|One movie director says Rob Gronkowski could be a star actor||03.03.17 at 10:10 am ET|
Earlier this year, the New York Daily News reported Rob Gronkowski wants to be an action movie star. One Hollywood director thinks silver screen fame is within his grasp.
In an interview with Bleacher Report’s Joon Lee, Andre Gordon, who directed Gronkowski in “You Can’t Have It,” an independently funded thriller set to be released March 17, says the Patriots tight end has the goods to succeed in Hollywood.
“How many people in life are 6’5″ and big? Whenever you have that type of size advantage, you can definitely carve out a niche for yourself on the screen,” Gordon said. “I could see him doing action comedies. He’s a funny guy, and he’s got a great spirit about him. I think he’d fit right in.”
Gronkowski made his acting debut two years ago with a cameo in the poorly received “Entourage” movie. He also played a small role in a Yahoo! movie called “American Violence,” which is currently sporting a two-star rating on IMDb. Judging by the trailer, it’s unlikely “You Can’t Have It” will enjoy much more critical acclaim than Gronkowski’s previous two endeavors. According to IMBd, the film takes place in a bar where “drinking, sex and murder ensue.”
Even though Gronkowski only spent one day on set, Gordon says he was impressed by his preparation. It seems as if Bill Belichick’s tutelage has rubbed off on him.
“The expectation with any athlete was that they were just gonna come in, and it would be a fun day for them and not take a lot of interest in it,” Gordon said. “But I try not to keep any expectations. I try to be open. He plays for one of the greatest organizations in the history of sports with the greatest coach, so you have to be able to take direction and be able to follow through.”
The Boston Herald predicts the film will go straight to video, so Gronkowski may have to wait for his big Hollywood break. But still, this is a start.
|Bill Belichick is owning the offseason, and it’s all because he’s taking days off||03.02.17 at 9:50 am ET|
At the Patriots’ championship parade last month, Bill Belichick sent out a message to the masses. “No days off!,” he shouted, to thousands of people who took the day off.
But in the ensuing weeks since New England’s historic comeback win over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI, Belichick hasn’t followed his own decree, either. He’s been traveling from coast-to-coast, basking in the glow of perhaps his greatest victory yet. Usually, Tom Brady or Rob Gronkowski are the ones generating headlines for their offseason excursions. But this year, it seems like we’re in for the “Summer of the Hoodie.”
Less than 24 hours after the Patriots had hoisted their fifth Lombardi Trophy, Belichick was off to Manhattan for a visit with “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon. A couple of days later, he played a round at Pebble Beach, partnering with Ricky Barnes.
“I always say, if you’d have had the four of us out there today, you’d have thought it was four normal guys who play their weekend game, that BS and all,” Barnes told reporters after the round. “You could tell there’s the ‘coach’ in him. He always wants someone else who it’s their profession to reassure him. So we [Barnes and his older brother and caddie, Andy] kind of help him out with the yardage and where to go, and he trusts the line.”
While Belichick may be a little awkward on the golf course, he seems to be at ease aboard his new board, “VII Rings.” Two weeks ago, he was photographed lounging on the vessel, which was docked in Jupiter, Fla. Belichick donated his old boat, “V Rings,” to a public sailing center in Rhode Island, and left it stocked with beer.
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) February 20, 2017
|Bill Belichick donated his old boat, and reportedly left it stocked with beer||02.28.17 at 3:34 pm ET|
Last week, Bill Belichick was spotted lounging on his new boat, “VII Rings,” off the coast of Jupiter, Fla. But his old vessel, “V Rings,” is still docked in New England –– and contains some treats.
The boat is currently stationed at Sail Newport in Rhode Island, the region’s largest public sailing center. Belichick reportedly left behind his old New York Giants-engraved luggage tag, which is a cool item for football wonks. He also supposedly left a six-pack of beer in the refrigerator, which is a cool item for everybody.
