Ex-Chief Waters considers blowout etiquette

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Ex-Chief Waters considers blowout etiquette

FOXBORO - When the Patriots took possession of the ball for the final time Monday night, they had a 27-3 lead over the Chiefs and there was 6:32 remaining in the game. Best case scenario for everyone? The Patriots wind down the clock and are merely taking knees and shaking hands as the seconds tick away. But it's bad form to roll over and Chiefs coach Todd Haley did what he had to do, spending his timeouts one by one until he was out of them with 3:39 remaining. During that span - and after - the Patriots ran the ball nine straight times. But facing third-and-goal from the Chiefs' 1 with 1:14 left, the Patriots threw a quick slant to Aaron Hernandez for a touchdown. In the press box and on Twitter there was cluck-clucking and tsk-tsking. Was the throw in bad form?A penalty wiped out the touchdown and the Patriots soon faced fourth-and-goal from the 4 with 1:06 left. They handed off to rookie Shane Vereen, who scored his first NFL touchdown. More clucking. More tsking. Why not kick a field goal? Or take a knee?In the past, Belichick has explained that kicking field goals in the waning moments of blowouts is more insulting than just running plays on fourth down. At least the defense has a chance to turn the offense away without further scoring, he's explained. Haley is forever looking for slights and breaches of the unwritten rules of football. Last season, he got miffed at Josh McDaniels for some infraction. But there was no postgame agitation between Bill Belichick and Haley. They shook hands and off they went. I asked former Chief and current Patriot Brian Waters if, in general, he had a feeling for end-game blowout etiquette. "Oh boy," he answered. "Well, I think everything's based off of what other people do. It's 60 minutes. We're all paid to play 60 minutes so, hey, you know . . . I know where you're going with this, but hey man, it's the game."A lot of times coaches have a different mentality than players do," Waters explained. "As players, we want to make sure nobody gets hurt, but part of that is making sure you're going full speed and not take anything for granted. You got to do your job. When you start going half speed and other people are going full speed that's when you get hurt. If the play's called, you go full blast. And if they get their feelings hurt, sucks to be them."

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Rask skates, expected to play tonight vs. Red Wings

Rask skates, expected to play tonight vs. Red Wings

BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins held an optional morning skate on Tuesday morning at Warrior Ice Arena with little more than a handful of B’s players skating, but the most important player to Boston success, Tuukka Rask, was taking part after missing practice on Monday.

Rask missed Monday’s practice session while getting checked out medically following his exit from Sunday’s loss to Pittsburgh due to vision issues. He said on Tuesday that it was all related to migraines that have cropped up a couple of times in his NHL career. The Bruins No. 1 netminder also said he was good to play on Tuesday night against the Red Wings with just a couple of home games left until this weekend’s All-Star break.

That was the kind of good news embattled coach Claude Julien was looking for as Boston looks to end its season-worst, four-game losing streak.

“We’ve got good news so far, so that’s nice to see,” Julien said of Rask, who has started 13 of Boston’s past 14 games dating to a Dec. 27 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. “Obviously it was because of the migraines, so hopefully we won’t see much more of that.”

In other Black and Gold health news, both Colin Miller and Kevan Miller have been cleared to play, and are expected to rejoin the B’s lineup with John-Michael Liles and Joe Morrow headed for healthy scratches. Here are the projected Bruins line combos and D-pairings as the Red Wings arrive for a divisional tilt after a shootout loss for Boston last week at Joe Louis Arena:

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

Vatrano-Krejci-Backes

Schaller-Nash-Beleskey

Spooner-Moore-Hayes

 
Chara-Carlo

Krug-McQuaid

K. Miller-C. Miller


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