The Patriots left on their “business trip” to London yesterday, as they get ready for Sunday’s game in Wembley Stadium against Tampa Bay.
Monique Walker has a look at what went into the preparations for flying the entire team, plus all their equipment, over to London for this weekend’s game. Mike Reiss has the Patriots focused on football this weekend, and not the sights around them. Ian R. Rapoport notes that the Patriots are the most popular NFL team in the United Kingdon, and not just because they have ‘England’ in their name. Mark Farinella has more on the team’s preparation for their weekend in London. Carolyn Thornton has the Patriots vowing that this trip will be all business. Tedy Bruschi, along with Reiss, also says that this trip is all business for the Patriots.
Jim Donaldson has former Patriots kicker John Smith, who grew up playing soccer in England, serving as the team’s ‘ambassador’ this weekend. Mark Woods has more on Smith’s connections to England and the Patriots.
Dan Duggan looks at Laurence Maroney and BenJarvus Green-Ellis as the new 1-2 punch at running back. Jim Fenton has Maroney ready to take care of business against the Bucs. Rich Garven examines how the Patriots have used a mixture of veterans and youngsters to remake their secondary. Rich Thompson has rookie long snapper Jake Ingram going his job in anonymity, which is just how it should be. Christopher Price gives us five things to watch for on Sunday afternoon.
Thomas Grillo reports that this trip hasn’t been a big seller among Patriots fans.
The Globe notebook has Laurence Maroney preferring to just stay in the U.S. to play football. Duggan’s notebook has linebacker Rob Ninkovich making his second trip to play in London. The Projo Patriots journal has more on Ninkovich. Fenton’s notebook has the road trip already underway for the Patriots. Farinella’s notebook has Jerod Mayo feeling almost fully recovered from the knee injury suffered in the season opener.
Kevin Paul Dupont has the Bruins putting forth another good effort last night, but falling in the shootout to the Flyers. Stephen Harris says that the final outcome seems less relevant then how the Bruins played for 65 minutes last night. Joe Haggerty has a few things we can learn from last night.
Dupont’s notebook says that despite all their injuries, Brendan Shanahan is not likely on the Bruins radar. Harris’ notebook says that the injuries to Milan Lucic and Marc Savard could jeopardize their Olympic hopes.
Julian Benbow has Doc Rivers pleased with what he’s seen from his club thus far. After being a starter in the postseason, Glen Davis is back to being a reserve. Mark Murphy has a look at the adjustment for Big Baby. Paul Flannery examines five things we learned about the Celtics in the preseason. Bill Doyle has Reggie Miller picking the Celtics to win it all this season.
Bob Ryan is impressed with the LeBron James film “More Than A Game.”
Alex Speier looks at why the Red Sox have no regrets about the J.D. Drew contract. He puts it in a way that I think even Glenn Ordway can understand.
Chad Finn looks at how the messy Steve Phillips case was made even more salacious by sites like Deadspin.com.