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Patriots Talk: Stolen Super Bowl Jerseys were reported by 19-year-old fan

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Many speculations arose once it was learned that Patriots‘[Quarterback] Tom Brady‘s Super Bowl LI jersey was stolen. Theories spread around this and who could have done it. (Many pointed towards the media) However, the FBI investigation finally came to a conclusion with the discovery of the jersey in Mexico on March 20th. It was later learned that Brady’s Super Bowl XLIX jersey was also stolen. It was never brought up to authorities by owner Robert Kraft and Tom Brady as they felt is was a non-issue.

The FBI investigation began shortly after Super Bowl LI concluded on February 5th. Eventually led to the arrest of now former Mexican newspaper executive Martin Mauricio Ortega. The man was tipped off by, ironically, a 19-year-old Patriots fan located out in Seattle, Washington named Dylan Wagner.

 

Wagner stated to WBZ-TV on Tuesday, that he had learned about the investigation and knew exactly who had done it. He had known Ortega through an exchange for former Patriots’ [wide receiver] Deion Branch‘s Super Bowl XXXIX (39) jersey on Ebay last year. He explained to WBZ:

“[Ortega] sent me 30 photos of his collection. Front and center was Tom Brady’s Super Bowl XLIX Jersey. I asked him outright, ‘How did you get that?’ and he says ‘I’ll tell you later,’” Wagner said.

Wagner later showed the photos to his friend and fellow collector Chrisopher Arone, who is an agent with ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) located out in Boston, Massachusetts. Arone learned of the missing jersey and sent an ESPN article to Wagner enlightening the situation.

“He sent me a link to an ESPN article. It stated it is not the first time a jersey was stolen from Brady and it happened after the Seahawks Super Bowl,” Wagner said. “I couldn’t believe this guy would have the audacity to go in and steal something that someone worked so hard for.”

Afterwards, Wagner sent the photos and address to the ATF, who forwarded them to the FBI investigation team to obtain a warrant for Ortega’s arrest. The young man has become a sort of hero to the public now. He appeared on the Toucher and Rich show for 98.5 The Sports Hub and expressed that he is glad to see the jerseys are back with Tom Brady (he hopes to one day meet Tom Brady).

“He’s been my hero growing up, and it’s been cool to in a way be his hero here in this case. Next as a memorabilia collector, I would ask for a game-worn jersey from Brady. … Anything at this point would be kind of special to me, just something I would never let go and something I would be able to show my kids one day when I have them.”

I have a feeling that he will hear back from Tom Brady and Robert Kraft very soon. Hopefully it will be more than a ‘thank you’ as the investigation used Houston local authorities and the FBI to regain these lost jerseys (in addition to possibly much more). Only time will tell us when but for now, I think the young man deserves his 15 minutes of fame.

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

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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

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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

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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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