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(Preseason) Week 2: Houston Texans 27, New England Patriots 24 (0-2) (Saturday, August 19, 2017)

A very uneven game, but such is preseason football! Tom and the 1st-string offense were pretty good, but the 1st-string defense looked shaky. They gave up a big play, and more big plays were given up by the second-stringers.

Back-up Jimmy Garoppolo was off all night, though he did lead some nice scoring drives. He did throw a dumb INT that blew the game, so he's gonna hear about that from the coaches! :)

Jacoby, our 3rd-string QB, did okay, but the whole team seemed out of sync. Oh, well, give the preseason win to the Texans. We'll take beatin' 'em in the regular season and playoffs! :) We play them this year.

Next week the Pats head to Detroit for joint practices and their third preseason game. Ha, the Pats fans are unlucky this year as the first and fourth games are in New England and no starters will play in either!
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(Preseason) Week 1: Jacksonville Jaguars 31, New England Patriots 24 (0-1) (Thursday, August 10, 2017)

The Super Bowl Champs are back in business! :)

Even though preseason games are glorified scrimmages and the points don't matter, you can learn things about your team. For instance, back=up quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo looked pretty sharp even though he was throwing to second-stringers, as the starters didn't start. Tom had to look pretty on the sidelines. :)

So the offense was pretty good but the defense gave up three long bombs. Again, second-string, but these guys are trying to make the team. Special teams was so-so. Once again kicker Stephen Gostkowski has the yips!

When Jimmy G. left the game (after a spectacular circus TD catch by rookie Austin Carr), third-string quarterback Jacoby Brisett took over. He's still sailing balls over people's heads and has poor touch, but he's good in other areas. Still needs lots of work!

Six years ago, Bill Belichick initiated joint practice with a team (1 out of 4) they would face in the preseason. Years ago some NFL teams would hold joint scrimmages but the practice fell out of favor until BB revived it. This year the Patriots will be holding joint practices with 3 out of 4 teams. Since joint practices allow teams to beat up other guys rather than their own teammates, the players like it, and so much work gets done, the starters can sit out the first game.

Next game is against the Houston Texans. They are attending Texans' training camp in Greenbrier, West Virginia and flew down on two, brand-spanking-new private airplanes bought by the Pats owners, the Kraft family. The planes are Airkraft One and Two. ;)
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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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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.

AFC EAST DIVISION

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

Next week: we're on to Cincinnati! :)
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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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Week 1: New England Patriots 23, Arizona Cardinals 21 (1-0) (Sunday, September 11, 2016)

Could the Patriots go on the road up against one of the best teams in the AFC without their unjustly-suspended star quarterback (subbed by a guy who has seen little regular-season action in his career), injured All-World tight end, two stalwarts of the offensive line, and various bumps and bruises?

YES!!!

Jimmy Garoppolo didn't wilt under the bright lights. He did make some mistakes, but that's to be expected. Nothing boneheaded, anyway, and while the secondary got burned by Larry Fitzgerald, the guy's a Hall-of-Famer.

Otherwise the offense moved efficiently and Jimmy G. was very comfortable with Julian Edelman to start as his primary receiver. He did spread the ball around and threw for a TD. He even caught his own ball! Ha! Guess Giselle was wrong ("My husband cannot throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time!"). ;)

The Pats were dominant in the first half but the Cardinals woke up in the second half and came close to winning the game. Not easy-peasy but still showcased Coach Bill Belichick's preparation skills and that of his staff. It also spotlighted the skill of the players as they executed the game plan.

Jimmy G. will probably have his ups-and-downs. The more film there is on a newbie, the more likely that opposing defensive coaches can find a way to slow him down or even stop him. Guys like Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III were the Next Big Thing, but they've flamed out. Kaepernick is better known now for sitting down while the national anthem plays and RGIII lasted one game before being put on IR for the season.

The pundits were almost universal in picking the Cardinals to win. So much for punditry! :)

Tom watched the game from his couch and congratulated Jimmy and the team on the win. Giselle posted a photo of Tom throwing her the football in their backyard. It's a Brady World! :)

Everyone in the AFC East Division except for the Pats lost yesterday. Guess that opportunity to grab the division crown from the Pats is hit a speed bump. :)

AFC East Division:

NE 1-0
BUFF 0-1
Miami 0-1
NYJ 0-1
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(Preseason) Week 3: New England Patriots 19, Carolina Panthers 17 (3-0) (Friday, August 26, 2016)

Jimmy G. chose the wrong week to regress.

