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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick
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John Tomase
February 03, 2019 - 1:32 pm
Bill Belichick's love of history is well-known, from Sun Tzu to David Halberstam, but he'd be the last person to believe it will play any role in Super Bowl LIII. In this case, however, he's wrong. The Patriots won't lose to the Rams on Sunday because history demands it. The greatest dynasty in NFL...
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From left: Celtics Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Danny Ainge
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John Tomase
February 02, 2019 - 11:12 am
The name connotes swashbuckling respect, but its problematic nature was laid bare on Friday night by the father of NBA superstar Anthony Davis. I'm talking about "Trader Danny." Celtics boss Danny Ainge long ago proved he'll do whatever it takes to construct a contender. He won a title in 2008...
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Bill Belichick
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John Tomase
February 01, 2019 - 11:15 am
The beauty of playing in 10 Super Bowls is there's a game for everything. You want blowouts? We've got the mother of all of them, back in Super Bowl XX, when the Bears buried the Patriots in one of the sport's most vicious beatdowns. You want drama? Where to start. The Patriots have supplied loads...
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick
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Jim Hackett
January 31, 2019 - 3:41 pm
The New England Patriots have earned the right to be favored in Super Bowl LIII and both the fan base and the pundits who cover them are rightfully confident. Following brilliant performances in both the divisional round and in a difficult road environment in the AFC Championship, the Patriots...
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Alex Reimer
January 31, 2019 - 1:32 pm
The Boston Globe says there’s a lack of buzz surrounding this Patriots Super Bowl run, because the Public Garden’s duckling statues are not decked in Patriots regalia and an owner of a sports apparel stand in South Station says he hasn’t sold many “Beat LA” shirts over the last few days. Oh, and...
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Ryan Hannable
January 30, 2019 - 6:52 pm
ATLANTA — Wade Phillips has gone against Tom Brady and the Patriots a lot — nine times in fact. Brady is 6-3 all-time when facing the 71-year-old Rams defensive coordinator, but many are pointing to the 2015 AFC title game against the Broncos as one to look at when it comes to Phillips and Brady in...
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Artemi Panarin
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Matt Kalman
January 30, 2019 - 2:37 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen tried to lighten the mood Tuesday when addressing the latest edict from forward Artemi Panarin’s agent Dan Milstein. Milstein informed the Blue Jackets, and the world via Twitter, that the would-be unrestricted free agent won’t be negotiating...
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Alex Reimer
January 30, 2019 - 12:42 pm
Whenever we speculate about Rob Gronkowski retiring from football to pursue a career in acting and entertainment, it's important to keep this truth in mind: his sense of humor is absolutely moronic. Gronk set off a mini-controversy at Opening Night in Atlanta this week, responding to a question...
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John Tomase
January 30, 2019 - 11:34 am
Connecting the dots with Kyrie Irving is never straightforward. The enigmatic Celtics guard can be all over the map when it comes to leadership, playing with LeBron James, planetary contours, etc. … But the news that Anthony Davis wants out of New Orleans, preferably right now at this very second...
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Alex Reimer
January 28, 2019 - 12:55 pm
Over the last month alone, Tom Brady has said the following about his plans to play football next season: “I absolutely believe I will. I know I've talked about it for a long time: I have goals to not only play next year, but beyond that. I'm going to try to do it as best I possibly can. I'm going...
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