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Bob Doyle, Patriots Video News Editor: Bob gives us something a little different: Punjab in Arlington. "Good Indian food," says Bob. He particularly recommends the chicken tikka marsala, or something like that.
Bryan Morry, Editor: Bryan was going to give us another establishment but didn't like the service the last time he went so he's moved on to his new favorite, Portofino's in Warwick, R.I. Bryan's into the shrimp fradiavolo, the clams portofino and the roasted garlic spread on bread.
Breaking away from PFW, we have one more local favorite from football super agent Tom Condon, who never forgot his favorite place to eat when he played for the Patriots for one game in 1985: The Red Wing on Route 1 in Foxborough. Condon still remembers the best fried clams with juicy bellies.
Nick, Enjoy your work. What do you feel the odds are that either Lawyer Milloy or Ty Law will be let go next season due to their salary situation? Or even Brady in the future? Thanks.
-- David O'Connor, Boston
A: Brady is safe. A team will always pay big money for a young All-Pro quarterback. As Lawyer and Milloy's cap number rise as does their age they're at risk. Much depends on the development of the young defensive backs.
Nick, Over the past say 10 years can you name a player or two that you thought going into camp would never make the team but turned out to be a pretty good player? Is there a player or two who you thought would be great that turned into a bust?
-- Patrick Flynn, South Hadley
A: Troy Brown, Dave Meggett, and Tom Brady on players who might not make the team. Tony Simmons had such great size and speed and never made it. Thought Michael Bishop had a great arm, but didn't make it. I thought Andy Katzenmoyer was going to be a star linebacker. Just didn't like football enough.
Nick, On Sept. 7, the Patriots open up in Buffalo at 1 p.m. at the same time the Red Sox play the Yankees for the 19th and last time this season. (And it is looking like it could be a Pedro-Clemens duel.) Hypothetically speaking, if Boston and NY are tied in the standings going into that game, where would you rather be? Buffalo or in the Bronx?
-- Brett Coasta, Tampa, Fla.
A: In that case I'd rather be in the Bronx. To me, there's nothing like a Red Sox-Yankee series and considering Pats-Buffalo is only the first game, I'll take a late-season Red Sox-Yankee series.
Not a question, just agreement that Crennell should be given the credit for the Pats defense. As I understand it, when Crennell interviewed for the 49ers job, Belichick told them that Crennell makes all the on field calls. That's a lot of trust by Belichick in Crennel and really says it all. I am looking forward to this year's version of the defense and how well Harrison and Colvin will fit in. Hope they can stop the run!
-- Richard Booth, Los Gatos, Calif.