Here’s Which Actor Tom Brady Believes Should Play Him In Potential Biopic

There’s every reason to believe a movie about Tom Brady would, well, kinda suck.
But hey, it’s still kinda fun to talk about.
The New England Patriots quarterback fielded questions from California firefighters Monday night during his weekly appearance on Westwood One radio. At one point, Brady was asked who he’d like to see portray him in a potential movie.
If you’ve been following Brady at all over the last few years, then his answer shouldn’t surprise you.
“I’m going with Mark Wahlberg,” Brady said. “A Boston legend, (from) Dorchester, one of the just ‘grind it out’ kind of guys.”

Now, we understand that everyone, including Brady, seems to love Mark Wahlberg. He’s from Boston, he’s good-looking, he’s in like a million movies, yadda yadda yadda.
However, we have a bone to pick.
If by “grind it out kind of guy” Brady means the highest-paid actor in Hollywood, then sure. If by “grind it out kind of guy” he means one of the lamest rappers ever, then great.
If by “grind it out kind of guy” he means an objectively terrible person, at least when he was young, then OK.
For those unaware, here’s Wahlberg’s rap sheet as a teenager, as outlined in a 2014 article on The Daily Beast’s website:

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— Drug dealer.
— Multiple instances of being violent and racist toward African-Americans.
— Beat up a Vietnamese man, whom he also yelled racial slurs at.
— While fleeing a crime scene, he punched a man in the eye, rendering him partially blind.
— Charged with attempted murder and sentenced to two years in prison but served just 45 days.
Wahlberg found God in prison, and he since has turned his life around. And that’s great. But we’re still not ready to say he deserves to portray the greatest quarterback of all time.
Since playing the iconic Sgt. Dignam in “The Departed” in 2006, Wahlberg’s movie career has dramatically increased in quantity but sharply fallen off in quality.
(We’re choosing “The Departed” as a launching point because it was his best performance/character post-“Boogie Nights.”)
Wahlberg has appeared in dozens of movies since then, but you probably can count the amount of good performances on one hand: “The Fighter,” “Ted,” Lone Survivor” and “Deepwater Horizon.” His newest movie, “Instant Family,” is supposed to be decent — but we’ll see.
(And don’t come at us with “The Other Guys” — Will Ferrell was funny, but Walberg and his incessant “peacock” joke were horrible.)
Listen, we’re not knocking the guy for being a prolific actor. We’re just saying his movies aren’t that good. Furthermore, this perception of Wahlberg being a “hard-working Bostonian at heart” and a “good role model” needs to be reevaluated.
All that said, Wahlberg probably will play Brady in a movie some day, and said movie probably will make a bunch of money, especially in Boston. Whatever.
We pick Jude Law.

Patriots Practice Report: Rex Burkhead, Dwayne Allen Absent After Bye Week

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots were down two players at the start of Tuesday’s damp, rainy practice, including one who’d been trending toward a return from injured reserve.
Running back Rex Burkhead, who is eligible to be activated off IR next week, was not spotted during the brief portion of practice that was open to the media. Burkhead returned to the practice field Nov. 8 and participated in the Patriots’ lone session last week. He hasn’t played since suffering a neck injury in Week 3.
In order to play again this season, Burkhead must be added to the 53-man roster by next Thursday — three days before the Patriots’ Week 13 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings.

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Tight end Dwayne Allen also was absent Tuesday after leaving the Patriots’ Week 10 loss to the Tennessee Titans with a knee injury. Initial reports indicated Allen was expected to miss “a few weeks.”
Tight end Rob Gronkowski and right guard Shaq Mason both were present after missing the last two games with injuries.
The Patriots had their bye this past weekend. Tuesday’s practice was their first of the week. They’ll hold additional sessions Wednesday and Friday (with an off day Thursday for Thanksgiving) ahead of Sunday’s matchup with the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.

Bill Belichick Called Unheralded O-Lineman One Of Patriots’ Best Players

FOXBORO, Mass. — When you think of the New England Patriots’ top players, names like Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski, James White, Stephon Gilmore and Trey Flowers immediately come to mind.
But Patriots head coach Bill Belichick believes left guard Joe Thuney belongs on that list.
“Joe’s done a great job for us,” Belichick said Tuesday. “He’s one of our best players, one of our most consistent players.”
Thuney hasn’t allowed a sack so far this season, according to Pro Football Focus. He’s let up just 11 total pressures. He’s PFF’s fifth-rated guard this season.

