It has been quite the week here in Indianapolis. With all media obligations by both teams ending Saturday, chatter between teams have settled but the newswire was still full of fascinating headlines. Here's what we picked out:
Welcome to the NFL Hall of Fame Curtis Martin, sorry Bill
former Patriot was elected to join the NFL's most storied and
impressive players in the Hall of Fame. Running back Curtis Martin was
selected for the 2012 class but not former Patriots coach Bill
Parcells. Drafted in 1995, is the NFL's fourth-leading rusher with
14,101 total yards. The majority of the yards were obtained during his
11-year tenure with the New York Jets. The biggest surprise was that
Parcells was left out of the class. (Projo has more on it)
is full of shocked fans but also full of those who believe that
Parcells was not nearly as successful without current Patriots head
coach Bill Belichick in his staff. With only two Super Bowl
Championships is his career, it's unknown as to when - or if - Parcells
will be enshrined among the game's greatest.
Super Bowl helps owner cope with heartbreak
no surprise that this year for the Patriots has been an interesting
one. With the lockout, no one really knew when the NFL season would
begin. Without the help of Patriots owner Robert Kraft, many believe
there would not have been any football this season. But before the
season, Kraft had to deal with his own personal difficulties: the
passing of his wife Myra Kraft.
"It has been a tough year," Kraft told the AFP.
"I believe in spirituality and this team has really saved me
personally. There's a special bond on this team. You can feel it.
There's a camaraderie. It is special."
entire season and if they succeed, Super Bowl XLVI will be dedicated to
Myra Kraft. Patriots players and all of Patriots nation have given
something to Robert Kraft that money can't buy, emotional support.
wonder how the Patriots can get enough pressure on the Giants to throw
Eli Manning into a state of panic when teams like the 49ers and Packers
couldn't do it. If New England is going to have a reasonable
chance to win, then the obvious question is how> the
to blitz. But Manning and his offensive coordinator Kevin
Gilbride have seen blitz pressure before. So the normally
tried-and-true Dick Lebeau style blitz won't work because it creates an
inherent hole in the defense (a-hem Packers). What New
will do is to get creative without creating a hole in an already
suspect defense. Thanks to the blog Blitzology [
Hat Tip @Sigmundbloom ] we can now get a picture of how the Patriots
win battles up front without taking undue risks.
A ‘Giant' Mistake on Team Website
one thing to invite people to a ‘bigger party' next week prior to the
Super Bowl, it's another thing when your team's official website
proclaims that you've already won. Oh, and it also has links
you can buy all the Super Bowl 46 Champs gear.
a brief moment on the New York Giants website, a massive image appeared
that stated, " The Giants are the Super Bowl Champions!" complete with
an image of the Lombardi Trophy -- most likely saved from their 07'
victory. Thinking positive is a way to help win the big game but
proclaiming it a full day ahead of time? Not so much.
A Pizza is Key to a Giants' Victory?
are undoubtedly superstitious before any game. But when you're about to
play in the biggest game of the season, superstition is taken to a
completely different level. Umberto's Pizzeria of New Hyde Park, Long
Island has been part of the Giants' pregame tradition for years.
owner of the restaurant personally made 16 pizzas and delivered them to
Indianapolis on Saturday. These pizza got VIP treatment all
the way to
the big game.
Nate Solder could be Super Bowl hero
There is a
lot of pressure that comes with being the first round draft pick for a
team and having to protect Tom Brady. Add the pressure of playing in
the most important game of the season and you have yourself rookie
tackle Nate Solder's season.
Rob Gronkowski expected to be less than 100 percent, it would be an
opportune time for Nate Solder to step up in the Patriots offense. According to USAToday, that's
entirely possible. The
tackle also played tight end in his college career with Colorado. It
wouldn't be the first time Bill Belichick has tried something
different, former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel was known to make
catches in the red zone.
The Patriots have their hands full
going into Super Bowl XLVI. With all the experts betting against them,
it might take some heroics from rookie tackle Solder to prove
Giants' overly-confident web announcement wrong. Whether it be pizzas
or trash talk to power the Giants, the Patriots have kept their cool
and focus for the big game. If the Lombardi trophy ends up in New
England's grasp, Mr. Kraft will have plenty to smile about in a season
dedicated to his beloved "MHK".
stories and more in the Patriots Newswire
Kisha Tapangan is contributing writer for Patriots
also manages the blog Necessary Roughness with Kisha.
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