Bruins thrill Patriots crowd with Cup

Bruins thrill Patriots crowd with Cup

By Mary Paoletti Staff Reporter Follow @mary_paoletti
FOXBORO -- Finally, that Gillette goal horn fit the moment.

In Foxboro they call it the "fog horn;" it blares from the stadium's lighthouse to signal Patriots success and get the crowd worked up. But most New England fans recognize it as the Boston Bruins' trademark horn that rings true every time the team scores.

Which is why it was perfect for Week 5.

The 2011 Stanley Cup champions showed off their hardware before the Patriots-Jets game Sunday evening. The team ran out from the tunnel and out to the 50-yard line to a thunderous ovation. Goalie Tim Thomas and defenseman Zdeno Chara were named honorary Patriots captains for the day. Understandably so. Thomas, the NHL's Vezina Trophy winner and fan favorite, amped up the energy with his solo entrance. When Chara, Bruins captain, came out with the Cup and raised it aloft, Patriots fans -- already roiling before this AFC East rivalry game -- went into a full frenzy.

It's not every day you see Lord Stanley's mug at midfield for the coin toss, after all.

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How will Jacoby Brissett's development effect decision to trade or keep Jimmy Garoppolo?


How will Jacoby Brissett's development effect decision to trade or keep Jimmy Garoppolo?

In this week's episode of "Quick Slants The Podcast" presented by Papa Gino's, Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss Patriots players and coaches that could be either coming or going. Also, former offensive lineman and current sports radio host Rich Ohrnberger is this week's guest to talk about his years with the team, including some great stories on O-Line coach Dante Scarnecchia.

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Here's this week's rundown:

  • (3:10) Can Cyrus Jones recover next year, and does he need to with the potential loss of Logan Ryan?
  • (9:54) What to expect the end result to be for free-agent Dont'a Hightower. Is the franchise tag acceptable for both parties?
  • (20:30) Is Jimmy Garoppolo here to stay...(25:30) and how does Jacoby Brissett's development answer that question.
  • (30:58) The loss of tight end coach Brian Daboll to Alabama
  • (42:28) Interview with Rich Ohrnberger
  • (1:04:22) Michigan's Jabrill Peppers on the Patriots draft board

Kraft won't hold a grudge over Deflategate, but he also won't forget it

Kraft won't hold a grudge over Deflategate, but he also won't forget it

Haters gonna hate. Robert Kraft knows that, and he's not going to hold a grudge because of it. But he won't forget, either.

The New England Patriots owner appeared on the latest episode of HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" for an interview with Andrea Kremer that aired Tuesday night, and he was as candid as any member of the organization has been throughout the Deflategate saga.

“I really don’t hold grudges,” Kraft admitted in the interview, per WEEI. “I mean, I remember everything, but I move on . . . Envy and jealousy are incurable diseases. The haters still hate. And I understand it, and we’ll do our best to keep them in that position.”

And while Kraft isn't holding grudges, he still recognizes the negative impact the controversy left on Tom Brady's pristine reputation.

“He’s just not the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL,” Kraft began. “He’s an amazing human being. And is genuine. And as nice as everybody thinks he is, he’s nicer. And to see anyone attack him as an individual or his integrity. And that just wasn’t fair.”