Tom Brady Goes All Out For Halloween, Dresses Up As Pennywise

You can take it to the bank that Tom Brady will be dialed in on the gridiron every week, but you also can count on him indulging in the lovely annual tradition that is Halloween.
And this year, he went all out.
It’s tough to outdo the avocado toast getup he and his wife Gisele Bundchen wore last year, but in 2018 he took things in a totally different direction.
The New England Patriots quarterback shared a family photo on Instagram featuring everyone’s Halloween costume. Bundchen went as a unicorn, while the kids dressed up uniquely as well.

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Brady isn’t in the shot though. That is, until you look at the clown in the window. That’s right, Brady went as Pennywise this year.
(You can see the post here if you’re looking to be thoroughly horrified)
When it comes to Halloween, Brady is not one to cut corners.

John Henry ‘Can’t Imagine’ Red Sox Winning World Series Without David Price

What a year it’s been for David Price.
After getting booed off the mound during Game 2 of the Boston Red Sox’s American League Division Series against the New York Yankees, he turned it around and became an important piece for the team.
So important, in fact, that he was a big reason why the Red Sox clinched the World Series in Game 5 against the Los Angeles Dodgers when he pitched seven-plus innings of one-run ball with five strikeouts.

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Even though his teammate Steve Pearce took home World Series MVP honors, team owner John Henry thought the southpaw was just as deserving.
“In my mind he was the co-MVP of the World Series,” Henry said, via MassLive’s Christopher Smith. “I can’t imagine we end up winning this thing without David Price this year. He was willing to pitch every day, sacrifice himself. Being in the bullpen every day.”
After Price’s rough start against the Yankees, he posted a 3-0 record with a 2.59 ERA in five outings (four starts) in the AL Championship Series against the Houston Astros and World Series.

Patriots Defensive Back Eric Rowe Placed On IR, Depth Needing A Lift

New England Patriots Defensive Back Eric Rowe Placed On IR, Depth Needing A Lift
The New England Patriots announced today that they have placed DB Eric Rowe on Injured Reserve.
Rowe who is 26-years-old played in four games this season including two starts at the cornerback position in the teams first two games. Rowe was drafted in the fourth round by the Eagles back in the 2015 draft and was acquired by the Patriots in exchange for a 2018 fourth round pick.
Rowe has played in 21 regular season games for the Patriots with 12 starts and registered 49 tackles, one interception, and 11 passes defended. The DB played in 6 postseason games with two starts tallying 24 tackles, one interception, and six passes defended.
With the injury to Rowe the Patriots depth chart at DB has Stephon Gilmore, Jason McCourty, Jonathan Jones, J.C. Jackson, and Keion Crossen.
New England has a few injuries too worry about in addition to Rowe with their Wednesday Injury report listing a number of stars.

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J.D. Martinez Explains Why Red Sox Were So Closely Knit In 2018 Season

It takes more than talent to win a World Series.
As we’ve seen in past Major League Baseball seasons, a roster littered with household names doesn’t always result in a championship. So while the 2018 Boston Red Sox boasted quite a bit of star power, it also featured a necessary intangible in order to win a title: togetherness.
This year’s Red Sox were the textbook definition of a team, and one of their premier players has an idea why they felt more like family than just a ballclub.

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“I think it was everyone,” J.D. Martinez told NESN’s Michaela Vernava prior to Wednesday’s championship parade. “Everyone just being so humble. There was no egos — ever. No one ever put themselves first and everybody kind of just pushed for each other. And even when someone was struggling, they were rooting for someone else and doing what they can to get the guy next to them better.”
This notion was on full display after Game 3 of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. While Nathan Eovaldi pitched brilliantly in the 18-inning affair, his teammates rallied around him after being tabbed with a heartbreaking loss. There were similar actions toward Ian Kinsler, who had a few costly mishaps in Boston’s only loss in the Fall Classic.
And with the majority of the roster set to return for the 2019 season, the Red Sox will have heaps of chemistry and experience on their side as they look to win back-to-back championships.

This Steve Pearce Story Will Make Red Sox Fans Love Him Even More

It’s not like Red Sox fans need any more reasons to love Steve Pearce, who earned World Series MVP honors after Boston’s five-game triumph over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2018 Fall Classic.
But Matt Fortuna of The Athletic provided one this week in telling a cool anecdote about the Red Sox first baseman, who played for six other major league franchises, including the Pittsburgh Pirates, before joining Boston back in July.

