Phoenix is buzzing with activity

January 26th, 2015 at 3:48 pm by under Eyewitness Sports, General Talk, Patriots, Super Bowl

Danielle North working on her story for Eyewitness News at 5:30


We’ve been in Arizona for about 16 hours and aside from the 3 or 4 hours of sleep we’ve gotten we haven’t really had the chance to stop until now. And, we’re not the only ones. Phoenix is definitely a city buzzing with activity.  (more…)

Let the media blitz begin

January 26th, 2015 at 12:07 pm by under Eyewitness Sports, Patriots, Super Bowl


The podium is set for the first news conf of Super Bowl week.

Day 1 in Phoenix

January 26th, 2015 at 10:40 am by under Eyewitness Sports, Patriots, Super Bowl

Sunday we met with the Seattle Seahawks and hosted our Special Patriots Wrap from outside the stadium







It’s snowing in Arizona

January 26th, 2015 at 6:37 am by under Eyewitness Sports, Patriots, Super Bowl

Not really…it’s City Skate in downtown Phoenix. .the state’s only outdploor ice rink. Can’t wait to lace up.


A “warm” welcome!

January 25th, 2015 at 9:40 pm by under Patriots, Super Bowl

Just landed in Phoenix and we got a super warm welcome for the Super Bowl week…. First, temperature a balmy 72 degrees when we landed…. And then… Welcome signs everywhere …. All over the airport… Rental car center and beyond. Did not see any pats fans on the plane but if you are planning to leave early due to winter weather … Let us know!


Ready to Board….

January 25th, 2015 at 11:17 am by under Eyewitness Sports, Patriots, Super Bowl

After serious last minute packing (lol) we all made it ! Nancy is handling all of our digital coverage in Az and Les is going to supply all of our video coverage … We are excited to get started!!!


NFL Media Hotel

January 25th, 2015 at 9:19 am by under Eyewitness Sports, Patriots, Super Bowl

You can’t miss the fact that this is the NFL hotel we are staying at! Tom Brady is everywhere!



DeflateGate Parody: Patriots fan urged to ‘Shake it Off’

January 24th, 2015 at 6:04 pm by under Eyewitness Sports, General Talk, Patriots, Super Bowl

Instead of the Super Bowl or Seattle, DeflateGate has been the big topic of conversation this week. A lot of Patriot fans I know are worried about how the controversy will affect the team next week.

Taking some advice from one of Rhode Island’s most famous residents – Taylor Swift – WROR’s Loren & Wally are urging the Patriots and their fans to Shake it Off.

Not to be outdone – some Seahawks fan’s are also using a Taylor Swift song for some inspiration. (more…)

Reliving Pats from High School

January 24th, 2015 at 4:45 pm by under Eyewitness Sports, Patriots, Super Bowl

You could say I’ve covered the Patriots for this entire 14 year run. Only in their first Super Bowl, I wrote for my high school newspaper, the Rebellion (South Kingstown) Here’s a snapshot from my story.


Heading out of T.F Green

January 24th, 2015 at 9:43 am by under Eyewitness Sports, Patriots, Super Bowl


We are a big operation traveling with all the cameras and tripods. Providence-Charlotte-Phoenix, let’s hope no delays or weather issues!

Packing day…

January 23rd, 2015 at 11:01 am by under Patriots, Super Bowl

IMG_2338.JPGIt’s a busy weekend for us at Eyewitness News… Saturday is our Meeting street Telethon (hope you can tune in for a special night ) and Sunday morning our crew heads to Arizona! Got my Gear ready… Packing up the big suitcase today…. Can’t wait…

Waiting on NFL

January 23rd, 2015 at 10:34 am by under Eyewitness Sports, Patriots, Super Bowl


It’s now day 5 and we are still waiting on the NFL for a deflategate ruling. It may not come until after the Super Bowl, which means we’ll have to talk about this for 9 more days.

You wonder if the NFL has contacted Brady at this point. They should, already.

