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1.Patriots vs. Miami

·         Dolphins played 3 games against playoff teams – 1-2 (beat Steelers)

·         Dolphins have three receivers with at least 685 yards – Landry, Stills, Parker

·         Dolphins receivers have only put the ball on the ground once all season

·         Suh alert – he went for Brady’s knee last year – he’ll do it again – he’s angry

·         Kicker Andrew Franks – is Franks and Beans – he is 16 for 21 – 2 for 5 from 40 yards or more

·         Six Dolphin receivers have catches of 50 yards or more

·         Hmm New Years Day – in Miami – I see a lot of sun burned fans with high blood alcohol and Pat Patriot tattoos

·         Can’t be in Miami and not think about 1986 Squish the Fish game

·         Dan Marino is to Wilt Chamberlain is to Sammy Sosa – all stats not many championships


2. AROUND THE NFL – Best Cornerbacks – ranked by All Pro teams – AP

* Rod Woodson – 6

* Deion Sanders – 6

* Darrell Revis – 4

* Night Train Lane – 3

* Champ Bailey – 3

* Mike Haynes – 3

* Charles Woodson – 3

* Ty Law – 2

* Mel   Blount – 2



·         Patriots are 8-5 odds to win Super Bowl which is 1st

·         Red Sox are 11-2 odds to win World Series which is 2nd behind Cubs  

·         Celtics 45-1 to win championship which is 7th

·         Bruins are 30-1 to win championship which is 16th



·         Celtics shoot 31-48 from two-point land – 65%

·         Celtics shoot 20-21 from free throw line – 95%

·         Celtics 12-37 from three-point land – 32%



 ·         Fourteen of the top 50 ranked college football players are in the BCS playoffs – cbs rankings

·         BC finished 75th in strength of schedule

·         If you are up by one point late in the game – I would take a knee on the extra point – in some cases the only way you can lose is a block and return


6. Massachusetts golf courses in the MSN top 100:

19. The Country Club – Brookline

75. Boston Golf Club – Hingham

79. Old Sandwich Golf Club – Plymouth

84. Kittansett Club – Marion


7. OLD SCHOOL – Patriots haven’t had an offensive Rookie of the Year in over 20 years but they did have three in eight years:

·         Curtis Martin – 1995

·         Leonard Russell – 1991

·         John Stephens – 1988


8. AMAZING STAT – Bruins are 28th in the power play – now that’s dynamic

9. JUST A LITTLE BIT OUTSIDE – New Year’s Resolutions

·         I will stop commenting on John Farrell pinch running Steve Wright

·         I will invest emotionally in the Bruins during regular season

·         I will say that Horford is worth the money

·         I will be positive

·         I will pronounce my R’s

·         I will not have any more typppo’s

·         I won’t whine

·         I will complement the Chicago leadership for protecting its citizens

·         I will treasure the 4 hour Red Sox games

·         I won’t complain about McDaniels calling for back to back runs for Blount up the middle

·         I will complement the Clode Julian boring, sluggish style of play



* English soccer was lampooned for hiring an American coach in Bob Bradley of course they fired him after just 11 games (2-9 record)

* Arkansas tight end at the Belk Bowl gets caught shoplifting at Belk during a tour – classic – he should host Saturday Night Live for that one

* If you have 15 minutes and you are a boss, parent or coach of millennials youtube Simon Sinek Millennials in workspace

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This year’s 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship will be one to watch for Bruins fans looking to get a glimpse into the future roster on Causeway Street.

In the annual post-Christmas Day tournament, the B’s boast five prospects from three different countries that all will be competing for a gold medal.

The yearly World Junior Championship showcases the most talented hockey players, 20 years old and under, in an Olympic-like atmosphere. There are two groups, Group A and Group B. Each team will play the other four teams in their group in round-robin play and the four teams with the best record in each group will move on to the medal round. Then its single elimination with a gold and bronze medal game at the conclusion. This year’s tournament is being held in Canada, with games being played at the Bell Centre in Montreal and the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

The Bruins have stockpiled draft picks over the past couple seasons, with some of them making immediate impacts (read as: Brandon Carlo) and others are starting to inch closer and closer to professional hockey, meaning good things are in store for the Black and Gold.

