DaTechGuy off DaRadio Livestream Podcast A Jacksonian Twist, That’s A Riot SPECIAL TIME 3:00 PM EST

DaTechGuy of DaRadio livestraem podcast starts at a special time today 3 PM because of the surprise cancellation of work and my wife’s windshield repair. We’ll talk a bit about Trump the Jacksonian and about the riots going on in Minnesota.

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I hope you enjoy it.

The Democrat Biden Dilemma is the Patriots Jarrett Stidham Dilemma (without the sexual assault)

I keep seeing this poll and that poll that the Democrats are thinking of replacing Joe Biden on the ticket for the nomination. This entire argument reminds me of the great debate on sports radio locally concerning the New England Patriots and 2nd year quarterback Jarrett Stidham.

Stidham was drafted last year as Tom Brady’s quarterback backup and once Brady signed with Tampa Bay, there was speculation that New England would sign one of the available QB’s out there from Cam Newton Jameis Winston or even trade up in the draft in the hopes of getting a new QB this year.

But Bill Belichick decided to stand pat. After all he had struck paydirt with a 6th round pick who turned out to be the greatest QB of all time, and two of his recent QB drafts had started for the Colts and 49ers last year so my not go with the young arm?

But the real question to me come down to: “How much better would the Patriots be in 2020 with an expensive free agent who would have to learn the system that Stidham has been training in for a year?”

I suspect the answer is, not much if at all.

And that brings us to Joe Biden.

There are plenty of reasons why it would be tough for Democrats to pull Biden post Tara Reade:

  • Overturning a series of elections
  • Upsetting vital black voters who turned out in force for Biden
  • Causing a divided convention
  • Risking an un-vetted nominee or worse Bernie Sanders

All of these are valid reasons for the Democrats to stand part, particularly when you see prominent democrat women saying that they thought Biden did it, but will vote for him anyways.

But beyond that the real question is the same one that the Patriots had to ask with Stidham: “Will a replacement do any better in the fall?”

In my opinion the honest answer to that question is: No.

The Democrats will lose just as badly with Biden as they will with anyone else, so they’d might as well stick with fast hands Joe. At least that’s where they are now.

As long as that is the Democrat equation, Joe Biden stays.

Gronk To Tampa with Brady Tampa can Set it and Forget it

I was driving home today from work and couldn’t believe my ears when I heard this:

The Patriots agreed to trade retired tight end Rob Gronkowski and a 2020 seventh-round pick (No. 241 overall) to Tampa Bay for a 2020 fourth-round pick (No. 139 overall) Tuesday, sources told the Herald. The Pats are sending Gronkowski’s rights to the Bucs, who will soon reinstate him as a member of their team. The future Hall of Famer retired last spring after nine NFL seasons that thrust him into the conversation of greatest tight end to ever play.

To say this is a game changer is the understatement of the year.

Tampa was already heading for a playoff birth with Brady surrounded by a plethora of good targets to throw to. Add to that the greatest tight end who ever played the game and who has played with Brady his entire career, a man who draws double coverage on every play and you can just hand Tampa that NFC trophy and forget it.

Not only are you getting Gronk but you are getting a fully healed and rested Gronk which makes him even more dangerour, and not only are you getting a fully rested and healed Gronk, you are getting a highly motivated Gronk. This is disaster for every team in that divsion and a Godsend for every receiver on that team because as long as Gronk is on the field not a single Tampa Bay wide receiver will be double covered this season, PERIOD!

Now in fairness this is football and any player including Brady and the oft injured Gronk is one play away from being out for the year, but if neither of them goes down then you might as well hand that 1st round bye to Tampa Bay because the road to the superbowl is going through them.

Now I just have to find out if any local radio station will be carrying their games because if the choice between watching Brady and Gronk and watching the Patriots is frankly no choice at all.

The Patriots Post Tom Brady Expectations Game

The Tom Brady Era in New England has ended.

Although it was not known at the time the coming of Tom Brady to the New England Patriots was a sports earthquake, much like the coming of Babe Ruth to the Yankees in Baseball or Bill Russell to the Celtics in Basketball or Wayne Gretzky to Edmonton in Hockey.

