Patriots WR Julien Edelman, who has been dealing with a foot injury, was spotted at practice at about 12:15 and the guys broke the news.

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The guys are skeptic of JJ Watt and his comments about his own ability to deal with pain.

 

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Any time I’ve dared to state the opinion that the Patriots were right not to pay $70 million in order to keep Darrelle Revis, suggest that their secondary is better this year than it was last year or even hint that Revis’ skills have declined in any way, I’ve been ridiculed.. Callers. Texters. Media members. Friends. Family members. Long-dead ancestors haunting me from beyond the grave. They’ve all accused me of being a shameless homer and a Patriots suck-up.

Well, don’t take my word for it. Unapologetic Jets house man Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News — the same Manish Mehta who came on Dale & Holley to tell us there is no way the Jets tampered with Revis when he was under contract with the Pats, and even if they did there’s nothing wrong with it — agrees with my assessment.

Some of the highlights from Mehta:

— Darrelle Revis … is still his team’€™s best cornerback and one of the Top 10 in the league, but his greatness is fading.

— [T]here’€™s no reason to sugarcoat his performances this season. He’€™s still a quality player even if he’€™s not the best defensive back in the league anymore. …

— You don’€™t get a fictional island named after you unless you’€™re a special player, but it’€™s just not practical to think that he could play at that level forever.

— Did the Jets pay him $39 million fully guaranteed to be fine? The expectations were higher.

— Revis has been more vulnerable than ever against top-end receivers. … only fools would ignore what is plain to see: He needs safety help now more than ever against the game’€™s great wideouts.

— The drop-off from great to fine is the hardest to digest for the special ones.

— He enjoyed a view from the top that few have ever seen. He’€™s coming down the mountain now.

And there you have it. This what $39 million guaranteed would have bought the Patriots had they decided to keep Revis at all cost. No longer the best. Fine. No longer special. Vulnerable. Drop-off. Coming down the mountain. And that’s not coming from a Patriots fan but a guy who has always written the most positive things about the Jets that the Jets’ own horribleness would allow. So you can continue to call me whatever you want. But you can’t say I’m wrong about this. Apology accepted.

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Christian called Houston sports talk radio to blast the hosts about JJ Watt's insufferable antics.

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The Mashup BlogNew York Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez, supporting an assertion by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman that daily fantasy sports are gambling, granted a preliminary injunction to Schneiderman that will stop DraftKings and FanDuel from operating in the state.

Lawyers for the fantasy sites had argued that participants submitted entry fees rather than wagers, but Mendez did not agree.

“New York State penal law does not refer to ‘€˜wagering’€™ or ‘€˜betting,’€™ rather it states that a person, ‘€˜risks something of value,’€™ ” Mendez wrote in his decision. “The payment of an ‘€˜entry fee’€™ as high as $10,600 on one or more contests daily could certainly be deemed risking ‘€˜something of value.’€™

I’ll start by going full disclosure, because I’m not impartial on this topic. DraftKings came to Entercom right after I launched Thornography this time last year with an offer to sponsor it. And the company has advertised heavily on Dale & Holley. I appreciate the support. So you can take what I have to say on the subject however you like, but you can’t accuse me of having an agenda that is hidden.

That said, I’m being perfectly honest when I say this ruling is pure, unprocessed horsecrap. With or without my business arrangement with a daily fantasy site, I’m first and foremost a free-market libertarian, with a small ‘l.’ I’m all about protecting the ultimate minority — the individual — against government intrusion. Which is exactly what this is.

When I go on Draft King to set a fantasy lineup for the weekend, tell me who the aggrieved party is? Which other party am I harming? They say your right to swing your arm ends where someone else’s nose begins. Well whose nose is getting pummeled if I lose three bucks? Or if I win a million?

I’ll answer the question myself. It’s the government. Money is changing hands, people are enjoying themselves with a funtivity that is not only harmless but completely voluntary. Those who don’t care to play are not impacted in any way, shape or form by those of us who do. But in the state of New York that can’t be tolerated, especially because the government isn’t getting its cut.

Meanwhile, New York is doing exactly what Massachusetts does, which is run lotteries that are the biggest gambling scams currently available anywhere. Gambling that does impact the quality of life even of those of us who don’t play. Go into any public establishment that sells scratch tickets or had Keno, and you have to dodge the sullen, impoverished players like they’re the zombie horde in “The Walking Dead.” Lotteries are a tax on stupidity, and an example of the government taking advantage of the poor. If any casino ever offered the kinds of low payouts lotteries do, the state would padlock its doors and lead management away in cuffs.

Daily fantasy has none of that corruption. But these companies have been operating on a direct provider-to-customer basis with no interference from crooked politicians, and that won’t stand until the government starts getting its protection money. So congratulations, citizens of the Empire State. You’ve been saved from the scourge of something millions of you enjoyed doing. And all it cost you is another huge chunk of what is left of your freedom.

