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Here's where Boston teams rank on Forbes' 2019 most valuable franchise list

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Here's where Boston teams rank on Forbes' 2019 most valuable franchise list

There's never been a better time to own a professional sports franchise, particularly in Boston. 

Forbes released its annual ranking of the 50 most valuable franchises in sports this week, and three Boston teams -- the New England Patriots, Boston Celtics and Boston Red Sox -- made the list. The Boston Bruins did not make the list, but neither did any other NHL franchise. In fact, even if the list was expanded to 70 franchises, there still wouldn't have been any NHL teams ranked.

The Celtics came in at No. 22 (tied with the NFL's Houston Texans) with a value of $2.8 billion. The Chicago Bulls (No. 19), Golden State Warriors (No. 9), Los Angeles Lakers (No. 8) and New York Knicks (No. 5) are the only NBA teams ahead of the Celtics.

The Red Sox are slotted at No. 12 (tied with the NFL's Los Angeles Rams) with a value of $3.2 billion. The Los Angeles Dodgers (No. 10) and New York Yankees (No. 2) are the MLB franchises ahead of the Red Sox.

The Patriots, at No. 7, are the highest-ranked Boston team on the list with a value of $3.8 billion. The Dallas Cowboys (No. 1) are the only NFL team ranked ahead of the Pats. The Patriots have won six Super Bowl titles since 2000, which easily is the most over that span and tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most such championships in NFL history. New England has made 10 Super Bowl appearance since Robert Kraft bought the team in 1994, so it's safe to say Kraft has enjoyed a nice return on his $175 million investment to purchase the team.

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Tom Brady reacts to being listed as 22 years old in game day program

Tom Brady reacts to being listed as 22 years old in game day program

Tom Brady is currently the oldest quarterback in the NFL at age 42. But apparently, not everybody knows that.

The New England Patriots quarterback posted a picture of a game day program on his Instagram story recently. And that roster had him listed at just 22 years old, as you can see via this tweet from ESPN.

That's quite a mistake to make, especially considering that Brady is one of the league's longest-tenured players. The mistake certainly must have elicited some laughs from those who noticed it. And evidently, Brady found it funny as well.

Of course, Brady was obviously happy with the results. After all, he has spent the last 10 years hearing about how old he is getting and how close to retirement he is. It must be nice to get a change of pace and be mistaken for being on the younger side.

While Brady isn't 22 anymore, he is still as spry and active as a young quarterback and evidently, he still plans on playing until he's 45. He is only under contract with the Patriots for one more year, despite the extension he inked with the team, but he has made it clear that he wants to continue playing in the NFL for the foreseeable future.

We'll soon see if that ends up being possible and how Brady fares during the 2019 NFL season.

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Patriots release WR Dontrelle Inman after Josh Gordon's reinstatement

Patriots release WR Dontrelle Inman after Josh Gordon's reinstatement

The New England Patriots are in the process of shuffling their receiving corps ahead of the 2019 NFL season. Last Friday, they got the news that Josh Gordon was being conditionally reinstated by the NFL. But his return also means that they will likely have one less spot open for a receiver option on the team's final 53-man roster.

While Gordon is starting his time with the team on the NFI list, he may not stay there long. As a result, the team needed to release a player to make room for Gordon, but one of their veteran receivers made the decision easy for them. 

According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, veteran receiver Dontrelle Inman asked for his release from the Patriots and the team elected to grant it.

The Patriots confirmed the release shortly after the reports on Twitter.

This isn't too much of a surprise, as Inman was becoming a longshot of making the Patriots' final roster. Considering that Gordon, Julian Edelman, and N'Keal Harry were virtually roster locks and impressive undrafted rookie Jakobi Meyers was trending in that direction as well, Inman would have had to fight with guys like Maurice Harris, Phillip Dorsett, and Braxton Berrios for one or two spots in the receiving corps. And evidently, Inman didn't like his chances of winning that battle.

Inman will now have a chance to try to latch onto another receiver-needy team before the season starts. Or, he can wait to sign with a team that suffers injuries at the position.

As for the Patriots, they should be fine without Inman. They still have plenty of depth at the position and replacing Inman on the roster with Gordon will upgrade both their 90-man and 53-man units overall.

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