Tag:Tedy Bruschi
Posted on: October 5, 2011 3:42 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2011 3:45 pm

Ochocinco lost bet, quit Twitter for three weeks

Posted by Will Brinson

Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco hasn't tweeted since September 24. Lest you think this is normal, well, it's not -- Ocho used to fire out 40-plus tweets a day, and for him to go 12 days without any noise on Twitter whatsoever is disturbing.

As it turns out, Ocho isn't being forced off Twitter, per se, he just lost a bet, which probably involves his not-so-stellar play this season.

"Ochocinco hasn't tweeted because he lost a bet," Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald tweeted on Wednesday. "Twitter ban/lost bet last three weeks. Won't tell me the wager."

We checked with "Rap Sheet" on Twitter, and Ocho won't reveal who the bet is with either.

Or guess, because you care, goes something like this: there's was a bet between either Bill Belichick or Tom Brady and Ocho relating to number of catches against the Bills.

This makes sense for a couple of reasons. The Bills and Patriots played on September 25, one day after Ocho's last tweet. And Ocho had the most number of targets (four) that he's had all season, meaning you could jump to the conclusion, if you're inclined, that someone was trying to give him a fair shake of getting his hands on some balls.

He caught two passes for 28 yards, but dropped a critical pass in the Patriots loss, and that's not good enough to win any friendly bets. Or maybe he had a "don't drop any passes" or "run all your routes perfectly" bet going with Belichick.

Whatever, he's not talking about it, which means it's someone with authority and we probably won't see Ocho on Twitter until October 14 -- Rapoport says it's "retroactive," which is hilarious -- when the three-week stint is up.

So at the very least, we can rule out Tedy Bruschi.

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Posted on: September 16, 2011 8:10 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2011 8:14 pm

Ochocinco on Bruschi: 'I love Tedy'

Bruschi makes Ochocinco seem like the sane one. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's been a busy week for Chad Ochocinco even though he was one of the least productive players on the field in the Patriots' Monday night win over the Dolphins (he finished the evening with one catch and an illegal-formation penalty). He made the mistake of tweeting about Tom Brady's awesomeness Tuesday, apparently an activity reserved for the common folk, at least to hear ESPN analyst and former Pats linebacker Ted Bruschi tell it.

In case you missed it, the short version: Bruschi went on the radio to announce that Chad needs to "drop the awe factor" because "he's not a fan." Instead of genuflecting in Brady's general direction, Ochocinco needs to be in his playbook, especially since he's struggled to learn the offense.

Okay, fine. Chad could stand to have a better grasp of his responsibilities. We're still not sure what that has to do with publicly praising his teammate.

Prior to Friday's practice, CSNNE.com's Tom Curran asked Ochocinco about Bruschi's unhinged, old-man rant about the dangers of those blasted compu-tabulators.

Chad, taking the high road, would only say "I love Tedy." Curran added: "Pointing to a blue binder in his locker containing his plays and responsibilities, Ochocinco said that, until he has that mastered, he won't be talking to the media. Until his production rises, he explained, he's not interested in holding court."

To recap: Chad now looks like the sane one. Of course, Bruschi's in too deep, so there's no way he's backtracking now. In fact, he followed up his radio implosion with a television appearance to better explain his insane ramblings.

"The big deal with me is the mentality of the tweet," he explained. "This mentality reflected of being in wonderment, that statement of 'Wow I cant believe what I just saw' is a statement that should be made by a media member or an analyst, a fan, almost an admirer of the Patriots system. That kind of statement, that type of mentality, is not one that should be of an aspiring contributor, someone that wants to be a part of that record-breaking performance. Chad, the mentality is what bothered me. ... Eliminate the 'I'm happy to be here' type of attitude and have more an attitude of wanting to be a part of it and do your work so you can be more a part of it."

Please, for the love of all that's holy, stop talking. We're not alone in this message; Pats fans suggested as much en masse, which prompted some introspection on Bruschi's part.

