For McCourty brothers, bragging rights up for grabs

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For McCourty brothers, bragging rights up for grabs

FOXBOROThe McCourty Twins, Devin and Jason, do pretty much everything the same way.

They look the same. They act the same. They play the same sport and position. They share the same Twitter account. And they recently just bought their mom, Phyllis Harrell, a new house.

Heck, Devin and Jason McCourty could probably switch uniforms on Sunday and nobody would notice.

No doubt, Devin has heard plenty about the similarities between him and his brother over the last week of preparation before his Patriots and Jason's Titans face off on Sunday.

"I always thought we were kind of similar, but everyone keeps telling me that we're exactly the same on the field," Devin McCourty said on Wednesday. "So hearing all the offensive guys come up to me saying that, I guess we're more similar than I thought.

"Everyone keeps saying that not just the style, but exactly how we move, talking about just jogging on and off the field they say it looks exactly the same."

Everybody may be talking about them, but they aren't talking to each other at least not for the last week or so. It's all business for the two until the game is over.

"I actually told him to delete my number from his phone," McCourty said. "Not taking any of his text messages or phone calls this week. I'll probably start talking to him right after the game on Sunday."

Oh to be a fly on the wall for that postgame conversation. The twins have been a competitive pair since birth after all, one beat the other then, right? The battles between the two go way back. Not on the football field, where Devin says the two have never been on opposing sides, but on the basketball court.

"Yeah, probably the most competitive thing growing up was basketball," he said. "We would play for hours and just go at each other. Sometimes to the point where my mom had to come out and stop the game. Also, video games. That always got ugly."

As to who ruled the court, you can probably guess Devin's answer to that. Then again, he also claims he's Mama McCourty's favorite son.

"I would say she likes me more. I think it's just the way it was growing up, she's always had me as her favorite. I believe she's going to wear a half-and-half jersey, but rumor is she's going to wear a Patriots t-shirt under."

Patriots t-shirt or Titans t-shirt, you can bet the McCourty family is hoping for a nice, low scoring game. And when it's all over, the twins can get back to their brotherly love. No hard feelings, right, Devin?

"I wouldn't say that."

Gostkowski named AFC special teams player of week

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Gostkowski named AFC special teams player of week

FOXBORO -- It's been an uncharacteristically erratic season for Stephen Gostkowski, but on Sunday the Patriots Pro Bowl kicker was dialed in. And his four field-goal performance against Los Angeles earned him AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors. It is the second time this season and the fifth time in his career that Gostkowski has been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week, having also won the award after the first game of the season at Arizona. 

Gostkowski's missed four field goals so far this season. He hasn't missed four in a year since 2012 when he missed six field goals. He's also missed three extra points. While the Patriots were a little downcast about the inability of their offense to close out drives against the Rams, an ancillary benefit was undoubtedly Gostkowski having a day that should boost his confidence going forward. 

Belichick shares Pearl Harbor thoughts on 75th anniversary of the attack

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Belichick shares Pearl Harbor thoughts on 75th anniversary of the attack

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick's connection to the Navy has been well-chronicled in this space and others, and so it comes as little surprise that he gladly took the opportunity to discuss Pearl Harbor and its aftermath when given the opportunity during a press conference Wednesday, the 75th anniversary of the attack. 

"Yeah, pretty big day in our history," Belichick said. "Certainly in Naval history. But for me, the lesson on Pearl Harbor, and for us as a team and individually, I'd say, is not what happened on Dec. 7 -- although there was a lesson there -- but the response.

"What the response was from our nation, from our military, from our civilians, from our population, to battle the world on two fronts and win both of them. Think of what this country did under [President Franklin Delano] Roosevelt's leadership, as well as multiple military leaders, and then go fight in Europe and go fight in Southeast Asia and Japan, the response to what happened on Dec. 7, 1941 is pretty impressive.

"I remember my dad talking a lot about that, when it happened, when he found out, then when he went to the Navy and went to Great Lakes, and then eventually went to Europe and eventually went to Okinawa. It was a tough time for this country, but it was a great example of the Patriotism of our citizens, men, women, fighting together, pulling together and being victorious in a lot of different ways.

"It's special. Special day . . . Tough day for the Navy, though, but they responded. They bounced back. Battle of Midway, that was really a huge turning point. Had it not gone on the way it did. I don't know, it probably would've been a longer fight." 

Before delving into his response, Belichick mentioned that documentary filmmaker and former WJAR sports reporter Tim Gray, who once covered the Patriots, has done a great deal of work on World War II. Gray's latest documentary, "Remember Pearl Harbor," will debut on 125 PBS stations throughout the country today.