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01/07/2011 - 11:36am
Mayo on D&H: Patriots stay humble

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo checked in with the Dale & Holley show Friday morning as part of WEEI's Patriots Friday.

 

Asked if Bill Belichick has been keeping the team grounded by hammering the players in the film room," Mayo said: "Every single day. We went over every bad play that we've had in the last couple of weeks, and there have been quite a few."

 

Mayo said part of the team philosophy is to limit the involvement with the media. "I think coach Belichick and the rest of the staff do an excellent job keeping us humble and not paying attention to any media," he said. "Every week, we'll get — I don't want to say 'bashed,' but he's making sure our heads are in the right place and still preparing well like we're playing tough teams, which we are in the playoffs."

 

Asked if he will be watching playoff action this weekend, Mayo replied: "I will,...

01/07/2011 - 9:14am
Schefter on D&C: Jets' Ryan has 'no filter'

Adam Schefter of ESPN made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning as part of WEEI's Patriots Friday.

 

Schefter talked about coaching moves around the league. He said the Dolphins never made an offer to Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh before apparently deciding to retain Tony Sparano. Schefter said Harbaugh has lost his leverage and now appears likely to return to the Cardinal.

 

As for the other two high-profile NFL coaching candidates, Schefter said the Dolphins "kicked the tires" on Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden, but: "I fully except Bill Cowher to be back in the [television] booth, and I feel confident that will be the case with Gruden as well."

 

Jets coach Rex Ryan took a shot at Tom Brady in his press conference Thursday. Said Schefter: "I think Rex just talks. I just think he doesn't care. There's no filter. He's just going to go up and say what he...

01/07/2011 - 7:46am
Mashup: Barkley denies ticket accusation

TNT studio analyst Charles Barkley was in rare form Thursday night during halftime of the network's broadcast of the Thunder-Mavericks game. The NBA legend and Auburn alumnus denied a rumor that he had given Lakers tickets to Auburn quarterback Cam Newton — a rumor started after a reporter's tweet was misconstrued — but then joked that he would have done more for Newton had he been asked.

 

Said Barkley: "I did not get him tickets, I have never met Cam Newton, but if Cam Newton had called me I would have put him in the Laker locker room if he wanted to go."

 

Barkley also weighed in on a recent comment from Fox News' Tucker Carlson that Eagles quarterback Michael Vick should have been "executed" for his role in killing dogs. Barkley called Carlson an "idiot," and added that Carlson is "a nobody" who was fired by Turner Broadcasting "because he sucked."

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01/06/2011 - 10:56pm
Thornton: B's should feel 'awful' for Rask

One of the leaders in the Bruins dressing room called out the rest of the team for non-support of goalie Tuukka Rask. The Bruins netminder made several athletic saves, including a spectacular one on Martin Havlat to keep the Bruins tied. But the save was for naught as the Bruins fell, 3-1, Thursday night to the Minnesota Wild. 

 

“It's awful. [The] kid plays that good for us all the time, we don't get the wins for him," Thornton said of Rask's tough luck. "We care about him and we should probably show it in a better way because he stood on his head for us pretty much every night. And I don’t know his save percentage — .940 or something stupid like that — that should be good enough to win a lot of hockey games, so we’re going to have to look ourselves in the mirror as far as that goes.”

 

Rask fell to 3-8-1 despite a 2.58 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage....

01/06/2011 - 10:28pm
Julien benches 'accountable' Savard

When Marc Savard committed a bad third-period turnover in the Bruins zone leading to the go-ahead goal in Minnesota's 3-1 win over the Bruins Thursday night, Bruins coach Claude Julien acted swiftly and dramatically. He benched the top-line center and leading playmaker on the team. 

 

"I think when you make a mistake like that, everybody has to be accountable," Julien said of Savard. "It's one of those things that happens throughout a game and I think from first player to last player, you want to make sure that everybody understands that you don't expect a guy like that to make. It doesn't mean you lose confidence in him because you're going to go right back with him the next game, and you hope that they bounce back. That's what coaches do. They coach, and that's what I did."

 

"I tried to flip it out because we had a tired group out there," said Savard, who didn't get much on the puck and...

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