Here are the five players representing their countries and the Bruins in this years Junior Championship:

Jeremy Lauzon — CAN

Daniel Vladar — CZE

Jakub Zboril — CZE

Ryan Lindgren — USA

Charlie McAvoy (Assistant Captain) — USA

Four of the five are defensemen while Vladar will be jousting for time in the crease as one of the three goalies for the Czech Republic. McAvoy and Lindgren lead a stacked blue line for the Americans, Zboril returns for his second tournament hoping to improve upon the Czech Republic’s fifth place finish last year and Lauzon enters the tourney in a similar spot aspiring to contribute to a Canadian team that underachieved last year who finished in sixth place.

Zach Senyshyn, the controversial pick 15th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, was a notable cut from Team Canada as he’s put up impressive numbers posting 17 goals and 28 points in 25 games for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds this season.

Team USA begins play today with their opener against Latvia, then plays Slovakia on Wednesday and wraps up round-robin play with two high-powered matchups with Russia and Canada, with the latter coming on New Year’s Eve.

Happy Holidays hockey fans!

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Connelly Top Ten – Merry Christmas

December 25, 2016 at 8:01pm in Uncategorized

1. Patriots vs. Jets


 ·         How many wives said to their husbands (or vice versa) as they left to go to Foxboro – do not show up back at this house drunk on Christmas Eve – and don’t hang around in that parking lot after the game either

·         Jets didn’t want to compete – someone should have fought someone on that sideline – they were stealing money on Saturday

·         Butler and Blount All Star game snubs – two interceptions / two TD

·         No Injuries – one more game to go

·         When is the bullseye guy behind the kicking net gonna get his due – the bullseye should go in the Patriot Hall of Fame

·         Gostkowski 11 for his last 11 now we are cooking



·         Appreciate every game that he is your quarterback!

·         How isn’t Brady your MVP – he is 10-1 with 25 TD to 2 INT / he has as many wins as Matt Ryan and more than Aaron Rodgers and Brady missed four games



·         Starting field position was insane all day 47 yard line, Jets 47 etc

·         Man – Edelman is yapping more than ever

·         James White had a bad drop on an amazing touch pass down the sideline

·         Two McDaniel specials on the first two drives – moving the ball into the red zone and then he decides to give Blount the ball between the tackles on back to back plays one causing a field goal and the other a nice third down pass to bail them out

·         Great catch by Hogan over the middle – what Steve Sabol at NFL films would have done with that slo mo footage and the pounding music in the background



·         Secondary was amazing – Rowe amazing interception, Butler two, Logan Ryan diving deflection

·         Players from last years defense not in the starting line up on Saturday – Jamie Collins, Chandler Jones, Dont’a Hightower, Jonathan Freeney, Malcom Brown, Jerod Mayo, Sealver Siliga, Dominique Easley

·         My main man Elandron Roberts dropping in again to lead the Patriots in tackles



·         Bill started off with Blue hoodie and Thurston Howell towel but again this week tried to catch me asleep at the wheel – came out at halftime with blue windbreaker / sweatcoat

·         Mr. Kraft a huge first day of Hanukah with three separate sightings

o   3:02 left in first quarter

o   4:53 left in second quarter (Jonathan on cell phone)

o   Between third and fourth quarter (Jonathan on cell phone)



·         Glad to see Slater push for Ebner to go to Pro Bowl (I think it should be Brandon King) but that shows you voters just put down the same name – Slater has not had a great year

·         I trade Garappolo and a fifth pick to Cleveland for their first and fifth and then sign Ryan Fitzgerald as seasoned back up for cheap money (he made enough)

