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Sports Uncovered Podcast: How to listen to episode on Bill Belichick's secret funny side

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Sports Uncovered Podcast: How to listen to episode on Bill Belichick's secret funny side

Eagles fans have an interesting relationship Bill Belichick, the ultra-serious head coaching whiz who messed up Andy Reid's first shot at a Super Bowl, then was defeated in Super Bowl LII, the ultimate revenge game.

Belichick's been called many things in Philadelphia, but probably not "fun-loving", and yet that's exactly how a number of former Patriots see The Hoodie.

In the sixth episode of NBC Sports' "Sports Uncovered" podcast series, "The Bill Belichick You Don't Know", NBC Sports Boston takes a deep dive into Belichick's hidden side, one rife with stories of snowballs, trash talk, and ice cream. Belichick's known for his caustic interviews, but this episode will give you a new appreciation for the legendary coach - if, you know, you can get past the part where he's still Bill Belichick, Patriots head coach.

The episode features interviews with former players like Matt Cassel and Martellus Bennett, coaches like Rob Ryan and Charlie Weis, and plenty more.

The episode releases Thursday, July 16. You can listen to this episode and the entire "Sports Uncovered" series by subscribing for free wherever you listen to podcasts.

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Which decade of Philadelphia sports are you? Take the quiz to find out

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Which decade of Philadelphia sports are you? Take the quiz to find out

Throughout the years, Philadelphia sports have had quite the journey. 

Looking back, every decade went through some highs and lows but no matter what, it was always a thrilling time (minus those few pesky seasons that will forever haunt us ... I'm looking at you 1993 Phillies and 2010 Flyers). 

While some years see more success than others, it always seems like the four teams find a way to balance out to keep Philly sane. 

Which decade of Philadelphia sports do you resonate with the most?

Take  the quiz below and find out: 

 

Boston, Patriots still can't let the Malcolm Butler Super Bowl LII mystery go

Boston, Patriots still can't let the Malcolm Butler Super Bowl LII mystery go

It's been more than two years since the Eagles beat the Patriots in Super Bowl LII (41-33), but New England players are still trying to figure out what went wrong.

And it seems they keep returning to one point: Bill Belichick's decision to keep cornerback Malcolm Butler out of Pats' lineup.

Veteran running back Shane Vereen, who played for the Patriots from 2011 to 2014, has plenty of friends and former teammates who were part of that runner-up 2017 New England squad.

This week, Boston sports radio asked Vereen if he had any idea why Butler, who sealed Super Bowl XLIX for the Pats with an iconic INT, didn't play. (The Boston area just can't let the question go!)

Vereen said he's tried to find an answer, but...

Per WEEI:

Shane Vereen is like most of New England in that he still doesn't know exactly why Malcolm Butler didn't play in Super Bowl LII against the Eagles.

The former Patriots running back joined Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Wednesday and was asked if he knew why the cornerback didn't play in the game?

'No, I have actually asked quite a few guys who were on the team at the time and I have not got the same answer twice,' he said. 'The grassy knoll still exists.'

Vereen acknowledged he's heard a number of different theories, but can't get the same answer twice.

For all the successes Patriots fans have experienced since the turn of the century, it sure seems they like to fixate on the few failures.

Maybe Tom Brady jumping ship for Tampa Bay this summer, and New England's 2020 outlook not exactly looking rosy, has Patriots fans reminiscing. 

But let's be honest: even if Butler had played that evening, the Eagles weren't losing. The 2017 Birds were a team of destiny. We might never get a straight answer about his benching, but we don't really need one.

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