LT: I don't hate Patriots


LT: I don't hate Patriots

LaDainian Tomlinson has never been shy about expressing his distaste for the Patriots. Calling them classless after the Pats eliminated his San Diego team from the 2006 AFC playoffs, saying that cheating was their modus operandi after Spygate broke in 2007 . . . he hasn't had too many good things to say about them over the years.
But, despite repeated attempts by Dan Patrick, he wouldn't say anything bad about them on Monday.
"No, I don't hate them," Tomlinson said on 'The Dan Patrick Show' when asked the inevitable question. "When we're between the lines . . . they were the team that always kept my teams from getting to where we wanted to go and win a championship."
He wouldn't go so far as to say he'd play for them, though. When asked if he'd go to New England if offered a one-year deal, he hemmed and hawed and finally said: "Obviously, I would be tempted because Tom Brady is there and I would love to play with him. But I just think it probably, at this point, would be a stretch."
This new lovefest only goes so far, though. He's picking the Giants to win the Super Bowl.

Fridays' Patriots-Ravens practice report: Richards returns to the field

Fridays' Patriots-Ravens practice report: Richards returns to the field

Friday's practice participation/injury report for Monday night's Patriots-Ravens game:


WR Danny Amendola (ankle)

TE Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder)
DB Jordan Richards (knee)
LB Elandon Roberts (hamstring)
DB Eric Rowe (hamstring)
WR/SpT Matthew Slater (foot)


TE Crockett Gilmore (thigh)
LB Terrell Suggs (not injury related)
RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (thigh)
C Jeremy Zuttah (not injury related)

G Alex Lewis (ankle)

G Marshal Yanda (shoulder)

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball.