Patriots/Colts Prep Heating Up

In this week’s edition of Media Blitz, John Molori talks to Adam Schein of Sirius NFL Radio about his job, and gets his thoughts on the playoff action.

Bob Ryan pictures Boston’s greatest athletes of all time preparing to welcome Tom Brady into their exclusive club. Members Ted Williams, Bill Russell, Bobby Orr and Larry Bird are making room as we speak for Brady.

Michael Felger writes that the Patriots need to focus on stopping Marvin Harrison this Sunday, has a look at the suddenly good Indy defense, and Bill Polian running his mouth already. Mike Reiss talks to a number of NFL assistants to get their thoughts on the Colts and what the Patriots should be concerned about this Sunday in Indianapolis.

John Tomase talks to former Patriots Bobby Hamilton and Joe Andruzzi about what the Patriots approach is likely to be this week. Shalise Manza Young notes that this is going to be a matchup of strength against strength. Chris Kennedy lists reasons each team has to be confident coming into Sunday. Kennedy mentions the Colts “could join an impressive list of teams which overcame a nemesis, shook off an albatross.” He lists the ’81-’82 76ers finally beating the Celtics as an example. However, Philadelphia had beaten the Celtics in the playoffs just two years before…in Larry Bird’s rookie reason, so I’m not sure they’re a good example. A better one would be the Pistons of the late 80’s defeating the Celtics or the Bulls of the early 90’s defeating the Pistons.

Albert Breer examines four areas in which the Patriots need to improve from the last time these clubs met. Hector Longo says that the Patriots are facing the Colts at just the right time. Ron Hobson says that the Patriots are now in for the toughest part of the post-season trifecta that leads to the Super Bowl. Tomase also has a look at the last six meetings between the Colts and Patriots.

Tony Massarotti attempts a mailbag of emails received because of his coverage of the Patriots. His responses read pretty much like how Shaughnessy would write, so if that’s your goal Tony, you’re well on your way. Plus, instead of writing about the game this week, (It’s only the AFC Championship after all) you get to write about yourself…Shaughnessy would be very proud. Mark Farinella is very disappointed in LaDainian Tomlinson.

Reiss’ notebook has punter Todd Sauerbrun feeling good about how he’s been received by his new teammates.

Colts

Rich Garven lists five reasons why the Colts are going to beat the Patriots on Sunday. Christopher L Gasper has Colts fans gearing up for “the biggest single game in Indianapolis sports history.” Alan Greenberg tries to figure out how the Colts defense has suddenly improved so much. Michael Parente looks at the Colts suddenly coming up with a defense and reliable kicker to supplement Peyton Manning.

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Got an extra $10,000 burning a hole in your pocket? You and a friend can fly with the Patriots to Indy, have accommodations and tickets to the game. Bruce Mohl has the details.

Celtics

Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics plethora of injuries has killed some of the unrealistic expectations that people might’ve had for the team, and gives them a chance to develop some of their key young players. Some guy named Bruce Allen says that player development is what the Celtics should really be playing for on the FSN Nothing But Net blog. Shira Springer has coach Doc Rivers seeking small victories with his club. Mike Fine notes that this Celtics team has been injured like no other, is incredibly young, but still refuses to pack it in as they keep playing hard. Mike Petraglia has a look at rookie Allan Ray, who has opened some eyes with his play after getting a chance to contribute.

Bruins

Kevin Paul Dupont offers up a feature of sorts on the revived art of stopping shots at all costs in the NHL, a somewhat lost art over the years. Players throwing themselves in front of slap shots has actually seen a comeback in the new NHL. Stephen Harris has former Boston College defenseman Bobby Allen eager for his chance with the Bruins after being recalled from Providence on Monday. Fluto Shinzawa’s notebook has more on Allen.

Boston College

Michael Vega and Mark Murphy report on Boston College’s 82-63 win over Miami last night. Lenny Megliola also has a story on the game.

Nick Cafardo has an update-but-no-update on the J.D. Drew contract.