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All three of the Patriots’ interior offensive linemen have been standouts this season. Right guard Shaq Mason is PFF’s third-rated guard, while center David Andrews is their No. 5 center. Backup Ted Karras also has filled in nicely over the last two weeks for Mason.
“(Thuney’s) been a really solid guy for us,” Belichick said. “All three of those guys inside — Dave missed a couple games last year. Shaq missed a couple games this year. That group’s been pretty solid, pretty dependable, pretty reliable for us — very fortunate, that inside group. When Ted’s filled in, which he has for Shaq the past couple week and last year for David in Mexico against Oakland. He had a couple games in there where he filled in for David, he did a nice job too. We’ve been pretty fortunate in that part of our offensive line.”
The Patriots selected Thuney in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of North Carolina State. He hasn’t missed a start in his three-year NFL career, and he’s only missed 10 total snaps in that span.
For more grades, advanced statistics and more at Pro Football Focus, go to ProFootballFocus.com.

Bill Belichick’s Takeaway From Monday’s Rams-Chiefs Thriller? ‘The Jets’

FOXBORO, Mass. — Like many football fans around the country, Bill Belichick tuned in to part of Monday night’s instant classic between the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs.
He had no interest in discussing that game Tuesday morning, though.
When asked for his takeaways from the Rams’ dramatic 54-51 victory over the Chiefs — which improved the New England Patriots’ chances of earning home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs — Belichick offered a characteristically brief response.

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“The Jets,” Belichick said. “That’s my takeaway. We’re getting ready for the Jets.”
Well, there you have it.
As Belichick stressed, Patriots are preparing to face the New York Jets this Sunday in their first game since the 34-10 debacle in Tennessee two weeks ago. The Jets sit at 3-7 but always play the Patriots close at MetLife Stadium, with each of their last five meetings there being decided by seven or fewer points.

Does Terry Rozier Want Out? This Cryptic Tweet Has Celtics Fans Worried

Terry Rozier might be over it.
And by “it,” we mean the Boston Celtics.
The 2018-19 season is just barely a month old, and Rozier already has experienced a year’s worth of rumors and speculation. Following his breakout performance in last season’s playoffs, the Celtics guard is averaging just 8.4 points and 4.4 assists in 23.1 minutes per game. He was relative non-factor again Monday night, scoring eight points in just 19 minutes in Boston’s 117-112 loss to the Charlotte Hornets.
Rozier’s decreased usage — in the wake of Kyrie Irving’s return — has led to reports that the fourth-year guard wants to be traded and is drawing significant interest around the NBA. For what it’s worth, the Louisville product has denied any angst over his playing time.
But then Rozier took to Twitter on Tuesday and posted this:

Let’s do us ALL a favor
— Terry Rozier (@T_Rozzay3) November 20, 2018

Celtics fans unsurprisingly interpreted the tweet as Rozier saying it would be best if Boston dealt him. And hey, that’s what happens when you start firing off cryptic social media posts.
An hour later, Rozier attempted to clear the air with this equally vague tweet:

I forgot y’all get happy feet..I wasn’t talking about me chill with the bad talk
— Terry Rozier (@T_Rozzay3) November 20, 2018

We’re going to take Rozier at his word, as publicy demanding a trade really doesn’t seem like his style. The damage done by the first tweet likely can’t be reversed, however.
Here are some of the reactions from Celtics fans:

Just became my least favorite Celtic. Go to Danny like a man, don't tweet it. Jeez
— Zach Burns (@zdburns) November 20, 2018

Cryptic tweets are for the off-season Terry!!!!

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— Patrick (@THEpatnee) November 20, 2018

Future Orlando Magic Starting Point Guard Terry Rozier? https://t.co/PYzgucZ1on
— beyond the RK (@beyondtheRK) November 20, 2018

Trade to Utah. Let's go
— 𝘈𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘯 𝘖𝘭𝘥𝘩𝘢𝘮 (@AustinOldham33) November 20, 2018

Trade request?
— Hannibal Barca (@LearnedCitizen) November 20, 2018

@danielrainge, Can I interest you in a young, cheap, first round talent with team control?! pic.twitter.com/J50vhDuI6e
— Matthew (@Mattie_Muscles) November 20, 2018

gone..
— Claudio Avallone (@JhonnBarton) November 20, 2018

What if he's saying trade Kyrie that might be the cancer in the locker room he played hero ball at the end of the game instead of team ball that's what makes Boston great team ball not hero ball
— Byg Lew (@BygLew) November 20, 2018

At the end of the day, it would be a surprise if the Celtics elected to move on from Rozier. His ability to score off the bench is crucial, and Boston’s best chance to right the ship is to keep its enormously talented roster intact.
It things don’t turn around for Rozier and the Celtics soon, though, speculation will only increase.

Patrice Bergeron Injury: Bruins Forward Reportedly Out At Least Four Weeks

Things just went from bad to much, much worse for the Boston Bruins.
The Bruins, already without captain and shutdown defenseman Zdeno Chara for at least the next few weeks, are faced with the prospect of not having Selke Trophy-winning forward Patrice Bergeron for at least four weeks, according to multiple reports. NBC Sports’ Kathryn Tappen was the first to report the news.

