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Tom Heinsohn Boston Celtic Player and Coach Dies at 86 [Video]

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om Heinsohn, Hall of Fame player and winner of 10 titles for the Boston Celtics, has died Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. He was 86. Heinsohn was a six-time All-Star with the Celtics. In 1957 won Rookie of the years honors, but his teammates Bill Russell and Bob Cousy received most of the credit for their first NBA title.

heinsohnAfter Retirement

After retiring as a player in 1965, he spent nine seasons as the Celtics head coach. Under Henisohn’s leadership, the Celtics won titles in 1974 and 1976, and he was named coach of the year in 1973. Once he retired from coaching, he became a Boston Celtic color commentator for 30 years. His No. 15 jersey was retired that following year.

This is a devastating loss. Tommy was the ultimate Celtic. For the past 18 years, our ownership group has relied hugely on Tommy’s advice and insights and have reveled in his hundreds of stories about Red Auerbach, Bill Russell, and how the Celtics became a dynasty. He will be remembered forever.

For the Celtics 17 championships, Heinsohn was the only person to have a connection to them all. Heinsohn was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 1986 and was later recognized for his coaching career in 2015.

Celtic WEEI radio commentator Glenn Ordway’s life was touch deeply by Heinsohn. Ordway shared some feelings about his friend on the Merloni and Fauria show. Ordway says:

I can’t tell you how many conversations he and I have had about [the] family, about kids, about stuff like that, So to me, this is more than just losing a legend in this town. For me, it’s a friend who I spent a lot of time with over the years.

Written by Omari Jahi
Edited by Cathy Milne-Ware

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TMZ Sports: TOM HEINSOHN BOSTON CELTICS LEGEND DEAD AT 86 … 10-Time Champ
Mass Live: On Tommy Heinsohn, who was always meant to be a Celtic, John Karalis
WEEI Radio: Glenn Ordway shares memories of friend, Celtics legend Tommy Heinsohn, Ordway Merloni & Fauria

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Week 6 of the NFL Season Started Without Incident [Recap]

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Week 6 of the NFL season started without incident Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. Leading up to Sunday’s games, many reports of positive coronavirus tests ran rampant about the league.

In week 6, the Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints, and Seattle Seahawks were all on bye weeks.

NFL: Bears 23-16 Over PanthersNFL

Bears defense rise to the occasion with a sack and intersection of Panther quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in the first quarter. Bridgewater was under siege most of the game, sacked four times, and pressured more than those four sacks.

DeAndre Houston-Carson’s interception of Bridgewater in the final minutes of the game saves the day. The Bears are now 5-1; 1st in the NFC North, and the Panthers are now 3-3; 3rd in the NFC South.

NFL: Buccaneers 38-10 Over Packers 

Tom Brady and the Buccaneers handed Aaron Rogers and the Packers an embarrassing beat down.

NFL Brady had three touchdown passes, including one to Rob Gronkowski. Gronk delivered his signature spike during his first touchdown since 2018.

Aaron Rogers had not thrown an interception in the past 5 weeks, but the Bucs would intercept him twice in the first half of the game. The Buccaneers are now 4-2; 1st in the NFC South, and the Packers are now 4-1; 2nd in the NFC North.

NFL: Raven 30-28 Over Eagles

The Ravens and their NFL MVP quarterback Lamar Jackson held off an Eagles’ charge towards the end of the game. Jackson racked up 186 passing yards and a touchdown pass.

Despite calls for Carson Wentz to be replaced by Jalen Hurts, Wentz had two touchdown passes. The Ravens are now  5-1; 2nd in the AFC North, and the Eagles are 1-4-1; 2nd in the NFC East.

NFL: Steelers 38-7 Over BrownsNFL

The Steelers put an old school boot stomping on the browns in a pivotal AFC North matchup. The brown’s offensive line was under duress while Baker Mayfield was sacked four times. Steelers running back James Conner rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown.

Still one of the remaining NFL undefeated teams, the Steelers are now 5-0; 1st in the AFC North, and the Browns are 4-2; 3rd in the AFC North.

NFL: Titans 42-36 Over Texans

After blowing a three-quarter lead, the Titans had to bring the heat late in the fourth quarter with a Tannahill touchdown pass to A.J. Brown to take the game into overtime. During the overtime session, the Titans called a trick play to Derrick Henry. He received the direct snap and powered his way into the endzone to keep Tennessee’s undefeated ranking alive.

Still one of the remaining NFL undefeated teams, the Titans are now 5-0; 1st in the AFC South, and the Texans are 1-5; 3rd in the AFC South.

NFL: Broncos 18-12 Over PatriotsNFL

The Patriots played like this was their first game. Reshuffling the offensive line because of positive COVIC-19 test results did not make things any better.