·         How insane that Petty has never played in rain in his LIFE and it looked it – he should be embarrassed the way he played scared – he needed a Johnny Fontane slap



* Devastating injuries on Christmas Eve – the Carr injury (I hate to say this) helps the Patriots

* When I see devastating injuries, I think about what Craig Janney once talking about dealing with an injury both the pain and not being able to play – he said to keep perspective he would leave the Boston Garden and make sure he drove by the Shriner’s Burn Institute to remind himself he was lucky

* Vikings players conspiring against their coach not to implement game plan and they lose – spoiled brats who have been treated like kings since Pop Warner


3. Top Five Quarterbacks in touchdown passes and how they spread it around:

Manning  539 TD to 49 different receivers

Favre – 508 TD to 61 different receivers

Brees  – 463 TD to 57 different receivers

Brady – 453 TD to 64 different receivers with Matt Lengel added to the list Saturday

Marino –  420 TD to 51 different receivers


4. List of who can’t get hurt next week:

·         Brady

·         Edelman

·         Lewis

·         Gostkowski

·         Bennett

·         Hightower

·         Butler

·         Offensive Line


5. Which stat is really not as good as it looks:

·         Blount’s 17 TD – only 1,000 yard rusher below 4 yards a carry / of the nine 1,000 yard rushers he has the lowest percentage of first downs to carries

·         Dice K’s 18 wins in 2008 (WHIP was 1.324 / OBP against .321 / went to 3-2 counts on 109 batters and walked 44 / hits 12 for a .514 OBP yikes)


6. THANK YOU PATRIOTS – Since 2003:

* 16 win season – 1

* 14 Win seasons – 4 (assuming they win next Sunday)

* 13 Win seasons – 1

* 12 Win seasons – 5

* 11 wins season – 1

* 10 wins seasons – 2 (those seasons are seen as a failure)


7. OLD SCHOOL – Top Minutes played in the famous 1976 Game 6 Celtics – Suns:

Jo Jo White…….60

John Havlicek….58

Dave Cowens……55 (fouled out)

Paul Silas………44  (fouled out)

Charlie Scott……33 (fouled out)  


8. AMAZING STAT – What’s a more insane number?

·         Linebacker Mike Vrabel – 8 receptions / 8 touchdowns

·         Running Back Andy Johnson -8 pass completions / 5 touchdowns  

9. JUST A LITTLE BIT OUTSIDE – Patriot Game will profit off a tragedy – how about these donations to the following causes:

·         MIT Police

·         Watertown Police

·         Boston Police

·         Boston Marathon medical tent equipment

·         Scholarships in the Name of all those who died

·         A sophisticated program for those still suffering mental scars

·         A navy seal team to bring Speed bumps mother back to answer for her shop lifting crimes – as well for as giving birth to the two animals

·         Financial assistance for those businesses that suffered



* Patriots Day box office earnings will be interested – people around the country might be sick of the whole Boston Strong, Marathon bombing stuff and can’t say it outwardly but might say it by picking another movie

* I know it was Wham in all but George Michael was a great talent – youtube a great live song he did – Somebody to Love

1. Patriots vs. Jets

 ·         Patriots are 4-1 against teams over .500

·         If Vinatieri gets booed in this town – Revis should be Bronx cheered everytime someone catches a pass on front of him

·         Jets QB’s have combined for 14 TD to 22 INT (appreciate every Tom Brady game)

·         Hope Pats linebackers have figured out that running back as a receiver thing – Bilal Powell has 53 receptions

·         If you like Michael Floyd at the end of the season and he is passing breathalyzers every day – send the Kraft jet for Randy Moss and have him spend 48 hours with the receiver and tell him what Tom Brady could do for his legacy

·         Leonard Williams is a beast on the line with 8 sacks

·         Almost feel bad for Jets fans having to watch this on Christmas Eve / first night of Hanukah  


