The Boston Herald reports that Patriots left tackle Matt Light was added to the prestigious list of players attending the Pro Bowl, which takes place in Honolulu this Saturday. This will be Light's first trip to the Pro Bowl. The only other Patriots offensive tackles chosen for the Pro Bowl since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970 were Leon Gray, Brian Holloway and Bruce Armstrong. Head Coach Bill Belichick and the Patriots staff will be on hand, coaching the AFC team.
The Boston Herald* *offers an Associated Press piece explaining that Belichick and Chargers running back/league MVP LaDainian Tomlinson have buried the hatchet. "[Belichick] was joking around, having a good time with all the guys," Tomlinson said. "We even joked about the (playoff) game. I told him that I said some things that maybe I shouldn't have said, and in return, Bill said he didn't even see Hobbs doing it, but after the game, he definitely said something to him about handling the situation better."
Scott Van Voorhis of the Boston Herald discusses The Massachusetts State Lottery and its connections to New England sports, including the Patriots. "I know there are people who think it's a waste of time and it's just for fun," State Treasurer Tim Cahill acknowledged. "We have had four world championships. For the Lottery to be associated with those franchises is good."
Mark Farinella of The Sun Chronicle offers his post-Super Bowl ponderings. "OK, I'm happy that Peyton Manning won a Super Bowl," writes Farinella. "Why shouldn't I be? Why shouldn't any of you be? ... I fell into the trap, I admit it. But these guys are trying too hard when they try to paint Manning as a villain."