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09/19/2011 - 9:30am
Esiason on D&C:

CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to discuss the Patriots' fast start.

Esiason said Sunday's 35-21 victory over the Chargers made him think of the successful Patriots teams of the previous decade.

Said Esiason: "It reminded me of their Super Bowl teams, where the opposing offenses would go up and down the field … and then all of a sudden, somebody like Ty Law would come up with a big play, or Rodney Harrison would come up with a big play, Mike Vrabel would knock a ball down. It would be a key fumble recovery by Vince Wilfork. And lo and behold, what did we see yesterday? It was the same thing. It was great offense, tremendous special teams, a couple of gaffes here and there on defense, but at the end of the day four turnovers. The most key stat of all in the NFL is turnovers. And when you have a plus-four, the score is going to look like it did yesterday....

09/19/2011 - 7:19am
Mashup: UConn to join ACC?

Following Sunday's announcement that Syracuse and Pittsburgh will be leaving the Big East for the ACC, there are rumors that UConn wants to follow, with Rutgers speculated to be going as well. UConn president Susan Herbst preached patience but added: "It is my responsibility as president that we stay in constant communication and be actively involved in discussions with our counterparts from around the country to ensure the successful long-term future of our university's athletic program."

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Monday's Morning Mashup.


09/19/2011 - 5:14am
Damon: Rays want to 'make our own history'

Speaking after the Rays' 8-5 win over the Red Sox in the teams' series finale Sunday at Fenway Park, Tampa Bay outfielder Johnny Damon explained how his team is feeling heading into the last 1 1/2 weeks of the regular season, behind in the Wild Card chase by just two games.

"We know what we're up against. We know how cool of a story this will be," Damon said. "We don't want this to slip through our fingers. We want to attack this and try and make our own history."

Damon, of course, was part of the most historic comeback in postseason history when the 2004 Red Sox fought back from a 3-0 deficit to win their best-of-seven American League Championship Series against the Yankees. He also realizes the irony that with the Red Sox now 4 1/2 games in back of first-place New York, and with the Rays having to play the Yanks seven more times, it would behoove Sox fans to cheer for their biggest rivals.

"They do have to...

09/18/2011 - 9:34pm
Mayo: 'Goal line has to be ours'

FOXBORO -- For the second straight week, the Patriots defense made a key, game-changing goal line stand. And for the second week in a row, the offense responded with a 99-yard touchdown scoring drive after Jerod Mayo and Patrick Chung stopped Mike Tolbert at the Patriots 1 in the second quarter. 

"We said ever since training camp that the goal line has to be ours," Mayo said. "That mental toughness really shows up down there." 

Last week, the Patriots stopped the Dolphins at the 1 in the fourth quarter and Tom Brady hit Wes Welker for a 99-yard touchdown pass on the next play. This week was Mayo reading a key in the Chargers' defense. 

"[Randy McMichael] motioned over and he's their run-blocking tight end and they had a heavy guy on that side as well, so I knew if they we're going play-action, they would play-action to Gates' side and throw the ball to him but on that side there really was no pass...

09/18/2011 - 6:48pm
Pedroia: 'Nobody's going to give us anything'

Following the Red Sox' 8-5 loss to the Rays on Sunday, second baseman Dustin Pedroia was blunt in his assessment of the team and its situation. 

"We're not going to sit back and feel sorry for ourselves," Pedroia said. "Nobody's going to give us anything." 

The loss gave the Rays a 3-1 series win and puts them just two games behind Boston in the wild card standings with 10 games remaining in the regular season for each team. The Red Sox are 4-13 in the month of September after posting an 83-52 record in the regular season leading up to this month. 

"We're happy as [expletive]," Pedroia said. "We've got a two-game lead with 10 to go. We're ready to go. We just haven't played real good. We're not going to sit back and feel sorry for ourselves because we're playing like crap. Nobody's going to give us anything."

Boston is dangerously close to dipping down to .500 in the second half...

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