With @lillyontheloose aboard “V Rings”, a boat formerly owned by @patriots head coach Bill Belichick. Belichick recently donated the boat to Sail Newport, New England’s largest public sailing center. Among the items left behind were this engraved luggage tag, reading “N.Y. Giants” on the opposite side, and a six pack still in the cooler. The coach has since upgraded to his latest vessel, “VII Rings” #patriots #belichick #fox25news
Between his Pebble Beach excursions and Mara-a-Lago membership, it’s apparent Belichick is a more than a football cyborg. It seems as if he wants others to enjoy their time, too, considering he left beer on-board his old boat.
Or he forgot it. One of the two.
|Tom Brady posts picture of his awful high school haircut||at 2:46 pm ET|
Tom Brady has sported a variety of hairstyles over the years. None of them have been worse than what he was rocking back in his high school days.
In a Facebook post Tuesday, Brady shared one of his class pictures from Junipero Serra High School, where he attended from 1991-1995. It’s safe to say he was far from a fashionista back then.
Brady’s look has evolved in the eight years he’s been married to supermodel Gisele Bündchen. Look no further than his haircut. It used to be atrocious, but now, it’s a trend-setter.
|Shannon Sharpe: Tom Brady’s demise with Patriots could come within next two years||02.21.17 at 4:40 pm ET|
Last year, ESPN’s Max Kellerman was the standard-bearer of Tom Brady boogeymen, for proclaiming the Patriots quarterback was “going to be a bum in short order.” This year, it seems like Fox Sports’ Shannon Sharpe is ready to take the mantle from him.
In a segment Tuesday with Skip Bayless on FS1’s Undisputed, which routinely draws fewer viewers than reruns of M*A*S*H during the same time slot, Sharpe said the Patriots should be prepared to face Brady’s decline within the next two years.
“The Patriots should keep Jimmy Garoppolo. And I know Tom Brady has convinced a lot of people –– I read the column that he had in MMQB with Peter King –– that he’s going to play five or six more years. He’s convinced all the Patriots fans, and he’s convinced the guy that sits across from me that he’s going to play five to six more years,” he said. “I don’t like to be the bearer of bad news, but I will anyway. He’s not playing five or six more years. OK… he might, but he won’t be in a Patriots uniform, so let’s just leave that. I give him two more years.”
There have been conflicting reports about whether the Patriots will trade Garoppolo this offseason. Peter King and Ed Werder say he’s going to stay in New England, whereas Adam Schefter insists the Patriots will trade him for at least a first- and fourth-round pick. But in Sharpe’s world, Garoppolo’s status with the team shouldn’t even be a question, because he could soon take over for Brady.
“But do you know what happened when Peyton Manning was 37 years old? He threw for 5,467 yards, 55 touchdowns,” he said. “They scored the most points in NFL history, had four different guys with at least 10 touchdowns. And then he followed that up into 38 with 39 [touchdowns] and 15 interceptions, 4,700 yards. And then he stepped off a cliff.”
The Manning comparison is often made when the topic of Brady’s football mortality comes up. But it’s invalid, because warning signs were there for Manning. Late in the 2014 season, his play slipped after he had suffered a quad injury that December. Manning limped to the finish line that year, throwing four touchdown passes and six interceptions with a 79.98 quarterback rating over the final four games. So, his decline in 2015 didn’t come out of nowhere. It started happening the previous year.
Brady. meanwhile, led the AFC in passer-rating last season (112.2) at 39 years old. But Sharpe says that could all change when he’s 40, because, well, he’s 40.
“What you’re not looking at, also, is that the four games he missed – that was four games of licks that he didn’t have to take,” Sharpe said. “And as you get older, you can get the body faster, you can get the body stronger, you can get it to withstand more stress. You can’t make it younger. He’s going to be 40. And as you get older, the licks, the dings, they linger longer.”
In theory, Sharpe is correct. Brady will stop being the best at his position one of these days. But it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen anytime soon. If Sharpe is going to predict Brady’s demise, he has to prove there are signs of a downturn in performance. Right now, he’s got nothing.
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) February 21, 2017
|Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl LI jersey is worth $500,000, according to Houston Police||at 12:55 pm ET|
The search continues for Tom Brady’s missing game jersey from Super Bowl LI. In a report, the Houston Police say the piece of memorabilia is valued at $500,000.
