Patriots gather to watch film 'The Fighter'


Patriots gather to watch film 'The Fighter'

By A. Sherrod Blakely Celtics Insider
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FOXBORO Bill Belichick had his team gather to watch some film Wednesday night . . . with a twist.

Instead of the usual set of shoulder-pad-wearing men running, pushing and hitting one another on the big screen, they got a chance to view a different set of characters.

Belichick and the Patriots gathered to watch the movie, "The Fighter," which is based on the life of local boxing legend Micky Ward.

Not only did the players get a chance to see the movie, but they also had a chance to meet Ward himself.

"We've been in camp for a long time; been watching a lot of film at night," Belichick said. "Practice film, opponent film. We decided to go to the movies, popcorn, candy out there, relax a little bit."

Belichick added, "Sometimes your team works hard, they deserve a break from the normal routine. They enjoyed it. It was a good night."

The movie was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It also won a pair of Oscars for Best Supporting Actor (Christian Bale who portrayed Micky's older brother, Dicky Eklund) and Best Supporting Actress (Melissa Leo who portrayed Alice Ward, Micky's mother).

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Cyrus Jones: 'I'll never take credit for something I don't feel I contributed to'

Cyrus Jones: 'I'll never take credit for something I don't feel I contributed to'

It was a tough rookie season for Cyrus Jones after being selected by the New England Patriots in the second round of the the 2016 NFL Draft.

Despite struggling in the return game all season and being inactive for the playoffs, Jones will forever the labeled as a "Super Bowl Champion" after his team's victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.

But you won't hear Jones bragging about the victory.

"I'll never take credit for something I don't feel I contributed to," Jones told Childs Walker of the The Baltimore Sun. "I was part of the team, but I didn't feel a part of it."

The 23-year-old rookie played in 10 games for the Patriots, seeing 147 snaps on defense. But his struggles in the return game were a talking point for most of the season after he came in with such high expectations as a returner out of Alabama. 

"Honestly, it was hell for me," he explained. "That's the only way I can describe it. I didn't feel I deserved to be part of anything that was happening with the team. I felt embarrassed that these people probably thought they wasted a pick on me."

Jones has already turned the page on his rookie season saying, there's "no such thing as an offseason" because he "didn't earn it."

Robert Kraft profiled on this week's 'Real Sports' on HBO

Robert Kraft profiled on this week's 'Real Sports' on HBO

Robert Kraft is a bit taken aback when he walks into a room at Gillette Stadium and sees the Patriots' five Lombardi trophies lined up.

"Wow. That's the first time I've seen five trophies there," he tells Andrea Kremer on HBO's "Real Sports" in a interview that will air as part of this week's episode Tuesday at 10 p.m.

"A lot of people have their big dreams and get knocked down and don't have things go their way," Kraft says, "And you never give up hope and you really just hold on to it. Hard work and perserverance. You just keep getting up and getting up and then you get that breakthrough. I think that's what happened in overtime down in Houston. And that's lessons in life that are good for anyone." 

Here's an excerpt: