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Kraft: Sherman 'very smart marketing whiz'

Kraft: Sherman 'very smart marketing whiz'

ESPN.com profootballtalk.com nytimes.com Updated 29 minutes ago
Robert Kraft isn't about to start a war of words with Richard Sherman, who said Sunday that the Patriots wouldn't be disciplined by the NFL for underinflated footballs because of Kraft's close relationship with Roger Goodell.
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  • Bill Belichick's cute exchange with young reporter

    Bill Belichick's cute exchange with young reporter

    Yes, we just used "cute" and "Bill Belichick" in the same headline. We're not lying, either. The famously grumpy New England Patriots coach interrupted his grimaces and grunts during Tuesday's Super Bowl Media Day to smile and answer…
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  • One-Seventh Of Bill Belichick's Soul Likely Hidden In Monkey Pu…

    One-Seventh Of Bill Belichick's Soul Likely Hidden In Monkey Puppet

    deadspin.com 2 hours ago
    During his Media Day session, Bill Belichick received a question that was actually valuable from Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo's daughter. She asked him what his favorite stuffed animal was, and Belichick hit her with this:Read more...
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  • Both Vegas odds and fans betting on Patriots

    Both Vegas odds and fans betting on Patriots

    ESPN.com 2 hours ago
    The Super Bowl point spread is holding steady at New England minus-1, even as money continues to pile up on the Patriots in Las Vegas.
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  • Brandon Browner wants the Patriots to break Richard Sherman

    Brandon Browner wants the Patriots to break Richard Sherman

    Patriots corner Brandon Browner use to be a part of the Legion of Boom, but now he’s a part of another great backfield with Darrelle Revis and Devin McCourty. Browner said he will tell his teammates to break Sherman and Thomas during the game on Sunday.…
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  • Analysis: A Peek Inside the Patriots’ (Trick) Playbook

    Analysis: A Peek Inside the Patriots’ (Trick) Playbook

    nytimes.com 4 hours ago
    The Patriots used the element of surprise and exploited rules about eligible and ineligible receivers to fool the Ravens’ and Colts’ defenses in these N.F.L. playoffs.
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  • Louis CK on Patriots: 'Sometimes you do stuff that's not fair s…

    Louis CK on Patriots: 'Sometimes you do stuff that's not fair so you can win'

    yahoo.com 5 hours ago
    Louis CK is one of the most brilliant minds of our time, and when he turns his attention to the New England Patriots, you can be sure he'll hit you with white-hot truth. "They want to win real bad," CK said on David Letterman's show, speaking …
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  • Bill Belichick calls Marshawn Lynch “best back we’ve faced”

    Bill Belichick calls Marshawn Lynch “best back we’ve faced”

    profootballtalk.com 5 hours ago
    Patriots coach Bill Belichick says his defense hasn’t faced a challenge quite like Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch before. Although Belichick is refusing to answer questions this week about Deflategate, he gave lengthy answers to reporters’ questio…
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  • The Patriots' Hotel's Fire Alarm Went Off Last Night 

    The Patriots' Hotel's Fire Alarm Went Off Last Night 

    The Patriots' first night in Arizona was not a restful one; after getting in and doing their press conferences (including a particularly impassioned one from Bob Kraft ), the team turned in—only to be woken up by a blaring fire alarm at around 1:30 loca…
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  • Ex-Jet Johnny Mitchell (remember him?) lobs a softball to Bill …

    Ex-Jet Johnny Mitchell (remember him?) lobs a softball to Bill Belichick

    ESPN.com 6 hours ago
    You never know what might happen at a Super Bowl media event. On Monday night, a former New York Jets player-turned-media member -- Johnny Mitchell -- practically genuflected before New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick at a news conference in Chand…
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  • Can a bag of footballs be deflated in 90 seconds?

