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On Patriots Daily, Greg Doyle has a special Bowl edition of College Scout.

The Boston Herald is running a bracket to determine the greatest Patriot of all time. Must be a slow news week. John Tomase introduces the competition.

Hall of Fame guard John Hannah likes what he sees from current Patriots Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins. Mike Reiss has Hannah’s thoughts on the nasty side of Mankins. Michael Felger talks to a long time NFL scout to determine whether the Patriots Pro Bowl picks are legit or not. I’m pretty sure this column by Hector Longo is simply a cry for help.

Karen Guregian has Junior Seau remaining as exuberant as ever. Jennifer Toland has Seau continuing to get the job done at the age of 38. Christopher Price has Seau going strong in his 18th NFL season. Robert Lee says that Seau still has a zest for winning.

Mark Farinella has Richard Seymour starting to round into form.

Dan Shaughnessy says that while the Patriots will stomp the 2007 Dolphins this weekend, they have a little ways to go to beat the old 1972 Dolphins, who won’t go away quietly. Shaughnessy has some quotes from Belichick on the 72 Dolphins, Guregian says the Patriots coach had little to say on the matter. Price notes that Belichick and Don Shula share some familiar background in their pasts. David Heuschkel says that the Patriots don’t need the 72 Dolphins for motivation. Lee says that both the Patriots and Dolphins have a lot at stake this weekend.

Christopher Gasper’s notebook has more on Seau not slowing down with age. Guregian’s notebook has Richard Seymour hoping to keep getting better as the season wears on. Farinella’s notebook has Seau refusing to act his age. Toland’s notebook has Seymour still working his way into form. Lee’s notebook has Tom Brady more focused on a Super Bowl title rather than a touchdown record.

Shalise Manza Young looks at the situation in Rhode Island for next weekend’s Patriots/Giants game on the NFL Network.


Fluto Shinzawa and Steve Conroy report on the Bruins roaring back from a 4-0 deficit, only to lose in the shootout against the Penguins. Bud Barth has the Bruins managing to salvage a point with the comeback.

Stephen Harris has Zdeno Charo igniting the Bruins rally with a fight against Penguins tough guy Georges Laraque. Mick Colageo has Tim Thomas holding the fort last night while his teammates came back on the Penguins.

Shinzawa’s notebook has the Bruins losing Glen Murray to a “middle body injury” last night. Conroy’s notebook has Patrice Bergeron feeling a little better. Barth’s notebook has more on Bergeron.


Marc J. Spears has Gary Payton making a call to his agent, hoping to come back to the Celtics. Steve Bulpett has the Celtics looking to bounce back after the tough loss to the Detroit. Jeff Howe has the Celtics taking their first home loss in stride.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has Mike Gorman happy with the Celtics return to prominence.

Spears’s notebook has Tony Allen turning the page on Wednesday night’s loss to the Pistons. Bulpett’s notebook has Doc Rivers wishing he had played his bench a little more on Wednesday.