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The Sunday Links – October 7, 2007

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Two men who played essential roles in bringing three world championships to Foxboro return to Gillette Stadium this afternoon as Romeo Crennel and Willie McGinest lead their 2-2 Cleveland Browns into a conference battle with the undefeated Patriots. 

Let’s see what the home team papers have to say about the homecoming:

The 17 Percenters are kind of distracted with other business today, but they manage to free up a few bodies from the Jeffrey Maier beat for a cursory look at the Pats. The always estimable Mike Reiss leads the coverage with his weekly notes column, a hilarious rebuttal to Bloggin’ Borges’s famous Bed and Breakfast hatchet job on Randy Moss from earlier this spring. Reiss talks with two of Moss’s old coaches, including his Marshall coach Bob Pruett, who minces no words when it comes to Art Shell and Tom Walsh. He gets off two beauties:

“In Oakland, that was the worst offense in the country,” says Pruett, adding “the problem in Oakland was that they couldn’t get the ball to anybody.”


Shell and Walsh were apparently unavailable for comment – Walsh was special ordering a case of apricot jelly for some finicky guests, and Shell was off telling anybody who would listen (hello again, Ron) that, from 1989-1994, he was 54-38 as Raiders head coach BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH.

Reiss also checks in with former Pats Roman Phifer (the Documentarian), Andre Davis (the Deep Threat) and Daniel Graham (the Dependable One).

Elsewhere, Christopher Gasper looks at how the quick actions of the Patriots personnel team brought leading rusher Sammy Morris to New England.  In his weekly scouting report, Jim McBride likes the high scoring Pats over the Browns by two touchdowns. Reiss and Gasper team up on a notebook entry that has Rodney Harrison returning to action today.

John Tomase of the Herald also got me laughing this morning by crank calling the 1972 Dolphins and getting them all wound up with talk of an undefeated season for the Patriots. We learn that Jim Kiick is probably a decent guy and that Bob Kuechenberg is probably yelling at some kids to get off his lawn right now.

I’ll agree with the surly Kuechenberg that it’s too early to talk about such foolishness, but I’ll give credit to Tomase for having the stones to wake the old bastard up from his nap. He probably also asked him if his refrigerator was running, because Kuechenberg then launches into a diatribe about Charlie Weis, calling him an “ogre” for not kissing the asses of some blazer-wearing hanger-on friends of the former Notre Damer.

I have no idea what’s going on under the Golden Dome, but when Bob Kuechenberg, the world’s reigning Mr. Miserable, questions your people skills, some change might be in order.

Or maybe not. Turns out Kuechenberg has never met Weis. But he’s hearing very bad things. YOU KIDS GET OFF MY LAWN!

Tomase turns his attention back to this afternoon’s game, and says Romeo Crennel will try to defend an offense that the coach compares to the Colts with a unit that ranks in the bottom three of nearly every meaningful defensive statistic. In her notebook, Karen Guregian talks with Harrison about how to stop Browns threat Kellen Winslow Jr. I think he means besides putting curbing around your parking lot.

Down in Providence, Jim Donaldson of the ProJo looks at Crennel’s challenge of putting the Browns on the right track. I laughed yet again when Crennel talked about all the responsibilities that go with the head coaching position, and you know the first thing he listed off?

Video. Hoo boy!

Anyway, Shalise Manza Young writes up the scout team players that help the Pats regulars prepare for their next opponent. Kelley Washington and Ray Ventrone talk about the coveted black jerseys that denote the Pats practice players of the week. SMY also goes up close with Tedy Bruschi, and gives the Pats the decided edge in her weekly game analysis.

In Hartford, David Heuschkel of the Courant says the .500 Browns bring a bit of swagger and a bit of talent to Foxboro today.

Up in Portland, we welcome the Press Herald to the Sunday Links. Mike Lowe has Crennel and McGinest returning to the scene of their Glory Days, as well as a brief Q&A with kicker Stephen Gostkowski, who would like to be an invisible superhero. I don’t know what the point of being a superhero is when nobody can see you. There’s no “Look…..up in the sky!” when you’re toiling in that sort of anonymity.

A couple of nice 4 PM games today, with Denver hosting San Diego on CBS and Tampa visiting Indy on Fox, that is if you’re not watching something else. For now, you can get more Pats news at, and visit Boston Sports Media Watch for news of the Red Sox 2-0 ALDS lead, and wins by both the Bruins and Celtics.

See you after the game.


  1. I love all the speculation over the possibility of an undefeated season. I especially love the fact that only four games into the schedule, everyone now realizes that the current edition of the Patriots is an Über team, and could probably do it…but will they? I have to think that a 4th ring is more important than matching that record. The 72 Dolphins played some real cupcakes in their run, and things are different today. I’m not saying they won’t run the table, and if they can do it while still giving the starters some time off, by all means go for it. I would hate to see Brady exposed to extra abuse, or even a cheap shot by some pissed-off LB looking for revenge , or to protect the Dolphins record, or making a point about Videogate .If (when) they thrash the Cowboys & Colts, we will all know they CAN do it…the question is: WILL they?

  2. Hog Hannah Highway says:

    John Tomase might want to do a little fact-checking on those 1972 Dolphins. While the 2004 Pittsburgh Steelers won 15 regular season games, no team has gone 16-0 during the regular season. The 1972 Dolphins went 14-0, 17-0 if you include the post-season.

  3. jamesgarnerisgod says:

    What was up with the Patriots in the third quarter? I seriously for a second worried that Brady had hurt his throwing arm for a while, given the sloppiness of his work with receivers during the quarter. Of course, by game’s end, he had a nifty 3 TD, zero INT line, so I guess he didn’t look as much like crap as I thought. Seriously, what does it say about a team (or a fan base, or an individual fan, truthfully) that the Pats can trounce the opposition, but it doesn’t seem like they trounced them early or effectively enough for our (or perhaps just my) taste?

    Still, Crennel looks like he had the guys playing over their heads for at least half the game. Despite the score, this just didn’t seem like an easy win.

    And, thanks CBS for cutting away before the Belichick-Crennel handshake. I was hoping to savor the contrast between that and the perfunctory exchange with Mangina.

  4. Lobstah is right, the Pats won’t play the cupcakes the Dolphins did (an opponents winning percentage of about .420 I believe) .. but these guys might win the last 2 with Brady sitting out of 1 and Cassel leaving the last game to Gutierrez.

    Get the #1 spot and win the SuperBowl, the 16-0 record is meaningless.

  5. How’d you get that umlaut in there?

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