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NBC Sports Boston Insiders Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry talk about the New England Patriots and the NFL. New episodes drop every Tuesday & Thursday. You can leave a question or comment for Tom or Phil on Twitter (@tomecurran - @PhilAPerry), by leaving us a review on Apple podcasts, or by leaving us a voice mail to use in the show by calling 781-214-0753.
 
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Russillo shares his thoughts on the sports media frenzy of overreactions and hyperbole following a championship (0:40), before talking with sports media legend Dan Patrick about his time at ESPN, covering Michael Jordan, partying with Dennis Rodman, confronting A-Rod, debating David Stern, all-time worst interviews, leaving ESPN to build something …
 
Ryen opens with how he accidentally bought some women’s clothes before getting into five significant Finals stats (0:45). Then, he chats with Packers Pro Bowl tackle David Bakhtiari about chugging beers at Bucks games, his unusual path to the NFL, and what’s going on with the Aaron Rodgers situation (14:10). Next he brings on two F1 experts—Barstoo…
 
Who was more mad about Chris Paul’s Game 4: Chris Paul or Russillo? Ryen breaks down the idea that CP3 is uncomfortable in big moments and speculates on what version we'll see in Game 5 (1:00). Next, he chats with The Athletic’s Anthony Slater about Giannis’s ridiculous Finals, Chris Paul’s up-and-down playoffs and what the Warriors will do with Ja…
 
Russillo shares his thoughts on Conor McGregor’s injury in his loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264, and all the speculation around McGregor's future (0:45) before talking with screenwriter-producer Brad Ingelsby about his industry origins and some of his work, including ‘Out of the Furnace,’ ‘The Way Back,’ and ‘Mare of Easttown’ [Warning: SPOILERS!]…
 
Russillo shares his thoughts on Suns-Bucks Game 2, as well as the dwindling NBA Finals ratings (0:45) before talking to The Ringer’s Wosny Lambre about the Suns seeming to have no holes their game, what to watch for in Game 3 in Milwaukee, where Chris Paul ranks all time among NBA point guards, and more (15:30). Then Ryen talks with actor, comedian…
 
Russillo shares his thoughts on the new name, image and likeness rules now that we’ve had a week to see them in action and then welcomes on three different guests with unique perspectives on how it will shape college sports. First he chats with Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger for some background on how we got here, where it’s going, and why thi…
 
Tom Curran has unveiled his “Top 50 Patriots under Bill Belichick” list. Phil Perry joins the podcast to debate 21-50 on Curran’s list and discuss how Tom came to his final decisions. 1:30-Which players earned the 20-25 spots? 5:30-Changes from 2015 list: Randy Moss drops, Ted Johnson on the rise 14:00-Where should Danny Amendola rank in the top 50…
 
Russillo shares his thoughts on the Suns winning the West and Chris Paul reaching his first NBA Finals, including why CP3 is everything you’d want in a basketball player. Then, he chats with NBA draft expert Chad Ford about his latest mock draft, some questions he has about presumptive no. 1 pick Cade Cunningham, and why evaluators miss on prospect…
 
Russillo breaks down the Clippers' Game 5 win in Phoenix and why you can’t fake desperation in the NBA playoffs before getting into the roller coaster of opinions on who Paul George is (0:42). Then, Ryen is joined by Amar’e Stoudemire to discuss his first season transitioning from player to coach with the Nets, how Steve Nash changed his career, an…
 
Tom Curran has unveiled picks 1-20 on his “Top 50 Patriots under Bill Belichick” list. Phil Perry joins the podcast to debate Curran's more controversial choices and discuss how Tom came to his final decisions. 1:45-Any problems with the top 5 on Curran’s list? 5:00-Does Gronk deserve to be in the top 5? 9:00-Who should be ranked higher, Matt Light…
 
Russillo breaks down Trae Young’s performance in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals (2:00) before talking with The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor about NBA lottery pick prospects and Ben Simmons’s trade potential (15:00). Finally Ryen is joined by author and trainer Jeremy Scott to answer some listener-submitted fitness Life Advice questions (57:00).…
 
Which version of the Patriots’ dynasty was better, 2000s or 2010s? Tom Curran talks with Devin McCourty, Christian Fauria, Karen Guregian, Dan Koppen, and Deion Branch to figure out which version of the Patriots' dynasty was better. Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/9_tEO-zMqKE Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.…
 
