John Tomase says that now the Colts are the equals of the Patriots, (Indy even has a slight edge, he says.) it is a real rivalry between the two clubs going forward. Jim Donaldson tells Patriots fans that they need to face the fact that the Colts are a better team than the Patriots. Bob Ryan looks at what the Colts accomplished, and the way they went about doing it.
Ron Borges says that you can’t simply put all on the blame on Rex Grossman for this one. Mike Reiss examines the challenges the Colts will face going into next season. Reiss’ notebook says that all signs indicate a return for Tony Dungy next season.
Bill Reynolds says that Ted Johnson’s story should be a cautionary tale for all athletes. He says that sports are an addiction to some, which is why they cannot give them up, even if they’re putting their health at risk, as Johnson was.
Gerry Callahan says that losing needs to be the number one priority of your Boston Celtics, as this is a season where you can get a real superstar with the top pick. Mike Martin weighs in on the BSMW Full Court Press on Peter May’s Sunday column about the young players on the Celtics.
Shira Springer and Mark Murphy report on Gerald Green being selected to participate in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest. The Herald is even soliciting suggestions for dunks for Green to use during the contest. Mike Petraglia looks at Pierce’s impending return to the lineup this week.
Murphy’s notebook has Ryan Gomes coming down on the side of Paul Pierce in terms of the Celtics getting the top draft pick. Gomes doesn’t think the Celtics need to get any younger.
It will be Boston College and Boston University in the finals of the Beanpot once again. Jim McCabe, Joe Haggerty and Rich Thompson report on BU getting to the championship game for the 13th straight year by defeating Northeastern 4-0. Dan Shaughnessy looks at Northeastern having their dreams shattered once again in the BU Invitational. Karen Guregian says that talk that this might be the year for Northeastern provided BU with some inspiration. Jeff Howe has Jack Parker missing the good old days of the Beanpot
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell and John Connolly have the accounts of Boston College getting by Harvard 3-1. Thompson looks at BC penalty killer extraordinaire Nathan Gerbe using his skills to defeat Harvard. Barbara Matson looks at BC goalie Cory Schneider coming up big after giving up an early goal.
Steve Conroy and Fluto Shinzawa look at Brandon Bochenski getting a shot with the Bruins. Mike Dunshee on the BSMW Power Play has a look at how the Bruins have continued to stumble since the All Star break. Conroy’s notebook has the Bruins paying the price for committing 14 penalties against the Hurricanes on Saturday night.
Garry Brown looks at the bullpen as the biggest question for the Red Sox heading into spring training.
Boston Sports Review is running their sports media poll in preparation for their annual media issue next month.
Nathan Hurst has an obituary for former Globe sportswriter S. Barry Cadigan.