2. Leading receivers per game this year

·         Edelman……..5

·         Bennett………3

·         Gronkowski…..3

·         Hogan………..2

·         Mitchell………1


3.  The Houston Rockets are averaging 39 three pointers a game – that means one every 73 seconds of the game – that can’t be good for the game

4. Patriots record with Brady at Quarterback when scoring less than 21 points

Regular Season…24-39 regular season / 4-7 playoffs  233 / 31

·         Regular season score 21 points or more 73%

·         Playoffs score 21 points or more 64% of the time


5. Mount Rushmore of Tom Brady TD’s receivers – Gronk 67 TD / Moss 39 TD / Welker 34 TD / Branch 24 TD

6. Name from the Past – In honor of Michael Floyd’s Blood alcohol of .217

* In 1907, the Boston Americans traded future Hall of Famer Jimmy Collins to Philadelphia for John Knight who hit a Michael Floyd like .217 going 78-360 while committing 32 errors in 96 games / two years later he would hit .312 for the Yankees

7. Old School – I think the Bill Belichick statue should go on the other end of the bench that the Red Auerbach statue sits on in Quincy Market – they can eternally talk with each other Who are the three through ten Boston Coaches after Belichick and Red:



3. Tom Heinsohn

4.Terry Francona

5. Bill Parcells

6. Harry Sinden

7. Dick Williams

8. Chuck Fairbanks

9. Bill Fitch

10. Doc Rivers


8. Amazing Stat – Highest Red Sox career batting average with at least 100 at bats:

·         Rudy Pemberton 36-104 (.346)

9. Just a Little Bit Outside –What I want for Christmas

·         For John Farrell not to pinch run Chris Sale

·         For a Red Sox sideline reporter not to hook up with someone in the dugout

·         For Gronk to sign Oscar Goldman as his agent

·         For Stanley Morgan, Dwight Evans, Curt Schilling, Luis Tiant, Gerry Cheevers, Troy Brown to get Hall of Fame consideration

·         For Seinfeld to come back

·         For the NBA to restrict three point shooting

·         For every new hockey rink be required to build an ice service the size of European rinks

·         For pass protection, blitzing and hurry up offense in the playoffs

·         For the window not to close on Brady, Bergeron and the Celtics draft picks

·         For Horford be worthy at least half the money

·         An Uber account for Michael Floyd

·         A Salary cap and floor in baseball

·         To get to the buffet before Panda

·         For the Killer B’s to play the outfield in Boston for the next for ten years

·         For Fenway to be here fifty more years

·         The Celtics to get a roster so Isaiah can be a 6th man and Crowder a 7th man

·         Marcus Smart to get a jump shot

·         Back up goalie for Bruins (they are 1-8)

10.  Randomocity

* Tough to watch Gronk in the Madden commercials

* I think Christian McCaffrey should have to give back a portion of his scholarship if he is going to sit out of bowl games to save himself for draft

* I think Pomeranz goes off this summer and wins at least 16 but more likely a Bill Lee 17

* Me and my conspiracies – thought it was unusually courageous the way that photographer stood and took pictures of the Russian ambassador being shot – hmm he will get awards and shooter gets his cause documented – things that make me go hmmmm.

1. Patriots vs. Denver


 ·         Peyton Manning took one look at the weather in Denver Sunday and sang to the Nationwide melody – I’m – So – Glad – That – I’m – Not – Playing

·         How can Brady even look at Walt Anderson the Ben Dreith Wanna-be

·         Now you got Dion Lewis and Edelman returning kicks and punts – ugh

·         The letting Derby go to your main rival is a head scratcher

·         Players of the game – Ryan Allen, Flowers, Cannon

·         This Jonathan Jones guy keeps making players – fumble recovery this week



·         Not his best game but good enough

·         Amazing throw off his back foot over two defenders to the far sideline to Edelman

·         Brady got hit late in front of Anderson twice – nothing

·         He was lucky to get away with no grounding penalty threw it toward goal post with no one there



·         39 rushes / 32 passes

·         Dion Lewis 20 touches is too many

·         I think Edelman suffered a concussion in the second half over the middle but was able to get off the field

