It’s finally time to hear the griping about the “consumer fraud” that is preseason NFL football, and to hear/read columnists griping about broadcasters being forced to wear golf shirts with Patriots logos on them during a Patriots-produced telecast. You know what? We may not even mind those annoyances, as after a spring and summer of labor talk, we finally get to see some on-the-field action at Gillette Stadium tonight.
What can we expect?
Pats Pregame Points: Preseason One Vs. Jags – Chris Warner kicks off a new season at Patriots Daily with some points to examine tonight.
We’ll get a little peek at the rebuilt defense – Greg A Bedard says that we’ll get our first look at what Bill Belichick has been cooking up on the defensive side of the ball.
First (preseason game) and 10: Points of emphasis for Patriots against the Jags – Chris Price continues the emphasis on “points” and not “things to watch for.”
Pay day for Logan Mankins – Ian Rapoport has the Patriots guard finally getting the new deal he was seeking.
From Rexy, With Love? – Also on Patriots Daily, we chat with Brian Bassett from TheJetsBlog about Shaun Ellis coming to the Patriots.
The Red Sox winning streak came to end last night with a 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
Primed for a payday: Where Papelbon stands in the free agent market for closers – Alex Speier looks at what the market might be for the Red Sox closer after this season.
Reserving judgment on bench moves – Despite the title of the column, Nick Cafardo isn’t happy with how Terry Francona managed the game last night – a game that Cafardo feels was winable. On the other hand, Michael Silverman doesn’t think this loss was a big deal.
Here is a list of the outlets that will carry tonight’s Patriots game live (7:30 kickoff):
WBZ-TV Channel 4 (Boston)
WWLP-TV Channel 22 (Springfield)
WNAC-TV Channel 64 (Providence)
WMUR-TV Channel 9 (Manchester)
WMTW-TV Channel 8 (Portland)
WVII-TV Channel 7 (Bangor)
WCTX-TV Channel 59 (Hartford)
WVNY-TV Channel 22 (Burlington)
Rogers Sports Net East
In the past, this list has included outlets in Honolulu and Anchorage. It doesn’t appear that these outlets will have the games this season. However, the game will be replayed on the NFL Network tomorrow at 4:00pm ET, and at least two more times in the coming days.