Good morning! The First Shot provides you with a healthy helping of links to the top Patriots-related stories around the internet to get your day started. Enjoy your breakfast, your coffee, put off your work (just keep an eye out for the boss), and get your early morning football fix. The links begin after the jump…
- The NFL is starting to feel some significant negative feedback from fans in the form of reduced TV ratings and website traffic. As i turns out, it’s up to the fans to put an end to the lockout.
- The NFL Coaches Association have finally thrown their hats in the ring, and they’re siding with the players in the litigations.
- The Steelers’ James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley have made their voices heard in opposition to the new fines that will be levied on teams for “flagrant” hits by players. This is one instance where I have to agree with the Steelers. Woodley is 100% correct when he says that the NFL is turning “soft.”
- ESPN Boston has a poll up asking fans which second-year Patriot they feel will make the sophomore jump. My money’s on Taylor Price, who should see more game-time than the one game he saw last season.
- Check out video of Tedy Bruschi talking about his climb of Mount Kilimanjaro HERE.
- Patriots RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis is riding the highway to the danger zone, flying an F-16 fighter jet.
- Tom E. Curran from Comcast Sports continues his look into free agency with a Patriots twist, this time looking at free agent corners and safeties.