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(Preseason) Week 3: New England Patriots 30, Detroit Lions 28 (1-2) (Friday, August 25, 2017)

The offense looked very sharp with the starters, and it was a joy to watch. The Patriots used the hurry-up offense, in which Tom shines as conductor. Chris Hogan, Gronk, and James White really stood out. The Pats were up 24-0 in the first half with the first-string Detroit defense looking confused.

The defense was shakier (second-string was pretty shabby) but Alan Branch entertained by grabbing Lions' QB Matthew Stafford with one hand by the shirt and dragging him back like some wayward kid. :)

Sadly, we lost sparkplug Julian Edelman to a torn ACL. He has the best chemistry with Brady and his Tom's security blanket out there. The injury was non-contact, much like Wes Welker's back in 2009. Tough break for Jules and the Pats. Let's hope the next man up is good! :(

Next week, the final preseason game is at Gillette Stadium against the New York Giants, the traditional final preseason opponent. It's unlikely any starters will play. Too late for Jules! :(
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Happy Birthday to Tom Brady! He's 40 today, and that's ancient in sports years, but he looked pretty good to me when I was at training camp at Gillette Stadium. ;) The Patriots have baby goats at camp today for fans to take pictures with, because Tom is the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time). Tom had his picture taken holding a baby goat years ago for a GQ shoot, and he got plenty of ribbing from his teammates for that one! ;)

Today he will be serenaded by the fans in camp, and his teammates will have something for him. He'll be embarrassed by the whole thing, but we don't care. He deserves birthday accolades. He's certainly given us New Englanders years of joy! :)

It's practically a state/regional holiday! ;) Our local news are mentioning it; sports talk radio is all over it; it's Tom Brady Day on ESPN; Twitter's afire; and people are saying, "Happy Tom Brady's Birthday!" to each other. It's really a lot of fun, and in this crazy world, grab fun when you can get it! :)
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Yesterday was my annual pilgrimage to the shrine of Saints Bill and Tom, who are fresh off the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. :) Fitting, as the weather was very autumnal, with the day being cool, breezy and cloudy, a huge improvement over last year's humid 100 degrees.

15,000 of us made the trek to Gillette Stadium. That meant I didn't get near the bleachers (third year in a row) and had to climb up the hill, but got a great viewing spot under a shady tree and used my binoculars for close-ups of the field.

Yep, saw Tom, who doesn't look like a guy who's gonna hit 40 in a week! :) He was sharp in drills, too, and Gronk spiked a ball after a touchdown. :) Newcomer Brandin Cooks looks very good in the offense, so it appears he isn't lost in this complex scheme. Coach Belichick was there spinning his whistle, barking out commands, and reveling in being at the top of his game.

Both back-up QBs looked pretty good, though Jimmy G. ended up with two INTs and had to run a lap with the center after a botched hand-off. Jacoby Brissett has healed from his thumb surgery and was less accurate, but not by much. He has a lot of promise.

It was a very festive atmosphere with a lot of Brady jerseys (and Gronk and Edelman and so on), and they added a few new vendor stations this year. Unfortunately, they also added security check with bag inspection. Pretty sad state of affairs when you have to check fans' bags just to enter training camp. *shakes head*

I brought some slices of bread and my own water, not wanting to pay the jacked-up prices, and it worked out fine. I do wish I could get a bleacher seat like the old days, but I refuse to come hours early before the gates open. I have a long enough drive as it is early in the morning to get here, so I'll make do with the hill.

All in all, very excited about football season! It officially kicks off in September, but training camp is an unofficial opening. The Pats will hold joint practices with the Jacksonville Jaguars next week, and I bet the Jags don't see 15,000 people at their training camp! :) They are also holding joint practices with the Houston Texans at their camp and the Detroit Lions back here at Gillette.

The Texans and Dallas Cowboys clear out of Texas in the summer. Smart move! They hold their camps out-of-state to escape the godawful Texas heat.

So, yay, football is back! :)
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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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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.

AFC EAST DIVISION

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 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. :)

AFC EAST DIVISION

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 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.

AFC EAST DIVISION

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


Next week, on to San Francisco!
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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! :)

AFC EAST DIVISION

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 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!

AFC EAST DIVISION

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

Injustice

Sep. 8th, 2016 09:11 pm
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So as the 2016 season opens, the greatest quarterback in the game will be sitting out a quarter of the season for NOTHING!!!

