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Super Bowl victory would give Boston area an unprecedented double-double

Super Bowl victory would give Boston area an unprecedented double-double

Can it be? Our long regional nightmare of three months without a championship parade could be nearing an end. 

The Patriots' record-setting 11th Super Bowl appearance could result in their sixth victory, which would tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for the tops all time.

A sixth title would also cement Boston's position as Titletown, City of Champions, Sportsville, USA...call it what you want. 

As the folks at @BostonSportsInf point out, thanks to the Red Sox World Series title back in October, Boston has a chance to accomplish the Series/Super Bowl double in unprecedented fashion.

The lovable Idiots who ended 86 years of Sox fans frustration and the Tom Brady-led Pats who captured back-to-back Lombardi Trophies with a victory over the Eagles in SB39 would be matched by Alex Cora's record-setting Sox and another Brady-Belichick NFL title team. No city (or region, remember, they're the New England Patriots) can boast that kind of double-double.

The Patriots have another team from Los Angeles in their way, just as the Red Sox did last fall. It marks the first time in 50 years that baseball and the NFL's showcase championships have featured the same cities (OK, regions) competing in the same calendar year.

In January 1969, Joe Namath's Jets stunned the Baltimore Colts in SB III, eight months later, Tom Seaver and the "Miracle" Mets beat the Baltimore Orioles to win their first World Series. (different seasons: 1968 for the NFL, 1969 for MLB, but the same calendar year). 

While a few Dodgers dropped by the Rams practice facility Friday to wish them luck, the Red Sox are pulling for the Pats, as this video of J.D. Martinez watching the final moments of the AFC Championship can attest.

The Red Sox stopped by Gillette Stadium this season with their trophy, will a sixth Lombardi make its way to Fenway Park for Opening Day?

Get the Duck Boats ready...again.

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Patriots legend Richard Seymour opens up about poker career

Patriots legend Richard Seymour opens up about poker career

When athletes retire from the sport they've played their whole lives, it's natural for them to miss the competition. That feeling is no different for former Patriots defensive end Richard Seymour.

The Hall-of-Fame hopeful, though, has chosen a unique way to get the competitive juices flowing. On July 11, he finished an impressive 131st at the World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas, taking home $59,295. 

"Once you’re done playing football you still have a competitive drive,” Seymour told Yahoo! Sports. “Poker is an outlet for me where I have a competitive drive, you have to be very cerebral. It requires a lot like it did for me in football – I have to be patient, I have to know how to pick my spots, pay attention to guys’ tendencies. It was just a natural progression after leaving sports at a high level.”

Seymour, according to Yahoo! Sports, learned how to play poker from his father and picked it up at a competitive level shortly after he retired from the NFL in 2012. In last week's WSOP, he peaked at $3.6 million. Seymour said he's used his Super Bowl ring as a chip holder to intimidate competitors at the poker table. He also said he takes advantage of his status as a football legend, often bluffing when opponents assume he'll be an aggressive player. 

“Some guys play me differently because they say, ‘If I knock Richard Seymour out it’s a cool story to tell my buddies’,” he said. “Which I don’t mind that, it just depends on how I’m feeling that day...“My temperament fits poker well; I’m naturally kind of reserved, I’m not super emotional one way or another, so if bad things happen, which they’re going to in poker, it’s about how do you respond?”

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Patriots involved in 3 of top-10 most-watched sporting events of 2019

Patriots involved in 3 of top-10 most-watched sporting events of 2019

Hate them or love them, America has watched the Patriots more than any other team — in any sport — in 2019.

According to sportsmediawatch.com, all 10 of the most-watched sporting events of 2019 were NFL games. No World Series, Stanley Cup Final or NBA Finals games made the list. Of the 10 highest-rated events, three of them included the Patriots. 

Unsurprisingly, the Super Bowl matchup between the Pats and Los Angeles Rams topped the list with more than 100 million viewers including online streams (in parentheses). Both New England's AFC Championship game against the Chiefs and its Division Round contest with the Chargers also cracked the top-10. 

The television ratings suggest that the NFL is still head-and-shoulders above other leagues in popularity, and the Patriots are leading the charge. 

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