"I asked myself, 'Was I hard on the guy? Was I a little bit harsh?' So what I did was, I leaned on some of my former teammates. These are teammates that did some very impressive things that made a lot of people say 'Wow'. The one question I asked them was, "Were you ever in awe of what we accomplished as we were accomplishing it?' And to a man the answer was 'No.'"

Right, because nobody was surprised when the 2001 Patriots beat the Rams in the Super Bowl with a second-year quarterback and former sixth-round pick. Least of all Tedy Bruschi. Uh huh.

After both teams coming off a victorious season opener, the Chargers will travel to Gillette Stadium to take on the Patriots on Sunday. Join Jason Horowitz and NFL.com's Pat Kirwan for a preview of this game. Watch the game at 4:15 PM ET on CBS.

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Posted on: September 14, 2011 9:48 am

Bruschi calls out Ochocinco for tweeting too much

Ochocinco was impressed with Brady, Bruschi less so with Ochocinco. (US PRESSWIRE)
Posted by Ryan Wilson

At best, new Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco has been slow to learn the playbook. At worst, he's been ineffective and looks out of his element. Either way, it's been a rough start in New England for the six-time Pro Bowler, so much so that there was even speculation during the preseason that he might not make the 53-man roster.

He avoided the turk but was on the field for just 18 snaps against the Dolphins Monday night, catching a single pass for 14 yards. Still, the Patriots won 38-24 and quarterback Tom Brady threw for 517 yards, good for fifth-best in NFL history. And while Ochocinco had very little to do with the Pats' offensive explosion, he was in awe nonetheless. In fact, he took to Twitter Tuesday to extol Brady's awesomeness (sic'd):

"Just waking up after a late arrival,I've never seen a machine operate like that n person,to see video game numbers put up n person was WOW"

Turns out, that was a bad idea. Former Patriots linebacker-turned-ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi teed off on Ochocinco for the tweet. Not so much because of its content, but because Ochocinco should have better ways to spend his free time.

Appearing on Boston radio WEEI, Bruschi broke out the soap box and got to work (via CSNNE.com's Tom Curran).

"Drop the awe factor, OK, Ocho, Chad, drop the awe factor," Bruschi began. "You're not a fan, all right? You're not someone who's on another team or watching TV. You're not an analyst. You're a part of it. They want you to be a part of it. So get with the program because obviously you're not getting it and you're tweeting because you're saying, 'It's amazing to see'? It's amazing to see because you don't understand it! You still don't understand it and it's amazing to you because you can't get it.

"Stop tweeting and get in your playbook," Bruschi raged. "Wake up! If you're just waking up now - I don't know when this was, six minutes ago? - get out your bed and get to the stadium and watch some film if you still think its amazing. If you're in it and you know what you're doing and you execute out there you don't think it's amazing. You know why? Because it's what you're supposed to do. All of a sudden it's second nature. 'I know I was supposed do that, yes I went 99 yards, I threw for 517 you know why? Because we're that good and that's what we're supposed to do and that's what I thought we were gonna do.' You are still in awe to be a member of the New England Patriots offense. Join the system, buddy."

Bruschi wasn't done: "They need [Ochocinco] to be a part of that jaw-dropping offense. … [Chad] close your mouth. Put your hand under your chin and close your jaw. Then open your eyes and watch some film. That's what you need to do. If you're still in awe that means you don't get it because you don't understand it."

When Ochocinco arrived in New England in July he told the media that he had no plans to draw attention to himself. "I've always been a chameleon, so I am going to blend in and do it the Patriot way, which is win."

To be fair, Chad has been relatively quiet. Unfortunately, that silence includes his lack of productivity, which why Bruschi's shining that hot, white interrogation spotlight directly on Ochocinco.

No idea what happens next but we're guessing Chad will tweet about it.

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Posted on: September 1, 2011 4:28 pm

Bruschi would take aim at Foster's hamstring

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The same fantasy football nerds who so enraged Texans running back Arian Foster earlier this week likely spent most of Wednesday pouring over X-rays of Foster's balky hamstring to gauge if he would, in fact, be ready for the season opener on September 11. 

No need to fear people only interested in stats and not the well being of the actual players behind them. Foster reports that he's fine.

"This is an MRI of my hamstring, The white stuff surrounding the muscle is known in the medical world as anti-awesomeness," he tweeted Wednesday.

For those of you concerned that notifying the world that his hammy isn't yet 100 percent just leads to, among other things, baseless speculation, Foster has a response for that, too.

"If I had a "significant injury" why post it?" Foster added on Twitter later Wednesday afternoon. "I'll be fine, it was just meant to make fun of the whole situation. Humor is lost nowadays."

Fair enough. But former Patriots linebacker and ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi, appearing on ESPN radio Thursday morning, gave one reason why publicly sharing injury information is, in general, a horrible idea. If Bruschi were preparing to play against Foster, guess what he'd focus on should the two end up at the bottom of a pile? Yep, you got it.

“As a defensive player, if this is his hamstring, noting that the sore spot — the white spot that he calls anti-awesomeness — is in the middle of the hamstring, as I’m getting off of a pile, maybe I push,” Bruschi said, according to PFT.com. “Maybe that’s where I push. Because I know that’s exactly where it is. I give it a little dig, I give it a little twist as I get off the pile. Maybe I do that.”

You can say this skirts fair play and good sportsmanship but Bruschi wouldn't be doing anything illegal. It is in the spirit of the rules? Probably not, but you can't flag a guy for using another player to pull himself off a mass of humanity. (Not yet, anyway. That said, we wouldn't be surprised if NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell arbitrarily decided to start fining players for it midway through the season. The man is nothing if not unpredictable.)

So while Foster sent out the X-ray for a laugh, it also served as a neon sign to would-be opponents pointing right at his hamstring.

Fair or not, that's the reality.

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Posted on: June 13, 2011 7:00 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2011 7:25 pm

Tedy Bruschi talks about Patriots' media rules

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Part of Bill Belichick's genius is his ability to dupe onlookers into believing that his hobo chic image is anything other than shtick. But early in his Patriots coaching career Belichick had most everybody fooled into thinking that he he was better equipped to live under a bridge than handle the pressures of coaching an NFL team.

After 12 years in New England, Belichick's legend has grown. Three Super Bowl championships in four seasons has a way of earning you respect from peers that inexplicable fashion choices can't.

While the cut-off hoodie, Dockers, and Seinfeld-white sneakers continue to serve as a conversation piece for Belichick's critics, the method to his madness goes beyond comfortable outerwear. He's also notoriously boring during press conferences. In fact, the next interesting thing he says to the gathered media throngs will be the first. But that's by design.

Thanks to former Patriot-turned-ESPN NFL analyst Tedy Bruschi, we get a peek behind the curtain. During Friday's "NFL Live" show, Bruschi said "We had Belichick, so he really wanted us to keep a lot of things close to the vest. It was the interpretation of veterans on what Belichick wanted through that media [so] I formed my own 'Patriots Rules for Media Engagement.'"
1. Speak for yourself. "That's something Coach Belichick always said -- 'Don't worry about anyone else's situation, on another team or your team, always think about your job, doing your job, and commenting on that."

2. Never talk about injuries. "Never let them know if you're hurt or not hurt."

3. Pour on the perfume. "This is compliments. You want to spray that perfume on your opponent on Wednesday all the way through Saturday, and then get the job done on Sunday."

4. Fall back on cliches. "When in doubt, use the old safe cliche. You love those -- '100 percent', 'one day at a time.'"
Bruschi's joking ... we think, but there's a lot of truth in what he's saying, too.  Either way, it comes down to this: laudatory obfuscation peppered with platitudes. No one -- fans, media, players -- puts much credence into anything Belichick or his players might say in the days leading up to a game. But that's the point: don't give opponents additional incentive to beat you. Not only is Belichick a master at boring observers stupid during press conferences, he has the uncanny knack for finding motivation where there isn't any (Rodney Harrison, and later Tom Brady, were often tasked with delivering that message to a usually incredulous media).

