On Patriots Daily this morning, Christopher Price looks at what the Patriots will likely be doing until they find out this weekend who their opponent will be for their first playoff game.

Michael Felger has his regular season-ending report card for the Patriots. As you might expect from a 16-0 team, lots of “A’s” and “B’s.” He tries to boil the Patriots success this season down into two factors: Randy Moss and Spygate. Mike Reiss examines the snaps and minutes played by Moss and Wes Welker and notes how impressive that stats are. Shalise Manza Young revisits the Patriots first eight victories of their perfect regular season.

John Tomase has a look at Rodney Harrison, who has remained a leader on the Patriots despite all he has been through the last couple of years with injuries and his suspension to start this season. An interesting tidbit for me that I hadn’t heard before was the Harrison and Troy Brown had faced each other in college. Harrison made an impression even then. Bill Burt claims that things will be easier now for the Patriots since the pressure is off. Tony Massarotti says that Tom Brady’s TD record deserves extra credit for playing outdoors, in New England, rather than in a dome, or in the warmth of Miami.

Chad Finn presents part one of his “Ultimate, All-Time, Wicked Awesome, New England Patriots Player Quiz.”

Reiss’ notebook has the Patriots cutting down on penalties this season.

Celtics

Kevin Henkin on the BSMW Full Court Press offers up some Quotable Quotes About the Celtics thus far this season.

Julian Benbow has the Celtics feeling the absence of Rajon Rondo in their West coast trip finale, even if the scoreboard didn’t reflect it. Steve Bulpett has Paul Pierce stepping into the lead role on the Celtics even with Garnett and Allen around. Lenny Megliola examines how far the Celtics have exceeded our expectations this season.

Bulpett’s notebook has Lamar Odom receiving a one game suspension for his takedown of Ray Allen late in Sunday night’s Celtics win in LA. Benbow’s notebook has the hit still a sore subject among the Celtics.

Bruins/NHL

Barbara Matson has Matt Lashoff taking advantage of his bigger role as of late. Rich Thompson has Glen Murray taking his time in his return from a hip flexor.

Kevin Paul Dupont has the NHL’s outdoor game between the Sabres and Penguins yesterday a smashing success.

Misc

Jon Couture reminds us that all the success of the Boston teams hasn’t made the experience of being a Boston fan less sweet.

You might want to stay away from Gregg Easterbrook and Tuesday Morning QB again this week. This week’s premise is that the Patriots are doomed simply because the NFL passing yardage leader has never won a Super Bowl that same season. In a piece more worth your time, former Patriots offensive lineman Ross Tucker explains some reasons for the franchise’s success.

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