|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
|Luke Kuechly thinks Doug Flutie ‘is still the guy’ at Boston College||02.04.16 at 5:36 pm ET|
SAN JOSE, Calif. — As he was making his rounds through both the Broncos and Panthers media camps on Thursday, Snoop Dogg made a point to stop by and say hi to Luke Kuechly and pay him some might high praise.
“You’re the best linebacker in football, man,” the rap legend said. “Take it from Snoop.”
All the humble linebacker could muster with a wide grin was “thanks, thanks a lot!”
Snoop is not alone. There are many in the game right now, both on and off the field who think that the Boston College product might just be the best all-around linebacker in football. That has prompted the conversation of where Kuechly, who left after his junior year in 2012, belongs in the great pantheon of Boston College football players. Matt Ryan was selected by the Falcons third overall in 2008. Four years later, it was Kuechly going ninth overall to the Panthers.
“I don’t know about the best player. We’ve had a lot of good guys come out. We’ve had some linebackers that have come out. Bill Romanowski was a great player. Mark Herzlich‘s been a great player. Matt Ryan and Gosder Cherilus and Anthony Castonzo and I’m sure I’m missing guys. Those guys came out and did a great job.”
But of all the great NFL talent that Boston College has produced, Kuechly pointed to another BC product that had a much bigger impact in the CFL than the NFL.
“Doug Flutie to me is Mr. BC,” Kuechly said. “He’s got a statue in front of the stadium. He’s won the Heisman. He’s going to go down as one of the players that has one of the all-time plays in college football history. Doug Flutie, if you talk about people from Boston College, Doug Flutie, I think, is still the guy.”
While that was all nice and flowery, there are a lot of Patriots fans who still fume when they see the All-American smile. That’s, of course, because of his WWE hold on Rob Gronkowski in the end zone on the game’s last play in Nov. 2013 on a Monday night game that allowed the Panthers to escape, 24-20.
“”Of course, of course, everyone was giving me grief for it,” Kuechly said. “We had a couple of guys that we played with that are Massachusetts guys that are big Patriots fans. You go to school in Boston, there are going to be buddies that are off the team that you’re friends with so. They’re giving me some grief for it but it’s all fun and games.”
|Mike Haynes wonders if Don Hasselbeck could’ve been Rob Gronkowski back in the day||02.03.16 at 10:01 pm ET|
SAN FRANCISCO — Rob Gronkowski is widely considered the most dangerous tight end in football. He’s also the biggest nightmare for a defensive back assigned to cover him, especially when he’s split wide from the line of scrimmage.
Hall of Fame corner Mike Haynes covered his share of great receivers in his day but rarely, if ever, a tight end in a game.
But in practice, that was a different story.
“I can’t ever remember ever playing being locked on a tight end,” Haynes told WEEI.com Wednesday at Super Bowl media headquarters. “But I did lock on Russ Francis in practice. They were trying to simulate some of the challenges he was going to face. I know how difficult that can be. I wouldn’t be welcoming that kind of challenge because of the weight difference, the height difference, the strength difference. And generally when you’re covering a guy like that size, if he turns around and looks at the quarterback, I can no longer see the quarterback because of his height and his width. It’s a challenge.”
But for as much as Patriots fans remember the hey-dey of Russ Francis and catching passes from Steve Grogan as a traditional tight end, there’s another former tight end Haynes thinks of as a comp to the 6-foot-6, 265-pound Rob Gronkowski: Don Hasselbeck, who stood an inch taller than Gronk but weighed 20 pounds less.
“It wasn’t something I had to do on a regular basis and I wouldn’t have been looking forward to do that on a regular basis. I actually think that Gronk is more built like Hasselbeck was than Russ Francis,” Haynes said. “He’s tall and a long-strider. A lot of times I wonder if they had used Don Hasselbeck the same way they use Gronkowski, what would he have been like? They didn’t. It was a different game in those days.”
Hasselbeck finished with 107 catches, 1,542 yards and 18 touchdowns in his nine-year NFL career that began in 1977 when he was selected in the second round by the Patriots. For some perspective, Gronkowski nearly had as many receiving touchdowns (17) in 2011 as Hasselbeck did for his career. Hasselbeck finished with 15 TD receptions in his six-plus seasons in New England.
The Patriots had seven players make the Pro Bowl and all seven didn’t attend the game.
The game was a week after the Patriots fell to the Broncos in the AFC championship, which Gronkowski said was a major reason why he didn’t go. The tight end said it wasn’t a joint decision for the entire team not to go, it just worked out that way.
Gronkowski also said he believes the Pro Bowl should be changed.
“Just the way it worked out. Didn’t talk to anyone about it,” he said, appearing on the NFL Network from San Fransisco Wednesday night. “That game might need to be changed. You can’t go from a whole season, AFC championship game, giving it all you got and thinking you’re going to hop on a flight to fly 12 hours to Hawaii that next Tuesday when I still can’t even walk because I took like 20 hits that game.
“I was good. I was not hopping on that plane. Just be more tight, more sore and just be miserable the whole ride. If it was changed, I mean — I totally understand, if you don’t go to the playoffs you have a few weeks off, Pro Bowl is awesome. But it is hard to go to that game –giving it all you got then going right to the Pro Bowl. You have to have your body rest.”
The tight end said once the season is over it is all about getting his body healthy and ready for the next season.
“After the season I am getting my body right,” Gronkowski said. “I didn’t move out of my house for the first five days until I left for the Senior Bowl to watch my brother. But for the first five days I was just taking care of all my injuries, all the bumps and bruises. Making sure your body is right.”
With the Patriots falling to the Broncos in the AFC championship game, some have wondered whether or not the season was a success, given the Patriots’ stretch of six Super Bowl appearances in the Bill Belichick era.
According to Rob Gronkowski, the season was a success.
“Man, it was definitely a successful year,” Gronkowski said Wednesday night in an appearance on the NFL Network from San Francisco. “We went to the AFC championship, but we had so many guys throughout the season go down with injury. Other players just stepping up, filling in the void right there. You just have to be proud of the team. Definitely a successful year. Any time you make it to the playoffs, go that far, just a few plays away from going to the Super Bowl, again, definitely a successful season and something to be proud of.”
While he called it a success, Gronkowski and the Patriots weren’t satisfied with not making it to the Super Bowl.
“It takes awhile, for sure. It didn’t end the way we wanted it to end,” Gronkowski said. “It’s not disappointing, but it’s just not satisfying with not going to the big game. Overall, can’t hang your head low. I mean, we had a great season. To be part of a team every single year, it was a great season overall for the whole team. For myself, just got to move on to the next year now and do what we have to do. We’re focused on next year now and make big plays next year.”
As for the Super Bowl itself, Gronkowski said he’s hoping for a close game.
“I’m a fan of football so I’m hoping for a good game,” he said.
|Rob Gronkowski makes his prediction for Super Bowl 50||at 8:49 am ET|
|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!”
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