A quick Google search unearthed this 2005 USA Today story about Belichick's love affair with clichés.  "Bill Belichick, besides being a head coach, is cliché coordinator," said Don Powell, a psychologist, sports buff and author of the book 'Best Sports Clichés Ever!'  Nobody is as good as Belichick. But it's more than just Belichick using clichés. It's also him getting his team to buy into the clichés."

Publicly, Belichick rarely breaks character. But when he does, just pray that you're not the target. Prior to Super Bowl XXXIX, former Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell took some shots at the Patriots. After New England won Belichick spoke frankly: "All [Mitchell] does is talk. He's terrible, and you can print that. I was happy when he was in the game."

Freddie Mitchell was never heard from again.

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Posted on: May 19, 2011 11:54 pm

Fisher and company make it to the top

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

After climbing to the very tip-top of Mount Kilimanjaro, former Titans coach Jeff Fisher proclaimed it one of the most satisfying moments of his life.

For one, because he freakin’ did it, along with former NFLers Tedy Bruschi and Chad Lewis (which is just awesomely impressive). For two, because he did it for the Wounded Warrior Project, whose mission is to honor wounded soldiers.

“Words can’t describe what it really is like,” Fisher told the NFL Network. “Add to that the fact that we did it with the soldiers, the Wounded Warriors, was very, very impressive. It was not an easy thing. I checked around as I was preparing and had a couple of guys tell me it was like running a marathon breathing through a straw. “

Fisher said the group left for the summit just after midnight on Wednesday, and six hours later, they reached the top, where they got to watch what was, I’m sure, an amazing sunrise from the highest point in Africa.

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Posted on: May 5, 2011 7:41 pm

Fisher, Bruschi, Lewis climbing Kilimanjaro

Posted by Will Brinson

The NFL has been a big advocate for the "Wounded Warriors Project," a charity organization that raises money for soldiers injured in the line of duty. But, man-oh-man are Tedy Bruschi, Jeff Fisher and Chad Lewis stepping up big-time for the project.

And I mean that literally, as the trio, along with a group of wounded warriors, are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa beginning on May 13.

The climb will kick off the WWP's "Believe in Heroes" campaign, which is "designed to educate the public on the challenges facing this new generation of wounded American heroes."    “Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro will be memorable, but to be able to experience it with service members that have sacrificed so much for our country is what I'm truly looking forward to,” said Bruschi. “These men and women are beyond inspiring, and I am thankful to the NFL for this once in a lifetime opportunity.”

UnderArmour's doing the sporting thing here and hooking all the guys up with gear for the climb, but I'm not sure that any amount of charitable clothing donation is going to make this trip any easier for any of the climbers.

But kudos to them for devoting the time, effort and energy to helping those less fortunate who served our country.

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Posted on: May 5, 2011 12:54 pm

Hot Routes 5.5.11: Players not huge Goodell fans

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is pretty adamant about getting a bill done that would fund a new stadium for the Vikings. Even if the state’s budget is going to be short about $5 billion the next two years, Dayton wants this thing done ASAP.
  • The Dolphins will induct former broadcaster Jim Mandich – who also was a starter on the undefeated 1972 Miami team – into the organization’s honor roll. Mandich died last week from cancer at the age of 62. He will be the 22nd member of the honor roll.
  • Another interesting story from Yahoo! Sports’ Mike Silver on the dislike many NFL players have for commissioner Roger Goodell.
  • A Cowboys spokeswoman who says she was hurt when the team’s practice facility collapsed in 2009 has filed a lawsuit. Jancy Briles is suing the companies responsible for building the structure, and she’s looking for compensation for "serious, disabling and permanent injuries."
  • Former Patriots LB Tedy Bruschi, along with former Titans coach Jeff Fisher, will attempt to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro next week as they try to drum up support for the Wounded Warrior Project. Sounds like a lot of climbing to me.

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