In all of these cases it was quickly established that the coming of said superstar meant that the franchise in question was now considered the prohibitive favorite to win the championship in their sport.

And with the exception of the Yankees who amazingly thanks to the coming of Lou Gehrig during the Ruth Era and Joe DiMaggio during the Gehrig Era and Mickey Mantle & Yogi Berra during the DiMaggio era in succession kept those high exceptions post Ruth the departure of Brady means a re-evaluation of the expectation for both the Patriots and for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Let’s start with the New England Patriots.

The New England Patriots began playing in 1960 and played with a quarterback other than Tom Brady starting games from that year though the year 2000. They played a 14 game schedule from 1960-1976 and a 16 game schedule since. The Patriots had a winning record in 22 out of those 41 seasons. Of those 22 winning seasons the teams best pre Brady Years in terms of wins were as follows

  • 1964 10-3-1
  • 1976 11-3
  • 1978 11-5
  • 1985 11-5
  • 1986 11-5
  • 1996 11-5

During that period these were the years that they won their division

1963, 1978, 1986, 1996, 1997

During that period these are the years they made the playoffs

1963, 1976, 1978, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998

Of those playoff years these are the years they won at least one playoff game

1963, 1985,1996,1997

During that period these were the years they made it to the Superbowl or the AFL Championship game pre-superbowl

1963, 1985, 1996

They never won a championship

So as you can see over 41 years the aNew England / Boston Patriots

  • Had a winning record 55% of the time
  • won 11 or more game (10 in a 14 game season) 14.6% of the time
  • won their division 12% of the time
  • made the playoffs 24% of the time
  • won a playoff game 9.7% of the time
  • went to a championship game 7% of the time winning 0%

Tom Brady took over as the Patriots starting QB during the 2001 season and remained the starting QB through the 2019 season. During that 20 year period these are the season where they did NOT win at least 12 games

  • 2001 11-5 (partial Brady Season)
  • 2002 9-7
  • 2005 10-6
  • 2008 11-5 (Brady injured game 1 out for season)
  • 2009 10-6
  • 2018 11-5

These are the seasons during the Brady years that the Patriots did NOT win their division or make the playoffs

2002, 2008

These are the seasons during the Brady years that the Patriots dd NOT win a playoff game

2002,2008,2009,2010, 2019

These are the seasons during the Brady years that the Patriots did NOT go to the Superbowl

2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010,2012,2013, 2015, 2019

So lets sum up during the Tom Brady Years

  • Had a winning record 100% of the time
  • The Patriots won at least 12 games 70% of the time
  • The Patriots won their division & made the playoffs 90% of the time
  • The Patriots won at LEAST one playoff game 70% of the time
  • The Patriots went to the Superbowl 50% of the time
  • The Patriots WON the superbowl 30% of the time (67% of the times they went)

Or to put it another way, the best New England/Boston Patriots seasons in their pre-Brady years would be considered failures during the Brady years and their three appearances in the Superbowl/Championship would all be rated at best disappointments in the Brady era.


Now the Tom Brady Era has officially ended which means that unless Jarrett Stidham or any quarterback that they draft this season turns into the 2nd coming of Lou Gehrig logically our expectations for Patriots should return to a pre-Brady level to wit.

Any year that the New England Patriots post Brady:

  • Have a winning record: should be considered OK
  • Win 11 games: should be considered a success
  • Win their division: should be considered a big success
  • Make the playoffs: should considered a huge success.
  • Win a playoff game: should be considered an spectacular success
  • Go to the Superbowl: should be considered an extraordinary success
  • Win a Superbowl: should be considered a Miracle

Now there are those who consider that a fair amount of Tom Brady’s success in general and the Patriots success in particular should be given to Coach Bill Belichick who some consider the greatest coach in Football history. For those of you who consider this the case let’s make a slight adjustment.

