September 30, 2016

The Sunday Links

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The Patriots will try to win a record 22nd consecutive regular season game today when the Miami Dolphins visit Gillette Stadium for the Pats second divisional battle in two weeks.

Yesterday’s opening ceremony for the team’s new Hall of Fame also dominates this morning’s headlines.

Oh, dear. Is that a Dan Shaughnessy football column I see linked on today’s Globe? And look – Dan is writing about Bill Parcells. Leave it to Shaughnessy to find the fresh angle. The same sort of inventiveness that makes Tony Kornheiser America’s most popular football analyst also keeps Dan at the top of the sports pages, every day, whether you can stand another friggin’ minute of it or not.

I’m sure the actual working press doesn’t mind turning over all those column inches for another perfunctory Amos Alonzo Shaughnessy mess, but nevertheless, he shall never have their Sunday Links.

Chris Gasper wonders if Matt Cassel will be able to air it out against the Dolphins today, considering that the Pats will find Parcells’ secondary in mid-repair. Jim McBride likes the Pats by 17 in his weekly scouting report.

Gasper was in Foxborough yesterday for the ceremonies of the Hall at Patriots Place, where Ben Coates was inducted as the 13th member of the Patriots Hall of Fame.

Mike Reiss has officiating legend Jim Tunney reaching out to Ed Hochuli after the latter’s blown call cost the Chargers a game last Sunday.

Over at the Herald, John Tomase says the Pats need to watch out for the landmines today. Fans in the stands or at home should watch out for these five other things. Meanwhile, the Dolphins apparently felt confident enough to share parts of their gameplan with Karen Gurgeian. Tomase returns with some quick hits on the Pats as underdogs before sharing the improbable story of Mark Bavaro, novelist.

Down at the ProJo, Shalise Manza Young has URI coach Darren Rizzo on Dolphins head coach (and fellow New Englander) Tony Sparano. In other six-state region news, Bill Reynolds has former BC gridder Jamie Silva being activated off the Colts’ practice squad yesterday. SMY spends a few minutes with Billy Yates before Jim Donaldson breaks in with the news that it will take time to rebuild in Miami. See, I thought two weeks would be enough to turn it around.

In the Sun Chronicle, Mark Farinella also looks at Sparano, the man behind several homecomings today.  Farinella wraps up the Hall opening, and in my favorite piece this morning, ponders the next round of nominations.

Elsewhere, Douglas Flynn of the MetroWest Daily News says the Pats defense has been up to the task of Life Without Brady. So far.

Tim Weisberg of the New Bedford Standard-Times wraps up yesterday’s Hall ceremonies before looking at the crop of rookie runners that are making a splash around the league.

In the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, Rich Garven looks at today’s matchup while hoping for more from Matt Cassel. Jennifer Toland has the paper’s Hall story.

So does Glen Farley for the Brockton Enterprise. Farley also says the Phins should be easy pickings for the Pats, what with former Middleboro Little League-killer Matt Cassel at quarterback. Farley finishes up with another flawless football forecast.

Mark Daniels of the Manchester Union Leader says going 3-0 today is incentive enough for the Pats. 

Chris Warner is off this weekend, so I’ll be back tomorrow with the game wrap-up. Enjoy your Sunday, wherever you are.

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