Munchak applauds O'Brien's work at Penn State

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Munchak applauds O'Brien's work at Penn State

FOXBORO -- Last December, the first choice of many Penn Staters to save their embattled program was Mike Munchak. The former Nittany Lion said he was flattered by the interest. Reports at the time stated that Munchak wrestled with the decision but his decision to stay in Tennessee was firm. Wednesday, he spoke about the man who ultimately got the job, former Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien. "He stepped into a really very tough situation and from everything I heard and the people that are close to Penn State they think he's done a great job of holding them together in a very tough situation obviously," Munchak said on a conference call while getting his team prepared for the opener against the Patriots.
"I'm sure no one was aware of the sanctions and what was going to happen and how hard his job was actually going to become," he said. "It got worse probably than anyone expected I think from what I've heard."What's impressed Munchak -- andmost observers -- is the solidarity O'Brien's been able to foster.

"I talked to him initially when he first got the job, we talked a little bit on the phone, and I was excited for him, just knowing his background I thought he'd be a great fit as he has been for Penn State and what he could bring to the program going forward," Munchak explained. "I think you could see that from right here how the players have responded to him, and the alumni . . . a lot of the players I know that have been up there are very impressed with how he's handled a very, very tough situation. "I thought he did a nice job of holding the meetings and having the past letter men be part of stuff and he'd listen to what they had to say," Munchak added. "I think he handled a tough situation very well. Unfortunately we would have loved to see them win last weekend. Heck, they started off 14-3 I thought they were going to have a big day but there will be better days coming forward. We're all looking forward to Penn State making a big rebound and I'm sure he'll be a big part of that if that happens."

Police report values Brady's stolen jersey at $500,000

Police report values Brady's stolen jersey at $500,000

TMZ got a hold of the Houston Police Department’s report for the theft of Tom Brady’s Super Bowl LI jersey. In it, Brady’s jersey, which went missing in the locker room following the Patriots’ comeback win over the Falcons, is valued at $500,000. 

Some highlights from the police report:

- The item is listed as a “Shirt/Blouse/T-Shirt.” 

- The theft is marked as not being a hate crime. 

- Maybe this was filled out in a rush, but there were some real struggles with apostrophes. Twice in the summary, the Patriots are referred to as “the Patriot’s.” In the second occurrence, “Patriots’” is written as “Patriot’s.” Weird. 

Following is the summary and below is the report, per TMZ:  

On 2/05/17, the City of Houston hosted Super Bowl LI in the NRG Stadium. Shortly after winning the game, New England Patriot’s quarterback Tom Brady noticed his game jersey missing from his locker in the Patriot’s designated locker room. 

Belichick changes the name of his boat to 'VII Rings'

Belichick changes the name of his boat to 'VII Rings'

That didn't take long. A couple weeks after his team beat the Falcons in Super Bowl LI, Bill Belichick's boat was spotted bearing the name "VII Rings."

Belichick rode around in "V Rings" in the years after the Patriots beat the Eagles in the Super Bowl since by that point he'd racked up three titles with the Patriots and two with the Giants as defensive coordinator. When the Patriots beat the Seahawks two years ago, he moved on to "VI Rings."

Belichick recently donated a 24' Grady White vessel to Sail Newport, a Rhode Island non-profit, for use "as a support and safety vessel for all of our instructional programs and regattas," said Brad Read, executive director of Sail Newport. But Belichick has "VII Rings" to help him enjoy whatever days off he's afforded himself before he gets started on his preparations for 2017.