Watch: Deion Sanders calls Bill Belichick 'greatest coach ever'

Posted by Staff January 30, 2014 11:27 AM

In an interview with 98.5 The Sports Hub's Felger and Massarotti, Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders had high praise for Patriots coach Bill Belichick and then put Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on almost the same pedestal.

Watch the interview above.

UK magazine copies Boston Magazine's famous marathon cover

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff January 28, 2014 02:42 PM

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Look familiar?

The magazine cover on the right, of course, is the iconic image that Boston Magazine came up with in the wake of last year's Boston Marathon bombings. The one on the left is from The Bath Magazine, a periodical overseas, previewing the Bath Half Marathon with a cover that seems to be...well, a blatant ripoff.

That doesn't have staffers at Boston Magazine too pleased.

To its credit, the editors at Bath Magazine have already come out and apologized for the misunderstanding.

The publication still had the image as its Twitter profile above the apology.

In a response, Boston Magazine summoned the folks at Bath Magazine to make a donation to the One Fund.

"We canít speak for the dozens of runners who donated their shoes to us for that image," Carly Carioli wrote. "We canít speak for the runners who are preparing to run this April. But we hope that if you were so bold as to borrow our idea, you will also borrow the spirit of that coveróand make a significant donation to the One Fund in the name of those who were unable to finish the race."

Mayor Walsh congratulates Denver Mayor Hancock

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff January 27, 2014 06:31 PM

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh is indeed a man of his word.

Walsh sported a Denver Broncos Peyton Manning jersey after losing a friendly wager with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock following the Patriots' 26-16 loss to the Broncos in AFC Championship.

Walsh had bet the Patriots would beat the Broncos, stipulating that either mayor would wear the other team's jersey and send along some delectables from each city. Walsh also agreed to send 5 pounds of chocolate turtles from Phillips Candy House in Dorchester, as well as donate some locally inscribed books to Denver Public Libraries.

Watch: Madden simulation predicts Super Bowl outcome

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff January 27, 2014 10:44 AM

The EA Sports Madden Super Bowl simulation is out, predicting the outcome of XLVIII between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks.

The Broncos may sleep a little easier this week, seeing how the simulation went their way. Peyton Manning claims his second Super Bowl title after Matt Prater kicks a game-winning field goal in overtime to beat the Seahawks, 31-28.

Eight of the last 10 Madden simulations have correctly predicted the victor.

H/T to Yahoo.

Watch: More Bad Lip Reading on the NFL

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff January 24, 2014 05:16 PM

In a bit of lighter fare, the folks at Bad Lip Reading have taken aim at the NFL once again, with some whimsical takes on what players are saying on the field and on the sidelines.

Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and Julian Edelman make appearances. A faux Belichick voice told LeGarrette Blount, "hmmm, you smell good." And Brady yells, "is this the party?"

Enjoy the video above. And see Bad Lip Reading's first take on the NFL.

Report: A-Rod offered summer coaching job in Connecticut

Posted by Staff January 23, 2014 01:59 PM

If Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is indeed to be suspended for the entirety of the 2014 baseball season, he may have an opportunity to keep busy during his time off.

The Torrington (Conn.) Titans, part of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, reportedly have prepared an offer to Rodriguez to be an assistant coach for the summer, according to The Register Citizen.

The Register Citizenís Pete Paguaga reports that Titans general manager Joey Abis is ready to offer Rodriguez $5,000 for the season.

Another perk of the gig? The Donut Station, a local shop, is sweetening the deal with an offer of free coffee and doughnuts for Rodriguez for the entire summer.

Read the full Register Citizen story here.

Kobe Bryant drops in on Boston College marketing class

Posted by Staff January 17, 2014 11:09 AM

When you're a multimillionaire NBA superstar, injured, and have an off day in one of the most historic cities around, the possibilities abound. So what did Kobe Bryant do?

He left Boston, went to Newton and sat in on a marketing at Boston College.

Bryant, whose Lakers are playing the Celtics at 7:30 p.m. Friday, will not play due to a fractured left knee. But he used his time in town wisely anyway.

