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Eternal Optimist Carroll Ready to Roll

Greg Bishop, Sports Illustrated

Browns Fumbling Manziel Situation

Donnovan Bennett, Sportsnet Magazine

Brady's Boosters Didn't Get Whole Story

Charles Robinson, Yahoo Sports

Brady Not on Trial - Goodell Is

Mike Lupica, New York Daily News

The Seahawks’ fall-on-your-face moment came in February, on a much grander stage: the final seconds of Super Bowl XLIX. Pete Carroll’s choice to throw the ball on second-and-go...(full article)

Anything Johnny Manziel does is going to make news. He’s the Kardashian of the NFL: he’s famous for being famous. So when Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine opens the doo...(full article)

  It wasn’t just that Tom Brady cheated. It wasn’t just that Tom Brady lied about cheating. It wasn’t just that Tom Brady covered up the fact that he cheated and lied. No, ...(full article)

The New England Patriots are in an awkward spot. And Tom Brady put them there. For months, both publicly and privately, the Patriots have been adamantly backing their iconic quarte...(full article)

There is the notion suddenly, six months into a Deflategate controversy that feels as if it has been going on for six years, that Roger Goodell nailed Tom Brady good on Tuesday, ...(full article)

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