Dale and Michael discuss the Bruins shoot-out loss in Nashville as a representative example of larger issues in 2014 for the Boston club.

[0:00:34] ... I. Don't you agree. We're let we talked about their problems before Zdeno Chara came back if they have to. This keywords. Who Siewert ORO. Impossibly pretty and don't do Siewert. Went out with char yes. ...
[0:04:10] ... know in and we'll get those other got to get rid of Zdeno Chara the got a trade Tuukka Rask. There's some guys he's not dealing and one more Patrice birch are so three. I definitely ...
[0:05:29] ... solace GM a note that second change of grass is gonna stay. Zdeno Chara Thursday Patrice Bergeron everybody else. Is up for discussion even though you were just in about thirty I didn't say he was untouchable like buddies ...
[0:07:40] ... Louie Ericsson. Carl Soderberg Brad marsh land mile Lucci each. At times Patrice Bergeron. As greatest I think he is. He's been on he's been on the ice for for more five on five colts than ...






Dale and Michael discuss the Bruins shoot-out loss in Nashville as a representative example of larger issues in 2014 for the Boston club.

[0:00:34] ... I. Don't you agree. We're let we talked about their problems before Zdeno Chara came back if they have to. This keywords. Who Siewert ORO. Impossibly pretty and don't do Siewert. Went out with char yes. ...
[0:04:10] ... know in and we'll get those other got to get rid of Zdeno Chara the got a trade Tuukka Rask. There's some guys he's not dealing and one more Patrice birch are so three. I definitely ...
[0:05:29] ... solace GM a note that second change of grass is gonna stay. Zdeno Chara Thursday Patrice Bergeron everybody else. Is up for discussion even though you were just in about thirty I didn't say he was untouchable like buddies ...
[0:07:40] ... Louie Ericsson. Carl Soderberg Brad marsh land mile Lucci each. At times Patrice Bergeron. As greatest I think he is. He's been on he's been on the ice for for more five on five colts than ...






We discuss the impact Darrelle Revis has had on the Patriots defense and whether or not he deserves to be a candidate for team and/or league MVP in 2014.

[0:02:48] ... off his sneaker at this point but. Manning and lock in and Aaron Rodgers in and Stafford in and Philip Rivers. And you know deal had the numbers yesterday it. The the league has targeted derail Revis 74 times this year. They have ...
[0:05:00] ... points. Really happy that got it to the Super Bowl you've seen Tom Brady's Altman's. Get to the AFC championship game with dark rock you've seen this Tom Brady's offered play a Super Bowl virtually dark Rocky Mountains and it was a Decourt. You see what happens when he goes in ...
[0:06:47] ... don't nobody can do that Jimmy Graham can't do this. You know Antonio Gates can't do this. With Revis sometimes you don't need to see him make the play but you know that he's doing it ...





We discuss the impact Darrelle Revis has had on the Patriots defense and whether or not he deserves to be a candidate for team and/or league MVP in 2014.

[0:02:48] ... off his sneaker at this point but. Manning and lock in and Aaron Rodgers in and Stafford in and Philip Rivers. And you know deal had the numbers yesterday it. The the league has targeted derail Revis 74 times this year. They have ...
[0:05:00] ... points. Really happy that got it to the Super Bowl you've seen Tom Brady's Altman's. Get to the AFC championship game with dark rock you've seen this Tom Brady's offered play a Super Bowl virtually dark Rocky Mountains and it was a Decourt. You see what happens when he goes in ...
[0:06:47] ... don't nobody can do that Jimmy Graham can't do this. You know Antonio Gates can't do this. With Revis sometimes you don't need to see him make the play but you know that he's doing it ...





We tackle four of the possible players we'd like to see the Bruins go after to improve the club this season.

