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1. Last July when the Brady suspension was official – the collective hope of a devastated Patriot nation was the following:

 

·         I hope he comes back pissed off

·         I hope his teammates rally around him

·         I hope Jimmy G shows well

·         I hope he leads the team on the Revenge Tour right to Houston

·         I hope he wins his 5th Super Bowl and is known throughout the land as the greatest quarterback of all time

·         I hope he wins MVP of the Super Bowl and that weasel Goodell who used to get stuffed in lockers in high school has to hand him the MVP trophy

 

It all happened!

 

2. Brady is a winner!

 

Postseason – 25-9  ——– .735%

Super Bowl – 5-2 ———- .714%

Regular Season 183-54—.772%

Indoors – 16-4—————.800%

Home – 101-17—————.856%

Road (ROAD!) – 82-37—–.689%

Non Sunday Games -31-7 -.815%

NFC – 46-14——————–.766%

AFC East – 71-19————–.789%

Non AFC East 112-35——–.762%

December 54-10 ————-.844%

 

3. Brady after the third quarter of the last two Super Bowls

 

·         34-42 (81%) / 380 yards / 3 TD’s – 0 INT

 

4. Patriots were down a combined 29 points in the 4th quarter of the last two Super Bowls and won both

 

5. IF – Assante intercepts the ball, Reche Caldwell doesn’t go deer in headlights, if Welker holds ball, if Patriots beat Dolphins in Miami last year – the Patriots have NINE Super Bowls in 15 years

 

6. Brady won a Super Bowl with Lee Johnson who was born in 1961 and Elandron Roberts who was born in 1994

 

7. The Greatest athletes of all time now – no order:

 

·         Tom Brady

·         Ali

·         Jesse Owens

·         Michael Jordan

·         Willie Mays

·         Babe Ruth

·         Michael Phelps

·         Jim Brown

 

8. Great comebacks

 

·         Patriots down 25 points in Super Bowl (they were 3rd and ten on their own 9 yard line with 3 minutes to go needing a TD and a two point conversion)

·         Bruins come back against Toronto Blue Jays

·         Red Sox come back against Yankees 2004

 

9. If the Patriots get a first round pick for Jimmy G:

 

·         They have two first round picks / second / two thirds / fourth / fifth / seventh —- and you get back Gronk and Vollmer

 

10. Misc

 

·         Gronk playing caveman only got $250,000 – not worth it

·         When you re-watch the game – watch as Brady is walking to the sideline for the two-minute warning – he winks at one of the Falcons (the Falcon must have said Oh shi*!)

·         That was a tough catch by James White on the snap for the two-point conversion

·         How does a billion dollar organization allow someone in the locker room that would steal a $500,000 shirt – no video with all those media outlets?

·         I loved the Good Will Hunting spoof – How You Like Those Apples (Goodell)

·         Patriots hater’s backlash – Belichick doesn’t win Executive of the Year / Belichick doesn’t win Coach of the Year / Brady doesn’t win MVP / Law doesn’t get in the Hall of Fame

Super Bowl 51

TOP TEN – AFTER THREE QUARTERS (I paused the TV and wrote the following)

1.MISC

* L. Blount meet B. Buckner – fumble changed the whole game
* McDaniels and Patricia – and Bill – got their asses kicked (a bunch of NFL teams are glad they didn’t hire those two)
* Bad plays that indicated this might not be – Blount can’t get three inches on first drive, Edelman fields punt inside five, Lewis brings kickout of the back of the end zone and tackled on 15, punter kicks short and sets up Atlanta in field position
* I guess people can stop the Dante worship – Atlanta was dominating the line of scrimmage with just four line man – pressure and stopped the run
* Gronk being injured gave him an opportunity to make serious coin on commercials
* Falcon defensive line man piled drive Blount then Lewis – no response
* One of the biggest no show games since the Yankees spanked the Red Sox in 2004 19-8

2. BRADY
* Let me preface this with – he is the greatest QB of all time – with that said this playoff run of TD to INT hasn’t been great
* I hate to say this – but I hated Brady’s body language
* Missed a wide open Edelman left to right which could have been a TD
* Looked like Tony Eason at times
* How many times have I said – Brady is too cute at the end of the first half – ran out of time and had to settle for field goal

3. OFFENSE

* You have two weeks to prepare and you came up with Brady throwing pop ups down the sideline and hand off to Blount
* Last time Brady threw pop ups was against Denver last year when he kept doing the wheel route to James White
* I have said this for years – McDaniel is an average play caller at best who looks better because he has Brady at the helm
* Again Brady has no time to throw – in now groove and McDaniel refuses to go to hurry up in first half
* The next tackle that James White breaks will be his first one
* Hey Shaq Mason meet Max Lane – he got Matrixed into Brady
* Holding on Bennett on the screen at end of first half was lazy
* Down 25 points and you are trying to establish the run game and you are huddling up – you acting like McNabb in the Philly Super Bowl
* Drops – UGGGH!
* I see that wheel route one more time – I’m calling social services for myself
* Gostkowski better hope that missed extra point doesn’t come back and burn them
* Come out for the second half and Hogan and Edelman have big drops!#

