NFL Nation: Boston Red Sox

Brady's prediction: Red Sox in five

October, 23, 2013
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is on the record with his World Series prediction: "Red Sox in five," he said. "We'll give [the Cardinals] one."

The quarterback opened his weekly press conference by answering questions about the Red Sox, who will vie for their third World Series title since 2004 beginning Wednesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Brady expressed not only his confidence that the Sox would win the series, but also his support for the team.

"That's our team!" he exclaimed. "I've been here a while, so I've gotten to see a lot of Red Sox games over the years and watched them win a few championships, so tonight is -- you don't take these for granted because you don't know if they'll ever come again."

Brady also expressed admiration for the Red Sox turnaround, going from 69 wins last season to 97 regular-season wins this season, tied with the Cardinals for the best in baseball.

"The Red Sox have had a great year and what they've done, based on what happened last year, shows everybody what fighting through adversity is all about," Brady continued. "They obviously have a lot of mental toughness and it's a great thing to see, a great thing to watch, to go from last place or where they were last year to playing for the World Series."

The Packers' popularity

March, 24, 2009
Posted by's Kevin Seifert

DANA POINT, Calif. -- In a fortuitous bit of corporate synergy, the NFL and ESPN Sports Poll collaborated on a study to determine the nation's most popular individual pro sports franchises.

Owners and team executives viewed the results of the poll this week during their opening gathering at the St. Regis Hotel. NFL teams captured six of the top 10 spots in the poll, including the Black and Blue's own Green Bay Packers at No. 2.

By one measure, the poll means that in 2008, the Packers had the second-highest percentage of supporters among all U.S. pro sports franchises.

"We're a very recognizable brand and I think we still have a national following," Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy said. Here's the full list for 2008:

  1. Dallas Cowboys
  2. Green Bay Packers
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers
  4. New England Patriots
  5. New York Yankees
  6. Los Angeles Lakers
  7. Indianapolis Colts
  8. Boston Red Sox
  9. New York Giants
  10. Atlanta Braves
I'm sure there will be some dissenters out there. By all means, discuss.