Seguin denies report he left Swiss apartment in 'shambles'

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Seguin denies report he left Swiss apartment in 'shambles'

Tyler Seguin called reports out of Switzerland that he trashed his apartment while playing for EHC Biel unprofessional, and said the story was largely a fabrication for a Swiss tabloid looking to make a splash.

According to a Deadspin piece put together from the Swiss report, Seguin left his team-paid apartment in squalor when he left and, among other things, that the bathroom was in a shambles and that it took a cleaning company a full day to return it to normalcy. The information was gleaned by one of the members of the cleaning service provided by the Biel team.

The Deadspin piece also incorrectly paints Seguin as living by himself for the first time over in Switzerland when he lived on his own during his rookie year in Boston as an 18-year-old.

The now 20-year-old Seguin said that the report was 100 percent untrue and wondered if the Swiss media came after him when they learned that a cleaning service was one of his contractually-agreed perks a rarity in the Swiss League.

Maybe they went after me because I was one of the only guys on the team that asked for a cleaning service? But thats something that Ive always had and I didnt think asking for it was a big deal, said Seguin. Apparently weve got Photoshop over here than over there in Switzerland, I guess. I was blown away with everything. I thought it was very unprofessional. I dont want to talk about it too much, but everything in the report was 100 percent untrue.

Seguin indicated that he took everything with him when he returned to Boston shortly after Jan. 1, and took issue with the details about his inability to use the washer and dryer. According to the Bs puck prodigy, he washed all of his clothes at NHL teammate Pat Kanes apartment downstairs. So there was no reason for him to use the washer or dryer at his temporary residence.

Between the bogus reports about hip issues and the tabloid piece on his Swiss living space, its a crying shame that those things are leaving Seguin with a bad taste in his move after he was truly embraced by the Biel fans in Switzerland. Incidents like that that also makes Seguin grateful to be back in North America ready to crank up NHL hockey in the next couple of weeks.

Patriots defense carried chip on its shoulder all the way to the Super Bowl

Patriots defense carried chip on its shoulder all the way to the Super Bowl

FOXBORO -- It's a list that's been cited time and again as the Patriots defense rolled into the AFC title game: Brock Osweiler, Matt Moore, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bryce Petty, Trevor Siemien, Joe Flacco, Jared Goff, Colin Kaepernick. 

Those are the quarterbacks the Patriots have faced since their last loss, a Week 10 defeat at the hands of Russell Wilson and the Seahawks. None of them ranked in the top 16 in quarterback rating during the regular season. None of them ranked in the top 19 in yards per attempt. 

PATRIOTS 36, STEELERS 17

The Patriots defense finished the season ranked No. 1 in points allowed, and since their last loss, they'd allowed just 12.9 points per game. Still, there were those who wondered if it was a unit that would hold up against Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown on Sunday night. 

Not only did Bill Belichick and Matt Patricia's defense hold up. It dominated. 

"They held this team to nine points for 50 minutes," Belichick said after the game during the presentation of the Lamar Hunt Trophy. "Pretty good."

The 36-17 victory may have been the defense's best effort of the season due to the competition it faced.

For many, it was a performance that will legitimize the season the unit has had. But for Patriots players, it was a performance that showcased their ability, a performance that might shut up those who cited that list of mediocre (and worse) quarterbacks as an indicator of what they hadn't done this season.

"It's not validation," said corner Eric Rowe. "We hear the reports. 'Not a great quarterback. Not a great offense.' Someone said the Chiefs have a better defense than the Patriots so the Steelers should be able to have their way. We took that chip on our shoulder so that all week and we prepared . . . We definitely prepared better than we did last week against the Texans, I know that. We kind of took that chip, and it all just came together tonight."

Even when it wasn't perfect, the Patriots were able to recover quickly. At the end of the first half, they bent but didn't break as they put together a goal-line stand that held the Steelers to a field goal after they had a first-and-goal at the one-yard line. They stood firm again in the fourth quarter by recording a turnover on downs with the Steelers deep in Patriots territory. 

That "bend-but-don't-break" label that the Patriots defense wears is one they actually wear with pride. 

"I kind of like it," safety Duron Harmon said of the description. "It just shows the type of toughness and mental toughness we have. Even when the situation might seem terrible or might seem bad, we have enough mental toughness to come out and make a positive out of it. Right then and there (during the goal-line stand in the second quarter), a lot of people are thinking that's seven points. But that's a four-point turnover basically."

Execution in those critical moments, against an offense that's loaded with Pro Bowl talent, may allow the Patriots to be more widely respected. But they've known what they've had for some time, and so has their quarterback. 

He said after Sunday's AFC Championship Game victory that he's based his readiness on how well he's been able to practice against a unit that he knows is right up there with the best he's seen this season on game days. 

"There's a lot of noise, always," Brady said when asked about the chip on the defense's collective shoulder. "Sometimes you don't always have it figured out four games into the year. There's a lot of moving parts . . . I practice against those guys every day, and it's hard to complete passes.

"I know if I can complete it against our defense, then we should be fine on Sunday because our guys do a great job in the pass game. So many great pressures they got . . . They got a lot of good schemes. They got a good defense. We got a good defense. To slow down an offense like that was pretty great."