football Facts also has a preview of the game and between those two articles, it’s fairly hard to make a case for the Eagles. Still, anything can happen. Over on SI.com, Bills coach Mike Mularkey takes a shot at breaking down the matchup.

Mike Reiss had a piece today with David Patten and Christian Fauria giving us a “day in the life” during Super Bowl week. He also has a recap of this morning’s Bill Belichick press conference. Reiss’ blog reports on the Patriots signing OL Billy Yates to the 53 man roster, and Corey Dillon being named to the Pro Bowl to replace Edgerrin James. Over at the Globe, Bob Ryan had a feature on linebacker/safety Don Davis, who had the following to say about his initial views on coming to New England.

"I said, `I ain't gonna play for the Patriots. It's New England. It's cold. And that coach had a reputation. Hard-nosed. Tough practices. Didn't treat the players well.' "

And now that he has been here for two full seasons?

"Every myth I had was totally blown out of the water," he declares. "Now I can't imagine playing anywhere else."

So much for that reputation. Dan Shaughnessy compares the Eagles to the Red Sox, going up against the mighty Patriots and their “totally spoiled” fans. Alan Greenberg has a good story about how Belichick has used depth to build this Patriots team into champions.

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