Few sports issues can disrupt the hype to a Super Bowl quite like cheating. And while fans are a long way from knowing what mischief led to the New England Patriots winning the AFC title with underinflated footballs, it's already become the latest episode in a vast history of rule-breaking in the wide world of sports.
The Patriots beat the Colts on Sunday by a lot: 45 to 7. Even better, the win sent New England to another Super Bowl, another chance for Tom Brady to grasp that fourth championship ring that’s eluded him. But for all the assembled media at Gillette Stadium on Thursday, only one number mattered: 12.5. That’s the amount of air pressure the Patriots were supposed to have in their footballs, but didn’t.
After four days of speculation about how far the New England Patriots would go to win Sunday’s AFC Championship game, quarterback Tom Brady responded to accusations that someone on the team deflated footballs to gain an advantage.
A few hours earlier, coach Bill Belichick gave an uncharacteristically direct and detailed response to the controversy, denying any knowledge or involvement.
The Rev. Martin Luther King makes a statement at the Justice Department in Washington on Dec. 1, 1964 after a meeting with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. Under Hoover's leadership, the FBI investigated King and his personal life for years.
Ground truth's Charlie Sennott joins Jim and Margery to shed some light on why there has been so little coverage of the Boko Haram massacres, and why people in the Arabic world are the biggest victims of Muslim Extremism.
Charlie Sennott explores the Tsarnaev from an international perspective and checks in with us about what's happening with Ground Truth.
Shannon O'Brien and Charlie Chieppo focus in on local politics, discussing everything from Ed Brooke, and Charlie Baker's challenge to revive the Massachusetts GOP, to Governor Deval Patrick's legacy. [28:54]
Jack Woods has been playing basketball since he was a little kid. But three years ago, he got serious, joining a highly competitive travel program led by Eric Polli. Now, Polli said, Woods is a player to be reckoned with.
"You want someone to score? He can score," Polli said of the 14-year-old shooting guard. "He can shoot. He can attack the basket. He is the definition of a scorer."
Charlie Sennott joins Jim and Margery to weigh in on international politics-- examining everything from Mubarak's murder charges and America's failure's in Egypt, to Pope Francis in Turkey.
Shannon O'Brien and Charlie Chieppo dig into politics as Governor-elect Charlie Baker puts together his administration, the deadline day for filing for an Olympic bid dawns, and the GOP backtracks on comments that the Obama daughters are "classless." [25:23]
Charlie Sennottdrops by to discuss ISIS' execution of a US Aid worker, gives us a G-20 debrief, and previews GroundTruth's investigative reporting on how World Bank mismanaged the clean water project in Tanzania.
Football remains the single most popular high school sport, despite increasing concern over the long-term health risks. Last year, WGBH’s Frontline helped expose the concussion crisis in the NFL and continues to track the problem online.
Halfway through the regular season, 62 players have had a documented concussion. And that doesn’t include another two players who suffered head injuries Sunday, including Tennessee Titan Delanie Walker, who took an open-field hit that left him stunned on the ground before being taken out of the game.
Hits like that are starting to have an impact on parents, who are increasingly steering boys away from football, and that’s led some youth coaches to complain their sport is being unfairly maligned.
University of North Carolina system President Tom Ross and UNC Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol L. Folt talk during a special joint meeting of the UNC Board of Governors and the UNC Chapel Hill Board of Trustees on Wednesday.
John King, CNN’s chief National Correspondent shares why he thinks the GOP has turned out more early voters than Democrats have and other surprises of this election season.
A new liquor law is now in effect allowing Massachusetts' residents to buy booze as early as 10:00 AM. Is this a good thing for Boston or would you prefer that our Sundays be one where the Blue Laws still ruled? We talk to you.
If you're finding it difficult to watch postseason baseball with the Red Sox on the sidelines after a disastrous season, we invite you to take a moment to reflect on one of the first great moments in Boston baseball history — the first World Series and the unlikely song that helped the home team win the day.
How deep can President Obama get into war without Congressional approval? Elizabeth Spahn, Professor of Law Emerita at New England Law Boston, walks us through this thorny issue.
Boston Globe Editor, Brian McGrory returns to update us on Eric Holder's resignation (and the speculations about who will replace him), Maria Sacchetti's reporting on immigration, and Derek Jeter's last game at Yankee Stadium.
Under The Radar's Callie Crossley discusses "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," Shonda Rhimes vs. Alessandra Stanley, the Holder resignation (and the Deval Patrick factor), as well as the Mary Bonuato Genius award.
Former Governor Mike Dukakis joins Jim and Margery for a sprawling conversation that gets into high-speed rail, Greece's health care system, and who the best looking woman on Medicare is.
Former Mayor of Boston and US Ambassador to the Vatican Ray Flynn joins Jim and Margery to talk about the future of Boston under new leadership, the hope that Pope Francis has brought to Catholics, and Flynn's days as a
Politicians, pundits and pro-gun ownership activists all turn to the Second Amendment to justify the right to bear arms. This short, awkwardly worded clause is the subject of a new book by Michael Waldman, president of NYU School of Law's Brennan Center for Justice, who joins Margery Eagan and Jim Braude today to discuss the gun debate.
A decision on which city will host the 2024 Summer Olympics is still years away, but the idea of bringing the games to Boston has already generated plenty of debate with detractors calling it's foolish, while supporters say it's doable and a positive.
Among those looking at the idea is David D’Alessandro, the onetime CEO of John Hancock the company which sponsored the 2002 Utah Olympics.
Steve Pagliuca is a co-owner of the Boston Celtics, and an executive member of Boston 2024 committee.
It’s the 25th anniversary of Kevin Costner’s much beloved baseball movie "Field of Dreams." This Sunday, there will be a celebration at Fenway Park. Fans are invited to bring their dogs along as they take in a minor league game, followed by a screening of the film on the dreamiest field of all.
Boston’s definitive football franchise is the New England Patriots, but 80 years ago, the Boston Redskins ruled the gridiron, winning the 1936 Eastern Division Championship but falling to the Green Bay Packers in the NFL Championship. The following year, the team packed up and moved to DC.
America is a nation of immigrants, and that’s on vivid display every four years during soccer’s World Cup. Team USA has built a strong following, of course, but for many soccer fans, the old country remains their true passion. And here in Massachusetts, with the largest concentration of Brazilians in the country, whole neighborhoods are going all out to cheer on their beloved Team Brazil.
Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington are the cities still in the running for a possible U.S. bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.
A person briefed on the U.S. Olympic Committee's decision-making process told The Associated Press that all four cities are still in consideration. The person requested anonymity because the USOC has not made an official announcement.
Los Angeles hosted the 1932 and 1984 Olympics. The other three cities would be first-time hosts.
The International Olympic Committee will award the Games in 2017.
The public image of steroids and steroid users has taken some big hits lately, from the humiliation of sports stars like Alex Rodriguez and Lance Armstrong to the horrific murder committed by steroid user Jared Remy.
Open Mic guest and Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam joined Margery Eagan and Jared Bowen in Studio Three for his Open Mic segment. Beam talked about his new column, an apologia for an earlier piece he'd written about a tragedy at a British soccer game in 1989.