Belichick refuses to comment on Marino's record

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Belichick refuses to comment on Marino's record

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady tried to defer the question to his coach, Bill Belichick, on Wednesday.

The topic was Dan Marino's single-season passing record, which was broken by Drew Brees on Monday night. Brees' final pass of the game helped him leap-frog Marino's 5,084 passing yards. He now holds the record with 5,087.

With one week remaining in the regular season, both Brady (4,897) and Aaron Rodgers (4,643) will also have a legitimate chance to surpass Marino, who held the record since 1984.

When Brady was asked about why -- after nearly 30 years -- Marino's record could be broken by three different quarterbacks in one season, the Patriots' quarterback said, "You'll have to ask Bill about that."

Belichick spoke moments before Brady, and he was asked several times.

"I think it's all a function of execution," said Belichick.

That was his best answer.

Then, when asked if Marino would throw for more than 5,084 yards in a single season if he played now, with the current NFL rules, Belichick responded with, "If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, then every day would be Christmas. I don't know. I have no idea."

Belichick was then asked again.

"Those rules have been in place for 15 years," he said. "Talk to the people who make the rules. They do all those studies. Trust me, they do all those studies, and they know how long each game was in every year it was played, the amount of time, the amount of penalties, the amount of yardage, the amount of rushing yardage, the yards per carry, yards per completion. All that is studied very thoroughly by people who are a lot smarter than I am. So, I mean, I don't really know. I'm just trying to get our team ready for Buffalo.

"I'm not trying to solve all the world's problems in the passing game. I'm just trying to solve ours against Buffalo."

And he was asked again.

"It's a great story," said Belichick. "The last time I watched Marino throw, I don't know when that was. I'm just trying to concentrate on Buffalo."

When another reporter pressed the issue and told him the game is different now than it was when Marino played, Belichick said, "If that's what you want to write, go ahead."

"I'm just trying to get ready for Buffalo," added Belichick. "I'm not trying to analyze the passing game for the last 20 years. That's for people a lot smarter than me, like you guys."

At the half: Sixers applying pressure early and often against the Celtics

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At the half: Sixers applying pressure early and often against the Celtics

The Celtics are getting more than they bargained for against the Philadelphia 76ers who are once again, record-wise, among the worst teams in the NBA.

They didn’t look like it in the first half which ended with the Celtics trailing the Sixers 53-45.

Boston came into the game having won its last four road games. And they did so by playing solid defense, something that has been noticeably absent in the first half.

Philadelphia came into the game as one of the NBA’s better 3-point shooting teams and has lived up to the lofty ranking.

In the first half Philadelphia made nine of its 18 three-point attempts while the Celtics are way, way, way at the other end of the 3-point shooting spectrum while missing eight of their 11 3s with Isaiah Thomas making a pair with the lone other made 3-pointer coming from Marcus Smart.

The defense struggled, the offense never had any kind of flow and not surprisingly, the Celtics found themselves playing from behind most of the first half.

Here are the first half stars from Saturday’s game.

STARS

Sergio Rodriguez: His playmaking was solid as usual, but it was Rodriguez getting it going with his jumper that really produced surprisingly strong results for the Sixers. He had 11 points, four assists and a steal in the first half.

Isaiah Thomas: Playing his game which is shooting and attacking the rim, Thomas was Boston’s lone double-digit scorer in the first half with 15 points which is tops among all players.

STUDS

Dario Saric: It was a solid first half as Saric contributed both on the boards and the scoreboard. He had 10 points in the first half along with five rebounds.

Gerald Henderson: Henderson had one of those high efficiency-type games with 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting.

DUDS

Celtics 3-point shooting: It was a miserable first half for a team that has been among the NBA’s leaders in 3-pointers made and taken this season. At the half, Boston has shot 2-for-10 on 3's.

Celtics defense: Boston has shown little to no signs of providing the kind of push-back they’ll need in order to leave Philly with a win. In addition to allowing Philadelphia to shoot 47.4 percent from the field, Boston also allowed the Sixers to knock down nine 3's.

Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

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Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.

Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.

In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game: