On WEEI as I was driving into work today in between expressions of delight at the unexpected success of the Celtics vs LeBron James and Cleveland I was listening to the hosts express surprise that Matt Light won the fan vote for the Patriots Hall of fame over Richard Seymour and Mike Vrabel.

On Wednesday, the team announced the fans have voted for Light to be the 27th person to be inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame. Light spent his entire 11-year career (2001-11) with the Patriots. The left tackle joins Kevin Faulk (2016), Troy Brown (2012) and Tedy Bruschi (2013) as the fourth player to enter The Hall as a career Patriot with three Super Bowl rings.

Light beat out Mike Vrabel and Richard Seymour.

“For 11 seasons, Matt’s many accomplishments, both on and off the field, made him the consummate Patriot,” said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft in a statement. “His contributions helped the Patriots become champions on the field and in the community. For more than a decade, Matt fearlessly protected Tom Brady’s blind side and played an immeasurably important role in delivering three Super Bowl titles and five conference championships. As proud as I am of Matt’s many contributions to those championship teams, I truly believe that his lasting legacy will be measured by the many positive things he and his wife, Susie, have done to help others in the community. Their investment in the lives of children will pay dividends for generations to come.”

Light’s induction ceremony will be held on the NRG Plaza outside The Hall at Patriot Place on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Both Seymour and Vrabel would have been more than worthy choices as they made huge contributions to the team as players and one could argue that despite Light’s longer tenure on the team that either one of the would have been expected to beat Light in fan balloting, particularly given that they both played in higher visibility positions and had been on the ballot in years past.

But there is one thing that Matt Light did that neither Vrabel or Seymour did:  When the New England Patriots did this last year

Light spoke up very publicly saying this:

The former Patriots offensive lineman took issue with nearly 20 players taking a knee during the national anthem ahead of the team’s win over the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium. Light went so far as to say he was “ashamed” to be a former Patriot. “If you think it’s OK to take a knee during our national anthem and disrespect openly the national anthem,” Light told the Boston Herald, “you are wrong. I don’t care if you have a ‘but what about’ or a ‘it’s because of,’ that doesn’t matter.” Light also said something like that wouldn’t have happened during his time with the club. “As a guy that’s been there and helped set up the Patriot Way so they can walk in there and do what they do, it’s beyond disheartening. It’s the first time I’ve ever been ashamed to be a Patriot. And I promise you I’m not the only one.”

As I recall Light took a lot of heat on WEEI for doing so but while Boston sports talk hosts didn’t appreciate his objections apparently the fans did and when it came time to vote for the Patriots Hall of Fame, their first choice was a real Patriot.

The fact that, at least while I was listening, the crew at WEEI had no idea why Light would have won over Seymour and Vrabel and the fact that these guys didn’t instantly realize that this was the difference says a whole lot more about them then it does about Light.

Update: I had a question for the NFL

While I don’t expect the league or the Patriots to acknowledge the part Light’s unequivocal response to those anthem protests had in his victory you better believe that not only has the league noticed this but every GM & Owner who might be consider signing one of the kneelers has too.


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If you are a person who believes in jinxes then Tom Brady’s 3rd MVP is a good sign for Philadelphia.

The Associated Press chose the New England Patriots star as the 2017 Most Valuable Player, announcing the award during Saturday night’s NFL Honors ceremony. At 40 years and 184 days, Brady is the oldest player to win the MVP, an award that goes back to 1957. Brady’s resume now boasts one Comeback Player of the Year, three regular-season MVPs, four Super Bowl MVPs and five Lombardi Trophies — with an opportunity for a sixth on Sunday.

The Patriots have never won a superbowl in a season where Brady won the MVP.

However if you don’ t believe in jinxes the Superbowl will come down to one salient fact, will Philadelphia play the full 60 minutes.

The Seattle Seahawks didn’t

After 59 minutes, both before and after the Malcolm Butler interception, the Seattle Seahawks played as if the outcome of the game was already decided.

After 59 minutes both before and after the Malcolm Butler interception the New England Patriots played as if the outcome of the game was in doubt.

The Atlanta Falcons didn’t

As I update this in the 3rd quarter with Atlanta leading by 25 so Roger Goodell is likely dancing in the streets but more importantly Lady Gaga decided her songs were liberal enough so she decided to shut up and sing meaning that the NFL was able to get sanctuary from the left meaning football fans won’t have to take sanctuary from the game.

Frankly if Brady & the pats were not playing I wouldn’t give a damn and if it wasn’t Brady on that field I’d consider this game over.

UPDATE: Unfortunately for Atlanta that was in fact Brady on the field and I suspect those extra four weeks of rest came in handy in those final 18 minutes. You have to go back to William Tecumseh Sherman to find a bunch of Georgia boys more manhandled by an invader from the North.

That’s what it really comes down to. It’s already been amply established that even down 25 late in the 3rd quarter or with the opposing team a single yard away with under a minute to go the Patriots keep playing to win and will not pretend that the Eagles have no chance to do so.

On paper the Eagles should have an OK chance, you have an excellent defense and a Quarterback who has shown flashes of brilliance, but if the Patriots go up early by a couple of scores (a very rare thing in a Superbowl) will they still have faith in their game plan to keep plugging away? Conversely if they go up early and Tom Brady starts to bring the Patriots back will they panic remembering what happened to both the Falcons and the Seahawks?

Or if the game is close all the way through, will they have the discipline to keep playing their game till the very end?

That is what we are about to find out as I pointed out last year

Again this is football and if the Patriots and Brady weren’t playing I really wouldn’t care what a bunch of overpaid athletes who don’t respect the country that gives them the change to make a fortune playing a game do or don’t do.

But as the MSM has decided that New England represents Trump and the Eagles represent the left I hope Brady and company pulverizes them into dust, given both the Patriots and the Eagles style, I think that’s highly unlikely, but it would be nice.

Even better maybe if the Patriots win the Superbowl again local sports radio will FINALLY get over the Garoppolo trade.

Yesterday Tom Brady once again came from behind in the 4th Quarter to once again lead the Patriots to the Superbowl, their 8th in the 16 years that he has been the starter (I don’t count the year he got injured in game 1) which is only surpassed by a fellow named Russell who used to play basketball in Boston back in the day.

Despite this success, even with Gronk hurt there have been a lot of various debates on if Brady has 2 year or 3 year or 5 years left in him and how many of those years does he have left at the Tom Brady level vs a human QB level and what do the Patriots do when it’s time for the transition. Everyone has an opinion, Tom says he wants to play to his mid 40’s but nobody has to my knowledge asked about a possibility that has been running through my mind for weeks.

The George Blanda Option.

For those too young to remember George Blanda came up as a Quarterback and kicker with the Chicago Bears in 1949 and played with the Bears till 1958 (with a one game stint in Baltimore as a Linebacker) as QB, Kicker punter and for one season a linebacker

After a one year retirement he came back with the new AFL (now the AFC) with the Houston Oilers leading them to the first two AFL titles in the pre-superbowl era as a QB while still kicking up a storm. In 1968 he signed with the Oakland Raiders as a kicker while still coming in occasionally to sub at QB. After the 1975 season he hung up his cleats still kicking at 61% which was considered respectable in that era of the game, playing his last game in January of 1976 at the ripe old age of 48.

What if Brady decided to do the same?

What if he spent part of the off season training as a Punter? Does anyone doubt for one moment that if Brady put his mind to it that he could not pick up the punting game and play for another decade as a kicker, a holder for field goals and emergency 2nd or 3rd QB once he decides he can’t start every day at the left he is used to?

Can you imagine the nightmare that would be for a special Teams coach coordinator or the defensive coordinator of a team playing a Patriots team with Tom Brady as a punter and holder for Field goals? All of a sudden every single punt and field goal becomes a potential pass play from the greatest quarterback of all time.

And even worse what happens in a playoff game when your defense has stymied the pats offense and suddenly the greatest QB of all time comes off the bench fresh without having taken any of the punishment of a full season?

Of course all of this is apparently years away, if Brady wins another Superbowl this year (and I see no reason why he won’t) it might not be until 2020 before the Blanda option comes into play and by then he might be out of fingers for rings.

I really wonder if Brady has considered this at all?

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The New Year started in a bad way for the liberal news and sports media.

For the news media you had President Trump finishing strong, between Israel and the Tax cuts and worst of all the lowest recorded black unemployment rate since the government started taking figures by race. Add to that the prospect of a deal that would produce a border wall as the price for legalizing the “dreamers” (illegal immigrants brought to the US as children) you had a narrative of Trump success that was not only contrary to the narrative they’ve been selling all year, but unappealing to their niche market that has become increasingly anti trump.

At the NFL things weren’t looking much better, not only did you have a 2nd straight year of big ratings drops, thanks to the protests during the national anthem that continued all the way to the final week of the season but you had the prospect of the New England Patriots featuring Trump fans/friends Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft once again turning the entire playoff season until Superbowl Sunday into an afterthought.

After all what’s the point of watching the wild card and playoff rounds when everybody “knows” that the only question is:  Can anybody get by Brady / Belichick and the Patriots?

That’s the problem, both the news and sports media are stuck with two narratives of success (Trump & the Pats) that don’t appeal to a customer base that hates the former or is bored with the later.

That’s where Michael Wolff and ESPN’s Seth Wickersham come in. Both have come out with “bombshell” narratives that the news and sports media CAN sell.

Suddenly instead of ISIS in retreat, the Economy moving forward and the Russia / GPS Investigations suddenly turning on the left instead of Trump the Wolff Book give the MSM a narrative of a Trump White House occupied by a president who doesn’t want the job, of people who think he’s a traitor or a nut and supposedly the biggest detractor of this administration is the guy who ran his campaign. It’s Trump vs Bannon and the MSM is bringing you a front row seat

It doesn’t matter how improbable all this is, or the lack of actual evidence or even the lack of credibility of the storyteller for an entire week the print, online and cable media have a narrative that they can sell to their customer base.

For ESPN and sports talk radio it’s the same thing. Instead of once again droning on about the Patriots/Belichick system seemingly immune to injury and trying to sell a Tom Brady “decline” when he is once again the leading contender for league MVP and is two wins away from his 8th superbowl appearance and three wins away from his sixth ring, suddenly we have a tale of jealously, rivalry and the longest running dynasty since the Yankees of Stengel or the Celtics of Auerbach about to destroy itself as Tom Brady and Bill Belichick fight it out to the death.

These aren’t two different stories, this is the same story being sold for the same reason to pivot from a story that won’t grab the eyeballs and ears of their customer base  to a story that will.  

Now for ESPN and the sports media this narrative will sell the dupes that narrative right up until the Patriots actually appear in playoff games and the “Patriots falling apart” meme meets a less team trying to beat them.  While in any single game anything can happen, the  meme can’t stick unless they actually lose.

The Trump narrative will endure a bit longer sustained by the media bubble until the realities of the economy or Iran and the Norks or the Trump count picks or the tough votes for red state Dem senators force them out of the bubble and into real life.

And then they’ll find a new narrative to sell, because right now it’s all about the dollars because it’s the only thing they are sure of until the Democrats actually win control of something.



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Last night on the way home from being the only temp who showed up for work I was listening to yet another breathless scoop about how things are falling apart in Patriots land and how the Jimmy G trade is the Patriot apocalypse

This is no surprise lately I’ve been listening to a lot of sports radio on my way to and from work and even without the new story today that’s all I’ve heard for weeks.  Brady in decline, Garoppolo the new king.  I’m rapidly reaching the limits of my patience with the people who are screaming bloody murder both over Jimmy Garoppolo success in San Francisco.

What Jimmy Garoppolo has done in his first four starts with the San Francisco 49ers after coming over via trade from the New England Patriots before the deadline is unprecedented. Quarterbacks don’t simply switch teams midseason and then light the world on fire. Through that lens, Garoppolo has no equal.

and the so called “decline” of Tom Brady.  It’s time to tackle it.

There are two basic lines of complaints, let’s tackle them in order

#1  “We should have traded Tom Brady and kept Jimmy G”!

This argument has but a single basis, but it’s a strong one. Tom Brady is a 40 year old QB and even though he is clearly the greatest QB of all time (youtube arguments not withstanding) if not the greatest football player of all time it is inevitable that either age will finally catch up with him or he will decide that he just doesn’t want to do this anymore. After all the anger over being underestimated or disrespected can only drive a person for so long.

And they do have a point here, based on this page at statisca.com they can argue that Tom Brady is playing on borrowed time since he has already played:

OVER 5 x as many seasons as the average NFL player (5.45)
OVER 4 x as many seasons as the avg QB (4.09)
3 x as many season as the avg rookie who makes an opening day Roster (2000)
OVER 2 x as many seasons as the avg player with 3 pension credited seasons (2.53)
53% longer than players with at least once pro bowl selection

and in what must be his favorite stat

Nearly TWICE as long as the average 1st round pick (1.93) next year it will be over double

On the other hand as he has already blown every single longevity stat out of the water we’ve already established that these state are meaningless when it comes to Brady.  There is no reason to believe he can’t continue for as many as two or three more years he continues to move these stats up.

However while the “Shouda traded Brady” crowd are happy to talk about those stats in terms of borrowed time, nobody is talking about how these same Stats might apply to Jimmy Garoppolo.

Garoppolo has already played longer in the NFL player than the average player (3.3 years)
Garoppolo has already played over 90% as long as the average NFL quarterback (4.4 years)
Garoppolo has already played 67% as long as the average NFL player who makes an opening day roster in their rookie season (2014) (6 yrs)
Garoppolo has already played over 56% as long as the average NFL player with 3 pension credited seasons (7.1)
Garoppolo despite being a 2nd round pick as already played over 43% as long as the average 1st round pick (9.3)

And presuming Garoppolo makes the pro-bowl next year he will have played 42% as long as the average pro-bowl player. (11.7)

So unless you think that Brady will retire after this year or the next based on current averages unless you have some kind of magic 8 ball into the future you have no reason to believe that Jimmy Garoppolo will outlast Tom Brady by enough years to make it worth while.

They further point to the last five weeks claiming and this ESPN report that this is the beginning of the end for either Belechick or Brady

Let me remind everyone that Brady in December went 4-1 over those last five game in a situation where going 3-2 would have been the difference between the 1st seed or the second seed and anything worse might have been the difference between having a 1st round bye and not, and did so at the end of a season where he’s taken a bunch of hits but the leading contender for MVP

Jimmy G’s 5-0 run while very impressive came in games where the difference between going 5-0 & 0-5 was the difference between finishing last in their division, or finishing last in their division. Before I start crying over having Tom Brady as my QB in 2018 I’d like to see Jimmy and the 49ers win some meaningful games next year against Seattle, Arizona and LA when there is something on the line for both teams.

2.  We only got a 2nd round pick.  We didn’t get proper value for him.

This argument looks at the success of Jimmy Garoppolo as he takes  an inferior team and leads it to victories not only against multiple teams better than his, but defeating playoff bound/caliber teams and it drives people crazy. This take is typical:

With a second-round pick that keeps dropping in value with every win, the 49ers essentially drafted a more polished, experienced version of any passer available in this year’s draft class. They got a a 26-year-old veteran who spent more than three years learning from arguably the best quarterback in NFL history, all the while waiting for his time to shine.

The 49ers are finally giving Garoppolo that opportunity, and the early returns suggest they may have made a franchise-altering decision that could be ushering in a new era for one of the most storied teams in league history.

It’s too early to crown Garoppolo the next Joe Montana or Steve Young, but it’s not hyperbole to say the 49ers may have already won the 2018 NFL draft by spending a Day 2 pick on a polished veteran with all the physical and mental tools to transform their fortunes seemingly overnight.

We had this guy who is obviously great and gave him away for a 2nd round pick.  How badly did we get jobbed?

This argument has three holes that I will handle from the smallest to the largest.

  1.  Yes we only got a 2nd round pick but not only will that be a higher level pick than the one that produced Jimmy G in the first place and there is no reason why a team wise enough to draft Mr. G will not be wise enough to select a QB with similar potential
  2.  It’s  a trade to a team outside our conference meaning that the Patriots will only have to face Mr. G once every four years max (or in a Superbowl) as opposed to at LEAST once every 3 years or more and have the possibility of having to go through a Jimmy G led team to make a superbowl.  It Mr. Garoppolo is as good as the critics think he is (and it’s very possible he is) then it’s  worth getting a later pick to keep Mr. Garoppolo out of our conference.
  3. Football is a sport were everyone is a single play away from being finished permanently.  Yes it’s likely that we might have gotten a 1st round pick perhaps even a top 3-5 pick for Jimmy G before game one.  But for the price of that drop of from a top 5 pick to a top 40 pick the Patriots had eight weeks of insurance if Tom Brady had to be replaced either due to injury or father time finally screaming “enough”.  If Brady had been injured in the 1st 8 weeks and Jimmy G had been traded the same fans and sportswriters screaming about how the pats got jobbed would be talking about how the Patriots threw away their Superbowl chances for 2017.

All of these are reasons why Pats fans have no business complaining about the Jimmy G trade. let me add on one more.

No Dynasty lasts forever, and even if this sensational ESPN story that nobody seems to be able to handle has any merit

As Brady and Belichick left the field, bundled up in the cold, the only thing clear was that the beginning of the end started a long time ago, masked by success and the joy and pain of the rise, leaving both men this year’s playoffs and their collective will to stave off the fall.

Your New England Patriots are two wins away from the 8th Superbowl appearance in 16 years and three wins away from their sixth superbowl victory in 17 years and enter this situation being led by not only the best Quarterback and the most experienced superbowl quarterback of all time, but with said QB being the #1 or #2 candidate for league MVP.

And you’re whining about the fact that next year you’ll be starting the Quarterback that made this possible AND have a top 40 draft pick vs one who has never played an all or nothing game with something meaningful on the line without said pick?

Seriously?

Closing thought. The biggest threat to turning Tom Brady numbers is him waking up one day and saying: “I’ve got nothing left to prove.” Conversely there is nothing that drives Tom Brady like disrespect from others.

I’d like to thank ESPN, WEEI and every Sports outlet for pushing this story as it is likely to not only motivate him in this years playoffs, but for 2018 and perhaps many seasons to come.



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Forgetting the kneeling and other things the end of yesterday Steelers / Patriots game is everything that’s wrong with the NFL.

I only had a chance to listen to a little bit of the Patriots / Steelers game on my 1st break but had to go turn it off just after the pats kicked their 4th quarter field goal to come within five but as several residents at the nursing home where my wife works she was able to catch bits and pieces of it.

She was taking care of a patient when Big Ben threw to James and heard the call of “Touchdown” and the first replay but as she was doing her job didn’t have time to stay beyond that.

About 30 minutes later she was taking care of another patient who was saying how the Patriots won. She told him that she had seen the Steelers score a touchdown with a few seconds left. The resident told her, no the Patriots won and my wife didn’t argue figuring he was having a moment and didn’t find out otherwise till much later.

Now I know that according to the rules the reversal was valid and this lousy call doesn’t remove Ben’s responsibility for a really bad decision in trying to force that ball on the next to last play rather than throwing it way and shooting for overtime but let’s cut to the chase.

If what the NFL rules consider a “catch” is different that what a normal person who doesn’t follow the game thinks a catch is, the problem is not with the normal person, but with the rule.

At least that’s what I think.

The New England Patriots shocked their fanbase today trading backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the winless San Francisco 49ers for a 2nd round draft pick.

This means that of the three backup quarterbacks the pats had at the start of the year, none are left, two have been traded and the #4 man Julian Edelman is out for the year, meaning New England has two weeks (thanks to the bye) to fill that role.

Now while I suspect that the 2nd round pick for next year might be used to find the replacement for Tom Brady for the 2020 season but for right now we need something different.  Someone is playing shape, who wouldn’t mind being a backup, that you can get inexpensively, someone who has experience starting in the NFL and as we are talking a backup for the Pats, someone with playoff experience would be a real plus and if it was someone with at least a little bit of familiarity with the system that would be awesome.

Finally you need someone without a big ego who would add to,  rather than disrupt the chemistry in the locker room and that you could release at the end of the year if you decided to go long on QB drafts.

That someone?  Why Tim Tebow of course.

I can hear the cries now:  DaTechguy you’re crazy, why on earth would  you sign Tebow except to beard all the  kneelers and their supporters, and I admit that is an appealing thought but there are a bunch of logical reasons why Tebow is the best choice for the job.

