As you should well know by now, Tuesday is the release date of the Patriots’ own in-house championship DVD, “3 Games to Glory IV.” Being the well-connected and monumentally influential connoisseur of all things Patriots, I of course was one of the glitterati who was invited to the premiere, where they showed a one hour snippet of its more than seven hours of material altogether. Granted I also received an advanced copy for my perusal, as any major film critic would. But with that comes certain obligations to not share too much. But now all can be revealed.

There is so much content I’ve still barely scratched the surface. Metaphorically speaking, if it were a bottle of scotch I’d be just about down to the top of the label. And much of it is stuff we’ve seen before from the NFL’s version, plus the SoundFX and so forth. But a few of the more interesting new moments:

  • Tom Brady, Chandler Jones and Julian Edelman all mic’d up for the Super Bowl. Much of that we’ve already heard: Brady’s “Your families are honored!” pep talk. More “I love you”s out of Edelman than the Nicholas Sparks collection. But one nugget that seems new to me is Jones getting his defense in a circle and singling one guy out to step up because everyone’s counting him: Malcolm Butler.
  • “Belichick Breakdown” segments that he does on “Patriots All Access.” I watch these every week during the season, but this includes one I never saw, where he gets into Super Bowl all-22 tape. Among the highlights there is a crucial block Bryan Stork threw to pick up a delayed linebacker blitz on third-and-long to keep one of the touchdown drives alive. On coaching point involves a high/low combo route that caused a Seattle linebacker to bite on the back underneath and freed Gronk up top. And still another is something I hadn’t heard mentioned anywhere: That on the Pats‘ final touchdown drive, the Seahawks switched to man coverage after their zone got picked apart on the previous possession. Just amazing insight we haven’t gotten until now.
  • The TV feed of the entire Super Bowl fourth quarter, which might finally allow me to delete the game off my DVR. Though I’ll probably chicken out.
  • A segment on the prep the team did during Super Bowl week that features a pretty interesting reveal, to hardcore Pats geeks anyway. During the regular season when the team went straight from Green Bay to San Diego, and we heard what a good team building exercise it was. The DVD not only gets deeper into that, it makes the case that the time on the West Coast served as a great dry run for a week of practice in Arizona.
  • A shot of the fight as the Patriots were in victory formation I’d never seen before. As the bodies peel off and go swinging punches at each other, one camera stayed on Brady, who never budged. Eventually Richard Sherman comes over and offers him a handshake and Brady leaves him hanging for what seems like a socially awkward eternity.
  • And quite possibly the money shot of this whole epic: The coaches’ tape of the Super Bowl practice where Butler gets burned by the scout team running the rub play that decided the fate of the sports universe. We’ve heard the story. But to see the actual play, see how uncannily accurate the coaching staff was that this was the play the Seahawks like to run in that part of the field and hear the coaching point Butler was given about planting his foot and driving into the ball will curl your toes and have you basking in the afterglow for an hour.

As I said, I’ve just barely scratched the surface of this magnum opus and already it’s the best video of its kind I’ve ever seen. And just in case the Patriots see this and need a blurb for the back of the case for “3 Games to Glory V,” I’ll just go with:

“3 Games to Glory IV” is the feel good hit of the summer! I laughed, I cried. It’s two-tissue Patriots Porn and I loved it! Run right out and get 3GtGIV! Spoiler alert: The Butler did it and you’ll be glad he did!!!”

-Jerry Thornton, WEEI’s Thornography

 

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Kevin Millar talks about the rotation, Allan Craig, Clay Buchholz , Ben Cherington and what it was like playing with Pedro Martinez.

[0:00:28] ... From intentional talking Major League Baseball network its former Red Sox favorite Kevin Millar on the AT&T hotline. Did I guess critically and times of crisis knocked it in it. Yeah yeah I'm here I'm here ...
[0:04:19] ... You know what do you know what it's like a member number Trot Nixon know they still level you can't hit lefties but every once every once every two weeks it pulmonary against lefty is a ...
[0:09:54] ... it's all in one mop the statement but you know I sure John Farrell and up the bigger gulf we got to pick it up now are all it can't be taxed. Rocked Wall Street. They outlasts academy forcing divide here it's coming out soon on Pedro Martinez's book cures teammate for two years what sort of stories are gonna learn about you prepare address book. You know we fortunately ...





Heath Evans joins the show to talk about how the AFC East looks after the NFL draft.

