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Rob Gronkowski knows Boston's 'diehard fans' will watch both Red Sox and Patriots

Rob Gronkowski knows Boston's 'diehard fans' will watch both Red Sox and Patriots

The full Red Sox-Astros ALCS schedule was released Wednesday, and fans might have to make a difficult decision on Sunday night.

That's because Game 2 of the series will take place at the same time as the Patriots' Sunday Night Football matchup vs the Chiefs.

While that presents a possible conflict, Rob Gronkowski knows Boston fans will find a way to watch both games.

"That’s pretty nuts," Gronkowski said on Wednesday. "But you know Boston sports fans, they’re going to have two TVs. The Red Sox game right there and the Patriots game right there and you know, probably halftime of our game, the Red Sox game will be up or something. You’ve got to give them credit. Our fans, those Boston fans, New England fans, they’re die-hard fans. Not just for football but for every sport around here. So you know they’ll find a way to watch both."

Gronk isn't wrong. You can bet Boston fans will be glued to their (multiple) TVs for both marquee matchups Sunday night. The Red Sox will be taking on the defending champions, while the Patriots will be going up against arguably the hottest team in football at the moment.

It doesn't get much more entertaining than that.

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Bledsoe: Brady 'the same guy I met on the practice squad'

Bledsoe: Brady 'the same guy I met on the practice squad'

While Hall of Famer Joe Montana isn't ready to call Tom Brady the GOAT and fellow HOFer Warren Moon sees deterioration coming for TB12, the quarterback Brady replaced sees a guy who keeps going because he's still fired up by his love of the game.

"He's in a lot of ways still the same guy I met on the practice squad backing us up," Drew Bledsoe, told Bleacher Report, as part of a panel of experts, including Moon, who weighed in on Brady. "He still has that same passion and enjoyment for the game. The thing that keeps him going is really the same thing he had when he got there. The thing that's most impressive is he's been able to maintain that enjoyment of the game and that enjoyment of preparing to play."

Bledsoe said the media gets it wrong if they think the five-time Super Bowl champion is still at it at 41 to burnish his legacy.

“He’s not playing because he needs to prove anything. He’s playing because he wants to play. See, that’s where the media in general gets lost in all this stuff. Oh, a guy has to play for his legacy or A guy has to play to prove something. Ultimately, it’s a game, and you get to play it for a living. You do it as long as you can...There’s nothing more that he enjoys in the world than playing and preparing to play football. If he was worried about legacy, he could have retired a long time ago.”

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Stephen A. Smith's error-riddled Chargers take left Tedy Bruschi baffled

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Stephen A. Smith's error-riddled Chargers take left Tedy Bruschi baffled

Stephen A. Smith might need a day off.

ESPN's resident hot take spewer joined sparring partner Max Kellerman and former New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi on "First Take" on Thursday to preview that night's showdown between the Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs.

Here's how that went: 

For those scoring at home, Stephen A. managed to make four mistakes in a matter of 30 seconds. Let's break them down, shall we?

1. "San Diego Chargers" (They're in Los Angeles now; we can forgive Smith for this one.)

2. "I'm going to have some faith in Spencer Ware" (Ware reportedly has been ruled out due to injury; semi-forgivable.)

3. "I'm thinking about Hunter Henry and the way he's played this year" (Henry hasn't played since 2017 due to an ACL injury.)

4. "He's going up against Derrick Johnson" (Johnson was traded to Oakland Raiders before the season and now is out of the NFL.)

Smith's cohosts obviously were perplexed by his incredible inaccuracy -- especially Bruschi, who had this amazing reaction:

We feel you, Tedy.

Smith opted for the "I was multi-tasking" excuse and since has done some damage control, but that still doesn't let him off the hook here.

The Chargers, meanwhile, used the opportunity to troll Smith's awful take.

Take a lap, Stephen A.

As for the game itself, the Patriots will be pulling for a San Diego Los Angeles upset as they battle for top position in the AFC.

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