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The good news, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger is Bergeron’s upper body injury isn’t a head injury — Bergeron has a history of concussions — but the Bruins center is instead dealing with a shoulder injury, that will keep him out of action “upward of” that four-week time frame.

MLB Rumors: Yankees Considering Signing Bryce Harper To Play First Base

The New York Yankees appear to be gearing up for a major offseason.
The Bronx Bombers kicked things off Monday by trading for Seattle Mariners left-handed ace James Paxton. And, less than a day later, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reported that New York has talked about signing slugging outfielder Bryce Harper to play first base.
However, Morosi reports the Yankees are more in favor of signing a high-profile infielder, such as Manny Machado.
“The Yankees also remain involved in the marketplace for high-end position players, although sources say the addition of Manny Machado or Bryce Harper is less of a priority than augmenting the rotation,” Morosi wrote.
“The Yankees have had internal discussions since the offseason began about the possibility of signing Harper to play first base, but one source described that scenario as ‘unrealistic’ — at least, for now. The Yankees believe Machado is a better fit for their roster, given the absence of starting shortstop Didi Gregorius while he recovers from Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow.”

#Yankees have had internal discussions this offseason about possibility of signing Bryce Harper to play first base, but one source described that scenario as "unrealistic" — at least, for now. Full story: https://t.co/eT7SMNRAI8 @MLBNetwork @MLB

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— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 20, 2018

Adding Harper, of course, would be enormous for the Yankees — and potentially disastrous for their rivals.
The 2015 National League Most Valuable Player is a career .279 hitter with 184 homers, 521 RBIs and a .900 OPS. Oh, and he’s still just 26 years old.
Add that to a lineup that already has Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez? Yikes.
As for Machado, rumors of New York’s potential interest in the star shortstop have been all over the place. Some say the Yankees are “lukewarm” on the 26-year-old, while others indicate a more significant interest.
Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner, for one, first wants to figure out how Machado really feels about hustling.

Bill Belichick Goes Deep On How He Grades Patriots Players After Games

Bill Belichick seemed to particularly enjoy his time on WEEI’s “Ordway, Merloni and Fauria” show Monday afternoon.
The New England Patriots head coach got going on grading players and didn’t stop for nearly 30 minutes. Belichick initially talked about the difficulty of grading certain plays without first talking to the players involved. Belichick noted his own team runs into this issue when watching opposing teams.
“You see a play on film and a receiver goes uncovered down the field, so you know it is one or two guys’ mistake, but you don’t necessarily know which guy it is, right?” Belichick said on WEEI. “And so, a lot of times you see announcers say, ‘Well Fauria should have taken him, or Belichick should have taken him’ and I am looking at the play saying, ‘Well, it could have been either guy, it just depends on what the call was and what they were doing.’ A lot of times we look at our plays and we see a mistake there and maybe we come off the field and a guy makes a tackle in the backfield and we’re like, ‘Oh my God, this guy made a mistake.’ And he tells us, ‘Well no, at the line we called something else,’ so it wasn’t him, and it actually was another guy.
“A lot of times on film we see that. We see a mistake and have to go back to see what the call was. We know somebody is wrong here, but it just depends on what the call was as to which guy is right and which guy is wrong. A lot of times we don’t know what happened until Monday. We know there’s a problem on the play, but until you actually talk to the players and say, ‘OK, what happened on this play — oh, I thought he said this, I didn’t hear it, or he said this, but I played that, whatever it is.’ You’re right, in terms of analytics you get a lot of this guy should have had him, that guy should have had him, but I know from our team there are times where we don’t know what went wrong until you really can sort the play out. There’s no way somebody else could know is the point. Sometimes what it looks like is not what it is.
“And then you often see players, defensive backs, somebody gets behind the defense for a touchdown and they pull off or don’t chase because they don’t want it to look like it was their guy, that type of thing. There are plays like that where they kind of definitely skew it, and a lot of times they are big plays. It is an interesting question and an interesting point when it comes to who is at fault, who does what and it actually is pretty frequent that that comes up.”
Belichick also stressed the need to have a sliding scale. Because the opposing team can pick up chunks of yards when everyone is technically executing their assignment.

