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Petco's Boston billboard trolls Goodell

Petco's Boston billboard trolls Goodell

Roger Goodell needed to be surrounded by a few Cowboys greats when he approached the podium for the first time at the NFL draft to try and protect him from boos.

It didn't help.

His suspension of the Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott is obviously still fresh in a lot of fans' minds.

In New England, where the memory of the Deflategate saga and Tom Brady's suspension lingers, there still isn't a lot of love for the NFL commissioner either. At least that's what Petco is banking on with its billboard along I-93 South in Boston claiming the commish shops at rival PetSmart.

The billboard’s creator, Taylor Geas, an advertising copywriter for Petco, told the Boston Globe that as a former Boston-area resident, the idea came from being homesick and from wanting to poke not only Goodell put the rival pet chain.

“I was sitting at my desk at work one day, for the very job I left Boston for in the first place, and it finally clicked,” said Geas. “I had found my rivalry, Petco vs. PetSmart — they just didn’t know it yet.”

If it's still up this summer, maybe Goodell will see it on the way to his Maine vacation home.

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Cowboys releasing Dez Bryant; could Patriots be interested?

Cowboys releasing Dez Bryant; could Patriots be interested?

The Cowboys are releasing wide receiver Dez Bryant, but before Patriots fans start dreaming of him pulling in passes from Tom Brady, he's making it sound like he's staying in the NFC East with a vow of seeing his old teammates twice a year.

Bryant, who turns 30 in November, had 1,000-yard receiving seasons from 2012-14, but slipped to 838 yards on 69 catches playing in all16 regular-season games last season.

Could Bryant revive his career in New England, a la Randy Moss when he joined the Patriots in 2007? 

The Patriots lost receiver Danny Amendola to the Miami Dolphins in free agency, but last week signed Jordan Matthews and added Cordarrelle Patterson, who's also a kick returner, this offseason. They also have Malcolm Mitchell, Phillip Dorsett and Kenny Britt behind Chris Hogan and Julian Edelman.

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