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01/20/2012 - 2:04pm
Kraft: TV execs said 'shouldn't hire' Belichick

FOXBORO -- Patriots owner Robert Kraft revealed Friday that before Bill Belichick began his dynasty in 2000, there were TV network executives who told him not to hire him. 

"He had a history in Cleveland," Kraft said. "His first year with us, he went 5-11 and then he went 1-3, so he was 6-14. I had people sending me tapes of him doing press conferences and heads of networks tell me I shouldn't hire him. But what I learned is this guy really knew the game. I think Bill's brillance is understanding what fits for our team."

Since turning around his fortunes in 2001, Belichick has become the first coach in NFL history with five seasons of at least 13 wins and the only coach ever to win three Super Bowls in four seasons. 

"In any business, you want to build complimentary forces," Kraft said. "It's not like it's rocket science where you have to have engineers designing something with exact science. This...

01/20/2012 - 1:45pm
Bruins send Caron, Kampfer to Providence
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins announced Friday that they have sent forward Jordan Caron and defenseman Steven Kampfer to Providence. 

For Caron, it marks the sixth time this season that the 2009 first-round pick has been sent to the AHL. Caron has two goals and two assists for four points in 17 games with Boston this season. He has two goals and seven assists for nine points in 12 AHL games.

Providence has games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this weekend. 

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01/20/2012 - 1:24pm
Kraft: 'The team has been my savior'

FOXBORO -- An emotional and passionate Robert Kraft spoke for over 25 minutes Friday morning, just over 48 hours after his team takes the field in the AFC championship for the seventh time in his stewardship of the Patriots. In a year that has seen him help settle the NFL labor dispute in late July, just five days after losing his beloved wife Myra to cancer, Kraft spoke from the heart about what this team means to him.

"The team has been my savior. I've had my kid, my four sons and eight grandchildren, and this team has been like an extended family, and also past players," Kraft said. "Sometimes a few of them come through [locker room] and touch the [MHK] patch and say, 'that one was for mama.'"

One of the past players Kraft thanked Friday was Drew Bledsoe, who is making the cross-country trip to Gillette to be one of four honorary captains from the 1996 AFC championship team for Sunday's game against the Ravens. 

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01/20/2012 - 12:29pm
Ortiz: 'Doesn't seem like' deal will get done

Speaking before the Boston Baseball Writers dinner, David Ortiz said, at this moment, he doesn't expect a deal to get done prior to an arbitration hearing.

"I don't know," said the DH when asked if he expected an agreement to be reached before a hearing. "It doesn't seem like it right now."

Ortiz submitted a figure of $16.5 million for his arbitration case Tuesday, while the Red Sox came in at $12.65 million. According to a source, the slugger had previously been offered a two-year deal by the Sox, at $9 million season.

"I guess that's part of the game," he said. "From a business standpoint, that's how it goes. … I've been watching from the outside."

Ortiz' agent, Fern Cuza, met with Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington late last week prior to exchanging arbitration figures. Arbitration hearings will be held from Feb. 1-20.

"This is the first time I've paid attention to it,...

01/20/2012 - 10:11am
Lombardi on D&C: Ravens D will wear down

NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning, and his words were music to Patriots' fans ears, as he predicted a New England victory in Sunday's AFC championship game and had harsh words for the dysfunctional Jets.

"I think the Patriots will win 31-20," Lombardi said. "I think the Patriots are going to score. I think the Patriots are going to move the ball on them. I don't think that's going to be an issue."

Lombardi is concerned with how the aging Ravens defense will fare against New England's potent offense.

"They've got some real issues," he said. "Bernard Pollard has never been known for a coverage guy. He's an in-the-box safety. My man Ray Ray Lewis, for all the dancing and all the great performances and what a great career he's had, he's not suited to play a space game, defending the field horizontally and defending the field...

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SUNDAY SKATE with DJ Bean…

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DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.

SUNDAY SKATE with WEEI's DJ Bean and Uproxx's Pete Blackburn -- They got what they wanted...Claude Julien is staying in Boston -- 4-17-16

DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.

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Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.

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Former Celtics General Manager Jan Volk joins Kirk Minihane for a discussion that any Celtics fan will love. Kirk and Jan talk about the legendary 85/86 Celtics and how the team was constructed and of course the decision to draft Len Bias and his tragic death.

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