Week Log: Happy Birthday, Bloggers

Today is a birthday of sorts as Week Log is now one year old. Not to go all Thanks For Playing on you, but we published 41 editions over the past year, bringing you 1,761 links. We’re now following about 160 New England-based blogs each week.

When Bruce and I first discussed the concept of giving bloggers their fifteen minutes of fame each week, we weren’t sure how it would be received in a region where the mainstream media is both so omnipresent and so talented. But reader support over the past year is testament to the inroads the off-Broadway blogging community continues to make. So, happy birthday already and let’s start off on a different note this week.

NCAAF

Tonight’s BCS national championship game offers a rare chance to lead with college football in our overwhelmingly pro-centric market. The Sporting Blog saw enough in December’s conference championship games to know Alabama will dominate this one. Dr. Saturday has the Crimson Tide D’s ability to get off the field a key in stopping Texas. The Bruce Feldman Blog says Colt McCoy has to be as spectacular in Pasadena as former Longhorn Vince Young was four years ago.

No BCS bowl contenders from New England this year, but a good autumn nonetheless. Boston College fell short in its bowl game against USC, but The BC Blog looks back at ten significant events that shaped the Eagles’ 2009 season. Eagle In Atlanta raves about freshman Luke Kuechly’s play. BC Interruption is less worried about whether David Shinskie will keep his job over new recruit Chase Rettig in 2010 and more worried about who will be catching either QB’s passes.

The season ended better for the UConn Huskies, who beat South Carolina in the Papajohns.com Bowl, 20-7, on Saturday. UConn Sports has the maligned Huskies defense feeling dissed by Gamecocks’ coach Steve Spurrier and rising to the top of their game. Thoughts From A Fat White Guy lived an Amish existence in Birmingham watching his old teammates take home their third bowl victory. JSilver’s UConn Blog thinks the Huskies’ bowl win will be the start of something good in 2010. Sox & Dawgs couldn’t be prouder of this year’s Huskies squad and looks forward to next season when 18 starters return. UConn Football hopes the returning starters can continue the determination they demonstrated over the final four games of 2009 for the full 2010 season.

Patriots

The postseason begins this weekend with the Pats taking on the Baltimore Ravens (Sunday, 1 PM) in Foxborough but, hey, it’s just a formality. Boston Sports Blog has Vegas saying the Indianapolis Colts will win the Super Bowl, while Jessica Isner has Rex Ryan saying the Jets will win.

Patriots Daily looks at some key matchups against the Ravens. First And Ten From Foxborough runs down practice squad moves in light of Wes Welker’s IR’ing. Patriots Gab wonders why The Football Gods hate us. Blaug expects good things from Julian Edelman in Welker’s absence.

The play of Shawn Springs and Darius Butler were two of Musket Fire‘s likes from the Texans game. Pats Pulpit makes a case for why AP Comeback Player Of The Year Tom Brady should also be discussed in MVP circles.

Bruins

Maybe it’s the lingering magic of the Winter Classic that finds me more bullish on the B’s than any other team in Boston at the moment. Yes, it was a win-lose-win week, but the victories that sandwiched a frustrating loss at MSG were fun. Well, the Winter Classic euphoria has worn off for Wicked Bruins Fan, who was more entertained with drink recipes than a loss to the Rangers Monday night. Kathryn Tappen has the B’s avoiding a double disaster Monday, as the news on Patrice Bergeron’s injured thumb was better than expected.

Something’s Bruin lists Bergeron’s thumb as the only ugly after the B’s earned a split of back-to-back games with a win over Ottawa Tuesday night. Stanley Cup of Chowder has the B’s with their foot on the gas until the fourth goal against the Senators, then hitting the cruise control for an easy 4-1 win. The victory did cost the B’s Andrew Ference, whom Hub Hockey dubs Mr. Glass after he injured his groin. He’ll be out six weeks.

View From 311 suggests the addition of Miroslav Satan has had a positive effect on Blake Wheeler, who scored twice against the Senators. Rink Rap wonders if Satan can keep motivated by what could be a last-chance opportunity.

Hard to believe another ten-game set is in the books, but it’s time for The Hockey Blog Adventure‘s last ten look-back, and they see good things emerging on the power play front. Olympic Hockey Blog defends Team Canada’s selection of Bergeron, whose spot appears safe despite his thumb injury.

Celtics

Celtics Blog runs down what they call a solid win last night in Miami, as the C’s see-sawed and alley-ooped their way to an overtime win. Rajon Rondo’s buzzer-beater kind of kills the buzz on LOSCY‘s ways things can get crappier for the C’s.

The news is good regarding Big Baby’s production too, but Red’s Army wonders if his numbers will project out with more minutes. Celtics Stuff Live takes Doc Rivers to the woodshed on roster management that has stunted the development of younger players. Green Street marvels at the way Doc brings out the best in the second unit when he adds a pinch of Ray Allen.

Red Sox

Fire Brand Of The American League says Theo Epstein has backed himself into a corner by signing Adrian Beltre while still holding Mike Lowell in limbo. Now that his contract came in at only a year and an option, Beltre suddenly has intriguing upside in Utility Lou‘s eyes, while Adam Hirshfield says Beltre’s addition gives the Sox more bang for the buck around the diamond. If Nuggetpalooza‘s numbers hold, it figures to be a long, cold April for Beltre. Boston Dirt Dogs has Theo’s bridge complete with the addition of Beltre and Bill Hall.

Speaking of Hall, should the New Year be full of surprises, this is among the first: someone else is paying Theo to take a player off their hands! It appears that Seattle will be sending some cash along with Hall in exchange for Casey Kotchman. Red Sox Monster says Kotchman never got a fair shake in Boston. Full Count gives a full accounting of recent Yawkey Way personnel moves that will shape the Sox for years to come.

38 Pitches, that captain of superlatives, calls Randy Johnson the best pitcher ever upon his recently-announced retirement. Somewhere out there is a gull family whose deceased love one would beg to differ. Finally, And Another Thing . . . weighs in on the perennial most-heated debate in all of sports. Surprisingly, it’s neither steriods nor Tiger’s marriage.

That’s a wrap for now, but help us get our second year off on the right foot by coming back here next Thursday afternoon. If anything comes up in the week ahead, I’ll be a tweet away at @BobEks.

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