Think about that for a minute. A QUARTER OF THE SEASON. No proof. The Ideal Gas Law deflated the footballs in thw 2015 AFC Championship. The NFL haven't released any air measurements from last season. What does this suggest to you?

Yes, I'm biased, I'm a New England Patriots and Tom Brady fan, but even if I wasn't, I can recognize a frame-up when I see it.

If you are interested in the anatomy of a smear and a frame-up,

Read on )

So there you have it, a man who's always done things right, has an exemplary work ethic, never had a violation, declared his innocence under oath, and received a harsher penalty than Ray Rice, who knocked his then-fiance out cold in an elevator (Rice received 2 games before the tape was shown and people vilified NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell), and received the same penalty (4 games) as Greg Hardy, who beat up his girlfriend and threw her on a futon loaded with assault rifles, then dragged her by the hair and threw her into the bathtub anf choked her). Just recently Giants kicker Josh Brown, guilty of beating his wife multiple times, was given a 1-game suspension even though the rule is 6 games for domestic violence offenses.

That is justice in the NFL: lies, no evidence, deception, and envy sacrificing the face of the NFL. It's like the NBA Commissioner dragging an innocent LeBron through the mud. 

The Patriots have placed Tom's number on top of the lighthouse in Gillette Stadium and have hung a banner with his oicture. Let's hope Pats fans scream "Brady, Brady, Brady!" and "Go to hell, Goodell!" every home game. The networks will go crazy muffling the latter chant. They probably won't show the banner on TV. Too afraid of the NFL.
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(Preseason) Week 4: New York Giants 17, England Patriots 9, (3-1) (Thursday, September 1, 2016)

The Patriots did lose their last preseason game of the season, but wins and losses mean little before the regular season. What was interesting was that Tom played the whole first half. As the starter, he would sit out this game, but of course the NFL in its infinite un-wisdom has suspended him A QUARTER OF THE SEASON FOR DOING NOTHING WRONG.

The Patriots once again showed support by putting his number atop the Gillette Stadium lighthouse and projecting his picture on that tower. He will be back with a VENGEANCE!
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Hi, luvs!

I made my annual trek down to Foxboro with a couple of friends this year. OF COURSE it was as hot as blue blazes, as Dad used to say. :) It was 95 degrees and high in humidity. Everyone was melting. The place was crowded, and my buds and I had to go up on the hill instead of the bleachers because when we got there at 9:15 (practice started at that time), every bleacher seat was already gone. Crazy! We found a good spot up by a tree and had some shade, which was a godsend!

We cheered and chanted, "Brady! Brady! Brady!" for our quarterback, who is being forced to sit out a QUARTER OF THE SEASON FOR NOTHING!!! I plan on making a post about that sorry situation before the season begins. >:( Anyway, Tom was there, looking gorgeous as always. I think he was a tad disgruntled about having to share first-team reps but he understands that his back-up, Jimmy Garoppolo (another hottie, I kid you not), needs to get ready because he's the starter for the first four games. Everyone was a little lethargic on this first day as the heat was unbearable.

We saw the usual training stuff, and enjoyed watching 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. Tom looked good and Jimmy G. wasn't bad. Hopefully the plot against the Patriots fails miserably this season as Coach Belichick and the team forge ahead. It would be the ultimate payback if they won the Super Bowl again this year (No. 5 for Tom!).

When we decided to leave when practice was over, I stood up a little too fast and got dizzy and had to sit down again. We had stayed hydrated but the sun did give me a touch of heatstroke. Once I rested for a minute I was good to go. I think my recent health problems probably contributed.

Anyway, a hot but interesting day. Usually I eat a First Down Frank sold at the concession stand but the thought of a hot dog in the excessive heat did not appeal to me, so I had brought a plain hamburger roll and ate that as a snack with my bottled water. Yep, bread 'n' water! :)

We stopped on the way home after cooling off in the car's a.c. and had a proper lunch. Back home I hopped in the shower and relaxed the rest of the day on my deck, reading and drinking more water. I felt fine by the end of the day.

So begins the 2016 training camp season!
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Divisional Round: New England Patriots 27, Kansas City Chiefs 20 (1-0) (Saturday, January 16, 2016)

Yes!!! My boys won the game and they are on to the AFC Championship Game! Whoo hoo! Gillette Stadium was rockin'! :)

This is Tom's 10th AFC Championship Game in 14 years (his time in the league is 16 years but he didn't play as a starter in his rookie season and was out in 2008 with a torn ACL). That is insane! He has been to more of these games than some teams!

