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Sara Civian
April 22, 2018 - 3:49 am
As a general rule, when a defenseman does his job it flies under the radar. That's just how it goes when you’re in the business of mistake prevention. Unless, of course, you’re Charlie McAvoy. The immediate impact McAvoy made when the Bruins tossed him into the ring in the 2017 playoffs has held up...
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Ty Anderson
April 22, 2018 - 3:34 am
The Maple Leafs -- clinging on for dear life in the final 25 minutes of a 4-3 Game 5 final at TD Garden, and on the back of a series-best 42-save night from Frederik Andersen -- were just inches away from becoming truly haunted by the ghosts of their past. The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man? Vigo the...
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Alex Reimer
April 19, 2018 - 4:15 pm
It is widely assumed that Tom Brady has a tangible end game for making the Patriots wait on his official status for the upcoming season. Maybe Brady wants to strong-arm Bill Belichick into reinstating Alex Guerrero’s access to the team, once again permitting the quarterback’s guru to perform deep...
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Ryan Hannable
April 19, 2018 - 11:20 am
No matter how much some try and dispute it, things haven’t been normal this offseason in Foxboro with the Patriots. The biggest difference, and certainly most noteworthy, is with Tom Brady. There’s a laundry list of things not normal by the quarterback's standards that have occurred this offseason...
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Tom Brady and Bill Belichick
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John Tomase
April 19, 2018 - 1:40 am
So this is how the greatest coach-quarterback partnership in NFL history ends: by picking sides. It's one thing to debate who deserves more credit for the titles. There's no wrong answer, because no one's taking away those five Lombardis. It's quite another to spy the looming apocalypse and rally...
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Ryan Hannable
April 18, 2018 - 11:33 am
There were rumblings of tension within the Patriots organization for much of last season, but things really rose to a new level following Seth Wickersham's ESPN piece published on Jan. 4 titled, “Beginning of the end for New England Patriots.” The story detailed the increasing tension between...
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Jaylen Brown
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John Tomase
April 18, 2018 - 12:06 am
Jaylen Brown stood at his locker in Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena last May in a moment of big-picture disbelief. "Two years ago, I was in high school," he marveled. "Now I'm playing in the Eastern Conference Finals." There was a happy-to-be-here quality that made perfect sense. Just 20 years old...
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Ryan Hannable
April 17, 2018 - 11:04 pm
As it stands right now, Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have the leverage against Bill Belichick and the Patriots. After Jimmy Garoppolo was traded, the only quarterback on the roster besides Brady is Brian Hoyer, who poses no threat to taking Brady’s job. As for the tight ends, it’s just Dwayne Allen...
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Ryan Hannable
April 17, 2018 - 8:01 am
Imagine being the best at what you do and still being berated by your boss on numerous occasions after 18 years of working together, all while winning multiple awards together along the way. Think about it. While the National Football League isn’t the real world and most people aren’t making tens...
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Ty Anderson
April 17, 2018 - 1:42 am
The Maple Leafs proved that they’re not spineless losers Monday night. Good. Great. Happy for them. Their regular-season win total (a franchise-best) alone should have told you that they were going to show up at some point in this series. And if they didn’t… well, we’ve already established what...
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