Brady a No-Show at Practice

On Patriots Daily, we enlist the help of old friend Albert Breer in breaking down the Giants three playoff games.

Mike Reiss has the Patriots choosing to let Tom Brady rest his sore ankle and not participate in practice yesterday. Karen Guregian has Brady as the invisible man at practice yesterday, as his clothes were spotted in his locker, but the QB was nowhere to be seen on the practice field. Jennifer Toland says that Bill Belichick was not offering details on Brady’s ankle. Mark Farinella says that the boot was not spotted at Gillette yesterday. Neither was Brady. Dan Shaughnessy says that Brady will start in the Super Bowl, but that we should all prepare for a lot of nonsense and speculation between now and then. Jeff Jacobs notes that we’re dealing with “paparazzi journalism” when it comes to Tom Brady. Christopher Price has the Patriots keeping quiet on Brady. Mike Lowe says we probably won’t ever learn the extent of Brady’s injury. David Brown compares Brady’s boot to when Cinderella lost her glass slipper.

Michael Felger examines how what the Patriots have done this decade is more impressive than the Cowboys of the 90’s, and also goes 10 questions with former Pats tight end Christian Fauria. Douglas Flynn says that the game could come down to the Giants’ soaring confidence against the Patriots’ experience. Joe McDonald examines how Adalius Thomas has actually been a perfect fit for this Patriots defense. Jeff Horrigan looks at the size advantage that Plaxico Burress enjoys over Ellis Hobbs and what the Patriots cornerback plans to do to try and counter it. Farinella notes that Mel Mitchell was placed on IR yesterday, leaving the Patriots an open roster spot.

Michael Vega looks at the Patriots having to deal with a lot of “cheap” talk over the course of the entire season. John Tomase has more on this topic, with the Patriots deciding to leave the talking to others. He also specifically addresses Richard Seymour‘s situation with San Diego center Nick Hardwick. Price looks at whether the Patriots just play ‘hard’ ball with their opponents. Jennifer Toland has more on the allegations against the Patriots. David Heuschkel has Matt Light choosing not to comment on Osi Umenyiora’s allegations that he played dirty. Chris Kennedy has Seymour disputing the dirty play charge from Hardwick. David Brown has more on the “cheap” talk about the Patriots. Jeff Howe and Farinella have more on Seymour defending himself.

Bob Hohler has a piece on Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes, who has been through some tough stretches both professionally and personally. Steve Buckley has Tom Coughlin trying to get his Giants to stay quiet during this two week period, and just focus on the game, and playing as a team, Bill Russell-style. Dom Amore says that the Giants aren’t satisfied with just being in the Super Bowl. Sarah Green says that the Giants could make this an epic game.

Jessica Heslam profiles Patriots fans and Giants fans and finds that the New England supporters are “smarter, classier and healthier and own pricier homes than the riff-raff who root for the New York Giants.”

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has WBZ-TV touting its Super Bowl coverage and access over the next week.

The Globe notebook has Belichick praising the Giants for their playoff improvements and talking about his relationship with Tom Coughlin. Guregian’s notebook has Randy Moss talking about his web site about what the Super Bowl means to him, and she also has Rodney Harrison dispensing advice to the younger players. McDonald’s notebook has more on Brady’s absence from practice. Flynn’s notebook also has the Patriots keeping Brady’s injury under wraps. Toland’s notebook has the Patriots gettting a sendoff at Gillette Stadium as they depart for Arizona. The Standard-Times notebook has Seymour seeing some of the ’01 Pats in these Giants. Flynn’s notebook provides us with some reading material leading up to the Super Bowl.

Celtics

It’s reunion night at the Garden, as the Celtics host the Minnesota Timberwolves, who boast six former Celtics on their roster, mostly notably Al Jefferson and Antoine Walker. It will also be Kevin Garnett’s first regular season game against his old team.

Marc J. Spears and Steve Bulpett have Garnett viewing this as just another game for all involved. Mike Szostak has Garnett just thinking about the present, not the past, as the Wolves come to town. Bill Reynolds says that he never realized just how great Garnett truly is.

Binyamin Appelbaum reports how Celtics fans can make playoff reservations right now. Bulpett’s notebook has Jefferson’s star rising in Minnesota, while Spears’ notebook has Garnett topping the polls in the All Star balloting and being named a starter for the East.

The Bruins were 4-1 winners over the Islanders last night. Check the coverage at BruinsLinks.com.

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.