Ian R. Rapoport says that the playoffs will be a new experience for many of these Patriots. Glen Farley says that there is no tomorrow for the Patriots now, it is now or never. Rich Garven says that it is a new season for the Patriots. Kerry Byrne says that the AFC playoffs are more wide open than you might think.
Adam Kilgore has a rested and healthy Fred Taylor hoping to carry the load for the Patriots in the postseason. Karen Guregian has Taylor not quite at 100% but wanting to contribute as much as he can. Mark Farinella has Taylor and his teammates doing the prep work to get ready for Sunday. Andy Vogt also has Taylor ready for work. Danny Picard has Taylor hoping his experience will make a difference.
Peter Abraham has Ty Warren hoping that he’ll be ready to go on Sunday against the Ravens. Jeff Howe has Jerod Mayo proving to be a young leader on this Patriots defense. Shalise Manza Young talks to Shawn Springs about how he kept his focus sharp and attitude focus while being a healthy scratch for several games this season.
Rapoport has Wes Welker weighing his options for the future. Christopher Price has Rodney Harrison weighing in on on the Welker injury. Mark Farinella says that although he’s supposed to be an impartial, dispassionate, unbiased observer of the game, he feels bad for Welker. So let me get this straight, the sportswriters code says that these guardians of the gate aren’t even allowed to feel sympathy when someone they cover has his entire standard of life in jeopardy? These sportswriters are a cold-hearted bunch, let me tell you.
Kilgore’s notebook has Rodney Harrison able to offer first-hand experience in his analysis of Wes Welker’s injured knee. Young’s Patriots Journal has Taylor feeling ready to go. Rapoport’s notebook has Matthew Slater moving up the depth chart with Welker’s injury. Garven’s notebook says that inconsistency was the Patriots biggest problem all season. Farley’s notebook has Belichick with nothing further to say about the Houston turf.
Jon Couture says that Theo Epstein hasn’t paused at all in implementing his plan for the 2010 Sox. Sean McAdam has the Red Sox trading Casey Kotchman to the Mariners for utilityman Bill Hall and a prospect. John Tomase has more on the Kotchman to Mariners move.
Nick Cafardo likes the signing of Adrian Beltre, and has Mike Lowell raving about Beltre in 2007. Gordon Edes says that Beltre came at a price the Red Sox couldn’t refuse. Jeff Jacobs says that the Red Sox moves don’t matter, the Yankees are still better.
Joe McDonald has the Red Sox telling Jacoby Ellsbury that he’ll be moving to left field next season. Amalie Benjamin has more on the Red Sox shifting things up in the outfield. Michael Silverman also looks at the outfield shuffle.
Alex Speier says that the gloves will be able to carry the Red Sox this season. Brian MacPherson says that the 2010 Red Sox will be a sight to see in the field. Mike Fine has the Sox setting their defense for 2010.
Joe Haggerty has the Bruins bouncing back nicely with a 4-1 win over the Senators last night. Fluto Shinzawa says that the Bruins responded well to the news that they would be without Patrice Bergeron for awhile. Steve Conroy has the Bruins striking early last night. Graig Woodburn has the Bruins responding impressively.
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