Steve Pearce, World Series MVP, once chased me, an intern, barefoot down the PNC Park hallway after I shot a video of him in the clubhouse for a Father’s Day project.
Nervous, I turned and asked if I did something wrong.
“I forgot to tell my dad: ‘I love you,’ “ Pearce said.

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— Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) October 29, 2018

Pearce was drafted by the Pirates in the eighth round in 2005 and appeared in parts of five seasons with Pittsburgh before embarking on an interesting baseball journey that included stops with the Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays and ultimately the Red Sox. He’s never been an All-Star, as he’s been used mostly in a part-time role throughout his career, but Pearce sure made his mark in Boston this season, even saving his best work for the playoffs.
Pearce’s postseason heroics alone would be enough for Red Sox Nation to hold him in high regard. He delivered several clutch hits this October, including three huge home runs in the World Series en route to earning MVP honors. But the 35-year-old’s background makes him especially likeable.
Not only is Pearce a veteran journeyman (and lifelong Red Sox fan) who always plays hard and puts the team first. He also seems like a genuinely good dude, especially after hearing Fortuna’s quick story about the slugger’s family-first mentality.

James White Not Feeling Pressure With Sony Michel Nursing Injury

FOXBORO, Mass. — One by one the New England Patriots’ running back room has dwindled this season.
Plagued by injury from the outset, the Patriots have lost Jeremy Hill, Rex Burkhead and Sony Michel to a variety of injuries so far this season. Hill is out for the season with a torn ACL and Burkhead was placed on injured reserve Sept. 26 with a neck injury.
Michel, who played well in his last three games before suffering a knee injury in Week 7 against the Chicago Bears, missed Monday night’s game against the Bills and was limited in practice Wednesday. He is considered week-to-week.
With those three backs injured, that leaves James White and Kenjon Barner as the only two backs on the 53-man roster. Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson started at running back in the Patriots’ 25-6 win over the Buffalo Bills.

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White is on pace for a historic season through eight games, and although more will be expected of him with Michel out, the Wisconsin product isn’t feeling the weight of added expectations.
“I don’t put any pressure on myself,” White said Wednesday after practice. “I just go out there and do my normal job, no matter if it’s one back or 10 backs out there. Just execute to the best of my abilities and put my best foot forward.”
The 26-year-old has always delivered on that promise during his Patriots tenure and this season has been no different. Through eight games, White has caught 55 passes for 459 yards and six touchdowns, while also running for 204 yards and two scores.
Following the Patriots’ Week 3 loss to the Detroit Lions, quarterback Tom Brady noted he wanted White to see more of the field, clearly relaying his trust in the fourth-year back. The faith was well placed, as the elusive back has become arguably the most important piece of New England’s offense during their five-game winning streak, accounting for 472 total yards and five touchdowns during that stretch.

Rob Gronkowski Sure Seems Tired Of Talking About His Touchdown Drought

FOXBORO, Mass. — The questions come each time Rob Gronkowski steps to the podium.
Hey, Gronk, what’s up with this touchdown drought? Why haven’t you been able to find the end zone in your last (*checks notes*) six games? And you’ve only been targeted in the red zone twice all season. How do you feel about that?
Those are questions Gronkowski is growing increasingly tired of answering.
Two days after catching just three passes on eight targets for 43 yards in the New England Patriots’ 25-6 win over the Buffalo Bills, Gronkowski delivered uncharacteristically brief responses to repeated questions about his diminished production this season.
Here’s a transcript of the exchange between the tight end and multiple reporters Wednesday in the Gillette Stadium media workroom:
What can you do better in the red zone?
Gronkowski: “We’ve got to score more points, myself get open and make plays, and we’ve got to put up points when we get down there.”
The lack of touchdowns, do you feel like it’s because you’re not getting open, or do you feel like you’re just not the primary look? What would you attribute this touchdown drought to?
“I’m not really sure. Yeah. Everything. Everything you said. I don’t know what to say.”
How much do you miss the end zone?
“I think it misses me.”
What does that mean?
“I don’t know.”
Jimmy Graham, what do you think of him?
“Good player, yeah.”
Do you guys have much of a background?
“No, not really.”
Is there a level of frustration, though? I know you’re winning, but counterbalance that with your own performance and productivity.
“No. I mean, we’re 6-2. We just won five games in a row, and we’re just trying to get the W every week.”
How are you feeling right now?
You’re a little subdued today.
“Thank you.”

