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Boston: Hate us ’cause they ain’t us

Basketball

This Week from the Patriots, Pride, Celtics

February 01, 2021
Source: Adam Glanzman/Getty Images
Source: Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

🏈Patriots: Matthew Stafford, one of the Pats’ potential QB options, is officially off the table and pouring salt in the wound by making it clear he was never interested in playing for New England. Ouch. Tough pill to swallow, but now the Pats need to lock down a new QB ASAP.

  • Top available options include Deshaun Watson, who recently requested a trade from the Houston Texans, and former Pats backup Jimmy Garoppolo. While Watson landing with the Patriots is unlikely, we love a familiar face — especially that face — so we’d happily welcome back Jimmy G.
  • Speaking of familiar faces, Pats captain Devin McCourty recently threw his support behind Cam Newton, saying he “wouldn’t mind” seeing Newton return as QB next year. Our take? Yes, this brutal season wasn’t entirely his fault but...we’d mind.   

🏒Pride: Despite a slow start in the NWHL bubble, the Pride found their stride when it mattered most, downing the Buffalo Beauts 6–0 yesterday to stave off elimination and force a decisive Game 3 tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET. Winner advances to Thursday’s nationally televised semifinals, loser packs their bags. Get hyped.

🏀Celtics: They put up a tough fight, but the C’s couldn’t top King James and the LA Lakers, falling 96–95 on Saturday night. To make matters worse — after just one full game with the starting lineup at full strength — the Celtics took another L, as guard Marcus Smart is expected to miss two to three weeks with a calf injury. You hate to see it.

  • Now the C’s will embark on a soul-searching, five-game stretch out West, beginning tomorrow night at 10 p.m. ET against Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors.