The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

Rob Gronkowski, his father, and brothers will be competing on Celebrity Family Feud this summer.

Gronk’s brother, Chris, called into the Toucher and Rich Show on 98.5 the Sports Hub to announce the appearance on the game show. Continue reading Rob Gronkowski, Family To Appear on Celebrity Family Feud »

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Wes Welker (Image from PictureDepot)

Appearing on Boston radio stations Tuesday, free agent wide receiver Wes Welker would not rule out a return to the Patriots:

“I think there are a handful of teams that are definitely an option,” he said. “If the right situation comes up and everything kind of pieces together then I’ll definitely play again. … I don’t think there’s any hard feelings there [with Bill Belichick]. Definitely not from my side and I don’t think from his either. I’ve never ruled that out.” Continue reading Wes Welker Not Ruling Out Return to Patriots, Offers Take on Deflategate »

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Joe Namath

Super Bowl XLIX may have come and gone but the unforeseen twist at the end of that game is probably still making some Seahawks’ fans, and their quarterback Russell Wilson, a bit queasy. When the Patriots’ Malcolm Butler intercepted a pass intended for the Seahawks’ Ricardo Lockette with less than :30 left in the game at the Patriots’ 1-yard line, he ushered in a surprise ending few fans saw coming, especially since Super Bowl games are often disappointingly devoid of true sports drama.

Regardless of whether you feel a residual sting or a lingering jubilation over New England’s besting of Seattle this past February, here are seven other Super Bowl games that contained an unforgettable surprise. Continue reading 7 of the Biggest Super Bowl Surprises Ever »

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On Tuesday former Patriot, Willie McGinest, was voted to join the Patriots Hall of Fame. He beat out cornerback, Raymond Clayborn, and offensive tackle, Leon Gray, who were both on the ballot for their second time. It was McGinest’s first time on the ballot. He is the 24th player to be elected to the Hall.

McGinest played for New England for 12 seasons, winning three Super Bowl’s during his time. McGinest was drafted in 1994 and was picked fourth in the first round. Continue reading Willie McGinest gets voted into the Patriots Hall of Fame »

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NFL: Houston Texans-Training Camp

The NFL announced yesterday that the Houston Texans will be on this season’s version on Hard Knocks. Hard Knocks is an HBO series that chronicles an NFL team through training camp each season. The series focuses on all aspects of an NFL team coming together, from roster cuts to preseason games to the first day of training camp.

The Texans being on Hard Knocks will have a bit of a New England flavor to it as defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, head coach Bill O’Brien, and quarterback Ryan Mallett all reside in Houston. Romeo Crennel, the three time Super Bowl champion as New England’s defensive coordinator, will also be on the show, he serves the same position with Houston.

Patriots fans will get their first glimpse of Wilfork in another uniform and get to see if one of Tom Brady’s former backups, Mallett, can win the starting job. O’Brien should also be interesting to watch as many former Bill Belichick coordinators have failed as head coaches in the NFL. Considering the Patriots will likely never be featured on the show, this will give fans a chance to see some semblance of how a Patriots camp might look from the inside.

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The Associated Press has reported that Tom Brady’s appeal of his four game suspension will not be heard for Wednesday. Wednesday is the 10 day deadline for both sides to set a date for an appeal, the appeal does not have t be heard in that window. The date can be pushed back if both sides mutually agree to do so.

The delay most likely has to do with two factors in the appeal process. The first is Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy’s appeal for his 10 game ban on May 28 due to domestic violence. The league and players association will get Hardy’s hearing done before moving to Brady’s. Continue reading Tom Brady Appeal Won’t Be Heard Before Wednesday »

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When Robert Kraft strolled to the podium at the NFL Owners’ meetings on Tuesday, one could expect just about anything. Since the “Deflategate” controversy and league penalties, one of the league’s most powerful owners was at odds with the offices on Park Avenue in New York.

Given his harsh statements toward the league prior to Super Bowl XLIX and his statements both after the league sanctions and to Peter King over the weekend,  he was viewed as an owner that would not only appeal the penalties, but possibly (although unlikely) go all the way to court.

Instead, Kraft did a 180 and announced that the team would accept the NFL penalties “reluctantly.” These penalties include the loss of a first and fourth round draft pick as well as a $1 million fine. Quarterback Tom Brady is still going ahead with his appeal of a four game ban.

Kraft said in part: ““I don’t want to continue the rhetoric that’s gone on for the last four months. I’m going to accept, reluctantly, what he (Roger Goodell) has given to us and not continue this dialogue and rhetoric, and we won’t appeal.’’

A league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Kraft and Goodell had met prior to this press conference and even hugged. Many believe that Kraft offered to accept the team penalties in exchange for a lessening or eliminating of Brady’s suspension. So far, nothing has changed on the Brady front.

The reaction among fans was mixed. Some felt Kraft was doing the right thing by accepting the penalties and trying to move on. Others felt he was turning his back on his team for the good of his fellow owners and profits. Still more were puzzled at why an owner who had insisted on innocence was now accepting some measure of guilt by taking the penalties.

The truth is probably somewhere in the middle. Kraft still may feel his team is innocent, but that he would not win the appeal fight. If he was able to cut a deal and get Brady on the field for week one, then it is understandable. If not, then it is tough to justify spending so much time publicly fighting something to then just change course unless Kraft either knows members of his organization are guilty or he didn’t have the support of other owner’s in his fight.

One has to wonder also how Bill Belichick feels about all this. His press conference the Saturday after the allegations broke was the strongest public defense any member of the organization has done. He is also someone who highly values draft picks and has now lost two of them. And it is safe to say he would have been able to get the Patriots to play well without Brady in the first two or four weeks of the upcoming season. Now it seems all his efforts to prove his operation’s innocence has been for not.

The next crucial date in this saga will be Brady’s appeal. If the four games hold up, then Kraft’s acceptance is not only a loss for New England, but likely to ruffle the feathers of his two most important employees, Belichick and Brady. If the suspension is reduced, then Kraft will be praised for putting Brady above himself. Until then, it is likely we won’t hear anything from either side.

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