Michael Felger has a good look at Scott Pioli, a guy Bill Belichick calls “one of my best friends”. Jackie MacMullan says that Belichick and Pioli make up a great team. Dan Shaughnessy makes all the comparisons from last time the Patriots were in the Super Bowl to this time. How things have changed. Kevin Mannix says the Patriots know that they have to keep Ty Law. Alan Greenberg says that on the Patriots, no one is above the Law. Mike Reiss gives us assorted thoughts and facts on the Patriots from Houston. Among his thoughts, he wonders what Lawyer Milloy is thinking right now. Eric McHugh says that this Patriots team has eclipsed the squad of 2001. Steve Buckley looks at Tom Brady coping with the increased spotlight this time around. Nick Cafardo says Brady is the big attraction of this game.

Peter May looks at all the Panthers toting camcorders for Super Bowl week. John Altavilla has a look at Jermaine Wiggins returning to the Super Bowl. Jim McCabe looks at Carolina safety Mike Minter. McCabe’s notebook looks at the Panther’s delay in getting into Houston. George Kimball’s notebook looks at Carolina returnman “He Hate Me.”

Mark Arsenault has a look at what the Patriots send off to Houston from Foxboro was like. Michael Smith says the Patriots got chills from the sendoff, and not just because of the weather. Greenberg reports on the Patriots arrival in Houston. Michael Parente and Michael Felger say the Pats were all business as they arrived in Houston. Christopher Price says that the Patriots have moved into the elite class of NFL franchises. Glen Farley also looks at the transformation of the Patriots. Paul Edward Parker says too bad the Patriots can’t take Gillette with them. Michael Corkery says many Patriot players are regulars around Providence. Karen Guregian has a look at Rodney Harrison, expecting his first child. Gus Martins has Willie McGinest speaking about going to his third Super Bowl with the Patriots. Felger looks at a few Patriots facing an uncertain future.

Parente’s notebook has a look at a long-over reunion for Bobby Hamilton in Houston. McHugh’s notebook looks at a Panther that Rosevelt Colvin might want to talk to. Deon Grant had the same type of hip injury that Colvin suffered this season. Farley also has a look at a frustrated Colvin, who wants nothing more than to play in a Super Bowl. Smith’s notebook has Willie McGinest expecting Tedy Bruschi to play. Felger’s notebook says Bruschi’s status is still up in the air.

Stephen Harris says the Bruins are preparing for a playoff push. Ron Indrisano has the Bruins seeking a scoring spark.

Celtics got crushed in the swamps of NJ yesterday. Links at Fox Sports Net New England.

Gordon Edes reports on the Rangers naming A-Rod team captain.

John Molori previews all the local TV and Radio coverage for Super Bowl week.