Yesterday was really the second media day, as this time it was at the team hotels, rather than at the stadium.
On Patriots Daily, Christopher Price has a look at why people shouldn’t make snap judgments about Bill Belichick and Tom Coughlin. He also has five things to look for this week.
Gerry Callahan says that win or lose, good or bad, the Patriots will make history on Sunday. I’ve got a few Super Bowl storylines you’re not reading over in the Metro. Josh Egerman has Tedy Bruschi talking about how special this Super Bowl is to him. The AP has the head of the National Institute of Sports Reform – who just happens to be a Giants fan and season ticket holder, saying that the Patriots records this season should be marked with an asterisk.
Bob Hohler has the family of Marquise Hill still struggling to come to terms with his death. Shalise Manza Young has more on Hill, who, shortly before he died, told Randall Gay that the Patriots would win the Super Bowl this year.
Rob Bradford has a mini-feature on offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia, who has coached 24 season with the Patriots, and still has the zeal for the job to come in at 3:00 am most days. Jackie MacMullan also checks in with a profile of “Scar.” Farinella has more on the longtime Patriots offensive line coach who is a father figure to some of his players. Jim Donaldson has more on Scarnecchia, who will be 60 in two weeks, but shows no signs of slowing down.
Karen Guregian has Laurence Maroney getting some love from Barry Sanders. Mark Farinella has Maroney feeling right at home in this week of hype. Kevin Paul Dupont looks at the importance of Kevin Faulk to the Patriots. Rich Garven says that the Patriots running game has picked up the pace after a slow start to the season.
Mike Reiss has Chad Johnson saying that he’d love to play for the Patriots. John Tomase outlines the 19 steps to perfection that the Patriots will have taken if they can win on Sunday. Robert Lee has a look at the challenge that the Patriots secondary will face on Sunday. Tony Massarotti says that comparing the Giants to the 2001 Patriots is a flawed argument. Jeff Goldberg looks at New York in an unfamiliar role as an underdog to Boston in a sports rivalry.
Christopher L. Gasper has a look at Matt Light, who makes humor a big part of his life. Nick Tavares has Matt keeping things Light. Young looks at the offensive line, which has quite a protection racket going. David Heuschkel checks in with the Pats defensive line. Tavares says that Jarvis Green shouldn’t be overlooked
Steve Buckley has Tom Brady talking about the fact that he knows that Eli Manning is getting advice from big brother Peyton this week. Tomase looks at the Giants tactics of being the Men in Black at the Super Bowl, and what effect it has on the Patriots. Dan Shaughnessy says that Plaxico Burress’ prediction just gives the Patriots another score to settle. Heuschkel says that the Patriots have just shrugged off the prediction from Plaxico.
Michael Vega examines the Patriots’ strategy on kickoff coverage. Guregian notes that Brady’s ankle was not on the injury list yesterday. She also has Moss talking about why he isn’t a member of the Green Bay Packers right now. David Brown says that the Patriots will have plenty of work to do this offseason.
Bradford has a quick look at Stephen Neal and his wrestling background. Rich Garven has more on Neal, who is past the individual glory and focused on team success now. Egerman has Neal going from the mat to the field in his career. Buckley checks in with Matt Cassel, who is ready to step in at QB whenever he is called upon. Brown has more on Cassel, who feared he’d never get a shot at the NFL after being a college backup. Hector Longo looks at the Super Bowl long snappers. Dan Ventura has a look at Kelley Washington, who has been huge on special teams for the Patriots this year. Chris Kennedy has James Sanders stepping into the role of safety which was thought to have been Eugene Wilson’s to keep.
Guregian’s notebook has the wacky Donte’ Stallworth setting ground rules for Super Bowl week with his alter ego, Nicco. Gasper’s notebook has more on Brady’s ankle, and notes the Bruschi retirement rumors. Farinella’s notebook has Moss talking about his desire to stay in New England. Heuschkel’s notebook also has Moss hoping to retire as a Patriot. Toland’s notebook has Brandon Meriweather living a dream as a rookie in the Super Bowl. Egerman’s notebook has Brady’s ankle not even getting a mention on the injury report.
Jennifer Toland has Grafton native Steve Spagnuolo trying to come up with a plan to beat the Patriots. Steve Conroy examines the Giants 1-2 punch at running back in Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw. Jim McCabe has a look at offensive lineman David Diehl, who has played all over the line in his five seasons with the Giants. Dom Amore looks at the wounded veteran who has been an inspiration to the Giants this season.
Ventura checks in with former Patriot Grey Ruegamer, now with the Giants. John Powers has Bradshaw overcoming a troubled past to get on the right track with the Giants. Shawn Courchesne paints Tom Coughlin as an organizational man.
Ventura has Plaxico Burress still talking a good game yesterday. Mark Blaudschun checks out the Giants secondary. Bradford has Donovan McNabb offering some advice to Eli Manning for playing against a Belichick defense in the Super Bowl. Amore has a pair of Southern Connecticut alums having a big influence on Eli Manning.
Conroy’s notebook has a look at Giants rookie tight end Kevin Boss. McCabe’s notebook has Burress showing up late yesterday, but sticking by his prediction. Amore’s notebook has Burress sitting out practice yesterday as well.
There’s a pretty big game at the Garden tonight as the Celtics take on the Dallas Mavericks. Marc J. Spears says that the Mavs are happy to hand the bulls-eye that has been on their back over to the Celtics. Check the rest of the Celtics coverage at CelticsLinks.com
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