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New England Patriots Links 1/27/11 - Logan Mankins Intends To Play The Field

Karen Guregian catches up with Logan Mankins at the Pro Bowl. Mankins said he wouldn't rule out a return to the Patriots.

"There’s always a possibility," Mankins said following the AFC Pro Bowl practice at Kapolei High School. "But to tell you the truth, I haven’t given it much thought right now. If there was a CBA (extension in place), I’m sure I’d be thinking about it a lot more."

Asked if that meant the Pats were still in play, Mankins said, "Oh, yeah. There’s 32 teams in play, whatever one I feel is the best situation for me."

"I thought we were going to have a nice playoff run. It just didn’t work out," Mankins said. "Now you guys (the media) are putting all these thoughts in my head. You’re ruining my vacation."

Jerry Thornton offers the Boston sports' fans' guide to rooting for an out-of-town team.

I’ll put aside for now the towering illogic of these hare-brained arguments [from Dan Shaughnessy and Tony Massarotti]. Because honestly, rooting for the Jets or Yankees to win championships so that the Pats and Sox would try harder to win would be like Americans in World War I saying "You know, I hope the Axis Powers are able to pull this one out so the Allies will be more motivated to win World War II."

Because there are certain teams that you simply cannot ask us to root for, under any circumstances. No matter how chewy, salty and delicious your jumbo pretzel logic is. Hatred is hatred. And it doesn’t go away when you’ve been beaten; it gets stronger. I mean, the Rebel Alliance didn’t tell the Empire "Wow, you really kicked our butts on Alderaan! Good luck destroying our bases on Hoth and Endor and hope you conquer the galaxy so we try harder next time!" The motivation to destroy them was plenty strong enough already, without watching them reduce planets to rubble or take over the whole flipping universe.