Sports Illustrated's Peter King checked in with Mut & Merloni Friday for his weekly discussion about the Patriots and the NFL. King is predicting a Harbaugh will advance to the Super, but not the one who coaches the Ravens.
"I really think it's going to be a New England-San Francisco Super Bowl," he said. "Although, I continue to think I'm crazy to pick against Eli Manning after he's played as well as he has in big games over the last four years. But I just think that the San Francisco defensive front is going to be at times overwhelming and is either going to strip the ball -- they're going to make a couple of plays on that defensive front.
"In the Patriots game, it's just hard to me to imagine -- as I wrote online today -- it's hard for me to imagine Baltimore scoring in the 20s. Maybe they will, but it's not really something that I can see. I can't imagine that the Ravens can really stop them and this be a game in the...
FOXBORO -- Practice squad tight end/receiver Dorin Dickerson was the only player not spotted at Patriots practice on the main Gillette Stadium field Friday as the team wrapped up it's on-field preparation for Sunday's AFC championship tilt against the Ravens. Vince Wilfork wasn't spotted during the media portion until the very end of warmups but was in attendance as practice began.
The team practiced in sweats and shells and will hold a walkthrough on Saturday before taking on Baltimore Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET.
The Patriots had perfect attendance from their 53-man squad all three days this week, with the exception of Tom Brady's absence on Wednesday, due to what the NFL Network is reporting is a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder. Brady did practice on Thursday and Friday.
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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...
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.
For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.
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.
Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
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.
Joe and Tim are joined by US Olympic Medalist and captain of the US Women's Gymnastics team Aly Raisman, as she was at Fenway to throw out the first pitch before the game.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
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.
The 8am hour Friday podcast with Kirk Minihane joined by Butch and Bradford. The guys start with the posted show host job description for Dino's replacement, then get back into the Brady preseason playing time discussion.
Kirk, Butch and Bradfo discuss a new NFL committee that has been formed with Goodell and Kraft, and whether Pats fans should have a problem with it.
Butch, Kirk, and Bradfo debate whether or not they believe the Red Sox will make the playoffs by seasons end
"Angry Lou" goes off yesterday's loss to Tampa Bay, in the process breaking the record for a human talking without taking a breath.
Tom Brady will play in tonight's Preseason game vs. the Panthers. Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss the decision to play Brady.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian take a look at the Pats' O-Line, and the Tight End Position; focusing on A.J. Derby vs. Clay Harbor.
We discuss the role Mingo will play for the Patriots defense.
We discuss the ridiculous assignment of the selfishness label to Tom Brady this week (based on...?) and where it might be coming from.
In honor of tonight's game we look back at four moments where the Patriots and Panthers cross paths.
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
The heart of draft season is upon us and as Jim and Pete gear up for their own big draft this weekend, this week’s podcast is filled with tips on Draft Strategy and how work your plan. Jim and Pete walk through the draft from the Elite players at the top, through the middle of the draft where you build your core, through the high upside targets at the back that can help steal you a league victory. Stars to sleepers and how to position yourself to get them are the topic of the day. Good luck with your drafts!
We are joined by David Amoyal or ESPNFC.com and GianlucaDiMarzio.com to talk about the transfer window closing and what may happen in the finals days of the summer.