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Jason McCourty: Athletes have to take advantage of their platform

Dolphins head coach Brian Flores was one of the first figures from the NFL to weigh in with a statement after George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer last week and a couple of his former players liked what he had to say. Flores was critical of “people who broadcast their opinions on [more]

Rob Gronkowski loses the WWE 24/7 title

Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski has made his official exit from pro wrestling. In a video with acting that is nearly as bad as the production values, Gronk has lost the WWE 24/7 title to Ron Killings. Killings was masquerading as a gardener while Gronk was filming a TikTok video. The person operating the camera [more]

Dante Scarnecchia says he’s retired for good this time

Longtime Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia retired this offseason, and this time he means it. The 72-year-old Scarnecchia also retired after the 2013 season, but after two years, he was persuaded to come back. But he told Mike Reiss of ESPN that he’s satisfied in retirement and is glad not to be involved in [more]

Seven classic Super Bowls coming to NBCSN, NBC this week

As we wait for live sports to return, why not enjoy some of the best live sports from days gone by? You’ll get to do that this week on NBCSN and NBC, with seven classic Super Bowls re-aired from Monday through Sunday. All were originally televised by NBC. It starts Monday night at 8:00 p.m. [more]

Kyle Van Noy: We are our own team, not the New England Patriots

The Dolphins hired coach Brian Flores, who spent 11 years under Bill Belichick in New England. Flores, of course, has adopted some of the Patriot Way. He also has acquired some of his former players. Linebacker Kyle Van Noy became one of four ex-Patriots to join the Dolphins this offseason. He makes it clear, though, [more]

Massachusetts Governor to open door for pro sports practice

As the NFL continues to develop plans for a safe reopening, another state appears set to open the doors for them. According to Dan Roche of WBZ, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker will announce today that professional sports teams will be allowed to practice. The announcement is expected to include the usual provisions about safety precautions, [more]

Boston Marathon canceled, after being postponed until September

The NFL is proceeding for now with a regular season schedule that opens the second weekend in September. Other big sporting events aren’t following the same optimistic plan. According to Talya Minsberg of the New York Times, the Boston Marathon was canceled Thursday, after initially being pushed back from its April 20 date to Sept. [more]

NFL closes loophole allowing teams to kill clock with dead-ball penalties

NFL owners approved a handful of rules changes during Thursday’s meeting, including one that will close a loophole that allowed teams to run chunks of time off the clock by intentionally committing dead ball fouls. The Patriots purposely committed fouls to run time before punting in a regular season win against the Jets and their [more]

The Simms top 40 QB countdown, No. 35: Jarrett Stidham

Tom Brady is out, Jarrett Stidham is in. And Stidham, despite very limited NFL experience has landed on the Chris Simms top 50 quarterback countdown. Stidham, the presumptive Patriots starter for 2020 (and potentially beyond), comes in at No. 35. During Thursday’s PFT Live, we took a look at several drives from Stidham during last [more]

Tom Brady is selling a customized Escalade . . . for $300,000

If you’re looking for a car previously owned by a celebrity, you can buy Jo(h)n Voight’s LeBaron. Or you can aim a little higher. Via Jenna Laine of ESPN.com, Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is selling a customized Cadillac Escalade ESV for $300,000, or best offer. “Parting ways with my Becker ESV won’t be easy,” Brady [more]

Jason McCourty: Fourth-and-15 alternative more intriguing, but rewards teams for trailing

NFL owners will vote on a proposed rule change this week that would allow teams to try an alternative to onside kicks at the end of games. They’d run a fourth-and-15 play from their own 25 and retain possession of the ball if they were able to convert it. The impetus for the move, as [more]

Reggie Wayne: Patriots were “best job ever,” paid $450,000 for two weeks

It’s sometimes forgotten that Reggie Wayne did not spend his entire NFL career with the Colts. Wayne also spent a very short time with the Patriots — and he has fond memories of it. So does his financial advisor. That’s because Wayne only spent two weeks with the Patriots but made $450,000. Wayne told Dan [more]

Bryan Cox reflecting on his continued unemployment

Longtime NFL linebacker and assistant coach Bryan Cox has been unemployed for four years. He’s still not quite sure why, but he said he’s trying to focus on making himself better in case he gets another chance to coach. The 52-year-old Cox told D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he’s willing to own his [more]

“The Match” could become an annual event

With record cable ratings for a golf event, “The Match II” delivered. It may now be delivering on a more annual basis. Arash Markazi of the Los Angeles Times reports that talks have commenced regarding the possibility of making it an annual event featuring Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson and various other athletes and celebrities. [more]

The Match becomes most-watched golf event in cable history

It took a former NFL star, a current NFL star, two of world’s best golfers and a pandemic for The Match: Champions for Charity to become the most-watched golf event in cable TV history. Turner Sports announced Monday that Sunday’s charity event featuring Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods’ 1-up victory over Tom Brady and Phil [more]

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