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TMZTom Brady put family before football Sunday night … heading out to watch his son Benny play in a youth hockey game with Gisele at the same time as the AFC divisional playoff game. 

The photo agency that obtained the photo tells TMZ Sports the picture was snapped at 7:15 PM ET — right as Peyton Manning and the Broncos were punching their ticket to face the Pats in the AFC Championship game.

This might be the most Tom Brady photo ever taken. Just a man in his element. His work done for the time being. The hay is in the barn. One former No. 1 draft pick quarterback (Alex Smith) taken care of, three more (Peyton Manning, Carson Palmer, Cam Newton) to go for Mr. 199. But he’s putting family first. And caring zero rat’s asses whether his next game is at home against Pittsburgh or in Denver. To him, there was a lot more riding on a peewee hockey game than the other AFC divisional playoff.

That is the preternatural calm that only the true champions possess and we mere mortals can only dream of. If I were the Bruins, I’d draft his son right now.

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In honor of the untimely demise of Glenn Frey, I can think of nothing more appropriate than the video of the time he called a Dodgers game with Vin Scully.

Granted, I am not the biggest Eagles fan ever. I’m certainly not The Dude by any means. I like a lot of their less laid-back, prototypical Southern California stuff. Timeless, hard-rocking classics like “Heartache Tonight” and “The Long Run” never get old for me. But part of the reason I avoid the whole Geezer Rock radio format is that I can’t hear “Hotel California” any more without want to stab myself in the eye with their steely knives even if they just can’t kill the beast.

But I’m not blaming the lack of originality in Classic Rock radio on the Eagles. Nor is this a time to criticize. Now is the time to sit back, relax, and watch two L.A. icons work their magic. And to hearken back to a simpler age when a rocker could struggle through calling a game alongside the greatest announcer ever without getting slaughtered for it on social media. And when Pedro Guerrero was just a ballplayer, and not the guy whose name kept coming up in the O.J. Simpson murder case.

But I digress. Rest in peace, Glenn Frey. The good continue to die young.

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The guys tune into Denver sports radio to see what they're saying in preparation to the AFC Championship game, and it's not good. Glenn, Lou and Christian joke about how much worse their show is than shows in Boston.

[0:01:42] ... that last week you guys don't find it. Somewhat vindicate him for Peyton Manning and all arrows very all of those other athletes that were. Mentioned that with no bail out one guy slide destroyed. Everything ...
[0:04:09] ... may often. Patriots bit and I am just so happy. That finally Peyton Manning is it is anti GOP we aren't you guys finally got to know what it's like they have a cornerback. What is main rhythm might. And now yeah I that the deal would be I couldn't be happier that Peyton Manning you'd go on Saturday. You know yet I get yelled at like Bryant Braga just like ralphie how narrow just like Lance ...
[0:08:24] ... in the locker. I mean you don't want 1000. Well maybe lasted Bill Belichick what. That the pension scheme put this game Ike Ike into our route. You put 8 o'clock I that you can't read straight he's not board that could he got back in the lab experts. So that you know that can't on the ball like. It in my right here is like. Yeah I don't I don't. Yeah it mr. Obama had a lot of success. In sub runs against the agents now yet you look Gary Kubiak over the years whether he was in Baltimore when news in Houston. That's probably going to be the game plan and whatever whatever they did back one of the page went against Houston what they did last year against Baltimore. But probably the deep but you're gonna see. 'cause the system is the same it's it's more like Christiane. What's what yeah that's let me let's look at what what Houston did the patriots from local Baltimore did. And look what the Denver Broncos last year eating going back. A driver on the football yes is that the key ethnic the most important thing is not ...
[0:10:02] ... football and the little stuff underneath specially over the ball middle. Where Peyton Manning is very good he reads. The field exceptionally well. Stick relic actually get a chance right now that's why ask Christian all ...






Broncos defensive lineman Antonio Smith is talking trash about Tom Brady, saying he's a cry-baby and whines when he gets sacked. Glenn, Lou and Christian laugh at Smith and other players who think talking trash to the Patriots is smart.