He was sharp and the offense ran well with Julian Edelman back to get his quick routes run and allow Tom to get the ball out in 2.5 seconds, thereby negating the opponent's pass rush. Gronk had 2 touchdowns and though the offense sputtered a bit, they were good enough to win. The defense did well for most of the night, though we do have some injuries, which hopefully aren't serious.

Kansas City was a tough opponent, but sadly for them, shades of Super Bowl XXXIX (against the Pats, ironically) as Head Coach Andy Reid's clock management skills left a lot to be desired. Too much time taken up by his team with time running out!

Unfortunately, the Patriots did not take care of business in Miami during the last game so will have to travel to Denver instead of hosting them at home this week, but the Patriots have a very good chance to knock off the Broncos on their home turf. Peyton Manning is not his old self by a long shot, and his playoff record is not that good overall. So we'll see! Another Super Bowl for the Pats? We'll know by late Sunday! :)
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Happy 2016, everyone! :)

Last night was very festive with partying and good food and company. Today is brunch and watching the Tournament of Roses Parade and the NHL Winter Classic set in Gillette Stadium with the Boston Bruins versus the Montreal Canadiens, longtime rivals. There will probably be over 65,000 fans attending for this one! The last time the Winter Classic was in Boston was in 2010 at Fenway Park. :)

Let's hope 2016 is a good year for everybody!
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Week 15: New England Patriots 33, Tennessee Titans 16 (12-2) (Sunday, December 20, 2015)

The Patriots didn't have a nail-biter this week. Whew! They pretty much handled things throughout the whole game with a few hiccups, but Tennessee isn't much of an opponent. Still, after the debacle against the crappy Eagles two weeks ago, never take a team for granted! So the Pats did put up points and the defense snatched INTs and put on the pressure against the Titans, who lost their starting quarterback in the first quarter. Our guy Dont'a Hightower re-injured himself, which isn't that great. We also lost Patrick Chung. Too soon to tell if they'll be out any significant time.

It'll be a tough one against the Jets in New York next week!

The Pats play on the road for these last two games of the regular season because their home stadium has to be prepared for the outdoor hockey game played on New Year's Day. Go, Bruins! :)

The Jets won, the Bills lost, and the Dolphins are playing in San Diego so no final score on them yet.

AFC East Division

New England 12-2
NYJ 9-5
Buffalo 6-8
Miami 5-8 (Game In Progress)
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Week 1: New England Patriots 28, Pittsburgh Steelers 21 (1-0) (Thursday, September 10, 2015)

Opening Night was a success! Gillette Stadium was rockin'! The crowd was wild with jubilation over Tom playing and the championship banner being unfurled. Patriots greats Ty Law, Troy Brown and Willie McGinest came out with the first three Super Bowl trophies and then owner Robert Kraft with No. 4.

The Patriots made fewer mistakes than the Steelers, who had their opportunities but didn’t take advantage of them. Tom threw 3 touchdown passes to Rob Gronkowski and 1 to Scott Chandler, both tight ends. Julian Edelman made 11 catches and was a thorn in the Steelers’ side all night. Dion Lewis was our new running back and did a fine job. There were three rookies on the offensive line and they played very well.

The Steelers were on their first drive and marching down the field but stalled when inexplicably the coaching staff sent in a trick play that didn’t work. They also were at the goal line later and the Patriots shifted their defensive line, causing a Steeler to jump off-sides. Steeler quarterback Ben Rothlisberger had a fit at the penalty. One of the Pittsburgh wide receivers caught the ball in the end zone but one foot was on the white line so it was ruled incomplete. And this guy was all alone without a Patriot in sight! So the mistakes just added up.

Every team in the division won in Week 1, so the standings look like this:

New England 1-0
Buffalo 1-0
Miami 1-0
NYJ 1-0

Next week: the Pats face former Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan and the revamped Buffalo Bills in Buffalo!

Since it's obvious we're going to have whining from our opponents all season, I thought a running tally could be kept week-to-week for 2015.