Deflategate media spectacle

January 22nd, 2015 at 6:12 pm by under Eyewitness Sports, General Talk, Patriots, Super Bowl

An unbelievable media presence in Foxboro today. As deflategate has become a national story. It was standing room only in the press conference room



Brady remains calm under pressure amid ‘Deflategate’

January 22nd, 2015 at 5:42 pm by under Eyewitness Sports, Patriots, Super Bowl

brady deflategatePatriot QB Tom Brady faced the media Thursday afternoon to answer questions about “Deflategate”

The questions ran the gamut: What did you know? How did you not know? Are you a cheater? and so on…

Not only did Brady answer every single questions posed to him, he kept his composure and remained congenial – even after being asked the same question in about 25 different ways. He even went about 10 minutes over passed the time when his handlers firs said “last question,” even shooing them away at times.

I’m a New York girl and by no means a Patriots fan – so I can’t be accused of being a homer – and I will say I was impressed with how patient he was answering the same question over and over. Whether he was telling the truth – who knows.

I’m very interested to see how this all plays out.

Waiting for Brady….

January 22nd, 2015 at 1:34 pm by under Patriots
AP Photo/Charles Krupa

AP Photo/Charles Krupa

Now that we have heard from the coach…. It is going to be very interesting to hear what the QB has to say… Tons of media in Foxboro… We will have live coverage … He is expected to speak between 4:15 and 4:30.

You can watch the news conference live on WPRI 12 and streaming on

UPDATED:  Here’s what he said

Awaiting Belichick

January 22nd, 2015 at 9:19 am by under Patriots

A huge national media contingency at Gillette today awaiting Bill Belichick’s first deflategate comments


Hashtag: InflateThis

January 21st, 2015 at 7:05 pm by under Patriots

Amusing counter attack takes to Twitter via #inflatethis.  Looking like this is Brandon Browner’s brainchild.

Westward Ho! Eyewitness News headed to AZ

January 21st, 2015 at 2:05 pm by under Eyewitness Sports, Patriots, Super Bowl

As the Patriots continue the quest for a fourth championship berth, Eyewitness News is going along for the ride. We’ll be covering Super Bowl XLIX live from Arizona beginning Sunday, January 25. Luckily I’ll be going along to field produce for the on-air crews, as well provide digital coverage of the festivities.wpri super bowl gear

Going live on location with three different crews – and 8 people total – isn’t a simple task. The planning began before the Patriots’ win over Indianapolis and picked up in earnest in the last few days. Hotel and plane reservations have been made; credentials have been submitted; satellite time has been booked; cars have been rented. That’s just a few of the tasks – the list is actually quite staggering.  (more…)

ESPN host Mike Greenberg dismisses Patriots scandal

January 20th, 2015 at 10:57 am by under Patriots

ESPN radio’s Mike Greenberg was quick to dismiss the NFL’s investigation of the Patriots deflated ball scandal today when he was a guest on CBS This Morning.  He refused to “entertain this conversation”. Watch his take.  The CBS This Morning crew also discuss the  best-selling novelist’s new book, “My Father’s Wives.”


The early money: Pats favored?

January 19th, 2015 at 12:25 am by under Patriots, Super Bowl
Vegas oddsmakers have Seahawks-Patriots as a pick'em. (

Vegas oddsmakers have Seahawks-Patriots as a pick’em. (

Our crew around here likes the Pats chances against the Seahawks, but what about Vegas? The early money in Las Vegas is on the New England Patriots to win Super Bowl XLIX.

The Patriots opened up as a 2.5-point underdog at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, however, that number was bet down to a pick’em less than an hour after the opening line went live.

The Patriots are now even favored by as much as one point at several Vegas sports books.

Bursting It Wide Open

January 18th, 2015 at 9:50 pm by under Patriots

Only ten points separated the Patriots and Colts when they came out of the locker room for the second half – but it didn’t stay that way for long.

