Week Log: Still Stings Like Yesterday

We’re quickly approaching Super Bowl Sunday and that means the first anniversary of The Catch.

They said it would go away, the pain of that play and a few like it – the Manning scramble, Meriweather’s dropped pick, Samuel’s misplayed pick – during the drive that tripped up the greatest season in pro sports history. They said a year of perspective would drop this down the totem pole of devastating losses. Well, I’m here to tell you it didn’t. Not for me. It still sits on the top of a dark list that includes Bucky Dent, Billy Buckner, Ben Dreith, and that winged keel that helped Australia pry the America’s Cup away from my native Newport back in 1983.

Sunday will bring with it a little bad feeling, but not just for me. OT says the Pats didn’t belong here, and if you think otherwise you may be hallucinating or just plain demented. On SI’s The Bonus, Joe Posnanski is strug-ga-ling too as his beloved Bruce Springsteen sells out by playing at this year’s halftime program. NBC’s Overheard in Tampa sets the talent lineup that will make your Super Bowl viewing experience a symphony of commentary and insight . . . or a cacophony of fingernails and blackboards. Thanks For Playing offers some tips on scoring a free meal and some pocket change this Sunday evening. OT’s Trash Talk serves up an interesting menu. And, in case you missed it, The Crowe’s Nest brings you the PETA commercial you won’t be seeing. I wonder if Gisele is free for a salad one day next week.

Onto the game. Forget about in the trenches or on the sidelines. ESPN is battling this one out on NFL Nation Blog. SI’s Super Blog expects good things to come in IIIs this Sunday, and has Cardinals receivers exposing the fraud of the 40-yard dash.

SI’s Inside The NFL says nothing did more for the Cardinals’ success this year than the pine splinters collecting in Edgerrin James’ butt. Hey, remember Monty Beisel? Reiss’s Pieces does, and you’ll be happy to know that the Cardinals LB doesn’t regret his one season in New England. Awkward is the silence as he waits for someone, anyone, in these parts to reciprocate.

Patriots

Would you kick a supermodel out for eating crackers in the pool? Allright then, how about if she fed them to you? Well, Shutdown Corner wouldn’t either, but he thinks Dan Shaughnessy just might, this after catching Gisele hand-feeding Tom Brady. ESPN’s AFC East Blog has Matt Cassel coming a long way since those Dave’s Plumping Supply days.

Cleveland Browns Beat is ripped that Belichick beat them to the punch with Floyd Reece. I guess we know who’ll be getting a call next January. After all, someone has to preside over the cabal of ex-Pats coaches already assembled in Cleveland. The Patriot Act updates us on more Pats coaching moves.

Bruins

The Bear Cave nominates Tuesday’s 3-2 win over the Capitals as the game of the year. On Frozen Blog marvels at Tuesday night’s playoff atmosphere and laments their beloved Capitals’ misalignment in the land of the ice and snow.

Kathryn Tappen is glad to see a trio of B’s seamlessly transitioning out of the infirmary to kick off the season’s second half. And Pucks With Haggs has Phil Kessel making his return tonight against the Devils. Naoko Funayama got a glimpse into the B’s this past All-Star weekend that most of us don’t see.

Celtics & NBA

Well, this is more like it. The C’s are sitting on a nine-game win streak since that Twelve Days of Christmas debacle. The latest came with last night’s 19-point win over Sacramento, quashing CelticsBlog‘s fears over a trap game. In the Paint offers some obervations from TD Banknorth after the win.

Loy’s Place calls in the math teacher to go over the splits in this three-in-one season. Lex Nihil Novi attributes the splits to the Green seeing purple. Mid-terms are out on Celtics 24/7 and I have to wonder, what’s up with that Eddie House grade?

Paulflannery raves about House and his treys, and that was before last night’s incredible 8-of-9 shooting beyond the arc. Fernsten’s Follies has Ray Allen playing the best basketball of his career. Perk Is A Beast has a two-parter on the best bargain in the NBA, and their guy gets the nod. Red’s Army is stumping for Rondo’s All-Star candidacy, while Where’s Trags? tells you how you can send Brian Scalabrine to Phoenix. Celtics Blog has House waiting by the phone for a call of his own.

Celtics 17 wrestles with the issue of who is the best in today’s NBA.

Red Sox & MLB

Did you get stood up in the virtual waiting room? Clubhouse Insider has the scoop on raffles for those hard-to-get tix. Hey, it may not be the fan-friendliest, but The Bottom Line is reporting that Fenway gets this year’s nod as the hitter-friendliest, even over Coors Field. Red Sox Monster has the new Sox cap driving one fan to a life of crime.

