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Super Bowl LI: New England Patriots 34, Atlanta Falcons 28 (OT) (3-0) (17-2) (Sunday, February 5, 2017)



After 18 months of suffering a witch hunt orchestrated by envious owners in the NFL, Tom Brady engineered the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. Coming back from a 25-point deficit, the Patriots made history in the 4th quarter, forcing the game into overtime for the first time in Super Bowl history. After 3 quarters of a stalled offense and dodgy defense, the receivers finally started catching passes and Tom became more accurate. Julian Edelman made a circus catch that usually the other team makes against the Pats. Dont'a Hightower made a strip sack on Matt Ryan. Patriots ball! The Pats won the coin toss and James White ran the ball in. Yahoo! :)

This game was special for Tom. His mother has been ill for over a year (the scarf on her head indicates she's receiving chemo) and the stress of that and the witch hunt finally got to him. He fell to his knees after the game and there were tears in his eyes.

Bill Belichick now has 5 rings as a Head Coach, 2 as a Defensive Coordinator. He passed the Steelers' Chuck Knoll with 4. Tom is the first player to win 5 rings, surpassing Montana and Bradshaw. He threw for a record 466 yards.

Roger Goodell was booed off the stage as the Lombardi Trophy was presented. The Pats kept things classy (no one punched Weasel Goodell in the mouth) and Tom did again this morning receiving the Super Bowl MVP trophy. However, I'm sure his Irish ancestry (shared with me) quietly agreed with the old joke: What do you call Irish Alhzeimer's? The ability to never forget a wrong done to you.





Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 09:35 pm
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Hope all who celebrate had a good Imbolc today. :)

For everyone, Happy Groundhog Day! :)

I've been enjoying Super Bowl Week. Found out that Tom Brady's mother has been very ill for the last 18 months, just about the length of time he suffered through the witch hunt by the NFL. He got choked up talking about his hero, his father, during Media Night. He's very close to his parents and his older sisters. His parents go to every game, though this year the illness prevented that. When he first moved to Massachusetts to start his career, two of his sisters came from California to stay with him that first year with the Pats. :)

Got an invitation to a Super Bowl party at my sister's. We might get pizza or Subway sandwiches or BunnyGirl might cook. Up to her! :)

Well, going to turn in now. Zzzzzzz!!! :)
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AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots 36, PIttsburgh Steelers 17 (2-0) (16-2) (Sunday, January 22, 2017)

*dances* *twirls* *dips* *sashays*

The Pats are on to the Super Bowl!!! :)

It's the 9th time in franchise history and the 7th under Brady/Belichick. It was a GREAT game!

The first half was a bit tight, but the Steelers couldn't punch the ball into the endzone. The Pats weren't flawless but they had a comfortable lead by halftime and never looked back. Chris Hogan was incredible and so was Julian Edelman in the receiving corps. The O-line did its job. Dion Lewis scampered around and LeGarrette Blount bulled his way forward, carrying half the Steelers' DBs with him! Kicker Gostkowski did miss an extra point (after a steady second half of the season) so that's a tad worrisome, but hopefully he won't do so again in the Super Bowl. Otherwise he was right on the money.

Tom was fantastic. He was sharp and shining, though he will hear about his fumble on a quarterback sneak. Luckily he retained possession of the ball! Tsk, tsk, Tommy!

It became blow-out territory by the second half and was a game in which Pats fans didn't have to hold their breath 'til the last second! :)

We're on to Atlanta (in Houston)! The Falcons crushed the Packers in their Championship Game, and it's gonna be tough. Atlanta has a stout defense and great offense, but bring it on! Tom and the Patriots are going for Ring No. 5!

Oh, Marty Bennett! Dancing with the cheerleaders after the game. Sign this guy up! :)

Gillette Stadium rang with cheers of "Brady, Brady, Brady!" and "Where's Roger?" as the Commish once again showed his cowardice by not showing up.

