During the premiere of Bill Simmons’ new HBO show “Any Given Wednesday” this week, Ben Affleck went on a lengthy, expletive-filled rant about Deflategate, quarterback Tom Brady, the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell. Check out the video below. (Warning: NSFW)

During the premiere of Bill Simmons’ new HBO show “Any Given Wednesday” this week, Ben Affleck went on a lengthy, expletive-filled rant about Deflategate, quarterback Tom Brady, the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell. Check out the video below. (Warning: NSFW)

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Christopher Price

If you wanted to know what Bill Belichick is up to during the down time between now and training camp, just check out girlfriend Linda Holliday’s Instagram.

Holliday posted a picture Tuesday of Belichick captaining his boat ‘VI Rings.’

And it makes my heart swell when my man is behind the helm of his boat enjoying life! #Workhard #Playhard 💘🚤😍#VIRings

A photo posted by Linda Holliday✨ (@lindaholliday_) on

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Ryan Hannable

It’s becoming evident that Martellus Bennett is unlike just about any player the Patriots have had over the last decade or so. Here’s an appearance from “Highly Questionable with Dan Le Batard” from a few days ago where he offered some unique stories from his childhood, his best fight story, and the craziest thing a football coach has ever said to him. Well worth your time.

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Christopher Price

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has reportedly been sold for approximately $4 billion to a group that includes Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

Robert Kraft

Robert Kraft

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has reportedly been sold for approximately $4 billion to a group that includes Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

According to Flo Combat, the organization has been sold to an investment group led by the William Morris Endeavor-IMG agency, which includes The Kraft Group and a pair of Chinese-based companies.

The brainchild of Boston native Dana White, UFC has made crossover stars out of fighters like Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor, and Chuck Liddell, and reportedly grossed over $600 million last year.

White, who reportedly owns nearly 10 percent of the UFC, will stand to net more than $300 million in the sale while being granted an ownership stake and continuing with his role as president and promoter.

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Christopher Price

If you’re wondering what Tom Brady is up to this week, just check out his Facebook page.

The quarterback posted a picture of his dog Fluffy in his freezer with the caption: I turn my back for one second and Fluffy’s in the freezer… At least she didn’t get into the avocado ice cream! ‪#‎chillydog‬

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Ryan Hannable

Former Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork is one of a handful of athletes who will appear in this year’s edition of ESPN: The Magazine’s “Body Issue.”

The big fella, who played in New England for 11 years prior to the start of the 2015 season, is part of a group of athletes posing for the issue, which will hit newsstands in early July.

Wilfork told Texans PR: “I know I don’t have the six-packs and the eight-packs and all that … but I’m perfectly fine with what I am. … If people can look at me, look at a guy that’s 325-plus doing an issue like this, I’m pretty sure they might have a little confidence after seeing that it’s OK to be who you are.”

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Christopher Price
Matthew Slater

Matthew Slater

Matthew Slater has carved out a nice niche as the Patriots special teams captain. The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder has been a three-time All-Pro, emerging as one of the best special teamers in the game.

But his father, Hall of Famer Jackie Slater, said this week he tried to do everything he could to steer him away from the game at an early age.

“I did everything to discourage the football end of sports,” Jackie said on the Talk of Fame Network, “but he just kept gravitating back toward it. Basketball he played. Soccer he played. Those sports just weren’t exciting enough for him. He liked a lot of action.

“I just didn’t think he was big enough,” Jackie added. “When I was 13 years old I was six feet tall and I weighed 245. And I was wearing a size-42 in the waist and a 32 in the inseam. He wasn’t headed in that direction at all, and I’ve always seen football as a big man’s game — always felt a big man is better than a good little man.”

He said: “So I didn’t think he was going to be able to fit in, and I certainly wasn’t going to be able to help him as a little guy because I didn’t know anything about what he was doing. So it was just kind of my deal to discourage him and encourage him in a different direction.”

While Jackie is a Hall of Famer and one of the most respected players in recent NFL history, Matthew has been able to one-up his Dad in terms of Super Bowl wins. It’s one of several reasons he remains proud of his son and what he’s been able to accomplish in his eight-year career with the Patriots.

“If you had told me I’d be watching that young man do some of the things he’s doing,” Jackie said, “I never would’ve believed it.”

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Christopher Price

Terrance Knighton is living the dream of any youngster who grew up rooting for the Patriots.</p>
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