12.14.05 Afternoon

I apologize for the lack of an AM update today. Just one of those days.

Here’s a few highlights from today:

Eric McHugh has a look at another solid season from the Patriots offensive line, led by Dante Scarnecchia. Michael Felger has his Patriots Insider. Steve Buckley has a mini-feature on Patriots rookie Ellis Hobbs. Glen Farley has a good look at Rosevelt Colvin, who finally feels that he is at top speed and the top of his game.

Mike Reiss’ mailbag this week is broken into two pieces. Here’s part one and then part two. He also has his frequently updated Reiss’ Pieces.

You can get a look at the Tampa Bay Locker Room quotes from yesterday, as they give their thoughts on the Patriots and this Saturday’s game. Ira Kaufman has a look back at the snow bowl/tuck rule and what impact it has had on the league. Nick Cafardo has a look at Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. Michael Parente also looks at the Tampa defense.

Steve Bulpett and Jackie MacMullan look at what faces any team that should acquire Ron Artest. Bob Ryan has the second part of his series about the modern NBA and how it is bouncing back.

Other Links:

Michael Hiestand notes that there will be no Bowl games played on New Years Day, and what that means for the networks.

Dan Shaughnessy Watch – Some great quotes from Dan over the years.

Sheriff Sully – Holding a fund drive and preparing for a blogging marathon on Friday.

Mark Jurkowitz – a look at the Globe management reshuffling. Jerry Kronenberg and Brett Arends in the Herald also report on the Globe’s struggles.

Jim Williams talks to Mark Cuban about media, the internet and the future of sports coverage.

The Boston Globe Ombudsman is now blogging.