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VIDEO: Check Out The Best 2018 Scott Zolak Game Reactions

Robert Alvarez
March 12, 2019 at 10:30 pm ET

As the New England Patriots conclude their 2018 championship season with a new league year beginning March 13th, take a took a look back at Scott Zolak’s best in-game reactions.

Zolak, alongside play-by-play partner Bob Socci, have already called three championships together since 2013 on 985 The Sports Hub.

Since replacing Gino Cappelletti in 2012, Zolak has become a fan favorite for his excitement and enthusiasm during games.

Check out the funny clips shared by the Patriots Twitter account below.

Getting Social with Bob Socci – Three Questions For Week Six

Robert Alvarez
October 17, 2015 at 8:00 pm ET

In a this weeks column, 98.5 The Sports Hub Patriots radio play-by-play broadcaster Bob Socci provides his insight and predictions for this upcoming week six matchup with the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. 

Who is your breakout player for either Indianapolis or New England this week? 

“If Indianapolis is to stay in the game, the obvious choice is Andrew Luck — assuming he’s good to go, coming off his shoulder injury.  How does a three-time Pro Bowler (is his first three years in the NFL, no less) qualify as a ‘breakout player?’  Well, he has to break out of the early-season mold of this season (7 TD and a 65.1 passer rating) and the rut he’s been in opposite the Patriots (0-4 as a starter with 10 interceptions).  How? 1) Avoid the mistakes he’s been prone to make throughout his career, especially against New England 2) Keep plays alive with his mobility, which may far more important against this Pats’ pass rush than the one he’s confronted in the past and 3) Deliver the deep ball, which neither Brandon Weeden nor Blake Bortles were able to do in New England’s last two wins.”

Position matchup/battle to look for?

This relates to the first question.  There’s a lot of match ups that are pivotal — i.e., the Pats’ offensive line or even LeGarrette Blount vs. the revamped Colts’ defensive front (after all the success New England’s enjoyed on the ground in recent years).  But I’ll go with the Patriots’ secondary vs. Indy’s receivers.  Last year, with Darrelle Revis, Kyle Arrington and Brandon Browner, the Patriots totally frustrated the Colts’ fleet receivers T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief.  Except tight end Coby Fleener in the regular-season meeting, Indy’s receiving corps did very little damage to the Patriots in 2014.  But, naturally, with the ongoing changes in New England’s secondary this season — yet another move was made in the middle of the week with the addition of ex-Raven Rashaan Melvin — the Colts must count on different results this time around to have a chance to keep with their counterparts.  Plus, Andre Johnson, who did not look good earlier in the season, caught two touchdown passes in Week 5 at Houston.”


The Patriots will need a better performance from their offensive line this week vs Indianapolis

What Patriots unit do you believe has to make the most improvement/adjustments going into this week?

“For Tom Brady’s sake, let’s hope it’s the offensive line as a whole in pass protection.  After surrendering five sacks (and eight quarterback hits) at Dallas, as well as the subsequent loss of injured Nate Solder, the Pats need a better performance from the unit this week.  If Robert Mathis and Trent Cole have anything left in their tanks as pass rushers, this is the week they’ll need to tap into it for the Colts’ collective sakes.  Also, of course, the Pats’ rushing success (657 yards the last three games vs. Indianapolis) can only continue if they get a better push from the offensive line this week.  It’s been somewhat disappointing thus far when the Patriots have lined up ‘heavy’ in short-yardage situations and run the ball — save for Brady’s sneaks.  Indy returns only 8 percent of its defensive line snaps from last season and is allowing 3.8 yards per carry.”

Bob Socci has held the position of Patriots radio broadcaster since the beginning of the 2013 NFL season, taking over for longtime play-by-play man Gil Santos. He has called two AFC Championship games and the Patriots Super Bowl XLIX victory in February 2015.  He can also be heard weekly during football season on Patriots.com. 

Getting Social with Bob Socci – Three Questions For Week Five

Robert Alvarez
October 9, 2015 at 7:30 am ET

In a new weekly column introduced on PatsFans.com entitled “Getting Social with Bob Socci”, I was graciously granted the opportunity to interview 98.5 The Sports Hub Patriots radio play-by-play broadcaster Bob Socci for his insight and predictions into this upcoming week five matchup with the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Who is your breakout player for either Dallas or NE this week?

“If it sounds too strange to say an eighth-year veteran with two Pro Bowls will be a breakout player, then let’s predict that this Sunday’s game in Dallas will mark the re-emergence of Jerod Mayo.  After very limited reps the first three weeks of the season, coming off injury in 2014 and left off the field in ‘sub’ packages (themselves a misnomer, because the old ‘sub’ defenses are the new norm), I suspect Mayo will have a much more integral role at Dallas.  The Cowboys’ best (maybe their only) chance to succeed on Sunday relies on being able to run the ball.  They’re also limited in personnel in the passing game, due to the injuries they’ve sustained at both receiver and in the backfield.  So I foresee a much greater role for Mayo in this game than in Weeks 1-3.”

Position matchup/battle to look for? 

“Dallas’ offensive line vs. Pats’ front seven.  I’m very curious about the roles that newcomers Akiem Hicks, Khyri Thornton and Jonathan Bostic are going to occupy in the next month and a half.  Naturally, if/when they’re employed defensively, they bear watching (closely).  Overall, it will be extremely important for the Pats to set and hold the edge defensively.  They had some problems toward this end, it seemed, at the outset of the season.  Let’s see how they do that this week, and if they become a bit stouter inside.  Considering that the Jets and Washington await in the next month, it will be imperative to improve against the run.  But they’ll have their work cut out for them against the Cowboys’ offensive line.”

What Patriot players will make the most improvement going into this week? 


So long as he’s on the field, if he gets on the field, there’s only one way to go for Bradley Fletcher – Bob Socci on Fletcher heading into Week 4.

“I’m stretching it a bit, because this player struggled in Weeks 1-2 and was inactive in Week 3.  So long as he’s on the field, if he gets on the field, there’s only one way to go for Bradley Fletcher.  That said, I won’t be surprised if we see him (at 6-0, 205 pounds) back out there against the Cowboys, perhaps involved in their coverage of Whitten.  Unlike in the past, including his struggles against Dallas a year ago, Fletcher won’t be asked to cover Dez Bryant.  Plus, Brandon Weeden has thrown mostly short check-downs underneath.  Maybe we see Fletcher this week utilized the way Brandon Browner was at times a year ago; asked to be more physical at the line with a tight end, with help, combining some man and zone concepts.”

Bob Socci has held the position of Patriots radio broadcaster since the beginning of the 2013 NFL season, taking over for longtime play-by-play man Gil Santos. He has called two AFC Championship games and the Patriots Super Bowl XLIX victory in February 2015.  He can also be heard weekly during football season on Patriots.com.