We are enjoying this run for we shall not see its like again.
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Divisional Round: New England Patriots 34, Houston Texans 16 (1-0) (15-2) (Saturday, January 14, 2017)

What a crazy football game! The Pats beat the spread (18 over 17-point spread) but as Belichick and Brady emphasized, they have to do better. Tom threw 2 INTs, matching his record for the entire season! The offense simply could not get in rhythm. Dion Lewis was a perfect example: he was trick-or-treat all night: he fumbled twice (lost one, a teammate recovered the other), but he set a playoff record of running for a TD, caught a pass for one, and ran a kick-off return for a third. He dazzled as he made playoff history, and also made franchise history with the 98-yard return. Of course, the coaches will focus on the fumbles on Monday. :)

Special teams featured steady reliability by the kicker and an above-average performance by punter Ryan Allen, the spectacular kick-off return by Lewis, but also Lewis' fumble that gave the Texans points. Trick-or-treat!

The defense saved the O's bacon by grabbing 3 INTs in the second half. Whew! They came through.

DB Eric Rowe committed a stupid penalty that allowed points scored by Houston. Boy, did Belichick lace into him! Patriots aren't supposed to do stupid.

Julian Edelman surpassed Wes Welker for the most playoff receptions (76 over 69) in Patriots history.

Brady and Belichick were grumpy because they knew if they had played a better team, they'd have been bounced. Hopefully they can come out stronger next week. Ha, if you didn't know who won the game, listening to their pressers, you would have thought they lost! :)

Expectations are high. Most teams would be giddy with an 18-point win after coughing up the ball 3 times. but our team knows better. I was nervous about this game with all the pundits predicting a walkover by the Pats, but I knew the Texans could win if the Pats beat themselves, and it looked as if they were doing just that in the first half. Fortunately the second half was much better!

Next week, either Pittsburgh or Kansas City come to Gillette Stadium for the AFC Championship Game. It's the Patriots' 6th straight AFCGG, an NFL record, and Tom's 32nd playoff game, also a record. Guess the scurrilous plot against Tom didn't work after all.

EDIT: Pittsburgh comes to Gillette next week!
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Week 17: New England Patriots 35, Miami Dolphins 14 (14-2) (Sunday, January 1, 2017)

Miami is typically a difficult place for the Patriots to play as Denver is, but this year the Pats beat the Broncos in Denver and did the same to the Dolphins in Miami. The game started out well for the Patriots, and it looked like the game was going to be a blow-out. The Dolphins did creep to within one possession, but the Pats pulled away and were off to the races despite stalling more than once in the red zone and settling for field goals, otherwise the score would have been far greater for New England.

Tom Brady was sharp, and new pick-up Michael Floyd scored a touchdown in which he dragged four defenders with him over the goal line, and threw a crushing block to spring Julian Edelman for a 77-yard TD run. LeGarrett Blount scored his 18th rushing touchdown, and Tom Brady finished with 28 TDs to 2 INTs, a ratio that set a record. There were other outstanding plays and the offense and defense did their jobs, including the defense creating turnovers (one fumble scoop-and-run went for 69 yards, a franchise record). Special teams did well with the exception of a 55-yard field goal attempt going awry, but in Gostkowski's defense, the field in Miami was simply awful. Players were losing their footing throughout the game. It was a miracle no one got hurt!

The Pats ended up 14-2 for the 2016 season and clinching the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. This means that they have Home Field Advantage (HFA) throughout the playoffs.

The NFL's system is fairly simple: 12 of 32 teams get into the playoffs. The NFL is divided into two conferences: the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference. Four divisions are in each conference. Each conference sends the 4 division winners and 2 wild card teams to the 'Tournament'. Wild Card Weekend features all wild card teams versus division winners, with 2 division winners from each conference sitting out that weekend (best records prevail). Then Divisional Weekend sees the WC survivors meet the top division winners, and Championship Weekend sees 2 teams from each conference compete for the right to go to the Super Bowl. The Pats, if they survive Divisional Weekend, host the AFC Championship Game in Foxboro. Whoo hoo! :)

The Pats will play Miami if they beat Pittsburgh, otherwise they have to play whoever wins in the Oakland/Houston game.

