Found February 20, 2012 on The Rap Sheet:
Last week, we visited with golfer Ricky Barnes, who talked with us in detail about his Pebble Beach rounds with Patriots coach Bill Belichick. The affable Barnes also offered his comments on Belichick’s swing. If you are into it, we got one more leftover from the interview with Barnes. See, he’s a huge football fan. Fanatic. And he went to the University of Arizona. Is it any surprise that he has some serious man-love for Rob Gronkowski, a fellow Wildcat. Obviously, I knew this, but when I asked Barnes what kind of football-talk he had with Belichick on the course, Barnes brought up Gronk just in case. “You know, Gronkowski is a U of A Wildcat,” Barnes told me last week, “and I watched him the first couple years at Arizona and talked about him a little bit. I think it was our second day, Gronk went under a little bit of that high-ankle surgery.” (more…)

Tom Brady and Gisele are vacationing with Wes Welker in Costa Rica

Remember how Gisele ripped the Patriots receivers for their inability to catch passes in the Super Bowl? (Of course you do.) She never mentioned any names, but everybody knew one of the people she was throwing under the bus was Wes Welker, who notably dropped a pass that probably would have sealed a Patriots victory. Welker owned up to the drop, while unnamed Patriots criticized...

Patriots, Welker still talking; franchise tag likely

With multiple seasons of high-end production under his belt , wide receiver Wes Welker is rightfully pushing for a new long term deal from the Patriots, and while it looks for the time being that such a deal isn’t forthcoming any time soon, the franchise tag could give him a hefty salary this season at the very least. According to Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald, a source close...

What is the most telling development in the Wes Welker contract situation? Maybe it’s…

Much will be written about Patriots WR Wes Welker’s contract situation, and much already has. There will be speculation and more speculation, and it’s happening now. The truth is, even the participants don’t know how it will play out. Will Welker get a long-term deal? The franchise tag? The chance to test the free agent waters with the Patriots hoping he returns? Who knows...

Patriots LB Brandon Spikes underwent successful surgery on his right knee

Earlier this morning, at around 6:30 am, Patriots LB Brandon Spikes tweeted that he was having surgery. We covered that here, but had no specifics. We do now. I’m told by a source that Spikes underwent surgery on his right knee earlier today. The point as to clean out some cartilage, and a source said it “went very well.” This is the same knee Spikes injured earlier in the...

Ray Rice Headlines Strong Group of Free Agent Running Backs, Peyton Hillis Might Fit With Patriots in Right Situation

Editor's note: Jeff Howe will preview each position in free agency every day through Feb. 28. This edition highlights the running backs. The Patriots have been in a consistent transitional period at running back for several seasons, and it could continue in some fashion in 2012. In the last two years, the Patriots have parted with Laurence Maroney, Fred Taylor and Sammy Morris...

BREAKING NEWS: Tom Brady’s Personal Quarterback Coach, Tom Martinez, Has Died

Per a report from Scott Isaacs, Executive Sports Producer at WCVB-TV in Boston, Tom Brady’s personal quarterback coach, Tom Martinez, has died from a heart attack while undergoing kidney dialysis.  He was 66 today. Martinez coached at the College of San Mateo until he retired in 2005, citing declining health. The program has been known for its high-caliber coaches, and in addition...

Brady's personal quarterback coach dies

Tom Martinez, the longtime personal coach to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, has died at 67.
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