·         Edelman 12 targets / 6 catches

·         Saw Bennett screaming at the other tight end on a formation issue forcing Brady to burn timeout

·         The Hogan drop on third down could have been a game changer



·         One of Butler’s best games – shutting down Sanders

·         Saw Eric Rowe chasing a lot

·         Sheard getting back to his old self

·         Flowers getting after QB all day

·         Big hit by McCourty on Thomas



·         Blue Winter Coat to start the game and then a sneaky change at halftime to blue hoodie

·         Robert at the 2:00 minute warning at end of the half

·         Kraft was crafty sneaking in a late triple axel into the routine with a sighting with 4:05 left in the third quarter



·         Gostkowski getting hot down the stretch

·         I think Phil Simms has a little bro – crush on Devlin

·         Scarnecchia (I’m not checking how to spell his name – you know who I mean) went old school with Pat Patriot winter hat

·         I love Ward flexing his muscles down 16-3 after making a game ending penalty


2. Around the NFL

·         Think Lester Hayes still has stickum and Jerry Curl still present on his hands?

·         Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award – The leader of the Steelers with deflated balls and crazy steroid users in the 70’s

·         Big KC loss that helps / Raiders are lurking though


3.  Bruins – Celtics

·         Big win by 76ers over Nets in the Celtics race to a better pick

·         Reason #4,216 whats wrong with NBA – The last two minutes of the Celtics game took over 15 minutes

·         The Celtics very average season continues with a win on Sunday to got to 15-12 / on a pace for 46 wins / 33% of season over

·         Bruins are over achieving with that roster at 17-13-3 / 40% of season over / on a pace for 42 wins

·         Jimmy Hayes a game winner


4. Thank you Tom Brady (amazing when free agents pick money over the Patriots):

Martellus Bennett record last year / this year…..6-10 to 14-2?

Chris Hogan’s record last year / this year………8-8 to 14-2?

McCllenlan’s record last year / this year……….6-10 to 14-2

Van Noy – record last year / this year…………..7-9 to 14-2

Chris Long – record last year / this year………..7-9 to 14-2?


5. Mount Rushmore of Boston Special Days: Opening Day, Boston Marathon, Charles Regatta, Swan Boats in the Public Garden  

6. Name from the Past – Sherman Douglas – had the best tear drop shot in the paint. Played 269 games with Celtics from 1991 to 1996 averaging 11.1 points / 6.8 assists

7. Old School – Rod Carew stats (Friday went through 13 hour surgery – heart and kidney transplant)

·         1973-1977 – he averaged .358 (1052 hits in five year = 210 a season)

·         For the last thirteen years of his career – he never struck out more than he walked

·         Eighteen time All Star, Rookie of the Year, MVP, Seven batting titles

·         Finished second in the batting race at age 37 with a .339 average

·         And get this – when he bunted for a hit (with bases empty) he hit .722 (91 for 126)


8. Amazing Stat – Throwing to the Wrong Team – George Blanda for Houston Oilers in 1962:

·         Forty-two interceptions in 418 attempts

·         Threw for 27 TD’s

·         Amazingly with all those turnovers the Houston Oilers went 11-3

·         In the Playoff game – Blanda threw five more interceptions

·         He was also their field goal kicker and MISSED 15 of 26 that year

·         Just think he threw an interception every 9.95 attempts / Brady this year has thrown an interception every 186 attempts

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – In 1962

·         Arnold Palmer won the Masters and US Open

·         Ali Beats Champ Archie Moore

·         John Glenn Orbits the Earth

·         Gordie Howe NHL MVP (62-63)

·         Patty Duke won the Oscar for the Miracle Worker

·         They all died within eight months of each other in 2016 – fifty four years later


10.  Randomocity

* Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run book is #3 on Amazon not to be confused with real Born to Run book on running which is still in the top 1,500 after eight years

* People complaining about the Patriots Spygate realize that its not illegal to film someone else’s signals – just not from the sideline

* Red Sox aren’t thinking of retiring Tim Wakefield’s number are they?

