Maxie Esho

The first week of the NCAA basketball season is in the books and the UMass Minutemen took care of business through their first two games against Siena and Boston College. Here’s a couple of takeaways after week one.

Maxie Esho is the Go-To Guy

Senior forward Maxie Esho had been the energy guy off the bench the last few seasons for head coach Derrick Kellogg, and now he has been able to take his energy level that was previously used in such short bursts of time and extend it. While I sat in the Garden seats during the Coaches vs. Cancer triple header I noticed that when the UMass intro video was shown it featured a lot of Esho and that the team was clearly trying to market him. Continue reading Two Games, Two Wins, Minutemen off and Running »

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Jonas Gray introduced himself to the world last night racking up 199 yards and 4 touchdowns. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Until Sunday night, the Patriots had never won in Lucas Oil stadium. It stood as the place where Ahmad Bradshaw reluctantly scored a Super Bowl winning touchdown, and of course the infamous “4th and 2″ play. Last night the Patriots once again asserted their dominance in the AFC.

In the process they took another one of the media darlings, Andrew Luck, and brought him back down to Earth. Luck, like Peyton Manning two weeks earlier, had a good game statistically. However, like Manning, he was unable to find the endzone when he needed to thanks to the best defense they’ve had in a decade. Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 11: Patriots Extend Lead in the AFC by Beating Colts 42-20 in Primetime »

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Jonas Gray

Before Jonas Gray ran over the Colts for 199 yards and the first four touchdowns of his career Sunday night against the Colts, he was a stand-up comedian.

“Back in the day, I called myself a funny guy — did a little stand up,” Gray said Monday. “I was pretty successful at it here and there. I was booed off the stage a few times.” Continue reading Meet Jonas Gray, the Comedian (Video) »

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1. Patriots on Fire

MISC

* Bill went with the gray hoodie

* Gronk did the block from Blindside on the Gray TD driving the guy for twenty yards – Gronk looked ornery all night

* Is it possible the Patriots are better without Mayo and Ridley?

OFFENSE

* The last two games against the Colts, LeGarrette Blount and Jonas Gray ran for a combined 365 yards and 8 TD’s
Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: No Piped in Crowd Noise This Time »

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Tom Brady's interception towards the end of the first half was especially brutal given the importance of tonight's game. (MassLive.com)

I write this trying to remind myself that the New England Patriots were still winning by four points at halftime and set to receive the ball to start the second half.

But Tom Brady has two interceptions, just one less than he had for the season coming into Week 11, and the second one was especially back-breaking heading into halftime.

Continue reading Why Tom Brady’s INT at the End of 1st Half was Especially Egregious »

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The Denver Broncos fell flat against the St. Louis Rams, losing 22-7 to open the door for the New England Patriots going into their Sunday night matchup. (Denver Post)

The NFL is a league of parity. Just look at the New York Jets beating the Pittsburgh Steelers after Ben Roethlisberger had thrown for six touchdowns in consecutive weeks, or the Seattle Seahawks falling to 6-4 after being crowned one of the likeliest repeat champions in several years.

Still, despite the knowledge that anything can happen in a given week in the NFL, the outcome of this week’s game between the Denver Broncos and the St. Louis Rams was decided before the opening coin toss.

Or so we thought, until the Broncos scored just a single touchdown in losing to the Rams, 22-7.

Continue reading Did the Denver Broncos Really Lose to the St. Louis Rams? »

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Randall Jette (UMassAthletics.com)

Ball State, 10; Massachusetts, 24

UMass put together a well-rounded effort in a home win over Ball State that shouldn’t have been as close as it was. The Minutemen were solid on both sides of the ball but couldn’t put the game away until the final quarter.

They didn’t have any trouble moving the ball on the game’s opening drive, which ended with a three-yard touchdown by running back Shadrach Abrokwah. The Cardinals brought it right back and quarterback Jack Milas hit wide receiver Jordan Williams for a 33-yard TD to tie it. Later in the first quarter, the Minutemen again made it into the red zone, but QB Blake Frohnapfel had his pass intercepted by safety Dedrick Cromartie, preserving the 7-7 score. Continue reading College Football Week 12 Roundup: UMass Survives Frohnapfel Injury »

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