I’ve been somewhat bemused this week as I’ve seen columns and heard radio announcers warning Patriots fans not to be overconfident heading into this weekend, and not to overlook how dangerous this Ravens team is.
Talk about not knowing your audience. I don’t think any Patriots fan is overconfident about this team. I think most think they have a decent chance to advance this weekend, but that is no sure thing. If anything, Patriots fans are pretty pessimistic about this team, and any wins from this point out are just playing with house money.
ESPN gets 3-D picture in focus – Chad Finn looks at ESPN’s announcement earlier this week of the formation of an entire sports network to launch later this year dedicated to 3D programming.
NESN’s Caron set to call a college winter classic – Bill Doyle looks at NESN and Fenway Park getting ready to host more outdoor hockey, this time of the college variety.
Can Patriots overcome loss of Welker? – Mike Reiss and Tedy Bruschi check the matchups between the Patriots and Ravens.
How they match up: Patriots vs. Ravens – Karen Guregian with a position-by-position look at this Sunday’s playoff matchups.
Can Tom Brady Be Trusted in the Fourth Quarter? – Michael Hurley asks a question no one would’ve even thought to ask prior to this season.
Ex-QB known to shine in spotlight – Chris Forsberg provides the daily (for this week) obligatory story on Julian Edelman. Still pretty good though.
Patriots Must Resort to Age-Old ‘Us Against the World’ Mentality in Playoffs – Kristen Merrill thinks the Patriots need to turn back the clock a bit this weekend.
Derrick Burgess the man! Huh? – From purely a trainwreck perspective, this column from Ron Borges needs to be mentioned. So Bill Belichick tries to motivate a player and increase his confidence by praising him publicly. Borges takes this and makes it an insult to Richard Seymour, Mike Vrabel, Andre Tippett and every other player to suit up on defense for the Patriots. He then runs in and whispers Belichick’s praise of Burgess to various Patriots players, no doubt blowing it way out of proportion and context. Or is Borges just defensive that Burgess ended up with more sacks this season (5.0) then Seymour (4.0) or Vrabel (2.0) this season, and trying, as usual, to discredit Belichick? I don’t think anyone (Belichick included) thinks that Burgess has been everything the Patriots envisioned to be this season, and I’m pretty sure Belichick was just trying to boost the confidence of a player he’s going to need if the Patriots hope to make any noise this postseason.
Wallace, Perkins working well together – With Kevin Garnett out, Mike Fine looks at how Kendrick Perkins and Rasheed Wallace have used the opportunity to learn to mesh their games.
Lowell just a victim of the business – Lenny Megliola has Mike Lowell in an awkward position with the Red Sox.