|Fox host takes heat for requesting Rob Gronkowski lap dance||02.05.16 at 12:59 pm ET|
Earlier this week, Rob Gronkowski admitted once working as a stripper at a bachelorette party. During a Thursday appearance on Fox Sports’ “House Party by the Bay” from the site of the Super Bowl, co-host Julie Stewart-Binks brought up the subject. Then she took it a step further, encouraging Gronkowski to demonstrate his skills. “Want to show us maybe show us a little Magic Mike?” she asked.
Gronkowski eventually gave in, walking over to Stewart-Binks and giving her a quick lap dance while she stuffed money in his pants.
And that’s not sitting well with everyone. Stewart-Binks is getting widely criticized for her behavior, especially by other women in the media like the Chicago Tribune’s Shannon Ryan, who are saying her actions make it more difficult for them to be taken seriously.
Jason Whitlock, one of the show’s other hosts, responded to the criticism with a tweet Thursday night that read: Anybody wanna step up on their high horse better have a sparkling closet. All the b.s. that goes on behind closed doors. #frauds
|Report: Aaron Hernandez rips Robert Kraft in letter from jail||02.01.16 at 9:16 am ET|
Aaron Hernandez might be in prison for the rest of his life, but he continues to haunt the Patriots.
In the latest embarrassment for the team, the former tight end apparently had some harsh words for owner Robert Kraft while professing his love for many of the players, including Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski.
The website TMZ Sports viewed the contents of a Dec. 10 letter it claims has been verified to be from the convicted murderer. The letter was sent to a woman with whom Hernandez had exchanged previous correspondence. Hernandez, angry that the woman criticized him in her last letter, tells her should kill herself — and offers suggestions how to do exactly that.
He then says he has a television in his cell and, yes, I still root for my squad and still love all the ones I loved. The closest I was with was probably Brady and whom I love to death and always will and only hope the best for them. But was cool with Julez, Branch (I [expletive] with and got mad love for) and “the BEST TE ever to walk on a football field” Gronk!
Adds Hernandez: I watch every game faithfully cheering them on and always will cuz I have love for so many of them!
As for Kraft, Hernandez refers to him as the fake ass non loyal Kraft who told me he loved me every time he seen me but obviously shows his word ain’t [expletive].
Hernandez ends his letter with large, all-capitalized, “[Expletive] THE WORLD!”
|Pete Prisco on D&C: Bill Belichick ‘cost his team a chance to win’ with late-game mismanagement||01.27.16 at 10:19 am ET|
CBS Sports senior NFL columnist Pete Prisco, who correctly predicted a Broncos victory over the Patriots in the AFC title game, checked in with Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Wednesday and questioned Bill Belichick‘s game management. To hear the interview, including Prisco’s defense of CBS analyst Phil Simms, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Prisco said Belichick hurt the team with his late-game clock management, mainly by going for it on fourth down rather than attempting a field goal with six minutes remaining and his team down by eight points — something Belichick repeated four minutes later (with the Patriots again coming up short).
“Once again we had an end-of-the game botching of the clock and everything else with the points by none other than the genius,” Prisco said of Belichick. “Look, I love the guy. I think he’s arguably the greatest coach of all time. It just goes to show you that none of these guys are any damn good in situational coaching. None of them. They all blow it.”
Added Prisco: “He cost his team a chance to win that football game by not going for that field goal. … The one at six minutes was really bad. Really bad.”
Prisco also questioned Belichick’s decision to fire offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo, noting there just isn’t much there to work with.
“I don’t think it’s a reaction to the one game, but you’re making chicken salad out of chicken dunk. That’s basically what it is,” Prisco said. “Take a look across that line, seriously, the line that went in there and played the other day. Now, [Bryan] Stork, everybody likes to prop up Stork. Stork’s solid. He’s nothing more than that. [Shaq Mason]’s a kid at right guard. I talked to people that were with him at the Senior Bowl who said they didn’t think he was very good. [Josh] Kline’s a below-average player. [Sebastian] Vollmer looked like a shell of himself. And Marcus Cannon, God only knows what he could do. And then they put [Cameron] Fleming in for the extra lineman and he looked like a turnstile over there on that one play. So really, where’s the talent on that offensive line? That’s what I’d like to know.”
