Patriots Set To Take Off To The Old Country

The Patriots will head out to London later today as they get ready for Sunday’s game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Over on Patriots Daily we’re Trading Places with not one, but two Bucs bloggers. Jeremy Gottlieb goes around the league and isn’t impressed with Rex Ryan or the Washington Redskins.

Ron Borges wonders how Adalius Thomas will respond to his benching. For some reason he also feels the need to insult the intelligence of Jonathan Wilhite calling him a guy who “seems unable to tackle a math problem let alone someone with a football.” What’s that all about? Monique Walker has Thomas ready to go if active on Sunday. Karen Guregian says that the anger was just dripping from Thomas yesterday as he answered questions about his benching. Mark Farinella agrees that it wasn’t hard to sense Thomas’ true feelings yesterday. Mike Petraglia has Thomas airing it out yesterday. Glen Farley has Thomas with more questions than answers.

Ian R. Rapoport has the Patriots needing someone to step up into the receiver role behind Randy Moss and Wes Welker. Brian MacPherson has the Patriots giving youngsters Brandon Tate and Terrence Nunn the next shot at being the team’s third wideout. Dan Duggan has Tate ready and willing to step up if given the chance. Shalise Manza Young says that Tate’s long wait to get back on the field is finally over. Andy Vogt says that it is time for the Patriots to see what Tate can do. Christopher Price has Tate and Nunn awaiting their chance.

Hector Longo claims that Joey Galloway is just the latest in a long, long list of wide receiver busts put out on the field by the clueless Belichick. Even in an article mostly praising Belichick and the Patriots, Tony Massarotti needs to remind us “Does this mean Belichick is perfect? No, no, no. A thousand times no.”

Jennifer Toland has the Patriots ready to take off on their U.K. voyage. Mike Reiss has the Patriots focused solely on football for this trip. Duggan says that this trip will be all work for the Patriots. The Projo has Gary Guyton an unlikely, humble leader of the Patriots defense. Kerry Byrne looks at why Tom Brady is at his best in the cold.

Rapoport’s notebook has Darius Butler missing practice with an ankle injury yesterday. Walker’s notebook has more on Tate being ready to go. Young’s Patriots journal says that Thomas’ status for Sunday is unknown. Farinella’s notebook has the Patriots essentially holding auditions in practice this week for the third receiver role. Vogt’s notebook has more on Thomas. Farley’s notebook has more on the young receivers. Toland’s notebook has Thomas moving on from his benching.

Bruins

Fluto Shinzawa has Patrice Bergeron and the Bruins stepping up for a solid 3-2 win over the Predators. Stephen Harris has the banged-up Bruins delivering last night. Mick Colageo has the Bruins getting back to what had made them a success last year. Jim Fenton has the shorthanded Bruins getting the win.

Kevin Paul Dupont has the Bruins still in need of a health boost. Steve Buckley says that last night’s effort was a good sign for the B’s. Mike Loftus has the Bruins able to piece together a lineup to beat the Predators.

Stephen Harris has Marc Savard the latest Bruin to be placed on the  long-term injury list. Matt Kalman has Steve Begin making his first goal with the Bruins an important one.

Shinzawa’s notebook has more on Savard’s broken foot. Harris’ notebook has new Bruin Daniel Paille contributing an assist in his first game. Loftus’ notebook has Paille happy to get a chance to play.

Misc

Julian Benbow has the Celtics tuning up for their season opener with a win in Ohio over the Cavs. Mark Murphy has a little skirmish breaking out between Sheldon Williams and Mo Williams. Murphy has a look at Leon Powe’s reunion with his former team.

Michael Silverman says that Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman could be a target of the Red Sox. Amalie Benjamin and Peter Abraham have Tim Wakefield going through surgery yesterday.

Bob Ryan looks at why Notre Dame doesn’t want to play Boston College in football anymore.

  • Tony

    My goodness, can you imagine what the sportswriters in this region would be writing if the Patriots were, you know, a BAD team? The fangs seem to be out in full force today among Mssrs. Borges, Massarotti, et al. And I saw Shank on the Comcast show last night criticizing Belichick for treating Adalius Thomas “like a child” by listing him as inactive–that’s one very well-compensated child I must say. Remind me again what Shank’s football credentials are? Do they derive from the 20 years he spent on the Red Sox and Celtic beats?

  • Tom

    Bruce… big Borges hater here, BUT….
    I’m not sure you ‘got’ the joke. He was suggesting that Wilhite couldn’t tackle ANYTHING including a math problem. It was akin to saying a receiver couldn’t ‘catch a cold’. I don’t think he was insulting his intelligence.

    Although he probably insulted ours with such sophmoric humor. :)

    • Bruce

      Possibly, but the inference seemed clear to me that he doesn’t think Wilhite is very bright, NOR can he tackle.

  • Angry Old Bastard

    When it comes to the Pats I read Mike Reiss…..just about everything else is complete garbage.

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