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Bedard’s Daily Briefing 02.06.19: Mammoth turnout for Patriots parade, B’s and C’s sweep, Gretzky’s impact

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Good morning!

A few random thoughts while I wonder how many New England businesses were able to function since it seemed everyone was at the Patriots parade...

  • Didn't watch any of the parade coverage yesterday but I was just scrolling through the Getty Images from the event and, holy cow, that was a great turnout.
  • It was just extremely impressive. I think it was just a testament to the sustained success of the organization, the popularity of the NFL with its once-a-week schedule and, also, I think it had something to do with the almost unexpected nature of this title campaign.
  • We've seen the Patriots roll to some titles. This was different. I think if you gave most Patriots fans truth serum after the Steelers loss, they would have said another title probably wasn't in the cards. And then they went on a ridiculous run.
  • Whatever the reason — and it doesn't really matter — just a great turnout by the fans for New England's most popular team.
  • Good story by Price on what I think could be a realistic outcome to keep Rob Gronkowski in uniform — putting him on the Mark Bavaro Plan that Bill Belichick for him in Cleveland. Would you take what Gronk did this past season again in 2019? I would. Seems like it makes a lot of sense. Bavaro agrees too.
  • Was so impressed by Joakim Nordstrom in the third period last night of a good Bruins win. Glad Conor captured it.
  • A good look at Jayson Tatum's impressive night by B-Robb in Cleveland.
  • We were asked by Felger yesterday to rank in order: Tom Brady, Muhammad Ali, Jack Nicklaus, Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky.
  • I put Gretzky at No. 1, which I was surprised shocked them so much. To be honest, I didn't give it much thought and there was no criteria given. So I went with who meant the most to the success of their sport.
  • To me, there's little doubt that's Gretzky. Not only did he have the titles (four in his final five Oilers seasons before the trade to LA, which had huge ramifications beyond the ice), but he won eight-straight MVPs and still holds 60 NHL records (he's only lost two in the 20 years since he retired), including 23 that will never be broken. Then there's the fact that he's personally responsible for the game rising to another level in the United States with his trade to the Kings. If Gretzky stayed in Edmonton for the rest of the career, you could make the argument the NHL has no national TV contract and no NHL teams south of Denver and St. Louis. And maybe there are no stars from the south like Auston Matthews (Arizona), Nic Dowd (Alabama), Books Orpik (California) and Shayne Gostisbehere (Florida). Not sure you can say that about any of the other players on the list.

Time to hit the links...


Mark Bavaro: Belichick curtailed practices to extend my career, and he should do same for Gronk
First and 10: Still basking in the afterglow, Patriots parade through streets of Boston
Podcast: Price on Patriots, Super Bowl with 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland 02.05.19
Podcast: Bedard’s SB LIII review with Felger & Mazz 02.05.19
10 questions facing the Patriots at the start of the offseason
Bedard’s SB LIII Breakdown: Offense – Give the players, not coaches the praise on touchdown drive


Hot Stove Lunch: Red Sox starting pitchers already in camp
Completed Q&A: McAdam on Red Sox/MLB 02.05.19


Jayson Tatum commits to attacking mentality after career night against Cavs
BSJ Game Report: Celtics 103, Cavs 96 – Tatum, Hayward carry C’s to ugly road win
Final: Celtics 103, Cavs 96 — C’s win fifth straight
Brad Stevens on Celtics heading into trade deadline: ‘I like our roster a lot’


47 seconds of pain: Joakim Nordstrom’s gutsy shift draws praise from Bruins
BSJ Game Report: Bruins 3, Islanders 1 — Bergeron scores twice on big night, B’s PK stands tall in hard-fought win
‘They’re two different birds’: The Bruins’ own version of ‘The Odd Couple’ in Patrice Bergeron & Brad Marchand aren’t slowing down
Final: Bruins 3, Islanders 1 — Bergeron scores twice in 1,000th career game
Bruins notebook: Bruce Cassidy approaches anniversary as B’s bench boss, Bruins looking to keep championship run going
Live Q&A: Conor Ryan on Bruins/NHL, Wednesday at 7 p.m.


Armband or not, Farrell ready to lead as 2019 season approaches


6 p.m.: MCBK — UConn at Temple (CBSSN)
7 p.m.: BSJ Live Q&A — Conor Ryan on Bruins/NHL
7 p.m.: 
MCBK — Fordham at UMass (NESN)
7 p.m.: 
MCBK — Lafayette at BU (NESN Plus)
7 p.m.: MCBK — URI at Davidson (ESPNU)
7:30 p.m.: MCBK — Georgetown at Providence (FS1)
8 p.m.: NHL — Bruins at Rangers, NBCSN (Ryan)

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