The Parade

For the second time in about 100 days, the duck boats rolled around Boston with everyone and their mother out on the street. This was the second parade I have ever missed in my life so I need this recap more than you do. 

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This photo is incredible. 1.5 million people at a parade and I don’t know if I’ve ever been more jealous of 1.5 million people. Parades are always a spectacle to be apart of, but the ones with the Patriots are always a little more sweeter. Brady, Belichick, the whole NFL watching on from their own city, there aren’t many better feelings. Some wake up a little more black and blue than others.

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A lot of people are talking about this fight but, these are just a couple rival towns from Massachusetts hashing it out at the parade. Some people got injured I’m sure, but that’s going to happen when you’re trying to prove you’re still here. Best part of this parade was Philly fans all over the place talking about how their parade was better the year before. Fellas, this is our 6th one now, if you don’t have a few fights at some point, do towns even still hate each other? I’m just glad nobody got stabbed, that’s typically a St. Paddy’s Day debacle but you never know what someones going to do when two guys are arguing about who loves Brady more. Plus, this one fight wasn’t the only thing that happened yesterday.

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I mean, come on. Patriots fans left the parade to run over and help this ambulance get up the hill? That’s a real team effort if I’ve ever seen one. Now everyone knows that the one fight that went down at the parade wasn’t the only thing worth talking about. Not to mention McCourty and Harmon putting Lane Johnson into a coffin. 

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I mean, this is why you don’t bash the Patriots at a parade cause the sad reality is the Pats will be back to the Super Bowl far before you, Lane Johnson. Duran Harmon is also wearing Tom Brady’s jersey from high school. Not sure if it’s a replica or the real one, but he crushed yesterday. I wish I could of been there, but the only thing that matters is we got number 6. Can’t wait to chase 7 next year.

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The Patriots Won The Super Bowl, Obviously

On Sunday, Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and the New England Patriots ripped the hearts out of every football fan that woke up Monday feeling like it was a normal day. I currently type with six rings that glow with the light of a thousand suns. Where do we begin.

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Gotta start with this. Rob Gronk is back next year and I don’t know if the Patriots have ever had this type of team camaraderie. Everyone is so all in on building Brady’s legacy that nobody can retire until he does. How is Gronk at 29 gonna leave Brady out to dry when he’s 41? That’s right, he’s not going to. With that being said, it wasn’t the greatest offensive performance for either team which made the game pretty slow for anyone watching at home. Every play in that stadium was edge of your seat action and watching Bill’s defense fly around and shut down Sean McVay’s offense was all I could have asked for. The place erupted, or at least felt as though it did when Kyle Van Noy got to Goff in the second quarter on third down. 

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Also, love this flipper against Reynolds in the first. Felt like we dominated the game physically and that was something the defense really stepped up at the end of the season. We started running the rock and playing hard nosed defense and we kept McVay of the end zone. 

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That’s why all this MVP talk is bologna. If anyone on the defensive side of the ball deserved the MVP it would be Belichick. The guy pitched a perfect game and even though Goff should of hit Cooks for a touchdown, he didn’t. Goff looked like he was crapping himself before the Saints game so I can imagine there were a few times he looked like a deer in headlights Sunday night. I couldn’t quite see him on the sideline Sunday from my seats but on the field he didn’t look great. 

The real MVP or MVP’s from this game was the  Patriots offensive line. I know some people that specifically bet on the Rams because they had Aaron Donald. Those people, first, are idiots, and second don’t respect the greatness that is Dante Scarnecchia, the Patriots offensive line coach. Not to mention Trent Brown makes Aaron Donald look like a pee wee football player. 

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I understand this game will be talked about as the worst Super Bowl ever. Which is why I’ll always remember it as the best Super Bowl ever. We got to 6 and now everyone should know Brady won’t sleep till we have 7. It’s going to be a fantastic offseason even though it is devastating football is now over. To those who thought we weren’t going to win the Super Bowl, I pity you. Not because you were wrong, but because you had to watch your worst nightmare slowly come true. Another Patriots Super Bowl and another offseason of listening to Patriots fans. I will carry these six rings for a long time, jingling around in my pocket or hanging from a necklace. Congratulations to all, and to the NFL, goodnight. 

