CSNNE Announces Expanded Football Coverage


CSNNE Announces Expanded Football Coverage

-- Michael Felger, Troy Brown, Ty Law, Tom Curran, Mike Giardi, Kevin Walsh and Damon Amendolara to headline Football Day in New England with Exclusive conversation with Wes Welker --

-- Five Additional Dedicated Weekly Shows to Return to Network, including Patriots Wednesday Live, Quick Slants, Patriots Football Weekly, New England Tailgate, and Patriots This Week --

BURLINGTON, MA, September 4, 2012 The NFL season is upon us and Comcast SportsNet will once again bring viewers the most comprehensive regional coverage of the New England Patriots all season long, including even more programming in 2012. In addition to the return of five weekly Patriots programs Patriots Wednesday Live, Quick Slants, Patriots Football Weekly, New England Tailgate and Patriots This Week the network for the first time will debut dedicated Pregame Live and Postgame Live shows on every Patriots gameday as part of Football Day in New England.

The new Football Day in New England presented by your New England Acura Dealers will begin with Pregame Live which will take place two hours immediately prior to every game, the only regional television program to do so. Pregame Live presented by Nissan will include a detailed preview of the days matchup and will be highly interactive with live Facebook, Twitter and CSNNE.com fan questions answered throughout the show. Postgame Live presented by Twin River Casino will also be an interactive platform for fans to weigh in on that days matchup and will run approximately 90-minutes immediately following the game. New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker will join Comcast SportsNet for exclusive post-game conversation during the program. The talent team will include Michael Felger as host along with expert offensive and defensive perspectives from analysts Ty Law and Troy Brown. Comcast SportsNets Tom E. Curran, Mike Giardi and Kevin Walsh will report from on-site at Gillette Stadium with additional contributions from CSNNE.coms Mary Paoletti. Damon Amendolara will join at the Web Desk and Michael Holley will host Sports Sunday during Football Day in New England on Sunday gamedays.

Comcast SportsNet will also stream a live and local halftime show during every game exclusively on CSNNE.com featuring participants from the Pre and Postgame crew.

Additional shows throughout the week include Patriots Wednesday Live presented by Comcast Business Class which will debut on Wednesday, September 5th and will air weekly throughout the season from Noon 1PM. The show provides exclusive coverage of the teams mid-week press conference with Patriots Coach Bill Belichick and Quarter Back Tom Brady and gives fans the first preview of the upcoming game.

Comcast SportsNet will also bring back New England Football Night presented by AT&T which will debut Thursday, September 6th and includes three exclusive 30-minute football programs.

Quick Slants presented by Nissan and hosted by CSNNEs Curran and Paoletti, begins at 7PM and is an interactive, high-energy and blunt discussion with fans and CSNNE talent.
Patriots Football Weekly follows at 7:30PM. Shot on-location from Gillette Stadium, thisshow delivers exclusive access from the writers who work on the inside for the Patriots weekly magazine Patriots Football Weekly.
New England Tailgate, which follows at 8PM, is in its 14th year, with the well-established team of Glenn Ordway and NFL veterans Fred Smerlas and Steve DeOssie.The show provides viewers with a review of the Patriots prior game, a preview of their upcoming opponent, predictions and bold commentary.

Patriots This Week will make its season debut on Friday, September 7th and will air weekly at 9:30PM through October and 12AM thereafter. The show is a no holds barred discussion with passionate debate and timely analysis from host Scott Zolak along with a rotating roster of former Patriots players.

In addition to the above dedicated football programs, Comcast SportsNet will also continue to offer fans in-depth coverage of the Patriots throughout the week as part of nightly news programs like Chevrolet SportsNet Central, UNOs Sports Tonight and Sports Sunday presented Dicks Sporting Goods. The network will also provide hours of dedicated coverage surrounding key NFL events like Thanksgiving Day 2012 (Patriots vs. Jets), Super Bowl, NFL Draft, and more.

Comcast SportsNet reaches more than 4 million households in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Comcast SportsNets programming includes the Boston Celtics, Chevrolet SportsNet Central, New England Revolution, Connecticut Sun, Unos Sports Tonight, Celtics Now, Sports Sunday, Quick Slants, The Baseball Show, New England Tailgate and more. CSNNE.com, the online home of Comcast SportsNet, provides continuous news, video and in-depth, up-to-the-minute coverage of New England sports. Comcast SportsNetNew England is owned and managed by Comcast Sports Group. Visit www.csnne.com for more information. Check local listings for the specific channel location for your area.

Patriots release DT Darius Kilgo, reportedly sign WR Griff Whalen

Patriots release DT Darius Kilgo, reportedly sign WR Griff Whalen

The New England Patriots have announced that they've released defensive tackle Darius Kilgo. 

The move creates an opening for wide receiver Griff Whalen, who they have reportedly signed to a one-year deal, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Kilgo, a sixth-round pick out of Maryland in 2015, did not make an appearance for the Patriots after being claimed off waivers from the Broncos last week. He played 81 snaps for Denver this season.

Whalen, 26, played in two games for San Diego in 2016 where he caught two passes for a total of 22 yards. 

The former Colts wideout is perhaps best remembered in New England for his part in Indianapolis' disastrous fake punt against the Patriots last season.




Thomas won’t play Friday night vs. Raptors

Thomas won’t play Friday night vs. Raptors

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Celtics are about to hit one of the toughest stretches of the season and they’ll have to do it for at least one more game without their leading scorer, Isaiah Thomas. 
Thomas, who suffered a right groin injury on Monday against the Houston Rockets, did not play on Wednesday against Orlando and said that he will not play in Friday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors. 
“It’s day to day. I want to play. I want to be out there but it’s the smart decision to hold out and wait until it’s 100 percent,” Thomas said during a Season of Giving event for children of the Military Friends Foundation held at the Celtics’ practice facility. “If it was a playoff game I would be out there for sure.”
However, after consulting with a number of medical personnel, Thomas decided the best thing for him and the Celtics was to sit out Friday’s game which, along with Wednesday in Orlando, will be the first two he has missed since the 2014-2015 season. 
Thomas said there’s no specific timetable for his return, but he said he is planning to travel with the team to Oklahoma City for their matchup against the Thunder on Sunday. 
“It’s eating me a live to sit, but I have to do what’s best for my body, I have to do what’s best for this team,” Thomas said. “I need to be 100 percent healthy to give this team what I can give them.”
The Celtics are hoping for similar success they had Wednesday in Orlando (a 117-87 victory) on Friday against Toronto.
“They played a hell of a game last night,” Thomas said. “They’ll be ready tomorrow.”
The fact that Thomas intends to travel with the team is a good sign that the groin injury isn’t too serious. 
If he doesn’t play at Oklahoma City, that likely means he’ll return to action on Wednesday at San Antonio. 
“I’m going to do what I can to get back out there on the court,” Thomas said. “I gotta be smart about this. I don’t want this to linger on this season.”
Replacing Smart in the lineup against Toronto will most likely be Marcus Smart. 
Smart, who has been a replacement starter at small forward and point guard this season, had 13 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals against the Magic.