While there are plenty of articles in the papers this morning talking about the renewed “border war” between the Patriots and the Jets with New York’s signing of former Patriot (and Jet) Ty Law this week, I come down on the side of my colleague Scott Benson, who wrote yesterday on Patriots Daily:
What a typically whorey, showy move by the Jets to sign Ty Law now, just as they’re preparing for a game with the Patriots. A typically catty high school girl approach to team building. “Your boyfriend likes me better, bitch, and he’s taking me to your party on Thursday night!” What are they going to do next? Put up a fake Bill Belichick MySpace page? How am I supposed to take these clowns seriously, regardless of what their record is?
Benson goes on to call the move “a laughably pathetic grab at some sort of psychological advantage.” Which is exactly what it is.
Of course, if the Patriots go and sign Justin Miller, whom the Jets released to make room for Law, then perhaps we’ll have to wonder if the Patriots got caught up in this ploy, or if they just think that Miller can add something to their special teams.
Anyway, onto Border War Wednesday…
Ron Borges uses the occasion to rehash the entire Patriots/Jets war, if you’re interested. Adam Kilgore has the Jets on the right side of the Law. Rich Garven has the border war rekindled with the signing of Law by the Jets.
As for the actual game being played tomorrow night, Mike Reiss looks back at the first meeting between the clubs to determine what adjustments might be made this time around. Guregian says that the Jets defense will provide a stiff test to Matt Cassel and company. Shalise Manza Young looks at the Jets’ Kris Jenkins, who is an irresistible force and immovable mass in the middle for New York. Glen Farley has the Patriots focusing on ball control this season.
Tomorrow night will also be the night that the Patriots honor Troy Brown. Jim Donaldson looks at Brown getting his due from the Patriots. Mark Farinella feels that the loss of Adalius Thomas is the tipping point at which the Patriots magic will run out. Brian MacPherson looks at how the short week trips up many of the Patriots routines and schedules. Andy Vogt has more on the quick turnaround this week.
Guregian’s notebook has Brady working through some knee stiffness as a result of his surgery. Reiss’ notebook says that having Brady around has given his teammates a lift. Young’s notebook has Law getting in his first practice with the Jets. Garven’s notebook says that the Patriots will need to be wary of the Jets’ ball-hawking ways on defense. Farley’s notebook has the Jets keeping mostly grounded this season.
Be sure to check out Paul Flannery‘s feature on Kevin Garnett this month in Boston Magazine. He talked to a number of the so-called stat geeks (the basketball sabermetric folks) to try to get a read on just how valuable KG really is.
Scott Souza has the Celtics working on overcoming their slow starts as of late. Julian Benbow has the Celtics defense winning games for then while their offense gets back on track. Mark Murphy has Glen Davis learning the art of post defense. On WEEI.com Flannery also has a piece on Leon Powe.
Murphy’s notebook catches up with old friend Dino Radja.
Alex Speier examines the state of Red Sox catching.
Joe McDonald has David Ortiz asserting that the Red Sox just need another power bat, and some bullpen help and they’ll be right back on top. Nick Cafardo has more from Ortiz, who made the remarks at a charity event. Sean McAdam notes that Ortiz is feeling better, and looking for some help in the lineup. Rob Bradford also has the comments from Big Papi. Amalie Benjamin has Sox bench coach Brad Mills enjoying the time he got to spend talking with the Mariners about their open manager position.
Joe Haggerty looks at the strange road to success for Bruins rookie Blake Wheeler. Barbara Matson looks at the tough slate of back-to-back games for the Bruins. Steve Conroy has Patrice Bergeron and Michael Ryder on the verge of breaking out.