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Tip O'Neill -- a baseball guyDick Flavin

This week, Dec. 9, to be specific, marks the 107th anniversary of the birth of Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill, Jr. of Cambridge, Massachusetts. It's now 33 years since he stepped down as speaker of the house ...

Jacoby Ellsbury: deal or no deal Dick Flavin

Jacoby Ellsbury was never a great fan favorite in these parts, even during his best days with the Red Sox. He never really connected with the fan base. During his one truly great season in Boston in 2011 ...

Chuck Cooper and Bill RussellDick Flavin

Do you remember Chuck Cooper of the Boston Celtics? If you do, you've got a lot of gray in your hair -- assuming, that is, that you have any hair at all. Chuck Cooper is the reason that Bill Russell ...

The greatest trade that never was Dick Flavin

As Red Sox aficionados fretfully wring their hands over the possibility that Mookie Betts might be traded this off-season, they should carefully consider the fact that sometimes the best trades in baseball ...

The Mookie dilemmaDick Flavin

The hoopla of the World Series is over and the long parade of baseball games has come to and end, leaving Red Sox Nation to hunker down for the long, cold winter thinking about the unthinkable: when the ...

Tommy, we hardly knew ye Dick Flavin

Here is what I think. I think that Tom Brady is more than half-way through his final season as an NFL quarterback. I sincerely hope that this forecast is wrong and that people will come up to me next ...

The Nationals and the Pawsox -- two different talesDick Flavin

Washington, D.C. has gone bonkers over its baseball team. The city without a soul has found one buried deep within the franchise once known as the Montreal Expos. That team has been the Washington Nationals ...

Five great games Dick Flavin

For about two years now I have been making four or five appearances a month at senior citizens centers and assisted living facilities, reciting "Red Sox Rhymes" and engaging in discussions on all things ...