Darrelle Revis called Bill Belichick a "jerk" yesterday on SportsCenter, and there are at least two reasons why this shouldn't be a big deal.
1. If Belichick is a jerk, Revis is a loud mouth. A dude who never shies away from public controversy, whether he's calling out Randy Moss for a lack of effort or angrily hanging up on Mike Francesca. To be honest, it probably would have been a bigger shock if Revis went on ESPN and didn't say something stupid. So in a way, his jerk comment is almost soothing.
2. Belichick kind of is a jerk. Even as a Patriots fan, you have to admit that. If you played that same word association game with any NFL player, coach or fan on the planet, how many would say jerk when it came to Belichick? A lot, right? Whatever. It doesn't change the way we view him and will forever remember him here in New England.
Belichick's a jerk? To quote a guy, "It is what it is." And it's not a big deal, especially within the framework of one of the league's fiercest rivalries.
If you ask me, I doubt Belichick's nearly as upset with what Revis said as he with the fact that Rob Gronkowski was on camera with the cornerback to begin with. That Gronk's crusade for the cover of Madden '13 led to him fraternizing with the enemy on National TV. That said fraternization led to someone calling Belichick a jerk was just insult to injury.
That's not to say the Revis jab will go unnoticed by the coach. I don't think anyone will be surprised if Belichick has a little something for Revis (a la Derrick Mason) the next time the action brings him over by to the Patriots sidelines. But until then, I'm sure he's far more riled up by the non-stop media circus that has been Rob Gronkowski's offseason.
You know Belichick likes to keep tabs on his players, but he doesn't like it to be so easy.
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Celtics fans aren’t the only ones thinking of ways Kyrie Irving could end up in Boston.
Even though it would be hard to imagine last season’s No. 2 seed in the East trading one of the best players in the league to last season’s No. 1 seed in the East, ESPN’s Zach Lowe wrote Monday that the Celtics have indeed called the Cavs about the 25-year-old point guard.
Most teams, including the asset-rich Celtics, have placed the obligatory call letting Cleveland know they would like to be kept in the loop, sources say. Boston could offer Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and one of their golden picks -- Brooklyn's pick next season, or the Lakers/Kings pick they got from Philly in the Markelle Fultz deal. It's unclear if they would dangle all of that, but those picks could represent the young stud Cleveland needs. Regardless, a deal between the East's two best teams seems unlikely.
While nobody’s counting on Irving joining the Celtics, a trade of Irving elsewhere could still swing the balance in the East in Boston’s favor depending on what Cleveland gets back. Irving reportedly requested a trade from Cleveland earlier this month.
The figures and briefs are in for the Bruins and Ryan Spooner for their arbitration hearing Wednesday, but both sides are still hoping that a deal can be reached prior to it. The Bruins have submitted a one-year contract offer for $2 million. Spooner’s camp countered with $3.85 million, creating a sizeable gap of almost $2 million between the two.
Spooner, 25, has averaged 12 goals and 44 points the past two seasons with the B’s, including 35 power-play points while working the half-wall for a Boston PP that’s been ranked seventh overall two seasons in a row.
Spooner is coming off a two-year contract worth $1.95 million and his is a complicated situation for the Black and Gold. Spooner holds significant value as a trade piece and has been an important part of a very effective power play, but he also finished the playoffs as a healthy scratch after going quietly the past few months of the season.
Spooner was one of the major pieces discussed in trade talks with the Minnesota Wild around the draft prior to the Wild shipping Marco Scandella to the Buffalo Sabres and he's been involved in trade discussions with several teams the past couple of years.
The Bruins have prospect Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson waiting in the wings if/when the B’s decided to spin Spooner to another team, but they also enjoy his speed and playmaking when he’s on his game. There’s clearly a scenario where the Bruins start the season with Spooner installed as their third-line center and perhaps explore more trade discussions while seeing if a full season under Bruce Cassidy can unlock his significant offensive potential.
If that's still in the plan, they’d be wise to come to an agreement and avoid the hearing Wednesday where they’d ostensibly be bad-mouthing a player they’d want back on their team. The Bruins have the right to walk away from Spooner should he be awarded the full $3.85 million by the arbiter. Still, it’s hard to believe they’d do that given that he’s a homegrown asset with trade value.
The feeling at this address is that there’s a deal to be made between the two sides for something around the $3 million mark. That’s something that would be worthwhile for the Bruins if they have any designs on continuing on with Spooner.