New England once again brought out the creativity that helped them take down the Ravens last week. After engineering a 71-yard drive to get into the red zone, offensive tackle Nate Solder checked in as an eligible receiver – and receive he did. The big man pulled in a 16-yard touchdown pass from Brady, the first of his career.

AP Photo/Matt Slocum

AP Photo/Matt Slocum

The following drive for Indy ended in a 3 and out – and the Patriots continued to pile it on. Gronk pulled in yet another touchdown to give the team a commanding 31-7 lead. But alas – they weren’t done.

The Colts’ next drive was again cut short by a Darrelle Revis interception, which culminated in another rushing touchdown for Blount. That marked his sixth postseason touchdown – topping Antoine Smith for the franchise record.

Staying in Control

January 18th, 2015 at 8:50 pm by under Patriots
AP Photo/Julio Cortez

AP Photo/Julio Cortez

The Colts had one of the most powerful offenses in the NFL this season, and the Patriots defense was again able to keep them relatively quiet in quarter #2.

A Patriots drive was cut short when a pass intended for Rob Gronkowski was picked off by D’Qwell Jackson. Much like the Patriots did in the first quarter, the Colts took the mistake and got 7 points out of it in the form of a 1-yard run by RB Zurlon Tipton.

New England immediately stormed back with a 65-yard drive of their own – but failed to put the ball in the end zone despite numerous attempts.

The drive ended with a short FG by Stephen Gostkowski, and the Patriots went into the locker room up 17-7.

Capitalizing on Mistakes

January 18th, 2015 at 7:48 pm by under Patriots

Fifteen minutes of football are behind us in the AFC Championship, and New England is in the driver’s seat.

After a pair of failed drives from both teams, the Patriots caught a break early on when Josh Cribbs muffed a punt and it was recovered by Darius Fleming at the Colts 26. The Patriots took advantage of the good field position and went up 7-0 with a short touchdown run from LeGarrette Blount.

AP Photo/Charles Krupa

AP Photo/Charles Krupa

Looking to recover, the Colts put together a quick drive and set up a 51-yard field goal for former Patriot Adam Vinatieri – and he kicked it wide right. New England again drove down the field and were able to capitalize off another Indianapolis mistake in the form of a touchdown pass to FB James Develin. It was the Brown University alum’s first touchdown reception, and it came at a great time, putting the Patriots up 14-0.

Tom Brady added more postseason passing yards to his resume, which once again put him on top of Peyton Manning for the most in NFL history.

Inactives for AFC Championship

January 18th, 2015 at 6:59 pm by under Patriots

Inactive for the Patriots today are:

  • RB James White
  • OL Jordan Devey
  • OL Bryan Stork
  • WR Josh Boyce
  • WR Brian Tyms
  • DL Zach Moore
  • DL Chris Jones

And for the Colts:

  • WR Griff Wayland
  • RB Trent Richardson
  • CB Sheldon Price
  • OL Xavier Nixon
  • OLB Bjoern Werner
  • DL Zach Kerr

Last week Patriots RB Jonas Gray was inactive, but he’s in uniform today. Maybe the team hopes he can repeat his last performance against Indy and run for 201 yards and four touchdowns.


January 18th, 2015 at 6:39 pm by under Patriots

For a while it looked as though we could potentially see a rematch of Super Bowl XXXI. But the Seahawks wanted no part of that.

Kickoff for the Patriots-Colts game was delayed 10 minutes after Seattle mounted a late comeback against Green Bay and the game went into overtime. It was capped off by a miraculous walk-off touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to Jermaine Kearse, propelling the defending champs to their second straight Super Bowl.

AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

Let The Games Begin

January 18th, 2015 at 4:59 pm by under Patriots

Hello again from the press box! Gillette Stadium has traded in bitter cold temperatures for cloudy, wet conditions, and we’re gearing up for an AFC Championship showdown between the Patriots and the Colts.

Crews have taken the tarp off the field, and the players are out there getting warmed up. Once again we’ll be live blogging throughout the game, so be sure to check back in throughout the game instead of watching those pesky commercials.

