Patriots use their smarts as their key intangible

Dumb jocks? You’d better do your homework before slapping that tag on these Patriots, because they do theirs.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

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Brady sniffled his way through a media session, but said, “I’ll be good,” before the Patriots’ first practice of the week.

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His four dogs were among the 23 that died at a boarding facility in a Phoenix suburb.

Darrelle Revis at ease with risk of short-term contract

The Patriots hold an option for $20 million next season, but could consider a new deal to keep him around longer.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/29/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/matthew874-6960.jpg Matthew Slater says Seahawks resemble Pete Carroll’s USC teams

The Patriots’ special teams star was recruited by Southern Cal for track, not football, and he ultimately chose UCLA.

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The melodrama surrounding the air pressure in the Patriots’ footballs has created interest.

01/25/15: Chandler, AZ: The Patriots held a press conference at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa, their headquarters for the week. Team owner Robert Kraft made a surprise trip to the podium and addressed the

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

Robert Kraft has picked a winner in Deflategate

Either Kraft or Goodell will take another legacy body blow when a Deflategate decision comes.

Alex Speier

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Football analyst Warren Sharp’s data show the Patriots have been far better than other teams in preventing fumbles in recent years.

GETTY and ASSOCIATED PRESS

QUIZ

Under pressure? Test your PSI knowledge

How much has the Deflategate controvery taught you about air pressure and PSI?

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/28/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/6-6904--90x90.jpg Meet the Globe’s new Celtics reporter, Adam Himmelsbach

Our new reporter comes from the Louisville Courier-Journal, where he was a columnist and enterprise reporter.

JOHN POWERS | OLYMPIC NOTES

IOC doesn’t know number of bidders for 2024 Olympics

How many cities Boston will be up against — six, seven, 10, 25? — is anyone’s guess right now.

Patriots’ locker room attendant took footballs into bathroom, report says

The attendant the NFL is eyeing in its Deflategate investigation was in the bathroom with two bags of footballs for 90 seconds, according to Pro Football Talk.

Red Sox trade Anthony Ranaudo to Rangers for Robbie Ross

Ross started 12 games last season, pitching 78.1 innings with a 6.20 ERA.

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

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The right wing hasn’t scored since Dec. 29, and his shooting percentage is down to 9.7 percent.

New England ski conditions

Check the latest SnoCountry report for New England downhill skiing/snowboarding areas.

Bob Ryan

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/04/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/ryan90.png More from the columnist

Read past columns from Ryan, who began writing for the Globe in 1968 and now contributes occasional columns.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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Read his recent “On Second Thought” columns and more features from the longtime Globe writer.

Belichick era database

INTERACTIVE DATABASE

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Look back on the Boston Globe’s coverage of every game the Patriots have played since Bill Belichick became the head coach in 2000.

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