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Patriots Fan Retrospective: Bradys First Superbowl



On the eve of Superbowl LII I’m reminded of how this Patriots Dynasty started; to past Superbowls.  Lets take a step back and time travel if you will to where it all began.  Yep you guessed it we’re going back to 2001!  Back to Superbowl XXXVI.  The Patriots were a Team of under dogs.  And when they faced the St. Louis Rams, it was like David verses Goliath.  They were up against “the Greatest Show on Turf”.  But they had one secret weapon, Tom Brady!

I remember it well.  I was in High School at the time and believe it or not I had a few Dolphins Fans as friends.  The AFC looked much different than it does today.  Owing much to Expansion Teams.  The AFC East was a Micro Cosme of good Teams.  The Patriots were up and comers with Pete Carol leaving and Bill Belichick coming in as Head Coach.  This was a Team that, outside of New England, was “just a bunch of replacements.”

It started at QB where Drew Bledsoe, their Star and Pro Bowl Quarterback, went out because of an injury in the 2nd or 3rd Regular Season Game.  Tom Brady, the young back up Quarterback, got called in to play.  It was one of those times in Sports that you can look back on and say: “hey I remember that!”  The young Brady was helped out by Bledsoe as he sat on the sidelines waiting for the Offense to get the ball.  What he learned helped him out immensely.  But looking back on it, you gotta say: “hey that Tom Brady had something special!”  Yes he did.

That something special was the “Two Minute Drill.”  Brady could run the Patriot’s Offense into scoring position, using just the hurry up.  What is now patented and literally seared into Football history was something that I walked by every day of PE.  One of my Coaches in PE posted the Tom Brady Superbowl Winning Two Minute Drill on the entrance wall to the Boys Locker Room.  It was that special!  Yep and I would look it over and wonder to myself, “how the heck did he pull that off.”  My PE Coach would say “believe in yourself and don’t second guess yourself till the game is over.”  He would point to it on a daily basis and say “you can do anything as long as you believe!”  And man, my High School Coach was hard on us but in a good way.

But getting back to the Patriots and Tom Brady.  That “Two Minute Drill” was something that made him legendary.  I mean seriously!  In Superbowl XXXVI the Patriots tied that game and then went down the field and won it with a Field Goal with no time remaining.  All because TB12 was patient and precise with the ball.  It may have been Tom Brady’s 1st Superbowl but he handled the pressure like a seasoned vet.  He threw to the sidelines, he called time out, he clocked the ball, and most importantly he avoided the sack.  This guy, this Rookie did it all, with just two minuets left on the clock.

Of course now we see him do it every game but let me remind you that it was a big deal at the time.  Superbowls of the past were usually lopsided.  I mean really, lopsided.  They typically were blow outs till the Patriots changed that in 2001 with their stunning victory 20-17 over the Rams.  In fact looking at all of the Patriots’ Superbowl appearances since 2001, all of them have been decided by one score.  And 4 out of 5 have been decided by 3 Points.  That seems to be the margin of victory here.  They are always one Two Minute Drill away from winning it.

Today may be just any other ordinary day but let me tell you it’s Football Season in New England and the Superbowl hype is real.  “Tomorrow is the day.”  Yes that’s right, it’s February and that means its the Superbowl.  The Patriots are back in it and they are looking to go 3 Superbowl Victories in 4 years!  Again!  Tom Brady is still playing, now at age 40, and Bill Belichick is still Head Coach.  After everything that has happened, the undefeated Regular Season, this may be one of the best Patriot Team’s yet.  They have done some remarkable things.  And have come back from near defeat!  But something tells me that tomorrow is going to be special.  Call it a “sixth sense” if you will.

So what to do till tomorrows Kickoff at 6pm on NBC.  Well why not watch all those Patriots Superbowl DVDs?  Or how about those Three Games to Glory DVDs?  They have been collecting some dust now.  I know that mine have.  I broke them out, to watch, the Sunday that the Patriots won the AFC Championship.  After seeing them again I still feel like that young High Schooler, looking at the news print from the Providence Journal of the “Two Minute Drill”.  Still posted outside the entrance to the Boys Locker Room.  Looking on in wonder!  How does he do that?