2015 WHINER LIST


Week 1: New England Patriots 28, Pittsburgh Steelers 21 (1-0) (Thursday, September 10, 2015)

1) Mike Tomlin cried about headset issues coach-to-coach. Good excuse to cover his coaching staff's failure to order their players TO COVER A WIDE-OPEN GRONK! He added for good measure that this problem happens all the time in Foxboro. This from a guy who a few years ago deliberately tripped an opponent running with the ball. Stuck his foot out from the sideline! He was fined $100,000 (no million bucks and no draft picks taken) and just laughed it off. So did his colleagues.

2) NBC fell over themselves hurrying to get the information out that there were problems with the headsets, conveniently leaving out the NFL controlling said headsets. Michaelson and Collinsworth were very stern as they reported that Tomlin was very angry! You could hear it in their voices: those cheatin' cheaters!

3) Big Ben whined about the Patriots defense shifting at the goal line and thought it was against the rules. It isn't, Ben, but he added the qualifier that it could be an UNWRITTEN rule. He also said that he'd seen it on film.

4) The Steelers official website had something accusatory against the Pats.

No one, of course, is reporting that the headsets are under control of the NFL and that the Patriots had problems, too, as BB said. P.S. Reports of headset problems were numerous during several games yesterday.

Okay, next week against the Bills is on the road. There can't be any accusations, right? WRONG! The Patriots will limit their cheating on the field, like pump fakes, fake hand-offs, double secret reverses, etc. Though they may be guilty of bringing their own warm Gatorade and switching it with the Bills'. Who knows with these cheaters? Stay tuned!
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(Preseason) Week 4: New York Giants 12, New England Patriots 9 (2-2) (Thursday, September 3, 2015)

Hi, luvs!

Well, the fourth game is usually for the guys fighting for jobs and the starters don't even dress, and that held true at Gillette Stadium on Thursday night. The biggest deal was the celebration of Tom Brady's vindication by Judge Berman. Finally someone was willing to say that Emperor Goodell had no clothes on!

I decided to write about the case (or lack thereof) against Tom Brady last week. I'm posting this now after the verdict. Sure, I’m biased, as I’m a fan, but the facts do speak for themselves. If Tom was guilty, I’d be disappointed, but not surprised. People do lie all the time, but I have to take him at his word, because there isn’t a shred of evidence linking him to this ‘crime’. He’s had no past record of off-field misbehavior.

Can you imagine NBA Commissioner Adam Silver going after the face of their league, LeBron James, accusing him of cheating when they have no solid evidence? That he would suspend James for a quarter of the season because it was ‘more probable than not’ than he may have known something, but they really don’t know for sure?

Anatomy Of A Smear )
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Hi, luvs!

I made my annual pilgrimage to Patriots' training camp yesterday. There was only one session and it started at 9:15, so I had to get ready early and hit the road. I took a water bottle, chocolate bar, binoculars, and wore my Pats cap and Brady jersey. :)

I arrived at Foxboro with time to spare and texted my sister that I'd made it. I managed to get a good spot on the bleachers after stopping to get a hot dog (I knew I'd be hungry before the session was over and I'd lose my spot if I went to get something to eat) and enjoyed it. I sat next to a lady by the name of Jen and we oohed and aahed over the pretty players and talked about football stuff like how our O-Line looked this year and how Revis was as good as advertised, etc.

I trained my binoculars often on Tom and he's lookin' great, as usual! ;) He has a short haircut to start this year and back-up QB Ryan Mallett has the same kind of cut. Tommy is not only the most talented quarterback in the NFL, he's the prettiest! ;)

Gronk was at practice and signed autographs later. He always has a smile on his face and not only is popular with fans but with his teammates as well. The guy enjoys life. I saw him on Whose Line Is It, Anyway? about a month ago and he tried hard (improv can be tough) and the actors appreciated his enthusiasm.

Bill Belichick was in fine form and in complete charge of camp as always. The drills were interesting and there was a variety of them so we fans never got bored. The weather was pretty hot so I was glad to get into my air-conditioned car for the ride home but I stayed hydrated. I did get a mild sunburn. It's been a long time since I got one of those!

Training camp is always a festive atmosphere. It represents a new beginning every year and people just have fun. The players have fun with it, too, when they can, and Tom even acknowledged the crowd with a Victory sign and a smile. :)

It would have been Mom's birthday yesterday so I wanted to do something special. She loved the Patriots and would have enjoyed the trip. I had a very nice day.

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