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In 23 years as a broadcaster, Cedric Maxwell admits this was the first time ever that he did NOT like a Celtics team 😳 pic.twitter.com/lcp3NwqYX9
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) June 19, 2019


23 years is a long time. Maxwell essentially his echoing the feelings of a lot of fans. Yes we rooted for this Celtics team, but they didn't bring the joy other teams did cheering them on. And at times they were almost painful to watch.
Maxwell also said he thinks Kyrie Irving will sign with the Lakers.
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One of the best kept secrets in the history of the Patriots' dynasty could potentially be answered, but not likely anytime soon. Why did Malcom Butler not play in Super Bowl 52? A mystery that has been well kept quiet, until now. Marquis Brown, who played linebacker for the Patriots in 2017, has said that he has the answer and will give it once his retirement comes.

To this day, the decision to bench Malcolm Butler has all of New England scratching their heads. I mean with Butler in the game there's no way the Pats don't have a seventh ring? Right? The once Super Bowl hero had to make at least one play, in the biggest game of the year, in order to put the Pats in the position to win. Unfortunately we will probably have to wait a few years until Flowers retires, so until then lets just watch the Pats win another one.


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(Winslow Townson/AP Images)

As Tom Brady has started to up his social media game, fans get a unique insight to some of the quarterbacks life and training methods. It has been well-known that he trains with receivers in the offseason in private sessions, as seen in the past with Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and recently rookie N'Keal Harry.

Brady posted another workout picture on instagram this morning, with who looks to be Josh Gordon.

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Practice makes perfect.

A post shared by Tom Brady (@tombrady) on Jun 19, 2019 at 6:09am PDT



It hasn't been confirmed if it is Flash or not, but its never a bad thing to think about. If it is indeed Gordon, this gives the idea that the Patriots could have a sense of how Gordon's suspension is playing out and that he could return this season. At the very least, it also shows that Brady and Gordon still have a good relationship and are working to get better.

The league hasn't given many clear statements on Gordon's suspension process, but I'm going to go ahead and give my stamp of approval of this being a good sign.
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Former New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan spent three seasons with the team before signing a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers earlier this offseason.

Hogan will now go from working with Tom Brady to Cam Newton as he makes the transition to learning a whole new playbook. The veteran receiver recently spoke to ESPN’s David Newton to discuss the comparisons and differences between the two quarterbacks.

Hogan mentioned that the two are “totally different players.” Brady (41 years old) acts more businesslike, while Newton (30 years old) acts more kidlike. But while their personalities are different, Hogan says that when it’s gametime, they have similar focus and determination.

“That competitive nature, it’s there,” Hogan said. “When it comes to strap on the pads and play football, their focus is on one goal, and that’s winning football games.”

“Cam wants to win. You can tell that right away from talking to him and being around him.”

Hogan will hope to become a major part of the Panthers’ passing game like he was with the Patriots. While in New England, he tallied 107 receptions for 1651 yards and 12 touchdowns over the course of three seasons.

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(New York Post)

As most of you have likely heard by now, the Patriots have filed tampering charges against the Houston Texans in regards to Nick Caserio, the director of player personnel for the Pats. The issues between the teams supposedly surfaced when current Texans VP of player development Jack Easterby attended the Patriots 2018 ring ceremony and allegedly tried to sway Caserio to Houston.

The reason the ring ceremony is so important, is because the day after the ceremony, the Texans fired their general manager. If the Patriots are correct in their accusations against the Texans, it will be a very tough look for the organization. It isn't a very strong look for a team to meet with someone, then fire the man in the position you would want them to replace, so we will all closely monitor the fallout of this case.

Regardless of tampering or not, losing Caserio would be a big blow to the Pats, because he is one of those guys who you'll never hear about during the season, but plays a very significant role in player development, especially with rookies throughout the season.
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The New England Patriots are making moves again.

After finding themselves in a bit of a rut at the tight end position ever since Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement in March, the search has been on to find his successor.

On Thursday, the team acquired third-year tight end Michael Roberts in a trade with the Detroit Lions, who will now get a seventh-round pick in 2020.

Currently on the Patriots squad at the tight end position is four-year veteran Matt LaCosse. LaCosse was seen taking the top reps at minicamp. Benjamin Watson is highly likely to be a big part of the rotation, but only after he serves his four-game suspension at the start of the year. Rounding out the depth chart at tight end for the Patriots are Stephen Anderson and Ryan Izzo.

Newly acquired Roberts spent his first two seasons with the Lions, totaling 13 receptions for 146 yards and three touchdowns in 23 regular-season games. While he had breakout moments last season, he struggled with injuries. This led the Lions to rework their tight end room and ultimately landed Roberts in tough spot where it was uncertain if he would make the roster.

