Target’s initial attempts at “local cool” in the Boston area were a bit off the mark, and Chris Wrenn was one of their loudest critics. Wrenn is the founder of Sully’s Brand, the Peabody-based apparel company known for its quick-to-market T-shirts, such as the Roger Goodell tee Tom Brady displayed at the Patriots’ 2017 Super Bowl parade and, more recently, their “Joe Kelly Fight Club” shirt. “We’ve been there for every high and low point that the city has weathered through,” he says of Sully’s 18 years in business. And now, Wrenn is trying to help Target re-establish some local credibility — at least as far as the provincial T-shirt industry goes. The Minneapolis-based company could use it. The department store giant was infamously forced to pull Boston-specific T-shirts following high-profile miscues in recent years. In 2015, Target ceased orders on a new “Green Monstah” shirt, after Wrenn … [Read more...] about This local designer used to call out Target for its dubious Boston T-shirts. Now, they’re teaming up.
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One month away from training camp, the status of New England Patriots receiver Malcolm Mitchell remains one of the team's biggest question marks. A fourth-round pick in 2016, Mitchell showed tremendous promise as a rookie, emerging as a reliable possession receiver with impressive run-after-the-catch ability. Mitchell, who entered the NFL with medical concerns, missed the entire 2017 season due to lingering knee issues. He underwent multiple knee surgeries in college and dealt with a knee injury late in his rookie season. Mitchell never appeared fully comfortable in the 2017 preseason, as he was seen grabbing his right knee during the team's second exhibition game against the Texans. What's especially disconcerting for the Patriots: After spending the 2017 season on injured reserve, Mitchell was limited in spring practices. He did not participate in team or individual drills during New England's mandatory minicamp in early June. Appearing at a Saturday charity event to promote … [Read more...] about New England Patriots injury news: Will Malcolm Mitchell be ready for training camp?
Tom Brady revealed his team the New England Patriots had meetings to discuss the national anthem protests. (AP) Tom Brady recently revealed that the New England Patriots had several meetings about how they wanted to address the national anthem protests last season. The star player told Oprah Winfrey that the team chose to lock arms, with some of them kneeling, before their game with the Houston Texans in 2017 as they felt it was important to show “respect for everyone.” “We support what people are going through,” he said in an interview clip released Wednesday, according to transcripts posted by the Boston Herald. “You play in sports long enough, everyone comes from something different. I think showing respect for everybody … in a locker room, a team full of guys trying to go in the same direction, you better have that empathy for everybody. That’s what sports are about.” FORMER FOOTBALL FULLBACK SET TO BECOME FRANCISCAN NUN … [Read more...] about Tom Brady tells Oprah the Patriots had ‘healthy conversations’ about national anthem protests
FOXBOROUGH -- Speaking at the annual Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards on Tuesday, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft forcefully denied a recent report that suggested the team almost traded Rob Gronkowski. "When you're team is good, people are looking for things. I'll just tell you it's a bunch of hogwash that I vetoed some trade," Kraft said. "That was never in the works. It's just completely made up... and I think we have to be careful in society, people just can't come out and say things. This bit about us trading Gronk to the 49ers or Tennessee, there's no basis to it and it gets a life of its own. I just want to go on record to make sure you all understand there's no truth to that." New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft: Rob Gronkowski Trade Rumors 'Hogwash' According to Adam Kurkjian, a freelance writer who previously covered the Patriots for The Boston Herald, the Pats had deals on the table with San Francisco and Tennessee. Kurkjian reported that Kraft "nixed" the … [Read more...] about Patriots owner Robert Kraft: Rob Gronkowski trade rumors ‘hogwash, completely made up’
Rob Gronkowski is still with the New England Patriots, and he appears poised to receive a new contract for the 2018 season. According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, a reworked deal is "likely," but "nothing is imminent." Gronkowski, 29, is due an $8 million base salary for this upcoming season. A year ago, he had incentives added to his contract that resulted in a total cash value of $10.75 million for the season (Gronkowski hit the highest tier of those incentives when he was named first-team All-Pro). It's unclear if a restructured contract for 2018 would include incentives, or if the team would simply raise Gronkowski's base salary. Per OverTheCap.com, Gronkowski's salary cap value in 2018 is tops among all NFL tight ends. The Pats currently have more than $12 million in cap space. This has been a wild offseason for Gronkowski, who has thus far skipped Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and been the subject of trade rumors. According to Tom Curran and Mike Giardi of NBC Sports … [Read more...] about Rob Gronkowski contract: New England Patriots TE ‘likely’ to get new deal, per report