1. Deflategate:

* If you were in Vegas and bet the first half of AFC Championship game – could you sue the NFL for conducting a sting operation and impacting the integrity of the game?

* Tom Brady must go on the offensive – call out every QB that manipulates the footballs starting with self-confessed Aaron Rodgers

* Patriots have to go on the offensive against the NFL and their incompetence and lack of consistent best practices

* 28 points second half of Colts game after the officials took control of the balls and 28 points against the unstoppable Seattle defense

* Matt Walsh and Jim McNally are two of the most critical individuals to Patriots dynasty’s rise or fall

* Brady suspended two games is my guess Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: So Deflating….. »

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“More probable than not.” “Generally Aware.” Those two phrases are the most important elements of Ted Wells’ report on his investigation into the alleged manipulation of football air pressure by the Patriots prior to their AFC Championship Game victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

“More probable than not”

It is, as the report states, “more probable than not” that the Patriots deliberately changed the air pressure and that Brady was likely  “generally aware” of the activities. If true, as it seems it is, these revelations are both head-scratching and concerning for the Patriots. The concern is obvious, both Brady and the team could face fines and the star quarterback could face a suspension if Roger Goodell so chooses.

The head scratching part is simple: why bother? Continue reading DeflateGate: What “More Probable Than Not” and “Generally Aware” Mean »

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Sure, the #deflategate report didn’t look the best for Tom Brady and the Patriots, but it certainly looks really bad for the Patriots ball attendants (specifically Jim McNally), who mocked Tom Brady in text messages. Among the best ones:

McNally: Tom sucks…im going make that next ball a fuckin balloon
McNally: Fuck tom …16 is nothing…wait till next sunday

McNally: Fuck tom….make sure the pump is attached to the needle…..fuckin watermelons coming
McNally: The only thing deflating his passing rating Continue reading #Deflategate Report: Texts Say “Tom Sucks” and “F___ Tom” »

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Here is the Cliffs Notes version of the entire 243-page Ted Wells Deflategate report (.pdf) released by the NFL on Wednesday concerning the Patriots intentional underinflation of footballs used in the AFC Championship game.

The Basics

– Report focuses on footballs used during AFC Championship game, which Patriots won 45-7 over the Colts
– Footballs used during games are required to be between 12.5 and 13.5 PSI
– At halftime, 11 Patriots footballs measured under 12.5 PSI, while four Colts footballs measured within the acceptable range
– Report concludes it was “more probable than not” that the Patriots employees deliberately circumvented the rules
– Employees Jim McNally and John Jastremski deliberately let air out of the footballs after they were inspected by the head referee
– It is more probable than not that Tom Brady “was at least generally aware” of the employees’ actions in letting air out of the footballs Continue reading NFL’s Ted Wells #DeflateGate Report (CliffsNotes Edition) »

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La'el Collins

According to The Advocate, the Patriots have shown interest in LSU offensive lineman La’el Collins, who was questioned in connection with the killing of his pregnant ex-girlfriend.

The 21-year-old Collins, who was likely to become a first-round pick, spoke to detectives last Monday morning, days before the NFL Draft. When news broke Tuesday, his stock fell, and he went undrafted. Continue reading Patriots Interested in LSU’s La’el Collins, Who Was Questioned in Murder »

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The Patriots added eleven players over the weekend during the NFL draft. They also added several undrafted free agents after the conclusion of the draft Saturday night. Early on, the Patriots went with a defensive focus with their first four picks (and seven out of eleven total picks) were on that side of the ball. New England spent all of their offensive picks on day three, picking two guards and a tight end. One long snapper was also picked by the team.

With the loss of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner this offseason, the Patriots have chosen to invest more in their front seven and hope to generate pass rush to force turnovers instead of forcing coverage sacks and turnovers due to lock down secondary play. This shift began with Revis and Browner leaving, continued with the Jabaal Sheard signing, and was added to on draft weekend. Three of the Patriots first four picks were defensive lineman or pass rushers including first round pick Malcolm Brown. Brown, a behemoth defensive tackle out of Texas, should instantly contribute to the Patriots interior pressure on both passing and rushing downs. Dominque Easley is a bit of a wild card, if he can come back healthy in 2015 he and Brown could combine to create a young, formidable defensive tackle duo. Defensive end Geneo Grissom, a third round pick, is somewhat comparable to Jamie Collins, a high level athlete who couldn’t quite find a niche on a college defense. He is not as talented as Collins, but could add some depth behind the Patriots budding star linebacker. Trey Flowers could end up being a steal at defensive end as well. He was picked at the top of the fourth round and very well could end up going at the end of the second or in the third. Continue reading Patriots 2015 Draft Picks Review »

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According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Patriots plan to sign former Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner as an undrafted free agent and convert him into a wide receiver.

The Patriots pulled off the same experiment beautifully with Julian Edelman, who was a quarterback in college with Kent State. Continue reading Patriots to Sign Another Michigan QB (Devin Gardner), Convert Him to WR »

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