Welker's wild intro to Twitter

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Welker's wild intro to Twitter

FOXBORO -- Wes Welker joined Twitter on Tuesday. By Tuesday night, he'd gotten a taste of the social medium's power. Welker, who was at nearly 83,000 followers Wednesday afternoon and had about 60,000 on Tuesday, tweeted that he would be at the Whole Foods Store in Bellingham, Mass promoting Bonk Breaker energy bars, an item he promotes. Who showed up? Everybody. The line was so long that, even after signing autographs and shaking hands for two hours, Welker didn't get to greet everyone who showed up. Some people weren't happy. And, people being people, they related their tales of woe. One woman tweeted at Welker that her nephew was devastated because they waited for two hours in the cold and didn't get an autograph. (Teachable moment? Sure! "Waaaahhhh, where's mine!!!!)To his credit, Welker tweeted that woman's whine and apologized. "I tried to sign as much stuff as I could for those people but it was just too many," said Welker who seemed sincerely sorry as I spoke to him Wednesday afternoon. "I try. We just weren't prepared for that many. I still gotta rest and still gotta study and still gotta prepare for Miami and do those things." Chad Ochocinco convinced Welker to get on Twitter. Judging from Welker's good-natured nut-busting with teammates and promotion of Bonk Breakers he got the feel for it pretty quickly. Welker said he doesn't plan on going anywhere anytime soon. Anyone left out in the cold Tuesday should know that they'll still have a chance to see him around. "That's the hope. That's the plan."

Ravens safety Weddle was interested in joining Patriots before landing in Baltimore

Ravens safety Weddle was interested in joining Patriots before landing in Baltimore

FOXBORO – Back in March, Eric Weddle batted his eyes longingly at the Patriots. The two-time All-Pro safety’s time was done with the Chargers and he wanted to spend his NFL autumn with a team that had a chance to win it all. 

He didn’t land in New England, but he didn’t too badly, winding up with the usually competitive Ravens.  

On a Thursday conference call with New England media, Weddle confirmed that there was mutual interest expressed. 

“Obviously, I was interested,” he acknowledged. “I have nothing but high regard, respect and admiration – and envy, quite honestly – of the success of the New England Patriots over the years. Obviously, battling them in my career, it’s always been a great game. I love the way they play, love the foundation, love everything about it. It was definitely on my radar. There were talks both ways, it just didn’t end up [working out].”

The numbers massed at the position with Patrick Chung, Devin McCourty and Duron Harmon played a role in the two sides not being able to reach accord, according to Weddle. 

“I’m good buddies with Patrick Chung,” he said. “I grew up playing with him and Devin [McCourty] is one of the best to play, so I don’t know if it would have worked out personnel-wise. But obviously, I could have seen myself fitting in there seamlessly.”

Weddle’s New England attraction apparently wasn’t love that bloomed late in his career. Toward the end of his conference call, Weddle said, “I’m still wondering why they just didn’t draft me in ’07; I could have been still playing there now.”

As reporters puzzled for a moment trying to recall the 2007 first-rounder, Weddle chipped in with the answer: “[They took] Brandon Meriweather.”

Raiders' loss to Chiefs puts Patriots in AFC driver's seat

Raiders' loss to Chiefs puts Patriots in AFC driver's seat

FOXBORO - The Patriots got a desired outcome Thursday night when the Chiefs handed the Raiders their third loss of the season. 

The 21-13 loss dropped Oakland and KC into a tie atop the AFC West at 10-3 but the Chiefs, by virtue of beating Oakland twice this season, have the divisional tiebreaker. Oakland went from the top seed in the AFC to the fifth spot.

More importantly around here, the Patriots now are in position to win out and claim the AFC’s No. 1 seed. 

Prior to the Raiders loss, Oakland would have been the top seed if both they and the Patriots won out.  Now, the 10-2 Patriots have a leg up on the rest of the conference. The Raiders’ road stays tough. They are at San Diego and Denver and host the Colts. 

The Chiefs have a more favorable close to the season with home games against Tennessee and Denver before their season finale at San Diego. 

The Patriots’ road over the final four is no picnic though, beginning with the Ravens and at Denver before the last two hosting the Jets and traveling to Miami.