New England Patriots

On Sports
6:35 am
Sun February 1, 2015

Super Bowl Quiz For Super Sunday

Credit Aaron Read RIPR

  We all know that Tom Brady grew up in San Mateo, Calif., played football at Serra High and Michigan, started in five Super Bowls and won three.  We also know he will start his sixth Super Bowl Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.

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On Sports
10:25 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Tom Brady: Durable, Consistent, Focused

Credit Aaron Read RIPR

  Snowmageddon 2015 will melt into history in a week or so. Deflategate unfortunately, will take a bit longer.  So let’s turn our attention to Super Bowl XLIX, or Super Bowl 49 for those of you who slept through Roman Numerals in elementary school.

Specifically, let’s turn our attention to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady because a long time will pass before we see another like him.

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On Politics
4:50 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

TGIF: 18 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Did anything happen this week not involving the New England Patriots and deflated footballs? Indeed. So read on, dear reader, and thanks for stopping by. As always feel free to share your tips/thoughts at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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On Sports
12:25 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Deflategate Is A Gift For The Sports Media

Deflategate is a migraine for the National Football League and an embarrassment for the New England Patriots, but for the nation’s sports media, it’s a gift. A Big,Beautiful, Wrapped Present.  Think Christmas morning, and the largest box under the tree is labeled: To Reporters, From The Patriots.

That’s Deflategate, the ball controversy swirling about the Super Bowl-bound New England Patriots. Did the Patriots deflate game balls last Sunday, possibly making it easier for quarterback Tom Brady to throw and tight end Rob Gronkowski to catch in the rain? If they didn’t, who did?

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Local Features
10:26 am
Mon January 19, 2015

The New England Patriots Head To The 49th Super Bowl

The Patriots won 45-7 at Gillette Stadium against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championships Sunday.
Credit Bernard Gagnon / Wikimedia Commons

The New England Patriots dominated the Indianapolis Colts Sunday despite the wind and rain at Gillette Stadium.  They won a commanding 45-7 victory in the American Football Championship. Next, they head to the Super Bowl, where they will face the Seattle Seahawks.  Seattle come off a from-the-behind win over the Green Bay Packers. 

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RI News
8:46 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Attorney General Warns Against Patriots Football Ticket Scams

Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts
Credit Bernard Gagnon / Wikimedia Commons

As the Patriots hurtle towards the American Football Conference championships this weekend, the Attorney General’s office is warning fans not to fall for ticket scams. 

For high profile games like the AFC Championships or the Super bowl demand for tickets goes up, and with it, the opportunity for scams.  The AG’s office reminds local fans not to let themselves be tricked just to get a real-life glimpse of the grid-iron.  If you missed out on regular tickets don’t go to sites like Craigslist to find one.

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On Politics
11:45 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Bruins Fans Get Their RI License Plates

Hockey fans of the Boston Bruins will be able to show their allegiance on their Rhode Island license plates under legislation approved by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Lincoln Chafee.

Under the law, the new Bruins plates will cost hockey devotees an extra $40, half of which will go to the state and half will be allocated to charities affiliated with the Boston Bruins Foundation. The money must be spent on Rhode Island-based charities.

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On Politics
4:45 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Rhode Island vs. Massachusetts: The Economic Myths

It seems sometimes like every Rhode Island business and political leader points to the better economy in Massachusetts. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay looked across the state border and finds more myth than reality.

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RI News
5:00 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Patriots' Hernandez Held Without Bail on Murder Charge

Former Patriots' tight end Aaron Hernandez' home, where he was arrested Wednesday for murdering a friend.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Yesterday was a pivotal day in the life of Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. He was charged with murdering a friend and fired from the team all in the same day. Rhode Island Public Radio's Flo Jonic was on hand for his arraignment in Attleboro District Court.

Aaron Hernandez was dressed in the same clothes he was arrested in: a white, v-neck tee shirt and red shorts. He showed no emotion as Bristol County prosecutor Bill McCauley laid out the state's case against him.

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RI News
11:20 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Patriots Hernandez Taken from Home in Handcuffs, Released

Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was led away in handcuffs from his MA home.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been released after being arrested on unspecified charges Wednesday morning.  The arrest comes eight days after his friend, semi-pro player Odin Lloyd, was found dead about a mile from Hernandez’ home.

Massachusetts state troopers and North Attleboro police arrested Hernandez at 8:47 a.m. at his North Attleboro home. He was led away in handcuffs and casually spit into some bushes on his way to the cruiser.

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