With the Patriots' first preseason game Thursday night, we decided to look back and dig up the most memorable moments in Patriots preseason history. We've got the good and the bad, the historic and the tragic. Check out the list at the LEEInks blog.

Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin got into a heated confrontation with Golf Channel reporter Jim Gray Wednesday afternoon after denying Gray’s report that he guaranteed Tiger Woods a spot on the U.S. team. Following a press conference at which Pavin called Gray’s report “incorrect,” the two reportedly stood nose-to-nose and Gray called Pavin a liar, saying, “You’re going down.” Responded Pavin: “You’re full of it.”

 

The Darrelle Revis situation is starting to get ugly in New York. Revis' representatives accused the Jets front office of lying about them denying an invitation for owner Woody Johnson to join a recent meeting. And the two sides presented different versions of negotiations, with agent Neil Schwartz insisting: "The Jets have never given us a proposal with one dollar in signing bonus or one dollar in fully guaranteed money." Meanwhile, Jets coach Rex Ryan insists his defense will be fine without the All-Pro cornerback.

 

Now that Kevin Youkilis has been lost for the season, being a member of the 2010 Red Sox has officially passed Alaska King Crab Fisherman and Mel Gibson Mistress as the most hazardous job in America. Statistically speaking, the only occupation that has ever had a higher injury rate than the ‘10 Sox was the anonymous, red-shirted crewmen Capt. Kirk always took when he beamed down to a planet.



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There is little doubt that Shaquille O'Neal is eventually headed to the Hall of Fame. With Shaq joining the Celtics at the end of his time in the NBA, he joins a select list of Hall-bound players who stopped in Boston late in their careers to play for the Celtics, Bruins or Red Sox. Check out the list at the LEEInks blog.

Criticism continues to hit the Knicks for re-hiring Isiah Thomas as a consultant after his disastrous performance as coach and president. But the deal might not stand. The NBA reportedly is considering blocking the move, as Thomas is a current college coach, set to begin his second season at Florida International. Meanwhile, Thomas went on a sports talk radio show in Miami Monday and implied that he might bail on FIU if he has to choose between the two jobs.

New Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal has been known to dabble in acting. In fact, he has quite the resume of roles on the big and small screeen. But some of his best performances have come in commercials. With that in mind, we've compiled a list of his most memorable endorsements. Check it out at the LEEInks blog.

Knicks owner James Dolan’s decision to re-hire Isiah Thomas as a consultant did not go over well in New York. The team has been taking an absolute beating in the local papers, with reporters finding the move offensive and insulting. Former Knick (and Celtic) Stephon Marbury, who had a public falling-out with Thomas, could say only “Good luck, New York.” Thomas admitted reading the stories about him over the weekend and is doing his best to be humble and positive about the situation.

Former Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez made a promotional appearance in New York Thursday and said the Phillies and several other teams recently tried to lure him out of retirement, but he's going to continue to spend time with his family instead — at least for now. And in comments that should sound familiar to Boston fans, Pedro criticized the Mets for not re-signing him after the 2008 season. "They didn't pull me back," Martinez said. "They left me hanging after I let go of so many teams. It's business. I know that baseball has a bad side.

With Patriots offensive lineman Logan Mankins anchored at home in a contract holdout, he joins a long list of Boston athletes who have taken a similarly drastic negotiating approach. We count down the 10 most significant holdouts in Boston sports history at the LEEInks blog.