As the preparations wind down before Sunday night's AFC Championship Game between the Patriots and Colts – both for the two teams as well as for the media breaking down the battle – plenty of diverse stories are popping up regarding the teams, the players and the various matchups.
From the battle of the Jones boys – New England's Chandler and Indy's Arthur – to Tom Brady having to react to Ray Lewis' questionable comments, the matchup itself can't come soon enough.
The Boston Globe leads off today's Blitz looking at how Brady unsurprisingly took the high road when asked about Lewis' idiotic comments that the only reason the world ever heard of the future Hall of Fame quarterback was due to the infamous Tuck Rule game against the Raiders in the 2001 postseason, comments the former Ravens linebacker and current ESPN analyst has since tried (and failed) to clarify.
In more relevant matters, the Globe indeed looks at the renewal of the Jones family football rivalry Sunday night at Gillette. Looking ahead to the offseason, the Globe wonders if Darrelle Revis will take less money to remain in a Patriots uniform beyond 2014. And Frozen and "Let it go" legend Idina Menzel has been tapped to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl in Arizona. Someone might want to alert John Travolta.
File this under Why Gronk is Great: the* Globe* passes along a story and video detailing Rob "Bob" Gronkowski helping Eastern Bank deliver a new couch to a deserving family.
The Boston Herald has Ron Borges defining the hurdles Brady is facing as he tries to add to his impressive postseason legacy. New England has averaged nearly 200 yards rushing in its last three blowout wins over the Colts, so the* Herald* makes it clear the Patriots ground game should find room to work on Sunday night. The Herald notebook details how Brandon LaFell landed in his current key role in the New England offense.
ESPNBoston.com has a more long-form piece from Jackie MacMullan delving into LaFell's importance to the Patriots this season. The site's daily look at the Patriots injury report has Bryan Stork absent from the practice field once again. ESPNBoston.com also adds Darrelle Revis to the long list of Patriots impressed by Andrew Luck, as well as the veteran corner looking to rebound in the title game after a relatively down performance against the Ravens.
ESPNBoston.com's game predictions have a few more people than might be expected picking the Colts to pull off the upset.
That in mind, WEEI.com plans out exactly how the Colts could pull off that seemingly unlikely upset. Chris Price defines the "ornery brilliance" that Revis has brought to Foxborough. WEEI.com also looks at how the Patriots moved on from Adam Vinatieri to Stephen Gostkowski, the two men who'll be handling the kicking duties in the rain Sunday night at Gillette Stadium.
On CSNNE.com Phil Perry has Brady and Julian Edelman breaking down what it's like to play for Belichick. Mike Giardi add his two cents on the potential for the Patriots to run the football right at the Colts once again. And how about Belichick quoting Eisenhower – Dwight, the former president, not Larry, the former 1960s Patriots defensive lineman (who spelled it Eisenhauer!) – in talking about his pre-game preparations.
Former Patriots center Dan Koppen has an interesting video on CSNNE.com in which he says, "We don't care, we win football games. The guys that aren't here want to be here because they have a chance to win a championship every year."
Looking past the Super Bowl? NFL.com has a first-round mock draft to get you warmed up for the offseason! (Spoiler, the Patriots pick tellingly at No. 31.)