Patriots

Do you want Gronk to get the cover?

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Do you want Gronk to get the cover?

In my last post, I suggested that Bill Belichick isn't so psyched about Rob Gronkowski's campaign for the cover of Madden '13.

I have no inside information on this, except that we're talking about Bill Belichick. And I'm not saying that he's actually pissed about Gronk wanting to be on the cover or his desire to have a conspicuous off-season, but you know that BB lets out pained little sigh every time Gronkowski pops up somewhere. Whether it's on SportsCenter with Darrelle Revis, a dance floor in Aruba with a 16 year old or the drive thru at Dunkin Donuts with Carolyn Manno.

But when it comes to Madden, here's the question for Pats fans:

Do you want Gronk on the cover?

I guess it depends how superstitious you are, but the way I see the Pats don't need anymore bad voodoo this season. They're already up against the curse of the Super Bowl runner-up, which has softened a little the last three seasons with the Colts, Steelers and Cardinals all making the playoffs the year after losing in the Big Game, but the curse still stands as such:

Not since the Bills lost four straight Super Bowls in the early 90's has the runner up made it back to the Super Bowl the following season. That's 18 years. That's pretty significant.

Not to mention, isn't this whole Gronk thing a little too good to be true as it is? The kid's 22-years-old, just had the greatest season for a tight end in NFL history, and has at least three more seasons of playing catch with an all-time great quarterback.

There's really no precedent for what we're about to witness with Rob Gronkowski, so if it was up to me, we'd give the Madden Curse to someone else, and let Gronk focus on his 5,000 other hobbies.

In closing: Vote for Revis!

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Patriots-Falcons practice report: Gilmore, Rowe absent

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Patriots-Falcons practice report: Gilmore, Rowe absent

Wednesday's practice participation/injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Falcons game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Stephon Gilmore (concussion/ankle)
LB Harvey Langi (back)
LB Elandon Roberts (ankle)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
RB Rex Burkhead (ribs)
WR Chris Hogan (ribs)
G Shaq Mason (shoulder)

ATLANTA FALCONS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
K Matt Bryant (back)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
OLB Vic Beasley Jr. (hamstring)
LB Jermaine Grace (hamstring)
LB Deion Jones (quadricep)
DE Takk McKinley (shoulder)
LB Duke Riley (knee)
WR Mohamed Sanu (hamstring)
DL Courtney Upshaw (ankle/knee)

Morning Skate: Issues with gambling and Vegas Golden Knights?

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Morning Skate: Issues with gambling and Vegas Golden Knights?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while still in disbelief at what happened to Gordon Hayward last night.

*Interesting piece on the connection between gambling and the NHL in Las Vegas where they’ve just kicked their new expansion franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights.

*Would you like a Providence Bruins game-worn jersey and give to a great cause at the same time? Here are the Pink the Rink Bruins jerseys up for auction on eBay with the money earmarked for cancer research and treatment.

*Some interesting stuff from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman in his 30 Thoughts about the start that Malcolm Subban is off to with the Vegas Golden Knights and whether that’s in any way a reflection on the way goalies are being developed with the Bruins.

*So, the Ottawa Senators clearly didn’t miss Erik Karlsson given the start that they got off to, but there’s no doubt hockey fans did as he makes his return from offseason surgery.

*Nikita Kucherov just keeps on improving for the Tampa Bay Lightning after a Hart Trophy-level season last year.

*For something completely different: I don’t understand why there’s anything controversial about somebody saying In ‘N Out Burger is overrated. While it’s a perfectly fine West Coast fast food chain, it is absolutely overrated at this point. The fries are average at best, and the burgers are merely okay compared to all of the other burger joints out there.