Familiarity with facilities prompted Patriots to stay in States

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Familiarity with facilities prompted Patriots to stay in States

FOXBORO -- What's more beneficial, arriving in London early and practicing all week overseas, or practicing and preparing all week in your own building before making the long trip?

The Patriots and Rams have preferred different strategies, entering their Week 8 game in Europe.

On Wednesday, St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher talked about his reasoning for traveling on Monday. On Thursday, New England coach Bill Belichick chimed in about why he decided to wait until Thursday to leave for London.

"We talked about leaving Monday," said Belichick before Thursday's practice at Gillette Stadium. "We felt like there was probably an advantage to leaving Monday. But the drawback is, moving all your stuff out there. And we felt like we had a good week here with all our film, all our treatment, all our familiarity we have with what we're doing. We felt like we could get a good week of preparation in at this end, and then make the travel adjustment on Friday, and have a normal Saturday and Sunday out there.

"I'm sure probably either one could work. It was our preference. Had it gone the other way, we'd still be ready to play. We did what we felt was best."

Gronk: 'Can't wait to compete again and play ball'

Gronk: 'Can't wait to compete again and play ball'

Rob Gronkowski's been having more than his share of fun this offseason, based off what we've seen on social media, but he sent out a Tweet Sunday night that makes it sound as if he can't wait for training camp to begin.

Gronkowski played in only eight games in 2016 because of back issues that eventually required surgery, and missed all of the Patriots' run to the Super Bowl championship.

Of course, if you check Gronk's timeline beneath his 'I-can't-wait-to-start-playing-again' Tweet, you'll find a) a couple of hypes for his new show MVP, b) a re-Tweet in which he's helping Mojo Rawley get ready for Wrestlemania, and c) quasi-ads for the various products he endorses.

Merloni: Pablo Sandoval is the key to the bottom of Red Sox order

Merloni: Pablo Sandoval is the key to the bottom of Red Sox order

The guys on The Baseball Show discuss Pablo Sandoval lighting it up in spring training and if he could continue that in the regular season.