FOXBORO -- Tom Brady had one of the best months of his career in December. Now, the NFL has recognized him for it.
For the fourth time in his career, Brady has earned AFC Offensive Player of the Month honors as he was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for December on Thursday. Brady led the Patriots to a 4-0 record, including back-to-back 300-yard games, with 326 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-3 win vs. the Jets on Dec. 6 and a 369-yard effort with two touchdowns in snowy conditions in a 36-7 win at Chicago on Dec. 12.
Brady, who led the NFL with 36 touchdown passes, threw 11 touchdowns, the best among all NFL quarterbacks. Brady also attempted 136 of his NFL record 335 consecutive pass attempts without an interception in the month.
Brady also won the honor for September and October in 2007 and for the month of October in 2009. For more, visit the Patriots team page at...
Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal, in an interview with the Dale & Holley Show, said that he has been plotting his next major event in the Boston area. In the aftermath of his journey to Harvard Square as the "Shaq-tue" and his evening serving as conductor of the Boston Pops, O'Neal now would like to serve as a giant target for frozen weapons.
"I’m going to stand in the middle of the field, I’m going to move, and people can stand 30 feet back and try to hit me with a snowball," said O'Neal. "We will call it the Snowball Shaq Attack."
He also suggested that he would like magician Criss Angel ("Mindfreak") to levitate him above TD Garden for 10 minutes.
O'Neal also discussed topics related to the composition of the Celtics. Among them:
--He described teammate Rajon Rondo as "probably No. 1" among the point guards who...
FOXBORO -- Patriots starting right guard Dan Connolly shed his protective non-contact red jersey on Thursday as the Patriots continued full-contact practice in full pads in their bye week.
Connolly missed the final two games of the season after suffering a concussion during the same Green Bay game in which he returned a kick-off a record 71 yards. Danny Woodhead and Dan Koppen remained in the non-contact red jerseys at practice on the lower practice field outside Gillette Stadium.
Missing from practice were Mike Wright, Jermaine Cunningham, Sebastian Vollmer and Aaron Hernandez at Patriots practice. For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is.
FOXBORO -- Whether it's the Super Bowl XLII loss in Arizona or last year's home playoff loss to Baltimore, Patriots defensive captain Vince Wilfork on Thursday repeated the mantra of the 2010 Patriots - the past is the past.
"Every year is a new year and I think that's what we've done a great job with this year, putting the past behind us," Wilfork said when asked if recent disappoints fuel the desire of this team. "Guys who were here for that, we don't think about it. But at the same time, we hate to lose and we were on the losing of the stick but we have to prepare better and I think with a new year and a new season and guys in here who don't know what playoffs are all about, we have to do a real good job of getting guys ready to play whatever football team it may be. Whoever it is, it's going to be a good team.
"We let the past be the past be the past and hopefully we can get...
The Bruins held an optional morning skate in anticipation of Thursday night's game against the Wild. The following players skated for the B's:
Forwards: Nathan Horton, Daniel Paille, David Krejci, Blake Wheeler, Brad Marchand, Tyler Seguin, Milan Lucic, Gregory Campbell.
Defensemen: Steven Kampfer, Johnny Boychuk, Andrew Ference, Dennis Seidenberg, Adam McQuaid
Goaltenders: Tuukka Rask, Tim Thomas
Rask was the first goaltender off the ice, though the unwritten rule of the first goaltender off the ice starting that night doesn't necessarily apply in morning skates. Rask made 36 saves in the B's 3-1 victory over the Maple Leafs on Monday, while Thomas played in eight straight games prior to getting the night off in Toronto.
For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.
Greg, Steve and Chris discuss the weeks leading up to the SB and if the Pats could be distracted. Chris talks about the week of good practice the Pats had, something Wilfork says did NOT occur the last couple times they played on the final weekend of the year. The guys discuss the experience factor and how even though Seattle won last year, the Pats have been there before as well.
Richard Sherman has been talked about all week along with Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor and all the big named Seattle defensive players - how do the Pats attack such a talented group? Price says perhaps LaFell or Amendola underneath or on screens...or do the Pats try to run the ball more? The guys discuss the best way to use Gronk today and what Seattle will do to negate him. Steve and Chris say they won't do anything different than they normally do aka double team Gronk.
Greg, DeOssie and Price discuss how Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch will look to attack the versatile Pats D. Can the Pats contain Wilson and not let him attack with the read/option?
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
Wrapping up the show's week on radio row.
Show favorite Mad Dog Russo joins the guys to look at Sunday's game and the response he has seen to deflategate.
Kravitz calls in to put a wrap on the deflategate this week's coverage. He details some of the twitter attacks he has received from Patriots fans.
Christian ran around Radio Row getting predictions form anyone he could find, which included being Green-Flied by Warren Sapp
Local Wiseguy Louie Merloni gives us the lines for Super Bowl XLIX
Adam Schefter, ESPN, joins Lou, Christian and Tim to talk about all the news surrounding Super Bowl XLIX
We help you gamblers out there by breaking down some Super Bowl Prop Bets.
Kevin Harlan talks about some of his famous calls from Patriots games and previews the Super Bowl live from Radio Row.
Tom E Curran joins the show on Radio Row to preview the Super Bowl and give his prediction for the big game.
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Mikey and Mut are gearing up for the Super Bowl on the final show before the Patriots take on the Seahawks.
DeOssie joins Mut from Arizona to talk about how big the hype has been for this year's Super Bowl in comparison to other Super Bowl games in the past and how Seattle's defense matches up against New England's offense.
Jim and Pete talk about the final football game of the 2014 season. It's the Patriots and the Seahawks, and there's still fantasy football to be played!
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
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