Giants receiver Victor Cruz joined the Dennis & Callahan show on Tuesday to discuss his college career at UMass, his emergence as a top receiver in his second season and the ascent of quarterback Eli Manning.

Former Patriots running back Heath Evans, now an analyst for the NFL Network, joined the Dennis & Callahan show and reflected on the Patriots' loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLII and engaged in what he described as a "stupid" exercise of questioning how New England coach Bill Belichick prepared his team for that game. Evans felt that Belichick may have pushed a tired Patriots team too hard in practice as they were trying to conclude a perfect season.

INDIANAPOLIS -- While Patriots coach Bill Belichick has disarmed the media for much of New England’s first two days in Indy with some one-liners and great stories about the old Giants’ coaching staff,



INDIANAPOLIS -- Spygate?

Really?



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INDIANAPOLIS -- Bill Belichick spoke to the media Monday afternoon, and by most accounts was relaxed and in good humor for the second straight day. Belichick was asked about comments made by former Patriots Rodney Harrison and Heath Evans, who both suggested that revenge for the loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLII could be a motivating factor for New England on Sunday.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick appeared as a guest on The Big Show on Monday and answered the question everyone has been worried about: Will he wear the red hoodie like he did in Super Bowl XLII?

INDIANAPOLIS -- On their first full day in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI, the Patriots practiced in full pads, however ailing tight end Rob Gronkowski was not among them. Gronkowski has missed all three practices with the team since injuring his left ankle against the Ravens in the AFC championship. 

"It was a good, crisp practice," Belichick said Monday afternoon of the team's first session at the Colts practice facility. 

Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, in his weekly appearance on The Big Show, praised the development of Giants quarterback Eli Manning. Wilfork noted that Manning has become an elite quarterback in the two-minute offense, suggesting that the Patriots can't afford any lapses or else they will be at risk of suffering a defeat along the lines of their 24-20 regular season loss to the Giants.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady told Dennis & Callahan in a revealing interview that aired Monday morning that he is grateful for the opportunity to compete in a fifth Super Bowl, and that he understands and appreciates the responsibility that comes with it.

Brady talked about how far he's come since he arrived in New England as an unheralded sixth-round draft pick out of Michigan in 2000.

INDIANAPOLIS -- The late, very great Robert Altman (I feel almost embarrassed to have to list his credentials, this is the director of "Nashville," "Short Cuts," "M*A*S*H," "The Player") once noted that there are really only about six or seven different stories, the rest is about character development.



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