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Brady gets 4 games; Pats fined, lose draft picks

By The Sports Network, 1 year 11 months ago
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was suspended four games without pay and his team was fined $1 million and docked two draft picks in penalties doled out by the NFL on Monday over the deflated balls scandal. The punishment was announced five days after the release of the long-awaited Wells report, which detailed what it called a "deliberate effort...

New England Patriots' Path of Destruction Unequaled in Sports History

By Mike Dussault, 1 year 11 months ago
It's hard to believe it was just 14 years ago when the upstart, underdog New England Patriots knocked off the "Greatest Show on Turf" to capture their first Super Bowl title. The Patriots were America's first feel-good story after the tragic events of 9/11, even choosing to be announced as a team as they ran out of the tunnel in New Orleans.Back then it would've almost been...

Extra Points: The lesson of Deflategate: grow up

By The Sports Network, 1 year 11 months ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - Stop being so damn surprised. Remember when Alex Rodriguez was going to save Major League Baseball's oh-so- important home-run record from the dastardly Barry Bonds? A-Rod was clean after all. I mean sure, he looked like an NFL linebacker but it was such a natural progression from the teenage stringbean that showed up in Seattle back in 1994, right? Or how about...

Brady says he has no reaction to Wells report

By The Sports Network, 1 year 11 months ago
Salem, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Tom Brady remains coy on Deflategate. Speaking publicly for the first time since the Wells report was released Wednesday, the Patriots quarterback said, "I don't really have any reaction," when pried by Jim Gray at the Salem State Speaker Series, a pre-scheduled Q&A appearance. "It's only been 30 hours, so I haven't had much time to digest it fully, but...

Wells report: Pats intentionally deflated balls

By The Sports Network, 1 year 11 months ago
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Ted Wells has completed his investigation into deflated footballs used by the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game and concluded that team personnel deliberately tried to "circumvent the rules." Wells, the NFL-appointed attorney who conducted the probe, submitted a 243- page report on Wednesday. According to the report, quarterback Tom...

Patriots release CB Dennard

By The Sports Network, 1 year 11 months ago
Foxborough, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was among three players placed on waivers by the New England Patriots Tuesday. Dennard started 20 games and logged five interceptions in three seasons with New England, which selected the former Nebraska standout in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He was active for only six games in 2014 before landing on injured...

New England Patriots Finally Primed With Pass-Rusher Potential

By Mike Dussault, 1 year 11 months ago
The New England Patriots have never been a team to fall in love with "pass rushers," arguably to their detriment in the years between the dynasty defense of the 2000s and the recent resurgence en route to their win in Super Bowl XLIX. Bill Belichick's scheme calls for his defensive ends and linebackers to be just as stout against the run as they are getting to the passer...

First-Round Pick Malcom Brown Solidifies New England Patriots' Defensive Front

By Mike Dussault, 1 year 12 months ago
The New England Patriots took a defensive lineman in the first round of the NFL Draft for the second year in a row, selecting Malcom Brown from Texas and taking a solid step forward in replacing the irreplaceable Vince Wilfork. Last year, the Pats took Dominique Easley, also a defensive linemen with the versatility to play multiple positions. The Pats have taken a defensive player with...

New England Patriots 2015 Draft Preview

By The Sports Network, 2 years 2 days ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - The world champs have some work to do especially after losing veteran cornerbacks Darelle Revis and Brandon Browner in the offseason. An obvious need, however, is not necessarily the way Bill Belichick is going to go. The veteran coach is usually thinking about bolstering his offensive and defensive fronts above all else before taking care of any other needs and the...

Patriots visit Obama at White House

By The Sports Network, 2 years 3 days ago
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - President Barack Obama praised the New England Patriots on Thursday, calling them "as good an organization as there has ever been in professional sports," but also found time to poke fun at the team and some of his own people. After noting how many Patriots fans serve in congress and work at the White House -- "I obviously did not screen properly when I...