FOXBORO -- The man who caught the game-winning catch against the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII still can't believe his good fortune that led to one of the most dramatic catches in Super Bowl history. On Sunday, Plaxico Burress - now with the Jets - faces the Patriots for the first time since the catch the crushed New England's sports psyche and ended the Patriots' dreams of becoming the first 19-0 team in NFL history.
In a Wednesday conference call with Patriots reporters, Burress said he couldn't believe his good luck when Ellis Hobbs matched up on him in single coverage with no help, just moments before hauling in the 13-yard fade from Eli Manning to put the Giants ahead with 35 seconds remaining.
"It was a play we had run twice," Burress said. "Eli had told me before we broke the huddle that if they gave me single coverage, he was going to throw it. I'm just thinking to myself, 'There's no way they're going to single...
FOXBORO -- If Bill Belichick had interest in the offseason in Plaxico Burress, as the Patriots coach indicated in Tuesday's conference call, the star receiver said Wednesday in a conference call with Patriots media that he never heard from the coach.
"I never heard from them," Burress said. "Well, my agent and myself never heard from him, personally. Maybe he did do some research or look at some tape or what have you, but I never heard from him personally."
Instead of Burress, who hadn't played since 2008 because of a gun conviction, the Patriots decided to trade for Chad Ochocinco and add him to the wide receiving corps that already included Wes Welker, Deion Branch, Taylor Price and Julian Edelman.
"We did look at him in the offseason just because of his general availability as we normally do – look at all the players that are not connected with a team," Belichick said on Tuesday....
Bruins forward Brad Marchand joined the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday afternoon, one day after receiving his Stanley Cup championship ring. Marchand said the ring is too big to wear in public.
"I could barely fit it on my finger," he said. "I can't bend my finger when I have my ring on, it's so big. … If I was to wear it around all day my arm would get tired of carrying it. It will sit on a mantel."
The Bruins open the season Thursday night, hosting the Flyers. Marchand said he doesn't expect the B's to have a post-Cup letdown, and he will not use the short offseason an excuse.
"The only thing it really did for me was I had to be more dedicated to my training and my diet and my sleep," he said. "I thought I did a good job with it. I came into camp and I was a lot quicker and my body fat was a lot lower. So, I was very happy with how I was able to train this summer to get prepared for this year. I...
According to a tweet from The Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa, the Bruins will not sign veteran forward Chris Clark, who had been in camp with the team on a tryout.
Clark, 35, had been skating as an extra forward on the fourth line with Shawn Thornton, Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille. He served as the team's alternate captain in their final preseason game Saturday.
The exit of Clark means the Bruins' roster is set for the regular season, which begins Thursday night. Jordan Caron will have made the team for the second consecutive season. He is likely to serve as an extra forward unless he can steal a spot from a bottom-six forward.
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FOXBORO -- The Patriots game in Oakland last Sunday took its injury toll and part of that toll was evident on Wednesday as the Patriots began their on-field preparation for the Jets this Sunday at Gillette.
Jerod Mayo (left knee) and Danny Woodhead (left ankle) were two of the seven Patriots not spotted at the start of practice on the lower grass field outside Gillette. Also missing were Julian Edelman, Aaron Hernandez, Seabastian Vollmer, Albert Haynesworth and Mike Wright. The team worked out in shorts and shells as heavy rain greeted the team at the start of practice.
Mayo reportedly suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee in the first half of Sunday's game and is expected to miss several weeks with the injury. Hernandez has been out since injuring his knee in the Week 2 win over the Chargers while Vollmer has played in just one game, missing the last two weeks with a back injury.
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Chris Price and Mike Petraglia discuss the top priorities for the Patriots as the off-season begins. Who do they need to pursue in free agency, who do they need to keep, and what areas of the roster do they need to address?
Picard and Price give their predictions for SB50 later today.
Danny and Price react to the HOF class that was announced last night. They get into the names and legacies, especially a questionable one in Tony Dungy.
Boston Celtics stud Evan Turner joins the WEEI Celtics Podcast to reflect on the Celtics hot streak going into the All-Star break. Turner discussed how much he values being in a great situation in Boston and tries to get inside the life of Brad Stevens. First, Sam Packard and Jared Weiss chopped it up with Kyle Draper, covering the Celtics thrilling classic against Paul Pierce and the Los Angeles Clippers and broke down potential trade scenarios ahead of the deadline.
Trailing a big win by the Celtics over the Clippers, Paul Flannery of SB Nation calls in to talk everything Celtics.
Danny had just hit the air as it looked like the Celtics would drop a close game to the Cleveland Cavaliers, ride along as Danny goes on the emotional roller coaster of the final 7.5 seconds of the game
Jared Carrabis joins Mut Mutnansky to discuss concerns surrounding the Red Sox heading into Spring Training.
Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes joins Rob Bradford to discuss why he's now a relief pitcher, how important it is that he throws harder than most, lessons he learned from last season, and why his love for two very different restaurants in Cracker Barrel and Twin Peaks
This week the guys are joined by Ian Browne of MLB.com, they talk about Clay Buchholz and the impending opening of spring training
Ken Laird and DJ Bean discuss Boston's 6-2 in Winnipeg on Thursday night, an answer night after losing 9-2 at home to LA on Tuesday
Ken Laird & DJ Bean discuss the LA Kings 9-2 win at TD Garden on Tuesday as former Bruin Milan Lucic was one of 9 different players to score during a 57-shot night for the Kings
DJ, Pete and Ken continue their discussion about the direction of the Bruins and how some of their moves are ambiguous and tough to figure out their thinking. Are they going for it all or rebuilding. Again, DJ appropriately calls it a "soft rebuild." They talk about acquiring Beleskey as well as Brett Connolly's recent play. Also, the boys talked with Arpon Basu about the spiraling Montreal Canadiens.
Kirk responded to complaints from OMF regarding our promotion of the podcast.
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After trying to discredit the appearance Pierre McGuire on OMF, the guys take a look at the incredible slate of guests the morning produces.
Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, joined the show today (as he does every Thursday at 1:15) to discuss the embarrassing 9-2 loss to the LA Kings, and then, what they can do from here.
Kirk Minihane took some shots at Glenn, Lou and Christian this morning. Here is their response.
We're talking Celtics after a solid win over the Clippers. Al Horford and Dwight Howard rumors are out there, and that makes for good sports radio discussions.
A Bruins discussion becomes a discussion of their current talent, and whether or not there is even the possibility of being a better team based on the way they are currently constituted.
We discuss a story about how close the NFL might have come to replacing Roger the Dodger amidst one of it's many scandals.
Jared Carrabis joins Mut Mutnansky to discuss concerns surrounding the Red Sox heading into Spring Training
The Red Sox celebrated Truck Day today, so Mut starts off the show talking about things to look for in Spring Training.