Belichick on Gronkowski: 'I don't have anything'


Belichick on Gronkowski: 'I don't have anything'

The Patriots have a short week to prepare for their Thanksgiving game against the Jets, but on Monday, New England's tight ends were the focus.

Bill Belichick's conference call was all of two minutes old before the first question came.

Is there any update on Rob Gronkowski and his broken forearm?

"I don't really have anything," New England's coach said. "Our medical people are looking at all the players today when they come in, trying to assess their situations as they always do on Monday. I'll catch up with them."

There's been debate by fans and analysts alike about whether or not Gronkowski should have even been on the field when the injury occurred. At the time, New England had scored yet again to go up on the Colts. Gronkowski was in to block on the extra point.

Belichick was asked why the invaluable tight end was out there.

"It's one of his roles and jobs of the game," Belichick said.

Mention of Gronkowski's consistent spot on the injury report thanks to a hip injury did little to inspire regret in the coach. Special teams is serious business.

"It's an important job, whoever does it," Belichick concluded.

He had just as much information to offer regarding Aaron Hernandez, who's been struggling to get over a Week 2 ankle injury. At least one report has Hernandez returning for Thursday's Jets game.

Belichick wouldn't touch it.

"I don't know," Belichick said. "We'll see what players are playing probably later on in the week. We think we'll be able to project what they do in practice. We take it day by day."

New photos show Sandoval has lost weight


New photos show Sandoval has lost weight

The last time a bunch of pictures of Pablo Sandoval made headlines, it was not a good sign for the Red Sox. The latest batch isn’t so bad. 

Sandoval became the story of spring training this season when photos -- specifically a Boston Globe one of him throwing -- revealed he’d gained significant weight. The veteran third baseman was surpassed by Travis Shaw for the starting job and began the season as a bench player. 

After three regular-season games, Sandoval was put on the disabled list with a shoulder strain. He was then shut down for the season in May due to shoulder surgery. 

In a tweet and story posted by FC Barcelona, a smiling -- and noticeably thinner -- Sandoval could be seen attending the club’s final training session. 

Sandoval, 30, is entering the third season of a five-year, $95 million contract. In his lone full season in Boston, 2015, Sandoval hit .245/.292/.366 with 10 homers and 47 RBI.

Obama’s Super Bowl pick: Patriots over Seahawks, again


Obama’s Super Bowl pick: Patriots over Seahawks, again

Tom Brady didn’t go to the White House after the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory over the Seahawks, but the President thinks the Pats will be visiting 1600 Pensylvania Ave. again to be welcomed by President Trump (does that mean Brady goes?) or Clinton in the spring of 2017.

In an interview on Sirus/XM Radio with Sway Calloway, Obama sees a Pats-Seahawks rematch in Super Bowl 51. And if he were a betting man, he’d be going with New England, again. 

“I’ve got to say at this point, you have to put your money on Brady again,” Obama said. “I don’t see any strong teams. Seattle and Patriots have a rematch. That’s my call.”

Obama and the nation will get a preview of his pick on Week 10 at Gillette Stadium when the Pats host the Seahawks.

Oh, and the President likes the Golden State Warriors, particularly with the addition of Kevin Durant, to reclaim the NBA title.