The third preseason game is the most important, as the starters play the longest. Called a dress rehearsal by the media and fans, the players don't like that term but tough! That's what we call it. :)

As always, a preseason game is a mixed bag. We did have a stout defense as they made 3 interceptions on a good Carolina team's starters, but the Panthers were having trouble getting their engine going. The same thing plagued Jimmy G. this week, who looked pretty good last week. He regressed and it was glaringly evident after his lackluster performance when Tom came in for his first reps of the preseason and fired off a perfectly-thrown ball to Chris Hogan for a pretty TD! Quarterback controversy? Hahahahaha!!! Tom was just reminding everyone of who is the Greatest Of All Time (GOAT)! :)

Third-stringer QB Jacoby Brissett looked pretty good, but of course the caveat is that he was playing against third-stringers himself. But, he's a rookie and he could be awful out there and he wasn't. So that's in his favor.

Now, if Tommy was at his rightful place at the helm in Week 1 I'd say the Pats had a good chance of beating the Cardinals on the road, but with Jimmy G.? Very iffy. However, the kid's smart and if he can limit the mistakes, the defense might be able to carry the game, and the first-stringers like Gronk, who hasn't played all preseason, will be playing, too.

It's just infuriating that a shining talent like Tommy has to sit out A QUARTER OF THE SEASON FOR NOTHING!!! No proof, no evidence, nada, zip, zilch! Just envious, greedy NFL owners who gave Goodell his marching orders: get the Patriots, even if you have to make stuff up! Unfortunately, Tom's the victim of that vendetta. I'll be posting an entry about Deflategate and its stupidity and corruption before the season begins and you can judge for yourself.

Tommy is wearing his hair right now in a way that makes him look ten years younger! Not bad for a 39-year-old! :)
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(Preseason) Week 2: New England Patriots 23, Chicago Bears (2-0) (Thursday, August 18, 2016)

Odd happenings for this game: all three Patriot quarterbacks were scheduled to play, then Tom was scratched due to cutting his thumb with a pair of scissors. He was sent home and Jimmy G. got the start.

He looked better than last week, more poised, and the O-line was better, but it needs a lot of work! Jimmy did not have many 1st-team weapons but did have newcomer Martellus Bennett, and the running game was pretty good. The defense looked shakier than last week, allowing the Bears to march up and down the field in the first quarter, but clamped down, though they gave up a sloppy TD in the final minutes of the game.

Plenty for the coaches to harp on this week, but some improvement shown. And will Tom play at all in the third game against the Panthers? That's uncertain right now, considering his injury.

Lots of unanswered questions but also some bright spots, so the team is coming along. Whether or not that translates into wins in September without Tom, only time will tell! :)
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(Preseason) Week 1: New England Patriots 34, New Orleans Saints 22 (1-0) (Thursday, August 11, 2016)

Preseason has begun! This year is a little different as Tom has been railroaded into losing a quarter of his season and back-up quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will start the first 4 games of the season, so he needs a lot of work.

The heat index was 103 last night. Jimmy G. performed so-so: not great but not badly, either. He's only played in preseason games his three years in the league and occasional mop-up duty in the regular season, so he made a couple of bonehead plays but made some good decisions, too. And it's unfair to compare Jimmy to the Greatest Of All Time. He's going to suffer in comparison.

The offense showed some spark and WR Malcolm Mitchell provided a lot of it but dislocated his elbow. He will be back sometime this season, though.

The defense caused 3 turnovers and did some other good things.

All in all, for a first preseason game, not too bad. Tom, Gronk and Jules did not play. Tom was not even on the sidelines as he had permission to attend a funeral.

The Saints had come into Foxboro for joint practices and the Bears come in next.

Olympic Note: Head Coach Bill Belichick wore a Nate Ebner jersey to practice and cut practice short so that the team could watch their teammate score a goal for the U.S. rugby team! :)
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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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