The Broncos appeared to want to give the game away with Drew Lock’s two interceptions. This put the Patriots in a position to win the game, possibly.

New England did not have what it takes to put this game in the win column. Cam Newton seems to be very rusty with his accuracy.

The Broncos are now 2-3; 3rd in the AFC West, and the Patriots are 2-3; 3rd in the AFC East.

NFL: 49ers 24-16 Over Rams

Jared Goff seems to be experiencing a middle-age crisis at the age of 26. His erratic play would lead one to believe that he was being rushed by 49ers greats, Justin Smith, Justin Tuck, or Jared Allen.

In an important divisional matchup, Jimmy Garoppolo threw three touchdown passes to seal the victory. The 49ers are now 3-3; 4th in the NFL West, and the Rams are 4-2; 2nd in the NFC West.

NFL: Chiefs 26-17 Over BillsNFL

It looked as if neither team could get anything going. Josh Allen moved the ball down the field to the Chief’s 30-yard line. They could not convert a 3rd and 7, leaving them to kick a field goal.

Mahon, late in the first quarter, threw an eleven-yard strike to his tight end Kelce for a touchdown. Darrel Williams also contributed with a 13-yard run for a touchdown with 1:18 left in the 3rd quarter.

The Chiefs are now 5-1; 1st in the AFC West, and the Bills are 4-2;1st in the AFC East.

NFL: Nfl: Cardinals 38-10 Over Cowboys

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The Dallas Cowboys appeared to be missing their quarterback Dak Prescott during this game. Not that the Cardinals were any better in that first quarter. Arizona’s first three possession ended with a punt while the Cowboys’ first four possessions were two punts and two fumbles by star running back Ezekiel Elliot. After their first touchdown in the 2nd quarter with 4:38 left on the clock, the Cardinals never looked back.

The Cardinals are now 4-2; 2nd in the NFC West, and the Cowboys are 2-4; 1st in the NFC East.

Written by Omari Jahi
Edited by Cathy Milne-Ware

Sources:

Fox News: NFL Week 6 recap, scores, and standings, Ryan Gaydos

NFL Sports: NFL Week 6 scores, highlights, updates, schedule: Jets’ Marcus Maye traps football on the butt for improbable pick, Dan Schneier

Bears Wire: Bears vs. Panthers game recap: Everything we know, Alyssa Barbieri

ESPN: NFL Scoreboard, Brooke Pryor

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2-Time Super Bowl Champ Fred Dean Passes Away Age 68

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68-year-old Fred Dean passed away on Oct. 14, 2020, after being hospitalized for the coronavirus approximately seven days ago. The Pro Football Hall of Fame released a statement on October 15, according to ESPN.

L. Cruz tweeted:

Fred Dean, HOF DE for the Chargers and 49ers, has died at age 68. The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Dean’s passing on Thursday morning. No official cause of death has been announced, Dean had been admitted to the hospital and was on a ventilator due to the coronavirus.

Dwight Hicks, a fellow former-49er, used Facebook to relay that his friend, Dean, was in the hospital and needed help breathing due to the coronavirus. Other posts stated he is now on a ventilator and in a hospital intensive care unit.

Fred Dean’s Football Career

DeanDean first played football as a sophomore in high school. As a junior, he began attracting attention from prospective colleges — Louisana Tech and Grambling specifically.

He decided to attend Louisana Tech in Rushton. He played defensive tackle for the Bulldogs and earned an All-Southland award.

During the second of the 1975 NFL Draft, he was picked up by the San Diego Chargers. He swiftly was moved to defensive end and developed a reputation as “one of the league’s best edges rushers,” writes Jack Wagoner for ESPN. In 1979, he landed his first Pro Bowl berth. In 1980, he had a place on the All-Pro and Pro Bowl.

He was traded to the San Francisco 49ers in 1981. The defensive end was known for power and quickness; he made his mark racking up 12 sacks in 11 games during his first season. The Niners won Super Bowl XVI, and he was considered for an All-Pro Bowl.

While a defensive end for the 49ers, the team won two Super Bowls — XVI in 1981 and XIX in 1984. Dean proved his mettle and was rewarded by being selected for four different Pro Bowls.

In 1985, bad headaches caused him to retire, which in retrospect may have been due to concussions. He waited 23 years after retiring to hear he was about to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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ESPN: Hall of Famer, San Francisco 49ers great Fred Dean dies at 68; Nick Wagoner
amarklamiss.com: The life and career of NFL Hall of Famer, Louisiana Tech alum Fred Dean ahead of 49ers’ date in Super Bowl LIV; Jose Sanchez
KTVU 2: Former 49er defensive end Fred Dean hospitalized with the coronavirus; Chris Bumbaca

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