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Bill Walton
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Jim Hackett
March 15, 2019 - 10:41 am
I've been wanting to write this for over 20 years. . . Nobody has ever appreciated being a part of something, being a part of something really special like the 1986 Boston Celtics, more than Bill Walton. I think I've enjoyed his retirement more than his playing career just listening to him and...
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Alex Reimer
March 14, 2019 - 10:39 am
Imagine you are Julian Edelman. Over the last six years, you have caught 430 passes from Tom Brady, won three Super Bowls, taken home a Super Bowl MVP, returned to the gridiron after tearing your ACL, and suffered countless headshots trying to gain extra yardage over the middle of the field. And...
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Jim Hackett
March 14, 2019 - 7:15 am
(Fourth in a series on athletes who have figured out how to thrive amidst the pressures of Boston.) Part 1: Kevin Garnett Part 2: Chris Sale Part 3: Jonny Gomes In March 2003 the Patriots landed Rodney Harrison after the hard-hitting, All-Pro safety was foolishly released by the San Diego Chargers...
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Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, Josh McDaniels
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Ryan Hannable
March 13, 2019 - 10:34 pm
It’s been three full days of the legal tampering period and official start of free agency and the Patriots haven’t exactly done much. They have made five moves, all of which have been bringing back familiar role players — Phillip Dorsett, Matthew Slater, Brandon Bolden, Jason McCourty and John...
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Jonny Gomes
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Jim Hackett
March 13, 2019 - 11:38 am
(Third in a series on athletes who have figured out how to thrive amidst the pressures of Boston. For Parts 1 and 2, see below.) In this edition we learn that you don't have to be a first ballot Hall of Famer like Kevin Garnett or a perennial Cy Young award candidate like Chris Sale. Sometimes...
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John Tomase
March 13, 2019 - 11:07 am
NBA free agency opened on July 1 and the fireworks started immediately. LeBron joined the Lakers! Chris Paul stayed in Houston! Paul George committed to the Thunder! Dallas landed DeAndre Jordan! NFL free agency opened on Monday amidst a frenzy of activity. The Super Bowl champs lost Trey Flowers...
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Ryan Hannable
March 12, 2019 - 11:05 pm
It’s been said things tend to happen in threes. Early Sunday morning, Antonio Brown was traded from the Steelers to the Raiders, and then Tuesday night, Odell Beckham Jr. was traded from the Giants to the Browns. So, what star wide receiver is next? That’s to be determined, but do not be surprised...
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Boston Bruins Columbus Blue Jackets
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Matt Kalman
March 12, 2019 - 10:26 pm
Even before the Bruins’ 19-game point streak ended in Pittsburgh on Sunday a couple other streaks with negative connotations began. Both continued in a 7-4 loss at Columbus on Tuesday. First, the Bruins fell behind again, for the fifth straight game. Even when they were winning they were doing it...
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Jim Hackett
March 12, 2019 - 8:43 am
This is the second installment of a multi-part series ... Part 1: Kevin Garnett I just got back from a weekend in Ft. Myers centered on Red Sox spring training. From our pre-game perch outside of the ballpark at the base of the training fields, I was unsurprised to find just one of the Red Sox top-...
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New England Patriots guard Shaq Mason
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Ryan Hannable
March 11, 2019 - 11:02 pm
While no one really acknowledged it at the time, when Shaq Mason signed a five-year, $45 million contract extension in late August, the Patriots made their intentions clear. Mason was the player from the 2015 draft that they were going to commit to long-term, and not Trey Flowers. Sure, the...
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