Former Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri, now the kicker for the Colts, suggested in an interview on The Big Show that it comes as no surprise to see the Patriots in their fifth Super Bowl in 11 years. He suggested that the organizational infrastructure is such that success is a likely outcome.
"I am not amazed. They have a great organization. Obviously, [owner Robert Kraft] does everything in his power to make sure the team has got what they need to win," said Vinatieri, who kicked for the Patriots from 1996 to 2005 before signing with the Colts and spending the last six years in Indianapolis. "Bill Belichick is, in my opinion, probably the greatest football coach. I can't say that I've ever played for Chuck Noll, [Vince] Lombardi, but in this modern day era, I don't think there's anyone better out there. When you've got guys like Tom Brady playing quarterback, you're going to win a lot of games with that setup. So no, it doesn't...
Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports NFL expert Peter King checked in with Mut & Merloni Friday to preview the Super Bowl.
"I'm picking the Giants, I'm picking them 23-20, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if the Patriots won the game," King said. "But I would be surprised if one of the two teams played poorly. I just can't see it. They're too evenly matched."
King said the Giants are a very, very excited team that loves to practice and appears much looser than previous teams coached by noted disciplinarian Tom Coughlin.
"They're laughing, they're having a great time," King said. "It isn't sort of your father's Tom Coughlin-coached team."
King's other observation from Giants practice this week is that Eli Manning appears to be peaking at the right time.
"Eli Manning is sharp," King said. "Eli Manning is a better thrower of the football than I thought he was. … He...
Jets coach Rex Ryan arrived in Indianapolis for Sunday's Super Bowl and made a brief appearance on Boston's Fox 25 TV station Friday morning.
Ryan didn't offer a predicted winner but said to expect an exciting game.
"Both those teams are playing great. The last two times these teams have played, it's come right down to the wire, and I expect the same this week," he told Fox 25's Doug Goodie.
Despite his rivalry with the Patriots, Ryan was gracious and effusive in his praise of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. Asked how the Patriots were able to reach the Super Bowl with 18 undrafted free agents on the roster, Ryan said: "There's two main reasons: Brady and Belichick. That's the main reason right there. Belichick in my opinion is the best coach, maybe he'll go down in the history of the game as the best coach. … It's the truth. I'm not one to beat around the bush. That's [what] I believe. And then Brady, if he wins the...
INDIANAPOLIS -- Bill Belichick addressed the media on Friday for the final time before Super Bowl XLVI and was asked about the status of Rob Gronkowski. The tight end practiced on Thursday for the first time since injuring his left ankle in the AFC championship game on January 22.
"I think he was OK this morning, I think he was OK," Belichick said. "We'll see how it goes today. Rob has worked extremely hard and has got treatment morning, noon and night. He's gotten better on a daily basis. Hopefully he'll continue to make progress today, tomorrow and all day Sunday. We'll see how that takes us, but I think he's coming along and we'll see where he gets to. But certainly moving in the right direction and getting better on a daily basis."
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The NBA All-Star Game starters have already been announced, and for the second consecutive season no Celtics are featured on the Eastern Conference starting lineup.
Leading vote-getter Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade will start for the East. Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Andrew Bynum are the Western Conference starters.
Two-time All-Star Rajon Rondo received the most votes of the Celtics -- almost 800,000 fewer than Wade -- as he and Ray Allen (a 10-time All-Star) finished third and fourth among Eastern Conference guards.
Kevin Garnett, a 14-time selection, finished fourth on the forwards list behind James, Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire. The one Celtics player with the best credentials this season, Paul Pierce (a 10-time All-Star), finished seventh among forwards.
The All-Star Game will be held on Feb. 26. The seven reserves on each squad, as voted by the...
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Tim Neverett talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before game 3 of their series with the Tigers. John talks about the struggles Steven Wright has had in inclement weather or days with high heat and humidity and how that might factor in to giving Wright the start on a particular day.
Drew Pomeranz looked stronger in his second Red Sox start but the offense wasn't there to back him up tonight. Mut recaps the 4-2 loss to the Tigers. Thoughts on the manager, the bullpen, and your Sox calls as well.
Joe Castiglione & Tim Neverett talked to the new Sox reliever, who got his first save for the team today against the Twins.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
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.
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.
Dino, Gerry and Tango discuss a few Patriots storylines as Pats camp is about to open.
The 8am hour with Dino, Gerry and Tanguay is a bit of a hodge-podge of discussion, starting with the Democratic Convention and moving on to marathon swimming and archery at the Olympics and ending with Tanguay's defense of Hillary during the Benghazi attacks.
Tanguay and Dino team up to read the day's 'Headlines', including gross reports of the water quality at the Olympic water locations in Rio.
The guys listen to Belichick's press conference and break down what he has to say. They also discuss what they think the Pats should do with their qb reps during camp
The OMFers are joined by Red Sox President Sam Kennedy to discuss the current state of the Red Sox.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian open the show discussing the latest Red Sox pitching implosion. They get into Steven Wright's struggles pitching in humidity, and David Price not living up to expectations.
Dale and Holley w/Thornton talk about some of the lingering issues about the Pats heading into training camp.
With the news that Tom Jackson is leaving ESPN we take a look back at some of Jackson's greatest hits.
Dale and Holley close out the show with the best sound of the day!
Kirk Minihane is joined by Boston comedy legend Lenny Clarke. If you are a fan of stand up comedy this is the podcast for you. Kirk and Lenny talk about Carlin, Pryor, Williams, Murphy and many more.
Kirk Minihane is joined by former ESPN ombudsman and New York Times writer Robert Lipsyte. Kirk and Robert discuss the current state of ESPN and how Robert feels he did in his role as ombudsman. They both criticize ESPN for the lack of journalism at ESPN and look at some of the curious decisions the world wide leader has made in the past few years.
Kirk Minihane is joined by Lenny Dykstra to talk about his book, his life pleasing older women, and Lenny tries to avoid his past issues with money. This is one explosive episode.
This week we preview the last major of the year, The PGA Championship.
John Dennis and Gerry Callahan bring Gary Tanguay in the podcenter to discuss Tango's bargaining position for Dino's job when it opens next year. The guys also discuss Kirk Minihane's latest podcast with Lenny Clarke.
Christian Fauria and Dr Gill talk about what you need to do to be in the best shape to help your golf game. What exercises you should and shouldn't be doing so you can impress on the course.
John, Gerry and Bradfo discuss a rare political stance by Michael Jordan, and the ensuing criticism he received from ESPN talking head Kevin Blackistone. A Black Lives Matter discussion ensues.More from this show
Dino, Gerry and Rob Bradford give their thoughts on the opening night of the Democratic Convention in Philly. Paul Simon, Al Franken, Sarah Silverman, Michelle Obama and Bernie are among those discussed.More from this show
Dino, Gerry and Tanguay discuss night two of the Democratic Convention, "highlighted" by Bill Clinton's attempt to humanize Hillary Clinton with tales of their courtship.More from this show
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John Dennis and Gerry Callahan bring Gary Tanguay in the podcenter to discuss Tango's bargaining position for Dino's job when it opens next year. The guys also discuss Kirk Minihane's latest podcast with Lenny Clarke.More from this show