Below are a few pics from field level:

A Friendly Wager

January 16th, 2015 at 5:20 pm by under Patriots

In keeping with tradition, Charlie Baker has made his first sports bet as the governor of Massachusetts.

He and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence exchanged football-related jabs on Twitter, and made a friendly wager on the outcome of Sunday’s showdown between the Patriots and the Colts.

Baker offered up a Super Bowl-themed cake from Montilio’s in Brockton and Boston Creme Pie cupcakes from the Koffee Kup bakery in Springfield if the Colts come out on top. Pence made a really bad joke about shredding the Patriots before putting some pulled pork from Shoup’s Country Foods on the table. That’s a serious win-win for Baker if (read: when) New England is victorious.

Don’t forget – on Sunday I’ll once again be live blogging during the game from the press box at Gillette Stadium, plus tweeting @wpri12.

Here’s a snippet of the conversation between the governors:

Twitter conversation - Gov. Baker and Gov. Pence


Ride the T to Gillette

January 14th, 2015 at 4:57 pm by under Patriots

If you’re heading to the game on Sunday and are not interested in dealing with Route 1 traffic outside of Gillette Stadium, the MBTA will be offering a special game day train schedule from T.F. Green Airport and South Station in Boston.

The agency released the full schedule on Wednesday:

Sunday, Jan 18
vs. Colts
Kick Off
6:40 p.m.
South Station Train
4:00 p.m.
4:05 p.m.
4:20 p.m.
Gillette Stadium
5:05 p.m.
TF Green Airport Train
3:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
4:10 p.m.
4:20 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
Gillette Stadium
5:05 p.m.

Round trip tickets are $15. Visit the MBTA’s website for more details.

We’re on to Indianapolis

January 14th, 2015 at 3:44 pm by under Eyewitness Sports, Patriots

After knocking the Ravens out of the playoffs, the Patriots got back to business on Wednesday. Even though they made it look easy in Week 11, the team will have their work cut out for them when the Colts come to town on Sunday.

The Patriots may have rolled to a 42-20 victory on the back of Jonas Gray, but they recognize that one of the league’s best offenses will not be looking to repeat that performance. AFC Championship Patriots Colts helmets

Brady and Belichick held a news conference Wednesday morning to give their thoughts on the Colts. A lot of it was preparation humdrum, but they both made it clear there’s a lot of work to be done prior to kickoff. Here are the details: Brady: Beating the Colts will “take everything we’ve got”

Also – Brady noted that Gisele asked “what’s your problem?” in regards to his pre-game intensity and helmet smashing. Apparently she had different ways of getting amped up for Victoria’s Secret fashion shows.

Now Gray, who ran for 201 yards and four touchdowns in the last game against Indy, didn’t dress for Saturday’s showdown with Baltimore. At this point you’re probably wondering the same thing as me – will the team give him another chance to run amok against the Colts?

Patriots Forecast Sunday. Rain at least part of game

January 14th, 2015 at 3:24 pm by under Patriots, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Sunday 11:30PM Update

We’re on to Seattle!….in Arizona, of course!

Here’s the average weather conditions for February 1st in Glendale, AZ (the home of Super Bowl XLIX).



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8:30PM Update:

Special Weather Statement from the National Weather Service:









As of 8pm, a thin line of heavy rain and strong, gusty winds was working through parts of Rhode Island.  Brief street flooding and poor drainage flooding is possible with this rain.  Arrival time in Foxboro is between 8:30 and 9:15PM.


-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo



Sunday evening update:


We’re tracking a line of heavy downpours with some embedded thunderstorms moving from CT through Long Island.  This line is headed east-northeastward and is expected to move through our area between 7 and 10PM.

Cloud to surface lightning is well south of New England, but some cloud-to-cloud lightning is possible.

Strong winds and heavy rain is expected in our area between 7 and 10pm.  Localized street and poor drainage flooding is possible.   Please keep the speeds down while driving.

-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo



Here is an updated timeline, some new information came in this morning…..this new data still supports out thoughts from last night.