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Vanity Fair had a sit down with Gordie Gronkowski to discuss all things related to Gronk Life. As you’d imagine, it’s a little short on parental wisdom and instructive, fatherly bromides and long on anecdotes about his brood of wild party bros. This one particular item seems to be the gold nugget of the whole piece:

Rob had something like 65 scholarship offers, and I asked, “Where are you going? Syracuse? Ohio State?” He goes, “University of Arizona.” I asked, “Why there?” “Dad, if you ever went to a pool party at Arizona, you’d understand.”

As I’ve said before, if I had to choose someone else’s life to Quantum Leap into, I pick Rob Gronkowski without a nanosecond’s hesitation. What an existence this guy leads. He just boils everything down into its essence. A lesser guy would’ve weighed all sorts of factors, like which school offered the best coaching. Which would get him the best chance at a national title. God forbid, a good education. Which program would get him the most national TV exposure. But not Gronk. The only exposure he was into was exposed coed skin.

And you can’t hold that against him. Sure, I could harbor resentment over the fact he was swimming in a sea of chlorine and sorority girl estrogen whereas I spent my college years hoofing it across the vast, frozen expanse of the Bridgewater State commuter lot. But I can’t bring myself to. Gronk is exactly how God made him, and I wouldn’t want him any other way.

They say college is supposed to prepare you for the rest of your life. I’m guessing for Gronk at those Arizona pool parties, it was “Mission: Accomplished.”

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New York Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez, supporting an assertion by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman that daily fantasy sports are gambling, granted a preliminary injunction to Schneiderman that will stop DraftKings and FanDuel from operating in the state.

New York Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez, supporting an assertion by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman that daily fantasy sports are gambling, granted a preliminary injunction to Schneiderman that will stop DraftKings and FanDuel from operating in the state.

Lawyers for the fantasy sites had argued that participants submitted entry fees rather than wagers, but Mendez did not agree.

“New York State penal law does not refer to ‘wagering’ or ‘betting,’ rather it states that a person, ‘risks something of value,’ ” Mendez wrote in his decision. “The payment of an ‘entry fee’ as high as $10,600 on one or more contests daily could certainly be deemed risking ‘something of value.’ ”

Said Schneiderman in a statement: “We are pleased with the decision, consistent with our view that DraftKings and FanDuel are operating illegal gambling operations in clear violation of New York law. I have said from the beginning that my job is to enforce the law, and that is what happened today.”

The fantasy operators have 30 days to appeal the ruling. They have claimed that their daily fantasy games are based on skill rather than chance.

The companies still can operate outside of New York, but the estimated 600,000 New Yorkers who play on the sites — generating more than $200 million in entry fees this year — will be barred.

Earlier this week the New York Assembly held a hearing on daily fantasy, and Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow, head of the Committee on Racing and Wagering, said the Legislature likely will legalize and regulate daily fantasy sports, regardless of how Mendez ruled.

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Boston.comA T train that coasted through four Red Line stations without a driver on board Thursday morning likely left Braintree Station unmanned after an operator error occurred, according to Stephanie Pollack, secretary and chief executive of the Department of Transportation.

About 50 passengers were aboard the driverless train when it left Braintree Station at about 6 a.m., traveling past North Quincy Station until transit officials de-powered the third rail and brought it to a halt. …

The train’€™s operator was unable to start the inbound train due to a signal problem, and requested permission to put the train in bypass mode from the MBTA Operations Control Center, Pollack said. Bypass mode allows a train to depart from a station without receiving the usual signal, and requires the driver to toggle a switch on the outside of the train. …

In a press conference earlier in the day, Gov. Charlie Baker said, “It’s pretty clear the main control that drives the train was tampered with. I think the big issue on this is whether it was a negligence issue or something else.”

Ladies and gentlemen, commuters of all ages, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts proudly presents your MBTA. If you enjoyed getting stranded because of snow last winter, you’re going to love the driverless hell ride. Come for the walk up the tracks, stay for the stark raving terror of having no hand on the brake.

So the T thought it would be a good idea to put a switch that gets the train in motion on the outside of the car? How novel. It makes it so much sense we ought to start putting ignition systems on the outsides of cars, city buses and passenger jets. Why let a little thing like having the operator inside where he can be of some use stop you from putting a thousand ton, steel-wheeled, 2,000-passenger death machine barreling up the tracks at full speed?

I remember watching “The Taking of Pelham 123″ (the old Walter Matthau version, not the Denzel Washington remake) on cable. And the one takeaway from it was that all subway trains have a “dead man’s switch” that requires the driver to squeeze down on a handle or the train will shut down. That way if he has a heart attack or something, the train doesn’t turn into a fully loaded torpedo on wheels.

That was in 1974. In 2015, the T decided to do away with all that safety and precaution and just let the damn things operate by remote control. I guess all of you who rely on the T in order to function ought to learn how to work these “toggle switches.” At least then you’ll have a chance to get to work when all the drivers call in sick during the next snowstorm.

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Mike Florio discussed week 14 in the NFL.

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