4. DEFENSE

* Patricia dude – whats the plan
* Is someone gonna set the edge – Ok student body left three times and then Freeman started cut back after Patricia over compensated
* Ninkovich covering Freeman on the flat is almost bullying by Falcons
* Oh crap – Butler just got his ankles broken by Gabriel

5. BELICHICK GARB / KRAFT SIGHTINGS

* Blue wind breaker – one cool cat
* Kraft sighting 8:31 of the third quarter

6. FALCONS

* Hats off to coaching staff – took Bill and staff’s lunch money
* Matt Ryan – Had it going on
* Arthur Blank – Gonna have to watch him dance – ugh
* Mack and his broken leg is dominating Brown and Branch

7. BROADCAST / COMMERCIALS

* Buck and Aikman did fine – vanilla
* Tide spent a lot of money
* Halftime Show – Good job by Lady Gaga just singing (I have a feeling after Janet Jackson performers have to put up a bond that says they won’t do anything controversial

8. OFFICIALS

* The late hit out of bounds not called was insane (started the process of Falcons punching you in the face and taking it)
* Not only did Hooper not get called for pass interference on his TD – they threw a flag on Chung
* The block of the extra point on McClellan was legal – he timed it up and was off his side shoulder of the center not over the center
* On the Freeman run into the end zone – Flowers got held

9. STATS

* Brady has never scored in the first quarter of seven Super Bowls – yikes
* Teams are 13-0 in the Super Bowl when they return an interception (make that 12-1 now)

FOURTH QUARTER AND ON

1.MISC

* I haven’t jumped that high in a long time!
* I’m not being greedy but the waiting for the replay of White’s game winner make it just an ounce anti-climatic
* Literally Jamie Collins cried – he had to (so didn’t Roger, Montana, the rest of the country, Suggs, Lewis, Rex Ryan………)
* Imagine if you bet the under and Atlanta and you lost both! Wow – some guy bet $1,000,000 on Atlanta and was up by 28 points
* Give Bill credit for dressing Amendola and Mitchell over Floyd (Amendola picked less money to be part of something great)
* Can’t wait to hear the NFL Films sound from this
* Loved the booing Roger
* They won without Gronk
* They are favored already in Vegas to win Super Bowl
* Kickers were terrible – Ryan Allen worst game, Gostkowski bad missed extra point and terrible onside kick

2. BRADY

* Oh My God!
* He made Goodell replace his Depends
* Pass to Amendola on the sideline was amazing
* Real dangerous pass to Bennett to win it in OT in the corner of the end zone – that could have been intercepted and returned 105 yards
* Amazing thing about Brady’s accomplishments is that the argument has now shifted from who is best quarterback (that’s over) to “is he the greatest football player” and now starting to compare him with other sport’s athletes – Jordan.

3. OFFENSE

* Edelman catch defied physics
* Nice game by Mitchell – but insane when he was untouched and put the ball down on the ground
* How many big plays has Amendola made?
* Like that sneaky play at the end of regulation (hope Lewis didn’t get hurt)
* James White goes down in Boston sports history (I wanted to take his shirt from him in the first half)

4. DEFENSE

* Hightower great sack – strip
* Trey Flowers 2.5 sacks

5. BELICHICK GARB / KRAFT SIGHTINGS

* Still blue windbreaker – and still a cool cat
* 5:56 left in the 4th quarter
* 5:53 left in the 4th quarter
* OK the cameo’s are coming too fast –
* His speech at the end was great while Goodell slipped off the stage

6. FALCONS

* Dan Quinn – As bad as Pete Carroll throwing the ball – was Atlanta ready to seal the game with a field goal
* Arthur Blank – Dude you and Morticia came down too early and jinxed your team
* The Julio Jones catch simply amazing – put in there with Kearse, Manningham, Tyree catches
* Alford strutting in end zone with pick six was like – make pretend you have played in big games

7. BROADCAST / COMMERCIALS

* I saw a commercial where Cam Newton throws a TD in Pop Warner game – that’s the first time he’s made a play on Super Bowl Sunday
* Nice job by Bradshaw with postgame – although he called White – Lewis by mistake
* Halftime Show – Good job by Lady Gaga just singing (I have a feeling after Janet Jackson performers have to put up a bond that says they won’t do anything controversial

8. OFFICIALS

* Had to call the interference
* Had to call the holding on Long

9. STATS

* Patriots 93 plays / Falcons 41 plays
* Patriots 37 first downs / 17 Falcons
* 10 sacks in the game
* Blount’s last six games 241 yards on 86 rushes / 2.80 a carry
* Patriots 18-0 when Lewis plays
* How did both teams run for 104 yards – seemed like Atlanta would have dominated the category
* Possession 40:31 Patriots / 23:27 Falcons

10. ESSAY

In forty-four and a half states across the country, people don’t live – they exist. Five days a week – for fifty weeks a year – for forty years of their being, they are prisoners of their own life. Every morning, they get in their car, or squeeze onto a packed bus or stand on some stalled train only to look in the reflection of the window or their mirror and see George Bailey staring back at them. From work to soccer practices to Stouffer frozen dinners, they drag themselves through their gray lives only to do it all over again the very next day………..
BUT not here in New England. Every day is a blessing. We are special. We are the fans of the greatest football team known to mankind. Our team with the flying Elvis on their helmet have so enriched our community that we are the ENVY of people from San Francisco to New York and everywhere in between. Our quarterback and coach have no match nor does the Patriot Dynasty…….