"About 30 minutes in, he just walked into the room and pulled up a seat and sat in the back, as nonchalant as possible," said Dylan Ironside, a BC sophomore in the class. "People didn't really react at all. [Professor Nick Nugent] didn't really do anything, he just went on teaching.

"I thought I must be going crazy."

Bryant's timing, Ironside added, was impeccable. Nugent was just using Bryant and the NBA as an example of keeping perspective when it comes to international marketing.

During a class break, the students realized it was indeed he Black Mamba. Nugent and Bryant told the students they did not know each other.

By the end of the class, according to Ironside, there was a crowd of about 50 students ó not counting the ones in the room ó waiting for Bryant in the hallway.

The BC students were a bit caught off guard, then took to social media to express their surprise.

Peyton Manning wants a Bud Light pretty badly

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff January 13, 2014 11:24 AM

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning deftly avoided a question about an impending offseason exam on his neck by telling reporters Sunday night about the beverage he'd be drinking after the game.

"What's weighing on my mind is how soon I can get a Bud Light in my mouth after this win," said Manning.

Laughter ensued, and with a $1.2 billion deal between the NFL and AB-InBev, you can bet the league office was happy as well. H/T to Deadspin for picking this out of Manning's press conference.

Hulk Hogan is back to pump up the Patriots

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff January 10, 2014 02:33 PM

He's back backing the Pats, brother!

You may remember Hulk Hogan's original shout out last week to Patriots tight end Matthew Mulligan, who is the proud owner of a championship wrestling belt purchased from Hogan's Beach Shop.

Now the former WWE wrestling great is back online with a fresh message to confirm that the presence of the belt will bring the Patriots "victory after victory after victory" in the playoffs.
Matthew Mulligan's WWE championship belt in his locker

"First things first Jack, to be in the NFL you've got to be a bad man," the Hulkster shouts in the 1:34 video clip. "But to be on the New England Patriot team, you have to be an elite athlete at all times. But one man stands out, probably one of the smartest men I've ever heard of, and that is Matthew Mulligan. He was smart enough to order a piece of Hulk Hogan to put in the Patriots dressing room, brother. That means, you have an extra edge. That means you have that extra advantage. That means that you're gonna have victory after victory after victory brother.

"So Mully, shout out to you. Smartest man on the team brother. But as the energy of Hulkamania is passed through all the players brother as the power of the largest arms in the world is passed to the commander in chief, Brady, the Patriots will be successful in every endeavor. The Patriots will dominate every time on the field, and if by some weird chance somebody's back cracks, or liver quivers, or knees freeze, you can tear off one of the largest arms in the world, brother. You can tear off one of the Patriot missiles and you can strap it to Brady's waist if one of his wheels goes bad ..."

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BBWAA strips Dan Le Batard of his Hall of Fame vote, strips him of membership for a year

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff January 9, 2014 03:30 PM

The Baseball Writers Association of America has stripped Dan Le Batard of his Hall of Fame vote for life and banned the Miami Herald columnist from ballparks for a year for giving up his Hall vote to Deadspin.com readers.

Le Batard shared the news via Twitter.

The BBWAA released a statement following the outrage over Le Batard's actions:

"The BBWAA Board of Directors has decided to remove Dan Le Batardís membership for one year, for transferring his Hall of Fame ballot to an entity that has not earned voting status. The punishment is allowed under the organizationís constitution.

In addition, Le Batard will not be allowed to vote on Hall of Fame candidates from this point on.

The BBWAA regards Hall of Fame voting as the ultimate privilege, and any abuse of that privilege is unacceptable."

The statement was signed by BBWAA president LaVelle E. Neal III.

Le Batard had explained his reasoning for giving up his vote to Deadspin, writing that "I feel like my vote has gotten pretty worthless in the avalanche of sanctimony that has swallowed it."

Deadspin reveals identity of writer who gave up Hall of Fame vote

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff January 8, 2014 03:00 PM

It's Dan Le Batard.

In November, the popular sports website Deadspin.com announced that it had bought a Hall of Fame vote from a writer.

"Our idea was to make a mockery and farce of the increasingly solemn and absurd election process, and to take some power from the duly appointed custodians of the game's history and turn it over to the public," Tim Marchman of Deadspin wrote at the time.

