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1. Patriot Predictions:

* I would be careful on betting on Patriots vs. Steelers – lot of distractions and Patriots start slow

* Backfield will do what they always do – 50 receptions / pick up blitzes / get tough yards

* Ugh – Bend don’t break is back – not fun to watch and reduces the offensive plays

* Foxboro will need to increase security significantly this year – opposing fans, ESPN analysts, Collinsworth, officials that did Colts AFC Championship game

* Hate games not on Sunday afternoon – five games at night or not on Sunday

* ESPN at Foxboro on 11/23 – do they put the panel of analysts at a table on the field pre-game/halftime? Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Preview and the Jefferson’s »

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stork IR

The Patriots announced on Wednesday that they have place starting center Bryan Stork on Injured Reserve with a designation to return due to a concussion. This means that Stork will not be able to practice until week six and will not be able to play until after week nine.

The second year veteran out of Florida State will be missed on the interior of the Patriots offensive line. He took over as starter in week four of 2014 and help solidify a previously shaky offensive line en route to a Super Bowl Championship. Without Stork, the Patriots will likely start either Ryan Wendell or undrafted rookie David Andrews at center.

If Wendell starts, Shaq Mason or Josh Kline would take over the guard role vacated by him. The Patriots will already likely be starting one rookie in Tre Jackson and could very well be starting another in Mason or Andrews.

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Following last night’s premiere of “America’s Game” on the 2014 Patriots, NFL Network will air a one hour special on the team tonight titled “Do Your Job.” The special focuses on the coaching staff and front office of the Patriots and their perspectives on the championship season.

Throughout the hour, topics such as games, key plays, and even “Deflategate” are addressed directly. Although Belichick is the main star, every assistant coach and several executives are also interviewed. The trailer is below.

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Spygate (SoB graphic)

Because nobody has time to read tens of thousands of words that say most of the Spygate rumors you have already heard (hell, I really didn’t have the time, either, but I read each and every excruciating word), here is a CliffsNotes version of the reports released Tuesday by ESPN’s Outside The Lines and Sports Illustrated. Continue reading ESPN Outside The Lines, SI Spygate Reports (CliffsNotes Version) »

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GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01:   Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots reacts after an interception against the Seattle Seahawks during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

In what has become a yearly tradition, NFL Network will air “America’s Game” a special on the previous season’s champion on Tuesday. The hour long special will follow the 2014 Patriots from training camp through their Super Bowl win in February.

The special will air at 10 pm eastern and feature interviews with Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski, and Devin McCourty.  The trailer for the special is below.

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SCOTT BREAKER/New York Daily News

After a warm Saturday at Fenway Park where Red Sox fans enjoyed a 6-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies and witnessed home run number 497 from David Ortiz, the Labor Day Weekend jubilance was quelled by violence. Around 2 a.m. Sunday morning, the time when most of the Fenway bar patrons funnel out onto Landsdowne Street, Yawkey Way, Brookline Ave, and others near by, gunshots were fired on Brookline Avenue. Two women in their 20’s were hit and sustained non-life-threatening injuries. It has been reported by local news stations that one women was shot in the leg and another was grazed on the side, nonetheless both where taking by Boston EMS to area hospitals and are expected to recover. Continue reading 2 Injured in Shooting Outside Fenway Park, No Suspects »

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Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports

The Boston College Eagles hosted The University of Maine Black Bears this Saturday at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill. The Eagles took care of business against the FCS opponent with a physical defense that demonstrated it’s inertia nearly every time Maine tried to move the ball.

The Black Bears opened the game with some success against the stout Eagles defense. Maine managed a 10-play 53-yard drive that ended in a field goal to open the game. It was all downhill from there as Maine struggled to find the rhythm of the first drive. The BC defense was smothering and the statistics they allowed staggering. Maine ended the game with 84 yards passing, and just seven yards rushing for a total of 91 yards. The Eagles offense sputtered a bit with sophomore quarterback Darius Wade making his debut as a starter. Maine was able to keep the game close early on but the half came to a close with an 11-yard touchdown pass from Wade to Bobby Swigert to put the Eagles on top. Swigert, a senior, made it back on the field after not playing since the 2012 season with a devastating knee injury. Continue reading Boston College Takes Care of Business Against UMaine »

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