Boston College: A strange yet happy Thanksgiving at the Heights

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November 25, 2020

They’re back! Well, sort of. After a bye week and then an extended bye week that eventually turned into a game week thanks to the ACC, the Eagles were back on the field this week getting ready for Louisville on Saturday. We’re going to do things a bit different this week. Instead of giving you our standard “everything you need to know heading into (name opponent here) week,” we’re going…

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High School: NEFJ Featured Team of the Week – Milford

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November 25, 2020

Brothers Dale and Dana Olson know what it takes to win a state championship. Dana was the head coach while Dale was on the staff for the Millis Mohawks’ 2016 and 2017 wins at Worcester State and Gillette Stadium. Now, the duo is hoping to bring that type of success back to Milford. Dale Olson was named the head coach of the Scarlet Hawks just before the pandemic took over….

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Tampa Bay Tuesday: Primetime lights too bright again for Brady and the Bucs

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November 24, 2020

AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio This is a nightmare scenario for Patriots fans who wanted the team to at least be “meh” this season while also watching Tom Brady succeed in Tampa. Unfortunately, the Pats are worse than “meh” and with an ugly 27-24 home loss on Monday Night Football against the Rams, it’s see to wonder if Brady might be one-and-done in the playoffs for the second straight season. Luckily for…

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Thanksgiving Football Special – Mike Lynch of WCVB discusses oddity of 2020

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November 24, 2020

If you’ve grown up playing, coaching, covering or watching Thanksgiving football in Massachusetts, chances are Mike Lynch has been a part of your post-meal routine for years now. Lynch – the host of WCVB’s “High 5 Salutes Thanksgiving Heroes” wrap up show every Thanksgiving night for 30+ years – won’t be sitting in a chair surrounded by high school memorabilia, and he won’t have a handful of hoodies on hand…

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Patriots: Breaking down Bill Belichick’s weekly OMF interview on WEEI

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November 24, 2020

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Yikes. If the past few weeks were two of the best Bill Belichick interviews by Ordway, Merloni and Fauria, then this one easily wins the award for most awkward. Belichick was not in a chatty mood as you’d expect after the 27-20 loss in Houston, so, credit to the guys for not backing down, but pissy Bill can make interviews quite cringeworthy. Right from the jump…

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NEFJ 25 DAYS OF THANKSGIVING RIVALRIES – Natick vs. Framingham

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November 23, 2020

Series Record: Natick leads this historic rivalry 54-46-2. Look at the Rivalry: Since 1904, the Redhawks and Flyers have met on Thanksgiving morning and have produced countless memories for thousands of fans and supporters. The Redhawks won seven straight games from 2011-2017, but the 2018 upset win (14-6) for Framingham at historic Fenway Park the night BEFORE  Thanksgiving will forever be remembered as one of the most memorable games in…

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Patriots: Houston We Have A Problem – Watson dominates, Pats fall to 4-6

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November 22, 2020

AP/Eric Christian Smith Okay, so, forget what we said last week. Following an impressive performance against Baltimore, I wrote that any Bill Belichick coached team should never be counted out. Well, the Texans shut that down real quick. Deshaun Watson single-handily destroyed the Patriot defense (380 total yards) and the New England offense wasted a chance to force overtime on the last possession of the game, ultimately falling 27-20 in…

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NEFJ 25 DAYS OF THANKSGIVING RIVALRIES – Gloucester vs. Danvers

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November 22, 2020

Series Record: Gloucester and Danvers have played every Thanksgiving morning since 1964, and the Fishermen lead the series 37-19. Look at the Rivalry: Despite’s Gloucester’s dominance overall, it’s been a special past couple of seasons for the Falcons. Last year’s 56th meeting ended with Danvers thumping Gloucester 61-12, but more importantly, it was the first time Danvers had won two straight Thanksgiving meetings since 1993 & 1994. The win also…

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NEFJ 25 DAYS OF THANKSGIVING RIVALRIES – Rockland vs. East Bridgewater

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November 21, 2020

Series Record: This one hasn’t been around long but it’s already been quite competitive, with East Bridgewater leading the series 7-5. Look at the Rivalry: Rockland took home a 48-14 victory last season. Last year’s game may have been, and most likely will be one of the most significant in rivalry history for the foreseeable future with quarterback Dante Vasquez becoming the all-time leading rusher in Rockland history with a…

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NEFJ 25 DAYS OF THANKSGIVING RIVALRIES – Fairhaven vs. Dartmouth

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November 21, 2020

Series Record: Fairhaven leads the all-time series 42-36-4, but Dartmouth leads the Thanksgiving Day series 40-19. Dartmouth has actually dominated the Thanksgiving Day game as of late, winning 12 of the last 15 matchups. Look at the Rivalry: These two have been playing on Turkey Day since 1959. The Walter MVP Award is also given out after every game on Thanksgiving, a tradition that started in 1974. The Indians rolled…

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