Shaughnessy and Toucher on Gronk's off-field antics


Shaughnessy and Toucher on Gronk's off-field antics

Rob Gronkowski is at it again. Dancing, partying, doing wrestling moves on his brother with a broken arm.

Just Gronk being Gronk.

Gary Tanguay is joined by Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe and Fred Toucher of 98.5 to discuss Gronk's latest off-field moment.

"I do think - and I hate to say it because I seem like a pesky worry wart, but I do think that if you have a broken arm, and you broke it twice this season, frolicking around with your brothers and throwing weight on it probably isn't the best," Toucher said.

Shaughnessy doesn't see how it gets any better anytime soon.

"I don't see any hope for reigning this in," he said. "I don't know who could get to him. Teammates? Maybe Bill Belichick, but Bob Kraft is already on record saying that he wants to be Gronk in his next life. This is going to be great until it's not great."

Tanguay makes the point that Gronk is under contract with New England which means, in a way, they own him. There are things in that contract that specifically say what Gronk can and cannot do (probably should add no dancing shirtless and tackling people on stage), and there are repercussions if not followed.

But after all, it is Gronk - and well, everybody loves him.

"This reminds me of Manny Ramirez," Shaughnessy said. "His talent is so much, so great. He is beloved no matter what he does. He can basically do anything and the fans love the guy. Again, anything short of quitting, which is when the fans turned on Manny."

Freeman, Coleman lift Falcons past Saints, 45-32


Freeman, Coleman lift Falcons past Saints, 45-32

NEW ORLEANS - Devonta Freeman practically wore out the Superdome turf with one long gain after another, Tevin Coleman wouldn't be denied near the goal line and the New Orleans Saints hardly looked like the team that made an emotional homecoming nearly 10 years ago to the day.

Cheers turned to boos, and many fans filed out early.

Coleman rushed for three touchdowns, Matt Ryan passed for two TDs and Deion Jones returned an interception 90 yards for a score to help the Atlanta Falcons beat the winless New Orleans Saints 45-32 on Monday night.

"It was real fun. Everybody was doing their job and everybody was playing for each other," Coleman said. "Everything clicked, and we got it done. It's a real big win for us to beat this team here."

The game coincided with New Orleans' celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the Saints' memorable return to the Superdome on Sept. 25, 2006, 13 months after Hurricane Katrina. But there would be no reprise of New Orleans' dominant and emotional 23-3 triumph over Atlanta a decade ago.

The Saints' depleted defense struggled to slow Freeman, who rushed for 152 yards and caught five passes for 55 yards. Coleman also was effective in the passing game out of the backfield, with three receptions for 47 yards to go with his 42 yards rushing.

"We have to stop the run better," Saints coach Sean Payton said. "They were over 200 yards in situations where you knew the run was coming, even at the end of the game."

Ryan finished with 240 yards passing for Atlanta (2-1), which did not turn the ball over and moved into sole possession of first place in the NFC South.

Drew Brees put up his usual big numbers - 376 yards and three TDs passing - and hit tight end Coby Fleener seven times for 109 yards and a TD. But Brees' tipped pass that resulted in Jones' TD return early in the fourth quarter gave the Falcons a 45-25 lead that proved too much for New Orleans to overcome.