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10/15/2012 - 10:07am
Esiason on D&C: Pats' performance 'a fiasco'
By: Mike Neff

CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason made his weekly Patriots Monday appearance with Dennis & Callahan to talk about the Pats' 24-23 loss to the Seahawks and other news from around the NFL.

“What a fiasco!” Esiason said of Sunday's game in Seattle. “It was an offensive game in which you ran up 475 yards on the supposedly No. 1 defense in football, you were only sacked once and Tom Brady inexplicably threw 58 passes. … I don’t know how you explain a game like that and how you lose a game like that that late, giving up 14 points in the fourth quarter.”

Esiason said that the blame shouldn’t be placed solely on Brady, who completed 36-of-58 passes for 395 yards, but also on decisions like the play call at the end of the first half.

“When you’re asked to make 58 decisions in a game, somewhere along the line you’re going to make some mistakes,” Esiason said....

10/15/2012 - 7:54am
Mashup: Yanks' Swisher says jeering 'hurts'

Perhaps Yankees fans finally are tiring of the team's success. Or maybe they lack confidence in this year's squad. For whatever reason, fans are not filling up Yankee Stadium for the playoffs, and the team appears to be trying to save face. According to a report in Yahoo! Sports, for Game 1 of the ALCS against the Tigers, all ushers in the stadium were told to move fans from the upper deck to the more expensive seats near the field.

"I don't know what it's about," an unidentified usher told Yahoo! "I guess they want to make it look better on TV."

Meanwhile, some of the fans who are showing up are turning on the players, and at least one Yankee is not happy about it. Outfielder Nick Swisher said the criticism he's been hearing crosses the line.

“A lot of people saying a lot of things I’ve never heard before,” Swisher said after Sunday night's 3-0 loss in Game 2, in which the Bombers heard plenty...

10/15/2012 - 6:36am
Seattle CB taunts Brady: 'You're just a man'

As if it wasn't embarrassing enough to squander away another game with a fourth-quarter collapse Sunday, the Patriots had to watch as their star player was the subject of a taunting Seahawks player after the game.

Second-year cornerback Richard Sherman gleefully tweaked Brady and the Patriots via Twitter. In the wake of Brady’s statements earlier in the week when he said he hoped to silence the CenturyLink crowd, Sherman Tweeted a picture of a downcast Brady with the caption, Brady sure looks like a man who turned the 12thMan against us.

He followed that up with another Tweet (which has since been deleted): He...

10/15/2012 - 6:14am
Source: Red Sox to interview Pena, Hale

According to a major league source, the Red Sox will interview Yankees bench coach Tony Pena on Monday for the team's vacant managerial post, with plans to interview Orioles third base coach DeMarlo Hale at some point this week.

Pena, 55, managed the Royals from 2002-05, winning the American League Manager of the Year in '03 after having led Kansas City to its first winning season in nine years. The 51-year-old Hale, a former Red Sox third base and bench coach, last interviewed for the Blue Jays manager's job prior to the '11 season. He has extensive managing experience in the minor leagues, winning Baseball America's Minor League Manager of the Year in '99 while leading the Red Sox' Double-A affiliate in Trenton.

The Red Sox interviewed Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach on Friday and have scheduled an interview with Padres special assistant Brad Ausmus in the coming days.

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10/14/2012 - 8:34pm
Brady: 'Certainly, I have to do a better job'

After suffering a 24-23 loss to Seattle on Sunday afternoon, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady lamented a series of squandered opportunities by his offense.

The most notable miscue -- and the one Brady spent the most time talking about in his postgame press conference -- was the quarterback's intentional grounding penalty at the end of the first half. The play, on which Brady sailed the ball out of the back of the end zone with one second remaining, resulted in an automatic 10-second run-off, ending the Patriots' chance for a field goal that would have given New England a 10-point advantage.

"We thought we could take a shot at a touchdown there," Brady told reporters. "I just have to throw the ball away a little bit closer to one of our guys, I think that's what it comes down to. It's tough to give up three points. ... That's why we lose games, because you squander opportunities to score points."

Added Brady: "That's my...

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