We break down Rex and the Jets vs the Patriots with CSNNE's Tom E Curran

[0:00:02] ... little emotional at the thought that this is your final. Rex Ryan New England Patriots Bill Belichick match up this weekend Sunday down in New Jersey. Because I don't know anybody who thinks Rex is gonna survive this. Dumpster fire of a season let's talk about it with Tom. SN any dot com brought you by Tom current chair doctor doctor Robert Leonard call 1800 get hair. I'm comes to us on the AT&T hotline hello Tom. On our friend right Dario. Happy holidays thank you Merry Christmas to you happy holidays to everybody. Nobody thinks that there's going to be out Rex Ryan Bill Belichick battle next year do that. Just the ones who have been watching what's going on down there. I don't think there will ...
[0:11:18] ... the season it just reading that really well done. ESPN's story on Wes Welker that. Between you know yesterday's able to welcome itself. These guys do have in mind about how the season goes along it wears you down I think that the patriots have that mind very much well. With this but guys it is an inordinate amount of punishment. And honestly that's the one thing that icicle the last few weeks has been a little bit. Under the radar very small flat plate has been Tom Brady's increasing. Inaccuracy in early debt settlement has put him into some really dangerous spots. Over the last couple weeks he's gotten down. ...




We break down Rex and the Jets vs the Patriots with CSNNE's Tom E Curran

[0:00:02] ... little emotional at the thought that this is your final. Rex Ryan New England Patriots Bill Belichick match up this weekend Sunday down in New Jersey. Because I don't know anybody who thinks Rex is gonna survive this. Dumpster fire of a season let's talk about it with Tom. SN any dot com brought you by Tom current chair doctor doctor Robert Leonard call 1800 get hair. I'm comes to us on the AT&T hotline hello Tom. On our friend right Dario. Happy holidays thank you Merry Christmas to you happy holidays to everybody. Nobody thinks that there's going to be out Rex Ryan Bill Belichick battle next year do that. Just the ones who have been watching what's going on down there. I don't think there will ...
[0:11:18] ... the season it just reading that really well done. ESPN's story on Wes Welker that. Between you know yesterday's able to welcome itself. These guys do have in mind about how the season goes along it wears you down I think that the patriots have that mind very much well. With this but guys it is an inordinate amount of punishment. And honestly that's the one thing that icicle the last few weeks has been a little bit. Under the radar very small flat plate has been Tom Brady's increasing. Inaccuracy in early debt settlement has put him into some really dangerous spots. Over the last couple weeks he's gotten down. ...




We tackle the only four games the Patriots ever lost to Rex Ryan's NY Jets.

[0:01:58] ... in the game one of the one and oh yes. Alabama ask Nick Saban to do that he said what he thought crap up that's ahead in the act you know wait to hopefully as well it never admitted woods better at it now. Yeah and you know you talk about the differences between Bill Belichick and Rex Ryan. Bill Belichick had done that you wouldn't get worse as the Bill Belichick during your job and. I'm Rick. I want you regs credit that they did win the game. What does the NFL. So ...
[0:02:51] ... did lose the game twenty to fourteen. However that touchdown catch from Randy Moss was a thing of beauty. Ready at the shotgun takes the snap has sons into the pocket loves it over the metal and so big that the car. That's cool it and it touchdown who expects quiet Randy Moss put the program pretty he'd beat to. Leave us and the patriots are back on top. Nobody realizes it is good player ...
[0:12:14] ... was in coverage on at fifty yard completion to balance cork in Dallas Clark still would have beat the bears by seventeen it's week. Truckers true but I I think of the patriots kept by the ...
[0:15:09] ... whether you call. Call Robert mr. Kraft to do. You called. Because Bill Belichick. Coach bill coats. The analysts are being man. My job and quit now or anybody yet. I doubt you would whipped it ...






We tackle the only four games the Patriots ever lost to Rex Ryan's NY Jets.

