1. My latest on the Patriots. With 18 free agents, including three starters, I break down why the Patriots should attempt to re-sign right tackle Sebastian Vollmer first before dealing with Wes Welker and Aqib Talib. Thoughts, comments, critiques welcome. (via For Patriots offseason, Vollmer should come first - Extra Points - Boston.com)

    My latest on the Patriots. With 18 free agents, including three starters, I break down why the Patriots should attempt to re-sign right tackle Sebastian Vollmer first before dealing with Wes Welker and Aqib Talib. Thoughts, comments, critiques welcome. (via For Patriots offseason, Vollmer should come first - Extra Points - Boston.com)

  2. Top 10 Super Bowl prop bets - Football - Boston.com
  3. Projecting the Patriots’ 53: First edition - Patriots - Boston.com
  4. 5 takeaways from the first week of Patriots training camp - Extra Points - Boston.com
  5. Thoughts and storylines on the Patriots before training camp. (via 53 burning questions for the Patriots headed into training camp - Extra Points - Boston.com)

    Thoughts and storylines on the Patriots before training camp. (via 53 burning questions for the Patriots headed into training camp - Extra Points - Boston.com)

  6. Before considering whether or not the Patriots will trade away either of their two picks (Nos. 27 and 31) in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, which is in the “likely” column, one first has to consider whether or not there is any value in staying put. The key word, as it always is for coach Bill Belichick and company, is value. Do the Patriots envision any more value in multiplying the picks they have in the second round (two, 48 and 62), or the third (93) and fourth rounds (126)? Doing so changes the board for the Pats dramatically. So when considering the Patriots draft prospects, one has to consider the positioning, the projected talent, and then begin throwing darts at a board. Here’s where our darts landed. (via Patriots draft prospectus - Boston.com)

    Before considering whether or not the Patriots will trade away either of their two picks (Nos. 27 and 31) in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, which is in the “likely” column, one first has to consider whether or not there is any value in staying put. The key word, as it always is for coach Bill Belichick and company, is value. Do the Patriots envision any more value in multiplying the picks they have in the second round (two, 48 and 62), or the third (93) and fourth rounds (126)? Doing so changes the board for the Pats dramatically. So when considering the Patriots draft prospects, one has to consider the positioning, the projected talent, and then begin throwing darts at a board. Here’s where our darts landed. (via Patriots draft prospectus - Boston.com)

  7. Tons of photos from the Massachusetts state basketball championships. Check them out on Boston.com.

    Tons of photos from the Massachusetts state basketball championships. Check them out on Boston.com.

  8. Globe, Boston.com win APSE awards - The Buzz
  9. Preview: Patriots vs. Giants in Super Bowl XLVI - Extra Points - Boston.com
  10. Thanksgiving, in all of its Massachusetts glory, tradition, and sleepless nights around here, has passed. That leaves us with nothing but playoffs and Super Bowls to ponder.

    There are 16 games on Tuesday to account for and we cover a number of them in the latest edition of The Huddle, including the Division 1 matchup between Chelmsford and BC High, Concord-Carlisle vs. Holliston, King Philip against Duxbury, Everett vs. Lynn English and more.

    On Friday, we’ll come back with another special episode of The Huddle to preview Saturday’s Super Bowls.

    Until then.

    (via The Huddle: Playoffs preview - The Boston Globe High School Sports Blog - Boston.com)

  11. Nice photos as always. (via Christmas approaches - The Big Picture - Boston.com)