Patriots

BSJ Weekend Briefing 11.13.20: Belichick bristles at criticism; Patriots have chance vs. Ravens; Celtics Hot Stove

Good afternoon!

Your daily rundown of what's going on with the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins and Revolution, and what's about to happen...

  • Bill Belichick didn't like it earlier today when Tom E. Curran (Tommy Point for Tommy!) asked the coach why the team has had a harder team getting consistent production from the draft the past four seasons.
  • Belichick waited 13 seconds before beating around it and then saying ... "The most important thing to me this week is winning games. I’m not going to apologize for our record over the last 20 years. I’ve seen a lot worse."
  • That dovetailed with his answer in January — his team just 4-5 down the stretch and headed into a tough playoff matchup against the Titans — to an innocuous question from a news reporter asking what he wanted to say to his fans who have stuck by the team through thick and thin? "I wouldn’t say it’s been all that thin around here, personally. Maybe you feel differently, but I haven’t heard too many fans say that."
  • Belichick's right, his record is basically unmatched, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be questioned. Don Shula was great for many years ... then he wasn't. You can do both, win and keep the roster competitive. That's why Belichick was celebrated for so long universally. That tide has turned, and he's getting deserved criticism because he's the lone voice. It was fine when he could say, "Scoreboard" all the time. Now he can't.
  • I don't see the harm in saying, "Look, we have had a great run and I expect that to continue, and I think many of our young players will have a positive impact on this team. The situation the past year or so has been tough, but I need to do a better job as the head coach to bring them around. And if they don't succeed, that's my failing as coach and GM. We'll see what happens. I like our young group."
  • Don't count out the Patriots this weekend against the Ravens, who are far from the same team we saw last season.
  • Chat coming up! 
  • Celtics' hot stove is heating up with Jrue Holiday and Myles Turner rumors.

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Time to hit the links...

PATRIOTS

Bedard: Don’t completely rule out the Patriots upsetting the Ravens
BSJ Live Q&A: Bedard on Patriots-Ravens/NFL, 3 p.m. Friday

CELTICS

Fact or fiction? Taking stock of the Myles Turner trade rumors amid Celtics offseason options
Five thoughts on the Celtics showing interest in a Jrue Holiday trade
Austin Ainge dishes on Celtics draft prep, trade challenges and more

RED SOX

McAdam: Jarren Duran appears to be the answer in CF, but projecting timetable harder than ever

BRUINS

Why Brandon Carlo should thrive as Bruins’ new shutdown ace in 2021 & beyond
Completed Q&A: Conor Ryan on Bruins/NHL — 11.12.20

REVOLUTION

BSJ Match #23 Breakdown: Revolution 0, Union 2 – New England humbled by familiar Eastern Conference foe

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ON TAP

Today

1 p.m.: GLF — Masters ESPN
3 p.m.: BSJ Live Q&A — Bedard on Patriots/NFL
7 p.m.: HKC — Wisconsin at Notre Dame NBCSN
7 p.m. Fla.: CFB — Atlantic at Fla. International CBSSN
7 p.m. Fla.: CFB — Iowa at Minnesota FS1
7:30 p.m.: CFB — East Carolina at Cincinnati ESPN2

Saturday

1 p.m.: GLF — Masters CBS
3:30 p.m.: FBC — Notre Dame at Boston College ABC

College football

No. 9 Miami (FL) at Virginia Tech | 12 p.m. | ESPN
No. 10 Indiana at Michigan State | 12 p.m. | ABC
Illinois at Rutgers | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Western Carolina at No. 22 Liberty | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
Penn State at Nebraska | 12 p.m. | FS1
Wake Forest at North Carolina | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
Vanderbilt at Kentucky | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
TCU at West Virginia | 12 p.m. | FOX
Army at Tulane | 12 p.m. | ESPN+
Gardner-Webb at Charlotte | 12 p.m. | ESPN3
Middle Tennessee at No. 16 Marshall | 1:30 p.m. | CBSSN
South Alabama at No. 25 Louisiana | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Georgia State at Appalachian State | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Fresno State at Utah State | 2:30 p.m. | FS2
UTEP at UTSA | 3 p.m. | ESPN+
South Florida at Houston | 3 p.m. | ESPN2
No. 2 Notre Dame at Boston College | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
No. 20 USC at Arizona | 3:30 p.m. | FOX
Texas State at Georgia Southern | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Colorado at Stanford | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
Louisville at Virginia | 3:30 p.m. | ACC Network
Southern Miss at Western Kentucky | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Baylor at Texas Tech | 4 p.m. | FS1
Hawai'i at San Diego State | 4 p.m. | Spectrum Sports
Nevada at New Mexico | 6:30 p.m. | FS2
Arkansas at No. 6 Florida | 7 p.m. | ESPN
No. 19 SMU at Tulsa | 7 p.m. | ESPN2
No. 11 Oregon at Washington State | 7 p.m. | FOX
No. 13 Wisconsin at Michigan | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Florida State at NC State | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
South Carolina at Ole Miss | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
No. 23 Northwestern at Purdue | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Temple at UCF | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU
UNLV at San Jose State | 10:30 p.m. | FS2
Utah at UCLA | 10:30 p.m. | FOX
Oregon State at Washington | 11 p.m. | FS1
No. 1 Alabama at LSU — POSTPONED
No. 3 Ohio State at Maryland — CANCELED
No. 5 Texas A&M at Tennessee — POSTPONED
No. 12 Georgia at Missouri — POSTPONED
No. 15 Coastal Carolina at Troy — POSTPONED
No. 24 Auburn at Mississippi State — POSTPONED
Cal at Arizona State — CANCELED
Memphis at Navy — POSTPONED
UL Monroe at Arkansas State — POSTPONED
Rice at Louisiana Tech — POSTPONED
Air Force at Wyoming — CANCELED
North Texas at UAB — CANCELED
Pitt at Georgia Tech — RESCHEDULED TO DEC. 12

Sunday

10 a.m.: GLF — Masters CBS
1 p.m.: NFL — Tampa Bay at Carolina Fox
4:05 p.m.: NFL — LA Chargers at Miami CBS
4:25 p.m.: NFL — San Francisco at New Orleans Fox
8:20 p.m.: NFL — Baltimore at Patriots NBC

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PARTING THOUGHT

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