Michael Felger provides us XXXVIII pieces of information about Super Bowl XXXVIII. (On the last one, is Tom Brady going to the Pro Bowl? I hadn’t heard, but I’ve been in the bunker the last few weeks here.) Bob Ryan has a look at Mike Vrabel — the quintessential New England Patriot. Tom Curran looks at Ted Johnson, heading back to his roots in Houston for the Super Bowl. Glen Farley says it’s a homecoming for several Patriots. Alan Greenberg says these Panthers have a familiar feel to them. Ron Hobson says the Panthers believe in their coach. Lenny Megliola looks at Panther’s fever in Carolina. Nick Cafardo gives us the nitty gritty on two weeks as opposed to one week of Super Bowl preparation. Kevin Mannix says the Panthers are like the Patriots all right…the ’85 Patriots. Michael Parente looks at improbable starter Russ Hochstein. Mike Reiss talks with Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger about the challenge facing Dan Henning and the Panthers offense. Jim Donaldson talks with Chris Palmer, who faced both the Panthers and the Patriots this season with the Texans.
Jim McCabe talks with Ricky “Tonight a dynasty is born.” Proehl about the chances of the Panthers pulling off the upset. Bill Reynolds tells us 32 things about Tom Brady. The last one is interesting. Michael Bishop, on his way out of town said: “You guys are going to find out that Tom Brady is the best quarterback here.”Mark Blaudschun looks at kicker John Kasay, who has been with the Panthers since their first season. Paul Grimaldi looks at Patriots merchandise taking off. Buddy Thomas hates the hype and stupid questions of the two week Super Bowl buildup. Mike DiMauro looks at New England fans’ myopic view of their team. Felger has a look at Charlie Weis likely getting a look in Oakland after the Super Bowl, and Cafardo says it could be either Weis or Romeo Crennel. Cafardo also hints that Crennel’s extension is below market value for what top coordinators around the league are making. Felger says Tedy Bruschi has a strained calf muscle. Curran’s notebook says the Patriots players will start to learn about the Panthers today. Cafardo’s notebook says the roof is slated to be open for the Super Bowl. George Kimball’s Panther’s notebook says that Brentson Buckner didn’t sign with New England because of his last name. He also talks Sox with Jermaine Wiggins. Parente’s notebook says that the Patriots have some work to do on the Red Zone offense.
Celtics links are at Fox Sports Net New England
Jeff Horrigan reports on the Sox interest in a pair of Cuban pitchers.
Ron Indrisano and Steve Conroy report on cheek surgery for Joe Thornton. He’ll miss at least tonight’s game with Buffalo and be day to day after that. Indrisano’s notebook looks at Framingham’s own Carl Corazzini. Conroy’s notebook looks at Craig MacDonald settling in.
Clea Simon looks at new WEEI GM Julie Kahn.
NESN has Bruins/Sabres at 7:00. ESPN has Flyers/Rangers at 7:30. ESPN2 has college hoops at 7:00 and 9:00. TNT has Cavs/Kings at 7:00 and Lakers/Mavs at 9:30.