They’re checking the loose threads over at Patriots Daily.
Christopher L. Gasper has a feature on Patriots Pro Bowl nose tackle Vince Wilfork and his wife Bianca, who make up quite a team together. Tony Massarotti has a look at Junior Seau, who will become the oldest defensive player to play in a Super Bowl. Jim Donaldson has Matt Light proud to be Tom Brady’s left-hand man. Chris Kennedy also checks in on Light. Mark Farinella has Light cracking up the crowd at his press conference yesterday. David Heuschkel has a look at Mike Vrabel, who is finally enjoying the national recognition after a versatile career with the Patriots. Rich Garven says that quiet efficiency is what marks Vrabel’s play.
Frank Dell’Apa has a look at Ty Warren, who tries to keep a low profile, even though his career has taken off. Shalise Manza Young has more on Warren and his rise from humble beginnings. Nick Tavares has Warren unaffected by the media storm of the Super Bowl. John Tomase has Rodney Harrison talking about the reception he got in the Patriots locker room when he returned from his four game suspension to start the season. Tomase also has Harrison still angry at Bobby Wade for what he perceives as an intent to injure him. Jeff Jacobsalso has a piece on Harrison, who addresses a wide range of topics, but backs off a bit when asked about HGH and steroids.
Karen Guregian has Bill Belichick at the top in terms of finding ways to gain an edge, even with the injury report. Dan Shaughnessy writes about the polite, relaxed Belichick that we’ve seen over the last few days and demands to know who invaded his body. Joe Posnanski revisits Belichick’s time in Cleveland, though from a little bit of a different angle than you might’ve read before. Joe Fitzgerald looks at Belichick as a leader of men. Jennifer Toland has another look at former colleages Belichick and Coughlin facing each other in this title game. Farinella has Patriots players singing the praises of their coach and the organization.
Michael Vega compares Wes Welker to Dustin Pedroia and how the impact that Welker has had this season is similar to that of the Red Sox rookie second basemen. Robert Lee also has a look at Welker, who has always defied his critics. Michael Felger checks in with former Patriot Joe Andruzzi, who is now cancer free, and serving as an inspiration to his former teammates on the Patriots offensive line. Bill Burt says that all ex-Patriots were served as much humble pie as this group has gotten. Josh Egerman looks at the contributions of the Patriots practice squad.
In a story sure to make the Patriots and their fans cringe, Donovan Slack and John C. Drake report on plans for the Patriots victory parade, which is an issue because it might interfere with Super Tuesday election balloting. What’s next? The Globe announcing a book on the Patriots perfect season? Oh wait, they’ve already done that. You can pre-order 19-0: The Historic Championship Season of New England’s Unbeatable Patriots on Amazon.com now. The Giants wish to thank the Globe for providing bulletin board material…Some Patriots fans aren’t too happy with this already.
Guregian has Michael Irvin talking about the importance for the Giants of taking Randy Moss out of the game early. Gaspar reports on Randy Moss and his attorneys agreeing to keep the Florida restraining order in place while Moss finishes the football season. Laurel J. Sweet also has an update on the situation. Peter Reuell has a former Belichick classmate scoring four Super Bowl tickets. David Brown has the mind games starting already for the two clubs.
Robert Lee in the ProJo has The Patriots Story part III. Sean Smith recaps the Patriots season. Young notes that some members of the 1972 Miami Dolphins seem to be warming up to the Patriots. Garry Brown says that the Patriots and those Dolphins actually share a number of ties. Christopher Price has Don Shula talking about how to stop the Patriots. Tom Yantz talks to a few high school coaches of Patriots and Giants players for their reaction on their former pupils.
Mike Reiss has sort of a Super Bowl notebook, which leads off with Dolphins kicker Jay Feely talking about his Michigan teammate Tom Brady. Among the items in Don Amore’ snapshots is the revelation that the Giants had a pillow fight on their flight to Arizona.
Ron Hobson remembers Mike Holovak.
The Globe notebook has Tom Brady with a slight limp at practice yesterday. Guregian’s notebook has Brady’s teammates happy to see him at practice yesterday. The ProJo notebook has more on Brady getting back on the practice field. Heuschkel’s notebook has more on Brady. Kennedy’s notebook reports that it was a solid practice for Brady. The Telegram notebook has Harrison healthy and ready to go. Farinella’s notebook has Brady going the distance in practice.
Mark Blaudschun has a look at Giants punter Jeff Feagles, who started his career back in 1988 with the Patriots.
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