It shouldn’t come as a surprise that John Cena truly understands what makes the Patriots tick.

The WWE star, and actor, grew up in Massachusetts and played football at Springfield College. So when he turned down the opportunity to offer a hype video for his hometown team, there was a very good explanation that came with the denial.

“That’s what’s great about New England,” Cena said. “You can look at it from all the [Tom] Brady sound bytes and all the [Bill] Belichick sound bytes. They don’t need to get hype. They just do really, really well.”

There was also the us against them mentality that Cena said he enjoys, explaining, “I run kind of like a parallel life with Tom Brady.”

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Rob Bradford
Deion Sanders had some interesting things to say about Julian Edelman. (James Lang/USA Today Sports)

Deion Sanders had some interesting things to say about Julian Edelman. (James Lang/USA Today Sports)

Deion Sanders says Julian Edelman’s skin color is the reason why he isn’t considered one of the best receivers in the league.

On NFL Network Sunday, Sanders said Edelman, who put up a monstrous stat line during the AFC championship game, is a victim of reverse racism.

“Julian Edelman is one of the best receivers in the league. … It’s like reverse racism,” he said. “I’m not lying. This is real talk. Julian Edelman, just because he’s a caucasian receiver, they don’t give him the credit that he deserves. He deserves so much more. This kid can flat out play. There hasn’t been there an answer for him over the last several years. Julian Edelman moves the chains, he can get deep, he works between the numbers, works outside the numbers, he can throw the football, he can run the football. He does it all, man.”

While the Patriots were largely able to contain Antonio Brown (seven receptions for 77 yards), Chris Hogan and Edelman tore up the Steelers’ secondary, reeling in 17 catches for 298 yards and three touchdowns. After the extra-point, Edelman’s touchdown grab extended the Patriots’ lead to 34-9 with 1:01 remaining in the third quarter.

Despite averaging 98 receptions over his last three full seasons, the Patriots don’t pay Edelman like an elite wideout. According to Spotrac, he only took home $2.5 million in base salary in 2016. Next year, the figure bumps up to $3 million.

Edelman’s position, not skin color, is probably the reason why he’s not put on the same level as star receivers like Julio Jones. Given the success of other slot receivers in this offense, he’s largely viewed as expendable. Tom Brady seamlessly transitioned from Troy Brown to Wes Welker to Edelman. He’s the primary reason for their success, not the other way around.

Edelman is an incredible talent, but his stock takes a major hit without Brady. He probably knows that’s the case, too, since he’s never even threatened to hold out for a bigger deal.

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer
Hour 4. Kirk and Gerry discuss how players from bad teams can come to New England and win.

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Hour 3. Roger Goodell has to watch the Super Bowl. Bart Hubbuch compared the inauguration to Pearl Harbor.

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Hour 2. Albert challenges Kirk and Gerry. Headlines with Kirk covers the Women's March.
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It’s a good thing Jim Nantz and Phil Simms aren’t calling the Super Bowl this year. After their bumbling commentary during the AFC championship game, it’s clear they both need to take a long vacation. The low-light of the telecast, which featured it’s usual mix of Simms malapropisms, came when Tom Brady fumbled the football on a QB sneak in the third quarter. Though the officials awarded the ball back to the Patriots, Steelers lineman Javon Hargrave emerged from the pile with it. That prompted Mike Tomlin to throw the challenge flag.

Prior to reviewing the play, referee Terry McAuley said he was looking into whether there was a fumble and clear recovery. But for some reason, Nantz kept insisting McAuley said there was a “clear recovery by Pittsburgh.” This prompted Simms to admit he had no idea what was going on.

“OK, so I’m confused. So you’re saying you are, too?” Simms asked.

Announcers are supposed to add clarity to the game, but Nantz and Simms often do the opposite. Their inane babbling distracts from what’s happening on the field.

While Simms has been like this for years, Nantz’s cluelessness is a new phenomenon. But then again, there have been some signs recently that he’s losing it. Last year, Nantz said in an interview with Golf Digest he carries a picture of burnt toast in his wallet.

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Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer
Hour 1. The Patriots are going to the Super Bowl, which means Kirk and Gerry are going to Houston. Tom Brady joins the show.

LeGarrette Blount took a page out of LeBron James’ book in the AFC championship game. After scoring a touchdown late in the third quarter, he brought out “The Silencer,” mimicking James’ signature road celebration. James, who was presumably tuned into the game like most sports fans, appreciated the gesture.

Though James is an unabashed Cowboys fan, it was difficult to not admire the Patriots’ dismantling of the Steelers Sunday night. Blount’s touchdown run, which came after he had dragged seven Pittsburgh defenders all the way to the goal line, served as the proverbial nail in the coffin. The burly running back finished with 16 carries and 47 yards.

Of course, when James mentions you on Twitter, it’s only appropriate to return the favor. Blount let him know the shoutout was appreciated.

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer

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