A Stephen Gostkowski field goal with 1:10 left sent the Patriots to the AFC Championship.

Long before Tom Brady was ever called the GOAT, he was trying to lead the Patriots to a win against the Raiders in his first ever playoff game. With less than two minutes to go on a snowy day, Oakland was protecting a 13-10 lead when Brady was sacked and appeared to fumble.

A replay review determined his arm was moving forward and the play was ruled an incomplete pass, setting up a game-tying field goal to force overtime. Another field goal then won it for the Patriots.

Go back to the second year of Kraft’s ownership, when they drafted controversial defensive tackle Christian Peter and then cut him a week later due to an outcry inside the franchise over his domestic abuse charges. The Bill Parcells years (1993-1996) were testy and fraught in the building and all around the Patriots.

Recently, promising backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was shipped to the San Francisco 49ers with a strange, alleged Brady-fueled dynamic. Confusion and criticism over Brady’s private workout regimen surfaced. Speedy receiver Brandin Cooks was oddly brought in for one year and then shipped out the next. Tight end Rob Gronkowski pondered retirement.

A year ago, the Golden State Warriors were uninvited from the White House after winning the Finals, though the team had already stated it wasn’t coming.

LeBron called the President a bum. How was your weekend?

Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team, Trump said on Twitter. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!

Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!

The face of such pomposity deserves a righteous reaction — not commonplace answers. War has been declared here, and our basketball and football stars are being pitted against Americans, and in the middle there is a president, using the best of his policy and political wherewithal to attack their might.

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