Last night, the buzz on the internet involved a picture and video from the celebrity gossip site TMZ which showed Tom Brady heading into his New York apartment with a walking cast on his right foot.
Naturally, this stirs panic in many corners of the Patriots fandom, but no more so than the media. The normally steady Karen Guregian is all aflutter over this development, exclaiming that the Patriots “hopes for a fourth Super Bowl title in seven years and an unprecedented 19-0 season certainly hit a major speed bump” with this development – even though she had Brady’s quotes from WEEI earlier in the day where he admitted to being “nicked up” but said he’d be ready for the Super Bowl, and wasn’t worried about it. Christopher L. Gasper keeps his wits about him a little better when reporting the story for the Globe. David Brown in the Standard Times notes that the NY Post (which runs the pagesix.com gossip site) has been attempting to “curse” the quarterbacks that the Giants face in their playoff run.
On Patriots Daily, Christopher Price points out something that will be different than the last time the Patriots and Giants met on the field.
Michael Felger dishes out his weekly Patriots report card. Ian M. Clark also has grades for the Patriots AFC championship game performance. Rich Garven says that the Patriots on Sunday were a throwback to the Pats of “old.” Like 2004 old. David Brown has a look at the “drive to nowhere” which closed out the game for the Patriots.
John Tomase says that the Giants will certainly present the Patriots with some problems in their quest for 19-0. Mark Farinella has the Patriots preparing for their next “business trip,” this time out West in Arizona. Jim Donaldson has Tom Brady and the Patriots looking forward to the warm weather of Arizona, which should be ideal for their passing game. David Heuschkel says that the Patriots know what they’re facing in the Giants. Chris Kennedy says that the Giants will still be a huge challenge for New England.
Mike Reiss has Richard Seymour responding to harsh comments from San Diego center Nick Hardwick. Guregian has Tedy Bruschi getting back to the Super Bowl for the first time since his stroke, something that he felt was impossible at one time. Tomase chats with Kyle Brady as another veteran Patriot seeking his first Super Bowl title. Douglas Flynn has the Patriots just one step away from perfection. He also notes that preparation is already under way for facing the Giants. Josh Egerman looks at the red zone defense tightening up for the Patriots on Sunday.
Donna Goodison looks at the ticket situation for the Super Bowl XLII.
Bill Burt tags along with ESPN’s Ron Jaworski as he goes through his day’s work.
The Globe notebook revisits the nine-minute drive which sealed the game for the Patriots on Sunday. Guregian’s notebook has more on the Seymour/Hardwick feud. Young’s notebook also covers the verbal sniping between the pair.
Hey – did you know that before the Patriots were founded, and even into the 1960’s, that much of New England considered themselves New York Giants fans? The Giants were on TV every weekend? Isn’t that amazing? Wow. We can thank Dan Shaughnessy for explaining it all to us this morning. It’s a fascinating tidbit that no one had ever mentioned before. Shaughnessy tells us he was rooting for the Giants on Sunday night, just so this could all be brought out. Gerry Callahan writes that Giants coach Tom Coughlin has proven that his way works, even if the ex-Boston College coach’s methods aren’t the most popular among some.
Gaspar looks back at the Week 17 matchup between these clubs, which turned out to be a Super Bowl preview. Tomase notes that that game proved to be a launching pad for the Giants on their road to the Super Bowl. Shalise Manza Young also examines how that game jump-started the New York title run.
The Celtics dispatched the Knicks in Madison Square Garden yesterday, 109-93, behind a career high 24 points from Kendrick Perkins.
Doc Rivers wasn’t pleased with the amount of talking that his team did yesterday, Marc J. Spears has the Celtics coach expressing his disappointment in his team’s behavior. Mark Murphy also has Rivers upset as his team’s lack of composure.
Murphy has Celtics rookie Glen Davis coming forward as a big fan of Kevin Faulk, having met him when Davis was in middle school. On the BSMW Full Court Press, Shirley Coshatt reminds us that the recent two-game losing streak wasn’t the end of the world for the Celtics.
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