[0:01:58] ... in the game one of the one and oh yes. Alabama ask Nick Saban to do that he said what he thought crap up that's ahead in the act you know wait to hopefully as well it never admitted woods better at it now. Yeah and you know you talk about the differences between Bill Belichick and Rex Ryan. Bill Belichick had done that you wouldn't get worse as the Bill Belichick during your job and. I'm Rick. I want you regs credit that they did win the game. What does the NFL. So ...
[0:02:51] ... did lose the game twenty to fourteen. However that touchdown catch from Randy Moss was a thing of beauty. Ready at the shotgun takes the snap has sons into the pocket loves it over the metal and so big that the car. That's cool it and it touchdown who expects quiet Randy Moss put the program pretty he'd beat to. Leave us and the patriots are back on top. Nobody realizes it is good player ...
[0:12:14] ... was in coverage on at fifty yard completion to balance cork in Dallas Clark still would have beat the bears by seventeen it's week. Truckers true but I I think of the patriots kept by the ...
[0:15:09] ... whether you call. Call Robert mr. Kraft to do. You called. Because Bill Belichick. Coach bill coats. The analysts are being man. My job and quit now or anybody yet. I doubt you would whipped it ...






We discuss the Patriots vs Jets in an AFC East match-up this weekend. Is this Rex Ryan's swan song vs the Patriots? We discuss.

[0:00:03] ... give the patriots fits do you ever watch their match ups. Since Bill Belichick took over here they played 31 times counting playoffs. Bill Belichick's teams have won 21 of the 31 matchups. God ten wins for the jets and they won their first rate again Bill Belichick back in the day. Answer the question do you watch the games tell her you know I I try to avoid them ...
[0:04:06] ... This the quarterbacks are among the worst than in all of football Tom Brady pro for eight touchdowns on some. And you know what they're good test is you know if this is alive ballots record ...
[0:05:39] ... yeah the single digits and art and this weekend right yeah. Michael Tom Brady's but I have not only are under current period that in some are what are what they have that area are winner ...
[0:06:24] ... according to script. It's always either one or at all the other. Tom Brady's record in New York. Is is pretty impressive so he has had some. So really a fishing games in New York a couple of games we'll talk about it in a few minutes a couple of games where you have to look like Tom Brady for for the most part. When he goes to whether it's MetLife stadium or a before that the meadowlands usually handles his ...






We discuss the Patriots vs Jets in an AFC East match-up this weekend. Is this Rex Ryan's swan song vs the Patriots? We discuss.

[0:00:03] ... give the patriots fits do you ever watch their match ups. Since Bill Belichick took over here they played 31 times counting playoffs. Bill Belichick's teams have won 21 of the 31 matchups. God ten wins for the jets and they won their first rate again Bill Belichick back in the day. Answer the question do you watch the games tell her you know I I try to avoid them ...
[0:04:06] ... This the quarterbacks are among the worst than in all of football Tom Brady pro for eight touchdowns on some. And you know what they're good test is you know if this is alive ballots record ...
[0:05:39] ... yeah the single digits and art and this weekend right yeah. Michael Tom Brady's but I have not only are under current period that in some are what are what they have that area are winner ...
[0:06:24] ... according to script. It's always either one or at all the other. Tom Brady's record in New York. Is is pretty impressive so he has had some. So really a fishing games in New York a couple of games we'll talk about it in a few minutes a couple of games where you have to look like Tom Brady for for the most part. When he goes to whether it's MetLife stadium or a before that the meadowlands usually handles his ...






Jen Royle

Jen Royle explains to Jerry what “The Taste” is all about. (Jerry Thornton)

For this week’s episode of “Unsportsmanlike” I have the distinct pleasure of landing the beguiling Jen Royle. The former reporter covering the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles, the Red Sox, WEEI and Herald Radio host and cookbook author is nothing less than THE reality TV breakout star of 2014. If you’re not watching her on ABC’s “The Taste” every Thursday night at 8, you’re missing out.

