By: Ian Logue
A quick look at some of the top stories from this morning
The Tuna Bites, Talks About Coaches – Dan Shaughnessy
Shaughnessy has an article this morning on former Patriots head coach Bill Parcells, who immediately told him to, “Keep me out of this one, will ya?’’ Bill Parcells says. “Don’t stir up any [expletive].’’
NOTEBOOK: Practice turns out to be a hit – Shalize Manza Young
Young has her notebook this morning and it leads off with notes on yesterday’s first practice in Indianapolis which was held in full pads. According to most of the players, it was a solid practice.
This oversight was huge – Giant, even – Bob Ryan
Ryan has an article this morning on the Giants, and writes that New York was “the 9-7 fox that never should have been allowed into the playoff henhouse”, and the amount of noise they’ve made in the NFC confirms that.
Man in Motion – John Powers
Powers has a good article this morning on Aaron Hernandez, and talks about the versatility he’s shown in the Patriots offense.
Connolly starting but still centered – Michael Whitmer
Whitmer has an article on Dan Connolly, who has stepped up in a big way with all the injuries the Patriots have had on their offensive line this season.
Similarities run deep with Bill Belichick and Tom Coughlin – Ron Borges
Borges has a good article comparing Belichick with Coughlin, and writes, “Belichick is Mt. Rushmore to Coughlin’s Mt. Vesuvius.”
Players, doc worry for Rob Gronkowski – Karen Guregian
Guregian has a good article this morning on Rob Gronkowski, with quotes from doctors and former players about how tough it’s going to be for him to play with the injury.
Veterans thrilled to reach pinnacle at last – Ian Rapoport
Rapoport has an article this morning that includes some quotes from veterans on the Patriots roster who are excited at the opportunity to finally play in a Super Bowl, including guys like Brian Waters and Shaun Ellis.
NOTEBOOK: Device Will Aid BenJarvus Green-Ellis – Ian Rapoport
Rapoport has his notebook for this morning, which opens with the fact both BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead will both be wearing “impact indicators” in Sunday’s Super Bowl.
How things do change – Steve Buckley
Buckley has an article this morning on the fact that the New York media ran wild after Tom Brady’s comment about a “party” next week should the Patriots beat the Giants on sunday.
Patrick Chung says unit plays like family – Dan Ventura
Ventura has an article this morning on Chung, who said on Monday that he feels like he and his teammates are “playing like a family” as they head into Sunday’s showdown against New York.
Devin McCourty tries to make most of Rolle change – Dan Ventura
Ventura writes that McCourty has done a good job adjusting to playing the safety position in recent weeks, and has comments from his former Rutgers teammate Antrel Rolle on what the transition is like.
Born with Wil-fork to lead – Mark Daniels
Daniels has an article on Vince Wilfork this morning, who Bill Belichick noticed was running sprints across the field during yesterday’s practice session as he continues to work just as hard at this point in the season.
Patriots’ Wes Welker is a slot machine – Randy Covitz
The Herald has a syndicated piece this morning on Wes Welker, who Covitz writes was acquired by Bill Belichick after Welker spent several seasons “annoying the heck out of him.”
Why is Bill Belichick Smiling? – Mike Reiss
Reiss writes that the reason why Belichick is smiling these days is because “he likes this team”.
Bed check: Crisp practices & injuries – Mike Reiss
Reiss has notes on yesterday’s practice session, which according to Belichick was a good first day for his football team.
Video: Fact or Fiction with ESPN NY – ESPNBoston.com
Mike Reiss gets together from the guys from ESPN New York and discuss some of the key questions heading into Sunday’s game.
Patriots Ochocinco finally hits big stage, but as a bit player – Steve Wyche
Wyche has an article on the fact Chad Ochocinco has been just a bit player during New England’s Super Bowl run.
Chad Ochocinco Won’t be Standing Up for ‘Media Day’ -Mike Petraglia
Petraglia has a piece on Ochocinco, and writes that the wide receiver won’t be one of the 18 Patriots meeting with the media today after the receiver tweeted, “Can’t talk, strep throat.”