We’re still without electricity and the snow is flying up here at BSMW Headquarters, but that’s not going to stop the morning links today…
The NFL announced the Pro Bowl starters and reserves yesterday, and two Patriots found themselves on the AFC roster, wide receiver Wes Welker was named as a reserve, and placekicker Stephen Gostkowski is the starter at his position.
Mike Reiss says that both players are especially deserving of the honor. Eric McHugh has a further look at the two first time Pro Bowlers. John Tomase has Welker saying that when the coach called him into his office yesterday afternoon, he thought he was in trouble. Mark Farinella has more on the two Patriot selections. Daniel Barbarisi says that it is quite a difference from last season’s eight Pro Bowlers for the Patriots.
Ben Swasey looks at a few deserving Patriots who didn’t make the cut. Barbarisi has the Patriots secondary bracing for busy day against the Cardinals. He also has Brandon Meriweather making his name as a player and leader on the Patriots defense.
Reiss’ notebook has a look at Brandon Meriweather, who has emerged as a steady force on the defense. Tomase’s notebook has Marshfield native and former Patriot Sean Morey making his first Pro Bowl yesterday as well. McHugh’s notebook also reports on Morey.
The Celtics 15 game winning streak will face a stiff test tonight as they travel to Atlanta to take on the pesky Hawks. Marc J. Spears has the Hawks website getting fans up for this one. Steve Bulpett has the Celtics wary of the Hawks, but notes that Paul Pierce should be able to go in this one. Mike Fine has more on the tough test on tap tonight for the Celtics.
Robert Lee has a look at Rajon Rondo’s breakout season. Scott Souza has Gabe Pruitt proving his worth. Jessica Camerato has Pruitt earning praise from both Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge. Tim Weisberg says that Ainge’s patience with Rivers has paid off big. Bill Reynolds says that the Celtics have something very special going on this season.
Sean McAdam reports that the Red Sox are not willing to give Mark Teixeira a 10 year contract. Joe McDonald wonders if the Red Sox are waiting for all other offers to come in so that they can trump them. McAdam’s notebook has Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis waiting for the call to join the US team in the World Baseball Classic.
Fluto Shinzawa looks at the Bruins power play becoming a strength for the club. Stephen Harris has the team getting into the Christmas spirit. Mike Loftus has rookie Matt Hunwick making the most of his opportunity. Tony Lee has a look at the hot streaks by the Bruins and Phil Kessel.