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Patriots Talk: Josh McDaniels And The Colts Wouldn’t Have Worked Out



A Case of Behind The Scenes



Josh McDaniels and the Patriots thought their time to depart after their tough loss in Super Bowl 52 was unavoidable. However, not only did Josh McDaniels get extended, but its been many rumors that Robert Kraft had contacted McDaniels literally hours before he was suppose to take off Tuesday for Indianapolis.


It’s difficult to know anything within the Patriots’ organization as they have remained firm in not explaining what goes on behind closed doors. However, multiple sources over at ESPN for the past week since the story broke out about McDaniels’ abrupt decision to not become the Indiapolis Colts Head Coach. The way things broke down was that Kraft and Bill Belichick got together and sat down with McDaniels. With Defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia going to Detroit, this seemed like a desperation move to maintain the coaching staff from the previous season.


However, according to ESPN writer Mike Reiss, there was more to the situation then just that. In one of his articles regarding the McDaniels’ decision, he stated:


Belichick offered to include McDaniels on more of the inner workings of the organization, from roster construction to financial/salary-cap related considerations. That was viewed as “extremely valuable” to McDaniels. Ownership also endorsed it as a way to extend Belichick’s influence on the organization in future years, although no assurances were given to McDaniels that he would succeed Belichick. McDaniels, who a source confirmed got a significant raise, has privately said in the past that he did not want to be the coach who succeeds Belichick. Although he since may have changed his mind, McDaniels knows Belichick, after five Super Bowl victories, will be a hard act to follow.

Beyond financial and professional stability, McDaniels also was thinking of his family. He wanted a long-term commitment from the Patriots so his four children, ages 12 to 3, would be able to attend the same schools over the next several years. The transient life of a coach doesn’t always make that possible.

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Former NFL Official Claims Eagles Used Illegal Play To Win Super Bowl



Did you have doubts that the Eagles lined up correctly on the Nick Foles touchdown catch?

Well, you are not the only one with a former analyst now claiming that Philly was indeed lined up illegally on the play.

Appearing on the Talk of Fame Network, former head of officiating and FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira said the Eagles were in fact lined up illegally.

“I know the league came out and said that it’s a judgment call, which it is,” Pereira said, via Pro Football Talk. “The down judge, who was the one that [the play] was on his side of the field, they felt that it was his judgment, and [receiver Alshon Jeffrey] was close enough. Well, he wasn’t. They lined up wrong.

“Not only that, it’s a trick play. And if you’re going to run a trick-type play, then you have to be lined up properly. You could either have six men on the line, or you could have an ineligible number lined up at the end of the line, which was the case. I know what the league has said, but they would have been a lot more comfortable if they would have called an illegal formation.

“We always use a yard [within the line of scrimmage], maybe a yard-and-a-half. But that’s two [yards], and even a little bit beyond two. It’s kind of one of those that has no effect on the play. I get it. But they didn’t line up properly. And it really should’ve been called.”

Bottom line is it was simply a judgment call be the officials, might have been the completely wrong judgment, but based on what we know about Super Bowl LII the New England Patriots were never going to win the game. The Malcolm Butler benching paired with Doug Pederson‘s mindset of keeping his foot on the gas and exposing New England’s weaknesses were the reasons the Patriots lost the game, not this particular play.

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Boston Herald Runs Ron Borges’s Tom Brady Hoax Story




Thursday night Boston Herald reporter Ron Borges penned a story with this headline “Tom Brady wants to get paid like Jimmy G, or he’ll skip OTAs”. A headline and a story that was uncovered as a hoax on Friday.

The Kirk and Callahan show on WEEI revealed that one of their texters pretended to be Tom Brady’s agent Don Yee when texting Borges. The texter dubbed “Nick in Boston” informed Borges that Tom Brady intended to sit out New England’s preseason workouts unless he was paid like Jimmy Garoppolo who signed the largest deal in NFL history on Thursday.

K&C tweeted out the screenshots of texts with Borges outing the story as a complete and utter hoax.

Borges story was actually refuted right off the bat on Thursday night with both NBC Sports Boston and NESN claiming the story held no truth.

As for Borges, this is not his first major failure as a reporter. Since the Herald ran the story they are now looking into the matter.

Overall tricking Borges isn’t a great thing to do. Lying about someone’s identity is never nice with some reporters coming to the defense of Borges. But it is hard to have sympathy for a “journalist” that failed to check his sources and run with a story with only one source confirming of a major story.

Either way, there is no truth to a Brady holdout.

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