[0:00:12] ... some football thought going in to do that from the NFL network. Heath Evans on the AT&T hotline at the hotel Lauria. I'm Larry. For notoriety by oversimplifying. Things by saying it seems like the entire AFC east spent its offseason trying to figure out ways to get at Tom Brady. Meanwhile the patriots figured out the entire offseason how they can best hide the losses of Revis and brown in the secondary ...
[0:01:00] ... of put the legal world on notice that it you'll get to Tom Brady or two and a half seconds. When this page routine that aren't there any game. You can't beat got the best speaker ...
[0:01:46] ... I guess in Baltimore that it had a recipe to limit. What Tom Brady can do and you give them all that trauma that he inherited opera ball a little things get real scare in the ...
[0:02:47] ... But is that it Heath every listen I know there's rumors rival Philip Rivers maybe even Drew Brees. Yep and those rosters got a quarterback like that I would be concerned but I still look at the quarterback and it's ...






Christian quizzes the guys on his favorite Mexican movies. Chris "The Mad Dog" Russo rips TNT, Charles Barkley, and Reggie Miller. And Tim re-visits Kirk Minihane tearing into his Dorito-loving, sandal wearing, Chris Russo booking, dog FaceTiming, warm ice-coffee bringing, future bank telling producer, Chris Curtis.

[0:01:49] ... free because they're free Lou bought them with these bet from the Kentucky Derby he's their upstart. Yet these days audience book that I like him they're definitely taste a little bit like course. Okay exert ...
[0:07:34] ... sport in Reggie Miller and Charles Barkley bloc they reviewed plays by Nate Robinson who why nobody gets any. And Webber who says nothing you're lightening replaced Reggie Miller. And it says Sam thought they would ...
[0:08:51] ... GTQ ticket you know YouTube guys that you promote the game seven. San Antonio Spurs about to go down with the Big Three B at this league Duncan's last game Chris Paul can make it all from it was a it was a great game. And you take these two guys out if you ...





In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I present the the five hottest Mexican-American female celebrities.

(En honor del Cinco de Mayo presento a las cinco mujeres más calientes de Mexicano-Americano celebridad.)

5. Eva Longoria, TV star – I’ve always been torn about Longoria. Sometimes in a certain light and from a particular angle she seems almost as hot as they come and more than worthy of the high calling that is being an NBA player’s ex-wife. But then I’ve seen her in the gossip rags walking around in civilian clothes and without much makeup and she can look like she stocks shelves at the Family Dollar store. So but then I see a clip like this and she has to at least make my top cinco.

4. Selena Gomez, popstar – If I’m hesitant to put her any higher on this list, it’s not because she’s not adorable. She is. It’s just that since she’s got that on again/off again thing going with Justin Bieber, which not only disturbs me to no end, it makes impossible not to think she’s perpetually 16 years old. But she is an adult now, so she’s fair game. Also, I did consider replacing her with Demi Lovato, since there’s a 75 percent chance they could be the same person.

3. Ines Sainz, sports journalist - Technically, Ines is simply a Mexican. But since she is a fixture at the Super Bowl which is the focal point of American culture, she might as well just have dual citizenship. Besides, Rob Bradford still won’t shut up about the time he talked to her at Media Day, and sometimes you have to do things just to make the boss happy.

2. Jessica Alba, actress – Jessica is on the list of celebrity chicks who at one point or another were America’s “It Girl,” the bright, shining center of the galaxy pop culture rotated around. Oftentimes they come off that list by being a Lindsay Lohan-like trainwreck, but Alba took the wiser, gentler approach of having babies and settling for lesser acting roles. And she’s held up pretty well. Kind of a Hollywood female version of Tim Duncan — not the player she once was, but she was so unstoppable before that even though her skills have declined somewhat she’s still damned good.

1. Salma Hayek, actress – Simply put, Salma is such a gift from the Mexican people we owe it to them to give Texas back.


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One of the most fascinating story lines out of the NFL draft – an a macabre, tragic sort of way – was the fate of LSU offensive lineman La’el Collins. The Spark Notes version is that he was a blue chip, can’t miss prospect who was a lock to go in the first round. That is until the lead up to the draft when his ex-girlfriend, who was eight months pregnant with a baby that may have been his, was shot and killed in her apartment in Baton Rouge. Police have spoken to Collins, but have said repeatedly he is not a suspect. Still, the stench of even a potential crime scandal on Collins sent all 32 teams running as fast as they could in the opposite direction and he went undrafted. Now he is still available to any team willing to take the chance the police won’t change their mind and they’ll have a PR disaster blowing up in their faces like a special delivery package from Bugs Bunny.

The latest update comes in the form of reports – undoubtedly from Collins’ own people – that he has an air-tight alibi. He told police he was in New Orleans at the time of the murder. That he and friends were in town for the Pelicans-Golden State game. And that he has the GPS records to prove his whereabouts and the text messages that show the trip had been planned for weeks. Not to mention he hadn’t spoken to the victim in months.

