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Episode 6 Online

– The Hard Foul Team

Episode 6 of the Hard Foul Sports Podcast is up on Soundcloud and iTunes. Click on one of those tabs up top of this page and give us a listen. Evan, Mike, and Zach are back giving their thoughts on the Pats’ punishments, The Mike Babcock watch, NHL¬†and NBA playoffs, and of course, the Hot Takes of the week. Give us a listen, and let us know what you think!

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The Fall of the Patriots: Perception vs. Reality

– Evan Sally, Co-Founder

September 13th, 2007 is the day the Patriots’ dynasty ended. Yes, the Patriots haven’t lost more than 6 games in any of the 8 seasons since, including going 12-4 three¬†times, 13-3 and 14-2 once each, and experiencing the only 16 win undefeated regular season in the history of the league. They’ve won the AFC East 7 out of 8 seasons, and made the Super Bowl 3 times in that span. They even won the Super Bowl in 2015 with a thrilling last-minute victory over the Seahawks. By almost every measure the Patriots organization has been a tower of success, a model for every other NFL franchise to follow. And yet, the Patriots dynasty ended on September 13th, 2007. That’s because it’s on that day that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell handed out his punishment for the Patriots illegally filming the practices of their opponents, a controversy that came to be known as Spygate. Patriots coach Bill Belichick was fined $500,000, the organization was fined $250,000 and had their 2008 1st round pick taken from them.
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