* Saw Moonlight this weekend – B is the grade – thought a little bit disjointed

* Pedroia needs 2,500 hits for Hall of Fame which means 817 from age 32 on with a  body that not equipped for longevity

* Patriots called out on Saturday Night Live for cheating again this week – same week of the Steelers doing the same thing – this is what the league did to their legacy.

* Quick update on Chicago with two weeks to go – 769 killed / 4,241 shot (that’s like 13 a day every day for a whole year)

* Pet peeves in this order – people talking during a movie or show at a theatre, people driving slow in speed lane with huge gap in front of them, people talking on their cell phone in public area, neighborhood dogs negatively impacting my life.

1. Making Krafts Money – Value of franchise from 2002 to 2016 (statista.com)

·         2002 Value- $571 million

·         2015 Value – $3.4 billion


2. Beneficiaries from Deflategate Investigation – NFL costs $23mm:

·         League hates Patriots and thus other owners granted Goodell $29,000,000 salary for sticking it to Patriots and Tom Brady

·         Ted Wells fee $3,000,000 to $5,000,000

·         NFL Players Association lawyer – $3,000,000

·         Patriots rebuttal report cost – $500,000


3. Making Offensive Coordinators Money

Weis – $25mm at Notre Dame / $10mm a year from Kansas / $7mm Florida

O’Brien – $2mm from Penn State a year / $5mm a year from Houston Texans

McDaniel – $8mm from Broncos / $1.5mm per year from Patriots


4. Making Wide Receivers Rich

David Patten…….Signed with Redskins….$13mm / 5 years

David Givens……Signed with Titans…….$24mm / 5 years

Jermaine Wiggins..Signed with Vikings…..$7.3mm / 5 years

Deion Branch……Signed with Seattle……$39mm / 6 years

Shane Vereen……Signed with Giants…….$12.5mm / 3 years

Daniel Graham…..Signed with Broncos….$30mm / 5 years

Ben Watson……..Signed with Browns……$12mm / 3 years

Aaron Hernandez..Signed with Pats………$40mm / 5 years

Gronk……………Signed with Pats……….$53mm / 6 years


5. Realtors commission from Brady real estate transactions (assume 5% fee):

Beacon Hill sale…….$9,200,000 x 5% = $460,000 fee

Brookline buy.………$4,500,000 x 5% = $225,000 fee

California – Sell..……$40,000,000 x 5% = $2,000,000 fee

New York – Buy……$14,000,000 x 5% = $700,000 fee


5b.  4. Foxboro Friendly – town received $18,000,000 in fees for the construction of Patriot Place


6. Brady primary charity – Best Buddies:

United State Funds Raised……….$21,686,015

International Funds Raised……….$26,580,000


7. Old School – Brady agent Don Yee – assume he gets 10% of income earned:

Salary………..$13,764,000 x 10% = $1,376,400 fee

Endorsements..$8,000,000 x 10% = $800,000 fee


8. Brady teammates that got media gigs after their career:

·         Willie McGinest

·         Ty Law

·         Heath Evans

·         Randy Moss

·         Matt Chatham

·         Ted Bruschi

·         Rodney Harrison

·         Jermaine Wiggins

·         Troy Brown

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – 2015 Revenues of products Brady endorses:

UGGS (Decker)..…….$1.81 billion in sales

Under Armour…………$3.96 billion in sales

Simmons Bedding…….$1.13 billion in sales

Movado………………..$587 million in sales

Mars Company…………$23.4 billion net worth


10.  Randomocity

* RIP Craig Sager who did his top ten favorite outfits for my NBA List Jam book – his #1: “The 2001 All Star Game – Black and Silver aluminum suit (Versace); zebra shirt; Timberwolves tie” for which Tony Kornheiser said – “Indescribably hideous gray suit Sager claimed was made by Versace, yeah, hymie Versace. Last time I saw anyone wear something lie that was Lloyd Bridges in Sea Hunt.”

