Patriots not interested in trash talk


Patriots not interested in trash talk

INDIANAPOLIS -- Bill Belichick's teams don't usually play the trash-talking game. Though shots were fired from New York on Friday, the Patriots still wouldn't engage in it on Sunday night during the week's first media availibility period.

They barely even acknowledged that the Giants had spewed what might be perceived as bulletin-board material.

New York wide receiver Mario Manningham seemed to beg the Patriots to play utilityman Julian Edelman as a defensive back in Super Bowl XLVI, hoping to expose him. Giants defensive end Osi Umenyora said he hates Patriots tackle Matt Light.

Still, no reaction from New England.

"We hear it sometimes," said Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo. "But at the same time we always talk about ignoring the noise. We're focused on this game. They have a great team, great players. Whatever their opinion is, that's their opinion."

The Pats offensive line, and Logan Mankins in particular, are often the targets of trash talk -- both on and off the field. And while Mankins rarely shies away from a on-field confrontation, he didn't seem to be bothered when told that Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck has called New England's offensive line dirty.

"That's all right," Mankins said. "We don't mind being called dirty or cheap or any of that stuff. That's a compliment to us."

Tom Brady's remarks at the Patriots pep rally wouldn't normally be considered controversial, but they drew attention Sunday.

"We're going down there, and we're going down there for one reason," Brady said. "We're going to give it our best and hopefully we have a lot more people at our party next weekend."

Hardly a guarantee. Though during Super Bowl week, that kind of comment stirs things up because it's about as close as the Patriots will get to talking trash.

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.