Tailgating 1PM to 6PM: While it’s not raining the entire time, expect off/on showers so have the rain jacket with you.  Temperatures will average in the mid 40s with breezes 10-15 mph with a few gusts of 20 mph possible .  Temperatures will be rain dependent.  When it’s raining it should be in the low 40s, when it is not raining it could rise to the upper 40s.

Game (6:30 to 10PM): I would not be surprised to see a lull in the rain around kickoff, but some downpours and even a thunderstorm are possible anytime from the 2nd quarter to the end of the game.  Winds will average 5-15 mph, but under a downpour a gust of 30 mph is possible.  Temperatures averaging in the 40s.


Walk to Card, Drive Home (10PM to 12AM): Some showers may linger with breezes 10-20 mph.  Temperatures in the low 40s.  Watch for some areas of minor street flooding on the drive home.


Enjoy the game! Pete Mangione


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Saturday Evening Update:

Latest information indicates that we will see a period of very heavy rain during the mid to latter part of the game.  Here is the RPM computer model’s output of rain for around 9PM on Sunday.


Multiple computer models indicate that this line of heavy rain will come through our area between 7 and 9:30PM.  There is also the possibility of some lightning during the evening…including during the game.  Some strong wind gusts are possible, too.


We could be seeing rainfall amounts of 1 to 1.25″, most of which will fall during the evening.

Bring the rain gear!

-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo

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Updated on Saturday Morning by Pete Mangione

Data continues to show rain on the way for at least PART of the Pats/Colts game.  Here is a timeline of what to expect:

Tailgating (1PM to 6PM):  Temperatures in the mid 40s with mostly cloudy skies.  Breezes 10-15 mph with a few gusts of 20 mph possible.  Showers are possible at times.  There may be some good windows of dry weather so I don’t expect a complete washout for the tailgating.



First Half (6:30 to 8PM): Temperatures in the mid 40s with off/on showers.  Although there could be a few gusts of 25-30 mph, I’m not expecting consistently strong winds.  Therefore, I don’t think wind will play much of a factor in the passing or kicking game.

2nd Half (8PM to 10PM): Showers will become more frequent and even heavy at times.  Breezes 10-15 mph with occasional gusts of 25 or 30 mph possible.



The Walk to Car and Drive Home: This is when I expect the steadiest rain to arrive.  Temperatures still in the 40s with a few gusts under any potential downpour.  Use caution on the drive home as some minor street flooding is possible.  Enjoy the game! -Pete Mangione


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Friday Morning Update:

The computer models we use to forecast the weather continue to show the good likelihood of a wet and windy game in Foxboro.  Rain will overspread the area in the afternoon and fall heavily during the evening as a cold front approaches Southern New England.


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As it approaches, I’m expecting an area of low pressure to develop along the front, which will enhance the rainfall.   In addition, the front/low will have a lot of moisture to chew on.  This map of precipitable water shows a tropical connection to the moisture….right up from the Bahamas.   Precipitable water is the amount rain that would fall if all the water in the air came down as rain.   Basically, we could be seeing brief flooding rains Sunday evening.  I’m expecting rainfall totals between 1 and 1.5″ on Sunday.

pwIn addition, strong winds are possible late Sunday…some gusts to 40mph are possible from the south.

Here’s what I expect for kickoff on Sunday…


There are some indications that rain could end before the game does.  Also, if the cold air arrives more quickly on the back side of this system, we may see a bit of snow as the precipitation ends….all of this could play into the strategy for Bill Belichick…then again…he doesn’t listen to us. :)

-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo


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Good Evening from chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca..

Changes in Sunday’s Forecast. The earlier thinking a few days ago of dry weather has changed. At this point it looks like mostly rain, which may end as a brief periods snow by Monday morning. Stay tuned for updates to see if anything changes with timing of rainfall. Ofcourse, it would be nice to have the rain hold off until AFTER the game…as of now, the rain “start time” looks like late day, early evening Sunday..


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