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New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady
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Alex Reimer
February 07, 2019 - 11:59 am
Whenever the Patriots get into trouble, their players preach the importance of ignoring the noise. Julian Edelman, who sold “Don’t Bet Against Us Shirts” in the middle of the postseason, told reporters in 2014 the Patriots “ignore the noise around here” in the aftermath of their infamous Monday...
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Jim Hackett
February 07, 2019 - 10:43 am
I remember all six of the Patriots Super Bowl championships like they happened yesterday. Each one has its own unique and special place in my memory and to really bask in the glory and wonder of everything they have accomplished, I find myself trying to harness all of it. These days I’m more...
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New England Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy
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Ryan Hannable
February 06, 2019 - 12:39 pm
Everyone can agree the Patriots were not the most talented team in the NFL this season. Their final two wins came against teams that certainly had more talent than they did. Kansas City had the league MVP in Patrick Mahomes and the No. 1 ranked offense, and then Los Angeles had the No. 2 offense...
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Anthony Davis
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John Tomase
February 05, 2019 - 10:30 am
Among the many facets of American life ruined by social media is the ability to see the big picture. We spend our days pelted by tiny hailstones of news, opinion, and outrage that never seem to equal an actual storm. Rarely is information presented cohesively and thoroughly, because the 24-hour...
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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick
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Ryan Hannable
February 05, 2019 - 1:50 am
For the last several offseasons, Bill Belichick has had it fairly easy. Last year had the potential to be a tough one, but when Josh McDaniels changed his mind, it changed everything. The Patriots were going to lose multiple members of the coaching staff, but instead it turned out to be just one...
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Rob Bradford
February 04, 2019 - 1:14 pm
Bear with me. I know the first inclination upon seeing this headline is to scream and yell something about how foolish it is to dissect how a Super Bowl-winning team became likable, and do so just hours after that team won the that Super Bowl. It is likable, of course, because they won the Super...
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Alex Reimer
February 04, 2019 - 12:00 pm
Bill Belichick was the goat of last year’s Super Bowl. He inexplicably sat Malcolm Butler while Nick Foles shred the porous Patriots’ defense for 373 yards in the second-highest-scoring Super Bowl ever. On top of that, Belichick was reportedly feuding with Tom Brady, and causing Rob Gronkowski to...
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New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore
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Ryan Hannable
February 04, 2019 - 4:24 am
ATLANTA — As the saying goes, defense wins championships. In the five previous Super Bowl titles, the Patriots offense has received the majority of the credit, and why not? Most recently, the team scored 14 fourth quarter points to stun the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX and then overcame a 28-3...
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John Tomase
February 04, 2019 - 12:11 am
The beauty of winning six Super Bowls is that no one cares about the how of it all. Was Super Bowl LIII the worst in history? Oh, most definitely. But so what? The Patriots prevailed and they deserved it. They controlled the Rams from start to finish, destroying the best offense in the NFC with one...
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Alex Reimer
February 04, 2019 - 12:07 am
Tony Romo spent large portions of his first ever Super Bowl broadcast complaining, and at some points openly mocking, the slop on the field that only resembled football in some tangential way. “This is hard to watch,” he said when Johnny Hekker trotted out for the eighth time in eight Rams...
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