Now that the New York Jets have been silenced for the season, Patriots fans can now look forward to a quiet couple of weeks before the Super Bowl, and then the start of Red Sox spring training.
Even with the Jets eliminated, you may want to turn away from football completely for the next couple of weeks as the “Steelers Dynasty” talk heats up (Ron Borges is all over that this morning) and the Roethlisberger vs. Brady comparisons are hashed out.
I’ll get this out there. I thought I could root for the Jets yesterday, as the idea of the Steelers getting their third Super Bowl title since the Patriots last won one is sickening, but once the game started yesterday, the hatred for the Jets trumped all. I can respect the Steelers as a franchise and organization that has been consistently great for many, many years, and they have a great tradition there in Pittsburgh. That’s worthy of respect.
Nothing about the Jets is worthy of respect.
All that said, go Green Bay!
First Super Bowl was bittersweet - Mark Farinella has a very nice look back 25 years ago to the Patriots first Super Bowl trip, and his experience covering it. I do hope though, that Mark knows how pretentious this paragraph sounds:
Rubbing elbows with celebrities is no big thing for me after some 30-plus years of covering the NFL. I’ve seen the great and the near-great over that time. Remember, I stood next to Gisele Bündchen in the bowels of Qualcomm Stadium on the very day when she first met Tom Brady. I wasn’t impressed. He was, apparently.
Lining up the Patriots’ biggest needs - Mike Reiss looks at the Patriots biggest offseason needs.
Rapoport’s postseason awards - Ian Rapoport applies high school-yearbook style awards to the 2010 Patriots.
High-flying Celts fear looking down - Steve Bulpett looks at the Celtics odd issues with the weak sisters of the NBA.
The Celtics About To Perk Up - Alan Segal with a look at the imminent return of Kendrick Perkins to the Celtics. (with audio interview with Perk.) Gary Washburn also has a look at Perkins this morning.
What to watch in 2nd half - Peter May looks ahead to the major storylines of the second half of the season for the Celtics.
No alternative: Why Crawford’s deal looks even better in light of Wells trade - Alex Speier notes the extremely high price the Angels paid for Vernon Wells.
Dropping Carl Crawford to Fifth Creates Potent Red Sox Lineup, Keeps Sluggers in ‘Normal’ Slots - Tony Lee looks at why batting fifth might be the best spot for Crawford.
Just thinking: Rays not Idiots - John Tomase looks at the Rays landing Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon.
Big hit sends Savard home for tests - Stephen Harris has the Bruins center reeling after yet another big hit to the head.