With Major League Baseball in the midst of its All-Star break, we're currently in the of the slowest period on the professional sports calendar.
It's the only time of the year when none of the four major sports is playing, which is why for the last 25 years ESPN has used the lull to host its annual ESPY Awards, which took played Wednesday night.
Former Colts and Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning hosted this year's show, and its not surprising that his rivalry with the Patriots and Tom Brady were an underlying theme throughout.
The Boston Globe writes about a skit Manning did for the show relying his retirement home rivalry with a woman he eventually realizes is Brady's "grandmother." The Globe goes about trying to predict the next title for the Big 4 Boston sports teams. The Globe looks at Julian Edelman leading a Patriots contingent at the ESPYs.
The Herald breaks down Rob Gronkowski's latest product offering – a Gronk Ball – a football that is also a Bluetooth speaker.
The Providence Journal passes along Forbes annual list of the most valuable sports franchises in the world, with the Patriots coming in at No. 6 overall.
The full list of the 50 most valuable sports franchises can be found here on the Forbes website.
ESPN.com continues to poll its AFC East bloggers on various topics, with Brady getting the unanimous prediction as the division's likely MVP for 2017. ESPN's own rundown of the ESPYs includes the Patriots win over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI earning Best Game honors.
ESPNBoston.com continues its positional breakdowns as New England heads toward training camp with a look at the tight ends, optimistically wondering if Dwayne Allen could actually be an upgrade over Martellus Bennett.
WEEI.com details Edelman firing back at Manning while accepting the Best Game award at the ESPYs. WEEI.com also looks at why Jimmy Garoppolo might have been to blame for the Arizona Cardinals disappointing 2016 season.
NFL.com put together an All-Belichick team that's heavily weighted with guy who've played for Bill Belichick in New England, led by the likes of Brady, Randy Moss and Corey Dillon, among others.
NFL.com also has former Cowboys QB and current CBS analyst Tony Romo talking about Brady and Aaron Rodgers playing into their 40s while declaring that TB12 "is throwing the football as well as anybody in the NFL."
CBSSports.com also looks at Edelman laying the "sick burn" on Manning.
GQ says Danny Amendola "killed it" with his ESPY attire, revealing that the Patriots receiver is now signed on with the Ford modeling agency.