Mike Reiss talks with Dan Reeves, Mark Whipple and Otis Smith about the Patriots/Giants Super Bowl matchup. Tony Massarotti say that upon closer inspection, it appears that the Patriots had this running game all along. He also takes a quick look by the numbers at the Patriots running backs. Michael David Smith on Football Outsiders analyzes the Patriots running game a little deeper. Robert Lee examines how the Patriots have focused on playing the full 60 minutes this season, all season, and how that isn’t likely to change for the final game. An unattributed story in the Eagle Tribune looks at Laurence Maroney as seen by his college coaches at Minnesota.
The injury that required Tom Brady to wear a protective boot and cause such a stir yesterday is apparently not a huge deal, according to Reiss, who reports that the Patriots quarterback has a high ankle sprain, though it is minor in nature. Karen Guregian also proclaims the injury as minor after consulting with a source. David Heuschkel also runs down all that we know about the Brady ankle. John Tomase says that Patriots fans can breathe again, Brady is going to be fine. In the Herald, Jessica Fargen explains a high ankle sprain and what the prognosis is for Brady.
Lenny Megliola writes that the Patriots rely on young and old to make them as good as they are. Chris Kennedy has the Patriots understanding that the Giants are going to be a huge challenge. Eric McHugh submits his Patriots report card for the AFC Championship game. Christopher Price looks at Kevin Faulk once again playing a key role in the Patriots success.
Nick Cafardo writes that the 1985 Patriots see a lot of themselves in this 2007 New York Giants club. Somehow, Nick involves one of his favorite sources, Pete Kendall very heavily into the story. I’m shocked that the Hendricks brothers weren’t somehow quoted. Lie Dan Shaughnessy, Bill Reynolds recalls the days when the Giants ruled New England. Mark Farinella also recalls those days, but says that the G-men likely have few fans left in the region.
Laurel J. Sweet has some Patriots season ticket holders grumbling about the Super Bowl ticket lottery and wondering if it is rigged towards the “high rollers” somehow.
Reiss’ notebook has Super Bowl preparation becoming old hat for the Patriots, who know exactly how they want to do things over the next two weeks. Lee’s notebook takes a look at the ankle situation for Brady.
Brutal. That’s one way to describe the Bruins play against Montreal last night, as they dropped their ninth straight game to the Canadiens, 8-2. Fluto Shinzawa and Steve Conroy report on the futility for the Bruins.
Kevin Paul Dupont has Patrice Bergeron returning from a week long vacation in Aruba, and getting ready to attempt a light workout once again. Shinzawa’s notebook and Conroy’s notebook have Tim Thomas being named to the Eastern conference All Star squad.
Steve Bulpett has Doc Rivers stressing the importance of his club keeping their poise and composure, especially as team after team challenges them. Scott Souza has more from Rivers on wishing to put a muzzle on the trash talk. Marc J. Spears has Paul Pierce saying that the referee in the Knicks game who ejected him overreacted. Bulpett’s notebook has Pierce hoping that he and Ray Allen can join Kevin Garnett on the All Star team.
Michael Silverman has veteran right-handed relief pitchers Dan Miceli and Dan Kolb signing minor league deals with the Red Sox. Scott Van Voorhis reports that the Red Sox will be wearing EMC patches during the season-opening games in Japan.
Join us for the Sox return to the US, as they open the main part of the regular season in Oakland, including the A’s home opener (You’re almost guaranteed to see Josh Beckett pitch one of those games) on the BSMW Travel Club trip to the games.