New England Patriots: World Series

Brady's prediction: Red Sox in five

October, 23, 2013
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is on the record with his World Series prediction: "Red Sox in five," he said. "We'll give [the Cardinals] one."

The quarterback opened his weekly press conference by answering questions about the Red Sox, who will vie for their third World Series title since 2004 beginning Wednesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Brady expressed not only his confidence that the Sox would win the series, but also his support for the team.

"That's our team!" he exclaimed. "I've been here a while, so I've gotten to see a lot of Red Sox games over the years and watched them win a few championships, so tonight is -- you don't take these for granted because you don't know if they'll ever come again."

Brady also expressed admiration for the Red Sox turnaround, going from 69 wins last season to 97 regular-season wins this season, tied with the Cardinals for the best in baseball.

"The Red Sox have had a great year and what they've done, based on what happened last year, shows everybody what fighting through adversity is all about," Brady continued. "They obviously have a lot of mental toughness and it's a great thing to see, a great thing to watch, to go from last place or where they were last year to playing for the World Series."

Belichick rooting for La Russa, Cards

October, 28, 2011
Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesSt. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and Patriots coach Bill Belichick talk during the 2006 NLCS.
If Patriots coach Bill Belichick looked bleary-eyed Friday morning, it wasn't all from breaking down film of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Belichick acknowledged Friday that he stayed up late to catch an epic Game 6 of the World Series that saw the St. Louis Cardinals rally five times -- including from two runs down in both the ninth and 10th innings -- to top the Texas Rangers. Belichick, who would later parade through the locker room in the jersey of Cardinals coach Tony La Russa, will likely be back in front of the TV for tonight's Game 7. in his La Russa jersey Friday in the Patriots' locker room.
"What a game, what a game," Belichick said of Thursday's battle in which the Cardinals were twice down to their final strike. "It’s just behind five times... scored in the last however many, seventh, eighth, ninth, 10th, 11th. I'm happy for Tony and wishing him well tonight. That team has shown a lot of resiliency and physical toughness, mental toughness from being way behind in September and in the Series in various games. They’ve lost a couple games I’m sure they feel like they should have won. They’ve been able to bounce back from those and now it’s a one-game season. It’s two good teams. The Rangers are a good team, too. It’s two good teams. Great series."

This isn't the first time Belichick's been spotted in his La Russa jersey in recent weeks. And he discussed his relationship with the Cardinals skipper on Friday.

"We have a couple mutual friends, one in particular," said Belichick, who often remarked about his friendship with former Red Sox coach Terry Francona. "It’s good to talk to sometimes people in other sports. Coaching is coaching –- dealing with players, dealing with coaches, dealing with other situations. There is certainly a lot of common ground there. I’m fortunate to have a great relationship with a person like Tony or [University of Florida basketball coach] Billy Donovan or [Johns Hopkins lacrosse coach] Dave Pietramala, guys like that, that are real good coaches. Different sports, but again I think we share some common philosophies.

"Unfortunately, where Tony is at and where I’m at, there’s not a lot of overlap. I’ve spent at least a day with him in spring training every year and that’s always fun to watch. Unfortunately, I don’t get to see him at this time of year because it’s a whole different type of coaching and preparation and structure and everything. Seeing him at training camp and being able to connect a little bit with his team has been a good experience for me. I’ve learned a lot. I think he does a great job."