From July to February, the Patriots represent our region by validating the power of people working together in a selfless pursuit toward a collective purpose. It’s here in New England that we have traveled back in time to a period when people respected authority, cared about each other and with pride rolled up their sleeves and “DID THEIR JOB!” ……………

To the Patriots – I say thank you. You have made us proud to be New Englanders because you’ve made all of us Champions!

1.Patriots vs. Atlanta – 51st Super Bowl

*   If Brady wins Super Bowl MVP they will have to name the award after him

  •  AFC East is weak is a weak argument – the Patriots are 9-1 outside of the division – that’s pretty good right?
  • Weak Schedule? Really the league took away money, draft picks, their quarterback – they did everything possible to bring the Patriots back to the league and they lost 2 games – one on the one inch line and the other with their third string quarterback with a broken thumb
  • Against like opponents – Falcons 5-1 / Patriots 4-1
  • Troy Aikman is calling the game and called Brady a cheater – eat his dust Troy
  • Small note – Brady has fumbled twice on recent quarterback sneaks – last week and Seattle – just something to watch
  • I would have Gronk come out for the coin toss
  • My guess is that a very private Brady mentioned his mother’s illness because people could see a physical change in her on Sunday
  • The great thing about being a Patriots fan – by midnight on Sunday they will already be favorites to win the AFC the following year
  • Matt Ryan – Falcons are 13-18 when he throws multiple interceptions / 52-28 when he throws multiple touchdowns / Watch him with his feet – has run for over 20 yards 11 times / He did get sacked 37 times
  • Matt Bryant can hit a field goal from 70 yards (long of 62 in career) / Punter Bosher only one touchback all year
  • I said three weeks ago that Atlanta had the best team in the NFL – weapons on offense and a fast defense now making plays – but I can’t go against Patriots 38-20

 

  1. Jonathan Kraft said this on Felger and Mazz Thursday and he is 100% right – the trade his father made for Bill Belichick is the greatest trade in sports history. With that said – an excuse to list why we are so spoiled:

* Greatest sports coach of all time………….Bill Belichick

* Greatest basketball coach of all time………Red Auerbach

* Greatest clutch shooter of all time…………Larry Bird

* Greatest football player of all time………..Tom Brady

* Greatest pitcher of all time………………..Pedro

* Greatest basketball defender………………Bill Russell

* Greatest team athlete of all time…………..Bill Russell

* Greatest hitter of all time…………………Ted Williams

* Greatest low post player of all time………Kevin McHale

* Greatest clutch hitter of all time…………..Ortiz

* Greatest tight end of all time………………Gronk

* Greatest NBA game of all time……………Celtics – Suns 1976

* Greatest baseball game of all time…………Red Sox – Reds 1975

* Greatest Super Bowl of all time……………Patriots – Seahawks 2015

* Greatest College Football game of all time…BC – Miami 1984

* Greatest Golf Tournament………………….1999 Ryder Cup

* Greatest Two College Hockey Coaches…….York / Parker

* Greatest hockey play of all time…………….Orr’s goal

* Greatest all star performance of all time…….Pedro at Fenway

* Greatest fight of all time……………………Hagler – Hearns

* Greatest round in boxing history……………Ward – Gatti – round 9

* Greatest baseball field………………………Fenway

* Most iconic stadium nuance………………..Green Monster

* Greatest Writers one time..Gammons, Ryan, McDonough, Montville, Whiteside

* Greatest play by play at one time – Most, McDonough, Cusick, Santos

* Greatest track and field event……………….Boston Marathon

* Greatest rowing event……………………….Boston Regatta

* Greatest offensive line man of all time……..John Hannah

* Greatest kicker of all time………………….Adam Vinatieri

* Greatest sports dynasty……………………..Boston Celtics

* Greatest NFL dynasty………………………Patriots

* Greatest Heavyweight Champion………….Rocky Marciano

* Greatest athlete in war………………………Ted Williams

* Greatest Hockey player……………………..Bobby Orr

* Greatest right wing of all time………………Cam Neely

* Greatest race of all time…………………….Salazar – Beardsley – 1982 Boston

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5mRv3xGY80

3. Celtics – Bruins

  • With the Patriots stealing all the attention – Isaiah is doing things on the basketball court right now that Larry Bird never did
  • If Bruins make the playoffs with that roster Clode deserves Coach of the Year votes
  • Another multi goal game for Marchand (six in the last 14 games)
  • The two best players in Boston right now (not Foxboro) are both under 5’8”

 

  1. . Danny got impatient with the Al Horford signing:

* Games Al Horford has had the most rebounds in the game – 2

* Games Al Horford had the most points in a game – 0

* Games Al Horford has been the highest paid player on the floor – 24

* Games with double digit rebound – 5

* Games he scored over 23 points – 1

* Isaiah makes 24% of what Horford does ($6.5mm to $26.5mm)

 

  1. Not one NBA player is averaging 38 minutes a game – Five Celtics averaged over 38 minutes for their CAREER:

Bill Russell………….42.49

Dave Cowens……….39.33

Antoine Walker……..39.23

Ed MaCauley……….38.46

Larry Bird…………..38.40

 

  1. Mount Rushmore of favorite Super Bowl moments – Rodney Harrison making a tackle against Panthers with broken arm; John Madden telling the Patriots to take a knee; To say Butler’s interception is too easy – how about the look on Richard Sherman’s face after the interception; Bill Belichick and his dad getting Gatorade dumped on them enjoying the moment together

 

  1. OLD SCHOOL – Bill Russell retirement announcement came as a surprise to the city and team – on the cover of Sports Illustrated August 4, 1969– Tom Brady and / or Bill Belichick wouldn’t retire on us – would they?

 

  1. AMAZING STAT – – From Either – Russell, Bird, Flutie, Orr, Williams, Pedro, Brady, Neely stat – As of Sunday, Tom Brady will have appeared in more Super Bowls than Dan Marino, Drew Brees, Warren Moon, Philip Rivers, Dan Fouts, Donovan McNabb, Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo, Ken Stabler, Joe Namath, Archie Manning COMBINED

9. JUST A LITTLE BIT OUTSIDE – Eighteen of the Top 25 movies EVER (according to the American Film Institute) did not win an Oscar for Best Picture. More amazing – eight of the top twenty-two movies EVER – didn’t even get nominated:

2.Citizen Kane

4. Raging Bull

5. Singing in the Rain – not nominated

9. Vertigo – not nominated

10. Wizard of Oz

11. City of Lights – not nominated

12.Searchers – not nominated

13. Star Wars

14. Pyscho – not nominated

15. 2001 Space Odyssey – not nominated

16. Sunset Blfd

17. Graduate

18. The General – not nominated

20. Wonderful Life

21. Chinatown

22. Some Like it Hot – not nominated

23. Grapes of Wrath

24. ET

 

10. RANDOMOCITY

* Sorry Boston College football fans you have another three years of nothing – they just got the 63rd ranked recruiting class (Rivals.com)

* Patriots are picked to play in Mexico next year – 50% chance that doesn’t happen (would Gronk come back)

* Twenty-two of the 31 highest paid players in the NBA didn’t make the All Star teams

* Dave Cowens fouled out of 86 Celtics games – not one Spur has fouled out this year

* Do you go to a party and can’t hear the game nor control the clicker – or stay at home and high five yourself. Either way treasure these moments – we’ll be talking about these once in a lifetime days the rest of our lives!

1.Patriots Stuff

  • Now we can start getting excited
  • Saw an article that asked if Matt Ryan is the next Tom Brady? What – Matt Ryan is 31 and has a 3-4 playoff record. By that time Brady was 31 – he had three rings and a playoff record of 14-3
  • Since video-gate Tom Brady is 125-35 – (don’t forget videotaping other teams’ signals is not illegal – you just can’t do it from the sideline)
  • A goofy observation – Brady is 4-0 versus team named after an animal – Rams, Eagles, Panthers, Seahawks
  • Brady is 4-0 against the Falcons
  • Patriots have lost three first round picks during the Belichick run – one for the trade to the NYJ, videogate, deflategate

 

  1. Australian Open

* Average age of four finalists- Williams sisters / Federer and Nadal – 34

* Combined grand slam championships –  62

* Does the ball boy get tipped for bringing a towel to the competitors after every point

* How does Nadal wear a watch while playing

* Front row seats went for $24,000

 

  1. Shelf life of Edelman using Welker as gauge – probably got two more years:

Welker Six years – 556 receptions / 926 targets

Edelman four years – 356 receptions / 532 targets

 

  1. Local teams being dominated:

Bruins against Montreal – 0-18 in playoff series from 1943-1988

Patriots in Miami – 0-16 in games from 1970-1985

 

  1. Is Gronk a Hall of Famer if he never plays another game. YES! Below he is compared against some other Hall of Fame tight ends and also Lynn Swann who had a quick but brilliant career (don’t forget Gronk is one of the great blockers from his position):

Gronk………………405 Rec / 6,095 yards / 15.0 avg yd / 69 TD

Dave Casper………..378 Rec / 5,216 yards / 13.8 avg yd / 52 TD

Kellen Winslow…… 541 Rec / 6,741 yards / 12.5 avg yd /45 TD

Jackie Smith………..480 Rec / 7,918 yards / 16.5 avg yd / 40 TD

 