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“Sometimes you can run into conflict as a coach where you look at the play and — all right, let’s say defensively the end sort of does his job, the tackle sort of does his job, the linebacker sort of does his job, the other linebacker sort of does his job and they gain 6 yards,” Belichick said. “And you’re like, ‘wait a minute.’ Like, everybody’s kind of doing what they’re supposed to do. There’s nobody here that’s really bad. But they just gained 6 yards. They can’t gain 6 yards and everybody does their job.
“So, then there has to be a higher standard of what’s a high grade or what’s an acceptable grade or what isn’t. And that’s a fine line. It really is. Because players can go out there and do their job and then they can do a great job of it. They can do a solid job. Or it can be, well, it’s not perfect but it’s kind of OK. And then there’s the obvious one that’s just you get beat. We all get beat. I’d say there’s a gradation in there between A, B and C let’s call it. So, maybe C’s a passing grade, but are you really going to win playing C football? B’s good. It might be good enough sometimes. A, it’s hard to get straight As out there. They’ve got some A players too. The grading part of it is a fine line. It really is.”
Belichick also acknowledged that some players are judged on a much smaller sample size than others. The overall grade of a wide receiver or cornerback can be swayed by one big play.
“Well, look, if you’re a corner, you might only be involved in five plays a game,” Belichick said. “It’s not like you’re playing nose tackle. Sometimes there are no opportunities. There’s some players who are involved in a lot of plays — middle linebacker or a center guard. Every single play goes through them. Then there are other players, you have defensive ends — if the ball runs one way, the other guy’s — unless they run a reverse — the other guy’s really not that involved in it. He has a responsibility to do.
“Like, how do you get a minus as a receiver? You drop the ball. That’s about it. Otherwise, if you run your 10-yard route or your 15-yard route or whatever it is, then, well, you’ve kind of done your assignment. If you drop the ball, then obviously that’s a minus.
“I’m just saying there’s a difference between — and so, really a lot of those plays, let’s call them zeroes. They’re really not grade-able plays. You want the plays — what’s the grade on the plays where the player’s actually involved in the play. So, for corners and wide receivers, their opportunities are a lot less than interior linemen, linebackers, quarterback — a running play, unless he misses the handoff or something there’s not really — he can screw the play up. I’m not saying that. But generally speaking, that play now belongs to the runner. If it’s a passing play, then that play belongs to the quarterback.”

NASCAR Champion Joey Logano Trolls Kyle Busch, ‘Big Three’ On Twitter

Being a champion has put Joey Logano in a feisty mood.
The freshly crowned Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion was somewhat overshadowed going into the season finale by Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. That trio of former Cup champions was dubbed the “Big Three” heading into the deciding race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, leading Logano to quip that the final four should be called, “The Big Three and Me.”
Well, Logano is the champ now, and he’s getting the last laugh on Twitter.

The Big 3 pic.twitter.com/7YFgzAhgT5

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— Joey Logano (@joeylogano) November 20, 2018

Logano, a Middletown, Conn., native, is also the second consecutive Northerner to win the title in the predominantly Southern sport. Martin Truex Jr., who was born and raised in New Jersey, claimed the Cup in 2017.
If that grinds the gears of any NASCAR fans, at least they can take solace in knowing that Logano’s victory denied Busch a chance to celebrate.

NFL Playoff Picture: What Postseason Matchups Look Like After MNF Thriller

As we get ready for Week 12 in the NFL season and dive into the holiday season, we have reached the final week of byes.
The Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams will get some hard-earned rest and relaxation after their Monday night thriller in Tinseltown, a game that had no shortage of playoff repercussions.
With this somewhat natural breaking point, it seemed like a good enough time to start looking ahead to potential playoff matchups based on where the standings currently sit.
Here’s what we’d be looking at in terms of those matchups if the NFL for some reason decided to start the playoffs today.
AFC
First-round byes
1. Kansas City Chiefs (9-2)
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-2-1)

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Wild-card round matchups
No. 3 New England Patriots vs. No. 6 Baltimore Ravens
No. 4 Houston Texans vs. No. 5 Los Angeles Chargers
Notes: Outside of the Rams themselves, perhaps no one benefitted more from Los Angeles’ Monday night win than the Patriots, who very much still have a path to a first-round bye. New England owns a head-to-head tiebreaker vs. Kansas City, and the Patriots also get a chance to do the same against Pittsburgh in Week 15 … After the Steelers, the AFC North is a toss-up, with Cincinnati and Baltimore both at 5-5. In fact, those two are part of a five-team group with that record, which also includes Miami, Indianapolis and Tennessee
NFC
First-round byes
1. Los Angeles Rams
2. New Orleans Saints
Wild-card round matchups
No 3. Chicago Bears vs. No. 6 Minnesota Vikings
No. 4 Washington Redskins vs. No. 5 Carolina Panthers
Notes: The NFC playoff race is going to be bananas. Take a team like the Packers, for instance. If Green Bay can beat Minnesota on Sunday night, they’re essentially in a position where they can win out or even lose once down the stretch and still have a solid chance at a berth — despite currently being the No. 9 seed … The Carolina-Washington matchup looked much more feasible a week ago before the Panthers lost to Detroit, and Alex Smith broke his leg; it would be surprising if that matchup holds … the Rams technically have the top seed for now, but that’s only because they have more wins than New Orleans, who beat the Rams a few weeks ago