'Sorry, Mama Mayo'

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'Sorry, Mama Mayo'

International travel. Tom E. Curran's hair. Fantasy football. And an apology to -- this week -- Mama Mayo after a verbal Curran shot at Jerod Mayo that was as hard as anything Mayo's ever delivered at Gillette Stadium.

All that and more this week's during Tom E. CurranJerod Mayo conversation on 'Quick Slants'.

ON THIS WEEK'S GAME ACROSS THE POND
Curran: "You're in NEW England; but now you're going to . . . "

Mayo and Curran together: "OLD England."

Mayo (to the camera): "How did I know he was going to say that? 'Cause Curran's a corny guy. I knew it. I said it before he said it."

(A bit later)
Mayo: "Are you going to London this year?"

Curran: "Yeah, I'm going to be there."

Mayo: "Oh, nice!"

Curran: "How could you have the game without me?"

(And even later)

Curran: "Do you want to get together for a spot of tea when we get over to . . . "

Mayo: "We CAN get together for a spot of tea."

Curran (to the camera): "He's such a liar. He won't see me."

Mayo (in a British accent): "A spot of tea."

ON THE ONGOING SAGA OF CURRAN'S HAIR
Mayo: "Let's bring up your hair first and let's do a progress report . . ." (Curran dips his head to show his hairline.) "Still growing . . . "

Curran: "All right, injury report. How's the arm?"

Mayo: "No injury reports here."

Curran: "See? Hair report; no injury report."

(Later, when discussing the Patriots' defense)

Mayo: "Guys are hungry to learn. Guys are hungry to get better. And we have a young defense. Keep that in mind. It's week, what? Week Seven? Eight? So we still have a lot work to do. We're nowhere near a complete project.

"So save your fingernails; save your hair -- especially" points at Curran "-- and just continue to watch."

ON FANTASY FOOTBALL AND MORE MAMA APOLOGIES
Curran: "Steven Jackson has always been one of my favorite backs, and" to Mayo "you're always curious who I really enjoy, I know that."

Mayo: "He must be on your fantasy team."

Curran: "He's not, actually. I have Michael Turner. He's playing great. I did have Danny Amendola, though. It's a great signing by me."

Mayo: No response.

Curran (after a pause): "Back to Steven Jackson: He's huge."

Mayo: "What place are you in in your fantasy league? You picked up Danny Amendola, I know he has a lot of catches . . . "

Curran attempts to interrupt, but Mayo keeps going.

Mayo: "I understand. He's not playing right now."

Curran: "You knew that."

Mayo: "Obviously. You think I just sit at home and not watch film?"

Curran: "Looks that way on Sunday."

(Curran, pleased with the blow he landed, lets loose with an "Ohhh!")

Mayo: "That hurt. That really hurt."

Curran: "That was rough. But did you see what you said about my sweater last week?"

Mayo: "I did. Sorry, Mama Curran."

Curran: "Sorry, Mama Mayo."

Rask: Last season 'something to rebound from' personally

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Rask: Last season 'something to rebound from' personally

BRIGHTON, Mass. – While David Pastrnak, Tuukka Rask and David Backes are back from competing in the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto, that doesn’t mean you’ll see those players on the ice over the next couple of days. Perhaps the trio will practice on Monday in the fourth on-ice session at main training camp, but Bruins GM Don Sweeney confirmed that none of those returning players will suit up against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the B’s preseason debut at TD Garden on Monday night.

“Yeah…absolutely,” said Sweeney when asked if those three players have been ruled out for Monday night. “They’re going to get through the weekend here. Next week, we’ll evaluate [them] when they get on the ice. But, all those guys will not be on the ice until next week.

“It might be case-by-case for each guy. Those guys have been playing for a while at a high level. It’s unique for David Backes coming into the organization, so he’d like to integrate himself. I talked yesterday with all three of them just to get a read of where they’re at. But, sometime first of next week, they’ll be on [the ice].”

Both Pastrnak and Rask have checked in with the Bruins media over the last couple of days after returning from Toronto, and the Bruins goaltender, in particular, has plenty of motivation coming off a down statistical season. The 2.56 goals against average and .915 save percentage were well below his career numbers, and people like B’s President Cam Neely have pointed to Rask as somebody that needs to have a better season for Boston to rebound back into the playoffs this year.

“There were a couple of years where the standards pretty high, so obviously when they go down there’s something to rebound from. You kind of know where you can be. That’s where I try to be every year and I’m working on being there this year, and taking us to the playoffs and moving forward,” said Rask. “But every year is a new year where you’ve got to work hard, and set your goals to be at your best. More often than not you hope [being at your best] is going to happen, and I hope this year is going to be a great year for us.”

Clearly Rask wasn’t alone in his struggles last season behind a mistake-prone defense that allowed plenty of Grade chances, and that could be a repeating phenomenon again this season for the Bruins unless the defense is substantially upgraded along the way.

As far as the other three B’s players still taking part in the World Cup, it could be a while for Patrice and Brad Marchand as Team Canada has advanced to the final best-of-three series that could also feature Zdeno Chara if Team Europe is victorious.