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Ryan Hannable
November 06, 2018 - 9:42 pm
Another year, another year of the Patriots offense being a top 10 offense in the NFL. Following Week 9, the Patriots are ranked ninth overall, but fourth in points scored. Many assume it’s been business as usual, but the reality is it’s been far from it and there’s been one person who has been...
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J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts
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John Tomase
November 06, 2018 - 1:34 pm
The MVP finalists are in and you’re never gonna believe this, but they’re ordered almost exactly like WAR. In the American League, the finalists are Mookie Betts (10.4), Mike Trout (9.8), and Jose Ramirez (8.0). They ranked 1-2-3 in Fangraphs WAR, or fWAR, which is not the kind of thing you’ll find...
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Rob Bradford
November 06, 2018 - 8:09 am
A year ago Tuesday. That was when we were formally introduced to Alex Cora, manager of the Boston Red Sox. The narratives flying around that day are now somewhat hard to fathom. Is Cora too inexperienced? How will he deal with David Price? Is he too close with Dustin Pedroia? Will he be able to co-...
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Bill Belichick
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John Tomase
November 05, 2018 - 10:53 am
The play ultimately had no bearing on the outcome, but it highlighted how even an all-world quarterback like Aaron Rodgers fails to think at the speed of Bill Belichick. On the second play of the second half, Rodgers hit a come-backing Davante Adams for 15 yards. Replays clearly showed the ball...
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Alex Reimer
November 05, 2018 - 10:37 am
For the second straight week, an unforgivable blunder from one of Aaron Rodgers’ lesser teammates cost him the opportunity to lead the Packers on a late-game scoring drive. To close out the third quarter, Rodgers connected with wideout Marquez Valdez-Scantling for a big 26-yard gain down the right...
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Ryan Hannable
November 05, 2018 - 3:59 am
FOXBORO — No Rob Gronkowski, no Sony Michel, no Shaq Mason, and an Aaron Rodgers-led Packers squad coming to Gillette Stadium desperate for a win on Sunday Night Football — this had loss written all over it for the Patriots. But instead of using those absences as excuses, the Patriots went out and...
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Rob Bradford
November 04, 2018 - 10:42 am
The conversation back in September was about why David Price signed with the Red Sox in the first place. Part of the pitcher's explanation included his feeling that Dave Dombrowski was going to do whatever was needed to give winning a whirl, each and every year. "I wanted to put myself in the best...
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Matt Kalman
November 01, 2018 - 2:30 pm
(Updated 5:40 p.m. after the Bruins assigned Ryan Donato to Providence of the AHL.) David Backes practiced with the Bruins again on Thursday and his return to the lineup appears imminent. “I’m ready to play ice hockey in a game. I think that’s the goal and that’s where I’m at,” Backes said at...
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Alex Reimer
November 01, 2018 - 1:58 pm
Talk radio hosts are easy to attack. Most of us are loathsome, boorish loudmouths who spew opinions for at least 20 hours every week on even the most mundane matters. When one of the local teams win, there’s usually some backlash against us for being too critical or negative throughout the season...
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John Tomase
November 01, 2018 - 12:00 pm
Dave Dombrowski’s suite was a whirlwind of activity at the 2016 Winter Meetings as the clock ticked on a potential blockbuster. The Red Sox had an opportunity to acquire White Sox ace Chris Sale, but the cost would be steep, starting with top prospects Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech. Dombrowski...
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