The Patriots clinched a playoff spot in snowy Chicago yesterday, jumping out to a 33-0 halftime lead, and beating the Bears 36-7.
It was amusing to hear even the locals sports radio hosts this weekend giving the Bears an advantage in this one, “because Brady won’t be able to throw the ball” and “the Patriots passing game will be severely limited by the conditions.” I heard it on both 98.5 (staffed with a bunch of fill-ins) and on WEEI with the dreadful Mustard and Johnson.
Have these people never seen Brady and the Patriots play in bad weather?
Speaking of the sports radio stations, Chad Finn had a Sunday media feature yesterday on the battle between the two stations:
I enjoyed the subtle jabs directed at the likes of Mike Adams in this one.
Patriots building up head of steam - Mike Reiss says that this all seems very familiar.
These Pats have a near-perfect feel - Michael Felger needs to be fitted for his footy pajamas.
Yet another storm is weathered - Greg Bedard notes that neither weather nor locale seems to matter to this team.
Patriots pulling out all the stops - Karen Guregian has the Patriots defense continue to grow and get better right before our eyes.
Patriots go from rebuilding to remarkable - Tom E Curran is as surprised as anyone that the Patriots have turned into a wagon.
Patriots: Loaded for Bear - Ron Borges says that Chicago did what Bears do when the weather is cold and snowy – went into hibernation.
Fighting through it all - Bob Ryan thinks the Patriots can get even better.
Yep, they’re that good - Melissa Isaacson of ESPNChicago is now a believer.
Patriots play does the talking against big-mouthed Bears - Ian Rapoport’s notebook has the Patriots silencing another foe. The Globe notebook from Shalise Manza Young and Monique Walker has more on the weather to lead off, The Patriots Journal from Robert Lee and Jim Donaldson has Brian Urlacher being served some humble pie. Hector Longo turns in his two-minute drill.
How Carl Crawford became a Red Sox - Sean McAdam says that the courtship and signing of the Red Sox new outfielder was months in the making.
Carl Crawford gives Terry Francona lineup choices - John Tomase looks at some of the possibilities for the Red Sox manager.
Perkins getting better all the time - Scott Souza has the Celtics center still working his way back.
Everyone pitches in during Celts’ latest win streak - A Sherrod Blakely says that the Celtics 10-game winning streak is truly a team effort.
Does anyone doubt that if it was a Patriots staffer that tripped and injured and opposing player during a game, the national outcry would be 10 times greater?