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After Olympics wrap, what's next?

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After Olympics wrap, what's next?

So just like that, after 17 days, 104 US medals, and one stellar performance by George Michael, the London Olympics are over. Through it all, we met a few new American heroes, were re-acquainted with a few old ones, we were ALL swept up in the unfathomable drama of the 50K Race Walk. And now, theres nothing. Nearly three weeks of non-stop competition replaced by . . . I dont know. The crumbling Sox? Preseason football? The Little League World Series!?!

Truth be told, Im not an enormous fan of the Olympics. At least not compared to how much I care about professional sports, or how much some other people care about the Olympics. But if you have a pulse and a TV, its impossible not to get caught up.

For one, because its always on. Always. And when you consider the sad state of summer TV, the constant flow of competition on the NBC networks was a savior on so many boring nights. And then there are the events. From the absurdity of synchronized diving and the aforementioned race walk to the nuances of competitive ping pong and fencing its all so bizarrely fascinating. In some cases, you find yourself captivated by sports you never knew existed. And all those serve as hearty appetizers to legendary Summer Olympic-entrees like swimming, gymnastics and sprinting, not to mention the more mainstream sports like tennis, soccer and basketball led by familiar names like Federer, Murray, Wambach, Solo, LeBron and Kobe.

Together, we watched it all unfold. We cheered on Douglas and Raisman. We cheered for LeBron! We shook our heads and laughed (what else can you do?) at the unimaginable greatness of Phelps and Bolt. Men fell in love with Alex Morgan; women with Ryan Lochte. We all marveled at the fastest man on no legs but McKayla was unimpressed.

In real time, the games simultaneously dragged on for too long, but happened so fast. The opening ceremonies could have been yesterday or last year. But regardless of our (or my) warped perception, the London Olympics have come to a screeching halt, leaving in their aftermath a slew of memories that will easily last for the next four years.

But thankfully, we'll only need them for another four weeks.

Are you ready?

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Padres to interview Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis for open position

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Padres to interview Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis for open position

BOSTON -- The coaching migration could begin soon.

Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis is to be in San Diego on Wednesday, a baseball source told NBC Sports Boston. They have an open hitting coach position that Davis will interview for. Davis' reputation in the game remains excellent, despite some offensive drop-offs for key Sox players in 2017.

Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said all the Sox coaches under John Farrell have permission to seek jobs elsewhere.

"I’ve  talked to all the coaching staff members," Dombrowski said last week. "They’re all signed  for 2018. What I told them  is, first  of all, I think very highly of  them. They’re good people. They’re good baseball people. I would recommend  to our new manager any of them, it’s not a problem for me, but I do believe a new manager needs to have his own coaching staff in place within approval of us and making sure that there’s proper areas coached within the club. 

"Would grant permission for any club to talk to our personnel. I know they’re signed, but I wouldn’t want to stand in their way of getting a job somewhere else if that opportunity came up. Some of them could come back, but again, I’m going to wait until we get a manager and I won’t  stand in their way of interviewing elsewhere." 

Davis could eventually land on the interview circuit for manager, as well. 
 

Have the offseason changes negatively affected the Patriots locker room?

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Have the offseason changes negatively affected the Patriots locker room?

The Patriots improve their record to 4-2 with a win over the Jets, but there are still a lot of concerning factors for New England. Mike Giardi and Dan Koppen talk about something the team isn't used to - close games.

Giardi also dives into whether there is a major problem with the locker room dynamic, and whether all the moves they made in the offseason were blown way out of proportion by the media and fans of the talent added, but didn't factor in the personalities they lost.

Koppen and Giardi also look at how the offensive line play has fallen off, despite the same personnel as last year. Finally, discussing the late scratch of Stephon Gilmore due to a concussion. Anything to read into the timing?