Fire Brand of the American League is reviewing Mike Lowell’s projections for 2009 and pronouncing him not yet dead, but 16 homers will only keep our minds off Teixeira until early June. The Bradford Files has Lowell taking his cuts on the tee, but missing them with the WBC. Touching All The Bases longs for something more than Lowell and sees it in Big Donkey.

Not content with his concurrent roles as a big-league pitcher, blogger, and talk show host, Curt Schilling is playing Sox GM on 38 Pitches and his subject is, of course, Jason Varitek. Cole Wright says there’s a mutual dependency between the two parties. Mazz isn’t sure who the Captain is more frustrated with at this point, but it’s time to take the deal. Better Red Than Dead looks at minor league options behind the plate. Boston Sports Blog says enough already with the Tek talk.

Toeing The Rubber is loving the drama Tom Verducci manufactures with his Joe Torre page-turner. Bronx Banter serves up an interesting Clemens pre-game ritual detailed by Torre. Aren’t there any jobs ole Roger would do for himself? My friend Lisa on Subway Squawkers gave me a heads-up on an interesting excerpt on the Times’ Bats blog where Mo Rivera is tossed under the bus for starting the 2004 ALCS meltdown. That was right before she tossed St.Joe under a bus of her own for a litany of sins against the Empire.

Hot Stove Talk has Boras intent on placing Manny somewhere by the start of spring training. Surviving Grady still doesn’t believe in the Rays and predicts more Ls than Ws for them in 2009.

Sox Blog pays tribute to writer and North Shore resident John Updike, who passed on Tuesday. YFSF also doffs their cap to the man who gave us the ‘lyric little bandbox of a ballpark.’

That will close out a busy week around The Hub. Join us back here next Thursday as we dispel the fable of a Second Steelers Dynasty. Which reminds me, has anyone seen John Molori since his last blog entry?

Playing With House Money

The Celtics rolled to a 119-100 win over the Sacramento Kings last night, due in large part to a 28 point performance off the bench by the red-hot Eddie House.

Lenny Megliola has House leading the way with his 8-9 shooting from three point land. Paul Flannery notes that KG and Rondo played a huge role in this one as well. Bill Doyle has a look at the Celtics dominating the Kings again. Frank Dell’Apa has the Celtics focused on two things – gaining home court advantage and getting House in the 3pt shooting content. Mark Murphy reports on the Celtics extending their winning streak to nine games with the victory. Robert Lee has the Celtics making it look easy.

Mike Fine has his teammates pushing House for the 3pt contest at All Star weekend. Another article in The Enterprise looks at House’s hot streak. Alan Siegel says that House is certainly making his case for the contest. Buckley has more on the very very very fine House.

Steve Buckley has Ray Allen hoping to be named to the All Star team, and viewing it as an honor when he has made the squad in the past. Michael Vega examines the improved play from the reserves as of late. Jim Fenton has Tony Allen making a contribution in his first game back from injury. Jeff Howe has the Celtics actually feeling the loss of Brian Scalabrine.

Doyle’s notebook has Scalabrine feeling OK after his second concussion in three days. The Globe notebook has more on the return of Tony Allen. Murphy’s notebook has Scalabrine taking the slow road back.

Super Bowl/Patriots

If you have any doubts about who would should be rooting for in the Super Bowl on Sunday, I’ve got a few reminders for you: Why we hate the Steelers – a primer.

The Globe looks at the family ownership of the two Super Bowl franchises, with Christopher L. Gasper looking at Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill and Mike Reiss at the Rooney family.

I wonder if Ron Borges is offended that his column on Dick LeBeau contains the word “genius” in the title. Borges has always bristled that “genius” shouldn’t be used with football coaches, or maybe that just applied to Bill Belichick…

Karen Guregian has a piece on Edgerrin James. Bill Burt talks about the work ethic of Sean Morey. Borges has Willie Parker bragging about his ability to play on the big stage.

Reiss has Matt Cassel learning the ropes of off-field football business. Guregian’s notebook has Cassel just waiting for things to happen right now.

Red Sox/Bruins

I’m short on time this morning, so I’ll have to leave to the infamous link dashboards for this morning.

On RedSoxLinks.com, the subject of Jason Varitek and his future is still the hot topic. Brian MacPherson says that maybe Varitek actually knows what he is doing here.

On BruinsLinks.com, the return of Phil Kessel is front and center.

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