New England now assumes the new tight end’s contract that has two years left on it. Roberts is set to earn a base salary of $645,000 in 2019 and $735,000 in 2020.

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The sports world was shaken up after hearing that David Ortiz, aka Big Papi, was injured in a shooting in the Dominican Republic on Sunday night.

Among the many professional athletes that wished the longtime Red Sox player a speedy recovery was New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady.

Brady took to Twitter on Monday to say some kind words and posted a picture of him and Ortiz shaking hands at Fenway Park on Opening Day in April of 2015.

Papi defines Boston Strong... get well soon my friend!!! pic.twitter.com/QFFJ4nvQnU
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) June 10, 2019

As of Monday Night, Ortiz was reportedly back in Boston. The medical team there and the doctors in the Dominican Republic confirmed that his condition is still serious, but that he was stable enough to be transported back to the states for continued care and recovery.

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(Sports Illustrated)

The 2018 New England Patriots gathered at the Kraft residence last night to receive their rings and celebrate the 2018 championship. This saw the return of several players and coaches to get together one last time as a team.

In addition to their celebration, the Pats also got the largest Super Bowl rings ever, according to Jostens, the designers.

The greatest ring of all-time. pic.twitter.com/Vv5AHmVGhS

— New England Patriots (@Patriots) June 7, 2019


As you can see, there's a lot going on with the rings, so here are some stats for you:

They are crafted in 10 karat gold, it features the Patriots' logo brought to life through a custom-cut, red and blue stone. Thirty-eight diamonds surround the logo, with an additional diamond set in the star. The logo is on the six Lombardi trophies, set with 123 diamonds, each accented with a marquise-cut diamond.

The trophies on the ring top are surrounded by an additional 108 pave-set diamonds, which represent the number of practices in the 2018 season. Seventy-six diamonds adorn the edges of the ring. Completing the intricate design are 20 round, blue sapphires, which are emblematic of the Patriots' 20 AFC East division championships.

So yeah as I said, a lot going on with these. I do find it fascinating about how much detail they put into these, in regards to the number of practices and division titles, but it is also really amazing just how much goes into each ring in general.

The sides of the rings include the players name, and the final 13-3 score over the Rams. The back has the individual years for each championship and Robert Krafts' "We are all Patriots" is written on the inside.

As always, it is really cool to see the players return and celebrate with each other and have a well-earned party.
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(Patriotswire.usatoday.com)

A few days ago, former Patriot Rob Gronkowski reassured everyone that he is enjoying retirement and will not be coming back. While he does seem like the most significant source in the matter, not many people are convinced he will stay out a whole season.

Mike Freeman from Bleacher Report stated that although Gronk says he is still out, its only a matter of time until he gets the football itch and comes back. "The belief is that once the season gets going, and Gronkowski starts missing football, he will rejoin the team. It's not just a hunch, sources say; you can count on it."

Unnamed sources are always difficult to fully buy into, but that is the nature of sports. It does seem very possible that at some point during this season, Gronk will have the competitive drive to come out of retirement and make another run at the title.

Personally, I am on the thought process that he will remain in retirement, but this is something to definitely keep a close eye on.
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Julian Edelman may be one of the toughest competitors out there, but he does have a bit of a sensitive side.

When Tom E. Curran of NBC Sports spoke to Edelman on Wednesday about newcomer N’Keal Harry, it came as a pleasant surprise that the veteran is offering some help and advice to the rookie.

“I like to be known as a teammate that would help you,” Edelman explained. “I like to give little pointers here and there because the better we all are, the better we are as a team. I like going out and trying to give information if they want information and go form there. Part of the job, I guess.”

Edelman recalled the times when former Patriots players had his back when he first joined the team.

“That’s the ebbs and flows of being new in an environment, especially for a rookie,” he said. “There’s gonna be bad days, there’s gonna be good days, there’s gonna be days where you don’t do anything. When I was a rookie, there was a guy by the name of Fred Taylor, I’d get a ride from him at the Residence Inn (Foxboro) in his Range Rover and he’d say, ‘Rook, it’s a roller coaster. You gotta ride that ride and keep it level-minded.’”

Edelman is taking a “been there, done that” approach to understanding where Harry is coming from when dealing with a whole new environment, which is allowing him to have a strong respect for the New England Patriots first-round pick.

“He’s a big kid and he works hard,” Edelman said. “We’re gonna need him to play well. We’re gonna need everyone to play well.”

“It’s tough to play receiver here, but he doing a good job at that by not making the same mistakes. I’m not a coach, but I like his attitude. I like his body. He’s got a big body… got some nice abs too… hopefully he comes in and can help right away.”

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