So all this begs the question: If you’re the Patriots, do you take a chance and sign La’el Collins? Without a doubt there’s not a team in all of sports that needs to avoid even the slightest whiff of a murder scandal as much as they do. But assuming this report is accurate and the cops can verify Collins’ alibi, that means there’s a 0.1 percent chance he was involved. Which would mean there’s a 99.9 percent chance he himself is a victim. Not only of the crime, since that was (allegedly) his baby the his ex was carrying, but also of the timing of all this, which cost him tens of millions of first round draft money.

I understand a woman is dead so it’s morbid to be talking about football and dollars and cents. But assuming Collins is innocent, then he’s entitled to getting his future back. And the Patriots could use him. According to the collective bargaining agreement, as an undrafted free agent, the most he can sign for is a three-year deal for the league minimum, and a maximum bonus of between $80,000 and $90,000.

In other words, for the team willing to take the chance, a first round offensive lineman can be had for about it would cost to invite a backup long snapper to camp.

And if I’m the Patriots, I jump on this, and if I’m advising La’el Collins, I tell him to jump on their offer. I’ve always said that if I was an NFL agent with a client who needed to prove himself in order to cash in later, I’d send him to New England in a cocaine heartbeat. You dip him in the magic waters of Foxboro for year or two, the Patriots get the most out of him, and then other GMs will break into their Swear Jar money to get him. It happened with Mark Anderson, Tully Banta-Cain, Jabar Gaffney and dozens of others. And it will happen with Collins.

For the Pats, getting Collins coached up and adding him to a unit that already has Nate Solder, Sebastian Vollmer, Ryan Wendell and Bryan Stork gives them perhaps the best offensive line in the game. It’s a perfect fit for both sides. It just takes the guts to gamble on the fact that Collins isn’t a homicidal monster, he’s just a guy who had a horrific crime almost ruin his life. I say sign him and do it today.

But that’s just one man’s opinion. What does everyone else think?

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Red Sox "Ace" Clay Buchholz wasn't AWFUL last night, but he wasn't good. He was singing a familiar tune after the game, which means he wasn't truly accountable. We played some sound from Josh Beckett in 2011, a year in which he struggled, to remind the listeners what it sounded like when a pitcher blamed themselves for their own bad outings.

[0:06:57] ... now. It what you met listen a lot of people don't like Josh Beckett. But when Josh Beckett socked he told you about it he at least was accountable Beckett a few years ago. I do. I remember too these ...
[0:07:33] ... lets him know that this whole deal. You're looking for passion the Josh Beckett when he was bad to say what you want you walked in reasonable draw a pitched like crap. Drop F bombs that's ...
[0:12:41] ... crowd left handed hitter. And he can't execute the cutter he's not Jon Lester toast too damn many of them. It just executing with Internet bat that he can't do it it's not an easy game ...
[0:13:28] ... that they created. By the way that's taken a big hit with Hanley Ramirez which will get a little bit later on but it generally don't with Hanley being in the lineup. Runners in scoring position ...






The guys discussed the principal in Cambridge who still loves Dzhokhar.

[0:00:25] ... don't decades she got. Especially today doesn't work. Like a ninety's or high school early not at all the girl that they freaked out. They not a big deal it was nice though they said it's ...
[0:03:24] ... packets that it's stuff that Betty Norris is a principal. At an elementary school in Cambridge eight principal. Right over there from area right over the river. She's got a little children in her. And her ...
[0:04:46] ... do when daughter. So cards known to many as the younger surviving Boston Marathon Palmer technique. Some beloved. This stupid. Advised advice it's nice what. Is a murder that's report. Teachers encounter thousands. Of views over ...
[0:07:35] ... court made eye contact. Several times. We spine that each other time. Secret police in my older. It will hold on those moments. Us too. When I stood up to exit the courtroom. I looked one ...






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Hanley Ramirez left Monday night's game after crashing into the wall. (Getty Images)

Hanley Ramirez left Monday night’s game after crashing into the wall. (Getty Images)

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I’m calling this, The Red Sox Star Wars Day Paradox.

I like the Red Sox. I like Star Wars. I like comedy. I like interviews. And yet this Red Sox Star Wars comedy interview is a disaster of such Alderaan-getting-blown-into-space-gravel proportions. I don’t even know where to begin. I mean, poor Gary Striewski. Clay Buchholz is in the midst of getting lit up like a light saber and he’s been sent by his producers down to exchange witty banter with a guy through a helmet. A guy who can’t decide whether to stay in character and play it that way or be wacky and talk about playing ping pong on the Death Star. It’s rare that you ever get to see perfection in this world. Everything created by humans is fraught with some degree of imperfection. And yet NESN might have produced the perfectly, awkward interview. Just a towering achievement in excruciating, flawlessly terrible television.

I don’t know how much Don Orsillo makes, but the fact he didn’t quit his job before Striewski sent it back to him tells me it must be a lot.

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