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Ebner and Raisman Making Massachusetts Proud at Olympic Games

By on August 11, 2016 at 1:12am
www.olympic.org Nate Ebner and Aly Raisman both representing Massachusetts at the Olympics in Rio.

Nate Ebner, safety for the New England Patriots and member of the USA National Rugby 7s Team and Aly Raisman, Needham native and captain of the USA Women’s National Gymnastics Team are both putting the state of Massachusetts on their backs down in Rio at the Olympic games.

Most people may not have known that Nate Ebner was a rugby player at heart. He never played high school football and played rugby at the Ohio State University. After years of rugby and the death of his Father, he decided to try out for the football team at Ohio State in hopes of achieving his dream to play in the NFL. He made the team and also was drafted by the Patriots after college at the 197th pick in the draft. Not only has Nate achieved his dream of playing in the NFL, he also is a Super Bowl Champion with the Patriots.

And even though the Men’s Rugby Team is eliminated from medal contention from their loss on Wednesday, Ebner has made all of us proud. He’s a go-getter and when he puts his mind to something, you better believe he’s going to do it. He said he was going to be an Olympian, and look at him now. His late Father would be proud of him.

Switching gears to women’s gymnastics, I’m sure everyone is aware of who Aly Raisman is how much of an impact she has on the Olympics. Aly and her “Final Five” squad got Gold in the Women’s Team Final Tuesday afternoon. The US beat second place Russia by 8.209 points, the largest margin of victory in olympic women’s gymnastics history. Aly Raisman served as a large impact in the team’s victory as she put on an absolute clinic during the floor exercise. Her final routine left me in awe. The moves she pulls off are truly extraordinary.

Raisman currently has three gold medals to her name. She will try to make that four gold metals when she attempts to go back to back golds in the individual floor competition.

Ebner and Raisman continue to impress all of us in what they do. Thank you for representing this great country and bring home more golds!

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With his more focus on present, Coach Todd Bowles did not mention to announce Monday night that the besieged Ryan Fitzpatrick would always remain the New York Jets’ team beginning quarterback. This is mainly after the team sat for over years during the seven days when they were not playing. This was a risky decision given the brilliance of the team rivals. You can make the Super Bowl odds especially when trying to find out on how the outcome will turn.

“He is healthy, he is been our starter,” said Bowles of Fitzpatrick when he was asked by the media. “I do not see anything wrong that I could have change with the situation right now.” This would definitely makes it one of the easier decisions that the Coach will make when dealing with the existing situations.

The fan base of Jets has been clamoring for very Petty from the start. Fitzpatrick, who is a free agent right after the season, was also a lame duck. However, Bowles is not ready to easily give up on this season when evaluating players for the 2017. This would be something that the team will be looking for especially when dealing with the situations.

“I do not think anything of the argument will ever exists, ” he said when referring to the people who want to know about the future of the player. He continued to say that the player was doing good to improve in form especially when trying to perform better through these years.

Fitzpatrick, who did sign a-year worth $12 million contract this year in July has been having a terrible year especially on his performance. According to his stats, he only has eight touchdown passes with 13 interceptions, which is all tied for the same league lead. This are pretty low stats given that he would be enjoying massive benefits for the club at the end of the season.

Petty blew an opportunity to wrest the job from the Fitzpatrick, after falling to Los Angeles Rams the 9-6 in the first start in NFL. This means that he could improve on his game when looking forward to improve the ratings before the end of the season when playing. He had a late interception, which killed Jets’ from a comeback bid.

Bowles has said that he always plan to easily go back to the Fitzpatrick. This would be an amazing performance given he has been having a terrible performance during the season. “Obviously, you can throw about 10 touchdowns, you need to have to take a close look at it,” he said of the Petty’s chances. “In addition, barring anything outstanding, the Fitz would have been a starter.”

Just last week, the general manager by the same Mike Maccagnan referred to it as a “complicated” decision by saying it is a delicate balance in between trying to have the first win now by evaluating for their future. He also consulted with Bowles, however, the coach had that final say. This is going to be a pretty challenge especially when dealing with the teams that will take part during the championship.

Brady is back!

