Rob Bradford is the 24th member of the DIno Casting Couch. Tom Brady looks ahead to week 17 in Miami.
ESPN's Tim Hasselbeck joins Kirk and Rob Bradford to discuss his challengers he thinks can upset the Patriots in the playoffs

[0:01:18] ... go there. What a big motivating factors for me close. In panel Tom Coughlin had done with their programs you know they'd do it I remember in my mind I guess best memories is like a ...
[0:03:13] ... be at. That the debt back. You know completely. You know changes college football because. Will probably talking about guys that go they're going to piece you know first round draft pick. You probably talking about ...
[0:07:35] ... and we're back all day but. Debate going out still a better football team tiger prepare him this treaty that kind of just. Very unique enough. You know what I mean by that like we knew ...

Tom Brady joins Kirk Minihane and Rob Bradford to discuss his preparation for finishing the season strong and earning homefield advantage in the AFC playoff race.

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[0:11:34] ... works very well for them I mean you look at guys like Aaron Rodgers the mean he's gotten incredible armed. But it's really incredible mechanics and efficiency. In your orbit is one part of Peter throwing ...
[0:17:00] ... I think urged a great job. I hear that's your your welcome Matt Bonner you your Christmas card also find your profession the idea. The Cadillac question the week is this I heard you say my note that Jim grey spot. When you go Christmas shopping is comic hack or something that's that's the skies enough as a true. I have a pretty it is. Nobody knows it's Tom Brady walking around. And our target for the cash register I don't look up my check us you know 57 you know. Randall are no regular are not you know abnormally tall wide so I considered pretty good odds do Christmas to clean up. I was I played center this year. I've given a gift which is great you were not back down he says it looks like night and executive who is a big Star Wars it was that they did this year. That the kids candidate got some cardinal car racing games. Of neighbors play a little bit yesterday and it's it's. They'd stated very well. Exit we'll talk to you by next ...

Good morning, here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

Good morning, here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

 Boston at Columbus, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Memphis at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: Oklahoma City at Miami, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Utah at LA Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College football: Army vs. North Texas, 12 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Temple vs. Wake Forest, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Minnesota vs. Washington State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Boise State vs. Baylor, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Northwestern at Penn State, 3 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Illinois at Maryland, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Kent State at Texas, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Rutgers at Wisconsin, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Michigan State at Minnesota, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: SMU at Memphis, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)


— The University of Connecticut announced Monday the school has fired football coach Bob Diaco, effective Jan. 2.

The move follows the team’s dismal season full of blowout losses culminating in a 3-9 record. The Huskies lost their final six games of the season and were 1-7 against ACC foes. Diaco was the coach for three seasons, posting a record of 11-26.

“I believe a new leader for our program and student-athletes is needed to build long-term success,” UConn athletic director David Benedict said in a statement. “I am grateful to Coach Diaco and his staff for their hard work and the integrity with which they ran the program and certainly wish them future success. … I know this may come as a surprise to our fans and supporters given the timing of this decision. However, it became apparent to me that a change in program direction is necessary at this time.”

The university owes Diaco a $3.4 million buyout. If the school had waited until Jan. 2 to fire him, he would only be owed $800,000.

Diaco signed his five-year, $9.5 million contract with UConn last May.

ICYMI: Watch Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant throw his first career touchdown pass in a trick play in his team’s 42-21 win over the Lions on Monday night:


QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Coach [Bill] Belichick gave us the day off so that was probably the best thing. To sit around and make breakfast for everybody and just kind of enjoy the morning.” —Tom Brady, on Belichick giving the Patriots the day off being his best Christmas gift this year

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Andre Tippett (57), Rick Porcello (28), David Aardsma (35)

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In the final hour of 2016, we look at the remaining AFC contenders as well as state of the NFC playoff picture. And high points in sports from 2016 include the performance of Tom Brady and the resurgence of the Boston Red Sox.

[0:11:01] ... it. They start rated recorder wrecks in the AFC playoff corps director Tom Brady. Matt Moore Ben Roethlisberger. Tom savage meant look wind in Alex Smith. Brady Roethlisberger. And for the worst quarterbacks to ever cornerback a playoff game. And in sheets that. You look at at. If ...
[0:12:24] ... to do and current dominant race with your radio. Which he wife. Tom Brady could go out there in the in the playoffs in throws like I mean honestly. Look at these in these teams. 350%. ...
[0:23:24] ... And just listen to this box score first the walked. It was Tom Brady against Jay Fiedler. In the two quarterbacks combined. Combined. For 173. Yards passing. Combined. Brady was twelve for 24 for 86 yards. ...
[0:23:56] ... once Smith not quite there yet 47 yards in the well. And Tom Brady was back twelve point 4386 yards Yasser got sacked four times. And after that game. Well after that game. Ron Borges. Decided to take. Take a big old swing and everybody that. Decided Tom Brady after that night's game against the colts. Was gonna be the heir apparent to Drew Bledsoe. Listen this lead. And that and the headline by the way is Brady exposed to a tough the exposed to atop the Brady struggles. Tinsel repetitive though in the area around where it in my New England Patriots. Patriots quote quarterback controversy. Ended at 3:18 PM yesterday. That was the minute young Tom Brady fumbled snap his fourteen yard line with seconds left in the third quarter. There was kicked backwards thirteen yards before the dolphins Jason Taylor picked it up returned it for a touchdown that made the score 27 attack. It was to be expected if you possessed even AP for brain. Which became obvious by mid week that more than a few Drew Bledsoe bashers do now. Say what you will about Borges the man can insult people with ease and grace. Even when he's wrong ...

The AFC playoff stage has been set. The Chiefs may have some impressed and the lack of star caliber QBs may make for a lame race to the playoffs. One thing remains: The Patriots will try to make sure the road to the Super Bowl goes through Foxboro. And a brief look at between the Patriots and the Jets.

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[0:16:56] ... the AFC yet. That and have the best record in the AFC. Tom Brady threw 21 passes Jimmie grapple threw for passage 25 all together were combined thirteen of 25. For a 140 yards. Stephen Jackson Brandon Bolden James White. And Tom Brady get. One carry their racked up in the books 47 Russians. So they ran the ball. More times and a passable. And ...
[0:19:10] ... team now. Go out there player starters play a normal game. Played Tom Brady. Into which he can against the dolphins who by the way are playing for anything you'd. All the lieutenant five. They're gonna ...
[0:20:27] ... think they're playing with a lot of confidence their defense is Gerald. Tom Brady's looking as good as he's looked ever. And there's not really one weakness that I can point and say that's something another ...

Pete & Chris look over the NFL playoff possibilities, including whether or not it would be a big deal to get the #2 seed & potentially play at the Derek Carr-less Raiders.
Pete Sheppard & Chris Price pick over the leftovers from the Patriots' win over the Jets & muse over the future of LeGarrette Blount. Plus, the BC Eagles are Quik Lane Bowl champs!

Rob Gronkowski has unique powers. We have come to understand that, both on and off the field.

But, thanks to a video of a young fan’s reaction after receiving a signed jersey from the Patriots’ tight end, we now may have the next big celebratory verbal spike: “Oh my banana swirl!”

(To view Instragram post, click here.)

We can’t confirm or deny that the folks at The Clam Bake restaurant in Fort Myers, Fla. had a similar reaction upon receiving Gronk’s greeting to the “Claim Bake” on their own autographed jersey …

(To view photo of Tweet, click here.)

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