What's soft but tougher than Joe Thornton?

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What's soft but tougher than Joe Thornton?

By Justin Aucoin
WickedGoodSports.com

Not often does one see San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton say something worth quoting. Yet he let his frustration show after the Sharks lost to the New York Rangers 5-2 the other night:

"To be honest with you, they were probably the softest team we played against on this road trip."

The other teams they played on the road trip: Devils, Bruins, Predators, Red Wings and the Islanders. The Sharks won all those games. Clearly going 5 for 6 on a long road trip all over North America is horrible.

We can only imagine that Joe was actually referring to the new cashmere sweater Sean Avery will be sporting now that hes been recalled from the AHL. Regardless, the ever-quotable and easily riled-up Rangers coach John Tortorella fired back:

Joe's a heck of a player, but here's a player popping off about our team, and Joe hasn't won a goddamn thing in this league. He could go down as a player, being one of the better players in our league never to win anything. So what he should do is just shut up. It was uncalled for, it was classless, and I've never had it happen like that before."

Aside from the overused classless phrase that gets thrown around way too much, Tort makes a legit point. Joe Thornton has never won anything. Ever.

Oops.

Of course, Tort meant Stanley Cups. Tort has one; Thornton has none. Using that as a measuring stick for whos tougher is the hockey equivalent of whipping it out to see whos manlier.

Still, Thornton has been notorious for disappearing from the playoffs all together. Nothings tougher than the Stanley Cup Playoffs so if Thornton wants to talk softness he probably should take a gander in the mirror first.

So whats soft but still tougher than Joe Thornton?

Snuggle the Bear.

That crazy Britney Spears kid. Whoa boy.

Ricky Glass DiPietro

Bulldog puppies.

A Sedin twin.

These two cake-sharing goons.

The Montreal Canadiens err the Smurfs.

The New England Patriots secondary. Too soon?

This Patrice Bergeron goal.

Clouds.

Phil Kessel.

OK, that last one might be a bit of a stretch. Kessels costume does look super soft.

Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

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Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

FOXBORO -- The Patriots will head into Sunday's AFC title game with seven players listed as questionable, including three receivers. 

Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell and Chris Hogan have all been limited in practices this week due to their injuries. Amendola has been dealing with an ankle issue since a Week 13 win over the Rams, while Mitchell has not played since injuring his knee in Week 16 against the Jets. Hogan suffered a thigh injury against the Texans and left the game in the third quarter.

Both Hogan and Mitchell indicated this week that they were moving in the right direction in terms of their recoveries. One would think that the Patriots would need at least one, if not both, to help stress the back end of the Steelers secondary this weekend.

Hogan has been the team's most consistent down-the-field threat this season, averaging a whopping 17.9 yards per catch during the regular season. Against the Texans, before his injury, he reeled in four passes for 95 yards. 

Mitchell, meanwhile, had a very productive second half of his rookie season before he was hurt. He compiled 25 catches for 306 yards between Weeks 11 and 16, establishing himself as one of Tom Brady's go-to targets. 

The overall health of the Patriots receiving corps -- which will also include Julian Edelman and Michael Floyd -- will bear watching when the Patriots and Steelers kick off in two days.

The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Steelers game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

QUESTIONABLE
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (knee)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder)
WR Chris Hogan (thigh)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
DL Jabaal Sheard (knee)

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

QUESTIONABLE
TE Ladarius Green (concussion/illness)
LB James Harrison (shoulder/triceps)
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion)

NOT LISTED
RB Le'Veon Bell (not injury related)
K Chris Boswell (illness)
LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle)
S Sean Davis (shoulder)
C B.J. Finney (illness)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bay (illness)
DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle)
QB Zach Mettenberger (illness)
S Michael Mitchell (not injury related)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related)
LB Vince Williams (shoulder)