Yes, the buzzword is still “blueprint.” Right up there is “aura.”
Over on Patriots Daily, Christopher Price examines how 83 seems to be Tom Brady’s lucky number, first with Deion Branch and now Wes Welker. He also has five things to look for this week, and a stat and quote of the week from Inside Gillette.
Michael Felger has his Patriots report card, and notes that if any team needed the Eagles game plan as a blueprint for beating the Patriots, then their scouts haven’t been doing their homework this season. Ian M. Clark also turns in his grades on the Philly game.
John Tomase doesn’t actually use the word “blueprint” in his column today of how the Eagles nearly beat the Patriots, but the headline writer tossed the word atop Tomase’s article for good measure. Mark Farinella tells us that the Patriots have lost their “aura of invulnerability” after Sunday night. David Heuschkel says that the “aura of invincibility” no longer seems to surround the Patriots. Shalise Manza Young considers the Eagles’ game plan against the Patriots and whether the “blueprint” will be copied by other teams. Bill Reynolds says that the game did take away some of the Pats’ “aura of invincibility,” but says that it is a good thing for the team.
Douglas Flynn says that the Patriots “aura of invincibility” is no longer quite so strong. Clark sneaks in a blueprint reference when he writes about how the Patriots survived a perfect storm on Sunday night. Glen Farley says that Andy Reid may have dropped a blueprint for beating ‘‘the untouchables.’’ AP writer Jim Litke tells us that Bill Belichick will make the “blueprint” irrelevant.
Rich Garven manages neither a blueprint or aura reference in his column today, (what’s wrong with this guy? He’s not following the script!) where he makes the point that the Patriots haven’t lost their ability to close out close games. Hector Longo also bucks the trend and uses neither word in his two minute drill wrapup of Sunday night. It must’ve been an Eagle-Tribune edict to stay away from the chosen buzzwords, as Bill Burt managed to go without them as well. Dan Pires says that come from behind wins as this one and the Indianapolis game only add to the Patriots confidence.
Karen Guregian says that Asante Samuel continues to pile up the potential free agent dollars with every interception he makes. Eric McHugh has Samuel salvaging an otherwise dreadful night for the secondary. Christopher L. Gasper has Adalius Thomas putting his seven seasons with the Ravens – and his much publicized feud with Ray Lewis from earlier this season – behind him as he prepares to return to Baltimore on Monday night. Guregian also says that Thomas considers the subject closed when it comes to Lewis. Ron Hobson has Wes Welker enjoying a career night against the Eagles.
Guregian’s notebook has Randall Gay not planning on missing the Monday night game despite the back problems that flared up in the Philly game. The Globe notebook avoids the word “blueprint,” but they too discuss whether other teams will copy the Eagles’ game plan in the future. Flynn’s notebook looks at the nice game from Jabar Gaffney on Sunday. Farley’s notebook has 20 Patriots now having scored touchdowns this season.
The Bruins beat the Flyers last night 6-3, but had another one of their players injured by a cheap shot from a Philadelphia player. Kevin Paul Dupont has the account of the game and of defenseman Andrew Alberts getting injured. Rich Thompson notes that the Bruins offense was a thing of beauty on an ugly night in Philly.
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Edes’ notebook has the Red Sox reporting a couple of days early for spring training – in part to prepare for the trip to Japan to open the season. He also reports on Dr. Charles Steinberg leaving the team to take a position with the Dodgers – an event I expected a full article to be devoted to.
Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics stars can relate to LeBron James having to carry the Cavs by himself. Peter May tells us that the small things that Scott Pollard does on the court mean a lot to the Celtics. Bulpett’s notebook has both Allens on the Celtics sitting out practice yesterday with injury, and it appears Tony will not play tonight while Ray should be available.
Mark Blaudschun says that the Boston College Eagles have a whole lot riding on their Atlantic Coast Conference championship game with Virginia Tech this Saturday. A win and they’re in the Orange Bowl, a loss and they could be relegated to a second-rate Bowl game.
Lenny Megliola has Northborough native Mike Sherman being named the head coach of Texas A&M.