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NBC: Adrian Beltre is a headcase

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NBC: Adrian Beltre is a headcase

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Thank you, HardballTalk.com.

I had no idea that Adrian Beltre was such a freak. I remember seeing him shake off teammates' congratulatory dome-daps last season with the Sox, but to have each instance on video and lined up all nice-like.... Tremendous.

Link: Ta-da! Don't touch The Beltre

I love the quotes from Beltre and his new Rangers teammates, compiled by HBT.

Josh Hamilton: "You can tell we get him to a point where he might lose it and then we back off. You dont want it to come to a point where he doesnt want to come to work because he feels tormented. I have to get to know him better, but that days coming."

"Tormented"? Really? Having his head touched is torment? I don't know. He does seem to get absurdly uncomfortable, but that's a strong word.
Note: Three words people need to stop abusing: Epic, asinine, proverbial. As George Carlin wrote, "Proverbial is now being used to describe things that dont appear in proverbs. For instance, "the proverbial drop in the bucket" is incorrect because "a drop in the bucket" is not a proverb, its a metaphor. You wouldnt say, "as welcome as a turd in the proverbial punchbowl," or "as cold as the proverbial nuns box," because neither refers to a proverb."

Beltre on Victor Martinez, provocateur: "Sometimes I thought about killing him. But I thought about it. I have a family so I didnt."

Ha-haaa.... That's a joke, right? Or is Beltre really warning us all that, if he didn't have a wife andor kids, he would have murdered V-Mart because of a noogie?

Maybe Beltre's collisions with Jeremy Hermida and Jacoby Ellsbury weren't accidents.

Oh, whoops! I just broke your ribs. BET YOU'RE NEVER GONNA TOUCH MY HEAD AGAIN.

Just something to think about.

Tom Brady mum on hand injury, practice status

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Tom Brady mum on hand injury, practice status

FOXBORO — Tom Brady basically told the media to talk to the hand.

More specifically, Brady replied, “I’m not talking about that” to each question about his right hand injury in Friday’s press conference.

Brady stood at the podium wearing the very red gloves that have been captured in pre-practice photos the last two days. Asked why he was wearing them indoors, Brady replied, “I’ve worn them before.” 

The five-time Super Bowl champion was also mum on whether or not he participated in practice Friday, sharing only that he was “out there,” which adds no clarification given that he was on the field before Thursday’s practice but did not participate. 

Brady is believed to have suffered the injury in Wednesday’s practice. Friday’s practice report will be released this afternoon. 
 

Dion Lewis: 'Nobody's really worried' about Tom Brady

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Dion Lewis: 'Nobody's really worried' about Tom Brady

James White put it perfectly on Thursday. When asked if he was the one who injured Tom Brady's hand in Wednesday's practice, the running back replied, "The world may never know."

During an interview with NFL Network, another Patriots running back said you can't put Brady's injury on him.

"Not me," said DIon Lewis. "No, it wasn't me . . . I actually didn't see it happen, but from when I talked to other guys, I knew he was gonna be oaky. It's Tom, so regardless of any situation he's put in, he's going to make sure he's out there game day. Nobody's really worried."

That seems to be the general consensus inside the Patriots locker room. They're all expecting Brady to play. And when they're asked about how he's looked, their answers have ranged from evasive to joking about Brady's handsomeness

The focus, as Lewis explained, isn't so much on the health of their quarterback but rather the game plan they're putting in place to take on the top defense in the AFC. 

"We have a great idea," Lewis said, "of what we think we can do to have success against this defense . . . We just gotta be on point every play. We don't got plays to give away."

Might that mean a load of two-back or two-tight end sets to keep Jacksonville's base personnel on the field? Might that mean plenty of work in the screen game, as Jerod Mayo suggested on this week's Quick Slants the Podcast? Might that mean a heavy dose of Rob Gronkowski?

There are soft spots in the Jaguars defense, as talented as it is, but it will probably require Brady being able to grip a football for the Patriots to exploit them. His teammates seem confident he'll be able to do that.