The Titans it is. Be prepared for plenty of talk this week about how tough the Titans are, how Steve McNair is a “warrior” and how this team will not be intimidated coming into Gillette. Michael Smith looks ahead to a tough game for the Pats. Kevin Mannix looks back at the first Titans game and how that was a turning point in the season for the Patriots. Nick Cafardo says it is time the Titans stepped up and won a big one, otherwise, “they could go down as one of the greatest close-but-no-cigar teams of all time.” Alan Greenberg says the Patriots will have their hands full with a highly motivated Titans team. Ian M. Clark says that the first Titans game just seems like ages ago. Chris Kennedy says the Patriots do not want their streak to end where it began. Michael Felger looks back at the highs and lows of the first Titans game. The ProJo says the Patriots have the pieces in place to build a dynasty. Mike Reiss looks at the Patriots by the numbers, 1-31. Jonathan Comey says that seeds and past history will have no bearing on the game Saturday night. Felger’s notebook looks at the new turf being installed at Gillette. Cafardo’s notebook says that Charlie Weis has seen his stock rise in Buffalo after his interview on Friday.

Ron Borges and Steve Buckley report on the Colts running all over the Broncos yesterday. Borges’ notebook looks at the change made by Tony Dungy on the offensive line to counter the rush of Denver’s Trevor Pryce. Buckley also looks at the end to Peyton Manning’s postseason jinx.

Bob Ryan looks back at LSU’s 21-14 win over Oklahoma last night in the BCS championship game. Mark Blaudschun says that LSU was impressive in claiming half of the National Championship.

Are the Bruins ready to shake out of their slump? Well, Nancy Marrapese-Burrell and Stephen Harris note encouraging signs in the recent play of the club. Russ Conway says the mystique of the “Original 6” is long gone in the NHL.

Celtics take on Detroit tonight, links from today and the weekend can be found at Fox Sports Net New England.

Norman Chad has 23 thoughts on Sports on TV.

Worst quote of the weekend, in a weekend full of awful ones. Chris Berman, prior to the Panthers/Cowboys game Saturday night. There was a segment detailing Panthers linebacker Mark Fields and coach Sam Mills and how they’ve both been diagnosed with cancer during the season. Berman spouted that both were devoting their lives to the “battle against beating cancer”. We know what he was trying to say, but still…

FSNNE has Celtics/Pistons at 7:00. ESPN has college hoops with Texas/Providence at 7:00 and Kansas/Colorado at 9:00. ESPN2 has Wild/Blues at 8:00.