Gronk………88 games / 405 Rec / 6,095 yards / 15.0 avg yd / 69 TD

Lynn Swann 116 games / 336 Rec / 5,462 yards / 16.3 avg yd /  52 TD

 

  1. Mount Rushmore of current local players most likely to go the Hall of Fame – Tom Brady, Patrice Bergeron, Gronk, maybe Pedroia

 

  1. OLD SCHOOL – Hockey News writer Ken Campbell ranked the top 100 NHL players and I’m recommending he lose his driver’s license:

 

1.      Gretzky

2.      Jagr

3.      Jean Beliveau

4.      Dominik Hasek

5.      Bobby Orr

6.      Gordie Howe

21. Phil Esposito

23. Eddie Shore

25. Ray Bourque

36. Milt Schmidt

45. Johnny Bucyk

46. Brad Park

61. Dit Clapper

66. Bill Cowley

76. Joe Thornton

98. Adam Oates

 

No Neely but yes on Toews, Iginla, Bure,

 

  1. AMAZING STAT – – From Either – Russell, Bird, Flutie, Orr, Williams, Pedro, Brady, Neely stat – Neely had 176 goals over 216 games from 1990-1994

JUST A LITTLE BIT OUTSIDE – Bill Belichick when hired by Cleveland in 1991:

  • Youngest head coach at the time – age 38
  • Bobby Knight called Art Modell to provide a reference
  • Belichick said at the press conference: “I’m looking for players who put themselves behind the team, unselfish players. I believe in a team effort
  • Got the job over Bill Cowher – defensive coordinator of Kansas City
  • Browns owner Art Modell on the hire – “It’s a gamble….maybe I’ve struck gold on this one.”
  1. RANDOMOCITY

* Right now, the #1 and #2 picks in the NBA draft would go to the Celtics and then the Lakers

* Sports Illustrated ranked the most iconic moments in NHL history – #1 was Bobby Orr’s goal – boy have we been spoiled

* Golden State scored 86 points in two quaarters

* No on – Sicilian pizza

* Al Horford on pace to play 61 games which means he gets $442,622 a game

* Atlanta is getting new baseball field – the old one was 25 years old and a new football stadium which was only twenty years old

1.Patriots Stuff

 ·         Since the NFL starting checking the air pressure – Brady is 28-6

·         If the Patriots happen to lose – there last three Super Bowl losses came against teams with a combined record of 37-18 vs. your 49-5

·         In Brady’s nine playoff losses – the Patriots had a lead in seven of the games

·         Brady is 7-6 away from home in playoffs

·         Pats skilled players draft position – Lewis – 149 / Brady – 199 / Edelman – 232 / Hogan – undrafted / Blount – undrafted   

·         Falcons skilled players draft position – Matt Ryan – 3 / Julio Jones – 6 / Coleman – 73 / Mohammed Sanu – 83 / Freeman – 103

 

2.  Bruins and Celtics

* Could Marcus Smart’s tantrum the other night be the first steps in following Rondo’s footsteps – trade him now while you can

* Celtics first round pick Jaylen Brown has shown zero improvement – actually going backwards – October shot 59% – January 39%

* Brad Marchand another multi-goal game

 

3. Joe Montana vs. Tom Brady – Most insane argument stance to determine who’s better is that Brady lost two Super Bowls – meaning Montana actually gets credit for not making it to the Super Bowl:

·         After age 36: Brady has a postseason record of 6-1 w/ 18 TD – 8 INT / Montana 2-2 w/ 6 TD – 4 INT

·         Postseason winning percentage – Brady .727 / Montana .696  

·         Conference Championship record – Brady 7-2 / Montana 4-3

 

4. AFC East Division quarterbacks that threw more than 100 passes for their team – and played on the team at some time since 1993:

·         Patriots – (2) – Bledsoe and Brady

·         Dolphins – (20) Dan Marino, Ryan Tannehill, Jay Fiedler, Chad Henne, Chad Pennington, Gus Ferrotte, Matt Moore, Joey Harrington, Cleo Lemon, AJ Feeley, Damon Huard, Scott Mitchell, Steve DeBerg, Ray Lucas, Trent Green, Daunte Culpepper, Brian Griese, Craig Erickson, Sage Rosenfels, John Beck   

·         Jets – (18) – Chad Pennington, Mark Sanchez, Vinny Testeverde, Boomer Esiason, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Geno Smith, Neil O’Donnell, Brett Favre, Browing Nagle, Glenn Foley, Ray Lucas, Frank Reich, Kellen Clemens, Brooks Bollinger, Rick Mirer, Bubby Brister, Bryce Petty, Michael Vick

·         Buffalo – (16) Jim Kelly, Ryan Fitzpatrick, JP Losman, Tyrod Taylor, Trent Edwards, Rob Johnson, Doug Flutie, Drew Bledsoe, Rob Johnson, EJ Manuel, Todd Collins, Adam Van Pelt, Kyle Orton, Frank Reich, Kelly Holcomb, Thaddeus Lewis,

