Things are heating up for this Sunday’s showdown between the Offseason Champion New York Jets and your on-the-decline New England Patriots.
Yesterday was media day with plenty of conference calls, quotes and notes passed around. Tom Brady’s comments(great photo with that column – OK, maybe not, see comment below.) about the fans at Gillette Stadium has certainly stirred things up and gave blabmasters plenty of ammo. But no, Mark Farinella, we’re not blaming the media for Brady’s remarks. We’ll say the reaction has been a little over-the-top, (witness Karen Guregian saying of Brady’s comments “It’s hard to imagine a worse insult or something more blasphemous.“) but no one is saying this is an example of the media “bashing” Brady as Farinella claims.
Brady’s observation is one that has been noted by others over the years as well. Gillette Stadium, for the most part, just isn’t very loud, nor is it an overly hostile place for opponents to play.
Here are the top links and stories for this morning. Check all the Patriots stories at PatriotsLinks.com.
Worry Wart – Game Two At Jets – Chris Warner goes over his concerns for Sunday.
Differing styles work for Pats, Jets – Mike Reiss says that the way the Jets and Patriots work may be different, but the results are good for each.
Brady’s father accepts son’s bumps and bruises – Lenny Megliola has Tom Brady’s father talking about his son’s accident, and how he worries about him.
Darrelle Revis won’t back off ‘slouch’ remark, Randy Moss – Ron Borges has the Jets corner ready to take on Moss once again.
Faulk: Maroney felt betrayed by trade to Denver – Robert Lee has the longest tenured Patriot talking about how Maroney took the news of his trade to the Broncos.
What do Bill Belichick and Rex Ryan think of each other? – Christopher Price says that the two coaches respect one another.
The Bruins held a rookie game last night against the New York Islanders. Over 11,000 people showed up, indicating the interest people have in the Bruins and getting a look at B’s top pick Tyler Seguin. Check BruinsLinks.com for all the stories.
Boston Bruins prospect Jordan Caron steals the rookies show at TD Garden. – Mike Loftus has the Bruins 2009 top pick stealing the show with a hat trick last night.
Boston Bruins by the letters – Bud Barth has a bunch of notes about the game and the Bruins.
Tyler Seguin passes – Stephen Harris has the rookie doing well in his Garden debut.
Show time – Fluto Shinzawa with a mini-feature on Nathan Horton, says that the winger can blossom here.
Five Bruins who stole the show in the first rookie game – D.J. Bean also report on the action.
Do the Red Sox still have a shot? Reassessing the odds – So you’re saying there’s a chance, Alex Speier?
Doing the math for true believers – Gordon Edes says it remains a huge longshot.
Sox should bring back Big Papi – Brian MacPherson says it needs to happen.
Rich Hill’s Milton family on top of the world for Boston Red Sox pitcher – Jay Miller looks at the feel-good story of the Milton native.
Red Sox Journal: Lowrie makes case to play every day – MacPherson has the infielder impressing in September.