* College coaches that were available that BC passed on Art Briles, Lane Kiffin, Charlie Strong, Matt Rhule

* Rask is the best goalie in the NHL – call me when the playoffs start (if they make it)

* How long before Chris Sale cuts up John Farrell’s uniform?  

* Hey maybe Cyrus Jones could be Michael Floyds designated driver

* So Baylor Football is destroyed for not being proactive on claims against their players – now Minnesota does the reverse and suspends 10 players – the rest of the players are boycotting the bowl game – I’d tell them to stay home and bring some Gopher frat flag football team.  

* Haven’t see Chris Mortenson’s report on the Steelers deflated footballs

1.Patriot vs. Ravens


·         Handed 21 points away – two fumbles and Brady end zone interception

·         Has everyone left the parking lot

·         Not often do you lose the turnover game 3-1 and win

·         You take away the two special team turnovers and it’s the Patriots most complete game of the year


·         At what point do you we find out that bookmakers have Cyrus Jones family hostage somewhere

·         If you remember earlier there was a bouncing punt and for some reason Jones went over toward the ball and just hung around dangerously close to it hitting his foot

·         Slater bad game all around – no tackles again / wasn’t ready to step in for Hogan when he got hurt forcing a time out / fumbles kick off leading to a touchdown

·         Great block by McClellan – he needed that after he kicked a punt through the end zone for a touchback

·         Nice night in the punting game – kicking and covering


·         Brady is getting to the point of his career that almost every game he will be breaking milestones

·         I know the voters are dying to give a Cowboy the MVP but Brady is 7-1 with 22 TD to 2 INT


·         The targeting of Edelman is a problem 15 times for seven catches – got to incorporate James White and Deion Lewis in passing game

·         Edelman three drops – tied for the league lead now with seven – seems like more

·         Is it me or does Blount very rarely break a tackle and actually get knocked backwards as opposed to a Terrell Davis who always fell forward for two more yards (except for that run to seal it at the end)

·         Offensive line was excellent

·         A more creative game for McDaniel though did the play action end around – that doesn’t work because a fake run up the middle doesn’t move linebackers off their spot

·         Hogan had an end around that if he kept it outside he had a touchdown but ran into pile

·         Former O line coach DeGuglielmo must be bummed listening to the Dante lovefest every week

·         Lewis not many snaps – again I’m all right save him

·         Chris Hogan on his touchdown run had no one chasing him – have to run some clock and run along the goal line until they get to him


·         Best game of the year – although they can’t cover anyone out of the backfield

·         Hightower and Branch going to Pro Bowl

·         Logan Ryan is an excellent tackler

·         Gruden confirmed what I have been thinking Patriots use more three men rushers than any team in league – 22% of the time compared to rest of the league 8%

·         The Secondary is better at tackling than little linebackers

·         Cy Jones head is done – you can’t put him on corner where he got beat long


·         Back with the blue windbreaker / sweatcoat – short sleeve – surprised no hat with pom pom

·         Kraft sightings – got off to a slow start but had a strong 3rd quarter 11:10 and 8:45


·         Ed Hoculi definitely practices his first down signal in the mirror


  • If I’m in Baltimore I might say it was a little bit of a Brady fest


·         If the NFL had legal bearings on low PSI affair then they would be compelled to follow through with an investigation on the Steelers – because the source was exactly the same – a team bringing an issue to the attention of the league

·         I love that this happened – this validates that Deflategate was nothing more than going after the Patriots

·         It will be interesting to see if Titan Harry Douglas and Calais Campbell get fined for their hits this weekend – because those same hits on the Patriots weren’t fined – when Burfict wasn’t fined for the hit on Bennett and Chancellor wasn’t fined for assault on Brady’s knee

·         By the way Talib has at least two gun incidents – Harry better wear a vest