It’s been more than two weeks since the Patriots’ historic comeback victory over the Falcons. After the game, Brady handed his jersey to a team employee, who took it into the locker room. Once he arrived to his locker, Brady stuffed it into his bag and went on to socialize with members of his family and teammates. When he returned, the jersey was gone.
Since the locker room was closed to the public during this time, only a finite number of people were allowed to be back there while the theft took place. But that apparently hasn’t made solving the case any easier. The Texas Rangers and NFL security officials continue to work on solving it.
“I hope I get it back,” Brady said on Pro Football Talk Live last week. “If I don’t, I don’t. It’s a jersey. … I put it in my bag because I wanted to keep it. It’s just a nice piece of memorabilia to have, but I’m not sure where they’re [investigators] at with that.”
Patriots owner Robert Kraft, whose ring from Super Bowl XXXIX was taken by Russian president Vladimir Putin during a 2005 meeting, compared Brady’s missing jersey to the robbery of a “great Chagall or Picasso.” But Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo apparently doesn’t feel that way. In a statement earlier this month, he said his department “won’t be burning the midnight oil worrying about a jersey.”
|Discarding Darrelle Revis was one of Bill Belichick’s best moves||02.17.17 at 4:14 pm ET|
Two years ago, talking heads across the sports radio dial lambasted Bill Belichick for allowing Darrelle Revis to sign with the Jets in free agency. But now, all of the rage seems foolish. Letting Revis walk was one of the best decisions Belichick has ever made.
The latest lowlight for Revis came last weekend, when he may have knocked out two men during an early morning fight in Pittsburgh. According to police, the now-washed up cornerback had an altercation with two men who recognized him and approached him at 2:43 a.m. Sunday. One of them took out a cell phone and started recording Revis, who took the device and threw it onto the street. An unidentified male then came to Revis’ aid. The 22-year-old and 21-year-old victims say they were knocked unconscious shortly thereafter. Their story is corroborated by witnesses.
Revis, 31, is facing charges of robbery, terroristic threats, conspiracy and aggravated assault. His attorney, Blaine Jones, told the NFL Network Thursday Revis wasn’t the aggressor.
Long before last Sunday’s scuffle, Belichick’s decision to discard Revis was vindicated. Some say that happened the moment the Jets signed the veteran corner to a five-year, $70 million deal with $39 million guaranteed –– an obscene contract the Patriots would’ve never forked over.
After showing some signs of regression in 2015, Revis became a liability last season. It started Week 1, when Bengals wideout A.J. Green burned him for 12 catches and 180 yards. His performance didn’t get any better from there. The following week, he was torched by little-known Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin for an 84-yard touchdown pass in prime time on Thursday Night Football. On and on it went.
Tyrod goes DEEEEEEEP.@flashg88dwin beats Revis for an 84 yard TD!
— NFL (@NFL) September 16, 2016
During his lone season with the Patriots, Revis was a lockdown No. 1 corner. Quarterbacks who targeted him in 2014 were 33 of 76 (43.4%) for 523 yards, two touchdowns, four interceptions and a 53.8 rating. That stellar play is a big reason why the Patriots steamrolled their competition in the second half of the year and won Super Bowl XLIX.
Letting Revis leave that offseason was bold, especially because the Patriots replaced him with Malcolm Butler. The undrafted rookie made the game-winning interception in Super Bowl XLIX, but was still relatively untested. But now, two years later, he’s one of the best cornerbacks in the game. Revis, meanwhile, was picked apart all season long in 2016. Quarterbacks who targeted him last season posted a passer-rating north of 100.
For the price of $600,000, Butler vastly outperformed Revis and his $17 million base salary. Beat writers are now calling for the Jets to cut Revis outright, and eat the $6 million they still owe him.
The way Belichick played the Revis situation is a reminder the Patriots’ dynasty is about more than Tom Brady. That kind of deft personnel management –– signing Revis to an one-year, $12 million deal with $20 million team option so he could rebuild his value –– is a big reason why the Patriots have been able to stay on top for 15 years.
Belichick preaches the importance of value. The way he handled Revis embodies his brilliant team building philosophy.
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