Shaughnessy: 'The Patriots are the best team in football'

960109.jpg

Shaughnessy: 'The Patriots are the best team in football'

Dan Shaughnessy certainly isn't known to be the most optimistic member of the Patriots media.

He can be harsh at times.

But you won't find much criticism out of him around this time when it comes to the Patriots, because he declared them the best team in football on Sports Sunday.

"No one is any good. Here we go. It's all lining up. In the conferene you look at who's going to be in the playoffs in the AFC. They killed Denver, I know that score was closer, they killed Denver. They killed Indy; they're on the rise. Baltimore on the way down. Cincinnati, Pittsburgh huge losses today. Tomorrow we find out, they roll over these guys they're the best team."

Bob Ryan isn't so fast to agree with Shaughnessy though.

Four killed in crash involving Dallas Cowboys' bus

dallas-cowboys-bus.jpg

Four killed in crash involving Dallas Cowboys' bus

PHOENIX (AP) -- A bus carrying Dallas Cowboys staffers but no players and a van collided Sunday on an Arizona highway, killing four people in the van, authorities said.

The bus occupants emerged uninjured from the crash, Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Quentin Mehr said.

"All on the bus came through OK with some bumps and bruises," Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple said in an email.

Dalrymple said the bus was only carrying members of the franchise's staff but would not say how many. There were no players on board.

Mickey Spagnola, a columnist for the team's website, has been writing for the past week about traveling on a Cowboys bus with a driver, the team mascot and videographer. On his Twitter page, Spagnola tweeted before 2 p.m. that the bus was 80 miles outside of Vegas.

The two vehicles collided in the afternoon on U.S. 93, about 30 miles north of the city of Kingman or 180 miles northeast of Phoenix, according to DPS.

The crash shut down at least one lane of the highway that serves as the main route between Las Vegas and Phoenix.

The bus was on its way to a Dallas Cowboys fan event in Las Vegas. Charles Cooper, manager of GameWorks entertainment center in Vegas, said the session with 50 to 75 fans was scheduled for 3 p.m. PDT. People were already waiting when the president of a Las Vegas Cowboys fan club called to relay news of the accident. The event was subsequently canceled. Cooper says the team mascot was supposed to appear.

After the Las Vegas stop, the bus was scheduled to go on to Oxnard, California for the team's training camp. Members of the organization typically take a bus two weeks before the camp starts and make stops along the way.