Page 3 of 7 -- A: He's a guy who likes to talk. He won a Super Bowl last year so I don't understand why he'd be jealous. His act is growing old, though.
Not a question (and you don't even need to publish this if the idea is used, but here's a suggestion for a great motivational tool for coach Belichick, if he even takes suggestions). I thought of it because I admire some of the pointed symbolism he has used in the past to motivate the team (such as burying the football). Anyway, here goes: How about having Bobby Orr and maybe a few other members of the 1971 Bruins stop by and talk about how that record setting year worked out for them. As a kid at the time, I remember that team to be one of the best of all time, only to be crushed by Montreal in the playoffs. The moral of the story is that no matter how great your season is, its the last game of the season that will be remembered.
-- Doug Meagher, Billerica
A: That's a good one to point out, but you have to give the players something they can relate to. None of them know about the '71 Bruins. Many of them weren't even born, so you have to make it a little more current.
Any word on whether Bruschi will be OK to play in the Super Bowl?
-- Katie, Boston
A: He's practicing. I think he'll play barring a setback this week.
Richard Seymour made the Pro Bowl in two of his first three seasons in the NFL. I listen to sports radio in Boston and Providence, and I read all the coverage on Boston.com but I rarely hear anything about him. Why does he get so little press? He must be doing something to earn a Pro Bowl selection. What does this guy add to the team that others don't seem to recognize.
-- Tim Long, Norton
A: He doesn't get a lot of press because he's not a guy with a lot of sacks and he's not a loud mouth like Sapp. He just plays very effectively and dominates everyone he goes up against. Believe me, the league is aware of how good he is.
Obviously by my Charlotte address, you realize where my allegiance lies. My question is this: Why would the New England fans, and particularly the New England media, be so abrasively confident (cocky) that the Pats will not only defeat the Panthers, but have no problem blowing them out? I gotta tell ya, Nick, heard it all before from the abrasives in St. Louis, and Philly. I am glad to hear it from your ilk, because now we've got you right where we want you. Hail to the underdog!
-- John Thomas, Charlotte, N.C. Continued...