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08/13/2010 - 10:25am
Mayo on D&C: 'Everyone is hungry'
By: Jay Asser

Patriots’ linebacker Jerod Mayo joined the Dennis & Callahan show on Friday morning to recap the first preseason game vs. the Saints and happenings around training camp.

 

“I think everyone is hungry. Sometimes when you get old, you get complacent,” Mayo said of the young players. “These guys are young, they’re hungry and they’re working the wire, that’s the biggest thing.”

 

"I feel like I’m trying to do the same thing that guys like Tedy Bruschi and Mike Vrabel did to me," Mayo said of being a mentor. "Those guys kind of took me under their wing and showed me the ropes, how do my section on and off the field. That’s what I’m trying to do with the young guys now, even though I’m a fairly young guy, I’m only on my third year."

 

Mayo also talked about possibly being named a captain this season.

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08/13/2010 - 9:53am
Long on D&C: Pats' schedule a challenge

Fox NFL analyst Howie Long joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning and talked about the Patriots' outlook for 2010. "Well, they didn't do you any favors with the schedule," Long noted. "Out of the division, you get the Bengals, Ravens, Chargers, Vikings, Steelers, Colts, Packers and Bears — potentially a better Bears team. I think it's going to be a tougher row to hoe this year. I really do."

 

Looking at the AFC East, Long said the Jets appear to be stronger than last year, although the absence of cornerback Darrelle Revis is a big concern. "One way or another, they have to get him in," Long said. "The quandary they have is that he's got three years left on his contract. But he's also by far the best corner in the league. He's so big, physical, coverage, run support, ball skills — he's as good a corner as we've had in the league in some time."

 

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08/13/2010 - 9:13am
Barkley fires back at LeBron: 'Punk move'

Early this week, LeBron James tweeted a warning to his critics, writing, "Don't think for one min that I haven't been taking mental notes of everyone taking shots at me this summer. And I mean everyone!"

 

Charles Barkley wasn't intimidated, and the TNT NBA analyst went on a Dallas radio show and let LeBron know as much. "I want him to make sure that he puts my name on that [list]," Barkley said. "I thought that his little one-hour special was a punk move. I thought them dancing around on the stage [in Miami] was a punk move, and I though he should've stayed in Cleveland. Him joing Dwyane Wade's team was very disappointing to me."


08/13/2010 - 7:47am
Mashup: Ryan, Jets hit for 'Hard Knocks'

The predictable fallout has begun from the Jets' appearance on HBO's "Hard Knocks." Coach Rex Ryan's mother was not pleased with her son's foul mouth and said it was "excruciating" to watch him swear so much. Most members of the Giants said they didn't watch the show, but cornerback Terrell Thomas admitted he was surprised by the Jets' "arrogance" as the teams prepare to meet in their preseason opener Monday night at the stadium they share. Read more about that, as well as New York's other big controversy — the Mets and suspended closer Francisco Rodriguez — at Friday's Morning Mashup.


08/12/2010 - 10:28pm
Pats slide by Saints in preseason opener

FOXBORO -- Laurence Maroney had a pair of touchdown runs and BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran in a score from six yards as the Patriots beat the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, 27-24, at Gillette Stadium in the preseason opener for both teams. 

 

After a first series that started at the Saints 19 but only resulted in a short run, two incompletions and a Steve Gostkowski field goal, Tom Brady looked very impressive in his next and final drive of the night. Brady completed 5-of-6 passes for 67 yards, leading the team on a 93-yard, 14-play scoring drive that ended with a BenJarvus Green-Ellis 6-yard touchdown run. Brady played for a total of 17 offensive snaps. 

 

Other highlights of the night included the play of second-year receiver Julian Edelman. He caught six balls for 90 yards, including a 25-yard completion on the 93-yard scoring drive. Randy Moss caught three passes for 30 yards and rookie...

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