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Patriots meet Rams for another Boston vs L.A. championship matchup

Patriots meet Rams for another Boston vs L.A. championship matchup

When you think about Boston vs Los Angeles, the historic rivalry between the Celtics and Lakers is what immediately comes to mind.

But that won't be the case leading up to Feb. 3, because that's when the Patriots will head to Atlanta to take on the L.A. Rams in Super Bowl LIII. The rematch of Super Bowl XXXVI when the Rams resided in St. Louis comes just months after the Red Sox defeated the L.A. Dodgers in the World Series.

You'll undoubtedly hear all about the history between Boston and L.A. in the next couple weeks, but here's a recap of how championship matchups have gone between the two cities over the years. . .

1962 NBA Finals: Celtics beat Lakers, 4–3

1963 NBA Finals: Celtics beat Lakers, 4–2

1965 NBA Finals: Celtics beat Lakers, 4–1

1966 NBA Finals: Celtics beat Lakers, 4–3

1968 NBA Finals: Celtics beat Lakers, 4–2

1969 NBA Finals: Celtics beat Lakers, 4–3

1984 NBA Finals: Celtics beat Lakers, 4–3

1985 NBA Finals: Lakers beat Celtics, 4–2

1987 NBA Finals: Lakers beat Celtics, 4–2

2008 NBA Finals: Celtics beat Lakers, 4–2

2010 NBA Finals: Lakers beat Celtics, 4–3

2018 World Series: Red Sox beat Dodgers, 4-1

2019 Super Bowl: TBD. . .

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Tom Brady making his mark on Buccaneers: 'It's been fantastic,' says Bruce Arians

Tom Brady making his mark on Buccaneers: 'It's been fantastic,' says Bruce Arians

Tom Brady has had an eventful tenure with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers despite the fact he hasn't played a single game for the franchise.

Of course, when Brady comes to town, every single move he and the team make will create headlines. It's all part of employing the greatest player in NFL history.

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The six-time Super Bowl champion's decision to join the Bucs has elevated the team's expectations to heights it hasn't seen in a very long time. The man tasked with getting the most out of Tampa Bay's very talented roster is head coach Bruce Arians, who's entering his second season with the franchise.

Arians recently made an appearance on the first episode of Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon's YouTube show titled, "Uncorked". He talked about the unique dynamic between a coach and a player of Brady's caliber, and it also sounds like he's impressed with the 42-year-old quarterback's impact so far.

"We got a great locker room, but to now get a guy that's been there, done it, six times, (he's) the G.O.A.T,?" Arians said. "When he talks, they listen. It's so different than a coach. I think for us as coaches, there has to be a bond between the coach and those guys so that you give them ownership. You ask them questions. How do you want to do things? So if they think they have a big hand in it, they send a message to the rest of the guys. They send your message to the rest of the guys. With Tom, it's been fantastic."

Brady isn't the first great quarterback Arians has coached. He also worked with Peyton Manning early in the future Hall of Famer's career with the Indianapolis Colts. Arians worked with Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for many years, too. Arians was impressed with the way Manning led his teams, and he expects Brady to have a similar impact on the Bucs players.

"The way (Manning) commanded the room and the team was amazing," Arians said. "What he asked those guys to do. I'm sure Tom Brady has a lot of the same things. Just the little bit I've been around him so far, it's going to be the same way."

Manning left the Colts late in his career and signed with the Denver Broncos in free agency. He spent the last four years of his career playing for the Broncos, and with him the team reached two Super Bowls and won a championship in 2015 -- his final season. The Buccaneers are hoping a similar ending to Brady's career unfolds in Tampa Bay, and there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the Bucs' chances of contending for the Lombardi Trophy in 2020.

NFL memo cancels Patriots' joint practices with Lions, per report

NFL memo cancels Patriots' joint practices with Lions, per report

An August tradition in New England has been put on hold.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell informed teams in memo Tuesday night that all 32 clubs must hold training camp at their own facilities and that any joint practices will be canceled, NFL Media's Tom Pelissero reported.

The means the Patriots' joint practices with the Detroit Lions, scheduled for the first week of the preseason leading up to their Aug. 13 exhibition contest, won't happen.

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It's an expected decision as the league tries to reduce additional travel and exposure amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Still, it's one that perhaps affects the Patriots more than any other team: With the exception of 2018, Bill Belichick's club has held joint practices with at least one opponent each year dating to 2012.

New England practiced with Mike Vrabel's Tennessee Titans and Patricia's Lions last season and also has a history of acquiring players it sees in joint practices.

This year obviously is an extenuating circumstance, though. ESPN's Adam Schefter added Wednesday morning that teams aren't expected to meet in person until training camp, which is usually in late July.

The Patriots have been holding virtual meetings and workouts throughout the offseason in place of organized team activities and minicamp.