Flacco: Patriots are like division rival

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Flacco: Patriots are like division rival

The Patriots and Ravens have met so often over the last 5 years they may as well be division rivals. Baltimore's QB Joe Flacco gives his thoughts on the eve before the AFC Championship game.

Flacco says the teams are very familiar with strengths and weaknesses and knows it will be a tough game that likely comes down to execution and mistakes.

For more on Flacco's thoughts leading up to the AFC Championship, check out the video above.

Tom Brady comes up if you Google 'Owner of the Jets'

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Tom Brady comes up if you Google 'Owner of the Jets'

No clue why this happens, but if you google “owner of the Jets” or “owner of the New York Jets,” Tom Brady comes up. It was posted on reddit Thursday and then a follow-up google confirmed it. 

Tom Brady does not own the New York Jets. Woody Johnson does. Brady is 23-7-0 lifetime against the Jets in the regular season and 1-1 in the playoffs, though. 
 

Morning Skate: Star players must get more involved in CBA negotiations to make Olympics a reality

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Morning Skate: Star players must get more involved in CBA negotiations to make Olympics a reality

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling that we’re just now learning about the massive rap skills of the brotherly duo of Andrew and Pete Frates. 

 

*Ken Campbell from the Hockey News says that if influential players, like Connor McDavid, want to go to the Olympics then they need to get more involved in the CBA negotiations

 

*Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang shows what a class act he is by taking the Stanley Cup to a children’s hospital in Montreal.

 

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the Minnesota Wild looking to find long term deals for both restricted free agents Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter. That was pretty clear when they chose to deal off Marco Scandella in order to clear up some cap space to afford both of them. 

 

*The Edmonton Oilers are going to face higher expectations for next season, and are willing to embrace that kind of pressure.

 

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Craig Custance wonders aloud whether there will be any offer sheets coming for restricted free agents. I appreciate Craig wanting to add a little more intrigue to the NHL’s offseason, but it isn’t going to happen as long as GMs are treated like they have small pox once they go that route with an offer sheet. Take a look at the future job prospects for general managers that went with offer sheets in the past, and you’ll see why GMs simply don’t do them. This is why the Bruins are uncomfortable with David Pastrnak sitting unsigned as a restricted free agent, but not overly concerned that he’s going to sign a mega-offer sheet elsewhere.  

 

*The CCM hockey brand is apparently changing hands from its former home at Adidas

 

*For something completely different: Speaking of Pete Frates, MLB has announced a fundraising drive for ALS research in his name.