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Breaking down the storylines of Boston’s beloved sports teams with brash commentary, pithy reporting, and smart – sometimes snarky – analysis of the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins.

Triumph Through Tragedy

Everyone remembers where they were when tragedy unfolded on Patriots Day 2013 as bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. For me, it was the first day of 6th grade April vacation, I was at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas talking to someone I...

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Tight End Options Wide Open

With the NFL Draft a week away, the Patriots are in a position that they have usually avoided over the past 20 years, they have several significant question marks on their roster. Quarterback is the highest profile question mark, with second year pro Jared Stidham...

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An Electric Night in the Time of Quarantine

Friday night will, invariably, go down as the most electric night in New England sports lore. Not only did the Boston Red Sox win their first World Series title at Fenway Park in 95 years, the New England Patriots then won their fourth Super Bowl title, squeaking...

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Releasing Kessler: flux and flexibility

The Patriots made a move earlier this week that in a normal offseason would not raise an eyebrow. In this unprecedented offseason, the release of third string quarterback Cody Kessler does warrant attention. The release leaves only second year pro Jarrett Stidham...

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Have faith in the big comeback

Like many New Englanders, sports has been a lifelong obsession. It began with a Larry Bird onesie being part of my wardrobe when I was three... months old. Three years later, my dad was pulling me from my bed to watch the so-called Curse of the Bambino being broken...

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Mere anarchy

In the midst of the known world slipping into a dystopia, it might seem imprudent to muse on the words of an Irish poet—although without a proper St. Patrick’s Day celebration, maybe not. (Besides, what kind of sports column—in a place precipitously ripped raw of...

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Endgame: The World Adjusts to Life Without Sports

Do you ever finish streaming the latest season of like a really, edge-of-your-seat, pulse-pounding show? After the closing credits start, you kind of just sit there, dumbfounded for a moment asking: “Do I really have to wait a whole year for the new ones?” Yes, of...

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Watch Tom Brady’s Top 12 Patriot Games

There are far too many to count, but off the top of my head here are the 12 most spectacular games of the Tom Brady era in New England. 12. Patriots at Colts, Week 9 of 2007 The Patriots entered this game 8-0 and the Colts were 7-0 and defending Super Bowl champs....

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Appreciate it for what it was

Tom Brady shocked but didn’t stun the sports world on Tuesday morning when he announced that he would not be returning to the New England Patriots. The greatest quarterback to ever put on a helmet is done in New England after 20 seasons, nine Super Bowl appearances...

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Bills get deeper with Diggs

The Buffalo Bills went big game hunting on the first day of the legal tampering period on Monday by acquiring disgruntled Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs. The Bills paid a high price in the deal, giving up four draft picks including a first rounder, but in doing...

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Nationwide Timeout Is the Right Call

In an unprecedented move on Wednesday night, the NBA announced it was suspending the season as a result of Utah’s Rudy Gobert testing positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). The positive test sent shockwaves across the leagues and caused the Jazz and Oklahoma City...

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Inglorious Basterds

While the game of baseball is currently suffering through a nearly-untreatable case of acne—the games are too long, too slow, too tedious—a new zit sits on the tip of the MLB’s ever-elongating nose. The last I checked the prop bets, the over/under on the number of...

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AJ Dillon Will Be The Next Great NFL Running Back

AJ Dillon is a machine, he is scary, he is a modern Hercules, but most of all he is the next great running back in the NFL. AJ was born in New London, Connecticut, but would eventually play football at the Lawrence Academy in Groton Massachusetts. With his strong...

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All the right deadline moves?

Did they do enough? The Bruins made two moves prior to Monday’s trade deadline in order to bolster their roster prior to another playoff run. The Bruins were one win away from winning the Stanley Cup last season and Boston is hoping to finish the job this season....

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Starting to look like Finals material

The Celtics began their West Coast road trip on Sunday by losing a nail-biter to the Los Angeles Lakers, 114-112, in what was one of the most entertaining games of the regular season. Despite the close loss, Boston has been showing over the last two months that...

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Hot Mess Season: Mookie, managers, and mayhem

Monday was Truck Day, a Red Sox fan pseudo-holiday celebrating the transportation of equipment from New England to Florida. A few years back, people packed into Yawkey Way to catch the first sniff of baseball season. Yet on Monday, the tumbleweed tumbled down...

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Paltry Returns on Betts Deal Puts Sox In Bridge Mode

The Red Sox achieved their goal of getting under the luxury tax threshold on Tuesday night. They did it by trading superstar and former MVP Mookie Betts and Cy Young winner David Price to the Dodger as part of a three-team deal. In exchange for two of their top...

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The Future Is Now… Uncertain

Don’t look now. Or perhaps, don’t look at all. Seemingly out of nowhere, Boston's venerable sports teams find themselves in a torrid state of upheaval. The New England Patriots and The Boston Red Sox, a pair of sports most proud and celebrated franchises, face...

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Keeping Brady Is the Best Move Patriots Can Make

Earlier this week, Patriots Nation was in full panic mode when a now-disputed report surfaced on the WEEI morning show that Tom Brady’s suite had been unusually cleaned out and that his family was now living in Greenwich, Connecticut. But the question keeps...

