Author: @fhmccabe

40 Hours with the Patriots

‘Don’t be jealous,’ my Mom used to say. Jealousy, as an emotion, is weak and useless. I was taught to always cheer people on and be happy when good things happen. Well, this week, my Mom admitted she was jealous. As a sports fan – specifically a die-hard New England Patriots fan –  I got the opportunity of a lifetime.  Through the team, my new best friends, Draft Kings, Weber Shandwick and some good old-fashioned fate I was able to be a part of the Patriots experience, up close and personal.  The invite to travel, stay, play and be...

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TOP 10 – Hefner Edition: If Playmates Were Patriots

If Tom Brady is, in fact, the Greatest of All Time as an NFL Quarterback, then the late Hugh Hefner is certainly the GOAT of the flesh industry (although, Dave ‘El Pres’ Portnoy is chasing a legend). Hefner, the brains and (anything-but-blue) balls behind the American dream that was Playboy Magazine, passed away at the tender age of 91 this week; no doubt with a giant smile on his face.  This legend spent more than half of a century rocking a velvet robe and a captain’s hat while smiling and sauntering around the globe’s most beautiful women.  Not only...

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Meet Sweet Feet: A Conversation with James White

James White has become an integral part of the juggernaut that is the New England Patriots offense.  Drafted in 2014, White quickly demonstrated that he would be a special member of this team. He’s even had a few memorable plays, ya know, like this one? Can’t Beat Sweet Feet A multiple threat, running back White has delivered on the biggest stage and evolved in to a fan favorite; for his on- and off-field actions. White recently took over as as the face of Mayo Bowl, the highly successful charity event benefitting Boston Medical Center  hosted by former Patriots linebacker Jerod...

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For the Love of the Game…

It’s game day. Your buddies are over your house. Pacing the room with excitement for kickoff. Running to the fridge to grab another round of beers. High-fiving when the Patriots score. Maybe toss the pigskin around the yard at halftime? Nothing better, right? Meet Matt Matt will never be able to do any of these game day routines. Matt is 8 years old and holds a diagnosis of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).  SMA is a disease that robs people of physical strength by affecting the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord, taking away the ability to walk, eat, or...

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Lowell’s Take on McGregor-Mayweather

A little off the grid here for the readers of Boston Sports Extra, but one of the biggest (and sure to be disappointing) sporting events is just hours away. Conor McGregor versus Floyd Mayweather.  Mixed Martial Arts versus Boxing.  Ireland versus Badhumanistan. Vegas odds have this publicity debacle going all Mayweather (+400 last I checked).  As a proud Irish-American, I am certainly pulling for “The Notorious” (not to mention I have never been a fan of domestic abusers…but I digress). Lowell’s Irish Boxing Heritage Anyway, today I am here to speak on behalf of the City of Lowell, Massachusetts.  Lowell...

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Rapping with Rapaport

I had the pleasure of interviewing actor, author, activist, coffee spokesmodel, podcaster, fantasy football analyst and hard core New Yorker Michael Rapaport earlier this week. Michael has had a very versatile and interesting career in the past 20+ years. The fiery red head brings a ton of energy to everything he does. In addition to being in some cult classic movies like True Romance and Beautiful Girls, Rapaport has delved into the world of the sports and rap music throughout his career. Nice work if you can get it. And despite his deep and proud Big Apple swagger, Rapaport...

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An Open Letter to a Patriots Legend

The Perfect Time to Express my Feelings About a True Patriot It is hard to believe you are no longer a part of the game. You have given the fans of New England so many memories to cherish. I remember the day you first entered Patriots training camp.  Just amazing to watch. My initial impression?  No way that someone that enormous could play the game, but boy was I wrong. As a physical specimen, you had it all: size, speed, strength.  But your most admirable quality was an insatiable will to win at all costs. I followed your career...

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