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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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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Following last night’s premiere of “America’s Game” on the 2014 Patriots, NFL Network will air a one hour special on the team tonight titled “Do Your Job.” The special focuses on the coaching staff and front office of the Patriots and their perspectives on the championship season.

Throughout the hour, topics such as games, key plays, and even “Deflategate” are addressed directly. Although Belichick is the main star, every assistant coach and several executives are also interviewed. The trailer is below.

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Spygate (SoB graphic)

Because nobody has time to read tens of thousands of words that say most of the Spygate rumors you have already heard (hell, I really didn’t have the time, either, but I read each and every excruciating word), here is a CliffsNotes version of the reports released Tuesday by ESPN’s Outside The Lines and Sports Illustrated. Continue reading ESPN Outside The Lines, SI Spygate Reports (CliffsNotes Version) »

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GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01:   Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots reacts after an interception against the Seattle Seahawks during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

In what has become a yearly tradition, NFL Network will air “America’s Game” a special on the previous season’s champion on Tuesday. The hour long special will follow the 2014 Patriots from training camp through their Super Bowl win in February.

The special will air at 10 pm eastern and feature interviews with Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski, and Devin McCourty.  The trailer for the special is below.

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Tom Brady

Tom Brady’s Deflategate suspension initially handed down by the NFL has been overturned by a Judge in federal court as reported by the Associated Press. It appears the “Free Brady” chants echoed all the way from New England down to a courtroom in New York. The Deflategate Saga has finally come to an end and Brady will be eligible for the week one match up next week against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium kicking of the NFL season on Thursday Night Football.


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