Curran: Relief, not rejoicing, at lockout's end

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Curran: Relief, not rejoicing, at lockout's end

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
FOXBORO - Who won? Who cares? Watching the cluster of media surround De Smith and Roger Goodell on a Washington sidewalk Monday to hear about the glorious end of the NFL Lockout, it was impossible for me to share fully in the revelry. Relief, yes. Rejoice? Yeah . . . ummm, no. Two sides figured out how to share the dough in an almost 10 billion business that's expected to keep on growing in future years. "It's about time . . ." seems more appropriate after 137 days of waiting for the lockout to end. They made a mess and cleaned it up. There was no noble cause that kicked this thing off. There was no giant wrong that needed righting. Players who earn more before their 25th birthdays than most people make in a lifetime of work can return to work. And the billionaires who locked them out so that their cash cow could keep spewing millions every time they squeezed a teat can rest well now. At least Patriots owner Robert Kraft had the wherewithal to begin his remarks Monday with an apology to the fans. And fans, players and fellow owners can go ahead and thank Kraft for being the one owner who -- throughout the process -- banged the drum to get a fair deal for both sides. With his wife in failing health, he kept on swinging that axe at the lockout tree trying to get a long-term deal created that would keep this ugliness out of our faces for the foreseeable future. Monday -- five days after Myra Kraft's death -- Robert was the first one to think of the fans instead of backslapping with the other owners. And when Colts center and NFLPA stalwart Jeff Saturday stepped forward to embrace a spent-looking Kraft and the little giant among American businessmen leaned his head on Saturday's chest it was hard to not feel a lump form in your throat. Who won? Both the owners and the players. And the fans? Well, I guess we can say they didn't lose too much. Except maybe patience and respect. Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Edelman says 'there was no maliciousness' to his Steelers comments

Edelman says 'there was no maliciousness' to his Steelers comments

It's funny how during a week like this one, a singularly ridiculous act -- such as Antonio Brown's live stream of the Steelers postgame locker room celebration last weekend -- can lead to a series of brush fires that pop up only to be peed on and put out. 

That was the case yesterday as a comment Julian Edelman made to WEEI earlier this week about Brown's Facebook Live video was spun as a sort of vicious burn directed at the Steelers franchise. 

"That's how that team is run," Edelman said, a comment that read as a more serious indictment than it actually sounded. "I personally don't think that would be something that would happen in our locker room, but hey, whatever. Some people like red and some people like blue. Some people like tulips and some people like roses. Whatever."

That led to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger being asked about Edelman's comments, and defending the honor of the Rooney family, during a press conference on Wednesday.

"I don’t think I need to speak much," Roethlisberger said. "We’ve got our trophies out there. I’ve got owners that I think are the best in the business. They’re family to us, and I’m sure if he talked to his owner, he would say the same thing about the Rooneys. Anybody in here in the football world or the regular world that owns the Rooneys knows what they stand for. It’s a blessing to call them a family."

And on and on it went. Later in the day, Edelman was asked about his comments during a conference call with Pittsburgh reporters.

So just in case you're keeping score, a Steelers player streamed a video of coach Mike Tomlin calling the Patriots "a-holes," which prompted a response from Edelman. That response prompted a response from Roethlisberger, whose response to the response then led to a response to the response to the response from Edelman.

Got it?

"Yeah, I mean I think it was taken out of context," Edelman said. "I have nothing but respect for the Pittsburgh Steelers. They’re an unbelievable franchise. It starts from the top with the Rooney Family, Coach Tomlin, I think they just mis[interpreted] – I mean, I don’t know, I may have said it, but I think more of that was that it’s not the way we would do it here. That’s just how that goes. There was no maliciousness about it, but it’s whatever. That’s what the media does, try to make stories."

Quick Slants Podcast: Antonio Brown’s betrayal; Matt Light; eyeing up Pittsburgh

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Quick Slants Podcast: Antonio Brown’s betrayal; Matt Light; eyeing up Pittsburgh

Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the aftermath of Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live video. Curran interview Matt Light ahead of the AFC Championship. They dissect the press conferences of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, and look at how to beat the Steelers.

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2:29 Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live aftermath

13:14 Stopping Le’Veon Bell

27:16 heywassyonumba? with Patrick Chung and Kyle Van Noy

32:30 Injury report updates for AFC Championship

36:51 Brady and Belichick’s press conferences

44:50 Matt Light interview