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Tom Brady Still Owns Florida

When I look back on this game, I won’t remember the end result and Kenyan Drake doesn’t really exist.

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I left seconds after Stephen G hit a field go to go up by 5 points. ‘Beat the rush’ my mother said. Dolphins fans telling people the Patriots had won outside the stadium. Nothing could go wrong. Then there was magic in Miami and now we sit at 9-4 instead of a nice 10-3. The Chargers must be livid right now, 10-3 and the fifth seed in the AFC, I wouldn’t be happy. Bill Belichick isn’t going to sleep for a month because of this damn play, but we needed this to happen. The Patriots have one terrible loss at the end of every season to wake them up. If it wasn’t Miami, it would of been the Steelers next week. In the grand scheme, Sunday could of been worse. Houston could of won, Steelers could of won, but instead everyone lost so we’ll take the record and move on to Pittsburgh. Yeah, that’s right, Lord Brady still broke another record, quietly taking over every record at the QB position. 

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NFL Canada? Yeah, I found out this account existed today. What a route, what a throw, what a terrible feeling watching this play and knowing at the end of this game my heart would be out of my chest. Whatever, Brady continues to knock Peyton Manning down a notch nearly every week and for that I still have a pulse. 

Disclaimer: Tom Brady’s record in Florida is 34-12, definitely could be worse. 

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Tom Brady, The Greatest Running Quarterback In The History Of The NFL

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Yesterday, the greatest player in NFL history added another accolade to his laundry list of achievements: 1,000 career rushing yards.

Tom Brady is the only quarterback in the history of the NFL who has ever juked Brian Urlacher. That’s a statistic that will blow a lot of people away that also has a large chance of being wrong. I’m not a stats guy though, so it’s definitely legit. 

I mean, look at some of those runs. The guy is the best in the business at getting that one yard on a QB sneak. Sometimes he’s in the middle of the end zone before the linebackers even realize what they’re supposed to do. They say the hardest part about being a running quarterback is knowing when to tuck it and run. Very easy to say the man in the jersey with the number 12 on New England is the best ever at knowing just the right time to run. 

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Runner awareness on a hundred thousand billion right here. Not many quarterbacks in the history of the NFL have the ability to take a knee and still not lose yards. Tom Brady, the guy with the most passing yards, touchdowns, and rushing yards in the history of the NFL, so proud to call him my Quarterback. 

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This is hilarious and everything but just hearing Tom say “I’m out” rattled my cage. It was like seeing a preview for a movie you know is going to be really scary and you want to change the channel but you can’t. TB1K will eventually hang the cleats up but hopefully no time soon. For now, congratulations on the 1,000 yards Tom, you are King. 

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A Tale Of Two Perspectives: Pats/Packers Recap

Last night, in what was maybe the most anticipated matchup of the regular season, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers squared off in Foxborough for only the second time in their careers. To avoid hearing me just pout, bitch, and complain, I figured I’d ask Connor to tag team this with me so you guys could hear two very different perspectives from last night. Connor, your thoughts?

Connor: Last night was one of the closer blowouts for the Patriots in recent memory. Rodgers strolled into town with half a defense and left with trash cans playing deep for the old Pack. This was one of those games that didn’t have me too worried at any point, but expected a fourth quarter fiasco as the Patriots have done time and time again. Josh Gordon is finally starting to click with the offense. He made a ridiculous catch along the sideline that was ruled incomplete cause half his toe was out of bounds but the guy is going to turn into the premier receiver for us (need to extend his contract). It’s going to be scary when Josh Gordon, Rob Gronk, and Edelman are all running out for passes. Cordarrelle Patterson looked like a bigger, healthier, Darren McFadden. If he starts to be a premier back for us, the Kansas City vs New England AFC championship will be a point scoring record breaker.

Ty: I don’t even know where to start. The Packers were going to have to play an absolutely perfect game in order to beat the Patriots. Banged up secondary, banged up offensive line, there was absolutely zero room for error. Rodgers and the Packers traded punches with the Pats early, but it never really felt like they were in a position to seize momentum. It was nice to see that the glaring hole left by HaHa Clinton-Dix didn’t come back to bite the Packers in the ass either. Oh, never mind, yes it did. With no depth in the secondary, it was great getting those guys chomping at the bit to get some game action slotted in there to get torched by Brady every step of the way. Also, maybe it’s just me, but sending a three man rush at Brady EVERY. FUCKING. TIME. so he has an hour to throw isn’t the best way to beat him, but what do I know, I’m not a defensive coordinator.

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Connor: Chomping at the bit indeed Ty, perhaps even chomping at the bit a little too much. Jermaine Whitehead, one of the newest starters for the Packers trash can defense, got booted from the game towards the end of the second quarter. His reaction to the beginning of Patterson’s field day on the ground was not one that helps you, or the team, to stay in the game. Whitehead turned and smacked David Andrews, starting center for the Patriots, right in the facemark, something that probably rattled the cage of a lineman pretty bad. I’ve never understood the punching reaction in a football game. Unless you pull the Andre Johnson pull off the helmet move, there’s probably no reason to punch high. Maybe a gut shot would get the job done here, but again, you’re hitting an offensive lineman, a bat is needed to do any kind of damage against those cinder blocks of men. Personally, I don’t think this warrants an ejection, but as a referee in a primetime game, you’re not gonna let it get out of hand and start allowing hooks to fly left and right. 

Ty: I couldn’t agree more, I think the ejection was chickenshit, but this is exactly the kind of stupidity the Packers pull to shoot themselves in the foot week after week. Even more concerning, Cordarrelle Patterson did more damage to the Packers last night than he did in EIGHT GAMES versus the Packers while playing for the Vikings.

Absolutely mind boggling. Dragging defenders behind him like he was Bo Jackson reincarnated.

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The defense was just the tip of the iceberg last night. The offense also floundered in some big spots that could’ve turned the tides of the game.

Connor: The Patriots Defense has really picked up their play since the beginning of the season, but Rodgers was the real test. The Jones fumble to start the fourth quarter closed the coffin but the two touchdowns put the nail in it. Lawrence Guy was the left side defensive tackle with Jones running to the right. The pursuit and effort is what turns teams into championship contenders so you love to see this out of the big men up front. Stephon Gilmore held Davonte Adams to 6 catches and 40 yards. Adams scored, but we didn’t let him beat us and was locked up from making any big plays downfield. Gilmore has really turned into the guy we paid for. He’s been a lockdown man to man corner and having a guy like that on your team frees up players like Devin McCourty to go and help his twin brother. Kansas City is still the team that I mentally compete with throughout Sunday’s, but if our defense continues to play like we did in 2014, I like our chances in any stadium.

Ty: The Jones fumble was an absolute kick in the nutsack, no question about it. What I don’t like, was his usage leading up to that drive. Mike McCarthy has no idea how to use Aaron Jones. No idea whatsoever. At one point in the first half, Jones had 11 carries for 67 yards, and in turn was opening up the passing game for Rodgers. I’m all for putting the ball in Rodgers hands and letting him sling it around the field, but typically, when your Quarterback is on pace to throw 70 passes through the first half, it’s going to be tough to win. Now who knows what happens with Jones. Yes, that fumble was a backbreaker, but you have to respect the hell out of guy who owns up to it and doesn’t make excuses.

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Once again, the play calling was piss poor. Same shit, different day. As long as that bumbling bag of dog feces Mike McCarthy is around, the Packers will continue to be out coached week after week. I’m embarrassed that I thought the Packers might be able to win last night, because a Belichick/McCarthy coaching matchup is akin to a lab rat trying to outsmart a lion.. it’s never going to end well.

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