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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.