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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 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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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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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 4, 2000 | By STEVE SPRINGER,
One man is gone because he wasn't Vince Lombardi. Or even Mike Holmgren. Another is gone because he wasn't Bill Parcells. And a third is gone because he got tired of being Bill Parcells. On Monday, with the playoffs yet to begin, the annual NFL off-season game of finger-pointing and blame-assigning began with three head coaching positions changing. Two of the head coaches, Ray Rhodes of the Green Bay Packers and Pete Carroll of the New England Patriots, were fired.
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February 2, 2008 | Sam Farmer and David Wharton, Times Staff Writer
PHOENIX -- Coasting could be costly. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday the league is looking into ways to create incentives for teams to play hard through the end of the regular season, even if they have already secured a playoff berth. "The incentive should be for every team to win as many games as possible," Goodell said in his annual state-of-the-league address. "We owe that to our fans."
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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 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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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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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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November 11, 2008 | SAM FARMER, Farmer is a Times staff writer.
The NFL's burning question in 2007: Can the New England Patriots win them all? This year's version: What are the Tennessee Titans doing winning them all? The Titans are the league's only undefeated team, 9-0 for the first time in franchise history, and winners of their last 12 regular-season games.
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October 20, 2008 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
If the New England Patriots want to hang on to their recent history of winning at home, their quarterback needs to let something go. The football. Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel, thrust into the starting role after Tom Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opener, has already been sacked 19 times. That's second in the NFL to the 23 of San Francisco's J.T. O'Sullivan (heading into Week 7), and only two fewer times than Brady was sacked all last season.
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February 4, 2008 | Sam Farmer and David Wharton, Times Staff Writers
New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, who never met a microphone he didn't like, sat at his interview podium after the game and seemed as if he would have been happy answering questions all night. Did he think the Giants could dominate the New England Patriots' offensive line the way they did? "We felt like we could do that," he said. "We've done that all year.
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January 31, 2008 | Lonnie White, Times Staff Writer
After New York running back Tiki Barber retired at the end of last season, the Giants' ground attack was expected to suffer without the franchise's all-time leading rusher. After all, Barber had led the team in rushing for seven consecutive seasons, from 2000 through 2006, and was the main source of New York's offense when he decided to call it a career. Fortunately for the Giants, Barber did not take his blockers with him.
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March 3, 2008 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
A month after the New England Patriots lost the Super Bowl, one of their superstars remains unsigned. The NFL Network reported Sunday night that All-Pro receiver Randy Moss, who broke Jerry Rice's NFL record with 23 touchdown receptions last season, and the Patriots are close to a deal. Earlier, citing sources close to the receiver, the NFL Network and ESPN.com had reported Moss was growing frustrated by a lack of progress in negotiations with the Patriots and might entertain other offers.
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February 4, 2008 | Sam Farmer and David Wharton, Times Staff Writers
New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, who never met a microphone he didn't like, sat at his interview podium after the game and seemed as if he would have been happy answering questions all night. Did he think the Giants could dominate the New England Patriots' offensive line the way they did? "We felt like we could do that," he said. "We've done that all year.
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