The big story today is about something that's apparently NOT happening.
Many New England-area news outlets are reporting a story that broke on SI.com over the weekend -- that the Patriots-Seahawks China Bowl is being postponed, for at least two years.
Citing unnamed League sources, the SI feature goes into great detail about the reasons why the game has been called off.
During the NFL Annual Meeting in Phoenix last week, Patriots director of player personnel Scott Pioli chatted with SIRIUS NFL radio about New England's active offseason.
"It was a different type of situation than normal," Pioli was quoted as saying on-air. His appearance was chronicled this past weekend by the Eagle-Tribune.
"Luckily for us," Pioli continued, "there were players available at positions where we needed help at a value that was reasonable."
A player who might be available when the Patriots are on-the-clock in the NFL Draft is Michigan's LaMarr Woodley. An article in the Boston Herald over the weekend describes Woodley as similar in size, speed, and versatility to newly-signed free agent linebacker Adalius Thomas.
His experience in a 3-4 defense (New England's base D) is also a plus. The article also mentions which wide receivers and quarterbacks the Pats may be interested in drafting later this month.
A Mr. Do-It-All from Utah may be a surprise pick by the Pats, according to a new Mock Draft on FOXSports.com, while CBSSportsline.com thinks April will be Hurricane season in New England, with the Pats taking two first-rounders from "The U."
And, no, this isn't a flashback to 1986. The Worcester Telegram & Gazette has an entertaining read about a guy named Grogan who's starring for a pro football team in New England.