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Can anyone stop the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady combination?

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It boils down to two men. And only two men. Everyone is is a guest star. The New England Patriots, as close to a dynasty as the modern free agent rules will allow, have endured because of change. There is Bill Belichick. There is Tom Brady. And there are a bunch of guys named Ned. This is one of finest two-man shows since Simon and Garfunkel, since Abbott and Costello, since Martin and Lewis. Belichick and Brady will play in…

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Is defense as important as ever in winning NFL playoff football

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In a quarterback-driven world, does defense still win championships? The cliché says yes, of course. No coach is going to come out in favor of a soft defense. But is defense still as important as it was in the days of the Doomsday Defense and the No-Name Defense and the Steel Curtain? Is hounding the opposing quarterback as important today as it used to be? Often these days, it seems that winning a football game is a matter of holding…

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Can you imagine Nick Saban leaving Alabama for Bucs?

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You can imagine him pulling into the parking lot at Raymond James Stadium, his trophies lined up on his car like hood ornaments. You can imagine him waving to what there is of the crowd, his championship rings glistening in the sun. You can imagine him treating the Atlanta Falcons like a rivalry on par with Auburn. Nick Saban, Bucs‘ coach. Can you imagine? Both Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times and Martin Fennelly of The Tampa Tribune can.…

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Buffalo’s Rex Ryan gets another shot at Pats on Monday night

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Rex Ryan says he isn’t obsessed with the New England Patriots. Not a bit. But Ryan, coach of the Buffalo Bills, constantly talks about the Patriots, about Bill Belichick, about Tom Brady, about his failures concerning the Patriots. But as he goes into a Monday night game, Ryan isn’t obsessed. He says. “I know all you guys say that I’m obsessed with them and all that,” Ryan said. “You guys are obsessed with them, not me. I want to beat…

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Questions remain in the NFL’s suspension of Pats’ quarterback Tom Brady

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The commercial is coming soon. Tom Brady will walk into a cell phone store, and he will pick up a new model, and he’ll say “Can it be destroyed easily?” Maybe he’ll add “How long does it store messages?” And, finally, he’ll ask “Is it shock-proof? Waterproof? Commissioner-proof?” In a case that was once about air, we are down to a discussion of cell phones and air time. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made sure of that when he upheld Brady’s…

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Did the NFL over-punish Tom Brady?

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Like most of us, I believe in punishment. Like most of us, I believe the NFL needs a tough guy in charge. But not this. Not strength with a lack of wisdom. Not toughness without judgment. Like most of us, I have applauded suspensions whenever they have occurred, and I have cursed those who dared to protest their sentences in the face of logic. The world is a loony bin, and sports along with it. We have lived through murderers…

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