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I have tried, all week, to get caught up in the return of Bill Parcells to Foxboro. I have re-read all the old stories, listened to all the old interviews, and even made middle-of-the-night telephone calls to the New York Jets to inquire about their head coaching position, just as the Tuna once did.

That’s Steve Buckley, tell us in a premium column for the Herald that he’s just not into the hype this week. I don’t sense that fans are pacing in anticipation, either. The papers have been full of stories. Radio has tried to run with the story. But things are different this time. The Patriots have a Super Bowl championship since Parcells left them. The Tuna never won one here, so could it be that the fans, with the exception of a rabid few, are over him? Certain media people are the ones who are in love with the legend of Parcells in the first place. It appears the apex of the Parcells stories was yesterday, and now we can get onto the actual game.

Michael Felger says Richard Seymour will be ready to go for Sunday night. Tom Curran compares the Patriots position by position, not with the Cowboys but with the 2001 Championship team. He declares the 2003 version better. Michael Smith has the Patriots shrugging off the words of former teammate Terry Glenn. Nick Cafardo has a mini-feature on Tyrone Poole. Alan Greenberg and Christopher Price look at Quincy Carter. Joe Haggerty has a look at David Givens. Ian M. Clark says the injury list is shortened, but the Patriots still have some tough decisions to make. Michael Parente says the Patriots young receivers are going to need to come up big over the second half of the season. Felger’s notebook says Ted Washington and Ted Johnson did not practice yesterday. Parente’s notebook says Bobby Hamilton is not a “Parcells guy.”

From yesterday, a few leftover Bill vs. Bill stories from the papers that update later in the day. Hector Longo compares the Bills. Glen Farley reviews the Tuna’s tenure in Foxboro. Eric McHugh looks at the wit and wisdom of Parcells. Tom King also looks at the matchup of the Bills.

Get your Celtics links on Lebron James invading the FleetCenter and Paul Pierce’s early season struggles at Fox Sports Net New England.

David Heuschkel talks to a number of former Red Sox managers, including Darrell Johnson, Ralph Houk, Dick Williams and Joe Morgan to get their advice to give to whomever takes over the job this offseason. He includes job requirements and hazards of the position. Michael Silverman says the Sox have expressed “early and significant interest” in former Blue Jay Kelvim Escobar. Sean McAdam says the Sox are stuck with Manny. Silverman’s notebook says the Sox have agreed to a new deal with Mike Timlin.

Karen Guregian looks at the Bruins recent PR efforts. Joe McDonald looks at the Bruins opinion that controlling salaries are key to survival in the NHL. Kevin Paul Dupont looks at the Bruins’ net worth. Stephen Harris looks at PJ Axelsson. Harris’ notebook looks at the Bruins defense. Bill Griffith looks at Paul Stewart joining the NESN crew.

Bob Ryan on soccer? Yep. If Ryan wrote about shuffleboard, I think I’d read it.

FSNE has Celtics/Cavs at 7:30. NESN has Bruins/Blue Jackets at 7:00. ESPN has Spurs/76ers at 8:00 and Magic/Nuggets at 10:30.