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Kirk Minihane thinks "Slap Shot" is -- without argument -- the best sports movie ever made and is also convinced the 1985-86 Celtics would have finished with a record of 78-4 if they had cared about the regular season. He has been a columnist at WEEI.com since 2009 and is now part of The Dennis & Callahan Show.

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10/02/14 10:29 EST
This is how it ends. Unless you're John Elway, the final page or two of Act III for a great quarterback is ugly. Ask Joe Montana, or Dan Marino, or Brett Favre, or Johnny Unitas, or Terry Bradshaw, or Y.A. Tittle, or Dan Fouts. Look it up. And that makes sense. It's how it works: when you get older, you aren't as good as you were in your prime. I think we have enough sample size to arrive at that conclusion in every sport. So that leads us to Tom Brady. Let's get the obvious out of the way: Brady's offensive line has been brutal, his skill players aren't exactly elite (though he's done more with less in the past) and Josh McDaniels has bursts of astonishing cluelessness. All true. But so is this, and it's becoming increasingly clear that Brady is in serious decline. And there's no reason to think it's suddenly going to improve. Want to start with some numbers? Here's Brady's passer rating (not a perfect stat, I'll quickly concede) the last five years: 2010: 111.0 2011: 105.6 2012:
09/18/14 10:07 EST
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Serious question: In the 11 days since the video of Ray Rice knocking his fiancée out cold emerged on TMZ, has anyone associated with the NFL seen his or her image improve? No one, right? Everyone looks worse. It starts with Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, of course. And Greg Hardy, Ray McDonald and Jonathan Dwyer. Then there's Roger Goodell, and let's not overlook that it's been roughly 13,000 minutes since Goodell talked to Norah O'Donnell in what could charitably be described as a comfortable landing spot on CBS. Things have changed. Might be time to answer some questions. And then there are the owners, with the pathetic effort by the Wilf brothers leading the way. But there's Jerry Richardson and Steve Bisciotti and the rest of the owners, happily backing Goodell (led by Bob Kraft, first out on CBS to defend the day after the Rice video) with no one calling him out for his bungling of this last few weeks. The players? Silent, for the most part. And that's absolutely their right,
09/11/14 08:25 EST
We're all frauds. That's what I've learned this week. Now, anyone who has watched the video of Ray Rice knocking out his now-wife in the elevator is appalled, disgusted, baffled, angry and all the rest of the appropriate emotions. In a perfect world, this a-hole is spending the rest of his life in prison, but this isn't a perfect world. There is outrage from many, if not most (hello to Paul George, who confirmed his stupidity on Thursday morning) and it's the only reaction one can have. But here's my issue: This is nothing new. In the world of sports, we are surrounded by men who are violent toward women. And all this outrage we've correctly shown the last five days hasn't really existed in other situations. If Robert Parish showed up at the home opener for the Celtics this season, he would receive a standing ovation to match the reception Rice got when he showed up at training camp this year. It's happened before, the "Chief" chants, the applause, a tribute to a
09/04/14 09:51 EST
Marian Ryan has blood on her hands. Of course, she didn't kill Jennifer Martel. That was Jared Remy, rotting away in a prison cell for the rest of his pathetic, wasted, cowardly, enabled life. It starts and ends with Remy. But Ryan was -- and is -- the District Attorney of Middlesex County, where Remy was allowed to be released on his own recognizance in Waltham District Court hours after slamming Martel's head into a bathroom mirror. No bail, no holding, no dangerousness hearing. Free to leave. On its own, plenty troubling. But when you factor in years and years of documented abuse against women -- dozens of arrests, multiple restraining orders and 81 days in jail in 2005 for punching, kicking and throwing his then-girlfriend by the hair -- it's horrifying, bordering on incomprehensible and obviously a massive failure of the system by any definition. And we know what happened: Remy murdered Martel at their Waltham apartment the night after his release, stabbing her multiple times in the



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