John Jastremski and Jim McNally, the two men at the center of the supposed “Delfategate” plot to under-inflate footballs, will be reinstated by the NFL this week. The pair had been suspended since May without pay. There have been conflicting stories as to who suspended them, with the NFL saying it was the Patriots and the Patriots saying it was the NFL.

After meeting with league executive Troy Vincent, the two Patriots’ employees will be allowed to resume work with the team but will have to take on new roles. McNally, specifically, will no longer be allowed to be the locker room attendant for the officials.

Neither individual will face further discipline from the league.


1. Patriot Stuff:

* Is Roethlisberger still locked in that bathroom: Watching multiple football games this weekend and couldn’t believe how many teams defensive lines shift before the snap

* I think the Bills are legit and to have skilled players McCoy, Harvin and Watkins is more than sufficient with that defense

* Half the Bills fans probably in protective custody like Otis from Mayberry until next Sunday

2. Red Sox:

* Ortiz since long break at All Star game: 50 games / 19 HR / 52 RBI / .346

* Bradley stats pro-rated over a 150 game season:22 HR / 100 RBI / 72 extra base hits

* Shaw’s stats pro-rated over a 150 game season: 33 home runs / 77 RBI

* Great story – Rich Hill of Milton to pitch so well just months after coaching Milton Legion

* Red Sox six games from .500 / one game from third place in the East

* Hanley is on pace to play in 121 games Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Ortiz Pumped Up, Bills Tough, Mork or Spock? »

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With Week 1 finally upon us, is Melvin Gordon ready to shine or will he fall under the pressure of playing in the NFL?

Fantasy football is finally back and that means it is time for start/sit articles from everywhere. Sure, the best thing to do is to just believe in your gut, but here are some players who could help/hurt you in Week 1 of this fantasy football season.

Start ‘Em

Carson Palmer (vs. New Orleans): The Saints’ defense is a mess as two young corners are going to be the starters and Jairus Byrd will be out Week 1, so Palmer should be able to have some huge throws and be a QB that could be a top-5 guy at his position.  Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 1 2015 »

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Tom Brady came out firing with four touchdowns three of which to Rob Gronkowski (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Football has returned and our defending champion New England Patriots came out with fire on banner night. Tom Brady came out to an incredible ovation as was expected after the way he was treated for the past eight months. The “Where is Roger” chants were perfect and I was happy they showed up towards the end of the game when the Patriots already had control.

I had the privilege of attending the game (always pays to know a guy) and the fans were genuinely into taking it to the Steelers all night. Roger was an afterthought and that’s exactly how it should have been. Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 1: Brady Nearly Perfect as Patriots Beat Steelers on Banner Night »

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1. Patriot Stuff:

* Watching Brady run on to the field reminded me – appreciate every single game of his!

* Bill went with blue wind breaker with short sleeves

* The last two minutes of the first half took 13 minutes

* Edelman a big trash talker

* Roethlisberger sends Patriots fans home devastated by pushing or covering the spread with one second left

2. Pregame:

* I would give it a C-

* Started good with Law, Brown and McGinest coming out but the timing was off for Kraft to come out / music was not great

* No Bruschi with trophy? Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Brady Treats New England Again »

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1. Patriot Predictions:

* I would be careful on betting on Patriots vs. Steelers – lot of distractions and Patriots start slow

* Backfield will do what they always do – 50 receptions / pick up blitzes / get tough yards

* Ugh – Bend don’t break is back – not fun to watch and reduces the offensive plays

* Foxboro will need to increase security significantly this year – opposing fans, ESPN analysts, Collinsworth, officials that did Colts AFC Championship game

* Hate games not on Sunday afternoon – five games at night or not on Sunday

* ESPN at Foxboro on 11/23 – do they put the panel of analysts at a table on the field pre-game/halftime? Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Preview and the Jefferson’s »

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stork IR

The Patriots announced on Wednesday that they have place starting center Bryan Stork on Injured Reserve with a designation to return due to a concussion. This means that Stork will not be able to practice until week six and will not be able to play until after week nine.

The second year veteran out of Florida State will be missed on the interior of the Patriots offensive line. He took over as starter in week four of 2014 and help solidify a previously shaky offensive line en route to a Super Bowl Championship. Without Stork, the Patriots will likely start either Ryan Wendell or undrafted rookie David Andrews at center.

If Wendell starts, Shaq Mason or Josh Kline would take over the guard role vacated by him. The Patriots will already likely be starting one rookie in Tre Jackson and could very well be starting another in Mason or Andrews.

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