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.

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.