The division ended up with the Pats winning in Week 17 over the Dolphins and the Jets winning over the Bills.


NE 14-2 (Division Winner & No. 1 Seed)
Miami 10-6 (Wild Card Team & No. 6 Seed)
BUFF 7-9
NYJ 5-11
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Week 16: New England Patriots 41, New York Jets 3 (13-2) (Saturday, December 24, 2016)

'Tis the season for drubbing, fa la, fa la!

On Christmas Eve, the Patriots cleaned the Jets' clocks. It was nearly a shut-out, but the Jets squeezed in a field goal. They really didn't have their hearts in it. Their head coach, Todd Bowles, had been hospitalized with gallstones Friday but was cleared and flew up to Foxboro to join his team. A pity the team didn't rally around him.

LeGarrette Blount scored rushing touchdowns No. 16 and 17 and Tom Brady was tip-top. He really is amazing. Watching the Greatest Of All Time (GOAT) is a joy. :)

Malcolm Butler, the hero of Super Bowl XLIX, intercepted 2 passes and caused a fumble. The kid's a gem! :)

The Dolphins beat the Bills in overtime.


NE 13-2
Miami 10-5
BUFF 7-8
NYJ 4-11

Next week, the Pats go down to Miami for a game against the Dolphins on New Year's Day!
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Week 15: New England Patriots 16, Denver Broncos 3 (12-2) (Sunday, December 18, 2016)

The House of Horrors was not so this week for Tom and the Patriots. While the offense was stymied at times by the Denver defense, LeGarrette Blount still scored his 15th touchdown of the year, breaking the franchise record, and the Pats defense and special teams were pretty sharp. Hey, they held the Broncos to 3 points in their house! So pretty good, I'd say, and Dion Lewis and James White, our other running backs, had good games, too.

The Pats clinched the division (7th record-breaking year in a row!) and a first-round bye in the playoffs. They don't know if they'll be 1st or 2nd seed yet, but it's lookin' good for the postseason! *dances*

It was good to see guys like Chris Long enjoy the AFC East Division crown as he's been in the league a long time and never been in a playoff game! He's very excited.

The Bills and Dolphins won and the Jets lost this week.


NE 12-2
Miami 9-5
BUFF 7-7
NYJ 4-10

Next, home at Gillette against the Jets on Christmas Eve! :)
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Week 14: New England Patriots 30, Baltimore Ravens 23 (11-2) (Monday, December 2, 2016)

The Patriots nearly gave the game away after a strong start (would've been a blow-out!). A boneheaded INT by Brady and two special teams mistakes (turnovers) gifted the Ravens with 17 points in the second half. The whole game was wacky as the Pats scored first in the first half with a safety (2 points) and there was good offense after a stumbling start, but the wheels looked like they were falling off as a 23-3 lead dwindled to 23-20, but Tom let loose with a 79-yard bomb to Chris Hogan o stretch the lead to 30-20 (Ravens would score a field goal later).

Tom threw for 406 yards and 3 TDs. RB LeGarrette Blount went over 1000 yards rushing for the season and scored his 14th touchdown for 2016, tying a franchise record (Curtis Martin).

BTW, the Giants accused the Steelers this week of underinflating footballs. You didn't hear about it? Not surprising. The story took up about a total of five minutes on ESPN, the NFL Network, FOX Sports, etc. No leading the evening news. No rabid pack of reporters calling Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers QB) a cheater and liar at his press conference. No loss of draft picks, a million bucks, or 4-game suspension and smearing of the game's greatest player. Guess what? Tom Brady told the truth! NO ONE TAMPERED WITH THE FOOTBALLS! IT WAS THE IDEAL GAS LAW, NFL DUMMIES!!!