 

5. Name from the Past – Ike Forte

6. Mount Rushmore of most likely poses for Tom Brady Statue – Spiking the ball against Oakland in the Snow Bowl, Holding the Super Bowl trophy, Throwing a pass, pointing at a defender while reading the defense pre-snap

7. OLD SCHOOL – The 2006 AFC Championship game – Patriots vs. Colts featured three touchdowns by either offensive or defensive lineman

·         Logan Mankins

·         Jeff Saturday

·         Dan Klecko

 

8. AMAZING STAT – – From Either – Russell, Bird, Flutie, Orr, Williams, Pedro, Brady, Neely stat – Isaiah Thomas averaging 29.1 point a game (55% of season over)vs Larry Bird 1987-1988 season when he averaged 29.9 points a game:

·         Larry – 28 games between 30-39 points / 11 games between 40-49 points

·         Isaiah – 12 games between 30-39 points / 2 games between 40-49 points / 1 game over 50 points/

·         No Celtic has ever won the scoring title (I sort of like that badge of honor – teamwork)

 

9. JUST A LITTLE BIT OUTSIDE – Boston Racist Stuff – I hate to be a told you so – but the Crowder thing has started the snowball:

·         ESPN Dan LeBatard implied that Boston racist

·         ESPN Bomani Jones said Boston is racist

·         ESPN Israel Gutierrez said Boston is racist

·         David Price stated he was a victim of racial abuse at Fenway

·         Atlanta announcer calls us racist

·         Isn’t defining Amendola, Edelman and Hogan’s abilities by race actually racist?

·         Wasn’t the hatred of the 1986 Celtics – actually the epitome of racism?

·         Sidenote – Hayward made the All Star team / Crowder not so much

 

10.  RANDOMOCITY

* Why not to bet – 30-13 Cleveland loses to 17-27 Sacramento

* I’m strangely sad over Mary Tyler Moore’s passing

* By the way Carol Burnett over-rated

* Thirty years from now – three to five NFL commissioners later – does the league officially apologize to Tom Brady?

* Anybody know what Darrelle Revis is doing next week?

* Rooting for Federer this weekend in the Australian Open championship

1.Patriots vs. Pittsburgh

 

MISC

·         Patriots take us to February again – what a treat!

·         Nice job by crowd singing national anthem – Edwin McCann not sure who you are but good job

·         Yikes win coin toss and not defer – ughhhh!

·         Fireworks before cold game usually gives us fog for five minutes

 

BRADY

·         Comes back after a bad game – big

·         Why is he taking hits up 33-9 – just to get 4 TD passes?

·         Fox Sports writer Andre Vergara got a lot of play on his article today – “Tom Brady Isn’t Nearly as Good in AFC Championship”

·         Brady is 13-1 this year / 33 TD to 4 INT

·         Thank you Tom

 

OFFENSE

·         Big game by Hogan but had nervous hands – bobbling passes – including TD on flea-flicker

·         Edelman another tough game – less talking would be helpful

·         A McDaniel special early – Back to back runs into the line ugh

·         Mitchell only targeted once after the drop

·         Rookies in big games – Mitchell drop / Thuney double snap and then gives up sack

·         Run up the middle not working

·         Blount last three playoff games – 29 rushes for 84 yards (2.89 per carry)

 

DEFENSE

·         Great job making Brown go home with nothing – how many hits on Facebook tonight

·         Letting the quarterback sit back there won’t work against Atlanta

·         Couldn’t they time up the offensive lineman touching the center’s leg to snap?

·         Was Ninkovich the honorary captain for the coin toss and then go up into Mr. Kraft’s box – was there for fumble recovery because pushed so far off the line

·         What’s the story with Eric Rowe getting burnt twice and Steelers receivers dropping balls and then celebrating – get back in the huddle and do better

·         Logan Ryan the best one on one tackler on team

·         Nice job holding them to FG at end of half

·         Atlanta is going to look at game film and see one thing – pick on Rowe

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

·         Love Gostkowski playing the wind – left to right

·         Jones making it happen on special teams

 

BELICHICK GARB / KRAFT SIGHTINGS

·         Belichick was pre-game sleeves cut off sweat shirt and long sleeve t shirt – came out with a blue hoodie

·         Mr. Kraft – First of all – when the President gives you a shout out during the inaugural festivities – you know you’ve made it

·         Mr. Kraft with a peek at him pre-game

·         A bio / profile on CBS about number of games he has won with 10:51 left in second quarter

·         With 2:44 left in third quarter

·         In Post game – nice subtle shot at NFL “for a number of reasons”

 

STEELERS

·         Brown had to have a big game after the Facebook issue

·         Don’t want to list to Steelers fans whining about Bell

·         Loved late in the game when they showed Brown and another receiver laughing on the sideline

 