[0:00:29] ... question question were a little sensitive back here in New England holds Rodney Harrison Smith. You can't do that WEEI stuff comedy sketch back here next Tuesday. That is mostly listen to radio with Rodney Harrison likes so we had dealt that we had to Brandon Marshall. Linebacker for Denver. You know bitching about the rule markets that we would agree that you. This is all cool cool little all of the business the clintons played exactly and now we've got more. How does the offensive lineman Antonio Smith who thinks that Tom Brady is they cried day. Crowded with these guys ever learn. That the worst thing you can do is give the women pay ...
[0:04:28] ... hot water don't had a huge just gave me the evidence out Antonio Smith. You're free Kindle. You're you're at it doesn't matter what you ran a game so you sit there and you look at ...
[0:05:36] ... job. A German howry Kerry today. I I loved I loved the Rodney Harrison segment that's unbelievable these courts play a chip on their children we'd be ten point favorite to an argument that you have ...
[0:07:31] ... clock. Mans 2111. Drives over the years that have been monitored. And Andy Reid was the second. Longest possession when you're down by two shall we share it it's never it just doesn't happen in football ...






Rodney Harrison joins Glenn, Lou and Christian and talks about getting heckled by Patriots haters at airports and previews another AFC Championship featuring Brady vs. Manning.

[0:02:15] ... and don't be healthy and now you look at a guy like Peyton Manning and Ronnie act palate at the same thing I know what's in Denver but. I'm very similar acts that an offense that if Peyton Manning is under senate panel to think you should be or not I still look at them as an explosive offense with him ...
[0:03:47] ... looking at Manning's career in reverse used to be that you want Peyton Manning to bring you back from the dead and now all I'm not sure to bring you back from the dead. Not allowed ...
[0:06:59] ... be like. When he was on the center stage and it was Carson Palmer. Outlook outlook. A weapon like this to point out a little bit surprised we Carson Palmer could always kind of talk about experience and and it does seem like part of what the little nervous and you know ...
[0:10:00] ... thing for the players. But yet the when you have guys like Ryan Clark couldn't play because you know certain dumping they report to physically it just shows the impact of that out to. You guys ...






The AFC Championship Game beat-down of the Colts was one year ago yesterday, which means today is the anniversary of the Deflategate scandal. The guys have some fun with some of the analysts who deemed Brady guilty from the start.
Coming off a win over Kansas City, the Patriots head to Denver to take on Peyton Manning and the Broncos. Glenn, Lou and Christian discuss whether Manning is even the right quarterback to play in Denver.

 

While much of the sports nation is observing/celebrating/mourning/debating the anniversary of Deflategate, it’s important to recognize another, even more triumphant moment in New England sports history. Jan. 19 is the 14th anniversary of the Snow Bowl.

Sure, the rest of the country calls it the “Tuck Rule” game, in that way that people in the Confederacy liked to call The Civil War “The War of Northern Aggression.” But we know better. NFL Rule 3, Section 22, Article 2, Note 2 at the time read, “When [an offensive] player not even holding the ball to pass it forward, any intentional forward movement of his arm starts a forward pass, even if the player loses possession of the ball as he is attempting to tuck it back toward his body. Also, if the player has tucked the ball into his body and then loses possession, it is a fumble.” That call had been made before. In fact it went against the Patriots earlier that season in a play no one remembered, because it came in the game against the Jets when Mo Lewis split Drew Bledsoe in half down the middle and changed the fate of the Patriots forever.

And besides, all the (correct) call did was keep a Patriots drive alive. The Raiders had dozens of opportunities to put that game away but didn’t. And believe me, I wish the officials got that call wrong, as karmic retribution for the real miscarriage of Raiders-Patriots playoff justice, the infamous Roughing the Passer game in 1976. As far as I’m concerned, the cosmos still owes us one.

So no, the Snow Bowl should be celebrated not for a proper reversal of an incorrect call, but for being one of the 10 greatest non-championship games in the history of Boston sports. The way the game played out. The visuals. The way Foxboro Stadium looked in the last game ever played there. And the way a young Tom Brady topped 300 yards playing in a snow globe. My beguiling Irish Rose came downstairs in about the third quarter after putting the heirs to my dominion to bed and asked how the game was going and I vividly remember telling her, “The Pats are down by 10. I hope they come back and win, but even if they don’t, I know I’ll never forget this game.” I was right. I just didn’t realize at the time it would end one of the dreariest 15 years ever in sports in this region and signal the start of the best 15 years. And counting.

So rejoice, New England. And appreciate when this all began. Happy anniversary, Snow Bowl.

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Dan ShaughnessyThere you go. This is what you get for playing half-buttocks football in Miami against the ready-to-go-home Dolphins in the final game of the regular season.

The genius of Bill Belichick did not extend to Sunday of the divisional-round weekend. …

The Patriots will never admit this, but New England’€™s “smarter-than-you” blueprint called for the Steelers to beat the Broncos in Denver and advance to Foxborough for next weekend’€™s AFC Championship game.

It did not happen. …

It did not have to go down like this. All the Patriots had to do was beat Dan Campbell and Ryan Tannehill in the finale.

