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January 14, 2014 - 12:36 am
FOXBORO -- The Patriots have always been known as a team with some level of offensive flexibility, but regardless of what happens in Sunday’s AFC title game against the Broncos , the 2013 team will ultimately be remembered as an offensive chameleon, able to change from week to week with an amazing...
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DJ Bean
January 13, 2014 - 5:32 pm
Matt Bartkowski began the season as a healthy scratch, and now he’s the Bruins’ best left-shot defense option not named Zdeno Chara . Such is life for the B’s in a season that, in addition to being the first since moving on from Andrew Ference , has seen Dennis Seidenberg lost for the season with a...
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January 13, 2014 - 8:41 am
Championship teams know who they are and how they want to win. They forge an identity and know where to turn when big plays need to be made. On Saturday night in Foxboro, the Patriots formally announced their new identity, and it's one we haven't seen in a while: They are a physical football team...
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Mike Petraglia
January 12, 2014 - 10:45 am
FOXBORO -- As LeGarrette Blount answered questions for over 30 minutes in front of his locker after his historic effort in a 43-22 playoff win over the Colts, there was another running back holding court just three lockers down on "Running Back Row" who didn't have such a shabby day himself. While...
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January 12, 2014 - 5:46 am
FOXBORO -- The Patriots didn’t wear their throwbacks uniforms this year, but Saturday night would have been a good time to bust out a vintage New England jersey from 2001, 2003 or 2004. In fact, dig out that Antowain Smith jersey from storage, or find that Corey Dillon gamer that was sitting in the...
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DJ Bean
January 10, 2014 - 3:54 am
When it comes to replacing what Dennis Seidenberg has brought the Bruins the last three postseasons, there may be no better trade option than New York free agent-to-be Dan Girardi. He’s strong, blocks shots, kills penalties and plays a lot of minutes. Plus, as a right shot, he could play alongside...
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January 09, 2014 - 5:47 pm
FOXBORO -- If you want to know how to make movies, you ask Steven Spielberg. Got a question about making money, call Bill Gates. And if you have a question about toughness, you go to Logan Mankins . In his eight-plus seasons with the Patriots, the two-time All-Pro offensive lineman has come to...
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January 08, 2014 - 11:42 pm
FOXBORO -- This past offseason, Aqib Talib bet on himself. But while he’s had an impressive regular season, he knows that a big playoff performance could mean a big payoff sooner rather than later. It’s been a remarkable year for Talib. Last offseason, in a depressed market for cornerbacks, he...
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DJ Bean
January 08, 2014 - 10:50 am
Great goalies have dips in their production. Is this Tuukka Rask ’s dip or have the last few games been an indication of what life without Dennis Seidenberg could be like for the Bruins? When Tim Thomas accepted the Vezina Trophy as the league's best goalie in 2011, he graciously acknowledged that...
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Kirk Minihane
January 07, 2014 - 7:05 pm
On Wednesday afternoon, Tom Glavine to going to learn that he is a first-ballot selection to the Baseball Hall of Fame . Glavine is going to breeze through. The prediction here is he will land on somewhere north of 90 percent of the ballots. That's fairly high cotton, some serious rarified air...
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