Fox analyst and former NFL coach Brian Billick was a guest of the Dennis & Callahan show on Thursday. Billick was asked what an opposing team has to do in an attempt to slow down Tom Brady. The reigning MVP has thrown for 940 yards and seven touchdowns in the first two games of 2011.
"If you just play zone, a guy like Tom Brady will cut you up like a surgeon," said Billick. "This guy's a thoracic brain surgeon, combining the best and most difficult of the two. You have to come after Tom Brady almost every down. And you do so at great risk, because he has some guys that can get off the press and make it very difficult for you. If you think you are going to sit static with an identifiable defense, Tom Brady is just going to cut you up."
As for Sunday's showdown in Buffalo between a pair of 2-0 clubs, Billick again points to Brady when making his prediction.
"You have to be...
Giants defensive lineman Deon Grant was at the center of the this week's controversy involving players faking injuries to slow down no-huddle offenses. On Wednesday, despite video that shows him walking and then suddenly flopping to the ground (along with a teammate, who got up after he saw Grant down) in Monday's game vs. the Rams, Grant attempted to claim he had injured his right knee, even going so far as to show the swelled knee to reporters as evidence. The only problem? During the play in question, Grant appeared to get treatment on his left knee.
"I went down, which is what you're supposed to do when you have an injury," Grant said. "It's just in the NFL they expect you to put your body out there all the time, so sometimes when you go down for the softest injury -- that they claim it may be -- it's a problem. But how can another person or the media or anybody else tell you when you're hurt or when it's a faking injury?"
The Yankees clinched their 16th postseason berth in 17 years and also secured the American League East title for the 12th time in 16 years by sweeping a double header against the Tampa Bay Rays, taking both the first and second games by 4-2 counts. At 95-60 this year, the Yankees cannot be caught by a second-place Red Sox team that has an 88-68 record with six games remaining.
The Sox were tied or had the lead for first place in the AL East for 64 days this season, but the team's dramatic September fade (a 5-16 record to date) allowed the Yankees to wrap up the division title with a week to go in the season.
While the sight of another team clinching the AL East would ordinarily be painful, the Red Sox were in a position to enjoy the Yankees' success. The Yankees' doubleheader sweep allowed Boston to gain a half-game on the Rays in the standings despite the Sox' 6-4 loss to the Orioles. The Sox are now up 2.5 games (two games in the loss column)...
In the wake of another frustrating defeat at the hands of the Orioles, the Red Sox clubhouse was somber after a 6-4 defeat in the final home game at Fenway that saw the home fans voice their displeasure.
"If I'm the fans I would be frustrated too," Ortiz said. "I've been here what, nine years? We've never collapsed that bad. Trust me, we've been through some tough times. It's bad though. It seems like no matter what we do it's going to be bad."
Ortiz seemed at a loss to describe his team's problems after losing 16 of 21 games in the month of September.
"The way we've been playing, it's crazy," Ortiz said. "I've never seen anything like that around here since I've been here."
He continued, "If you were to ask me in August about that, if you would have told me that would happen in September [back] in August, I would have laughed at you."
Ortiz said that he didn't think...
Sixth overall pick Mika Zibanejad beat Tuukka Rask in overtime Wednesday as the Bruins fell to the Senators, 2-1, in Ottawa.
Rask played the entire game and made 34 saves for the B's, also allowing a goal to Brian Lee. Lane MacDermid, the team's fourth-round pick in the 2009 draft, scored the Bruins' only goal.
The team will return to Boston, where they will host the Islanders Friday night.
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The guys chat about the potential of a loss tonight and if they'd be "OK" with it. Is 16-0 the end-all, be-all?
Fauria calls the guys to talk about the game and why he is one of the few that feels that the Pats can win tonight. He just doesn't think Osweiler is ready for the challenge. Also, we get the inactives and Chris' final thoughts on the game.
A lot of fans and analysts talk about Josh McDaniels as the next head coach to come from New England, but Greg and Chris discuss how great Matt Patricia has been. What are his future prospects in the game of football?
A quick game recap of Celtics 121-97 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
A 5-minute game recap of the Celtics 111-101 loss to the Nets
Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston joins the show to discuss the Celtics rotation, the possibility of Marcus Smart or Jae Crowder making an All-Defense team, as well as suggestions for improving Gino Time.
The Hot Stove Show this week discusses Red Sox possible pitching acquisitions and they talk with the clubs manager, John Farrell.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 3-2 OT win on Wednesday night in Detroit. Despite being outplayed for most of the game, Boston scored with less than two minutes left in regulation to tie the game 2-2 and went on for the OT victory.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 4-3 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night at Air Canada Center.
The guys discuss the reports that the Sox are one of the teams most interested in free agent David Price and Chris compares shopping for an ace to shopping for ice cream.
Mike Florio previews Pats-Broncos & gives his thoughts on Terrell Owens possibly working out for the Pats.
Butch and Chris talk about the Pats possibly bringing in Terrell Owens for a workout & argue over if Danny Amendola should still be returning punts.
Glenn and Tanguay argue over how well Tom Brady throws the deep ball.
Jerod joins Glenn & Tanguay to talk about his impact plays vs Buffalo and looks ahead to the Patriots game in Denver.
Tanguay is worried that Newton will win the MVP but he & Glenn backup Brady's case for the award.
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Today's 4@4 segment consisted of who we believe will be the next Patriot Inducted into Hall of Fame. We talk Rodney Harrison, Ty Law, Richard Seymour, and Randy Moss.
With Oklahoma sneaking its way into a playoff spot, the Big 12 is still alive. Anthony and Austin give you picks for rivalry week and break down all things college football.
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