OFFICIALS

·         Patriots got three calls in third quarter – personal foul hitting Edelman that was a football play / the fumble by Brady / the pull of Jessie James shirt by Chung

 

BROADCAST

·         Who wins in a 40 yard dash – Devlin or Wilfork, Devlin or Mr. Kraft, Devlin or the Minute Men with Musket while reloading

·         From the two-minute warning to 1:39 left in first half – 21 game seconds took 14 minutes

·         Enough with the JD Power award commercials Chevy

·         Stealing the NBC method of going to commercial music with Boston centric music – Boston and J. Geils, Cars

·         When Jimmy fixes the copier in the Pepsi ad, Gostkowski says he fixes the printer

·         Jim Nantz told the audience that the crowd was chanting “Brady” but he wouldn’t touch the “Where is Roger” chant

 

MISC

·         Good use of timeouts by Bill end of first half – didn’t work out but Mikey Likey

·         We will be hearing about the fire alarm for twenty years – just like Don Shula every night while he’s eating apple sauce drooling on himself telling his nurses they look like Mark Henderson

·         Shouldn’t the day after a major sporting event be a state holiday?

·         Tom and Bill were emotional – this one really feels good

·         By the way I was wrong after Seattle game to say they weren’t good enough – I apologize Bill!

 

PITTSBURGH EXCUSES (WHICH WILL BE SHARED BY FELGER TOMORROW)

·         Flu

·         Had to travel

·         Less time than Patriots to get ready

·         Head phones not working right

·         Fire Alarm

·         Bell groin pull (six carries for 20 yards before he was hurt)

·         Defense shifted

 

FOR THE PEOPLE WHO SAY THE PATRIOTS HAD AN EASY RUN TO SUPER BOWL –

   

Games missed by the greatest quarterback ever…………4

Games missed by your best weapon Gronk……………13

Games missed by your second best weapon Lewis….….9

Games missed by your “best” rusher Chandler Jones….18

Games missed by your best linebacker Jamie Collins…..13

Games missed by your best offensive line man Vollmer 18

 

WHO’S MOST BUMMED OUT BY PATRIOTS WIN

·         Goodell just threw up in his mouth

·         Jamie Collins wishes he wasn’t free lancing so much

·         Joe Montana

·         The whole rest of the country –

 

2. Green Bay vs. Atlanta –

·         Atlanta fans don’t deserve anything – front runners and apathetic

·         Hats off to Jordy Nelson playing with broken ribs

·         Rodgers complained to refs four times for flags – won’t see anything from Ray Lewis on twitter

·         Rodgers just flicks his wrist – him and Vick same thing

·         Goodell looked comfy in his sweater

·         Ryan’s insane third down success is not good for a bend and break defense like the Patriots

·         When Atlanta went up 31-0 I would have taken Ryan out

·         Matt Ryan is just a reminder to Boston College fans how far their program has fallen

·         Why wasn’t Green Bay onside kicking every time

·         Was Rodgers family and Brett Farve rooting against him?

·         Good news for Rodgers he can take care of his burnt down house

 

3.  Bruins at home vs road last two years

* At home — 27-30-6 / road — 38-21-9

* Side note – Pastrnak – scoreless streak at 17 games

 

4.  Wes Welker / Don Mattingly were jinxed:

·         Welker with the Patriots 2007-2012/ championship years 2001-2005 / 2014

·         Welker with Denver 2013 -2014 / championship 2015

·         Mattingly with Yankees 1982-1995 / surrounding championship years 1977, 1978, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000

 

5. Name from the Past – Moe Lomay

 

6. Mount Rushmore of dynasties in honor of the Patriots – Clarence DeMar seven Boston Marathons, Celtics eleven championships 1957-1969, Reading Track undefeated 1972-2001, Patriots competed in 11 conference championships in 15 years

 

7. OLD SCHOOL – 1986 Conference Championship fun facts – Patriot vs Miami:

·         Patriots win 21-18

·         Patriots Rushes 59 / Passes 12

·         Tony Eason had three TD passes – 1 yard, 2 yards, 4 yards

·         Patriots allowed 68 yards rushing

·         Dolphins fumbled five times

·         Time of Possession Pats 39:51 / Dolphins 20:09

 

8. AMAZING STAT – – From Either – Russell, Bird, Flutie, Orr, Williams, Pedro, Brady, Neely stat – Tom Brady is going to the Super Bowl for the 7th time!!!

9. JUST A LITTLE BIT OUTSIDE – Rolling Stone put out their top 100 TV shows – below my top 25 list with Rolling Stones ranking for that show in parenthesis

1.All in the Family (9)

2. Seinfeld (5)

3.The Wire (2)

4.Odd Couple (67)

5.Andy Griffith (not top 100)

6.Sopranos (1)

7.Happy Days (65)

8.Dick Van Dyke (90)

9.Mad Men (4)

10.Game of Thrones (12)

11.Mash (16)

12.Curb Your Enthusiasm (19)

13.Brady Bunch (not top 100)

14.Dexter (not in top 100)

15.Breaking Bad (3)

16.Lucy (32)

17.Downton Abbey (66)

18.Lost (39)

19.Waltons (100 top 100)

20.Mary Tyler Moore (46)

21. Deadwood (23)

22. Bob Newhart (53)

23 Taxi (49)

24. House of Cards (83)

25. Sgt Bilko (not in top 100)

 

10.  RANDOMOCITY

* Does anyone watch college basketball anymore?

