We’re at Gillette

Posted on August 22, 2008 
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Hey all … we’re here in our seat in the press box — No. 115 — ready to blog our way through tonight’s Patriots-Eagles game. It’s a terrific night for football at Gillette Stadium. There are only wisps of clouds here and there against a blue sky. It’s in the low 70s, and tonight’s forecast calls for a 10 percent chance of precipitation. (For more on the Foxborough forecast for tonight, click here.) Tonight should mark the first time this preseason that the Patriots have needed the giant cooling fans for a home game — they’re on both sidelines.

There are a mess of scouts in attendance for tonight’s game: Arizona, Buffalo, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Miami, New York Giants, New York Jets, Pittsburgh, San Diego, St. Louis and Tampa Bay are all represented. As for national media, former Patriots’ beat writers Tom Curran (NBCSports.com) and Bert Breer (Sporting News) have been credentialed for tonight’s game.

Right now, the lone Patriot on the field is Lonie Paxton, who is stretching and warming up. We’re not as caught up on our early 1990s R+B as we’d like to be, but we’re pretty sure that Boys II Men is practicing the anthem at midfield.

There will be several things worth watching as the afternoon develops, including keeping an eye out for No. 12. We’ll also be looking to see if several of the other starters will be playing — as warmups progress, keep checking the blog for updates.

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