The Patriots just seem bound and determined to not make any of these wins easy. Yesterday’s finish was one of those where you couldn’t bear to look, but peeked anyway, and then leapt out of your chair once Willie McGinest made the huge play to end the game. Michael Smith covers our “Palpitation Pats.” Michael Felger calls them The Answer Team, as they always seem to answer doubts (not to mention the bell.) Tom Curran has a look at another win by the skin of their teeth for the Patriots. Alan Greenberg looks at a little leftover stuffing from the Pats. Michael Parente concludes the game wrapups.
Ron Borges provides a wonderful look at the final sequence of plays at the goal line, culminating in the McGinest stuff of Edgerrin James. The underlying message in the article, and in most of his pieces from the recent past is that the players are solely responsible for success of the team. While the players have to make the plays, the coaches do a tremendous job preparing them and putting them in position to succeed. Kevin Mannix also looks at McGinest, who received colorful congratulations from the ownership after the game. Jim Donaldson has another look at McGinest. Michael Holley looks at a 36 inch strip of magic carpet. George Kimball, Nick Cafardo, Michael Parente and Tom Curran look at a pair of spectacular kickoff returns by rookie Bethel Johnson, including one for a touchdown as the first half expired. I have to interrupt here and note (and I have witnesses) that after the Colts scored with 12 seconds left in the half, I said “That’s ok, Bethel Johnson is going to run back the kickoff for a touchdown”. Just had to mention that…Ok, one more Bethel Johnson article, this one by Ian M. Clark. Elsewhere, Karen Guregian looks at a perplexing pair of halves for Tom Brady. Donaldson also looks at Brady’s fast start/slow finish. In the secondary, Michael Gee looks at a rough day for Eugene Wilson, though he fails to mention the play on which Wilson caused a fumble, a play that isn’t “Official” because there was a penalty on the play, but had the Colt receiver hung onto the ball, the play would’ve stood and been a big gainer.
Jim Donaldson looks at Dungy’s decisions to kick to Johnson, which cost the Colts dearly. Hank Lowenkron looks at the Colts coming up short on their final drive. Karen Guregian also looks at the Colts inability to gain one measly yard. Alan Greenberg looks at Willie McGinest setting things up for the final play. Nick Cafardo with another look at Tom Brady. Michael Gee in his pay column, tells us that the Pats luck is sure to run out one of these weeks.
Miracles are not a weekly occurrence. Sooner or later, the law of averages will kick in and the 10-2 Pats will come up on the short end of one of their habitual tributes to high blood pressure. It would be a shame if the percentages were to rear their ugly head in January, wouldn't it?
George Kimball has a pay column looking at why Ken Walter is still employed. Smith’s notebook looks at the Patriots Offense, which was in attack mode yesterday. The Herald notebook looks at Antowain Smith dealing with being inactive yesterday. Curran’s notebook looks at the play of the secondary. Parente’s notebook lauds the job done by the run defense. Ian M. Clark’s notebook says the Patriots aren’t lucky, just winners.
So Curt Schilling is in the fold. Watching it all unfold over the weekend, it was amusing to see the mainstream media (TV, Radio, Newspapers) all bewildered at this newfangled thing called the Internet. If you haven’t heard by now, (where the heck have you been?) Schilling spent quite a bit of time mingling online with Red Sox fans across a couple websites while the negotiations were still going on. He posted a message on a forum on RedSox.com that had radio hosts scrambling to figure out it if was for real or not, when savvy internet users knew that it had already been confirmed that the message was posted by Schilling himself. Also, Red Sox owner John W. Henry actually confirmed that the deal was done on the Sons of Sam Horn website before any other media outlet had the official word. Hearing people like Craig Mustard and Mike Adams on WEEI Friday and Saturday struggle to understand and accept the Internet postings was both amusing and pitiful. The DirtDogs website has the entire account of what happened and how the media was a step behind during the whole process.
Bob Hohler reports that Terry Francona’s appointment as manager is on a temporary hold. He also has a little bit from John W Henry on the SOSH website. Jeff Horrigan says the “delay is not an indication that Terry Francona is no longer a lock for the job.” Michael Gee works double duty today, posting a baseball article too. He compares Curt Schilling to Scott Sauerbeck. Well, he compares the reaction of the trades, anyway. John Tomase says the future is now for Theo and the Sox. Bill Burt’s Sunday column had him getting Lou Gorman’s thoughts on Schilling returning to the team that drafted him, and a number of other items.
The NHL has a number of problems to address, not the least of which is the abundance of ties in this league. Another one for the Bruins last night. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell, Steve Conroy and Joe McDonald look at the 3-3 knot the Bruins and Coyotes skated to last night at the Fleet. Kevin Paul Dupont says the Bruins need more from their defensemen. Stephen Harris says that Felix Potvin deserved a better fate last night. Jim McCabe and Harris also talk with Travis Green about his team (and former team). Marrapese-Burrell’s notebook looks at an injury to P.J. Axelsson that kept him out last night. Conroy’s notebook also looks at the injury.
Celtics links are over at Fox Sports Net New England.
John Molori’s Media Blitz looks at a number of items, from Sean McDonough’s recent WEEI appearance to Jerry Glanville being buried on the CBS depth chart. (If you’re clicking the link and getting last week’s article, hold down the “Ctrl” key on your keyboard and click the “refresh” button in your browser.)
FSNNE has Celtics/Grizzlies at 7:00. ABC has Titans/Jets at 9:00.