So it will be the Patriots and Broncos on Saturday night to play for a spot in the AFC Championship Game.
I’m undecided at the moment what path sports radio and TV will take here. Do they talk all week about how there is no way the Patriots can lose this game, while secretly hoping that they in fact DO lose the game, and thus go to a new level in being able to criticize, or do they talk all week about what if the Patriots lose, and what an disaster/indictment that will be on the franchise. Either way, it’s no-lose for them.
You can be assured though, that at least nationally, the Josh McDaniels hiring will be ridiculously over-hyped, even though his presence will have little impact on this week’s preparation or results. The Denver Post insists that Broncos, playoff teams should officially protest Josh McDaniels hire in New England.
All the Pats have to do is hire away Steve Scarnecchia from Syracuse and the whole cheating gang gets back together.
I told you we’d see Tebow again - Hector Longo takes credit for calling this in November. Though at the time, he said it would be in the AFC Championship game.
Tebow, Broncos best possible result for Patriots - Tom E Curran (who called the Broncos upset) says that this worked out for the best for the Patriots. (Didn’t we say that last year too?) Jonathan Comey says that “the old adage “be careful what you wish for, you just might get it” is officially in play.” Karen Guregian tells us why this is the ideal matchup for the Patriots.
Wild horses - Greg A Bedard says that the Broncos will be better prepared for a rematch with the Patriots.
Quick-hit thoughts on Pats-Broncos - Mike Reiss offers some thoughts on the matchup.
Critics are misguided, O’Brien making the right move - Michael Muldoon, who has known Bill O’Brien for nearly 30 years, explains why Penn State is a great move for the Andover native.
Phones ring for Patriots brain trust - Here’s a question, if the Patriots SUCK so much at drafting and free agent signings, why are their front office people still in demand around the league?
Filling in has been fulfilling - Julian Benbow has castoffs Sterling Moore and Antwaun Molden finding homes in New England.
Brad Marchand defends self - Stephen Harris has the Bruins winger expecting a suspension, but says his hit was just self-preservation.
On offense, it’s Garnett’s move - Gary Washburn has Kevin Garnett slow to embrace Doc Rivers urging to get more involved with the offense.