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Remembering 'Sweet Kentucky Babe'; Patriots-Raiders tickets on radar

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Quick-hit thoughts and notes around the New England Patriots and NFL:

1. With news of the passing of Boston Patriots quarterback Vito "Babe" Parilli at the age of 87, I asked longtime former Patriots radio play-by-play man Gil Santos to share his recollections of the Patriots Hall of Famer for those who didn't see him play for the franchise (1961-1967).

"He was a well-known name right away. People had heard of Babe Parilli, who they called the 'Sweet Kentucky Babe' -- he played at Kentucky for Bear Bryant," Santos said Saturday.