Super Bowl week is finally upon us, and the insane hype and media madness that comes along with it. Lots of material out there, I’ll try to sort it out and get you some of the better stuff.
Bowl of Crow served - On November 7th, Ron Borges declared the Patriots Dynasty dead. Today, he says he was wrong, and in fact, even with a loss to the Giants this Sunday, he says the dynasty lives on. What?
Did Ron look around, and realize that Michael Felger and others have completely swiped his anti-Patriots schtick? Perhaps he feels the need to go the other way now, just to stand out? Perhaps 10 years later, we’re now going to once again see Felger/Borges on-air battles, but with the roles completely reversed? I kind of doubt that, but I don’t doubt that Ron realized that a Pro-Patriots column would get a lot more attention this week than his usual style.
Mike Felger spending last night talking Spygate? Predictable.
The Globe is wisely separating out the Super Bowl hype and the regular Patriots news and reporting. They’ve started the Double Coverage blog for the former while keeping the Extra Points blog for the latter.
Bill Belichick in good humor at Indy - Mike Reiss has the Patriots coach making a “4th and 2″ joke upon arrival in Indianapolis. Tom E Curran has Belichick in a much lighter mood than the last time his team was in this game. Shalise Manza Young has the coach taking a relaxed approach.
Bill Belichick: Everybody’s critic - Jackie MacMullan has the coach humiliating his players every Monday morning in film sessions, saying that the ”Belistrator terrorizes them with their human foibles, cutting a franchise quarterback down to a high school wannabe, making his linebacker and his safety feel as though they still haven’t made a single significant play in their Patriots careers.”
Mangini Makes Sense Of Giants Vs. Pats - Jeff Jacobs has Eric Mangini talking about the matchups, most of which seem to favor the Giants. For the Patriots to have a chance, Deion Branch needs to recapture past Super Bowl form.
Despite perception, Patriots and Giants defenses are pretty evenly matched - Paul Kenyon says the matchups might be more even than most people think.
Patriots still motivated by loss to Giants - Rich Garven says that the Patriots will use XLII as motivation.
Pats have more at stake than revenge – Bill Burt says that the Patriots aren’t motivated by juvenile vendettas.
Sunday’s showdown will go a long way toward Brady’s legacy - You’re going to hear and read a lot about legacy this week.
Supersized issues facing Pats - Karen Guregian runs through the biggest issues facing the two teams.
Belichick’s 10 most unorthodox moves - Mike Rodak examines some of the coach’s biggest gambles.
Welker a target during, after game - The Globe notebook has the receiver a big part of the Patriots success both now, and hopefully for the future. The Herald notebook from Karen Guregian has Jerod Mayo not taking the bait from Giants offensive players slighting his unit.