Is James White or Kevin Faulk the better all-time Patriot? Tom Curran talks with Devin McCourty, Christian Fauria, Ted Johnson, Scott Zolak, and Karen Guregian to figure out which player should be ranked higher in his 2021 “Top 50 of the Belichick era” list. Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/QKzv33ixBAk Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice…
 
In the absence of NBA playoff games to discuss, Russillo and Ceruti kick around the idea of assigning value to sports takes (2:00). Then, he is joined by The Ringer’s Kevin Clark for the debut segment of Ryen Russillo: Going Abroad, in which they touch on the F1 French Grand Prix and a little international soccer, before discussing the upcoming NBA…
 
In a duel of perfect Patriots, is it Julian Edelman or Troy Brown? Tom Curran talks with Devin McCourty, Christian Fauria, Ted Johnson, Scott Zolak, and Karen Guregian to figure out which player should be ranked higher in his 2021 “Top 50 of the Belichick era” list. Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/O_Z1addBY_Q Privacy Policy and California Privac…
 
Who ya got all-time: Hightower or McGinest? Tom Curran talks with Deion Branch, Scott Zolak, Christian Fauria, and Devin McCourty to figure out which player should be ranked higher in his 2021 “Top 50 of the Belichick era” list. Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/mKATDPMhoEA Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.…
 
Tom Curran and Phil Perry debate how Cam Newton’s impressive practice on Wednesday will impact the QB competition. Also, Tom tries out his new favorite game “Fair or unfair” where he rocks a Boston accent. 1:30-Cam Newton looked good on Wednesday; how will it impact the QB competition? 4:30-Can Cam Newton prove that he can be more consistent this s…
 
Russillo shares his thoughts on the Hawks’ Game 5 comeback win over the 76ers (2:00) before diving into the 76ers’ fourth-quarter collapse (10:45). Then Ryen is joined by NBA veteran and current NBA G League Ignite point guard Jarrett Jack to discuss his time in the NBA G League, his relationship with Chris Paul, playing for coach Mark Jackson with…
 
Tom Curran and Phil Perry break down the latest from Patriots minicamp. How will Cam Newton deal with Mac Jones getting more reps? Who has the leverage, Gilmore or the Patriots? 1:00-How did Cam Newton deal with Mac Jones getting more reps during Tuesday’s minicamp? 4:00-Cam Newton’s comments from Tuesday regarding Mac Jones 8:00-Is the door shut, …
 
Russillo shares his thoughts on the Clippers-Jazz, Hawks-76ers, and Bucks-Nets Round 2 playoff series, now all tied at 2 (2:30). Then Ryen talks with Danny Kanell of SiriusXM and CBS Sports about the proposed 12-team College Football Playoff expansion, the NCAA name, image, and likeness debate, and more (18:00). Finally Ryen answers some listener-s…
 
Tom Curran breaks down what he saw from the Patriots Thursday practice. Also, Frank Edelman joins to discuss his expectations for the Patriots this season, and what led to Julian’s decision to retire. 1:00-Curran’s practice impressions from Thursday 3:30-Mac Jones: “there’s a lot going on in my brain” 6:30-Interview with the legend…Frank Edelman 10…
 
Russillo shares some playoff thoughts on Suns-Nuggets, 76ers-Hawks, and Clippers-Jazz (2:20), before talking with Ceruti about media reactions to Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole’s comments about sticky substances (19:45). Then Ryen talks with Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports and The Athletic about College Football Playoff expansion proposals as well as the …
 
Tom Curran talks with Deion Branch about why Julio Jones would not have been a good fit in the Patriots offense, and why he expects Cam Newton to be a much better QB in 2021. 1:45-Why the Patriots ultimately didn’t get Julio Jones 6:00-Deion Branch explains why the Patriots offense wouldn’t have been a good fit for Julio Jones 11:00-Branch on why h…
 
Russillo shares his thoughts on the ways we as fans talk ourselves in and out of players (2:15). Then Ryen chats with seven-time NBA champion Robert “Big Shot Rob” Horry about the Lakers' Round 1 loss to the Suns, Anthony Davis’s groin injury, his title runs with the Rockets, Lakers, and Spurs, Shaquille O’Neal vs. Hakeem Olajuwon, the Basketball H…
 
