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New York Times apologizes for misleading Patriots White House photos 04.20.17 at 12:01 pm ET
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The Patriots gave Donald Trump an honorary jersey Wednesday. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots gave Donald Trump an honorary jersey Wednesday. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

The New York Times is falling on the sword for tweeting a misleading pair of photographs comparing attendance from the Patriots’ last two White House visits.

On Tuesday, the Twitter account for New York Times Sports shared a picture from the Patriots’ trip in 2015, when President Barack Obama was in office. Below it, the Times posted a snapshot from Wednesday’s event with Donald Trump, which far fewer players appeared to attend.

The Patriots corrected the Times on Twitter, pointing out staff members were standing on the stairs surrounding Obama in 2015. This year, they were seated on the White House lawn, hence the smaller crowd on stage. Thirty-four players took the trip to Washington D.C.

In a statement issued to Yahoo’s Colin Campbell, the New York Times’ sports editor Jason Stallman admits the tweet was a mistake.

Trump, who seemingly never misses an opportunity to heckle the Times, took a shot at the Gray Lady as well.

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New York Times apparently just discovered Boston sports teams are good 04.13.17 at 4:33 pm ET
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Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski celebrated the Patriots' fifth Super Bowl title at Red Sox Opening Day this year. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski celebrated the Patriots’ fifth Super Bowl title at Red Sox Opening Day this year. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: It’s a good time to be a Boston sports fan.

The New York Times published a trend story Thursday about the success of Boston sports teams in the 21st century. WEEI’s own Gerry Callahan dubbed the city “Loserville” in 1999, because the outlook appeared so bleak way back then. But just three years later, the Patriots hoisted their first of five Super Bowl championships. It started a run that continues today, in which the four major professional teams have won 10 titles in 15 years. Let’s allow the Paper of Record™ to take it away:

“In the 21st century, it has been all Boston,” writes Victor Mather. “The Patriots have five titles since 2000, the Red Sox three. The Celtics won it all in 2008 and the Bruins did so in 2011. Though the Revolution have not won the Major League Soccer playoffs, they have made the final five times in the century.”

The Red Sox’s 2004 World Series win, by the way, ended an 86-year drought. That story has been a little bit underplayed.

Over the last decade and a half, there have been numerous opportunities to pen articles about the good fortunes of Boston sports fans. But curiously, the events of Wednesday night were the genesis for the Times feature. The Bruins won an opening round playoff game against the Senators and the Celtics clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference with a regular season victory over the Bucks. The Red Sox were also in action, but they lost to the Orioles.

While it was an enjoyable night of sports, there have been plenty of other days that better encompass the athletic dominance of Boston. The date Oct. 13, 2013 comes to mind. On that day, the Patriots defeated the Saints after Tom Brady threw a late game-winning touchdown pass to Kenbrell Thompson, and David Ortiz smacked a game-tying grand slam in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series against the Tigers. The Red Sox won the contest on a walk-off hit in the ninth.

The fact that Wednesday, which did feature two important wins from the hometown teams, seemed so routine is an embodiment of the success Boston teams have enjoyed recently. Maybe that’s the message the Times was trying to convey.

But given the piece is essentially a straight recap of the last 15 years, it doesn’t appear that’s the case. It seems like the Times just discovered Boston sports teams are good.

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Here’s A-Rod… 01.28.09 at 12:46 pm ET
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Some random thoughts while watching the snow fall incessantly and feeling just a little like Nicholson in “The Shining”. (If I have to explain that Nicholson goes stir crazy while snowbound and trying to write, it loses a little steam, doesn’t it?)

Are you like me and already tired of the childish and sophomoric soap opera in New York regarding Joe Torre’s book “The Yankee Years” coming out on Feb. 3?

But because the snow is falling and baseball always warms us up, here’s the latest.

The New York Daily News writes that A-Rod “laughed it all off because he is so beyond all of that.” LOL!!!

The New York Times posted on its web site that Torre feels he hasn’t said anything about A-Rod now that he didn’t before.

Give Torre this much. He managed for 12 seasons in New York. He HAD to know what kind of storm this would create. And he admitted as much when he told The Times’ Jack Curry, “Knowing that my name is on it, I’m going to have to answer for it.”

And then there’s the latest excerpts released in which Torre goes after the commitment shown by the likes of David Wells, Kevin Brown, Carl Pavano and Randy Johnson.

Speaking of the New York Times, want a good explanation as to why they have hired Goldman Sachs to help with the sale of the Times’ 17.8 share in the Red Sox? Read this about the state of their ad revenues.

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