Samuel says he's Hall-worthy

Samuel says he's Hall-worthy

By Tom E. Curran

Asante Samuel belongs in the Hall of Fame like I deserve a Pulitzer.

What brought that on? This:"No one that's come into the league with me or before me that's played my position, or even, I'm going to say, any defensive back should be going to the Hall of Fame before me. That's just what it is. Nobody should make it before me."

That gem, uttered by the erstwhile Patriots corner, hit the ears of Paul Domowitch when Domo was down in Atlanta this month.

As the Hall of Fame presenter for the Philadelphia market, Domowitch has been having his posterior smooched by Samuel for years. So when the writer went to visit Samuel - who was traded to the Falcons for a seventh-round pick - Samuel saw an opportune time to lobby for his Hall-worthiness.

Hence, the delusional quote found above.

Asante Samuel has been a good pro since 2003 when he was a fourth-round pick out of Central Florida. Some years, he's been excellent. His ability to intercept passes is his forte. Great ball skills, great anticipation, terrific quickness. As an overall defender - coverage, tackling, playing within the scheme and making the entire defense better - he's a B player. Hall of Famers are A players.

Charles Woodson, a Defensive Player of the Year in 2009, and a seven-time All-Pro is the first guy I think of when Samuel says nobody should get inducted over him.

Then I think of Champ Bailey. Then Ty Law. And Darrelle Revis might be a post-Samuel corner who needs consideration.

Samuel's picked off 45 passes. He's returned five for touchdowns in the regular season and returned another four for scores in the postseason. Good stuff.

But when Asante Samuel truly had a chance to set himself apart and make some history Hall of Fame voters would remember when they do their deliberations, he would have done well to have caught the most important pass that ever came his way.

During the New York Giants' final drive in Super Bowl XLVII, Eli Manning threw high toward the right sideline and Samuel mis-timed his jump. The ball hit his hands and then the ground and - as it turned out, - that was the last, best chance the Patriots had to preserve the only 19-game perfect season.

Sooooo, that kinda leaves a mark. You gotta love Samuel for conning himself into believing he's one of the best ever. You also have to wonder where he gets his version of reality.

Carlo "ready for everything" as he looks to build on strong camp

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Carlo "ready for everything" as he looks to build on strong camp

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- Brandon Carlo enjoyed about as good a game as one could possibly hope for in his preseason debut earlier this week.

The 19-year-old was smooth and poised with the puck on his stick, and picked up an assist when Danton Heinen redirected his point blast to the back of the net. He was also a little dirty, mean and nasty in his own end throwing bodies around in front of the net, and at one point taking a penalty call when he was a little overzealous throwing an opponent down in the crease.

So the 6-foot-5 prospect gave a pretty good glimpse into what he can offer at his best, but the youngster also knows it will keep getting more and more difficult as the games get closer to the end of the preseason.

“In that first game I felt like I was doing a lot of really good things. I was moving the puck well, playing well and doing all of the things that I wanted to do. So I’m really excited to build on that opportunity. I feel like I started myself off well, but it’s about building throughout the camp to reach your main goal at the end,” said Carlo, who may be in line for top pair duties again on Friday night after skating in that role in his first game. “Throughout camp I got three games last year, and I noticed that with each game the action got harder and faster. So I’m ready for that. I feel like it’s going to be a lot of fun out there. I’m ready for the speed, and I’m ready for the physicality. I’m ready for everything.”

Carlo will again team with veteran puck-mover John-Michael Liles on Friday night in a road exhibition game against the Detroit Red Wings, and both he and the Bruins will be looking for him to build on that first outing’s promise. If the youngster can keep it up then the Bruins will have a really difficult choice on their hands with seven D-men already signed to NHL contracts ahead of the young prospect types, so Carlo would have to displace somebody.

But that’s another problem for another day, and will require young Carlo to keep impressing on people , and being extremely hard to play against, when the Bruins take the ice against the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Friday night.

Watch live stream online of the Celtics Green vs White scrimmage

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Watch live stream online of the Celtics Green vs White scrimmage

Tonight at 7:00pm on CSN and CSNNE.com, the Boston Celtics play their annual Green vs White scrimmage at TD Garden. 

Our broadcast team of Mike Gorman, Tommy Heinsohn, Abby Chin, Brian Scalabrine, Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely bring you all the action from the scrimmage as we get our first look at the 2016 Boston Celtics.

Also, Wyc Grousbeck and Danny Ainge are scheduled to join us during the broadcast.