David Scott checks in on the Entercom/Nassau broadcasting deal falling through, (and the silence from Entercom on the matter) and has a number of other items in an all-new edition of Scott’s Shots.
The Patriots players got back to work yesterday, starting preparation for their first playoff game, next Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.
Gerry Callahan says we should all just enjoy the ride of watching Tom Brady at the absolute top of his game. Robert Lee has a look at how the Patriots view the pressure on them to continue their undefeated season to the end. Karen Guregian talks to Patriots owner Robert Kraft about the perfect regular season, Spygate, Randy Moss, Tom Brady and a few other topics. Mark Farinella has the Patriots players getting back to work after a New Years break. Ian M. Clark has Junior Seau getting another chance this season to prove himself.
John Tomase and Christopher L. Gasper have the AP officially recognizing Bill Belichick as the NFL Coach of the Year, after the Herald let the cat out of the bag yesterday with the results of their own poll of the voters. (Mixed feelings on that…Karen Guregian deserves credit for doing a whole lot of legwork in making the phone calls and getting their votes and quotes on the balloting, but at the same time, this is the AP’s award, let them announce it, rather than stealing their thunder. Is this going to set a precedent? Perhaps. Or it just might make the awards be announced a bit quicker.) Shalise Manza Young and David Heuschkel have more on Belichick receiving the honor.
Michael Vega has a chat with mammoth reserve offensive lineman Ryan O’Callaghan. Tomase also has Josh McDaniels declining the opportunity to interview for head coaching positions at this time. Lee also has McDaniels turning down the opportunity to interview with the Falcons and Ravens. Guregian has Wes Welker showing his ability to block in addition to catching passes and returning punts. Glen Farley has the Patriots looking forward to watching the NFL Wildcard games this weekend. Steve Buckley says that Wildcard Weekend has some local ties.
Christopher Price has the Patriots thanking the Giants for giving them a taste of playoff football. Jeff Horrigan has Brady and Belichick offering praise for Kevin Faulk, who has turned himself into the Troy Brown of running backs. Lee looks at how the Patriots are using their practice time this week. David Brown has the Patriots taking a good look in the mirror this week with their preparations. Chris Kennedy has the Patriots working on their own game this week.
Guregian’s notebook has the Patriots taking this week to address their own flaws, rather than preparing for a specific opponent. Mike Reiss’ notebook has more on McDaniels choosing to focus on getting his offense ready for the playoffs rather than interviewing for head coaching jobs. He also has Bethel Johnson coming in for a workout, and a look at Junior Seau getting another chance for that elusive first Super Bowl win. Farinella’s notebook has another look at Belichick being named coach of the year. Brown’s notebook has more on McDaniels passing on opportunities.
Fluto Shinzawa has Tim Thomas leading the Bruins to a 2-0 win over the Washington Capitals. Steve Conroy has Thomas and the Bruins in top form last night. Bud Barth has the Bruins getting back on track after a couple of tough weeks. Douglas Flynn has Marc Savard sparking the offense in the win.
With the Patriots making NFL history, Steve Bulpett has the Celtics making some history of their own this season. Marc J. Spears has former Celtics GM Chris Wallace getting to call the shots with the Grizzlies. Jeff Howe has Kendrick Perkins finding success with his new role this season.
Nick Cafardo has Roger Clemens insisting he was only ever injected with painkillers and vitamin B-12.
Rob Bradford has the Yankees keeping their hat in the Johan Santana ring.
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has Laura Behnke keeping busy with work at NECN, Comcast SportsNet, and WEEI.