The NFL returns tonight as the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints kick off the regular season.
The local papers have their NFL preview issues, with plenty of good material (mostly).
Here is the Boston Herald 2011 Patriots Preview.
Here is the Boston Globe 2011 NFL Preview.
There is some really good stuff in both sections, but if I’m a Globe NFL/Patriots writer, I’m pissed off that they allowed Dan Shaughnessy to participate in the picks page. Not only participate, but go first. Shaughnessy predicts a 16-0 season with a home playoff loss to the Steelers in their first playoff game, and the Jets to win it all.
The rest of the writers worked hard in putting together this section, and then the editors allow Shaughnessy to come in and casually spend 30 seconds coming up with the scenario that will piss the most people off, and put it in the predictions page. It taints the entire Globe NFL preview. Shaughnessy thinks he’s edgy and controversial. In this case, he’s pathetic.
Yes, Shaughnessy has been tainting the entire Globe sports section for many years, but to allow him to insert himself into this is just dumb.
There was an advanced screening of the NFL Films Bill Belichick documentary last night and here are a few reviews (and spoilers):
Star billing – Chad Finn
Belichick documentary thoughts – Mike Reiss
Bullpen blows Wakefield’s 200th, Sox lose 11-10 – Sean McAdam leads off the CSNNE game story from last night, in which the bullpen couldn’t hold a lead for Tim Wakefield.
Remember My Friend, Brad McCrimmon, When He Played For The Whalers – Jeff Jacobs remembers the former Bruins and Whalers defenseman who was killed in the Russian plane crash.
I’m stoked that Chad Finn was able to report on the WEEI FM simulcast before the station themselves could announce it….