Bruschi: Can't question Brady's drive to be best


Bruschi: Can't question Brady's drive to be best

FOXBORO -- Tedy Bruschi knows that Tom Brady still has that drive to be the best. How does the former Patriots linebacker know that? Not only does he currently see it on the field, but he also knows first-hand just how competitive Brady is.

In a conference call on Thursday, Bruschi told a soon-to-be legendary tale from the 2005 Pro Bowl, just a week after the Patriots had won their third Super Bowl in four years -- and their second straight.

But two in a row wasn't satisfying enough for Brady. Not even a week later, in Hawaii.

"It's never enough for him," said Bruschi. "And I think a lot of us were that way, early on. Myself, Troy Brown, Tom Brady, a lot of guys that people just didn't expect much from, that felt you always had something to prove, even when you had a lot of success achieved. It still wasn't enough.

"I remember, the only Pro Bowl that I played in, was after the Super Bowl against the Eagles. And we're waiting in the locker room -- all the Pro Bowl participants for the Patriots. So it was me, Adam Vinatieri, Larry Izzo, Brady.

"And, guys, seriously, we still had confetti in our pockets from the parade," added Bruschi. "The celebration and the euphoric feeling we had from the Super Bowl still was there. And before we went out to be introduced as the representatives of the Super Bowl champions -- the last introduction of the Pro Bowl -- we're there alone in the locker room, and Tom Brady looks at all of us and says, 'No one's ever won three in a row, guys.'

"And we all looked at him and said, 'C'mon Tom!' It was like, 'Take a break, take a little bit of a break and enjoy it.' I was sort of in disbelief that he was already there. He was already thinking about what was next."

New photos show Sandoval has lost weight


New photos show Sandoval has lost weight

The last time a bunch of pictures of Pablo Sandoval made headlines, it was not a good sign for the Red Sox. The latest batch isn’t so bad. 

Sandoval became the story of spring training this season when photos -- specifically a Boston Globe one of him throwing -- revealed he’d gained significant weight. The veteran third baseman was surpassed by Travis Shaw for the starting job and began the season as a bench player. 

After three regular-season games, Sandoval was put on the disabled list with a shoulder strain. He was then shut down for the season in May due to shoulder surgery. 

In a tweet and story posted by FC Barcelona, a smiling -- and noticeably thinner -- Sandoval could be seen attending the club’s final training session. 

Sandoval, 30, is entering the third season of a five-year, $95 million contract. In his lone full season in Boston, 2015, Sandoval hit .245/.292/.366 with 10 homers and 47 RBI.

Obama’s Super Bowl pick: Patriots over Seahawks, again


Obama’s Super Bowl pick: Patriots over Seahawks, again

Tom Brady didn’t go to the White House after the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory over the Seahawks, but the President thinks the Pats will be visiting 1600 Pensylvania Ave. again to be welcomed by President Trump (does that mean Brady goes?) or Clinton in the spring of 2017.

In an interview on Sirus/XM Radio with Sway Calloway, Obama sees a Pats-Seahawks rematch in Super Bowl 51. And if he were a betting man, he’d be going with New England, again. 

“I’ve got to say at this point, you have to put your money on Brady again,” Obama said. “I don’t see any strong teams. Seattle and Patriots have a rematch. That’s my call.”

Obama and the nation will get a preview of his pick on Week 10 at Gillette Stadium when the Pats host the Seahawks.

Oh, and the President likes the Golden State Warriors, particularly with the addition of Kevin Durant, to reclaim the NBA title.