Robert Kraft blasts process in Tom Brady’s suspension

By Nick Shook
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Two hours after Tom Brady reluctantly decided to give up in the legal fight over his suspension Friday, owner Robert Kraft issued a sharp statement criticizing the entire process.

“While I was disappointed with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision not to rehear Tom Brady‘s case, I am most frustrated that Tom was denied his right to a fair and impartial process,” Kraft said in a statement released by the team. “The League’s investigation into a football pressure matter was flawed and biased from the start, and has been discredited nearly unanimously by accredited academics and scientists. Continue reading

British tabloid gives Super Bowl win to wrong team

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Get out the goals and check the tables, because New England just won a pretty important fixture.

British tabloid The Daily Mail used a long web headline to let its readers know of New England’s latest triumph, a win over the Seattle Seahawks, celebrated by Tom Brady with his famous wife.

But the publication named the other inhabitant of Gillette Stadium — the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer — as the victorious organization. Continue reading

Julian Edelman on critics: ‘They can kiss’ Lombardi Trophy

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Julian Edelman took a trip to Disneyland on Monday, and while he was on his way there, he let his thoughts on the opinions of others be known.

It’s a bunch of noise out there,” Edelman said while on Middays with MFB on WEEI-FM. “… Everyone can keep on talking, but we’re going to be raising that trophy up in front of all those people in New England and it’s going to be a great time and they can kiss that.” Continue reading

Darrelle Revis on Seahawks’ final call: I was shocked

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It was a decision that, more than 12 hours later, is still being questioned. It’s likely just the beginning of the in-depth examination of what went wrong with the Seahawks a mere 3 feet from essentially securing their second Lombardi Trophy in as many seasons.

Pete Carroll has taken the blame for it and attempted to explain the thought process behind it.

And in the immediate aftermath of the game, even the victors found the call to be perplexing. Continue reading

Seahawks’ Cliff Avril (concussion), Jeremy Lane (arm) hurt

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Cliff Avril became the second Seahawk to make a trip to the locker room for evaluation during the New England Patriots‘ 28-24 win over Seattle in Super Bowl XLIX.

The defensive end left late in the third quarter and was ruled out for the rest of the game with a concussion, the team announced. Avril had two tackles before he appeared to go helmet-to-helmet with New England’s Brandon Bolden while trying to shed a block in the third quarter. Continue reading

Earl Thomas to ‘play fearless’ despite shoulder injury

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Earl Thomas isn’t the same man as he was two weeks ago, and he isn’t afraid to acknowledge it.

The safety suffered a dislocated shoulder in the second quarter of Seattle’s NFC Championship victory over the Green Bay Packers on Jan. 18, forcing him into the locker room before coming back to play the rest of the game. Almost immediately upon returning, Thomas made a tackle on bruising running back Eddie Lacy, proving a dislocation wouldn’t keep him from still using his physical capabilities.

One would be hard-pressed to find a player who isn’t willing to sacrifice much in order to play in the biggest game of his career. Thomas is no different, even if he’s admittedly not at 100 percent. Continue reading

Tom Brady on Ravens’ complaints: Study the rules

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New England completed the greatest playoff comeback in franchise history on Saturday, so it comes as no surprise that there were more than a few smiling faces around Gillette Stadium.

But one figure might need some help turning his frown upside down.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh was a bit peeved by the Patriots‘ unorthodox, if not questionable substitution tactics. Baltimore found success getting to New England quarterback Tom Brady, and Patriots coach Bill Belichick needed a stop-gap. Continue reading