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Alex Reimer
May 31, 2018 - 10:41 am
The Patriots Peanut Gallery is kicking Bill Belichick while he’s down. There haven’t been many opportunities to do this over the years, but now is the perfect time to strike. Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski aren’t at practice; Danny Amendola slammed Belichick on his way out of town; Malcolm Butler was...
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Marcus Smart
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John Tomase
May 29, 2018 - 12:43 pm
Marcus Smart sounds like a guy who expects to return to Boston next season and that's good news, because it's the right move for the Celtics. We're all guilty, at times, of letting the last game influence our opinions emotionally. And Smart's last game was a bomb -- 1-for-10 from the floor, a...
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LeBron James and Jayson Tatum
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John Tomase
May 28, 2018 - 1:36 am
The last echoes of the final buzzer dissipated to silence and fans decked in green exited with barely a murmur. LeBron James had just clinched his eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals, but before celebrating in the quiet TD Garden, he scanned the parquet floor. He was looking for Jayson Tatum...
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LeBron James Jayson Tatum
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John Tomase
May 27, 2018 - 12:59 pm
The Celtics and Cavaliers play Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday night, and I've got a mess of thoughts about this one, so let's just dive right in. ESPN's Mark Jackson let loose this whopper late in Cleveland's Game 6 victory at home: "If LeBron gets this Cavaliers team to the...
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Alex Reimer
May 25, 2018 - 1:03 pm
Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval will forever be intertwined in Red Sox infamy. They were brought on simultaneously to bolster the lineup, but all they did was hasten Ben Cherington’s departure. Four years later, they’re both off the team, leaving little more than discarded panda heads and helmets...
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James Harden
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John Tomase
May 25, 2018 - 1:02 pm
The Celtics reaching the Finals is by no means a foregone conclusion. LeBron James need only defend his home floor on Friday night to force a Game 7 in Boston, and bet against James in that one at your own peril. However, the C's have been the better team overall in taking a 3-2 lead into Game 6...
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Rob Bradford
May 25, 2018 - 12:22 pm
Covering Manny Ramirez from January 2008 until June of that year was a blast. He finally started talking on the record for the first time in years while working out at Athletes Performance in Phoenix, proclaiming over and over again that he was going to play as long as Julio Franco. Along the way,...
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Alex Reimer
May 25, 2018 - 9:43 am
The NBA is often lauded as a league that undertakes progressive causes and encourages its players to be socially outspoken. In many respects, that is correct. LeBron James has ardently campaigned against police brutality and gun violence, whether it’s through wearing an “I Can’t Breathe” shirt or...
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Rob Bradford
May 25, 2018 - 7:47 am
It has gone as planned. So much so, it is a bit eerie. When the Red Sox sent out their press release to announce that Dustin Pedroia underwent cartilage restoration surgery, it was stated that his return would be out "approximately seven months" according to the club. It seemed a bit bizarre...
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Ryan Hannable
May 24, 2018 - 8:37 am
What are the biggest reasons for the Patriots' success under Bill Belichick? Of course, having the greatest quarterback-coach tandem in NFL history is at the top of the list, but not close behind is the culture Belichick has created. It starts with the voluntary offseason workout program, which is...
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