Tom Curran and Phil Perry break down Friday’s session of OTA’s for the Patriots. Cam Newton leaves practice with an injury to his throwing hand, how will the injury impact his preparation for the season? 1:00-Cam Newton hurt his throwing hand on Friday, how bad is it? 3:30-If Cam sits out next week’s OTAs, how will it impact preparation for the sea…
 
Tom Curran and Phil Perry react to Josh McDaniels’ comments regarding Mac Jones, Cam Newton and the learning curve it will take for the Patriots to get ready for the season. 1:45-With all the additions, what’s the excitement level for the Patriots offense going into the season? 3:30-Josh McDaniels on his impressions so far coaching Mac Jones 6:45-S…
 
Russillo shares his thoughts on the concept of making adjustments in sports, particularly in the current Round 1 playoff series (1:45). Then Ryen talks with NBA champion Rasheed Wallace about his philosophy on being a good and effective teammate, his time with the early 2000s Trail Blazers, dealing with Shaquille O’Neal on the Lakers, being traded …
 
Russillo is joined by Bill Simmons, Jackie MacMullan, and Kevin O’Connor to discuss news on the heels of a first-round playoff exit: Celtics President of Basketball Ops Danny Ainge is retiring and Brad Stevens will be replacing him. They discuss off-season player movement, Celtics head coaching candidates, what could be next for Ainge, and more. Ho…
 
Tom Curran and Phil Perry debate whether the Patriots are in a ‘good spot’ at QB. Also, what would it take for Mac Jones to start over Cam Newton in Week 1? 2:20-Are the Patriots in a ‘good spot’ at the QB position? 6:00-Breaking down the benefits of building around a rookie QB 15:00-What would it take for Mac Jones to start Week 1? 19:00-Making th…
 
Russillo shares his thoughts on the injuries impacting the NBA playoffs, including the latest with Joel Embiid and Anthony Davis, before weighing in on Doc Rivers defending Ben Simmons and why Knicks fans should still be happy. Then, he shares a theory on why the relationship between fans and players could be the reason for the uptick in incidents …
 
Tom Curran and Phil Perry break down their day 1 observations from Patriots OTA’s. Which players impressed the most? 3:00-First impressions of Mac Jones at OTA’s 5:15-How impressive was Mac Jones’ accuracy during Day 1? 12:00-Does Cam Newton’s throwing motion look any different than last year? 16:30-How will Belichick split the reps for 4 QBs? 20:0…
 
Russillo shares his thoughts on some NBA story lines that have surfaced based on early playoff performance (2:15). Then Ryen talks to former Grizzlies VP of basketball ops and current senior NBA columnist at The Athletic John Hollinger about Rudy Gobert, Ja Morant’s electric playoff performances, minutes restrictions, the future of the L.A. Clipper…
 
Tom Curran and Phil Perry break down what it would cost the Patriots to acquire Julio Jones, and how he would fit in New England. Also, they breakdown what to expect at Patriots OTA’s. 5:00-What to expect from OTA’s? 13:00-Why Julio Jones makes all the sense in the world for the Patriots 19:30-How would Julio Jones fit in the Patriots’ offense? 26:…
 
Russillo opens with Shannon Sharpe getting Julio Jones to say he’s done with the Falcons and whether Julio knew he was on-air (2:00). Then, he chats with ESPN’s Jorge Sedano about whether the Clippers are in trouble against Luka and the Mavs, LeBron and the Lakers, and the Heat being down 0-2 against the Bucks (13:30). Next, he’s joined by NBA cham…
 
Tom Curran talks with Fred Gaudelli, Executive Producer of Sunday Night Football, about their ‘Decade of Sunday Nights’ bracket challenge. How many Patriots games made the list? Later, Phil Perry joins to discuss 15 Patriots questions that need answers. 1:00-Fred Gaudelli on SNF’s ‘Decade of Sunday Nights’ bracket challenge 6:00-Breaking down the P…
 
Russillo opens by breaking down the Lakers-Warriors play-in game, LeBron’s deep 3 over Steph, and all the drama that occurred late in the game (2:25). Then, he talks with former Celtics and Grizzlies guard Tony Allen, who tells some great stories about guarding Dwyane Wade, what made the Grit and Grind Grizzlies so great, and his experiences with K…
 
