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December 26, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Connecticut Tentatively OKs Aid to Remington: Connecticut tentatively approved $15 million in financial aid for Remington Products Inc., whose owner, Victor Kiam, is weighing the sale of the company, based in Bridgeport, Conn. Kiam is also majority owner of the New England Patriots football team, but needs to get his hands on $38 million to buy out a minority owner or lose control of the team.
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February 6, 2012 | BILL PLASCHKE
If this was not the end of the New England Patriots dynasty, you could certainly hear it from here. On a night the New York Giants stole their Super Bowl, mistakes filled their hands, recklessness rocked their focus, and mortality rumbled in the distance. On a night when Lucas Oil Stadium was filled with rock-star roars for Giants quarterback Eli Manning and his team's 21-17 victory, the disillusionment that engulfed the Patriots late Sunday sounded very like a farewell. You could hear it in the clack-clack-clack of the high heels of Gisele Bundchen as the supermodel furiously chased husband Tom Brady while he sagged down a hallway toward the interview room.
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January 26, 1997 | STEVE SPRINGER and T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In all, 132 players and coaches will run onto the field today for Super Bowl XXXI. That means 132 men who will spend four hours today creating memories they will remember for a lifetime. But no two players or coaches are exactly alike. Some had to overcome obstacles off the field that made anything they have encountered on the field seem mild in comparison. Some are lucky simply to be alive, let alone play in a Super Bowl.
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February 6, 2012 | Sam Farmer
His older brother built this house. Sunday, Eli Manning raised the roof. The sleepy-eyed New York Giants quarterback woke the past, beating the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl for the second time in four years -- a 21-17 victory at Lucas Oil Stadium. In the 2008 game, the signature play was an against-all-odds completion to David Tyree, who pinned the ball to his helmet as he fell to the ground, a catch that set up the winning touchdown in the final minute. This time, the rub-your-eyes reception was a 38-yarder dropped into the hands of Mario Manningham on the first play of the drive to another last-minute winning TD. He beat two defenders and just got his feet in before tumbling out of bounds.
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January 15, 2007 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
So much for the NFL's new world order. Never mind that the San Diego Chargers had the AFC's best record and nine Pro Bowl players. Forget that they hadn't lost at home all season, or that they have the league's most valuable player in LaDainian Tomlinson, or that they were riding a 10-game winning streak.
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August 19, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Junior Seau returned to the NFL on Friday after a four-day retirement, trading surfing in San Diego for a one-year contract with the New England Patriots that the 12-time Pro Bowl linebacker hopes will pay off with a long-sought Super Bowl ring. "I'm going after my master's now," the jet-lagged Seau said in a conference call. That was a reference to his lavish retirement ceremony Monday at the San Diego Chargers' headquarters when he said: "I'm not retiring. I am graduating."
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May 26, 1988
National Football League owners voted to increase rosters to 47 players and approved the conditional sale of the New England Patriots to Reebok International Chairman Paul Fireman before adjourning their annual spring meeting Wednesday in Miami Beach. Representatives of the league's 28 teams also authorized NFL officials to renegotiate a five-year contract with the sporting goods company that has supplied the official game ball since 1941.
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July 21, 1995 | From Associated Press
New England Patriot quarterback Drew Bledsoe couldn't grasp the numbers on the contract that made him, according to the man paying his salary, the highest-paid player in the NFL. "What do I think?" Bledsoe said about the $42-million, seven-year deal he signed Thursday at Smithfield, R.I. "I don't know. I can't even do the math."
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November 14, 1994 | From Associated Press
Drew Bledsoe threw and threw and threw some more. Finally, he threw his arms up in triumph. He had plenty to celebrate Sunday after his 45th completion and 70th pass--both NFL records--settled into fullback Kevin Turner's arms in the end zone 4:10 into overtime. The 14-yard pass gave the struggling New England Patriots a 26-20 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, one of the NFL's best teams.
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January 10, 2004 | LONNIE WHITE
At the start of the season, the New England Patriots certainly didn't have the look of the best defense in the NFL. Not with the Buffalo Bills blasting them in the season opener, 31-0. But then, they don't play Super Bowl games in September. Since then, Coach Bill Belichick and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel have put together a hybrid 3-4 defense that suffocates opposing offenses. The Patriots' numbers on defense speak for themselves.
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January 29, 2012 | Sam Farmer
For all the hype, grandeur and corporate extravagance of the Super Bowl, this year's version of the nation's most-watched sports event boils down to two little names. Tom versus Eli. It's only fitting that the NFL, a league so predicated on passing, is showcasing two of its greatest quarterbacks in New England's Tom Brady and the New York Giants' Eli Manning. Never has the importance of that cornerstone position been more evident than this season. And no city is more acutely aware of that than Indianapolis, the host of Super Bowl XLVI, whose Colts were decimated this season by the neck surgeries that sidelined Peyton Manning, the league's only four-time most valuable player.
