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Patriots Report Card: Week 3 vs. Ravens

Before Sunday’s New England Patriots-Baltimore Ravens game, noted actor (also Ravens linebacker) Ray Lewis said, “Revenge is a dish best served cold. We on fire tonight.” Facing a mind like that, the Patriots should count themselves lucky they just lost, as opposed to waking up tied to a chair in a basement somewhere. But lose […]

Celtics Report Card: Forgetting Football Ever Existed

After going 4-0 last week, the Boston Celtics were already potentially poised to put up some straight A’s. They had their revenge (93-90 over the Cleveland Cavaliers), wiped out the dinosaurs (a 36-point drubbing of the Toronto Raptors), got gritty in MSG (beating the New York Knicks 91-89), and proved themselves against a younger, more […]

New England Patriots Report Card: AFC Championship

The Baltimore Ravens shut down the New England Patriots’ receivers in Sunday’s AFC Championship, rattled Tom Brady and held the Patriots to their fewest points since October. And they still didn’t win. The Patriots beat the Ravens, 23-20, advancing to their fifth Super Bowl of the new millennium when Ravens place-kicker Billy Cundiff badly missed […]

New England Patriots Report Card: Divisional Round

The Book of 2 Timothy states: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” The Book of Tom states: “Good for you. I just whomped your ass.” Any comparisons between Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos and Tom Brady and the New England Patriots died following Saturday’s […]

New England Patriots Report Card: Week 17

All’s well that ends well. The New England Patriots overcame an early 21-point deficit Sunday, blowing out the Bills in the second half and cruising to home-field advantage for the playoffs. Final score: Patriots 49, Bills 21. A fitting revenge after the Bills came back from being down 21 to beat the Patriots in September. […]

New England Patriots Report Card: Week 16

The Miami Dolphins narrowly avoided disaster Saturday against the New England Patriots. Somehow a group of talented, motivated football players broke into their locker room, knocked everyone out, stole their uniforms and took the field for kickoff. The “Dolphins” went into halftime up 17-0. Luckily, the true – and truly terrible – Dolphins regained consciousness […]

New England Patriots Report Card: Week 12

It took the New England Patriots a drive to get in rhythm, but once they did, Sunday’s game went according to plan. Tom Brady dissected the Philadelphia Eagles’ secondary, the defense allowed just three points across 50 minutes of football, and the Patriots handed the “dream team” Eagles a 38-20 nightmare of a defeat. The […]

New England Patriots Report Card: Week 11

The Kansas City Chiefs threw everything but the kitchen sink (unless you count Jerrell Powe) at the New England Patriots Monday night, hoping to disrupt Tom Brady early on and keep the game close late. It worked for about 20 minutes, but the Patriots eventually solved the Chiefs’ defense. The end result: a 34-3 Patriot […]

New England Patriots Report Card: Week 10

After weeks of offensive malaise and defensive incompetency, the New England Patriots returned to form Sunday, beating the New York Jets, 37-16. Tom Brady and his receivers picked the defense apart while a team of replacements and nobodies held the Jets’ offense completely in check. The Patriots regained sole possession of the AFC East with […]

New England Patriots Report Card: Week 9

The New England Patriots’ 24-20 loss to the New York Giants Sunday featured several firsts. The Patriots lost at home for the first time in 21 games. The Patriots lost two games in a row for the first time since 2006. And the offense failed to score in the first half, also for the first […]

New England Patriots Report Card: Week 2

Welcome back to Sports of Boston’s weekly report card for your New England Patriots. After a record-setting offensive explosion in Week 1, the Patriots continued their near-unstoppable passing attack Sunday, beating the Chargers 35-21. So who stood out and who hung back? Read on and find out! Quarterback: A Tom Brady followed his record-setting game […]

New England Patriots Report Card: Week 1

Welcome to Sports of Boston’s weekly report card for your New England Patriots! Each week we’ll analyze every Patriots position group, identifying particularly noteworthy performances from the previous week’s game. In their 38-24 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football, the Patriots answered many of the questions fans had about the offense entering […]

Boston Red Sox 2010 Report Card: Infield

More than a full month after the end of the World Series, Sports of Boston brings you the final report card for the Red Sox. In this installment, we take a look at the infield. All the time in the world may not be enough to analyze the 2010 Red Sox infield, which is marred […]

Boston Red Sox 2010 Report Card: Bullpen

Relief pitching is like refereeing and third base coaches – when it’s great you hardly notice it, and when it stinks it’s all you can talk about. When Red Sox GM Theo Epstein announced that relief pitching would be Boston’s No. 1 offseason priority, it wasn’t a ringing endorsement of the scrapheap left behind in […]

Boston Celtics Midseason Evaluation

After last Friday’s overtime win against the Portland Trailblazers, the Celtics reached the halfway mark of their 2009-10 season with a record of 28-13 after 41 games. Not too shabby and despite some injuries, the Celtics have had a great season thus far. Now, let’s take a look at the different players. We’ll go from […]