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The Last Pro Bowl in Hawaii With NFL Moving it To Orlando

I have never won much of anything in my life. I do recall winning a six pack of Dr. Pepper from a local radio station when I was a kid, but that’s about it.

Back then my mom used to play I all these sweepstakes; Publisher’s Clearing House, Reader’s Digest, etc.

She never won anything and I always thought that any sweepstakes were just a scam. I was not entirely correct.

Fast-forward to 2017.

I was sitting at home last summer when my fiance’ sent me a text. “I won, I won”, she said. I thought, yeah, sure, what did you win honey?

I figured she won something small like I did with the Dr. Pepper. Nope. This lady won an all expense paid trip to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii!

Perhaps even, the last Pro Bowl to ever be played there.

We packed our bags, flew to Oahu and of course had a blast. I was able to meet and greet some of the greatest pro football players of all time, including Jerry Rice, hall of fame wide receiver from the San Fransisco 49’rs.  I am deeply saddened that I may have witnessed the last Pro Game to be played in this beautiful paradise.

The decision has been made for the 2018 Pro Bowl to be played in Orlando, Florida at Camping World Stadium. The NFL announced this decision back on June 1, 2016, as part of the league’s efforts to make the Pro Bowl more relevant. Lower TV ratings than regular season games as caused observers and commentators to express their disfavor.

The biggest concern of teams is to avoid injuries to the star players. From my experience being at the airport and seeing some players and their families boarding the plane; It was obvious that traveling half way around the world to play a game of football had also become disfavorable to the players. Even Adrian Peterson’s brother, who happened to be seated next to me on the way home, was out like a light before the plane even took off.

Except for two years, The Pro Bowl has been played at Aloha Stadium on the island of Oahu, Hawaii between 1980 and 2016. It has been a tradition to watch this football all-star game throughout the years and see the beauty of Hawaii from our television screens. Now, we will have to wait and see if and when the NFL will return to the island.

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Patriots Talk: Patriots – Jaguars Loss Game Recap

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Patriots Talk: Patriots – Jaguars 31-24 Loss Game Recap

We officially had our first actual Patriots game and even though its only the preseason, it feels like football season is finally back. Looking at the game, its terrible when your team loses…til you realize that half the guys playing likely won’t even see the field this season. 31-24 lose demonstrates how it is easy to lose on big plays. The preseason exists so we can ‘trim the fat.’ Teams are trying to see what their players are capable of when most, if not all their starters are out.

Despite the team losing, it’s not the end of the world. There is always more we can learn from our own mistakes and the Patriots always look forward to next week and don’t dwell on the past. I will go over the standouts and the burnouts from this first preseason for the Patriots.

Standouts

  1. Jimmy Garoppolo really couldn’t have done much better. He went 22 of 28 for 235 passing yards and two passing touchdowns in his first game for the 2017 season. His overall QBR was 125.4 which considering all things was really good. Although he still has some hiccups in his game as he holds onto the ball too often for most teams, he is still a solid quarterback in his own right and though he played against 3rd and 4th stringers, he was also playing with players (many who weren’t even drafted!) that likely aren’t making the final cut. He did his job well last night.
  2. Austin Carr, the undrafted rookie out of Northwestern stood out among the team last night. His biggest highlight, of course, being his Touchdown grab from Garoppollo in the endzone. The young rookie last year was the leader in touchdowns, receptions, and yards in the Big Ten for all wide receivers. Yet despite his effort, he wasn’t even invited to the combine. However, in terms of what he displayed including his connection with Garoppollo (including when he scrambled out of the pocket and had to make a wobbled pass, Carr still caught it).
  3. Jacob Hollister was an additional standout. As the one of the highest undrafted rookies of this season, Hollister had some serious expectations coming into this game and he didn’t disappoint. He mad several key plays during the game which was seven passes on nine targets for over 116 yards. He even had to hurdle a player on a long gain. With last night’s game, Hollister certainly showed he can be used in both the passing game and the run. He will be competing for the 3rd Tight End spot with Matt Lengal, Sam Cotton and James O’Shaughnessy.

