Unlike Boldin, no predictions from Patriots

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Unlike Boldin, no predictions from Patriots

FOXBORO -- With Anquan Boldin's prediction that the Baltimore Ravens will win on Sunday, a few Patriots were asked to react.
But as the Patriot Way goes, they didn't join in on the fun.
"The difference between this years AFC Championship and last years AFC Championship is that they are different teams," said Patriots center Ryan Wendell on Wednesday. "Weve got new players and some of the same players that were in that game. Theyve got new players and some of the same players as well. Nothing matters that happened in the regular season. Nothing matters that happened last week. Were two good teams that are going to square off in this game. All that really matters is who goes out and performs."
When asked why the Patriots always hold back from giving anybody the type of bulletin board material that perhaps Boldin has now given the Patriots, Wendell was pretty honest. "I just think that guys on our team are just really focused on their job and the opponent across from us," he said. "I think that takes up enough time."
Fellow Patriots offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer also chimed in.
"I guess it is just the way we do things," said Vollmer. "We will see on Sunday what happens. I dont think we take too much into consideration from what happened last year. It was a different team for both of us. I think both teams deserve to be in that game on Sunday and we will see what happens."
But one thing you won't see, is a prediction from the Patriots locker room.

Patriots-Rams inactives: Slater, Coleman, Richards out

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Patriots-Rams inactives: Slater, Coleman, Richards out

FOXBORO -- The inactive lists for today's Patriots-Rams game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
S Jordan Richards
WR Matthew Slater
DL Woodrow Hamilton
RB D.J. Foster
T LaAdrian Waddle
DL Darius Kilgo
CB Justin Coleman

PATRIOTS-RAMS PREGAME

LOS ANGELES RAMS
WR Tavon Austin
DE Robert Quinn
QB Sean Mannion
TE Temarrick Hemingway
OL Rodger Saffold
DB Steve Williams
OL Pace Murphy

Sunday Dec. 4: Zacha adjusting to life in the NHL

Sunday Dec. 4: Zacha adjusting to life in the NHL

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling at the Bruins setting a franchise record this season for fewest practices in a regular season. Thanks compacted schedule due to the World Cup!

*Pavel Zacha is adjusting to life as a rookie in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, and things are getting better as they go along.

*Manitoba Moose players relive their favorite Star Wars moments prior to the team holding their Star Wars Night.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman sits down with new Florida Panthers head coach Tom Rowe to discuss the massive changes in that organization with the firing of Gerard Gallant.

*Good for Anders Nilson putting a rainbow decal on the back of his goalie to mask to support some gay friends that have faced public resistance in their lives.

*Bruce Garrioch has his weekly NHL notes with several players, including Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald, potentially on the trade block if anybody wants them.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson suffering a broken leg that will keep him out 6-8 weeks.

*There was no blood for the Vancouver Canucks fans, but there was still plenty of drama in a win over the Maple Leafs.

*For something completely different: The World Baseball Classic works for everybody except for Major League Baseball, and that would appear to be a problem.