Patriots Interested In Improvement, Not Revenge

Revenge makes for a good storyline. While it would be foolish to deny that the Patriots would indeed like some payback for last January’s debacle at Gillette Stadium, its safe to say that the team is more interested in getting better than they are in revenge.

While some in the media will certainly play up the revenge factor, you won’t find much of that in these top links from today:

Numbers don’t lie when it comes to Pats’ offense, Ravens’ defense - Robert Lee looks at the challenges that both teams will face on Sunday.

Matt Hasselbeck predicts big things for Branch - Ian Rapoport has the Seattle QB saying that the Patriots will know how to best use Deion Branch.

Patriots hope to avoid Raven runover - Jennifer Toland says that stopping Ray Rice will be a priority for the Patriots.

Pees ready to match wits with Belichick, Patriots - Christopher Price has the former Patriots defensive coordinator gearing up to face his old team for the first time.

Sunday school on tap for Patriots and Ravens - On his medication today, Ron Borges explains that this game will say a lot about each of these teams.

Too much confusion to make sense of Moss trade - Putting the Randy Moss saga to rest, Jim Donaldson tries to figure out what really happened last week.

Pace picking up for Tate - Mark Farinella has the second year receiver being thrust into a larger role.

Branch restructures deal - Michael Vega’s Patriots notebook reports on Branch re-doing his contract.

Around The League – Week Five - Jeremy Gottlieb on Patriots Daily looks back at the week that was in the NFL.

No other way to spin this one - Chad Finn goes after Deadspin.com for their handling of the Brett Favre texting scandal.

Media Roundup: A Rolling Moss Gathers … Nevermind - My SB Nation Boston media column looks at the Moss trade, Delonte West’s diary on ESPN Boston, and Tommy Heinsohn’s new slogan for the NBA.

Sharks radio voice Eric Lindquist a big fan in booth - Bill Doyle has Worcester Sharks radio voice Eric Lindquist admitting that he is a homer in his broadcasts.

Bruins looking for the right defensive combos - Joe Haggery has the Bruins trying to find the right pairings for the defensive end.

Horton looking like a sure shot - Fluto Shinzawa has the new winger looking good early on.

NBA is taking heart, soul out of the game - Mike Fine has the league going too far in their latest crusade to cut down on griping by the players.

Allen cracks jokes; Harangody gets up to speed - A. Sherrod Blakely has a few Celtics notes.

  • Eddie

    The problem with the officiating in the NBA is David Stern. He has been commisioner for far too long. At this point he feels that any criticism of the league is a personal criticism of him. And he is one arrogant SOB. I don't pay much attention to hockey, but in my opinion, basketball has the worst officiating of the three major sports and Stern, even with one official being convicted of betting on games has done virtually nothing to improve it.

    When I played basketball (back when we used peachbaskets) we were taught to never let anyone take the ball out of your hands. Holding on to the ball in the NBA can cost you a technical foul. Things like that used to be a jump ball at most..

    The league should keep score of the terrible calls and when a referee accumulates too many, he should have a career change thrust upon him.

    • Tony

      I agree. Stern's been the problem for a long time. There is no doubt in my mind that certain game results are "orchestrated," especially in the playoffs–for whatever reason–and yet the NBA continues to do nothing about it. In the last 10 years alone we've had two championship basically decided by the refs (when they decided to take away the Western Conference Finals from Sacramento and award them to the Lakers in 2002; and the debacle/travesty of justice that was the 2006 NBA Finals, when Miami "beat" Dallas in six games). Last year's Finals were poorly officiated, but I'm not going to play the "21-6 free throw margin in the fourth quarter of Game 7" card; the C's just didn't have the horses up front once Perk was injured, and Ray Allen was ice cold in their two close losses (Game 3 and Game 7).

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