New England’s ho-hum undefeated record speaks both to the ongoing excellence of the Patriots and the unending shoddiness of both their division and the rest of the NFL.
Peter May is a freelance journalist whose work appears regularly in The New York Times and on ESPN.com. He covered the NBA and the Boston Celtics for the Boston Globe for nearly two decades.
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Peter May cues up his holiday mixtape.
The Ivy League allows its teams to compete for NCAA titles in virtually every competitive sport — except football.
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While the rest of the world is held captive by its collective interest, Americans sigh a definitive, “meh.”
There was a mountain of evidence suggesting the L.A. Clippers owner was a reprobate, but the crafty octogenarian always managed to settle or win. Until now.
Thanks in large part to head coach Claude Julien, the Boston Bruins enter the playoffs as the favorite to win the Stanley Cup.
Scarnecchia was a Foxboro fixture from before the Patriots’ first Super Bowl until two days ago, when he announced he was retiring.
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UMass promised “national excellence and prominence” when it transitioned to the Mid-American Conference and the Football Bowl Subdivision. But two years later, the only recognition the football program is getting is for its pathetic record.
On the day Kennedy was shot, the cover of Sports Illustrated arrived in black-and-white. It was like they knew. Or at least that’s what I remember thinking as a kid.
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We are — in all probability — nearing the end of one of the most extraordinarily successful runs in the history of the National Football League.
A record 21 NFL players have been suspended this year for drug violations. So where’s the outrage?
Yes, indeed. That MIT. The one where the students all seemingly wear pocket protectors and the alumni fly into space, split atoms or win Nobel Prizes and MacArthur Fellowships.
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Harvard says it is taking a recent investigation into widespread cheating very seriously. But sportswriter Peter May says by buffering student athletes, the university is sending a very different message.