Tebow has been a backup before and would love another chance to play in the NFL.  Because of his season playing baseball he is in great physical shape, dare I say playing shape.  He has experience as a start both in the regular season and in the playoffs and has had success in both.  Furthermore he was in the Patriots camp a few years ago and thus has some familiarity with the system so he would be an easier fit as a backup than most people out there and has a reputation for hard work that would be a perfect fit for the Patriots way.

Financially not only would the Pats be able to sign him for peanuts (without trading anything of value) but Tebow is the ultimate team player, a plus in the locker room, a hard worker and with so little ego that the thought of making trouble for Brady or anyone on the team would be the last thing on his mind.  Finally if at the end of the season the Patriots decided to go a different route (which they certainly would) he would,  rather than complain, give a huge thank you to the organization for giving him another chance.

Lastly if God forbid Brady goes down, Tebow has experience in big game both at the college and pro-level.  While not a great mechanical quarterback he is a leader of men, a person cool under pressure and most important of all, he’s lucky and believe me if you lose Tom Brady in to injury during the playoffs the thing you are going to need more than anything else is luck.

For all of these reasons if I’m Bill Belichick Tim Tebow is the guy I sign to backup Tom Brady for the last 8 games of the season and the playoffs in the hopes that I don’t have to use him.

Closing thought, if you’re the owners of the NFL this is the dream signing that would make the conversation shift dramatically and stay shifted.  It would have the potential to actually bring fans back who are upset.  It’s a win win.

There was a big development in the NFL/Protest story today out of CBS Boston:

Just one week after many members of the Patriots kneeled during the national anthem, a new report indicates that they will all stand together as a team next time out.

A league source told CSNNE’s Gary Tanguay on Tuesday that all Patriots players will stand during the national anthem before next Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium. Many stood and interlocked their arms during the anthem last Sunday before the game against the Texans, while a large portion kneeled.

Given the fact that even WNBA fans (not known for their conservatism) booed when the LA Sparks decided to protest the anthem and poll results like this…

national survey by Kansas City-based Remington Research Group of about 2,000 voters claims that America is on Trump’s side. Nearly two-thirds of respondents in the public opinion survey indicated that NFL players should stand while the national anthem is being played as part of pre-game ceremonies. Against the backdrop of a two-year decline in NFL television ratings, about half of the respondents revealed that they are less likely to watch their favorite NFL team moving forward because of the anthem protests.

Of the 51 percent of the respondents who said they are watching less football, about 70 percent noted that it was because players are using the games “as a stage for their political views.” Some 80 percent want less politics during sporting events, and 60 percent suggest that players should use a more appropriate space to protest other than NFL games.

The same data showed a 46 percent/47 percent favorable-unfavorable opinion of President Trump.

…such a decision would make an awful lot of sense.

However since the initial report was based on a “league source” I decided to check with the patriots and give their media department a call.

The man who answered was very polite.  He acknowledged the existence of the CBS report and was aware of what it said but when asked if it was correct he had no comment on it.  For clarity I asked him directly:

“So you can not confirm or deny that the CBS report is accurate?”

“That is correct.”

So there you have it, the Patriots can’t or won’t confirm that their players will be standing for the National Anthem this week.

Closing thought:   I read dawife the initial report, she said that if true she is obliged as a Christian to give the Patriots a 2nd chance, I suspect that if players are kneeling this week they will not get a 3rd from her.



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Over the last two years my wife has really fallen in love with the Patriots, she has consumed the game with a passion that only matches her love of quilting.

Today despite my own misgivings I turned on the game for her (I’m pretty indifferent except for Brady) and while Tom Brady, Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick all stood there were a bunch of Patriots taking a knee.

When she saw this something happened that I didn’t expect.

She told me to shut it off.

As she said: “they’re paid to throw and catch pigskin, protest on your own dime, your own dime and your own time…this girl is not going to fall all over anybody because they are babies, spoiled overpaid babies. Put on your big boy pants and grow up.” ”

She didn’t stop there “the Patriots are supposed to be a class act and that shows no class at all.”

she had plenty more to say but I can’t type that fast.

She also apologizes to Tom, Grok and everyone who stood and while she will always root for her boys but as of today as long as there is a Patriot kneeling for the anthem, the TV gets shut off or changed.

