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CSNNE Announces Expanded Football Coverage

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CSNNE Announces Expanded Football Coverage

-- Michael Felger, Troy Brown, Ty Law, Tom Curran, Mike Giardi, Kevin Walsh and Damon Amendolara to headline Football Day in New England with Exclusive conversation with Wes Welker --

-- Five Additional Dedicated Weekly Shows to Return to Network, including Patriots Wednesday Live, Quick Slants, Patriots Football Weekly, New England Tailgate, and Patriots This Week --

BURLINGTON, MA, September 4, 2012 The NFL season is upon us and Comcast SportsNet will once again bring viewers the most comprehensive regional coverage of the New England Patriots all season long, including even more programming in 2012. In addition to the return of five weekly Patriots programs Patriots Wednesday Live, Quick Slants, Patriots Football Weekly, New England Tailgate and Patriots This Week the network for the first time will debut dedicated Pregame Live and Postgame Live shows on every Patriots gameday as part of Football Day in New England.

The new Football Day in New England presented by your New England Acura Dealers will begin with Pregame Live which will take place two hours immediately prior to every game, the only regional television program to do so. Pregame Live presented by Nissan will include a detailed preview of the days matchup and will be highly interactive with live Facebook, Twitter and CSNNE.com fan questions answered throughout the show. Postgame Live presented by Twin River Casino will also be an interactive platform for fans to weigh in on that days matchup and will run approximately 90-minutes immediately following the game. New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker will join Comcast SportsNet for exclusive post-game conversation during the program. The talent team will include Michael Felger as host along with expert offensive and defensive perspectives from analysts Ty Law and Troy Brown. Comcast SportsNets Tom E. Curran, Mike Giardi and Kevin Walsh will report from on-site at Gillette Stadium with additional contributions from CSNNE.coms Mary Paoletti. Damon Amendolara will join at the Web Desk and Michael Holley will host Sports Sunday during Football Day in New England on Sunday gamedays.

Comcast SportsNet will also stream a live and local halftime show during every game exclusively on CSNNE.com featuring participants from the Pre and Postgame crew.

Additional shows throughout the week include Patriots Wednesday Live presented by Comcast Business Class which will debut on Wednesday, September 5th and will air weekly throughout the season from Noon 1PM. The show provides exclusive coverage of the teams mid-week press conference with Patriots Coach Bill Belichick and Quarter Back Tom Brady and gives fans the first preview of the upcoming game.

Comcast SportsNet will also bring back New England Football Night presented by AT&T which will debut Thursday, September 6th and includes three exclusive 30-minute football programs.

Quick Slants presented by Nissan and hosted by CSNNEs Curran and Paoletti, begins at 7PM and is an interactive, high-energy and blunt discussion with fans and CSNNE talent.
Patriots Football Weekly follows at 7:30PM. Shot on-location from Gillette Stadium, thisshow delivers exclusive access from the writers who work on the inside for the Patriots weekly magazine Patriots Football Weekly.
New England Tailgate, which follows at 8PM, is in its 14th year, with the well-established team of Glenn Ordway and NFL veterans Fred Smerlas and Steve DeOssie.The show provides viewers with a review of the Patriots prior game, a preview of their upcoming opponent, predictions and bold commentary.

Patriots This Week will make its season debut on Friday, September 7th and will air weekly at 9:30PM through October and 12AM thereafter. The show is a no holds barred discussion with passionate debate and timely analysis from host Scott Zolak along with a rotating roster of former Patriots players.

In addition to the above dedicated football programs, Comcast SportsNet will also continue to offer fans in-depth coverage of the Patriots throughout the week as part of nightly news programs like Chevrolet SportsNet Central, UNOs Sports Tonight and Sports Sunday presented Dicks Sporting Goods. The network will also provide hours of dedicated coverage surrounding key NFL events like Thanksgiving Day 2012 (Patriots vs. Jets), Super Bowl, NFL Draft, and more.

Comcast SportsNet reaches more than 4 million households in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Comcast SportsNets programming includes the Boston Celtics, Chevrolet SportsNet Central, New England Revolution, Connecticut Sun, Unos Sports Tonight, Celtics Now, Sports Sunday, Quick Slants, The Baseball Show, New England Tailgate and more. CSNNE.com, the online home of Comcast SportsNet, provides continuous news, video and in-depth, up-to-the-minute coverage of New England sports. Comcast SportsNetNew England is owned and managed by Comcast Sports Group. Visit www.csnne.com for more information. Check local listings for the specific channel location for your area.

