Take your Pick: Brady or Luck?

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Take your Pick: Brady or Luck?

The guys on Sports Tonight play another round of Take Your Pick.

Tonight's menu includes:

Who has the better day on Sunday: Tom Brady or Andrew Luck?

Brady is one of the most prolific quarterbacks in NFL history and for many, there's no reason to even consider the question. Brady has the history, skills, weapons and ability to do anything he wants. But both quarterbacks are going against bad opposing defense (Colts have the 14th-ranked pass defense and the Patriots are 26th) so there could be fireworks on both sides. 

Who's having more second thoughts about his current job: Tim Tebow or John Farrell?

John Farrell may look back and wish he had the kind of talent that Toronto now boasts, but he wanted to come the Red Sox. This was the 'dream job.' The Red Sox have a boatload of cash to spend so Farrell will get his shiny new additions. For Tim Tebow, he's questioned at best and eviscerated at worst (by his own teammates) and is on a team that's sliding into the abyss. It's hard to find any reason to be optimistic about his prospects in New York.

When we look back on the season, who will be the better addition to the Pats defense: Chandler Jones or Aqib Talib?

Unanimous decision here for Jones. He has the potential to be a franchise player and in his rookie campaign is being compared to Richard Seymour. The best part is that Jones is still learning so there's reason to believe he could be a real game-changer for the Patriots. Talib on the other hand could prove to be nothing more than a 7-game rental.

For the rest of the Take Your Pick questions, check out the video above.

Bruce Cassidy: Bruins 'have got to have a stronger mental capacity' in times of adversity

Bruce Cassidy: Bruins 'have got to have a stronger mental capacity' in times of adversity

BOSTON – While there were some warning signs over the last few weeks that the Bruins might be getting away from their game, it didn’t really hit home until Thursday night’s frustrating loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

The Bruins blew through three different one-goal leads in the second period in the 6-3 loss to the Bolts at TD Garden, and each time surrendered a tying goal to Tampa in less than two minutes after initially scoring. It was a clear indicator that the Bruins weren’t fully focused on the task at hand despite having already lost three games in a row, and that their ability to bounce back from adversity is going away from them again. 

That much was obvious when the bottom dropped out in the third period, and Jonathan Drouin and Nikita Kucherov turned into a two-man Lightning wrecking crew outscoring the Bruins by a 3-0 margin in the final 20 minutes. 

“I think the frustration is more in-game, where we’ve got to have a stronger mental capacity to handle those [challenging] situations in-game. Let’s face it, when you get on a bit of a losing streak, all those things creep in, whether it’s in October or whether it’s in March,” said Bruce Cassidy. “You have doubts, you start pressing, and again, it’s my job to alleviate the kind of attention in those situations.

“But, as I told you, we all have to be accountable and be responsible for ourselves, and that’s where we just need to have better focus and better discipline in those areas. It was there when it was 3-3 [on the scoreboard]. We’ve got to push back after they score, and that’s where I thought we started to come apart a little bit where we should’ve stuck together and stuck with the program. [We needed to] get ourselves slowly back into the game. We had 10 minutes to even the score, and we weren’t able to do it.”

Clearly this wasn’t just the coach alone in his pointed observations, however, as the lack of focus showed unfortunately in a rudderless second period for the Black and Gold where they couldn’t gain any separation from Tampa Bay despite scoring three goals. 

“[It’s] not being focused, not being sharp, and obviously at this time of the year it’s unacceptable, and it’s up on us to be better,” said Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. “Those kinds of situations shouldn’t happen. So, for sure, we need to address those things and hold each other accountable.”

One thing is clear: The Bruins have a lot of work to do if they hope to avoid the same kind of late season tailspin that doomed them each of the last two seasons, and already seems to be happening over their last four losses to varying levels of hockey talent. 

Talking points: Tuukka Rask wasn't good enough vs. Lightning

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Talking points: Tuukka Rask wasn't good enough vs. Lightning

Here are the talking points from the Boston Bruins' 6-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.