Former 49ers great Joe Montana said on WEEI's The Big Show that Tom Brady is the key to Super Bowl XLIV.
"If you can't stop Tom, you're not going to win," Montana said. "It's just that simple. The Giants have the ability to do that. They've done it once, but the hardest thing to do is beat a a team twice in the same year. Things are, I think, on Tom's favor, just going into the game. Just knowing how well he's playing anyway, you can't let him stand in the pocket. [The Giants] have the ability with their front four to do that, but still it's not a easy feat because he gets the ball out pretty quick."
Brady grew up admiring Montana and the two players are often compared historically. If the Patriots win, Brady would tie his former idol with four Super Bowl victories. Montana said he's content to appreciate Brady and didn't want to get into a comparison between the two.
"I just try to enjoy for what he does,"...
INDIANAPOLIS -- After an extended stretch on the shelf because of a high ankle sprain he suffered in the AFC championship game against the Ravens, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski returned to the practice field on Thursday in a limited role as prep work continues for the Giants and Super Bowl XLVI. Here's the complete report:
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle)
S Patrick Chung (knee)
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle)
DL Kyle Love (ankle)
G Logan Mankins (knee)
LB Rob Ninkovich (hip)
LB Brandon Spikes (knee)
OT Sebastian Vollmer (flu/back/foot)
WR Wes Welker (knee)
LB Tracy White (abdomen)
WR Deion Branch (knee)
C Dan Connolly (groin)
S James Ihedigbo (shoulder)
OT Matt Light (flu)
WR Matthew Slater (shoulder)
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Former Patriots executives Scott Pioli and Thomas Dimitroff, now general managers of the Chiefs and Falcons, respectively, joined The Big Show in Indianapolis Thursday. The two discussed their days with the Patriots and what they hope to achieve with their current franchises.
Bill Belichick has been more friendly with the media since arriving in Indianapolis for the Super Bowl, to the surprise of many. Neither Pioli nor Dimitroff are surprised to see this side of him.
"Bill and I worked together for 16 years, and I've known him since 1987," Pioli said. "That's the Bill I know. Maybe it's not shown that often publicly."
Dimitroff said that neither he nor the city of Atlanta are strangers to Belichick's perky persona.
"What I know of Bill is last year he came on one of our local radio stations and was waxing poetic about the Grateful Dead and Bon Jovi, and we had a half-hour talk," Dimitroff...
For the second time this offseason, the Nationals appear to be close to reaching a deal with a starter whom the Red Sox also pursued.
According to multiple reports, Washington has agreed to a one-year deal with right-hander Edwin Jackson. News of the agreement was first reported by Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com; Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com reported that the deal was for roughly $10 million.
The Red Sox had explored the possibility of signing the 28-year-old, who was 12-9 with a 3.79 ERA in 199 2/3 innings (31 starts), striking out 148 and walking 62 in 2011, a season in which he was traded from the White Sox to a Cardinals team that ended up winning the World Series. However, the Sox showed little inclination to enter a bidding war for Jackson, and on Wednesday night, Sox GM Ben Cherington said that he considered it "unlikely" that the Red Sox would sign a significant starter before the start of spring training.
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According to an industry source, the Red Sox are looking into the legal issues facing Vicente Padilla in Nicaragua, but the reported order preventing the pitcher from traveling out of his native country is not expected to delay his arrival to spring training.
According to La Prensa newspaper in Nicaragua, Padilla -- who signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox earlier this month -- had an arrest warrant issued for his failure to show up in court for a child support hearing, only to have the arrest order revoked later. That second article suggests that Padilla is facing an order not to leave Nicaragua for spring training until the matter is resolved. According to the reports, Padilla owes approximately US$4,200 in child support.
The Red Sox signed Padilla to a minor league deal...
Tom Brady joined the show to discuss the win over the Steelers and Roger Goodell's handling of domestic violence cases.
In the final hour of the show, Glenn and Fred recap some of the big stories in the NFL from this Sunday. They also react to post game comments from Coach Belichick and Rob Gronkowski
Ordway and Smerlas break down the Patriots victory on the road in PIttsburgh. In this hour they talk about the Pats success running the ball, and try to figure out what exactly is going wrong with kicker Stephen Gostkowski
We preview the 2016-2017 Celtics with Danny Ainge on opening night.
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
Chris and Rob talk with former MLB Infielder and current ESPN analyst Alex Cora. Alex talks about some of the moves he saw in the Red Sox-Indians ALDS, and talks about the core group of young players the Red Sox have
We wrap up the Sox season with our final weekly visit with Sox manager John Farrell, on the heels of the news that he will be back as Sox skipper for the 2017 season.
Red Sox Hall of Famer Joe Castiglione wraps up the 2016 Boston Red Sox season
Ken Laird chats with WEEI Bruins writer Ty Anderson about the B's loss to the Rangers on Wednesday night and what issues the team is fighting after a 3-4 start to the season
Ken Laird and new WEEI.com Bruins writer Ty Anderson discuss the state of the 2016 Bruins after a 3-3 start to the season.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
Mark Dondero of WPRI came in studio for the final hour and addressed his odd question to Bill Belichick.
Gerry, Kirk and Alex Reimer react to the Peter King interview on Dale and Holley.
Bryan Curtis of The Ringer joined Gerry and Kirk to discuss his story on Chris Mortensen.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian marvel at "Ramblin' Roger's" ability to not answer any questions during interviews. This time it was with Gary Myers on "Chalk Talk," where Gary's pointed and important questions are largely ignored by Goodell's rambling, ridiculous "Answers."
Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss Rex Ryan's career, and why he is considered to be a "Good Coach." They also react to Mike Lombardi, Shannon Sharpe, and Skip Bayless' thoughts on the matter.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk about the Bills DB's Stephon Gilmore and Nickell Robey-Coleman saying that they'll retaliate if the Patriots run through their pre-game warm-ups. They also delve into the actual game.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the Giants/Josh Brown situation in depth with Peter King from the MMQB and Sports Illustrated.
Inspired by the clip of Tom Brady and Big Ben showing each other love, we look at four other instances where Patriots and opponents are effusive in their praise of each other.
We close out the show with the best sound bites of the day
Kirk Minihane has taken Dave O'Brien to task during the entire baseball season. Kirk has critiqued O'Brien for a number of things over the season, his chemistry with Jerry Remy, his soliloguy at the start of the season, and of course accusing him of dying his hair. O'Brien defends some of his tactics of how he calls games and is adamant that he does not dye his hair.
Kirk Minihane, avid runner, talks to Charlie Engle about the passion of running, how running became an addiction that replaced drug related addictions, and Charlie's time in jail. Kirk and Charlie have had similar paths through life and they discuss how a passion for running changed their lives.
Kirk was scheduled to interview Jeff Pearlman but the connection sucked and we called a late audible and interrupted the K&C Post Show podcast. Kirk takes over the K&C podcast and turns into Enough About Me and an epic bitchfest ensues.
Ken & Curtis react to the Friday edition of Kirk & Callahan with Alex Reimer and Mark Dondero in studio on Dino's Casting Couch
Ken Laird chats with WEEI Bruins writer Ty Anderson about the B's loss to the Rangers on Wednesday night and what issues the team is fighting after a 3-4 start to the season.
Ken & Curtis break down a Kirk & Callahan Thursday show with Trenni in for the second straight day. A memorable Kirk vs. Callahan bitch fest is featured.
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