Devin McCourty responds to Bart Scott’s analysis of ‘desperate’ Patriots


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The Patriots face the Dolphins in Miami to start the 2022 season.

Devin McCourty during the 2022 pre-season. AP Photo/John Locher

The Connecticut Sun advanced to the WNBA Finals with a 72-63 win over the Chicago Sky in Game 5 deciding Thursday night. Connecticut, beat Chicago 24-5 in the fourth quarter and will now face the Las Vegas Aces in the Finals starting Sunday at 3 p.m.

Tonight, the Red Sox face the Orioles in Baltimore at 7:05 p.m.

On Saturday, the Revolution will be on the road to face the New York Red Bulls at 6 p.m.

And on Sunday, the Patriots face the Dolphins in Miami in Week 1 of the NFL regular season. The game will start at 1 p.m.

Devin McCourty responded to Bart Scott: Earlier this week, as the Patriots revealed the team would travel to Miami on Tuesday in an effort to counter the notorious effects of the South Florida heat, ESPN football analyst Bart Scott weighed in with a direct assessment.

“I think it’s a desperate move,” Scott said during a “Get Up!” section. “You are trying to change the narrative. You understand you are struggling, but South Beach is undefeated. I say South Beach because you have to fight the elements.

While Scott also referenced Miami’s nightlife temptation, the heat proved to be a bigger factor in the Patriots’ recent road games against the Dolphins. New England is 2-7 in its last nine trips to Miami.

Asked about Scott’s comments during his Friday interview with WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show,” Patriots safety Devin McCourty disagreed.

“I think being here has allowed the guys to acclimate to the heat,” McCourty replied, as transcribed by NESN’s Dakota Randall. “And, you know, I think for all of us, the plan is to go out there and play well and try to win. So I think it all comes from there.

“But ‘desperation?’ No, I don’t see it that way,” McCourty said. “But I play in the team, so I don’t think I would. But I think it did us good. I think the guys trained and felt good training in the heat. So hopefully it will pay off for us.

Anecdotes: Devin and Jason McCourty aren’t the only twins to play for the Patriots over the past decade. Can you name the other two brothers?

(Answer below).

Hint: One brother is a wide receiver (and was only on the Patriots practice squad for a while), the other is a tight end.

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Highlights from the Sun’s playoff win: Connecticut has advanced to its third WNBA Finals. The Sun is 0-2 all-time in the league championship series.

The NFL is back on Thursday: And the Bills got off to a winning start in the AFC East.

On this day: In 1960, the Patriots – then part of the fledgling American Football League – played the first game in franchise history against the Broncos at Nickerson Field in Boston. The “Boston” Patriots lost to the Broncos, 13-10, in front of a crowd of 21,597.

Patriots first game of 1960

daily highlight: Playing at the Kroger Queen City Championship on Thursday, Paula Creamer hit a hole-in-one in her second week back on the LPGA Tour.

Quiz Answer: Cody and Jacob Hollister



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