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January 15, 2012 | Brad Biggs
Poof! Just like that, Tim Tebow's special journey this season concluded Saturday night. A story that transcended the game and captivated those who don't follow the sport came to an end with one cold thud. The Denver Broncos ran into the AFC's top-seeded New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium, and the gadget offense that launched Tebowmania was no match against 34-year-old Tom Brady, a polished postseason performer seven years removed from his last Super Bowl championship. Tebow became the first NFL quarterback to deliver six fourth-quarter comebacks in his first 11 starts, and then he knocked out the Pittsburgh Steelers and their top-ranked defense in the wild-card round last Sunday with an 80-yard touchdown pass in overtime.
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January 16, 2011 | SAM FARMER
Their jerseys are green, their language is blue and their coach could scarcely get more colorful. They are the New York Jets, and they play at New England on Sunday for the right to advance to the AFC championship game. Even though the Patriots beat them by six touchdowns here in early December -- "The biggest butt-whipping I've ever taken as a coach," the Jets' Rex Ryan said after the 45-3 thrashing -- the Jets spent the week leading up to this playoff game talking smack. "This is about Bill Belichick vs. Rex Ryan," Ryan said, referring to the Patriots coach.
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January 7, 2010 | By Sam Farmer, On The NFL
Third of four breakdowns on the first round of the NFL playoffs: Hurtin' for certain? The last time these teams played, Baltimore players thought officials were far too quick to throw flags that kept the pass-rush heat off Tom Brady . In a conference call this week, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis sounded wary about reports of Brady's broken ribs and broken index finger on his throwing hand. "I think sometimes that's the biggest setup ever," Lewis said. "Look at all the great ones, man. All the great ones, man, every time you say they're hurt, they come out and have their best games.
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December 1, 2009 | By Sam Farmer
Perfection is the destination of choice for the undefeated New Orleans Saints. Turns out, their own quarterback beat them to it. For the first time in his career, Drew Brees recorded a "perfect" passer rating of 158.3 -- against mighty New England, no less -- throwing five touchdown passes to five receivers Monday night in a 38-17 rout at the rocking Superdome. The Saints improved to a club-record 11-0, keeping pace with the Indianapolis Colts as the NFL's only remaining unbeaten teams.
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November 16, 2009 | SAM FARMER, ON THE NFL
The NFL has outlawed gambling. Clearly, New England missed the memo. The Patriots took one of the biggest, most mystifying gambles in memory Sunday night, and paid the price when it backfired. In the strangest chapter of their storied rivalry, the Indianapolis Colts scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter -- the last coming with 13 seconds left -- to beat the Patriots, 35-34, at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts improved to 9-0 and, by getting past their most fearsome threat, claimed the early inside track toward home-field advantage in the playoffs.
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February 2, 2005 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
Everyone around them is talking dynasty and where New England fits in the pantheon of great NFL teams, but the Patriots are clinging to the notion that they don't get their just due. The buzzword Tuesday during their portion of the media session was "disrespect." "Everyone wants to be respected," said Coach Bill Belichick, whose team has reached its third Super Bowl in four seasons. "It's kind of human nature.
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October 19, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The New England Patriots have won a bid to get the names of all the fans who bought or sold -- or tried to buy or sell -- tickets to home games through online ticket reseller StubHub Inc., a move one technology group sees as an invasion of privacy. A lawsuit filed last year against San Francisco-based StubHub claimed it encouraged fans to break state law and violate team policies. The team said it could seek to revoke season tickets of people who used StubHub.
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November 15, 2009 | By Sam Farmer, On The NFL
The NFL has outlawed gambling. Clearly, New England missed the memo. The Patriots took one of the biggest, most mystifying gambles in memory Sunday night, and paid the price when it backfired. In the strangest chapter of their storied rivalry, the Indianapolis Colts scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter -- the last coming with 13 seconds left -- to beat the Patriots, 35-34, at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts improved to 9-0 and, by getting past their most fearsome threat, claimed the early inside track toward home-field advantage in the playoffs.
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December 19, 2008 | Matt Eagan
Matt Cassel will talk about the weather or the Arizona Cardinals' defense or the toll that playing quarterback exacts on the body and mind. He just doesn't want to talk about his grief. "I'd rather answer football questions today," the New England Patriots quarterback said Thursday. "If we could stick to football questions, I'd appreciate it and thank you for being so respectful over the last week or so."
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