Actually a pretty tough day in which to find 10 articles to highlight. Maybe I should’ve just made it five…
Brady Has Negotiated A Brutal Stretch In 2009 – There has been a whole lot of bellyaching and criticism aimed at the Patriots this season. Kerry Byrne wants you to know one simple fact: The Patriots have faced an unbelievably tough and statistically improbable collection of defenses this year. And given this slate, Brady has outperformed every quarterback in football in 2009.
For Brady, all routes lead to Welker, Moss - Albert Breer is going in a different direction, noting that since the Patriots added Randy Moss and Wes Welker, the offense isn’t as balanced as it was earlier in the decade.
Wes Welker defies odds as one of NFL’s best - Ian Rapoport with a mini-feature on the Patriots “little engine that does.”
Who’s naughty, nice among possible Patriots’ playoff opponents - With two games still to go in the regular season, Shalise Manza Young trots out the list of possible first-round playoff foes for the Patriots.
Paul Pierce never gave up - Mike Fine has the Celtics captain overcoming a tough shooting night to still lead the shorthanded Celtics to victory.
Familiar look without Kevin Garnett - Steve Bulpett notes that the absence of Kevin Garnett was very obvious in the first half last night, but the team did overcome the void in the second half.
A Not-So-Subtle Reminder - Paul Flannery has three points of discussion from last night’s win.
Much still up in the air for Lowell - Notable only because most of the material Amalie Benjamin uses in this piece comes from WEEI.com. (Which she does give credit to.)
For ex-PawSox player Lombard, trip to Indianapolis pays off with job offer from Boston - Joe McDonald has the 16-year playing career of George Lombard resulting in being named the hitting coach of the Single-A Lowell Spinners.
Bergeron ready for next big assignment - Mike Loftus has Patrice Bergeron back in his pre-concussion all-purpose role for the Bruins.
Also check out the 50th Anniversary Minute – the 2006 Patriots from Brendon Rosenau on Patriots Daily.
You probably weren’t going to go out of your way to find him anyway, but you’ll want to avoid Mark Farinella today. Dated Belichick/Spying references, snide future scenarios involving Tom Brady’s kids, recommended drugs for Randy Moss’ habit of “dogging it” and a shot at Charlie Weis.
Check back later for number five on our list of the biggest Boston sports media episodes of the decade…