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Tom Brady, Midseason NFL MVP? Not If Luck Has Anything to Do With It

Last week, ESPN’s 32 NFL beat writers cast their votes for who they thought was the MVP through the midway point of the 2014 NFL season.With 22 touchdowns and only 3 INTs, and a particularly hot stretch before the bye that saw his offense average 40 points over five games, New England Patriots quarterback Tom […]

With One More Game of 3 TD Passes, Tom Brady Would Join Rarified Company

It’s no secret that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is playing at a pretty high level right now. After last Sunday’s shellacking of Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, Brady has thrown 18 of his 22 touchdowns on the season in his last five games, including at least three TD passes in each of the past […]

Patriots Thrash Broncos 43-21 with Record-Setting Day for Brady and Co.

Sunday’s game between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots was billed as “Manning-Brady XVI.” Apparently nobody told that to Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman. Together with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, the trio turned the game of football into a three-man weave, each setting milestones and notching their places in the record books with another dominating […]

So the Dalai Lama is a Bruins Fan

Okay, so maybe that statement isn’t entirely accurate. Something tells me rooting for the Boston Bruins doesn’t exactly fall along the Eightfold Path. But the Dalai Lama did speak at the TD Garden earlier on Saturday before the Bruins 7 PM game against the Ottawa Senators, and put on a Bruins cap to support the hometown […]

Former Red Sox Peavy Shelled as Royals Force Game 7 in World Series

After Madison Bumgarner twirled a complete game shutout to give the San Francisco Giants a 3-2 lead in the 2014 World Series, Jake Peavy got the start in Game 6 to try to wrap up the franchise’s third title in five years.“This is a start you play your whole career wanting,” said Peavy before traveling to […]

And Then There Were 16: Celtics to Waive Four Players, Bynum Next?

The Boston Celtics invited everyone who had ever picked up a basketball to their preseason training camp, so it comes as no surprise that they had to make some cuts with a week to go before the start of the NBA season. Four players will be waived by Danny Ainge before the start of the […]

Patriots Trade for Titans LB Akeem Ayers

It may not be Vincent Jackson, but hey, it’s a start. The New England Patriots sent a sixth round pick to the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday  in exchange for linebacker Akeem Ayers and a seventh round selection in the NFL draft. The deal is pending a physical.

Where Are They Now? How Former Red Sox Have Fared in the 2014 MLB Postseason

I thought, perhaps naively, that the disgrace and disgust of the 2014 Boston Red Sox season would end with Game 162. I was wrong. The reminders of the Red Sox season that (I wish) never was have been everywhere throughout the 2014 MLB postseason. The Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals, two non-playoff teams last year, both […]

Peyton Manning Sets All-Time TD Record in First Half vs. 49ers

Move over, Brett Favre. There’s a new sheriff in town. Though he may not be the gunslinger Favre was, future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning is the new record holder for all-time touchdown passes in NFL history. He threw for his record 509th touchdown on an eight-yard pass to Demayrius Thomas with 3:09 remaining in the first […]

Patriots Block Last Second Field Goal to Outlast Jets, 27-25

Well, that was close. The New England Patriots literally hung on by the tips of their fingers, blocking a last gasp 58-yard field goal attempt by the New York Jets to escape with a 27-25 win at home on Thursday Night Football. Danny Amendola made a surprise appearance in Week 7, catching what turned out […]

Celtics, Nets to Play Experimental 44 Minute Game in NBA Preseason

There’s a Neil Young song called “My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)” and another titled “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black).” This is what this experimental 44 minute preseason game between the Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets feels like: an NBA decree completely out of the blue as the Celtics venture […]

Halftime Report: Patriots Up 20-3 on Bengals as Brady Surpasses 50,000 Yards

“Brady! Brady! Brady!” That chant by the home crowd at Gillette Stadium tells you all you need to know about the first half of the Sunday Night Football contest between the New England Patriots and the Cincinnati Bengals. After getting trampled last Monday night by the Kansas City Chiefs, the Patriots have been a completely […]

Patriots Preview: Why I Wish New England Wasn’t Playing the Bengals in Prime Time (Or At All, Really)

Normally when the New England Patriots play in prime time, I get all revved up for a big game on the national stage.Living in New York City, it means I get to watch the game in the quiet of my own apartment, which I can shatter with epithets and flying objects or (more ideally) overwrought […]

Why Watch the Red Sox? This is the End!

So maybe this occasion doesn’t call for a parade down the Charles, but it certainly is a cause for celebration. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been searching for reasons to keep watching the Red Sox, if only to feel like a better fan and to justify to myself (and my girlfriend) why I […]

Why Watch the Red Sox? Mooooookieeeee and the Rooooookieeeeees (and Some Guy Named Jeter)

And then there were two. This afternoon, the Boston Red Sox play their second to last game of the atrocity that is the 2014 season, though you’d be excused for confusing them with the Pawtucket Red Sox. Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Mike Napoli, and Shane Victorino are all out for the season, leaving a collection […]