Bill Griffith ranks the TV coverage of the celebration. Tom Mooney recaps Patriots day. Michael O’Connor provides some scenes from the victory parade. Michael Holley says that New England fans truly are the best. Shawn Courchesne looks at a raucous welcome for the Super Bowl Champions. Jules Crittenden & David Webe look at young fans allowed to come out and see their heroes. Dan Shaughnessy says it doesn’t get any better than this. (Warning: Requisite Red Sox reference contained within.) Kevin Gray gives us a play-by-play of the parade and rally.
As for the team and its future, Nick Cafardo says that the Patriots could come back even stronger next year. I’m still uncomfortable with Nick on board. I liked it better when he was a Bills booster and every column had quotes from the “best GM in the game”. But Nick does a good job here in this one. Christopher Price says that Bill Belichick has a long to-do list this offseason. Michael Felger’s notebook says that Damien Woody will take a hometown discount, the only question is will it be enough to keep him here in New England. Smith’s notebook says things are looking good for Rodney Harrison after his surgery yesterday.
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell and Stephen Harris look at a Bruins 5-4 win over the Thrashers last night. Ron Indrisano and Joe Gordon look at the Thrashers Dany Heatley, who just returned to action last week from injuries sustained in the car accident that killed his teammate Dan Snyder. Indrisano also looks at Joe Thornton thriving with a new open style of play. Harris’ notebook looks at Felix Potvin, while Marrapese-Burrell’s notebook looks at an honor for Andrew Raycroft.
Michael Silverman reports on the Sox having Ellis Burks in for a physical exam, and also a look at Tony Cloninger’s new role with the club. Gordon Edes says that the Sox and Burks have already come to terms on a deal, and are just waiting for the physical. I hope he passes the exam. Burks was my favorite player on the Sox in the late 80’s and to have him return and possibly finish his career here after all that has happened would be a nice ending.
Vin Baker wants to play for the Knicks? That and other Celtics items can be found at Fox Sports Net New England.
FSNNE has Celtics/Clippers at 7:00. ESPN has Lakers/Cavs at 8:00. ESPN2 has College hoops with Colorado/Texas at 8:00 and Louisville/Memphis at 10:00.