On Wednesday, the mystery writer's identity was revealed to be Le Batard, the ESPN host and longtime Miami Herald columnist. Using Le Batard's ballot, readers voted for Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine, Mike Piazza, Craig Biggio, Edgar MartŪnez, Jeff Bagwell, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, and Curt Schilling.

Maddux, Thomas, and Glavine each received more than 75 percent of the vote and were elected.

After the results came in, Le Batard explained the reasoning for giving up his vote (he says he received no money in exchange):

I feel like my vote has gotten pretty worthless in the avalanche of sanctimony that has swallowed it.

I have no earthly idea if Jeff Bagwell or Frank Thomas did or didn't use steroids.

I think I understand why the steroid guys were the steroid guys in this competition-aholic culture.

I hate all the moralizing we do in sports in general, but I especially hate the hypocrisy in this: Many of the gatekeeper voters denying Barry Bonds Hall Of Fame entry would have they themselves taken a magical, healing, not-tested-for-in-their-workplace elixir if it made them better at their jobs, especially if lesser talents were getting the glory and money. Lord knows I'd take the elixir for our ESPN2 TV show if I could.

I don't think I'm any more qualified to determine who is Hall of Fame-worthy than a fan who cares about and really knows baseball. In fact, many people analyzing baseball with advanced metrics outside of mainstream media are doing a better job than mainstream media, and have taught us some things in recent years when we were behind. In other words, just because we went to journalism school and covered a few games, just because accepted outlets gave us their platform and power, I don't think we should have the pulpit to ourselves in 2014 the way we did in 1936.

Baseball is always reticent to change, but our flawed voting process needs remodeling in a new media world. Besides, every year the power is abused the way I'm going to be alleged to abuse it here. There's never been a unanimous first-ballot guy? Seriously? If Ruth and Mays and Schmidt aren't that, then what is? This year, someone is going to leave one of the five best pitchers ever off the ballot. Suck it, Greg Maddux.

I've become a more and more lenient voter over the years, often allowing the max 10 guys in a year, and I wanted to put in more this year. I happen to agree with most of the reader selections. I was afraid you guys were going to have me voting for Jacque Jones and no one else. I was kind of surprised this particular snark-land respected the process. I found it impossible to limit it this year to 10, but 10 was all that was allowed, so thanks for the help. But why limit it to 10 in a year that has more than 10 worthy candidates, by the way? How dumb is that?

And my final reason: I always like a little anarchy inside the cathedral we've made of sports.

I'm not sure what kind of trouble this is going to bring me. I imagine I'll probably have my vote stripped. But I don't want to be a part of the present climate without reform anyway. Given that climate, doing THIS has more impact than my next 20 years of votes as sanctimony bars the HOF door on the steroid guys. Because, in a climate without reform, my next 20 years of votes will be counted but not actually heard. At least this gets it heard, for better or for worse.

What do you think? Were Deadspin and Le Batard right or wrong to make a mockery of the system? Did it work?


Hulk Hogan is here to help the Patriots get through the playoffs

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff January 2, 2014 09:04 AM

He's here to help the Patriots get to the Super Bowl, brother!

In the video embedded above, Hulk Hogan gives a shout out to Patriots tight end Matthew Mulligan, who purchased a championship wrestling belt from Hogan's Beach Shop, then proclaims his support for the playoff-bound Patriots.

"... I am a Patriots fan," the former WWE wrestling great said in a video that appeared on Facebook Thursday morning. "I love New England, brother. I was the champion for a long time up in your area, brother. But I got something for you. With a world title belt around your waist and hanging in the locker room with the Patriots, you guys got a piece of Hulk Hogan there Jack. Right in New England, you got a piece of Hulk Hogan. And what that means, brother, is if you get tired, or if Brady gets tired, or if anybody's knees wobble, their back cracks, or their liver quivers brother, you can take one of the largest arms in the world, Hulk Hogan's arm, you can strap it to your hips, and you can score as many touchdowns as you want brother. So what are the Patriots gonna do now that they've got Hulk Hogan running with all of you?"

ESPN has more from Mulligan on his link to Hogan.

File under: 12th man.

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