[0:01:32] ... two nothing lead. Taylor Hall as the first overall pick in the Edmonton Oilers in the 2010 draft the draft in which Tyler Sagan was selected second overall by the Boston growth. I'm not sure that he has lived up to the hype of being the first overall pick buddies detonate a guy who has scored as many as 27 goals in a season in Europe. He is a franchise player for the Edmonton Oilers as bad as that franchise there's a house or work and I regret that franchise maybe. We talked about possible trade packages but I'm gonna tell you guys. That I think that if the Edmonton Oilers even made him available and I'm not sure they would. They're gonna start asking for guys like David Craig cheek Leyland Lucci. ...
[0:03:25] ... player player and to call yes is that the opinions throughout the National Hockey League would you tables these bullies where they say get over Paul he he is eight and obviously better score obviously a more. ...
[0:06:11] ... guy. Extremely. Well Jerry the next as a 33 year old from Chicago Blackhawks go eleven points on the season his name. Is Patrick Sharp. Yeah. Thousands without an accident first step ...
[0:07:12] ... we mess with what we've got. And they're not gonna give you Patrick Sharp for nothing but he's kind of been forced almost like third line duty times but the Blackhawks because they've been on such ...






We tackle four of the possible players we'd like to see the Bruins go after to improve the club this season.

[0:01:32] ... two nothing lead. Taylor Hall as the first overall pick in the Edmonton Oilers in the 2010 draft the draft in which Tyler Sagan was selected second overall by the Boston growth. I'm not sure that he has lived up to the hype of being the first overall pick buddies detonate a guy who has scored as many as 27 goals in a season in Europe. He is a franchise player for the Edmonton Oilers as bad as that franchise there's a house or work and I regret that franchise maybe. We talked about possible trade packages but I'm gonna tell you guys. That I think that if the Edmonton Oilers even made him available and I'm not sure they would. They're gonna start asking for guys like David Craig cheek Leyland Lucci. ...
[0:03:25] ... player player and to call yes is that the opinions throughout the National Hockey League would you tables these bullies where they say get over Paul he he is eight and obviously better score obviously a more. ...
[0:06:11] ... guy. Extremely. Well Jerry the next as a 33 year old from Chicago Blackhawks go eleven points on the season his name. Is Patrick Sharp. Yeah. Thousands without an accident first step ...
[0:07:12] ... we mess with what we've got. And they're not gonna give you Patrick Sharp for nothing but he's kind of been forced almost like third line duty times but the Blackhawks because they've been on such ...






As we do every Wednesday, we re-visit some predictions that Chris made in anticipation of last week's game against Miami, and make some new ones about Sunday's match up with the New York Jets.

[0:04:55] ... it earlier but. We were talking about this espn.com poll. That had Tom Brady in the top five for MVP and people across the country were voting last time I checked is like 3031000 people that voted 27% of respondents for JJ watt MVP 27% for Aaron Rodgers a first place tie the Brady right behind it 25%. We have a tough time here between the three of us Regina consensus over whether or not Brady was even that team. MVP. If you are to take one of these three guys that we argued about. Darrelle Revis robbery cast your Tom Brady and sort of out of the New England primary advanced one of them to be in the MVP discussion who should it ...
[0:07:21] ... breakdown the jets' record so here's my game plan a bomb bomb Bill Belichick here's a look in to do right okay obviously you stop the run you take away Eric Decker. And then you beat ...
[0:08:11] ... we're gonna see that thing in the camera. It could be behind Nick Mangold who is respectable and they're not sent the order right up front right of the cut so it could be on the ...





Christian gets a call from a fellow Bacon Doughnut lover. Rob Gronkowski was on "Top Chef," and Padma Lakshmi goes full-cougar. Britt McHenry of ESPN gets into a twitter-fight with some hockey trolls.

[0:00:50] ... can you know I couldn't do it but I just wouldn't. You Christian Fauria. Slammed. Six doughnuts. In one afternoon and and topped it off with. They can and it was actually seven go to seven don't have some sorrow we sit that's a final count. Yeah because Tim had to what I do too in Lou it won an android and blew it do so anyways them. You. Topped it off the last one was a stake in. Topped with chocolate frosted don't so Gooden and we talked about this on the air and you. Meet Jim Jones who just turned their wanna throw up on radio with us when he saw the half eaten version of here. Talk with don't know what's taken on top but you've inspired others. The death. Now the chocolate frosted bacon donut is turning into a thing on Twitter fit needs to and so we actually we have -- we do not comment on the phone this is not the former linebacker now he's gone back to my knowledge Zach Thomas and usually tweeted the picture to assault actually drive he went to Dunkin' Donuts and Zach thanks for calling in here from ...