Burnouts

  1. Cyrus Jones didn’t do anything last night that would suggest he would stand on the 53 man roster next season. He is making similar mistakes that were an issue in his rookie season and got burned on several big players including a 97-yard touchdown from Keelan Cole. I understand its only the preseason but Jones hasn’t shown he can handle the pressure when it comes to major plays. His main issues still seem to be in need of serious improvement, including in special teams and in coverage. More than likely, he will be put on practice squad again or be switched to a different position.
  2. Jordan Richards was responsible for some pretty horrible plays and all three burnouts from last night were seen on that 79-yard touchdown run from Jaguars running back, Cory Grant. However, Richards was at a poor angle and missed an opportunity to get a tackle which is what got the Jaguars the TD. Richards was the Strong Safety for last night’s game and provided Cyrus Jones with a safety blanket (basically if Cyrus failed on the first tackle, Richards would be the guy behind him that would follow-up afterward).
  3. Elandon Roberts while not the biggest disappointment, was another negative standout  last night. including the others, he missed the tackle on the TD run against Cory Grant but in addition, he had to leave the game due to injury. Despite all of this, it’s quite clear Roberts is important for the run defense and losing any time to perform on the field will hurt his overall value to the team.

After last night’ performance, the defense gave up major plays to the Jaguars that gave them two immediate touchdowns and forced the offense to make up for it. This will be an important reminder to the team moving forward to next week when they face the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium.

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Patriots Talk: Vince Wilfork Retirement Press Conference

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Patriots Talk: Vince Wilfork Retirement Press Conference

Many Patriots players have made their departures this offseason and several have retired like Sebastian Vollmer, Rob Ninkovich and now Vince Wilfork. It’s been a very interesting time as the team is now having its last practice before the tomorrow night’s preseason opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Former Patriots Nose Tackle has signed a one-day contract to have himself officially retire as a Patriot. Despite his short time in Houston, he made an impact there as well. The player Vince Wilfork likely though will never be able to match the person though. Wilfork has been a fan favorite for well over a decade and won 2 Super Bowls with the Patriots and was one of the few surviving members who stayed when the team went through a decade without winning the Super Bowl.

At this time, Wilfork is just focused on having time with his family and just really doing nothing. Considering he has had a 13-year long career in the NFL and 7 years playing high school and college football, it isn’t hard to understand why.

“For 20 years I’ve been on a schedule, and the last thing I want to do is jump into something right now. I’m going to take some time. It might be a year or so I’m going to take off and kind of do things I want to do. Wake up when I want to, fish when I want to, golf when I want … just live life. Let my body relax, let my body get a feel of what life without having workouts and no schedule, being here, being there, just let my body relax and just go.”

Although Vince is now retired from the game, we likely haven’t heard the last from him. During Bill Belichick’s speech for Vince he made a joke about how Wilfork never once failed a conditioning test and always managed to stay fit for even a man of his size and stature.

In addition, Belichick regarded Vince as the “Best defensive lineman I have ever coached.” While Vince doesn’t have the stats that attract much attention from the  NFL Hall of Fame, he is still arguably one of the best that has ever played at his position.

He has been to 5 Pro Bowls(2007,2009-2012), 3 Second Team All-Pros (2007,2010,2011) and only 1 First Team All-Pro (2012). He may not have the greatest resume but his impact on the Patriots will definitely get him into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 6 years.

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Patriots Talk: Julian Edelman On Team Heading Into The Preseason

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Patriots Talk: Julian Edelman On Team Heading Into The Preseason

Only two days away from the Patriots’ first preseason game and already both teams are going at it to prepare themselves to see who will impress and will be cut before the season opener. As of now, both teams have been doing joint practice for the last few days but already both the Patriots and the Jaguars are ready to begin the preseason opener on Thursday, Aug. 10th. Wide Receiver Julian Edelman was available for the media to give his thoughts on what today’s practice.

As of now, both teams have been doing joint practice for the last few days but already both the Patriots and the Jaguars are ready to begin the preseason opener on Thursday, Aug. 10th. Wide Receiver Julian Edelman was available for the media to give his thoughts on what today’s practice.

“It’s always a little different the first day to come out, the second day to kind of get your feet wet, see what a team’s about, see how they’re going to play us. I mean, we didn’t really know how they were going to play us. We just wanted to see if we could go off our fundamentals, so it was good to come out here today and be able to work on those things.”

Edelman felt that the Patriots had the advantage with the Jags due to home field. However, there is much more to football than simply that:

“You know, I think we have to take advantage of tomorrow. We’ve got to go in, watch film, make the corrections. There’s a lot of guys out there. We’re still learning each other. We’re still trying to form our team, so you’re not really thinking about Thursday.”

With another day of practice for the teams, Thursday seems to be a good time to see what both teams will display for us. In other news, it has been confirmed that Former Patriots Nose Tackle, Vince Wilfork has retired from the NFL. Edelman had his thoughts on the player and his tremendous career.

“Big V. Man, it’s a sad day when the big fella hangs them up. I loved Big V as a teammate and his family. As a young player here in New England, there’s a lot of ups and downs. Vince, his wife Bianca and his family were just always there and I always had a shoulder to lean on with that family. I want to congratulate him on an unbelievable career.”

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