Gasper: Pats need to change momentum before playoffs

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Gasper: Pats need to change momentum before playoffs

Chris Gasper joins the Felger and Mazz show and tackles a number of Patriots issues. Should the Patriots play for the win (and a potential first round bye) or keep their starters healthy (and settle for the No. 3 or 4 seed)?

"I think because you can still get one of those two first round byes, I'm with Aquib Talib, I'm going to win," says Gasper. "That's the way I would approach it."

But the Patriots don't necessarily need the bye. What they need is momentum.

"I think momentum's important," says Gasper. "The Patriots lost a little bit of momentum the last two weeks just with the way they've played and obviously Brady wasn't happy with it. It is important to go into the playoffs playing really good football and right now they're not doing that."

The Patriots have a lot on the line when they kickoff against the Dolphins - a potential bye, and more importantly, their mojo.

For more, check out the video above.

Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

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Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

BOSTON -- “I didn’t feel that love after I made a pitching change in the sixth inning,” Terry Francona said after a 45-second standing ovation from Boston fans upon receiving the MLB Manager of the Year award from the BBWAA Thursday.

It’s without question the love for Francona runs deep in the city. Why wouldn’t it? He was the leader in breaking the 86-year old curse, and wound up winning another World Series title for Boston three years later.

Actually, he was more of a co-leader, working alongside the same person who won the MLB Executive of the Year honors from the BBWAA for 2016.

Theo Epstein -- who received an ovation 17 seconds shorter than Francona, but who’s counting -- reminisced about the Red Sox ownership group that took a chance on a young kid who wasn’t necessarily the ideal candidate to take over as GM of a team, but now that’s helped him build the Chicago Cubs into a winning franchise and establish a great working environment.

This October marks 13 years since the ’04 championship, 10 years since ’07 and six years since the pair left Boston. Without question they’ve left their mark on the city and forever changed Red Sox baseball.

And while the fans showed their undying gratitude for Francona with an ovation almost as long as his acceptance speech, the Indians manager recognized the favor the current Red Sox brass has done for him.

“I’d like to thank Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox for getting Chris Sale the hell out of the Central Division,” Francona said.