Only had time for Patriots links this morning, but that’s pretty much all that is going on anyway.
With the seeming loss of Damien Woody for the remainder of the playoffs, (The Patriots still him as “doubtful” and say he is day-to-day.) you’ll get used to the name Russ Hochstein over the next few days. Michael Smith says that Hochstein will just try to fit in and do the job come Sunday. Alan Greenberg looks at the loss of Woody and how Hochstein can try to fit in. Michael O’Connor says Hochstein is ready to do whatever is asked of him, even stepping in and starting an AFC title game. Mike Reiss says that the Woody injury will showcase a staple of the Belichick era…depth. Michael Parente also has a look at the loss of Woody for the Patriots. Bob Ryan says the Patriots stand out among the four remaining teams. Michael Felger looks at Willie McGinest, who doesn’t want to look back at his heroics in the first meeting between the Colts and Patriots. Michael Holley says that Peyton Manning has his poker face on this week, he’s not going to reveal anything. Karen Guregian says that Foxboro is just not Peyton’s place. Tom Curran just knows that special teams will somehow come into play in deciding the game on Sunday. Mick Colageo looks at how newcomers fit into and adjust to coming to the Patriots. Kevin Paul Dupont says the Patriots’ young secondary members need to study up this week, as they’ll be tested come Sunday. Another member of the secondary, Tyrone Poole knows that his small stature could also lead to his being picked on, but to him, it doesn’t matter. Frank Dell’Apa has a look at Christian Fauria, enjoying his second season in New England much more than his first. Robert Lee says that Indy’s offense is just scary. Joe Burris says the Colts defense is hoping to make a statement this Sunday. Colts fan Buddy Thomas tells us that the Colts can beat the Patriots. Jim Donaldson looks at the AFC title games in Patriots history. Curran says that Patrick Pass may get some touches if Antowain Smith is too banged up.
Felger’s notebook has Ty Law looking for a bigger piece of the action come Sunday. Smith’s notebook says Tom Brady has a tall task in front of him as far as trying to match Manning on Sunday. Lee’s notebook has more on Woody. Reiss’ notebook looks at Ted Washington’s “Homeland Defense” T-shirts. Parente’s notebook says the Colts will try to stretch the Patriot secondary. Burris’ Colts notebook says the Brandon Stokley could miss the game Sunday because his son is in the hospital.
Celtics lost to the Rockets at home last night. An injured Paul Pierce had only four points. The links are at Fox Sports Net New England.