Mother Nature gets between Belichick and his Patriots-Falcons film study

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Mother Nature gets between Belichick and his Patriots-Falcons film study

If your team makes a goal-line stop in the fourth quarter, but you can't see it on the All-22 tape, did it even happen? 

Bill Belichick said the fog that hovered above the Gillette Stadium turf on Sunday night didn't impact the play on the field, but it did make its imprint on the game in other ways. First of all, spotters and coaches up at the press level had some difficulty relaying information to coaches on the sidelines. Video on the hand-held tablets for sideline use -- as well as the old-school still-frame pictures Belichick prefers -- was also obstructed. 

Then on Monday, as coaches tried to digest the film, the fog butted in on the process again. 

"It affected us a lot this morning because it’s hard to see the game," Belichick said during a conference call. "The fourth quarter is – I don’t know – pretty close to a white-out on the sideline film. The sideline cameras are at the top of the stadium, so that’s a tough shot.

"The end zone cameras are a little bit lower and they get a little tighter shot, so the picture is a little bit clearer. But, on that shot, a lot of times you’re not able to see all the guys on the perimeter. It’s kind of an in-line shot.

"Yeah, the first half, start of the third quarter, it’s all right. As they get into the middle of the third quarter and on, for those of us with aging eyes, it’s a little strained to see it, and then there’s a point where you can’t really see it at all, especially from the sideline. So, yeah, it affected us."

Belichick re-iterated that the fog didn't do much to the product on the field (other than maybe making life difficult for kick and punt-returners), refuting Julio Jones' claim from late Sunday night. When it came to digesting the film, though, that was another story.

"It was more, I’d say, just tougher for, whether it be our video camera or the fans that were sitting in the upper deck. It’s just there was too much interference there," Belichick said. "It was probably hard to see the game. I know when we tried to look at the pictures in between series – you know, I don’t look at the tablets, so I won’t get into that – but the pictures, it was kind of the same thing. It was hard to really be able to make out exactly what you were seeing."

Marcus Morris targeting Oct. 30 game vs. Spurs as date for Celtics debut

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Marcus Morris targeting Oct. 30 game vs. Spurs as date for Celtics debut

WALTHAM -- It appears Marcus Morris’ debut for the Celtics will be when they host the San Antonio Spurs on Oct. 30.
 
The 6-foot-9 forward confirmed to reporters on Monday that, for now, that’s the target date.
 
Morris spent time after practice playing some one-one-one against rookie Jayson Tatum.
 
“I’m trying to push on it a little more,” he said. “Felt pretty good beating the rook’s ass one-on-one.”
 
The addition of Morris to the lineup can’t come soon enough for the Celtics (1-2).  They have already lost Gordon Hayward (ankle) for the season, and Marcus Smart (ankle) missed Friday’s win over Philadelphia. Smart said he would probably be in uniform for Tuesday’s game against the New York Knicks. 
 
Those injuries have forced the Celtics to dig deeper into their roster, resulting in several first-year players seeing action. 
 
Having a veteran like Morris on the floor would bode well for the Celts in their quest to remain among the better teams in the East this season. 
 
Morris, who went through the non-contact portion of practice on Monday, joined the Celtics on Oct. 5, shortly after he and his brother Markieff (who plays for Washington) were acquitted of assault charges involving an incident in Phoenix in January of 2015. He appeared in one preseason game, scoring seven points on 3-for-6 shooting from the field.

Coach Brad Stevens said Morris was having some knee discomfort when he showed up for training camp. That, combined with showing up late to training camp because of his court case in Phoenix, resulted in him not having the level of conditioning he’s used to at the start of training camp. 
 
“It’s not that I’m in bad shape,” he told NBC Sports Boston earlier. “It’s just that I’m not where I expect myself to be conditioning-wise, right now.”
 
Morris echoed similar sentiments on Monday. 
 
“I’m in great condition,” he said. “I just want to be a little better. My conditioning has never been the problem. It’s the soreness in my [left] knee. It’s gotten a lot better over the past 10 days, so I feel I can play now. But be cautious because it’s a long season.”
 
Morris was acquired in the summer by Boston from Detroit, in exchange for Avery Bradley. The move was done to not only ensure there was enough salary cap space to sign then-free agent Gordon Hayward, but also for the Celtics to add a versatile player who can play both forward positions.