Jen is a hilariously profane and messy home cook let loose in a kitchen filled with professional chefs. She swears. She loses stuff. She gets into fights with people and cuts herself. In short, she’s pure Masshole. But so far she’s done more than survived; she’s stolen the show.

Listen as she gives me the skinny on the behind the scenes, how she got into this and whether or not something is up between her and her French chef mentor.

Enjoy and bon apetit.

@JerryThornton1

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
Denver Broncos v New England Patriots

Here are all the “weapons” the Patriots need. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

If the Patriots do nothing else in 2014 (and by the grace of God they’ll do lots more), one thing they’ve already accomplished is to effectively end the position of wide receiver in the NFL as we know it.

I’m not arguing they’ve made the position extinct. They’re not bringing back the 1925 Chicago Cardinals full-house T formation offense and putting all wideouts out of business like they’re telemarketers, travel agents or newspaper sports columnists. What I am saying is that the Patriots are proving once and for all that what I’ve been saying for years is true:

Wide receiver is the most overrated, overhyped and overvalued position in football, if not in all of sports.

I know even saying this is heresy. You could go to a matinee of “The Interview” at the Showcase: Pyongyang and see less shock and outrage than when you say wideouts don’t matter much, but I stand by it.

Admit it. You’re one of the ones who’ve been clamoring for years for the Patriots to get (choose your cliche) Brady more “weapons.” An “elite” wide receiver who can “play outside the numbers,” “stretch the field” and “take the top off the defense.” And the general consensus is they have done none of those things. Not through through the draft by (more cliches) by “moving up in the first round” to get “a playmaker” who can “make a difference.” And not by getting some high-priced cap space-eating veteran. They’ve handed Brady a receiving corps out of the $5 DVD bin at Walmart and asked him to win another championship, even while “his window is closing” (I’ll stop now).

Well, here is why you’re wrong. Prepare to be impaled on the razor sharp Thorn of Truth:

1. The Patriots lead the NFL in scoring.

Right now, as we speak, 14 games into the season (15 for those slappy teams that played Thursday night) the Patriots have put up more points than anyone. More than teams with so-called “elite” wideouts like Green Bay, Indy, Philly and Dallas. And they’ve scored 35 more points than the Broncos, who have a Swiss army knife of depth at the position. Meanwhile, the Patriots’ highest-drafted receiver is Aaron Dobson, a second-rounder who has been a complete non-factor.

And to further illustrate my point, last year I’d argue the Pats were even thinner at the receiver spot. And they finished third in the league in points. One point behind Chicago for second.

2. Championships aren’t won by “elite” receivers.

Defining “elite” receivers as highly drafted, highly paid, highly productive stud-types — meaning the kind that every offseason there’s a hue and cry from the masses for the Patriots to go get — when was the last time a guy who fit that description actually won a Super Bowl?

It certainly wasn’t last season, when Seattle won it all on the backs of Golden Tate‘s 64 catches for 898 yards and Doug Baldwin’s 50 for 778. Those are Brandon Lloyd-type numbers, and they were enough to beat Denver with all its “weapons.”

The year before it was Baltimore, whose best receiver was Anquan Bolden, a slot receiver taken in the second round in 2003 and who led the Ravens in receptions with only 65.

I’d like to concede Victor Cruz of the 2011 Giants to you, because he did have a monster year with 82 catches and 1,500-plus yards. The problem is he was undrafted out of that football factory UMass, so you’re making my case for me.

The point is that if you look back 20 years — back to the days when you needed a Michael Irvin or a Jerry Rice to win a title — the only times since then an elite receiver by that definition led his team to a title were Reggie Wayne with the Colts in 2006 and maybe Plaxico Burress with the Giants in ’07. And even he barely qualifies since he was taken by the Steelers before they got sick of his act and ran him out of town.

3. “Elite” wide receivers don’t win championships.