Added Prisco: “Maybe you fire your evaluation skills. What have they drafted, two offensive linemen in the first two rounds in the last decade, I think? Someone’s got to address that.”
|Tim Hasselbeck on D&C: ‘100 percent error by [Tom Brady] on the 2-point play’||01.25.16 at 8:57 am ET|
ESPN NFL analyst Tim Hasselbeck, making his final weekly appearance of the season on Dennis & Callahan with Minihane, said Tom Brady made a mistake on the deciding 2-point conversion in Sunday’s 20-18 loss to the Broncos in the AFC championship game. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Hasselbeck said Brady made the wrong read on the Patriots’ final chance to tie, failing to see that Rob Gronkowski was open and instead trying to force the ball into Julian Edelman, who had two defenders around him. He noted that if Peyton Manning made a similar mistake, the hosts would be saying Manning choked.
“It’s a spot route. It’s a 100 percent error by the quarterback on the 2-point play. Not even debatable,” Hasselbeck said: “You flash the corner to the spot. You’re trying to run some traffic to out-leverage the defense. Denver, I think, [messed up], because they end up doubling the flat. That’s the last thing you want to do, is double the flat. But they’re afraid to get out-leveraged so they both run after him. You then have inside leverage, with [Shiloh] Keo on Rob Gronkowski.
“Gronk is the No. 2 guy in the progression. It goes flat, corner, spot. For whatever reason, Brady just skips him. He skips him. It’s an easy throw to Gronkowski and the game is tied. It’s inexcusable at that point.
“Now, listen, I don’t think he choked. I just think that if it were Peyton Manning who had the type of game that Brady had, you guys would be talking about him choking.”
|Tom Brady on D&C: ‘It will be fun to play another Peyton Manning-led team’||01.18.16 at 8:40 am ET|
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Monday morning to preview the AFC championship game against the Broncos and talk about his friendship with longtime rival Peyton Manning. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
With Denver’s win over the Steelers, it’s set up another Brady-Manning showdown, with a Super Bowl berth on the line. Brady said he maintains a friendship with Manning, but he’s not sure if he’ll be in touch with his counterpart before Sunday’s meeting on the field.
“We’ve just known each other for a long time. Being in the same profession for all these years and being at different events, we’ve developed a good friendship,” Brady said. “I’m not sure how things kind of take place over the course of the week. It’s pretty remarkable for him what he’s accomplished this season. To lead the team to a great win — the Steelers were playing as well as any team in the league, so that was a huge win for them yesterday. It will be fun to play another Peyton Manning-led team.”
Brady’s record in Denver is just 2-6, a trend he hopes to reverse next weekend.
“It’s a great football environment,” Brady said. “They’ve had some good teams when we’ve played out there. I didn’t realize we were 2-6. The crowd gets into it, they’ve got a good team. Just like this year, the crowd will be into it, they’ll have a great team. We’ve got to just play our best. I think that’s what it comes down to.
“We’ve had a lot of close games there. It always comes down to something at the end. We’ve already been out there once this year. I think we learned a lot from that experience. It’s a great defense that we’re playing. It’s amazing their starters have been out there basically the entire season in the secondary. T.J. Ward got hurt in our game, and [Darian] Stewart’s a little nicked up. But they’ve got everybody back. DeMarcus Ware played great yesterday. He had part of that huge turnover yesterday in the Steeler game. They’re a great opponent. It will take our max effort.”
|Mike Florio on D&C: ‘Don’t be shocked if [Rob] Gronkowski is a lot closer to fine than the injury report suggests’||01.15.16 at 10:43 am ET|
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk and NBC Sports made his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan with Minihane and predicted a Patriots victory over the Chiefs, while suggesting Rob Gronkowski‘s injuries might not be as severe as reports this week imply. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Gronkowski is dealing with knee and back problems that caused him to miss some practice time this week, and there was a report that he had an injection into his knee. Florio said this might be a case of the Patriots trying to create some confusion so the Chiefs don’t know what to expect.