But they made a choice. And now they will be on the road, playing the AFC Championship game in their own personal house of horror.

I’ve got to hand it to Shank. It can’t be easy these days to find ways to rip the Patriots for their — all together now — arrogance, or Bill Belichick for not having the football smarts of a newspaper columnist. But he managed to. Granted, he said it one day after calling them the gold standard of excellence in sports. But when you’re still pumping that well of negativity that went dry in 2001 because you’ve got no other hot sports take, you really have no other choice.

So that we have it straight: The Patriots didn’t lose in Miami because they were so banged up. The lack of Julian Edelman and a limited Danny Amendola was not a factor. It wasn’t a system-wide failure along a depleted offensive line that made it impossible for Tom Brady to stand in the pocket. It had nothing to do with the Pats‘ ineffectiveness running the ball against a Dolphins defense that was loaded up against the pass and daring them to run.

They lost on purpose because it was all part of Belichick’s “smarter-than-you” master plan to have the Steelers beat the Bengals on two galactically stupid penalties, then watch Pittsburgh roll into Denver and knock off the Broncos, thus doing his dirty work for him. By Dan’s logic, Amendola, Rob Ninkovich, Devin McCourty and Pat Chung dragged themselves off the injury list and into that game even though the plan all along was to lose in order to set the playoff dominoes to fall according to his grand design. Except Denver won, proving what a dumb-buttocks he really is. Makes perfect sense to me.

Like I said, it can’t be easy to be the Curly-Haired Boyfriend in an age like this. He owes his career to the miserable, downtrodden teams and nut-crushing losses he grew up covering. And now, faced with unprecedented levels of success in a league designed to prevent long-term, sustained excellence, he’s never figured out how to adapt. He’s a communist party apparatchik after the fall of the Soviet Union struggling to embrace the freedom and democracy of the decadent West he always hated.

If the Pats should win another Super Bowl and Shaughnessy is further exposed as the trolling fraud he is, at least he’ll have a paper route to fall back on.

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Dan ShaughnessyThere you go. This is what you get for playing half-buttocks football in Miami against the ready-to-go-home Dolphins in the final game of the regular season.

The genius of Bill Belichick did not extend to Sunday of the divisional-round weekend. …

The Patriots will never admit this, but New England’€™s “smarter-than-you” blueprint called for the Steelers to beat the Broncos in Denver and advance to Foxborough for next weekend’€™s AFC Championship game.

It did not happen. …

It did not have to go down like this. All the Patriots had to do was beat Dan Campbell and Ryan Tannehill in the finale.

But they made a choice. And now they will be on the road, playing the AFC Championship game in their own personal house of horror.

I’ve got to hand it to Shank. It can’t be easy these days to find ways to rip the Patriots for their — all together now — arrogance, or Bill Belichick for not having the football smarts of a newspaper columnist. But he managed to. Granted, he said it one day after calling them the gold standard of excellence in sports. But when you’re still pumping that well of negativity that went dry in 2001 because you’ve got no other hot sports take, you really have no other choice.

So that we have it straight: The Patriots didn’t lose in Miami because they were so banged up. The lack of Julian Edelman and a limited Danny Amendola was not a factor. It wasn’t a system-wide failure along a depleted offensive line that made it impossible for Tom Brady to stand in the pocket. It had nothing to do with the Pats‘ ineffectiveness running the ball against a Dolphins defense that was loaded up against the pass and daring them to run.

They lost on purpose because it was all part of Belichick’s “smarter-than-you” master plan to have the Steelers beat the Bengals on two galactically stupid penalties, then watch Pittsburgh roll into Denver and knock off the Broncos, thus doing his dirty work for him. By Dan’s logic, Amendola, Rob Ninkovich, Devin McCourty and Pat Chung dragged themselves off the injury list and into that game even though the plan all along was to lose in order to set the playoff dominoes to fall according to his grand design. Except Denver won, proving what a dumb-buttocks he really is. Makes perfect sense to me.

Like I said, it can’t be easy to be the Curly-Haired Boyfriend in an age like this. He owes his career to the miserable, downtrodden teams and nut-crushing losses he grew up covering. And now, faced with unprecedented levels of success in a league designed to prevent long-term, sustained excellence, he’s never figured out how to adapt. He’s a communist party apparatchik after the fall of the Soviet Union struggling to embrace the freedom and democracy of the decadent West he always hated.

If the Pats should win another Super Bowl and Shaughnessy is further exposed as the trolling fraud he is, at least he’ll have a paper route to fall back on.

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