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A Black Eye for Baseball

Whenever there is doubt about a true champion in a sport, everyone suffers. Whether it be the victors themselves, the jilted runner-up’s, or the fans who question if what they saw is legitimate. The news this week of a widespread sign-stealing scandal by the...

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Alex and the asterisk

There it is, folks. The cat is out of the bag, the truth stands in all its stark nakedness. Manager Alex Cora is a serial cheater, and the historic 2018 World Series season has been stamped with an indelible asterisk. In hindsight, it’s remarkable we didn’t know...

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Regarding Henry

When the Patriots face the Titans Saturday night in their Wild Card round playoff game one of their chief challenges will be slowing down Derrick Henry. The Titans running back ran over opponents this season his way to capturing the NFL rushing title with 1,540...

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Patriots can no longer overcome obstacles

The Patriots lost a game that could have been won on Sunday and have two areas to throw the most blame: the officials (as most of New England agrees) and their own inability to consistently move the ball on offense. Had either of those two areas worked out better...

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Time for Bruins to plug early holes

As things currently stand, the Bruins are one of the best teams in the NHL. One has to look no further than their 20-3-6 record heading into tonight's game against the Colorado Avalanche to see that. The Bruins have also won in several different ways, with high...

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ESPN schedule has plenty of Celts appeal

When the NBA schedule comes out in August, you see most of the big time matchups, the rivalry games, homecomings, the rematches, and the battle of stars are most likely played on ESPN. Deciding which games should be on national TV and reach the biggest possible...

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No-Wynn Situation Over

The Patriots will get a much needed boost on Sunday with the return of left tackle Isaiah Wynn. It is not secret that the Patriots offense has struggled this season, and a major reason why has been instability on the offensive line. Starting center David Andrews...

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Say Hello to the Blah Sox

It was October of 2003, Game 7 of the ALCS. The Red Sox had a three-run lead in the eighth and were grinding it out for the pennant in the old Yankee Stadium. Everyone knows the rolodex of missteps that ensued—Grady Little inexplicably left Pedro Martinez in the...

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Wild About Harry’s Return

It has been a long first half of the season for N’Keal Harry. The only wide receiver taken in the first round by Bill Belichick, Harry came to the Patriots with an impressive resume and serious expectations of contributing. His flashes in joint practices against...

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Celtics make big bet on Brown

The Celtics locked up an important piece of their future prior to the start of the season when they signed swingman Jaylen Brown to a four-year, $115 million contract extension. The move shows that the 2016 third overall pick is a firm component of the team’s plans...

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Sanu Man in Town

After the Patriots beat the Jets 33-0 on Monday night, they quickly moved on to addressing one of the areas that still raises concern after their 7-0 start: wide receiver. New England has had a long list of injuries that have prevented their pass catchers from...

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LeBron’s thoughts on China are troubling

LeBron James is one of the biggest supporters for equality in not just the NBA, but in all of sports. His outspoken actions have included standing with Trayvon Martin and speaking out against former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. He did not sit down...

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The Men’s Room – Episode 2 – 10.04.19

This week, Episode 2 of The Men's Room on Dirty Water Fridays LIVE from The Greatest Bar is presented by Patron Tequila as hosts Colin Begin and Kevin Cooney come armed with their favorite - and not so favorite - jokes, a friend who does a mad Smeagol impression...

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Michel becomes a dangerous weapon

The Patriots offense put 33 points on the board in a win over Washington Sunday that led to Jay Gruden’s firing, but one factor in their strong day, and especially strong second half, was new. That change was a renewed emphasis on Sony Michel in the passing game....

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Five biggest questions as Celtics camp begins

The NBA is finally back with the Celtics reporting to training camp today. Determining how good the 2019-20 version of the team will really be is anyone’s guess as this new look squad has plenty of variables in the mix. Once we get the answers to the following five...

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Everyone wins with ESPN-Special Olympics extension

It was recently announced that ESPN and the Special Olympics agreed on an eight-year contract to continue showing events on the Worldwide Leader in Sports. This partnership is the next chapter in a relationship that has been ongoing for the last 35 years. In an oft...

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Closing the Book on the Antonio Brown Disaster

Antonio Brown was my favorite player. Central Michigan University has an enrollment of 26,968 students. And from 2009 to 2013, I was one of them.  In my first year on campus, I attended lectures in a building called Moore Hall with an individual who’d go on to...

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Patriots dominant, but plenty of room for improvement

Sunday’s 30-14 win over the hapless New York Jets against continued a stretch of dominant play for the Patriots. After defeating the Steelers 33-3 on opening night, the Patriots took their talents to South Beach and stomped a borderline NFL team in the Dolphins...

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The Summer of Our Discontent

Part I: NESN vs. Netflix It’s a Thursday night and the Red Sox are playing a potentially meaningful game against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park. While remote, there’s still an outside chance of the Sox squeaking into the Wild Card, the lackluster champs wedging...

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Brown will be Belichick’s biggest challenge yet

It has been a wild last six months for Antonio Brown, one of the NFL’s most prolific and mercurial pass catchers. The receiver began March as a member of the Steelers, was almost traded to the Bills, was then traded to the Raiders, and was then released by Oakland...

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Replacing David Andrews Won’t Be Easy

The Patriots offense suffered a blow earlier this week when reports surfaced that starting center David Andrews would be out for an extended period of time. Though offensive linemen often remain anonymous members of football teams, they are nonetheless critical to...

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