“Here’s the thing that I was told last night by someone very familiar with the dynamics of the Patriots organization: You get to this stage of the season, and it’s winner take all, don’t believe everything you see and hear, basically,” Florio said. “I don’t want to call it chicanery, per se, and I don’t call want to call it cheating. There’s just gamesmanship that occurs. I think that’s the right word for it. … Don’t be shocked if Gronkowski is a lot closer to fine than the injury report suggests. That’s all I’m saying. Don’t be shocked if that’s the case.”
Added Florio: “It’s just creating uncertainty, creating confusion. Go back to Bill Belichick‘s background — Military Academy, Navy. Cloak and dagger, the whole thing. Just keep ‘m guessing. They don’t know what’s coming. They don’t know what we’re going to do. They don’t know who’s healthy. They don’t know who’s not healthy. And the irony is, as Bill Belichick would say, ‘We prepare for everybody as if they’re going to be a hundred percent, everybody on the roster, that’s what we do.’ But still, you have to ultimately figure out what you’re going to do in practice, how you’re going to divvy up the reps with the scout team, how you’re going to focus, how you’re going to defend, how you’re going to do this. And if this confusion is being thrown out there as the Chiefs are trying to finalize their plan for Saturday, that is useful.”
Looking at Sunday’s game, Florio said the Patriots get the nod despite their injuries and because of their history of success at home in the postseason.
“I picked the Patriots in this one just because it’s the Patriots playing at home in the playoffs,” Florio said. “I know they’re not invincible at home in the postseason. But history and their experience — you look at the Chiefs’ experience in the postseason, Andy Reid‘s experience in the postseason, Alex Smith‘s experience in the postseason. I think that the more of these games that you’ve been through as an organization — head coach, quarterback — the more likely you are to be sufficiently prepared to win.”
|Rodney Harrison on OM&F: ‘No one on the Chiefs can defend’ Julian Edelman||01.13.16 at 12:47 pm ET|
NBC Sports NFL analyst Rodney Harrison checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Wednesday morning to discuss the Chandler Jones situation and other league news. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.
Jones went to the Foxboro Police Department on Sunday morning and was taken to the hospital after reportedly taking some pills. Harrison said he does not know exactly what happened, but he’s sure the Patriots will be careful with how the treat it both privately and publicly — with players unlikely to joke about it even though it appears Jones is OK.
“In a situation like that, it’s a very serious thing. You never want to make fun or laugh or joke with a guy who’s going through a situation like that,” Harrison said. “So I don’t think it’s anything funny. If anything, you’re going to get a lot of support from your teammates, from your coaches and things of that sort. And then Coach [Bill] Belichick does a good job. He says, ‘Guys, it’s none of your business. Don’t answer it in the media. You can’t talk to something that you don’t know much about.’ I think that’s his way of kind of dealing with the situation.”
Looking at Sunday’s game against the Chiefs, Harrison said the return of a healthy Julian Edelman would make a monumental difference.
“I’ve said all the time, and people think I’m crazy when I say he’s the most important player outside of Tom Brady on that team. I just believe that,” Harrison said. “He’s a guy that can relieve a lot of pressure off of Brady because he gets open so quickly. Rob Gronkowski, I think he benefits from Julian Edelman. I don’t think there’s any guy in this league who can defend him one-on-one.
“He does so many things, especially the run after the catch. He’s so dynamic in the open field. He’s so valuable. If he can come back and if he can be 70-80 percent of what he was, I think that really benefits the Patriots. No one on the Chiefs can defend this guy.”
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