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Ryan Hannable
December 11, 2018 - 11:11 pm
Man, did Sunday’s narrative change because of the final play of the game. Before Kenyan Drake’s game-winning 69-yard touchdown on several laterals with no time left on the clock where he dusted Rob Gronkowski near the end zone, the story of the game was Gronkowski’s resurgence on offense...
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John Tomase
December 11, 2018 - 11:44 am
In the immediate aftermath of Sunday's shocking 34-33 defeat to the Dolphins, Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy posed a question: is this the worst non-playoff loss in Boston sports history? All due respect to the Hall of Fame writer, but not even close! Shaughnessy should know this as well as anyone...
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Rob Bradford
December 11, 2018 - 1:39 am
CHANDLER, Arizona -- It is Dustin Pedroia's dream home. Big enough for seven Christmas trees. Now it houses the calm before the storm. This is where Pedroia is preparing to take on the crossroads of his career. When the 34-year-old drew up the blueprints for his sprawling abode a few years ago the...
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Ryan Hannable
December 10, 2018 - 12:52 pm
For obvious reasons the final play in the Patriots’ loss to the Dolphins is getting all of the attention in dissecting the game a day later, but the reality is it should not have come down to it. The Patriots left up to 15 points on the field with two missed kicks and then two drives that stalled...
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Alex Reimer
December 10, 2018 - 12:06 pm
In George Orwell’s dystopian 1984 –– which continues to look more prescient with each passing day, but that’s for another column –– the party tells its people to “reject the evidence of their eyes and ears.” I felt as if the X’s and O’s wonks were commanding me to do the same thing in the aftermath...
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Harold Baines
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John Tomase
December 10, 2018 - 9:01 am
Harold Baines did nothing to deserve this. He spent 22 years in the big leagues, made six All-Star teams, and recorded more than 2,800 hits. Prior to Sunday, you’d probably have summarized his career with, “Really good player. Too bad he’ll be forgotten.” Not anymore. On Sunday night, whatever they...
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Rob Bradford
December 10, 2018 - 6:50 am
LAS VEGAS -- The way things are shaping up, Joe Kelly seems to be scratching where a new breed of front offices itch. In previous offseasons, a 30-year-old reliever who was hitting free agency coming off a season with a 4.39 ERA and three full months of bad wouldn't exactly be jumping to the top of...
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Ryan Hannable
December 09, 2018 - 11:33 pm
MIAMI — You’d be hard-pressed to find a worse regular-season loss for the Patriots when it comes to going from one second the game is won to the next it being lost. The Patriots led by five points with seven seconds left and the ball 69 yards away from the end zone, but miraculously, a completion...
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Matt Kalman
December 09, 2018 - 1:01 am
“I mean every game is a gift, so I’m just trying to have that mindset.” -- Bruins forward Danton Heinen, telling WEEI.com about how he was staying positive during his 11-game goal drought Charlie Brown’s had better months than Danton Heinen just endured. The Bruins forward went 11 games without a...
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Larry Bird
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John Tomase
December 07, 2018 - 12:22 pm
A few years ago, an ESPN radio station asked Kobe Bryant to name the five greatest players in NBA history. Kobe didn’t hesitate: Magic, Jordan, Bird, Russell, Kareem. Hard to argue with anyone on that list. But then he said this about Larry Bird: “I will say as the years go on people really forget...
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