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Past articles by Stephen:

Tom Brady the Superhero to Cleatus: Inside Fox's NFL cartoon graphics process

The Fox NFL team this season turned players like Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers into superheroes in on-air graphics. → Read More

Buckley: Days like this are special, and increasingly hard, for Pete Frates and family now – The Athletic

The ALS has done its dirty work. Frates can't do very much anymore. But that didn't matter as BC named a building after him. → Read More

Buckley: Word is, quick Red Sox playoff exit would be total failure

Like the Boston Globe and my beloved Boston Herald, the Red Sox and Yankees are two vaunted institutions that feed off each other. → Read More

Buckley: Don’t be a yahoo, may all the stars be playing in the postseason

There was a time, just days ago, with heads bowed and voices quivering, that the Yankees spoke of the health and well-being of Didi Gregorius. → Read More

Buckley: Matt Patricia's win over Bill Belichick a heavenly sign for Lions fans

DETROIT — It’s going to be a long, tortuous week for Patriots fans, as in five days of finger-pointing, talk-show holler → Read More

Buckley: Clinch the AL East first, Alex Cora, then fiddle with your lineup

NEW YORK — This is so David Price. Even as the Red Sox are wrapping up one of the fattest, richest, winningest regular seasons in the history of the franchise, the big lefty has found a rain cloud big enough to cover all of it.What’s that you say? That he’d been pitching brilliantly since the All-Star break with a 5-0 record and 1.56 ERA?That he’d been saying lofty and assuring things to the… → Read More

Buckley: 100 wins for Red Sox is nice, but a World Series win much better

It should tell you all you need to know about the state of the Red Sox, and the manner in which expectations have changed around here over the years, that “100 wins” wasn’t yesterday’s big talker.No, yesterday’s big talker was that the Patriots added “wide receiver depth” by signing a couple of guys who’d been shown the door by other NFL clubs. → Read More

Buckley: Red Sox, Patriots keep winning in our Crazy Town

This is your occasional reminder that we used to live in a sad, rundown place called Loserville, where never was heard an encouraging word. → Read More

Buckley: Hey Pats fans, we’ve got a situation here

The Gillette Stadium parking lots will be teeming with tailgaters Sunday morning. Nerf footballs will be flying through the air. → Read More

Buckley: Starting pitching must improve before October

Mookie Betts has the sweet swing and the dazzling smile. → Read More

Buckley: Don’t get so hung up on old-man Tom Brady being a little cranky

Much is being said and written this week in the wake of Tom Brady’s out-of-the-blue decision to press the little red “hang-up” button during his weekly phoner on WEEI’s “Kirk & Callahan” program.As always, everyone has an opinion. As always, these opinions run from end zone to end zone.“They were overdoing it with the questions about Alex Guerrero.”“It was a bad look for Brady to hang up like… → Read More

Buckley: PawSox to WooSox was complicated

Kicking around some TGIF thoughts and observations while wondering what’s happened to all the people who wanted to get rid of Jackie Bradley Jr. . . .Everyone from Larry Lucchino to Curt Schilling to a hallway filled with scratchy Rhode Island pols has been blamed for the news that the Pawtucket Red Sox appear headed for Worcester. → Read More

Buckley: Alex Cora, Terry Francona share success of the comfortable clubhouse

Red Sox manager Alex Cora was talking about Terry Francona.Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona was talking about Alex Cora.And everybody understood why. → Read More

Buckley: Darren Lewis recalls Giants' 103 wins got nothing

For a while, it looked great on paper: The Red Sox and Yankees were going to continue their steel-cage match for American League East supremacy right up to the last weeks of the regular season, with a pair of three-game sets between the teams settling the matter once and for all.The first-place finisher would get a couple of days of rest, relaxation and liniment before advancing to a… → Read More

Jerry Remy a true all-star in the booth

A cancer diagnosis in the family always is a crushing, confusing, emotional moment.Yes, family members with an ear for optimism can turn the doctor’s every syllable into a ray of hope. But that comes later. First comes the confusion, the emotion. The feeling of being crushed. → Read More

Despite Red Sox’ big lead, anything can happen

Such was the Red Sox’ annihilation of the Yankees this past weekend that the remainder of the regular season has been reduced to little more than a stretching exercise for October.Right?The Sox have wrapped up the American League East, leaving the humbled, hurtin’ Yankees and their fans to collect themselves and start planning for that scary one-and-done wild card game against the Oakland A’s or… → Read More

Birthday boy Brady has cake, eats it too

FOXBORO — Speaking with the media Friday morning at Gillette Stadium, Patriots coach Bill Belichick wandered into a spirited defense of the manner in which Tom Brady is preparing for the 2018 season.And he didn’t even know he was doing it.It began innocently enough, when Belichick, who was actually in an upbeat, bouncy mood (“Got a lot of people getting a jump on the weekend, huh?”) was asked to… → Read More

Xander Bogaerts one guy Red Sox can’t afford to miss down stretch

For more than two years, Xander Bogaerts has been tempting the baseball gods with his reckless and dangerous head-first slides into first base, making it seem almost inevitable that he’d one day bust a finger . . . sprain a wrist . . . dislocate a thumb . . . the list goes on and on.And here we are: Bogaerts is day-to-day with a right-hand contusion. → Read More

No script necessary when Red Sox, Yankees go after each other

If the Red Sox have any sense of decency, or, if nothing else, a sense of humor, a pregame ceremony will be held tonight at Fenway Park to honor the dearly departed Tyler Austin.We must always remember that it was Austin who teamed up with Fightin’ Joe Kelly earlier this season to accomplish something that proved beyond the reach of sports columnists, talk-show hosts and, especially, television… → Read More

Buckley: Ballplayers’ offensive tweets revealing in more ways than one

We have arrived in an era when young major-league ballplayers are being haunted by old, high school-level tweets. The ballplayers’ grimy, immature, teenaged rants are being dug up, dusted off and placed on modern-day display, and this has caused lots of hand-wringing, apologies and edicts to attend sensitivity training classes. → Read More