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Where would you say your confidence level is at right now?
“It’s good.
“Because we’re winning. All right, guys. Thank you.”
Here’s video of Gronkowski’s full news conference:

Rob Gronkowski Press Conference 10/31:
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) October 31, 2018

Gronkowski smiled throughout the presser, which lasted just over three minutes, but vented after leaving the podium, according to reporters who witnessed his return to the locker room.

Then speed-walked through the locker room and out the door saying he was sick of talking about the same stuff. Hmm.
— Andrew Callahan (@_AndrewCallahan) October 31, 2018

At the midway point of the 2018 season, Gronkowski has 29 receptions for 448 yards and one touchdown in seven games, with that lone score coming in New England’s season opener. The catch and yardage totals aren’t too far off his usual pace, but he’s lagging far behind in touchdowns, having never scored fewer than eight in a season in which he played 11 or more games.
In his first seven games last year, Gronkowski caught 34 passes for 509 yards and five touchdowns. In 2016, it was 40 catches for 646 yards and seven scores.
A lack of viable weapons around him helped explain Gronkowski’s lack of production early in the season. But it hasn’t significantly improved since Julian Edelman returned from suspension and Josh Gordon became a starter in the Patriots’ offense, though Gronk did have two huge catches in the team’s dramatic Week 6 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Injuries could be preventing Gronkowski from looking like his typical dominant self, as he’s been limited in recent weeks with back and ankle ailments and didn’t play against the Chicago Bears two weeks ago.
But, as Gronkowski noted, a dearth of Gronk spikes this season hasn’t stopped the Patriots from winning football games. They’re riding a five-game win streak and sit atop the AFC East at 6-2 entering this Sunday’s primetime matchup with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

Brock Holt Greeting Jimmy Fund Patients Before Red Sox Parade Will Warm Your Heart

Brock Holt is a pretty incredible human.
In addition to what he brings the Boston Red Sox on the field, the role he plays for the city off of it is even bigger. Holt has become one of the Red Sox’s biggest contributors to the Jimmy Fund, routinely visiting the patients and spreading joy.
Prior to the Sox’s World Series parade Wednesday,’s Michaela Vernava caught up with Holt. But their discussion was paused for a moment when Holt noticed he was passing the duck boat filled with kids from the Jimmy Fund. In addition to running over to say hello and give the kids high fives, he referred to many of them by name.
Get your tissues ready.

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WATCH: Brock Holt gets excited to run into his friends at @TheJimmyFund during an interview with @MichaelaNESN
— NESN (@NESN) October 31, 2018

What a class act.

Aaron Rodgers Doesn’t Play ‘What If,’ But Imaginary Bill Belichick Pairing Is Fun Exercise

FOXBORO, Mass. — Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have had an extremely successful marriage for 19 seasons, leading to eight Super Bowl appearances and five titles for the New England Patriots.
Brady arguably is the greatest and most-accomplished quarterback of all-time, but when it comes to the most talented signal-caller in NFL history, many believe that distinction belongs to Aaron Rodgers.
With Brady and Rodgers set to do battle for the second time in their careers Sunday at Gillette Stadium, the question of how would a hypothetical Rodgers-Belichick relationship have panned out in an alternate universe has started floating around.
Rodgers, though, isn’t one for playing make-believe.
“Yeah, I mean, obviously, that will be some of the conversations this week,” Rodgers told reporters Wednesday on a conference call. “I don’t like to get into the what-if game. I’m fortunate to have been draft here, sit behind Brett (Favre) for three years. (Brady) obviously was drafted late there, you know, he was 175 picks after me in the draft, so his chip might have been a little bigger than mine starting out his career. But he’s had a phenomenal career there and I’ve had a phenomenal start here and a great time being a Green Bay Packer. I don’t think about anything different.”

