Do you want Gronk to get the cover?

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Do you want Gronk to get the cover?

In my last post, I suggested that Bill Belichick isn't so psyched about Rob Gronkowski's campaign for the cover of Madden '13.

I have no inside information on this, except that we're talking about Bill Belichick. And I'm not saying that he's actually pissed about Gronk wanting to be on the cover or his desire to have a conspicuous off-season, but you know that BB lets out pained little sigh every time Gronkowski pops up somewhere. Whether it's on SportsCenter with Darrelle Revis, a dance floor in Aruba with a 16 year old or the drive thru at Dunkin Donuts with Carolyn Manno.

But when it comes to Madden, here's the question for Pats fans:

Do you want Gronk on the cover?

I guess it depends how superstitious you are, but the way I see the Pats don't need anymore bad voodoo this season. They're already up against the curse of the Super Bowl runner-up, which has softened a little the last three seasons with the Colts, Steelers and Cardinals all making the playoffs the year after losing in the Big Game, but the curse still stands as such:

Not since the Bills lost four straight Super Bowls in the early 90's has the runner up made it back to the Super Bowl the following season. That's 18 years. That's pretty significant.

Not to mention, isn't this whole Gronk thing a little too good to be true as it is? The kid's 22-years-old, just had the greatest season for a tight end in NFL history, and has at least three more seasons of playing catch with an all-time great quarterback.

There's really no precedent for what we're about to witness with Rob Gronkowski, so if it was up to me, we'd give the Madden Curse to someone else, and let Gronk focus on his 5,000 other hobbies.

In closing: Vote for Revis!

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Scott's taste of big-league life with Red Sox has him hungering for more

Scott's taste of big-league life with Red Sox has him hungering for more

CHESNUT HILL -- The Red Sox Rookie Development Program is designed to help young players prepare for what playing at the major-league level is like,. That can be valuable for a prospect like Rafael Devers, who hasn’t even made it to Double-A.

But of the eight-man cast at the workout this year, there’s one guy who actually has major-league experience.

Robby Scott joined the Red Sox as a September call-up last season and turned some heads, holding opponents scoreless over six innings of work.

Now the lefty is back working with younger guys to prepare himself for spring training -- something he’s itching to get started.

“It’s one thing that we always talk about,” the left-handed reliever told CSNNE.com “It’s a tough road to get there, but it’s an even tougher and harder road to stay there. And having that taste in September last year was incredible to be a part of it.”

That taste Scott had last fall has only made the desire to rejoin Boston greater.

“Yeah, because now you know what it’s like,” Scott said CSNNE.com. “You see it and you’re there and you’re a part of it. And it’s like, ‘Man, I wanna be there.’ You’re a little bit more hungry.”

And his hunger to pitch with the Red Sox only becomes greater at an event like this where he’s the only one with MLB time.

“They ask on a consistent basis,” Scott started, “ ‘What’s it like?’ ‘What was it like getting there the first day?’ ‘How did the guys react?’ ‘What was it like dealing with the media?’

“That’s what this program is here for, just to kind of gives these guys a little taste of what it is like and get familiar with the circumstances.

While the experience and constant discussion invites players to try to do more in the offseason or change their routine, the 27-year-old has stayed the course, trusting what’s gotten him there.

“The offseason training stays the same, nothing really changes on that side of things,” Scott said. “Nothing changes. Go about my business the way I have the last six, seven years.”

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering if the Bruins are ever going to poop, or get off the pot.
 
*John Tortorella wants everybody to know that he thinks there isn’t a chance that Lebron James could play hockey.
 
*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Toucher and Rich this morning about whether or not Claude Julien should be fired after back-to-back bad losses against the Islanders and Red Wings.
 
*How did Shane Doan arrive at an unhappy place with the Arizona Coyotes where he now is open to moving elsewhere ahead of the trade deadline?
 
*Henrik Lundqvist’s season is entering a crisis level based on what he’s done, and the diminished performance level he’s showing as a more mature goaltender.
 
*A nice piece with a Canadian hockey hero, Hayley Wickenheiser, who recounts some of the legendary moments of her career through a series of pictures.
 
*I totally respect the work that Travis Yost does, but stating the Bruins should stick with Claude Julien because their shooting percentage is bound to turn around isn’t good enough grounds to keep a floundering situation intact, in my opinion. You need to check where the shots are coming from and how many of those shot attempts are completely missing the net to get a better grasp on some of the reasons behind Boston’s dreadful 10-year low shooting percentage. That would also explain some of the reason why Julien needs to be replaced coaching a team that’s largely content on perimeter shots to do it for them while also only sporadically showing the effort required from a middle class talent type of team.

*The Lightning are struggling at Joe Namath levels right now without Steve Stamkos in their lineup, and they need that to change.
 
*For something completely different: congrats to the Boston boys in New Edition for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.