    Can a bag of footballs be deflated in 90 seconds?

    profootballtalk.com 7 hours ago
    As the #DeflateGate controversy continues to overtake Super Bowl XLIX, the first tangible evidence other than footballs being underinflated (which the NFL has acknowledged) emerged Monday, when Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported that a Patriots employee …
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  • Kam Chancellor on Gronkowski: Just play big-on-big

    Kam Chancellor on Gronkowski: Just play big-on-big

    profootballtalk.com 7 hours ago
    Last week, Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane dismissed Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski as just an “OK” player, but it doesn’t seem to be the prevailing opinion on the team. Questions about facing Gronkowski were waiting for the Seahawks in Arizona on Mo…
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  • Pete Carroll still likes Robert Kraft, who fired him

    Pete Carroll still likes Robert Kraft, who fired him

    profootballtalk.com 7 hours ago
    It feels like Bill Belichick has been coaching the Patriots forever, but he hasn’t. There was a coach of the Patriots before Belichick was hired in 2000, and that coach was Pete Carroll. Carroll, who is preparing to coach the Seahawks against the Patrio…
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  • Kevin Williams likes his free agency choice, for now

    Kevin Williams likes his free agency choice, for now

    profootballtalk.com 8 hours ago
    Kevin Williams waited 11 years to try free agency. Turns out, he’s pretty good at it. The veteran defensive tackle’s two choices last offseason were the Seahawks and Patriots, the teams that happen to be meeting for the Super Bowl. “Guess I couldn’t hav…
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  • Bill Belichick’s politely declining to elaborate on #DeflateGat…

    Bill Belichick’s politely declining to elaborate on #DeflateGate

    Patriots coach Bill Belichick was probably hoping he buried #DeflateGate with Saturday’s Mona Lisa Vito press conference. And upon arriving in Arizona last night, he gave a hint of what he’s going to be saying a lot today. Via Phil Perry of CSNNE.com, B…
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  • Tuesday morning one-liners

    Tuesday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com 8 hours ago
    A look at Bills DE Jerry Hughes as he approaches free agency. How can the Dolphins create cap space for the offseason? The Patriots believe they can run the ball on the Seahawks. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll called trading Percy Harvin to the Jets a “dif…
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  • Seahawks, Patriots both saw seasons turn after losses to Chiefs

    Seahawks, Patriots both saw seasons turn after losses to Chiefs

    profootballtalk.com 9 hours ago
    The Kansas City Chiefs didn’t make the playoffs this season, but they had a major impact on the playoffs. Last week, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said that he felt his team’s play in the second half of a 41-14 loss to the Chiefs in Week Four was a turn…
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  • The Super Bowl Mailbag

    The Super Bowl Mailbag

    CNNSI.com 15 hours ago
    PHOENIX — I keep thinking: Write about the game, write about the game. Then Bob Kraft stepped to the podium Monday evening. The Patriots owner challenged the NFL—he was speaking to the assembled Super Bowl media, but really he was speaking to Park Avenu…
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  • Bed check: Wrapping up Patriots Day 1

    Bed check: Wrapping up Patriots Day 1

    ESPN.com 16 hours ago
    PHOENIX -- Wrapping up some of the key storylines around the New England Patriots from their first day at Super Bowl XLIX: Robert Kraft's public defense. Can't recall a Super Bowl where the owner took the mic first. That was the story of the day, with B…
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  • Former Red Sox Pitcher Monbouquette Dead at 78

    Former Red Sox Pitcher Monbouquette Dead at 78

    nytimes.com 16 hours ago
    Former Major League Baseball All Star pitcher Bill Monbouquette has died of leukemia at the age of 78, the Boston Red Sox said on their website.
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  • Video - Kraft: 'Pats Have Done Nothing Inappropriate' 03:18

    Kraft: 'Pats Have Done Nothing Inappropriate'

    Jan 26
    ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss breaks down team owner Robert Kraft's comments about "Deflategate."
  • Video - Power Of The Pick-Six 03:37

    Power Of The Pick-Six

    Jan 26
    Jim Basquil is joined by ESPN Seahawks reporter Terry Blount and Patriots reporter Mike Reiss to talk about how a pick-six could be the play that decides the Super Bowl.
  • Video - Patriots: Four Facts Heading Into Super Bowl Sunday 01:18

    Patriots: Four Facts Heading Into Super Bowl Sunday

    Jan 26
    ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss discusses fours facts for the Patriots heading into their Super Bowl matchup against the Seahawks.
  • Video - Seahawks Against Top Tight Ends 00:51

    Seahawks Against Top Tight Ends

    Jan 26
    ESPN Seahawks reporter Terry Blount discusses the upcoming matchup between Seattle's defense and Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski.

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