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While Rodgers might not think about what’s happening on Earth B, some do. ESPN’s Ian O’Connor spoke with a former Belichick assistant who told him how the Patriots coach would utilize the 34-year-old Rodgers different than he uses Brady.
“The system would be different with Rodgers,” the former assistant told O’Connor. “Those lateral underneath passes to those small receivers, that fits Brady better. Rodgers is such a good athlete with such a big arm, I think Bill would use more vertical stuff down the field and move the pocket more than he does with Brady.”
The one glaring difference between the two quarterbacks, of course, is the athleticism. Rodgers has the ability to escape out of the pocket and extend plays with his legs, giving receivers time to get open, while also being able to turn it up field and motor for a decent gain. Brady is closing in on 1,000 career rushing yards, he isn’t exactly the most fleet of foot, relying mainly on his ability to move in the pocket to create space and throwing lanes.
“But the athleticism is the difference,” the former Belichick assistant said. “That’s not saying it would translate into more championships because how many more could you win than Tom’s won? Rodgers and John Elway are the two most physically gifted quarterbacks ever, but the only thing Rodgers has that Brady doesn’t is that ability to move around. Brady has a natural instinct for manipulating the pocket, for knowing when to slide laterally within the pocket, and mentally Tom and Joe Montana are as good as there’s ever been as far as their pre-snap ability to look at a defense and know exactly where to go with the ball.”
How would a Patriots team led by Rodgers and Belichick do in relation to the dynasty that Brady and New England’s coach have built? We’ll have to wait until we master inter-dimensional travel to know the answer.

How Chris Hogan Found His Stride After Slow Start To Patriots Season

FOXBORO, Mass. — It’s a good thing the New England Patriots didn’t give up on wide receiver Chris Hogan after a slow start to the 2018 season, because some Patriots fans were calling for it.
Hogan has 12 catches for 190 yards over his last three games and has played a big part in picking up chunk plays when the Patriots need them.
Hogan had receptions of 42 and 19 yards on a go-ahead fourth-quarter drive that put the Patriots up 37-30 over the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 6. He picked up another 19-yard catch in Week 7 to help carve into a 96-yard scoring drive against the Chicago Bears. He snagged a 20-yard back shoulder catch in Week 8 the play before James White burrowed into the end zone for the Patriots’ lone offensive touchdown against the Buffalo Bills.
Hogan caught just 11 passes for 143 yards through the first five weeks of the season. Oddly, he was playing at a much higher clip through Week 5 too. He saw his snaps fall by roughly 30 percent after Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon got a rise in playing time starting in Week 6.
So, what’s allowing Hogan to have more success despite playing fewer snaps?
“He continues just to do everything we ask him to do, work hard,” wide receivers coach Chad O’Shea said Wednesday. “He goes down and plays four phases of special teams this past week and plays really, for us, quite a bit on offense and really been a big part of what we’re doing. I can’t say enough about the way he’s worked, and he accepts his role every week, whatever we ask him to do whether it’s big, small or in between. He’s done a great job of that.”

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Patriots head coach Bill Belichick took a bigger picture approach to Hogan’s recent success.
“I think Tom (Brady) does a good job of getting the ball to the open guys depending on what the coverage is and how things are going,” Belichick said. “A couple of those have been really good throws. Chris runs good routes. Again, the production is a little bit of a function of the way that it unfolds — the play that’s called and how the defense happens to play that particular play and where Tom goes with the ball. Some of those plays that he didn’t get the ball he could’ve just as easily gotten it had they played a little different coverage. Some of those plays that he got it he could’ve just as easily — the ball could’ve gone somewhere else had they had something else called or had they played it just a little bit differently.
“As a receiver, you want to be disciplined. You want to run good routes. You want to have good spacing on the field and then the quarterback is going to find the best matchup or the lightest part of the coverage and try to get the ball to the open guy. So if everybody does their job then the ball will go to the open guy based on the defense.”
Our theory: Hogan is splitting his snaps more evenly between the perimeter and the slot, and he’s receiving less attention with Edelman and Gordon on the field.
O’Shea has been impressed with how Hogan and Phillip Dorsett have handled receiving less work on offense.
“Great, because those guys are very team-oriented,” O’Shea said. “They’re great teammates, they’re great Patriots as far as doing what we ask them to do. And they’re very unselfish. Both Chris and Phil are very unselfish players that can’t say enough of as far as a coach going out and just doing the things that we’ve asked them to do.”