Giants tweeted out today, "Much ado about nothing." Unless you're trying to trump up a case against the Patriots, right? All this tells you all you need to know about the witch hunt case against the Patriots. The Good Ol' Boy network is alive and well in the NFL.

The Dolphins and Jets won and the Bills lost this week.


NE 11-2
Miami 8-5
BUFF 6-7
NYJ 4-9 (OT)

Nexr week: on to Denver!
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Week 13: New England Patriots 26, Los Angeles Rams 10 (10-2) (Sunday, December 4, 2016)

How fitting that Tom got win No. 201 against the Los Angeles Rams, his first Super Bowl opponent back in 2001 (they were the St; Louis Rams then). He passes Peyton Manning for sole ownership of Most Wins By A Starter. Whoo hoo!

Julian and LeGarrette had excellent games, and the rookie Malcolm Mitchell is attracting notice with his sure-handed catches for touchdowns. The Patriots' offense did stumble a little, settling for 5 field goals instead of touchdowns (they did get 2), but the game was never in question. The defense finally came up with turnovers (2) and special teams did well with kicking and punting, though the returns were subpar. Always work to do! :)

Tom is really putting together a season for the ages.

The 2001 team was honored at halftime to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Super Bowl XXXVI. Drew Bledoe, Lawyer Milloy, Troy Brown, and many familiar faces were in town for a fancy shindig at owner Bob Kraft's house and the ceremony. Fitting that Tom got his record on that day.

The Bills, Dolphins, and Jets all lost this week. :)


NE 10-2
Miami 7-5
BUFF 6-6
NYJ 3-9

Next week, the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium!
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Week 12: New England Patriots 22, New York Jets 17 (9-2) (Sunday, November 27, 2016)

Another Jekyll-and-Hyde game! Mostly Hyde, heh heh.

In the first half, the Patriots were flat as pancakes. The O was sputtering, the D was dreadful, and the ST were shaky as Kicker Gostkowski missed yet another field goal. The Jets were putting up a fight despite their dismal record, but that's always the case with division games. Even when your divisional rival stinks, they usually fight like pit bulls. I'd guess that Tom was hampered by his leg injury from a few weeks before and missing two practices during the week.

In the second half, things started to perk up a little as the D managed to create two turnovers, something rare for them this season, and rookie wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell was stellar. Julian did his thing, but Bennett and Gronk were out with injuries. Dion Lewis and James White looked very good, and LeGarrette Blount continued his power running. And when the game was on the line in the final minutes, Brady drove the team down for the winning TD.

Tom won his 200th start (engineering his 50th game-winning drive and becoming the 5th quarterback in NFL history to pass for 60,000 yards), tying him with Peyton Manning. It was also the 500th franchise win for the Patriots, and the Pats are the first original American Football League franchise to reach that mark. The AFL merged with the NFL in 1970.

Imagine! Tom is responsible for 200 of those 500 wins for an organization that was founded in 1960!

Lots of holes in the team? Yep, but there are no great teams in the NFL this year. Lots of good teams with holes like the Pats, so they still have a good shot to go deep in the playoffs. The Pats right now are the No. 1 seed, but there are four games left to play.

The Dolphins and Bills won their games.


NE 9-2
Miami 7-4
BUFF 6-5
NYJ 3-8

Next week, the Los Angeles Rams come to Foxboro.
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Week 11: New England Patriots 30, San Francisco 49ers 17 (8-2) Sunday, November 20, 2016)

A Jekyll-and-Hyde game! First half, the Pats were flat as pancakes. The second half, Tom ignited the offense. One amazing throw was completed while he was falling onto his back! He threw for 4 touchdowns, and LaGarrette Blount broke 100 yards in this game. Tom is now tied for 199 wins as a starting quarterback with Brett Favre. His next win ties him at 200 with Peyton Manning.

It was the first time Tom has played as a pro in San Francisco. His hometown is San Mateo is mere minutes away from the stadium. Julian Edelman is also from the same area. They both had family and friends in the stands, as well as so many Pats fans, it sounded like a home game! Even Coach Belichick commented that New England fans travel well. A grand homecoming! :)

The defense showed some improvement but needs a LOT of work. Right now they're the Achilles' heel of this team. Hopefully they can straighten things out.

The Bills and Dolphins won and the Jets were on their bye week.


NE 8-2
Miami 6-4
BUFF 5-5
NYJ 3-7 (Bye)
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Week 10: Seattle Seahawks 31, New England Patriots 24 (7-2) (Sunday, November 13, 2016)

So after a bye week, this is what we get? Wasn't this week crappy enough?

Okay, the offense showed some sparks of brilliance but not enough to counter the awful defense. At least special teams (minus a Gostkowski glitch) was doing its job. LeGarrette Blount scored 3 touchdowns and did his job, but 2 turnovers and just general lackadaisical play did the O in. The D just let the Seahawks, not a great scoring team currently, march down the field at will. Why did we trade Jamie Collins again?

We had NO pass rush except for one Ninkovich sack. The D let up a TD after the O had just scored right before halftime! Killer.

A sorry performance. The coaching staff did a poor job this week. Tom Brady fumbled and threw his first INT, when the team was going for the record of no INTs for 9 straight games, set decades ago. *sigh* Two losses at home this year is unacceptable. Now you're tied with other teams at 7-2 instead of riding high at 8-1. Sometimes I just don't get this team.

Okay, Miami won, the Jets lost, and the Bills were on their bye week.


NE 7-2
Miami 5-4
BUFF 4-5 (Bye)
NYJ 3-7

Next week, on to San Francisco!
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Week 8: New England Patriots 41, Buffalo Bills 25 (7-1) (Sunday, October 30, 2016)

Revenge tastes sweet! The Pats put up a 41-burger (Mmm, tastes like Angus beef) and Tom put up 4 touchdowns. He hit Amendola, Hogan, Gronk and Edelman. LeGarrette Blount rushed for a TD. Ghost hit all his field goals and PATs. The offense was really clicking! And Tom is looking light-footed at age 39! :) Gronk dragged his usual half-dozen guys down the field as he caught-and-run. He is now the Patriots leader in TDs: 69. :)

Defense had some good moments but bungled some stuff. Poor tackling today.

Special teams a little shaky but mostly good. 75-yard punt return by Jules!

Ha, ha, the Ryan brothers' faces on the sidelines: priceless! :) The Bills. as usual, racked up a lot of stupid penalties. Rex almost got hit with an unsportsmanlike penalty!

So much for that 16-0 loss against the Bills at home with an injured third-string quarterback under center.

The Jets won today and the Dolphins are on their bye.


NE 7-1
BUFF 4-4
Miami 3-4 (Bye)
NYJ 3-5

Next week: Patriots are on the bye.
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Week 7: New England Patriots 27, Pittsburgh Steelers 16 (6-1) (Sunday, October 23, 2016)

Oddball game today. At first the Patriots O looked pretty crisp, but then began to stumble. The whole team seemed to lose air all at once and let the Steelers back in. Two turnovers didn't help. Our kicker, Stephen Gostkowski, missed yet another point after and missed a tackle on a kick-off return. He's really a headcase right now. The D generated barely any pressure. The pass rush was non-existent.

Brady ran for 3 first downs! :)

Fortunately Gronk's catches and LeGarrette Blount's runs got things going again, and the Steelers kicker stunk, too, missing a field goal.

Pats got a win on the road so it's a positive in the end, but plenty to work on.

Luckily we got to see the game. The CBS signal was not transmitting to Direct TV, DISH, or Charter right up until game time! It was down since yesterday! Great service, eh?

Miami and New York won and Buffalo lost.


NE 6-1
BUFF 4-3
Miami 3-4
NYJ 2-5

Next week. we're on to Buffalo!
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Week 6: New England Patriots 35, Cincinnati Bengals 17 (5-1) (Sunday, October 16, 2016)

The Pats started out slow, and here the crowd at Gillette was all hyped up for Brady's home return! The defense made a great goal line stand, forcing the Bengals to turn the ball over on downs with no points. The Pats led at the half, 10-7.

Finally, after more dumb penalties and dopey shenanigans, the Pats began to wake up in the second half with a safety and Gronkian spectacle. He had a 100-yard receiving day (back-to-back games) and Tom threw for 3 TDs. He now has 5,000 career completions and threw for 376 yards. :)

Once again, our kicker missed, this time an extra point. No more Mr. Reliable!

Pats really started to wake up and rolled. The Bengals did their usual meltdown and committed stupid penalties, but Gronk got baited for a taunting penalty. Tsk, tsk! LeGarrette Blount got baited, too, as the Bengals started things and the Patriots were caught retaliating. Gotta be smarter than that!

Lots of Brady signs in the crowd. Brady for President in 2016? I'd vote for him! He's a way better candidate than what we've got.

The Bills and Dolphins won and the Jets play tomorrow night. EDIT: The Jets lost! :)


NE 5-1
BUFF 4-2
Miami 2-4
NYJ 1-5

Next week, on to Pittsburgh at Ketchup Field! :)
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Week 5: New England Patriots 33, Cleveland Browns 13 (4-1) (Sunday, October 9, 2016)

Tommy's baaaaack!!!!!

Fvck you, Goodell, and your slimy cabal of conniving NFL owners. Brady's back and hell's comin' with him!

Rust? What rust? Tom and the offense looked sharp for the most part. Some sputtering but mostly drives ending up with points. The defense was way better this week. Rob Ninkovich was back and making a difference at linebacker. Punter Ryan Allen was sharp again, but our kicker missed another field goal. WTF is wrong with him?

Martellus Bennett scored a hat trick, Gronk bulled his way down the field, and Chris Hogan was spectacular. Julian? His usual sparkplug self. :) James White was makin' moves.

Belichick took Tom out with 6 minutes to go! Jimmy G. came in for mop-up duty.

The Browns are going through quarterbacks like nobody's business. They went through two today! The third managed not to get hurt. That's in addition to the two QBs they lost in the first two weeks. Yeesh!

Lots of Pats fans in Cleveland's stadium. They cheered Brady's return all day! Sounded like a home game! :)

Tom threw for 406 yards and 3 TDs and had a 128 QB rating.

The Jets lost, 31-13, to Pittsburgh and the Dolphins lost, 30-17, to Tennessee. The Bills are out in L.A. to play the Rams so I'll update their status later. EDIT: The Bills won.


NE 4-1
BUFF 3-2
Miami 1-4
NYJ 1-4

Next week: we're on to Cincinnati! :)


Monday, October 3rd, 2016 10:56 am
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Hi, luvs!

I'm only going by the promos, as obviously the show debuts tonight, but if you're a fan of time travel, you may want to give Timeless a look. It's on NBC tonight at 10:00 and hopefully will be a good show. :)

Fall is finally here! After an early September heat wave, we're in cooler weather now. The trees are starting to turn, and I've got my baby pumpkin and gourds decorating my place. The colors are all red, yellow, and orange with some black thrown in for Halloween! :) My sister and I will be going to the orchard in a few weeks and I might take a trip soon to Trader Joe's for some mini pumpkin pies and cookies. :)

Football is in full swing, and the real season begins for us Pats fans with the return of Tom Brady from his unjust suspension. Watch out, NFL! Could be scorched earth if we're lucky!

Have a good day and enjoy the best season of all! :)
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Week 4: Buffalo Bills 16, New England Patriots 0 (3-1) (Sunday, October 2, 2016)

Stink, stank, stunk!

O was abysmal. If anything, ST was worse. D couldn't stop anybody. Poor Jacoby. The rookie came down to earth.

Except for Julian's 90-yard run on the first play from scrimmage that was called back, there was pretty much no excitement in this game for a Pats fan. Awful, awful, and more awful. First shut-out at home since 1993. First shut-out at Gillette EVAH!

All the wiseacres ready to ship Tom out of town because looky what Bill can do with a third-string quarterback got a reality check today. Great coaches need great quarterbacks, period!

Hated losing to Loudmouth Rex at home but the Pats will be meeting them again soon. And the Dolphins and Jets lost this week, so that's a bonus! :)

Next week, Tom's return against the Cleveland Browns!


NE 3-1
BUFF 2-2
Miami 1-3
NYJ 1-3
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Week 3: New England Patriots 27, Houston Texans 0 (3-0) (Thursday, September 22, 2016)

What a clinic Bill Belichick put on! Using his 3rd-string quarterback, he and his coaching staff crafted a stellar gameplan which was well-executed by his players. Jacoby Brisett is a raw rookie with almost no NFL experience, yet he didn't turn the ball over and even scored a rushing TD of 41 yards, longest TD run by a quarterback since Steve Grogan in '78.

Houston was coached by former Patriots staffer Bill O'Brien, but he looked gobsmacked for most of the game. Unimaginative playcalling, a shaky quarterbabk, and turnovers on special teams contributed to the rout. J.J. Watt was subpar as he's recovering from back surgery, but he's always non-existent against us.

The Patriots defense redeemed themselves after being so awful in the second half last week by being incredibly stout this week and creating turnovers, pitching a shut-out for the first time since 2012. Punter Ryan Allen was outstanding, continually pinning the Texans around their one-yard line. Offense wasn't great but did the job without turnovers.

*sigh* Now people are saying Tom isn't great because BB can win with anybody. Show me either Jimmy or Jacoby come back from being down 14 points in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl to win it all and we'll talk, folks.

Jacoby has a sprained thumb, so whether he'll be under center next Sunday against Buffalo is uncertain.

Interesting stat: the Pats are 77-0 at home at Gillette when leading at halftime!

AFC East Division:

NE 3-0
BUFF 1-2
Miami 1-2 (OT)
NYJ 1-2

P.S. Looks like the Red Sox will make the playoffs! They ere RED-HOT!!! :)
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Week 2: New England Patriots 31, Miami Dolphins 24 (2-0) (Sunday, September 18, 2016)

What a wacky game! It was like Jekyll-and-Hyde out there at Gillette Stadium!

First half: Patriots dominate with a sharp offense and defense. Jimmy G. looks All-Pro. Tommy must have snuck onto the field wearing a Jimmy G. mask. :) Unfortunately, Jimmy was hurt before the second half ended. In came 3rd-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett! This kid is a rookie who hasn't been watching Tom and this offense up-close-and-personal.

Second half: Jacoby's no Jimmy, but he didn't stink up the joint like the Pats' D, who inexplicably became awful in the second half. They'd contained Miami QB Ryan Tannehill very well and then suddenly let him carve them up. The Dolphins kept scoring and were one TD away from tying the game after the Pats kicker missed a field goal to ice the game. Luckily someone was awake on the D and intercepted the ball in the end zone. Phew!

Stand-outs besides Jimmy Garoppolo were Martellus Bennett, Nate Solder, LeGarrette Blount, and Julian Edelman.

So now we have a short week as the guys play Thursday at home against the Houston Texans. Will Jimmy play? I'd bet no due to the shoulder injury, but we won't know for sure until the injury report on Wednesday. Foxboro is like the Kremlin when it comes to information. :)

Note: All three of our quarterbacks are hotties! Google any of them and you'll see. :)

Buffalo and Miami lost and New York won this week.

AFC East Division:

NE 2-0
NYJ 1-1
BUFF 0-2
Miami 0-2

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