FOXBORO -- Patrick Chung and Vince Wilfork were among the five Patriots players not spotted at practice on Wednesday as the team practiced indoors at the Dana Farber Field House outside Gillette Stadium. The team did not workout in full pads but rather in sweats and shells for the second straight Wednesday.
Also absent were Matthew Slater, Fred Taylor and safety Jarrad Page as the team began on-field preparations for the Minnesota Vikings in Foxboro.
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FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday he's not overly concerned about charges from Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress that he is one of the best "sign stealers" in the NFL. The Patriots handled the Vikings easily, 31-7, in their last meeting on a Monday night in 2006.
"Yeah, I''m not really too worried about 2006," Belichick said. "I'm worried about this Sunday against Minnesota. I'm not worried next Sunday, last Sunday, '06, '02, '89. Really, it's just this Sunday. Really, I'm just trying to coach this team and get ready for the Vikings. You have to talk to the other coaches. I don't know.
"We've talked about some other games before but really, my focus is the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon. That's what I'm here for."
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NESN and NBC hockey analyst Mike Milbury made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday, one day before the Bruins welcome Phil Kessel and the Maple Leafs to TD Garden. Like the Bruins, the Leafs are off to a fast start this season, although Milbury noted there are obvious weaknesses.
"They're not pretty on the back end," Milbury said. "They're supposed to be strong on the blue line, but they cough it up regularly, so there'll be plenty of chances to score. … They're a volatile team, but at least they're playing with some vinegar, so it should be a pretty good matchup."
Asked if there was a chance Tyler Seguin might be sent back to his junior team before the 10-game deadline, Milbury said he wasn't sure. "I don't know what they're going to do better than Seguin, unless they decide they can use his salary cap space and plug a hole somewhere else," Milbury said...
Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress stood by his comments of earlier in the week when he suggested the Patriots are "some of the all-time great signal stealers" in the NFL. But he added, during a conference call to Patriots' reporters on Wednesday, that every coach does it and they should be credited for being a great organization.
"I said what I said," Childress explained. "That's in the past. We all try to get any tips we can get or glean standing on the sidelines. I'm sure it's done throughout the league and we do it as well just let those [comments] stand. I have a great deal of respect for coach Belichick and the way he's formulated that program in the last 10 years and I've told him so. He has a mentally tough team that are great competitors that I hope one of my teams play one of these days."
Childress said he didn't believe that Belichick had any unusual...
Tuesday night's Celtics-Heat game scored a 5.6 overnight rating for TNT, a 75 percent improvement from last season's opening game between the Celtics and Cavaliers. The second half of the TNT doubleheader featuring the Lakers and Rockets also had a solid boost from 2009, drawing 40 percent more viewers to register a 3.5. Overall, TNT averaged a 4.5 for the doubleheader, making it by far the most-watched NBA opening night in TNT history.
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The guys have even more reaction to Deflategate and if this is actually a showdown between Bill and Roger.
Tom E. Curran calls the boys during his layover in Denver and gets right into the Deflategate craziness. Tom talks about his knowledge of the situation including his thoughts on if the NFL was indeed trying to set up and catch the Pats in the act. He gets into the relationship between Belichick and the league office, Belichick and Kraft and the actual game on Super Bowl Sunday.
Greg and Steve discuss the Deflategate debacle with callers and give their theories as to what went down in Foxboro last week against the Colts. Both guys think that Pats may be guilty of doing something to the balls, but that so do most other teams. Will Belichick and Brady be punished? Not if the NFL doesn't have proof, which it's looking more and more like they don't.
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.
Tim Hasselbeck joined the show to give his expertise on deflate gate.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show discussing who was lying yesterday.
The guys react to comments made by Former Carolina Panthers General Manager Marty Hurney
After Tom Brady answered questions for a half hour about Deflate-Gate, the guys discuss whether or not they believe him.
Adam Schefter, ESPN, talks everything Deflate Gate with Lou, Christian and Tim on Patriots Friday
We discuss deflategate and move beyond it for some game talk with Tom E Curran of CSNNE
Michael, Jerry and Andy Hart of PFW continue the dialogue and try and find some sanity in this sea of madness.
A caller named Jumbo from California raises a question that hasn't been talked about too much, what happens if it's determined that the Patriots aren't found responsible for the deflation of the footballs?
Mut and Lenny continue talking and taking calls on deflategate, as well as hearing the sound from Kirk Minihane's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.
Mut and Lenny are talking deflategate and what impact it could have on the Patriots organization.
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.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out some hardware, and give their Finals predictions.
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