The Patriots will head out to London later today as they get ready for Sunday’s game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Ron Borges wonders how Adalius Thomas will respond to his benching. For some reason he also feels the need to insult the intelligence of Jonathan Wilhite calling him a guy who “seems unable to tackle a math problem let alone someone with a football.” What’s that all about? Monique Walker has Thomas ready to go if active on Sunday. Karen Guregian says that the anger was just dripping from Thomas yesterday as he answered questions about his benching. Mark Farinella agrees that it wasn’t hard to sense Thomas’ true feelings yesterday. Mike Petraglia has Thomas airing it out yesterday. Glen Farley has Thomas with more questions than answers.
Ian R. Rapoport has the Patriots needing someone to step up into the receiver role behind Randy Moss and Wes Welker. Brian MacPherson has the Patriots giving youngsters Brandon Tate and Terrence Nunn the next shot at being the team’s third wideout. Dan Duggan has Tate ready and willing to step up if given the chance. Shalise Manza Young says that Tate’s long wait to get back on the field is finally over. Andy Vogt says that it is time for the Patriots to see what Tate can do. Christopher Price has Tate and Nunn awaiting their chance.
Hector Longo claims that Joey Galloway is just the latest in a long, long list of wide receiver busts put out on the field by the clueless Belichick. Even in an article mostly praising Belichick and the Patriots, Tony Massarotti needs to remind us “Does this mean Belichick is perfect? No, no, no. A thousand times no.”
Jennifer Toland has the Patriots ready to take off on their U.K. voyage. Mike Reiss has the Patriots focused solely on football for this trip. Duggan says that this trip will be all work for the Patriots. The Projo has Gary Guyton an unlikely, humble leader of the Patriots defense. Kerry Byrne looks at why Tom Brady is at his best in the cold.
Rapoport’s notebook has Darius Butler missing practice with an ankle injury yesterday. Walker’s notebook has more on Tate being ready to go. Young’s Patriots journal says that Thomas’ status for Sunday is unknown. Farinella’s notebook has the Patriots essentially holding auditions in practice this week for the third receiver role. Vogt’s notebook has more on Thomas. Farley’s notebook has more on the young receivers. Toland’s notebook has Thomas moving on from his benching.
Fluto Shinzawa has Patrice Bergeron and the Bruins stepping up for a solid 3-2 win over the Predators. Stephen Harris has the banged-up Bruins delivering last night. Mick Colageo has the Bruins getting back to what had made them a success last year. Jim Fenton has the shorthanded Bruins getting the win.
Kevin Paul Dupont has the Bruins still in need of a health boost. Steve Buckley says that last night’s effort was a good sign for the B’s. Mike Loftus has the Bruins able to piece together a lineup to beat the Predators.
Julian Benbow has the Celtics tuning up for their season opener with a win in Ohio over the Cavs. Mark Murphy has a little skirmish breaking out between Sheldon Williams and Mo Williams. Murphy has a look at Leon Powe’s reunion with his former team.
Bob Ryan looks at why Notre Dame doesn’t want to play Boston College in football anymore.