The people at work will be shocked when she doesn’t ask for the score of the game, but if they want to make a statement fine, this is hers.

I really didn’t think this would happen and I suspect neither did the NFL.

May they be happy with the path they have chosen.

Update: Apparently they lost a large chunk of the crowd at the game too:

During the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Gillette Stadium, 17 Patriots players decided to take a knee, including defensive starters Devin McCourty, Malcolm Butler, Duron Harmon and Stephon Gilmore.

The fans didn’t like that

Fortunately for the NFL as MSNBC show you can still make a good living with a niche market.


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Today is superbowl sunday and while doing my best to ignore Lady Gaga and the other anti-Trump nonsense I can’t help but notice they seem to dominate the coverage, likely because most people don’t give Atlanta a chance.

Given both the history and the work ethic of the Patriots Dynasty this is not a fault likely shared by the team. They understand that in a single game anything can happen, furthermore they know that the Atlanta Offense is explosive and while the Atlanta Defense is not highly rated they were able to stop two Superbowl Champion quarterbacks in their last two games.

Despite these concessions I am picking the Patriots and the reason for that is not only their superior defense and the possession of the greatest quarterback in the history of the game, but I give the ultimate credit to Roger Goodell and deflategate.

Now I’m sure many of you are thinking that I’m referring to the revenge factor that is often the subject of stories and analysis from Rush Limbaugh on down. It’s no coincidence that the title on the Boston Herald epaper supplement on the game is titled This Time It’s Personal and to be sure that has provided some motivation for a Patriots team that frankly needs little motivation than the potential of a championship.

But Ironically Roger Goodell has (thanks to an able assist from the Patriots backups who went 3-1 during the Tom Brady suspension) given the New England Patriots the single most critical advantage in the game.

Football, despite having the shortest season of the 4 major American sports is by far the sport most conducive to injury. Every single play involves physical contact and being hit. By the end of the season its said that everyone is in pain, it’s just a question of how much. Thus if you can avoid taking repeated hits it can make a huge difference. Franco Harris might have taken grief by running out of bounds for example but as NFL.com puts it while naming him the 3rd best running back in playoff history

Harris totaled 1,556 yards and 16 rushing touchdowns in the postseason. Those totals are second to only one other running back in NFL history (more on that guy later). Harris was a key component to the Steelers‘ dynasty, helping the team to four Super Bowl championships.

In Super Bowl IX, Harris rushed for 158 yards and a TD. He was named Super Bowl MVP. Harris also ran for 343 yards in that playoff stretch. That was a Steelers‘ record for rushing yards in a single postseason, until it was broken just this year by Le’Veon Bell. It’s clear that regardless of what is thought about his running style, Harris was a monster in the playoffs.

It’s also worth noting that in a 1996 profile the Baltimore sun noted that Harris was “without the disabilities of many former pro football players”, I suspect his avoidance of unnecessary hits had a lot to do with that.

Now Consider Tom Brady.  while he is a dedicated, one might even say obsessive when it comes to conditioning the fact remains that he is 39 years old, an age where the vast majority of players have been safely retired rather than putting impossible numbers (28 TD vs 2 Int this season) playing for their fifth ring in seven tries and finishing 2nd in the MVP vote to his opposite number Matt Ryan of the Falcons.

Brady may be spotting  Matt Ryan 8 years and the MVP award but thanks to Roger Goodell Brady has one thing that Matt Ryan does not:  Four extra games / weeks of rest, four weeks of not getting hit by opposing linemen, four weeks of not being chased out of the pocket and four weeks of not hitting the ground hard.  Brady is four weeks fresher, four weeks stronger and four weeks less in pain.

Furthermore thanks to the suspension both of his backups have been tested by fire and rest assured if something happens and Brady goes down you can be sure Bill Belichick will be ready with an offensive scheme designed for Jimmy Garoppolo’s strengths based just on practice but on game experience against actual NFL competition.

None of this is possible without Roger Goodell’s over the top excessive punishment of Brady and the Patriots for their Deflategate sins, so if Brady, Belichick and Robert Kraft take the podium as I suspect they will, they should thank Roger Goodell for making sure their 39 year old QB was one month fresher than the other guy.