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A strange Monday morning Super Bowl image

What a strange image. Patriots fans, cover your eyes. It wasn’t Tom Brady up on the stage at the usual morning after Super Bowl MVP and winning coach press conference. What would you have said if we told you back in,say, early November that Eagles Nick Foles would be the MVP of Super Bowl ...

Not the ending Patriots fans — and Brady — are used to

The scene was one New England Patriot fans weren’t used to seeing. It was their icon, quarterback Tom Brady, sitting on the turf at U.S. Bank Stadium. He had just been strip sacked by Philadelphia Eagles rookie Brandon Graham at the worst possible time, with 2:09 to play and the Patriots ...

Patriots Super ghosts spread success

Ivan Fears has a ghost story to tell. He’s been a New England Patriots assistant coach for 19 years. He knows what has turned the New England Patriots dynasty from one decade into another. He feels it every time he walks into the locker room. The Patriots won three out of four Super Bowls a ...

Pats’ Butler not feeling very Super about his play

Sometimes Malcolm Butler totes the party Patriot line. And sometimes he’s brutally honest. So when asked to assess his play this season, the Patriots starting cornerback, a potential free agent-to-be and three years removed from his historic Super Bowl winning interception as an undrafted ...

The Gronk Watch is officially over. And late Thursday afternoon, in a cool warehouse type room off the second floor of the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., it finally felt like the Super Bowl. Why? Because the media circus was in full swing on the final day of media availability. No one ...

Timberlake and Brady: A Super ‘Bromance’

They have a bond. Yeah, Justin Timberlake says he loves Tom Brady. Tom Brady says he loves Justin Timberlake. A Boston television reporter asked Timberlake at the annual Super Bowl Halftime Show press conference on Thursday in downtown Minneapolis if he had coffee with Brady’s wife, Giselle, ...

Timberlake and Brady’s budding Super Bromance on display

They have a bond. Yeah, Justin Timberlake says he loves Tom Brady. Tom Brady says he loves Justin Timberlake. At Thursday’s Super Bowl Halftime Show press conference in downtown Minneapolis, a Boston television reporter asked Timberlake if the entertainer had coffee with Brady’s supermodel ...

Schwartz may be crazy enough for a sensible Eagles plan

Corey Graham wants to make one thing clear: He wasn’t in the group. Nope, he wasn’t one of the players that picked up current Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz when he had the same job with the Buffalo Bills and his defense helped beat the team he used to be the head coach of, the ...

One local Brown fan laments losing Belichick

Here’s a few early Super Bowl week tids and bits to chew on while yours truly has nightmares about getting completely lost this week in the Mall of America: New Nashua Silver Knights general manager Rick Muntean was leaving a downtown Nashua business on Sunday when the owner said to him, ...

Let’s see if there’ll be some heat in an otherwise cold Super Week

It’s another manic Monday. But it’s not like the others. It is the Monday of Super Bowl Week. Now, things begin to get serious for the New England Patriots and their fans. They will have their big send off at Gillette Stadium Monday morning, which is as good excuse as any for the fandom to ...

Shhhhh … confessions from a conniving Hall of Fame voter

In answer to the conspiracy theorists who are still quivering with rage because Edgar Martinez remains a mere Hall of Fame candidate, one voter feels compelled to fess up. It is true – treachery is afoot. And here is how one treacherous member of the Baseball Writers Association of America ...

Bet on Brady-Belichick Super Bowls always being super close

We are preparing for the drama. The New England Patriots are playing in yet another Super Bowl – actually an NFL record 10th – and as usual, there are all sorts of side stories. We have Tom vs. Time as well as The Two Bills, two documentaries perfectly timed to annoy the Philadelphia ...

The Gronk Watch: A Super Bowl staple

Will he or won’t he? Here we go again. The Rob Gronkowski Watch. People at the Alvirne-Bedford high school basketball game the other night were all wondering about the tight end’s Super Bowl status. We were spared that for last year’s New England Patriots seemingly annual Super Bowl ...

A few Super thoughts as Patriots warm up for Minneapolis

Here’s a few tids and bits on this latest New England Patriots Super Bowl run after we spent Tuesday slipping and sliding: First, if you listened to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, there was genuine concern with the way the Patriots had started the season, especially after the loss to ...

This turkey is calling his shots

Just a few thoughts around the world of sports while I prepare to brine my Butterball: Am I late to the game when I state unequivocally the New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is the GAAT? Yes, Brady has surpassed Michael Jordan as the “Greatest Athlete All Time.” A guy who is 52 and ...

Kids,fans having a ball with high school volleyball

Volleyball anyone? Don’t look now, but it may be the most popular girls high school sport in the fall. It’s certainly the most successful. After the Nashua High School South girls soccer team lost in the Division I quarterfinals on Monday, that left just one local girls soccer team left in ...

In Bill We Trust? Lighten up, folks

There have been a lot of “In Bill We Trusts” uttered since The Trade. Anything Bill Belichick does demands capitalization, right? Will gaining a second-round draft pick for Quarterback-In-Waiting Jimmy Garoppolo prove to be an act of sheer Belichickian genius? Maybe. Who knows? All drafts ...

Bishop Guertin mulling athletic classification

There’s some changes in store for New Hampshire high school football next year with schools like Windham trying to figure out what Division they want to be in. The Jaguars have already made that choice, publicizing this week they are moving up to Division I in most sports, including football. ...

Manfred: Play nice, don’t get caught

The baseball world called on commissioner Rob Manfred to send a clear message that using digital devises to steal signs is bad, bad, bad – and against baseball’s laws. And he did. He took a rhetorical rolled-up scorecard, whacked the Red Sox on their collective snout, and growled, ...

Patriots opener an utter mess

Until Friday morning, it looked like the Red Sox’ Apple Watch Caper would stand as the dumbest act of the week, if not the month, if not the decade. Then the Patriots got pantsed in their season opener against the Chiefs, which had the drums in thousands of mothers’ basements beating a ...