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FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2015, file photo, Indianapolis Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson speaks at a news conference in Indianapolis. Grigson will go anywhere and do anything to find good football players. His global approach regularly takes Colts’ scouts to all around the world, and three seasons into his first gig as a general manager, Grigson is convinced this could be the future of the NFL. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Colts talked to league about footballs before AFC title game

Friday, February 20, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – General Manager Ryan Grigson said yesterday that the Colts had contacted NFL officials before last month’s AFC championship game about their concerns with New England’s game balls. Grigson did not say how the team was tipped off. Previous reports have indicated Indy first became suspicious after Mike Adams picked off two of Tom Brady’s passes in November and …

Former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi to appear in Concord

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Former Pro Bowl linebacker Tedy Bruschi, who helped the New England Patriots win three Super Bowls before retiring in 2008, will appear in Concord on March 16 at 6 p.m. to raise money for the American Stroke Association. The location for the event, which will be hosted by local triathlete and fitness guru …

Super Bowl hero (but not MVP) Malcolm Butler gets new truck

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

NORWOOD, Mass. – Malcolm Butler intercepted the delivery of Tom Brady’s new truck. Brady earned the prize for winning the Super Bowl MVP for the third time. He led the Patriots to a 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in this year’s game. But New England didn’t clinch the win until Butler intercepted …

Ray Duckler: The Butler did what? Here’s hoping he brought spring

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

For me, Malcolm Butler, a household name by now, represents the spring equinox. Butler’s interception saved the Patriots on Sunday, helping them beat the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl, and it also ushered in the end of winter. At least I hope it did. Okay, it’s a …

Carroll’s call, Butler’s pick help Patriots hold onto Super Bowl win

Monday, February 2, 2015

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Pete Carroll made the call. Malcolm Butler made the play. The Seahawks coach chose a pass on second-and-goal from the 1 instead of giving it to Marshawn Lynch, and Butler made him pay – stepping …

Patriots Super once again

Monday, February 2, 2015

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Tom Brady and the Patriots made this Super Bowl all about football, not footballs. Clutch football, spiced by a sensational fourth-quarter rally and a goal-line, game-saving interception. The record-setting Brady threw for four touchdowns, including …

Tim O'Sullivan: Tom still terrific as a dynasty is reborn

Monday, February 2, 2015

The Lombardi Trophy that Tom Brady held above his head in the confetti last night in Arizona was more than just a reward for staging the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history and leading his team to a …

On Super Bowl Sunday, Tilton’s cinema becomes Smitty’s Stadium

Monday, February 2, 2015

Some football fans spend thousands on their home theater setups, with the biggest, newest screens and booming audio coming from every direction. Others, like hundreds in the Concord area did yesterday, just go to Smitty’s Cinema in Tilton. …

Tim Dahlberg column: Think you know the Super Bowl? Take the quiz

Sunday, February 1, 2015

PHOENIX – By now, even the most casual fan has learned that Marshawn Lynch is interesting only because he refuses to say anything. Richard Sherman? He talks all the time and provides far more insight to the Super …

Seahawks vs. Patriots: key matchups in Super Bowl

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Matchups for the Super Bowl today between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots at University of Phoenix Stadium: When the Seahawks (14-4) have the ball: If the Patriots can tame the Beast, they will have a big …

Seahawks repeat a scary prospect for NFL

Sunday, February 1, 2015

PHOENIX – Here are some scary thoughts for the rest of the NFL: A win tonight will stamp the Seahawks as one of the best teams of the Super Bowl era. And, given Seattle’s makeup and philosophy, the …

Record defense is why Seattle will win second straight

Sunday, February 1, 2015

PHOENIX – The sideshow is over, which means Marshawn Lynch can go back to not talking and this realization can become obvious again: The Seattle Seahawks are still the best defensive team in football. And as we saw …

Patriots should edge Seahawks for fourth Super Bowl win

Sunday, February 1, 2015

PHOENIX – Go ahead, pile on the Patriots. Declare the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era over after they split their first four games this season. Call them cheaters when their footballs lose too much air. Predict the Legion of …

Monitor staff split on outcome of Super Bowl

Sunday, February 1, 2015

You’ll have to go back decades to find a Super Bowl predicted to be this close. Let alone one with this much riding on it. The game that will either return New England to glory and establish Bill …

Tim O’Sullivan column: Ground attacks could determine Super Bowl outcome

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Super Bowl Sunday, at last. Time for deflated balls, Tom Brady sniffles and Marshawn Lynch mumbles to take a back seat. Time to focus on a game that deserves it. Okay, sorry, one last thing about the allegedly …