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Chuck Pagano’s fake punt vs. Patriots heads list of worst calls

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With Andrew Luck watching from the sideline, special-teams ace Colt Anderson lined up under center and took the snap at a critical point during the much-anticipated rematch between the Colts and Patriots. It was easily the worst play of the 2015 season. Indianapolis trailed New England 27-21 late in the third quarter and faced a fourth-and-3 at its own 37. Obviously, it was a punting situation. But Colts coach Chuck Pagano had other ideas. Wide receiver Griff Whalen played center.…

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Big problems emerge for 3 teams

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Call it a Thanksgiving Thud. What happened to the Eagles, Cowboys and, most shockingly, to the Packers on Thursday signals some major problems with all three teams. What’s happened to these three, all of which had winning records in 2014 and seemed headed for big things this season, is emblematic of the mercurial nature of the NFL. Other than the Panthers and Patriots at the top, the Browns, Chargers and Titans at the bottom, consistency has been elusive. At least…

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The ultimate running game: a Tom Brady play for president

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Never mind what Tom Brady says about making a play for the White House: Fans are clinging to 0.0001 odds he’ll reconsider the ultimate running game someday. For a cover story, GQ magazine asked its 2015 Man of the Year if he’d ever consider a run for the White House — or at least for governor of Massachusetts. “There is a 0.000 chance of me ever wanting to do that,” Brady said. “I just think that no matter what you’d…

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Florida’s diversity includes loyalties to sports teams

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According to a recent poll, a plurality of Floridians back U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. Not his candidacy for president, but his allegiance to the University of Florida Gators. Rubio made headlines when he jokingly categorized Florida State as a fallback school for those not gaining entry into UF. Florida State backers, including President John Thrasher, were quick to respond. The PPP Poll revealed that 23 percent of those responding are loyal to the Gators, while 18 percent identified the Seminoles…

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Penalties, balanced Jaguars take down Dolphins

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There are two ways to look at the 23-20 victory by the Jacksonville Jaguars over the Miami Dolphins. Looking at the positives, neither team committed a turnover. Both quarterbacks were efficient. Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles threw for 273 yards and two touchdowns, while Miami’s Ryan Tannehill completed 30 of 44 passes for 359 yards and two touchdowns. It was the ninth 300-yard passing game of Tannehill’s career. While Tannehill was sharp, the Dolphins offense was completely out of balance with only…

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Bucs must develop culture of winning, but not the Patriots’ model

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Why should Bucs fans or general sports fans from the ‘Burg and the Bay care about Tom Brady and underinflated footballs? It’s not like any of this will affect their everyday lives. Why do readers of this publication, whether or not they are sports fans, pay attention to a national story like this? Because it goes beyond sports. It’s the intrigue; it’s knowing what you don’t know and looking to fill that void. Everyone following the story has an opinion.…

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Tim Tebow expected to sign with Eagles on Monday

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It’s Tebow Time in the City of Brotherly Love. Tim Tebow is expected to sign a one-year contract with the Eagles on Monday, according to three people familiar with the deal. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because the contract hasn’t been finalized. Tebow hasn’t played in the NFL since 2012 with the New York Jets. He was released by the New England Patriots before the 2013 season and spent last year working in…

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