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Breakfast Pod: Biggest Boston sports moments of the past decade

Breakfast Pod: Biggest Boston sports moments of the past decade

With 98.5 The Sports Hub celebrating its 10th anniversary, we look back at the biggest moments in Boston sports since 2009. Plus a milestone for Chris Sale and quite a proposed QB switch.

1:25 - 98.5 The Sports Hub is celebrating its 10th anniversary. To celebrate, Mike Felger stopped by Early Edition to discuss some of Boston Sports biggest moments of the last decade.

9:34 - Despite a tough year Chris Sale has just become the fastest pitcher to reach 2,000 strikeouts in baseball history - the BST crew discuss the accomplishment as well as if Sale will be able to get back on track next season.

13:44 - Phil Perry stops by Early Edition to discuss a piece from former Patriot Chris Long, who proposes that we could see a surprising move next season that would bring Jimmy Garoppolo back to Boston and send Tom Brady out west.

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Do you buy Chris Long's aggressive Tom Brady-Jimmy Garoppolo prediction?

Do you buy Chris Long's aggressive Tom Brady-Jimmy Garoppolo prediction?

Retired defensive end Chris Long apparently has turned to hot-takery in his next career.

Long, who won a Super Bowl with the Patriots during his lone season in New England in 2016, wrote a guest column for SI.com on Tuesday that included a pretty bold prediction about the future of Tom Brady and his former backup, Jimmy Garoppolo.

Here's a snippet:

Let’s say Jimmy G has a modest year (I don’t think he does) and looks like Tannehill 2.0. Next offseason, Brady hits the market and expresses interest in returning home to suit up for the team he adored as a teenager (in 1990). San Francisco releases Garoppolo and he ends up back in New England, where (Bill) Belichick beautifully repurposes what’s perceived as damaged goods.

Long's bold prediction: that Brady and Garoppolo star in their own version of "Trading Places," with Brady (a Bay Area native) signing with his hometown 49ers in 2020 free agency and the Patriots bringing back Garoppolo after San Francisco releases him. Long even goes one step further to foresee a Patriots-49ers Super Bowl between the swapped QBs.

This scenario technically could happen, as Brady's contract extension will make him a free agent at the start of the 2020 league year. And if you like reading tea leaves, the 42-year-old quarterback recently put his Brookline, Mass., house on the market after giving a less-than-ringing endorsement of his new contract.

Long also played with both QBs in 2016, so maybe he knows something we don't about their future desires.

... Or maybe he doesn't. The Niners invested five years and $137.5 million in Garoppolo after acquiring him in a 2017 trade with the Patriots, suggesting he's clearly their franchise quarterback, even if he has a down year while returning from a torn ACL.

As for Brady? We suppose San Francisco makes sense as the only other team he'd play for, but as long as New England is competing for Super Bowls on a weekly basis, it's hard to see him jumping ship this late in his career.

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Rob Ninkovich shares comical story about conversation with Chris Long

Rob Ninkovich shares comical story about conversation with Chris Long

Some players enter the NFL with massive expectations that are tough to live up to. Chris Long would qualify as one. The former New England Patriot and No. 2 overall pick in 2008, who announced his retirement from the NFL just over a week ago, was expected to be a terrific pass rusher. He was able to have a solid career, but the expectations were certainly lofty.

In a recent interview with ESPN's Mike Reiss, former Patriot Rob Ninkovich recalled about a conversation he had Long about being compared to players, and it had a comical result.

At one time, we were having a discussion, and I told him, 'It sucks that they gave me [No.] 50 because it can feel like a Mike Vrabel comparison all the time.' He looked at me and was like, 'Yeah, I'm Howie Long's son.' He wins that one.

Um, yeah. I'd say that Long had a little bit more heaped on him than Ninkovich for that comparison.

Still, Long did well for himself. Though he only played for the Patriots for one season, he had a huge impact on the team. He totaled four sacks in 2016 en route to the team's Super Bowl victory over the Atlanta Falcons. He would go on to beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl the next year as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. He finished his career with 70 sacks, the two rings, and a Walter Payton Man of the Year award.

Considering that Long's father had 84 sacks, the younger Long did a great job of trying to live up to the comparison.

Meanwhile, Ninkovich had four sacks in 2016, his lone season teamed up with Long which also turned out to be his final season. He finished his Patriots career with 46 sacks and two Super Bowl titles in eight seasons. Comparatively, Vrabel had 48 sacks and three Super Bowl titles in his eight seasons in New England.

Suffice to say, both players were able to do the comparisons they faced justice during their more-than-solid NFL careers.

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