Rob Gronkowski: Tight end. Model. Cat enthusiast. Linguist. International superstar. Lover of beautiful women. Is there nothing he cannot do?

And now to his resume we can add: Gourmand. This is so typical Gronk. Charming the apron off a Washington Redskins fan who hates the Patriots while Padma Lakshmi is in no uncertain terms throwing herself at him on national TV. I mean, did she even realize the cameras were on? Can I call you Rob? Will you call me Honey? She’d like a big sausage, too? I’m 90 percent sure that she got pregnant right about the time he said, “Stop embarrassing me, Honey.” I can only hope when they got down on the kitchen floor and started doing it, the chefs cleared out of the room. Though who am I kidding? I wouldn’t have.

Now we can look forward to Bill Belichick showing the video during this week’s film session. On the field and off, Gronk is the gift that keeps on giving.

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Darrelle Revis: Most Valuable Patriot. (Jared Wickerham/ Getty Images)

Wednesday morning on Middays with MFB, Lou Merloni, Christian Fauria and Tim Benz debated who is the 2014 Patriots MVP, with Lou taking Tom Brady, Christian going with Rob Gronkowski and Tim making the case for Darrelle Revis.

Smart as those guys are, they’re smart enough to know they needed to bring in much, much smarter people to make their cases for them. Merloni’s phone-a-friend was Gerry Callahan, who surprisingly seems to be gaining ground on me in the Brady Man-crush Derby, something I never thought possible. Fauria got an assist from ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss, who made a decent if not convincing argument for Gronk. And Benz, demonstrating that he’s the wisest of the Three Wise Men, called me.

That’s right. I — who have a sincere, powerful and, in my therapist’s words, dangerously self-destructive appreciation for Brady and Gronk and what they bring to the Patriots — agree with Tim that the Most Valuable Patriot this year has been Darrelle Revis.

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I don’t come by this conclusion easily. But allow me to jab you as I did MFB with The Razor Sharp Thorn of Truth on this:

  • The Patriots have made one significant personnel change from last year to this, and it was Revis. Yes, you can make a case for Brandon Browner, but he missed six full games this season.
  • In 2013 the Patriots defense gave up the seventh-most yards in the NFL and the 23rd-most points. While those numbers are not terrible, this was largely a middle-of-the-pack D that was helpless against the Broncos in the AFC championship game. This year the Pats have improved to 16th in yards and have given up the eighth-fewest points, which actually is fewer than supposedly elite defenses like San Francisco and Cincinnati. And those numbers should improve as the end the season against the Jets and Bills, two of the weaker offenses they’ll face this year.
  • The Patriots defense is nails in the second half of games. Facing arguably the toughest stretch of opposing offenses any D has faced in the league all season, the Pats haven’t given up a second-half touchdown since the Indy game five weeks ago and haven’t given up a second half point since the measly field goal Green Bay put up managed against them three games ago.
  • Opposing quarterbacks have targeted Darrelle Revis 74 times this year. They’ve completed only 50 percent of those passes, for two touchdowns. Their combined passer rating when they throw at Revis is 68.7.
  • To put that in perspective (as I told the guys on air) that puts all opposing QBs who attempt passes at Revis just behind Geno Smith (69.8) and just ahead of Michael Vick (68.3).

And that is the best case I can make for Revis. He has faced a murderer’s row of QBs that includes Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Phillip Rivers, and he’s turned them into Jets quarterbacks. And in doing so, he’s galvanized an otherwise fairly competent New England defense and made it championship caliber. With all due respect to Brady and Gronk, we’ve learned all too harshly the lesson of what can happen to a team when the world’s greatest passer and the game’s best tight end don’t have a Super Bowl-worthy defense. And for that, Darrelle Revis is your Patriots MVP.

Here’s the audio of the segment. (I apologize for being a little off in my numbers. But drive time co-host’s brains don’t start working until 1:55 at the earliest. The exact numbers are correct above.)

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