Friday is at last here in what has been a pretty amazing week, both in the sports world and here at BSMW. It continues tonight with the rebuilt Celtics making their debut, tomorrow with Boston College taking on Florida State and Sunday with Patriots/Colts.
Join us over on Patriots Daily for another edition of the Patriots Roundtable. If you missed it yesterday, Bill Barnwell also provided an excellent look at how the Colts build their defense in his column yesterday for the site.
Michael Felger says that this game represents A chance for atonement for the Patriots, who made some bad decisions and plays in the AFC title game that they would like to make up for. Christopher L. Gasper looks at running backs Laurence Maroney and Joseph Addai, and the debate over which one is better and who should’ve been chosen first. Shalise Manza Young says that this game comes down to the two best QB’s in the game. David Heuschkel looks at whether Rodney Harrison will be able to make a difference against Dallas Clark. Mark Farinella has Harrison all business in the locker room yesterday. Christopher Price has Belichick and the Patriots surprisingly loose yesterday.
Robert Lee has a look at whether the Patriots new receivers will be able to cause problems for the Colts. Jennifer Toland says that the Colts are well aware of what Randy Moss can do. Karen Guregian has Stephen Gostkowski ready to answer the call should he be called upon to make a kick in a crucial spot. She also has Laurence Maroney hoping that Tom Brady doesn’t rush for two touchdowns again this weekend. Jeff Howe looks at Brady’s efforts to surpass Manning in the single season TD record.
Bob Hohler has a piece on Reggie Wayne, who grew up as a Patriots fan, and is now Peyton Manning’s main go-to guy. Karen Guregian has a piece on tight end Dallas Clark and the threat he poses to the Patriots this Sunday. Chris Kennedy has the Colts becoming a more physical team on defense. David Brown says that while the Colts pass defense is much-improved, they’re still not that great against the run.
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell says that CBS won’t have any problems drumming up interest in this game.
The Globe notebook has the Patriots glad that they’ll have Rodney Harrison on the field for this game. Guregian’s notebook has Harrison won over by Randy Moss and how he has been in the Patriots locker room. Lee’s notebook has Harrison saying that he’s nearly back to full strength. Toland’s notebook has Harrison anxious to get out on the field Sunday. Farinella’s notebook has Bill Belichick talking about playing in the RCA dome. I’m not sure where Farinella feels Belichick provided a “smidgeon” of bulletin board material with his comments.
Jim McCabe has his NFL picks for the weekend.
Kevin Henkin over on the BSMW Full Court Press has a Val Halen-themed Celtics preview.
Steve Bulpett has Paul Pierce’s loyalty to the Celtics finally being rewarded. Jeff Clark offers a thumbnail look at the new Celtics. Bill Doyle looks at what a difference a year has made for the Celtics. Gerry Callahan has Danny Ainge’s persistence getting the Celtics back into the position of contenders. Tim Weisberg has the Celtics believing in the power of three. Scott Souza has Paul Pierce being cautiously optimistic about the potential of this team.
Mark Murphy says that tonight is the Celtics first chance to starting proving that they’re worthy of the hype. Ben Larsen over at Parquet Pride offers some thoughts on tonight’s opener. Murphy has Kevin Garnett happy to be able to share the spotlight. Bulpett has Ray Allen happy with what he has seen thus far of his new team and the excitement around it. Weisberg has the Celtics counting heavily on second year point guard Rajon Rondo to get the trio the ball in the right spots.
Marc J. Spears has the Celtics “other” players knowing that they’ll need to play a large role for this team. Dan Ventura says that a lot of the Celtics success will depend on the supporting cast. Paul Doyle examines whether this team is going to have what it takes to contend for a title. Spears’ notebook has Sam Cassell relating to what the Celtics are going to go through with their three stars.
David Scott looks at Boston being subject to nonstop “gate” scandals and under attack as the most despised sports city in the country.
The Bruins took a 4-3 OT victory over the Sabres last night. Check in on the coverage at BruinsLinks.com
The Red Sox are already trying to figure out who will be here and who won’t be when opening day 2008 rolls around. Check out the stories on RedSoxLinks.com. Also be sure to check out Jerry Beach‘s piece about the Sox of ’05 and ’06 who missed out on the Championship fun.