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and loyalties of the local fan base. Indeed, the positiv
Sports teams that occupy the same market try under normal circumstances to get along , even if they’re essentially competing for the same finite money, time, and loyalties of the local fan base. Indeed, the positive vibes that flow among and between the football, baseball , basketball, and/or hockey teams of a given city often have more to do with placating said local fan base, since said local fan base expects the teams to play nice.In Boston, that theory has been tested of late by the decision of the , owned by Red Sox owner John W. Henry , to join the civil litigation aimed at forcing the public disclosure of the video secretly generated by law-enforcement authorities in Florida.While the Red Sox will follow through in their habit of celebrating the Patriots’ Super Bowl victories at the baseball team’s home opener, owner Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick, and quarterback Tom Brady won’t be there. Although Kraft’s absence could be influenced by a desire to stay out of the public eye while his prosecution is still pending (then again, he won’t find a more welcoming and forgiving crowd than one in Boston) , Kraft can’t be happy with the decision of the Red Sox’s owner’s newspaper to take an active role in attempting to compel the release of a video that Kraft clearly wants to keep private.With other publications pushing for the video to be released, the didn’t have to get involved. But the did, and that could have been enough to persuade Kraft — and possibly Belichick (who attended the event four years ago but not two years ago) and Brady — to pass on the chance to revel in their latest championship in a stadium full of Patriots fans. If Rob Gronkowski ever wants to return, the Patriots will hold his rights.New England officially placed the tight end on the reserve/retired list Tuesday. Gronkowski, 29 , announced his retirement Sunday night after nine seasons. Gronkowski’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told Peter King for Football Morning in America that it wouldn鈥檛 shock him if Gronkowski decided to return at some point in 2019.If Gronkowski has played his last game, he leaves with 521 catches for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns.Patriots coach Bill Belichick wouldn’t talk about Gronkowski during the coaches’ breakfast Tuesday morning , but opposing coaches did, celebrating not having to face him anymore.“It surprised me when he walked away, but he has that right,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said. “He had a heck of a career. He went out on top. I think he was one of the best tight ends the league has ever seen.“This guy was a dominant blocker and a dominant receiver. He was a nightmare matchup.”

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