This is obviously the corollary to the point above. Who are the best wideouts in the game over the last 10 years or so, and tell me which one has a ring? Larry Fitzgerald came close, but that doesn’t count. Demaryius Thomas went to the Super Bowl and got blown out. Julio Jones? A.J. Green? Josh Gordon? Dez Bryant? You’ll find no postseason success at all there.

You can make a case that Calvin Johnson is having the best career by any WR since Jerry Rice. And he’s been in one playoff game. And in it he was immense, with 12 catches for 211 yards and two TDs against New Orleans in 2011. And his team got blown out, 45-27.

If receivers were as big a factor as they’re made out to be, Johnson would have more rings than Jared. And the above-mentioned collection of Pro Bowlers would have at least one.

4. The bust rate on wide receivers is off the charts.

You argue the Pats struggle to draft and develop wideouts? You still bellyache about Chad Jackson (second round) flaming out in 2006 or Josh Boyce (fourth round) last year and you’re losing patience with Dobson so you want them to finally make a move on draft day to get a stud? Do any of these names meaning anything to you?:

If they don’t ring a bell, don’t beat yourself up. None of them ever did jack squat in the NFL except cost the people who drafted them a valuable pick, tons of cap money and, in most cases, their jobs.

My favorite example there is Jenkins, who was taken by the 49ers and was cut after one year without ever catching a pass for them. This would be the same San Francisco team that twice since it whiffed on him came within a play or two of winning the Super Bowl. So in other words, if the Niners had taken anyone who did anything for them — a defensive tackle, a guard, a punter — instead of gone for the sexy pick, they’d conceivably have a championship instead of a coaching vacancy.

5. Great quarterbacks make receivers, not the other way around.

Everybody loves when you spend a high draft pick or a ton of cap money on a great wideout. It’s bold. It’s sexy. Fans, media and fantasy twerps go nuts over that stuff. If the offseason was the Home Show, wideouts would be the home spas. They’re overpriced, impractical and completely inessential, but they take up 90 percent of the floor space because everyone dreams about buying one. You go and fantasize about inviting all your neighbors over for a soak and a drunken hot tub orgy. No one goes to the Home Show to find out how to fix the crack in the basement. So when you draft a position other than a glamor spot like WR, everyone’s disappointed. Even though that’s how the Patriots’ championship teams were built.

The Pats won titles with non-glamorous, unsexy names like Troy Brown, David Patten, David Givens and Deion Branch (65th overall). Those were all the “weapons” Tom Brady needed because they were smart, reliable and on the same page as him. They were in balanced attacks with solid defenses and tight ends who could block and catch. Just like the Patriots have now, and didn’t have when they had the best receiving corps on the planet but still didn’t win titles.

So let’s put and end to the “weapons” talk once and for all. You’re welcome.

@JerryThornton1

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
Christian quizzes Lou and Tim on which songs were used for torture by the CIA, and Tim is upset he couldn't remember Team America: World Police

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[0:05:42] ... get him out use Fort Stewart sure I'll. Part torture. During music Christina Aguilera I had a yes we torture yes all right listen there's a lot of them irony about this. Right that perhaps rhetorically ...
[0:10:40] ... hear from them according as well in advance of the patriots. And New York Jets may have lost Devin what's the most portrait song to listen to I Christian you can put that one out there and ...





Adam Schefter, ESPN, joins MFB to discuss Jim Harbaugh rumors, Rex Ryan's future, and why the Patriots may be better served by not wraping up the number one seed in the AFC this week

[0:00:26] ... before start reviewing the game between the new in the majors the New York Jets and all the news from across the league. Moments ago before it's across commercial break we played the Frank Caliendo twelve days ...
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[0:07:13] ... Yeah I educate where. The hot spots are Oakland shift is still New York Jets Atlanta Miami. Chicago. There's always a surprise. So but he we get to Bay Area would be your surprise what do you ...
[0:08:36] ... next week's game for the patriots means nothing against eighteen in the Buffalo Bills that might actually be playing for something. Which obviously would require in the patriots winning this week in Denver with a losing ...