Tom Curran and Phil Perry debate how the signing of Brian Hoyer will impact the New England Patriots’ QB depth chart. Also, should we overanalyze Robert Kraft’s comments regarding Bill Belichick’s salary? 1:30-Patriots re-sign Brian Hoyer; what does it mean for Mac Jones? 5:30-Will Hoyer act as a QB coach for Mac Jones? 9:30-Does this move put Cam …
 
Russillo shares his thoughts on some story lines heading into the NBA playoffs, including on the Jazz, Suns, Nets, and Bucks (1:30). Then Ryen is joined by ESPN's Max Kellerman to discuss the Brooklyn Nets, the art of ESPN's 'First Take,' the current state of boxing, another Logan Paul exhibition match, and more (19:00). Finally Ryen answers some l…
 
Tom Curran talks with Chad Pennington about how he thinks the Patriots should handle the development of Mac Jones. Later, Phil Perry joins to give a game-by-game breakdown of the Patriots’ 2021 schedule. 1:00-Chad Pennington on Mac Jones being compared to him 4:30-Pennington on playing with Randy Moss in college; did it make him a better NFL QB? 10…
 
Russillo opens with his NBA regular-season observations, including the evolution of the MVP race and more, before a “Worst Dude Ever” title contender edition (1:30). Next, he talks with The Ringer’s Chris Ryan about his confidence in the 76ers come playoff time, where Joel Embiid ranks in his list of favorite Sixers, and how he sees the rest of the…
 
Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry get into the Patriots need for speed and discuss if it's actually that important. They also continue the Cam Newton vs Mac Jones debate and talk about when the best time for the Patriots vs Bucs game is. 2:00 - This Patriots offense is not fast... but do they care? 11:00 - Is this offense a good fit for Mac Jones? 15:00…
 
Russillo shares his thoughts on celebrity "beefs" as well as the online exchange between NBA players Bradley Beal and Kent Bazemore (2:00), before talking with NBA champion and head coach of the Toronto Raptors Nick Nurse about the 2020-21 NBA season, dealing with adversity, the Raptors' 2019 championship run, coaching Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry, th…
 
Tom Curran and Phil Perry are joined by Jets writer Bob Glauber and Dolphins writer Armando Salguero to get an idea of what the Patriots will be up against in the AFC East this season. 2:55 - Bob Glauber of Newsday in New York joins Tom and Phil and addresses how the Jets can launch their rebuild with a new head coach and rookie quarterback Zach Wi…
 
Russillo is joined by Super Bowl champion Trent Dilfer who shares some background on Aaron Rodgers’s beef with the Packers and when he thinks the breakup will actually happen. Plus, Dilfer breaks down why most of the quarterbacks in the draft went to the perfect franchise, with one major exception (2:15). Then Ryen closes it out with CNBC’s Josh Br…
 
Former Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel joins Tom Curran and Phil Perry to give his take on New England selecting Mac Jones at No. 15 in the draft. The three discuss what exactly it will take for Jones to surpass Cam Newton as the starting quarterback in Foxboro. 2:50 - Tom asks Matt and Phil at what point in the season they think Mac Jones will ta…
 
Russillo shares his thoughts on the clear case for Nikola Jokic for NBA MVP and the historical significance of that (1:30). Then Ryen talks with Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network about his draft evaluations, including Jaylen Waddle vs. DeVonta Smith, first-round QBs, most trustworthy front offices in evaluating positional talent, stories from the war …
 
Tom Curran and Phil Perry give their grades for the Patriots’ 2021 NFL Draft. What would they have liked the Patriots to do differently? Has the 3.0 version of the Patriots dynasty taken shape? 4:00-Grades for the Patriots drafting Mac Jones 16:30-Execution, player, and fit grades for Christian Barmore 21:00-Should the Patriots have picked another …
 
Tom Curran and Phil Perry react to the Patriots selecting DT Christian Barmore and DE Ronnie Perkins during day 2 of the 2021 NFL Draft. How much has the Patriots’ defense improved this offseason? 1:00-How much has the Patriots’ front-seven improved? 2:30-What can we expect from Christian Barmore in year 1? 5:30-Why taking a swing on Barmore is a g…
 
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