Any year the New England Patriots Under Belichick post Brady

  • Win a Superbowl, it’s an extraordinary success
  • Go to the Superbowl it’s a spectacular success
  • Win a playoff game it’s a Huge success
  • Make the playoffs, it’s a big success
  • Win their division, it’s a success
  • Win at least 11 games, it’s an OK season
  • Win less than 11 games…fire the bum!

These are reasonable expectations. I suspect that Patriots fans after two decades of winning will not be as generous as me with their expectations.

Under The Fedora on Monday “Moderate” Opinion, Why Dems Attack, Selling China Rice, The Church following the rules, and a Pat’s still bring fear

If you want to know why people don’t give “Moderate” Muslims the benefit of the doubt this is why

It wasn’t long ago when such a piece would be too fringe even for the Guardian.


I think this tweet is the single best political justification for the media/left’s actions on Trump that I’ve read

if you are the party out of power looking to regain it the last thing you want is for the people being “the happiest they’ve ever been” when your foes are in charge.


At the Doug Ross Journal (where I found the above tweet) I saw something that jumped out at me.

It turns out this isn’t a new story:

The U.S. can now ship rice to China for the first time ever, signaling a win for President Donald Trump in his efforts to reshape the trade relationship just after talks between the nations broke down Wednesday.
Officials from the nations finalized a protocol to allow for the first-ever American shipments, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday in a statement. China is the world’s biggest rice consumer, importer and producer.

That’s from 2017 and this is from Feb

While there’s no guarantee, farmers and millers are increasingly optimistic because the Chinese ban has been lifted, a handful of U.S. rice mills have been cleared for export, and China is looking to make the Trump administration happy with commodity purchases.
It was in December that China took a major step toward making that happen, changing its customs regs and officially lifting its ban on U.S. rice. Separately, China has now officially cleared seven of the 34 U.S. rice mills that USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has asked China to certify under the country’s sanitary and phytosanitary regulations, U.S. industry and government officials tell Agri-Pulse. The remaining mills are still under Chinese consideration, sources say.

Oddly I don’t remember reading it before. Remember Media Bias isn’t just what gets reported, it’s what gets promoted.


Apparently a judge in Michigan believes it’s discrimination when a catholic priest decides not to enable her in a state of mortal sin to commit further mortal sin.

Judge Sara Smolenski, the chief judge of Michigan’s 63rd District Court, received a call from the priest at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, requesting she not attend communion.
“This is not about me against the priest, and it’s not really me against the church,” Smolenski told CNN. “This feels like selective discrimination. Why choose gay people, and why now?”
Smolenski, 62, said that the Rev. Scott Nolan, the priest at St. Stephen for approximately three years, called her on November 23 and told her, “‘It was good to see you in church on Sunday. Because you and Linda are married in the state of Michigan, I’d like you to respect the church and not come to communion.’”

Actually given the Pope we have the idea of a church actually enforcing the rules of the church might actually be newsworthy.


Finally thanks to my injury I was able to watch the entire Patriots game this weekend and see them one guy keeping his balance on an onside kick away from a shot at yet another miracle comeback.

It’s a testament to what Brady has done in the past that when they managed to score the 2nd of the three scores they needed for a chance that even with under a minute to go and no time outs kicking the ball that you could hear double in the voices of the announcers in a game that should have been over and feel fear in the stadium after Edelman caught that touchdown, but in reality the Texan response was classic Patriot defense by a former Pats defensive coordinator, leave the other team just enough space and just enough time to get close but still lose.

Bill Belichick’s Antonio Insurance Now in Play

Penny: Here you go, (to Leonard) Quesadilla, (to Howard) Salad, (to Raj) Here’s your pizza. And thanks to Sheldon’s heated discussion with my manager, one barbecue bacon cheeseburger, barbecue sauce, bacon, and cheese on the side.
Sheldon: Thank you!
Penny: Go ahead. Eat it. I dare you!

The Big Bang Theory: The Panty Pinata Polarization 2008

There was a rather amusing moment yesterday after the Patriots unexpectedly released wide receiver Antonio Brown Friday afternoon. Sean McVey is at a press conference and is asked if the Rams might be interested in Brown, here is the response.

