Thornton: 'Pats are going to blow 49ers out of the stadium'

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Thornton: 'Pats are going to blow 49ers out of the stadium'

For the second week in a row, the Patriots find themselves matched up against a top-tier opponent. Last week, NFL fans were treated to the build up of an epic battle between two AFC power house teams, only to see the Patriots blast the Texans, 42-14.

This week, the Patriots host the San Francisco 49ers and for Jerry Thornton of Barstool Sports that creates a big problem. While it's usually advisable to remain somewhat even-keeled when it comes to football expectations, everything is coming together for the Patriots in a way that makes Thornton a little too optimistic for his own comfort.

"I feel like the Patriots are going to go out and blow San Francisco out of the stadium," Thornton said on Felger & Mazz. "If the Patriots blow out San Fran, the music industry is going to come together to raise money for their victims."

For a dose of reality, Thornton turned to the wise old sage - Mazz.

"You don't go every week blowing people out 42-14," reminded Mazz. "It does not happen that way."

But Thornton persists, pointing out that Rob Gronkowski returned to practice on Friday - surely a Christmas miracle if ever there was one. Ok, maybe that's a little far-fetched, but it was still more good news for a Patriots team that was already clicking on offense.

In addition, Thornton notes that this is the youngest Patriots team of the Bill Belichick era. It's a team with even more room to grow, and more room to impress. That's a scary thought for all those who play against the Patriots, and for people like Thornton, who are feeling a little confused by their holiday joy and optimism.

But if you want to see something really scary (or at least a little bizarre), check out the Something About Mary banter in the video above.

Yankees beat Blue Jays, Red Sox have chance to clinch AL East on Tuesday

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Yankees beat Blue Jays, Red Sox have chance to clinch AL East on Tuesday

For tonight, the Boston Red Sox can say "thank you" to the New York Yankees.

Despite the Toronto Blue Jays loading the bases with no out in the ninth, the Yankees hold on to beat the Blue Jays, 7-5. The result moves the Red Sox' magic number in the AL East to just one game. 

David Price will take the mound for the Red Sox on Tuesday night against those very Yankees with a chance to clinch the division. 

They can also clinch the AL East with a Toronto loss to the Baltimore Orioles. 

Bruins lose preseason opener to Blue Jackets in shootout, 3-2

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Bruins lose preseason opener to Blue Jackets in shootout, 3-2

BOSTON – The Bruins ice a young lineup for their preseason opener against the Blue Jackets, and they got some solid results from the next generation of skaters ready to wear the Black and Gold. It wasn’t enough for the win, however, as Sam Gagner won the game in the shootout for the Blue Jackets by a 3-2 score after both Riley Nash and Jake DeBrusk dinged the left post with their first two shootout attempts.

DeBrusk, Danton Heinen, Brandon Carlo, Jakub Zboril and Austin Czarnik all had very strong games as young players vying for NHL roster spots with a couple of jobs potentially open at the NHL level.

DeBrusk set up Jimmy Hayes for Boston’s first goal, and Heinen redirected a Carlo point shot past Curtis McElhinney in the third period to tie things up.

Sonny Milano opened up the game’s scoring by beating Anton Khudobin to the short side on a play where the B’s backup goaltender was a little bit sloppy with his technique. Hayes scored to tie things up for the Black and Gold on a nifty transition play up the ice that embodied the “play fast” philosophy that Claude Julien is espousing.

Daniel Zaar added a goal for the Blue Jackets midway through the second period that again gave Columbus the slim one goal lead, but that evaporated in the final 20 minutes when Heinen redirected a Carlo point shot from the slot area past the Blue Jackets netminder.

The Bruins will get back at it with another home preseason game at TD Garden against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.