Thanks to all of you who made the BSMW Fall Fund Drive a smashing success. The goal amount was exceeded with a few strong donations over the weekend. The drawing for the TiVo and other prizes will be held tonight and the winners will be notified via email.
Bill vs. Bill is over. Thank goodness. The Patriots throw a 12-0 shutout at Parcells and the Cowboys.
The Bill vs. Bill hype got old fast. That it had gotten to that point was the media's fault of course. We got lazy and drove that storyline into the ground. You would have thought that, instead of a real football game last night, what actually was going to happen was Parcells and Belichick putting on boxing gloves and duking it out instead of their teams deciding which was the better one, and perhaps who was the better coach, for ONE day at least.
Those are the words of Lenny Megliola this morning, looking back at two weeks of hype. Game stories from last night are filed from Michael Smith, Tom Curran, Michael Felger, Alan Greenberg and Michael Parente.
Ron Borges says this Patriots team just continues to do what it takes to win. If you watched the Cowboys play the last two weeks, you saw why the Patriots kept Tom Brady and sent Drew Bledsoe packing. When the Cowboys “brought the house” Bledsoe couldn’t handle it while Brady made them pay. Kevin Mannix looks at Brady’s decisions under fire. Bob Ryan says Parcells didn’t seem overly surprised that his team found itself pretty much overmatched last night. Jim Donaldson continues his streak of taking a shot at Pedro Martinez in each article he writes, even if the article is about football coaches. Even Dan Shaughnessy can play it straight on a great theatre night like we saw last night. Michael Gee says that now both Bills can concentrate strictly on football for the rest of the season. Michael Holley looks at the long road to a career .500 record for Belichick.
Mike Reiss and Nick Cafardo look at the Patriots first shutout in seven years. Paul Kenyon looks at big games for two former Parcells students, Ty Law and Tedy Bruschi. Rich Thompson says that a few strong runs from Antowain Smith was all that was needed to keep the Cowboys honest on D. Shira Springer looks at costly penalties by the Cowboys. Kevin McNamara looks at the Patriots taking their shots downfield and connecting enough to make Dallas pay. Ed Gray looks at the Patriots defense making some huge plays. Andy Nesbitt has a piece on another prime time deep catch by David Givens. Dan Pires & Tim Weisberg look at a rough return to Foxboro for Bill Parcells. Dan Ventura looks at a rough second half for Quincy Carter. Reiss also looks at the massive media horde that descended upon Gillette Stadium last night. Yesterday, Hector Longo said that Ty Law was on audition for Parcells and the Cowboys last night. If that’s the case, Law did quite well. Karen Guregian looks at the Cowboys running afoul of the Law. Curran looks at the playoff picture for the Patriots. Ian M. Clark looks at how injuries on offense have allowed others to step up and shine for the Patriots. Cafardo gives Terry Glenn a forum to recant his comments about hating New England. He was just kidding, you know.
Smith’s notebook says that once again, Tom Brady was good enough to win. Felger’s notebook looks at the Teds returning to health. Curran’s notebook looks at the Patriots making do without Troy Brown. Parente’s notebook also looks at the return of Johnson and Washington.
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Jeff Jacobs weighs in on baseball’s steroid policy.
FSNE has Celtics/Knicks at 7:30. ESPN2 has Yale/UConn in the preseason NIT at 7:00. ABC has Steelers/49ers at 9:00.