Remember this is the same Antonio Brown who was voted 7th best player in the NFL for this season right behind Tom Brady and who caught a touchdown pass from that same Tom Brady last Sunday.

There are many reasons why the Patriots might have released Brown after only 11 days. Maybe they decided the charges against him are credible, maybe the text messages were the last straw, maybe they figured that the league was going to make him ineligible anyways and figured to get a jump on things, maybe after only 11 days they figured the distraction level wasn’t worth it or perhaps he just wasn’t picking up the system.

But one thing is sure, that the dynamic I mentioned in this post is now in play:

What’s the downside for the Pats if they cut him? The worst that happens is the betting line get slightly worse on them AND the best that happens is Tom Brady has yet another motivation to prove himself to the pundits who will all declare how losing Brown hurts the Pats chances.


Meanwhile what’s the downside for Brown? You not only become the guy in a contract season who has confirmed to every GM in the league that you are uncoachable,

Now in fairness to Brown this likely has more to do with new revelations that being coachable, but consider this.

If you’re Kansas City, or Baltimore or the Chargers or Dallas or Seattle or the Rams before the Patriots signed Antonio Brown you might have been thinking that the 7th best player in the league might be just the guy to put their team over to top to dethrone Brady and Co

Now that the Patriots have ditched him after only 11 days do you think there is going to be a single team out there that’s an actual threat to the Pats that will take the risk, and that’s of course assuming the league allows him to play?

Signing Antonio Brown on the roster for those 11 days might turn out to be the greatest insurance policy every written for a NFL team.

Patriots Under the Fedora: 43-0 , Antonio Brown , 36-0 Bring in Stidham , 3 Patriot QB Wins, Vinatieri in twilight

43 to nothing

76-6 over two weeks

Seriously?

Barring catastrophic injury is there anyone who can stop this team?

Do you remember when everyone told you that these guys were doomed without Gronk?

 


Was it just me or was Brady throwing early to Antonio Brown simply to piss of the NFL media

Was it just me or was Brady throwing early to Antonio Brown simply to piss of the NFL media


I know that Bill Belichick is the greatest coach of all time and I’m just a baseball fan pontificating, but if you’re up 36 to nothing in the 4th and you have lost members of your offensive line to injury you take your starting QB out for his own safety and give your rookie a shot at playing in a real game.

You do this even if your QB is Brady and even if he was 25 and not 42.

This is a no brainier.


BTW 2 former Patriot quarterbacks who started games in NE in the last three years are starting this season, they are currently 3-1 and if it wasn’t for a few bad kicks would be 4-0.

Not bad at all, but in fairness what would you expect when you’ve got two guys with 3 superbowl rings between them?

Yeah I know they were backups but if they stunk they wouldn’t have been here.


Speaking of that one loss that was due to Adam Vinatieri missing FG’s and xtra points, he missed two more xpts yesterday and might be announcing his retirement today. I hope not as I’d hate to see him leave on a down note, but I think he’d never forgive himself if he cost his team more games.

If this is the end for him, it doesn’t make him any less one of the greatest of all time, but it does make him like Willie Mays who lost suddenly and all at once. I suspect this will not happen to Tom Brady if he retires at 45 as he has announced, but if he tries to go beyond that, all bets are off, but his wife likely won’t let him.

Could the Post Luck Colts Pursue Brady after this Season?

As I mentioned at the backup blog one of the funniest things I’ve heard concerning the retirement of Andrew Luck is the repeated meme that this was their year for the Superbowl.

The blunt Truth is that until someone in the AFC manages to figure out how to get Past Tom Brady it’s his year and nobody else’s.

But the Luck retirement has opened up one possibility that nobody has talked about.  In Brady’s newest contract he is able to become a free agent at the end of the season if he so chooses, if indy is really serious that their team as constructed was only Andrew Luck away from a serious superbowl run why not go all out and try to sign Tom Brady to fill that hole?

Not only would that unite Brady with his Superbowl partner and the only player in the league older than him in Adam Vinatieri but it’s likely that the Colts would offer him a hell of a contract with as much control as he wants.

