The Boston media is out in force in Arizona this week, but not all those who have covered the team all season are out there for the biggest game of the year.
GateHouse Media, which operates eight daily newspapers (and dozens of weekly papers) in Massachusetts, including the MetroWest Daily News, the Quincy Patriot Ledger, the Brockton Enterprise and the Taunton Daily Gazette, has declined because of cost reasons to send any reporters to the Super Bowl in Arizona. That means writers like Douglas Flynn, Eric McHugh, and Glen Farley, who have been on the Patriots beat this year are home this week while their papers run wire copy stories from the AP.
Christopher Gasper had a chat from Arizona on Boston.com today. Hector Longo says that Steve and Zak DeOssie are on top of the world this week. Manny Ramirez will be at the Super Bowl, apparently thanks to the Patriots. Peter Gelzinis chastises Mayor Menino for talking about the parade plans for the Patriots next week.
Michael Silver examines The Belichick Way. Ira Miller has a look at the Patriots coaching staff. Len Pasquarelli focuses on Dante Scarnecchia. Charles Robinson writes about the kinder, gentler Tom Coughlin.
Peter King offers up his thoughts on Eli Manning, and five things from today.
SI.com also has Dr. Z’s Positional Breakdown for the game.
Tonight’s Patriots/Super Bowl Programming
6:00PM, NESN – Globe 10.0
6:30PM, CSN – Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight – 30 minute special live from Glendale
7:00PM, NFLN – NFL Total Access at the Super Bowl – Live from NFL Experience
8:30PM, NFLN – Playbook Hosted By: Sterling Sharpe & Brian Baldinger
* A look at the Patriots’ defense and how they will try to generate pressure to keep Eli Manning off-balance.
* Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg explains why the Patriots might be able to slow down the Giants’ run game.
* Why could the Pats secondary be exposed by the Giants?
9:00PM, NFLN – Super Bowl Classics – Super Bowl XXV: New York Giants vs. Buffalo Bills
9:00PM, CSN – Road to Perfection Special – 1 hour live special from Glendale
10:00PM, NESN – SportsDesk
10:00PM, CSN – Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight – 30 minute special live from Glendale
11:00PM, NESN – SportsDesk
11:00PM, NECN – Sports LateNight
11:30PM, NESN – Globe 10.0