* Rosie O’Donnell suggesting Trump’s son is autistic is the most outrageous comment I think I have ever heard opening up flood gates from Modern Family actress and Saturday Night Live affiliates – wow!

* Sixers are hot and are just about to get the first pick in the draft back Simmons xxxxxx

* The Deflategate jinx continues – Colts GM Grigson who contacted the NFL has been fired – go join Neidemeyer and Wormer – dead!

* Three pointers destroying the game – I went to a Division III college basketball game – the team shot 28 three pointers and hit only FIVE – 17% – insane

* PGA has a major problem – another 59 this weekend

1.Patriots vs. Pittsburgh

·         Pittsburgh will not win – because they don’t get it. Antonio Brown is more interested in how many hits on his site than staying focused on the prize. Tomlin is whining about game times and travel and the opponent instead of saying tells us where and when and we’ll be there with fire and resolve!

·         Both Brady and Antonio Brown drafted in the sixth round

·         I often will we see Shazir line up over Andrews after last week’s ole performance

·         Second most important Patriot Sunday – Chung – he is charge of shooting that slither of a hole that Bell is waiting to open

·         This Bud Dupree defender is head hunting all over the field – Jack Tatum like

·         Patriots vs. Steelers – Pre Brady: 5-12

·         Patriots points scored in last seven playoff losses 14 / 14 / 21 / 17 / 13 / 16 / 18 – Patriots defense is never the reason for the losses it’s the other team’s defense wins it.

·         If I was Pittsburgh – I would watch last weeks game film / two Giants Super Bowl and Conference championship Ravens win over Pats in Foxboro

·         I let Jessie James go for 8 catches / 83 yards / 1 TD

·         What chant first – “Where is Roger” or “As*hole” for Tomlin

·         Patriots 28-17

 

2. Green Bay vs. Atlanta –

·         I love Atlanta – 38-24

·         Its Atlanta’s attacking defense that impresses me

·         Nine times out of ten Rodgers scrambles to his right – throwing side

 

3.  Was Roger Clemens a Hall of Famer when he left the Red Sox (3time Cy Young / mvp)

 *            Record 192-11 / 3.06 ERA

·         Last four years with Red Sox 40-39 / average 186 innings / 3.77 ERA

·         Federal Express Package shows up in Toronto – Next two years 41-13 / 250 innings / 2.30 ERA

 

4. Multiple Cy Young Award Winners – three you’re in – two is a maybe:

Tim Lincecum – 2

Roy Halladay – 2

Tom Glavine – 2

Gaylord Perry – 2

Johan Santana – 2

Bob Gibson – 2

Bret Saberhagen – 2

Denny McClain -2

Jim Palmer – 3

Pedro – 3

Tom Seaver – 3

Sandy Koufax – 3

Clayton Kershaw – 3

Greg Maddux – 4

Steve Carlton – 4

Randy Johnson – 5

Roger Clemens – 7

 

5. Name from the Past – Juan Beniquez

6. Mount Rushmore of Boston athletes that didn’t win a championship: Ted Williams, Yaz, John Hannah, Cam Neely

7. OLD SCHOOL – Alexander Ovechkin got his 1,000th point this week. Is one of the most under-rated superstars in sports? How many Bruins have a 1,000 points

Ray Bourque……1,506

Johnny Bucyk…..1,339

Phil Esposito…….1,012

 

8. AMAZING STAT – – From Either – Russell, Bird, Flutie, Orr, Williams, Pedro, Brady, Neely stat –  

 Ted Williams after the All Star game in 1949: 358 plate appearances – 100 hits – 81 walks / OBP .506

 

9. JUST A LITTLE BIT OUTSIDE – On the AFI Greatest Comedy lists – Ghostbusters is ranked 28th of all time. Holy cow – that movie was so insanely bad. It’s ranked before -Animal House, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Caddyshack, Take the Money and Run, City Slickers

 

10.  RANDOMOCITY

* 33% of American’s held by Japan in World War II died (58% of Russians in German camps)

* All of sudden Meryl Streep is zooming up the Oscar voting polls since her lecture – things that make me go hmmm.

* Belichick gets those social media names wrong on purpose

* From MSN – the most used password – 123456 / second – 123456789 / third –  qwerty

* Tim Raines makes Hall of Fame – he used to slide on his left leg because he kept a vile of cocaine in his other pocket
* How pissed would you be if you were a policeman who arrested someone with a gun for selling narcotics and that person got pardoned

* Next year Bonds and Clemens are in – the Hall of Fame changed for ever