Now in fairness all of this is dependent on Brady having another big year without injury and the Colts not making another long term move or Jacoby Brissett suddenly breaking out big and I mean REALLY big.

But if I’m the Indy front office I have nothing to lose by going all in on the Brady sweepstakes at worst it’s a short term hit that puts butts in the seats and at best it could mean another super bowl heading to Indy and wouldn’t it be something to see Brady and Vinatieri hoisting that trophy together again?

FYI If I’m the Patriots front office I’m making contract offers to prevent this possibility RIGHT NOW!

Brady vs Luck One Hit Away

At the backup site I noted with Irony that Andrew Luck is retiring before Adam Vinatieri but his situation should be a reminder to Patriots fans in general and to Tom Brady in particular just how lucky we are.

As a rule in any sport, basketball, hockey, baseball and football etc an athlete is only one injury away from retirement, but in football this is more true than any other.

This is a sport where one is continually hit by extremely muscular people weighing 200 pounds or more if they’re small or 300+ pounds if they’re not and this takes place every 45 seconds for a period of 15 minutes. Often a person will be hit by more than one such man and it’s not uncommon for a person being hit to not see the person about to hit him until it happens.

Even with the new rules every single person on that field understands that they are one hit away from surgery and extensive rehab.

And that brings us to Tom Brady.

Tom Brady has been playing this game for 20 years and has had only one serious season ending injury in that time. That’s pretty good when you think about it, but he has been constantly on the field every other year. When he scrambled for a 1st down in last Thursday’s preseason game every single Patriots fan was asking himself “What are you doing, it doesn’t count!” but Brady being Brady knows that if he’s on the field he’s expected to play to win.

Yet he knows and most importantly his wife knows that each year the odds of an injury that will force him to live in pain for the rest of his life (presuming he already isn’t already living in pain every day) increases. That’s why his wife has been pressuring him toward retirement (I also suspect that such a compromise with her is the reason he no longer shows up to voluntary pre-season camps). Every single snap there is a tackle or a defensive end who dreams about wrapping him up and taking him down and if he scrambles for a 1st down those linebackers are not going to show him any mercy of deference, nor should they and in fact Brady would he expect them to do so.

I expect Brady to have a good year this year and likely a good year next year too but he has defined the odds, not only in terms of skill and victories but in terms of injury and that as much as all his other attributes is why is has managed to become the greatest player every to play his sport.

So was we wish the 29 year old Andrew Luck well, let us remember how lucky we have been to have a healthy Tom Brady leading our team to victory for two decades and be grateful for it.

I’m sure Tom Brady and his wife and family are.

Bad News for Patriot Haters Gordon’s Back

Ok so you’re a football fan who’s thinking, Hey Tom Brady’s 41, he’s lost Gronk Edelman is hurt and Brady has bunch of no names for targets.  This is our best chance to finally get Brady out of the Superbowl and maybe even out of an AFC Championship game.

And then you hear this…

Josh Gordon’s wait is over.

The NFL announced Friday evening that the wide receiver’s filing for reinstatement has been granted on a conditional basis.

Gordon, who had been suspended indefinitely last December for violating the terms of his reinstatement under the substance-abuse policy, may rejoin the New England Patriots for meetings, conditioning work and individual workouts effective Sunday.

“We are all rooting for Josh to succeed, both personally and professionally,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement released by the league. “Everyone shares in that hope and will continue to support him to every extent possible. But as Josh acknowledged, ultimately his success is up to him.”

Now it’s true that Gordon has a history of failing in terms of his personal demons and there is every possibility that like last year he will not last a whole season and be there for a playoff run.

But every game he DOES suit up for is a game where the Patriots have a legitimate “A” level deep threat and playmaker.  Even worse from every other teams point of view  this isn’t like getting a stranger that has to be acclimated.  He has played with Brady and in this system.  Baring injury he can make a contribution at once.

Every game Gordon plays will make it one game harder to knock of the Pats and if he somehow manages to make it through the whole season and into the playoffs, he will be deadly, particularly once Edelman is back.  Who do you cover with your best guy?

A lot of primal screams are going out in AFC team locker rooms tonight.