October 3, 2016 at 12:51pm in Boston, Patriots, Top Story

Tom Brady is officially free.  After Serving his four game suspension, Brady is set to start OctBradyober 9th against the Cleveland Browns.  The fans are excited, the players are excited, and I’m sure Tom himself is thrilled to be back on that field with his teammates.  During Brady’s absence, the Patriots posted a 3-1 record with back up quarterbacks Jimmy Garrappolo and Jacoby Brissett.  If you told me at the beginning of the season that Garrappolo would get hurt and the Patriots would still be 3-1, I wouldn’t believe you.  People were definitely a little nervous about how they would play without Brady but as a team they exceeded expectations.  Yes, it would have been great if they beat Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills yesterday and went 4-0 but unfortunately Garrappolo wasn’t healthy enough to play and Brissett looked a little banged up to.  Honestly the whole team didn’t look ready to play yesterday which is unusual to see from the Patriots.  Don’t get too happy though Rex, Brady and the Patriots will be back looking for Revenge on October 30th.

In my mind I think Garrappolo not starting yesterday is a little bit of a disappointment.  Look I’m not a doctor, nor have I had that injury before but I feel like if you want to become an elite Quarterback in the NFL you have to try and play through that injury.  There were some reports that the Patriots were trying to push him to play the Thursday night game against the Texans, which I thought was unrealistic because that was only four days after suffering that injury.  After rehabbing for two weeks though, I thought he was going to play.  He was practicing throughout the week and throwing the ball pretty well.  Playing through injuries show toughness in a Quarterback and it’s usually the elites one that do it.  For example, Brady has played with that injury, Russell Wilson played through an injury this week, and Big Ben always it’s a little knocked up but most of the time he’s out there playing.  Again, I don’t know how bad the injury was but it would’ve been good to see potentially your future Quarterback showing some toughness.  This was also his last chance to really show the league what he can do.  Now unless Brady gets injured, which would absolutely be devastating, who knows when Jimmy will get his next shot to prove to the league how good he is.

It’s only Monday, but I’m sure me and thousands of Patriots fans already can’t wait for next Sunday.  Bradys back, Ninkovich is back, and hopefully the real Gronk is back.  Good luck Cleveland, your going to need it.

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Get Ready for the 2016 Football Season

September 1, 2016 at 10:23pm in Patriots

In America, the start of September means one thing – football season. Colleges around the country are beginning their march to the national championship. The NFL is also starting things off strong. The first game of the 2016 season will be a rematch between the Panthers and Broncos. Continue reading Get Ready for the 2016 Football Season »

Garoppolo will have a lot on his plate to start the year. (Kevin Hoffman, USA Today Sports).

On July 15th Tom Brady announced to the world he would no longer seek legal action in the infamous “Deflategate” scandal, thus ending the longest, and quite possibly the most ridiculous sports story ever, that was endlessly talked about for the better part of a year and a half. At that moment, it became clear Brady would accept his four game suspension, and put an end to his 14 year starting streak in the process. The man who has grown from hidden-gem to living legend had to hand the reigns over to Jimmy Garopplo, the unproven yet highly touted backup, therefore creating quite the interesting scenario for the QB from Eastern Illinois. Continue reading The Curious Case of Jimmy Garoppolo »

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The New England Patriots have one of the most prolific duos in NFL history. Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, to be specific. The pair has combined for 65 touchdowns throughout the seven years Gronkowski has been in the league, titanic numbers for two players that were not drafted in the first round. Compare those 65 touchdowns to Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, who scored 67 times together (over nine years).

Are Gronk and Brady the best QB-TE duo of all time? Yes. Are they the best QB-receiver duo of all time? Most likely not (this year), but if the production stays at a high level, expect Brady and Gronk to finish with around 90 total touchdown connections.

These stats and more contribute to the reasoning behind NFL players voting for the QB in the two spot, and the tight end in the nine spot. Both are well-deserved, and some Patriots fans expressed distaste that Gronk was not higher, above players such as Julio Jones and Aaron Rodgers.

Also making the list was Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, coming off a season hindered by a broken foot. Edelman, once described as the toughest cover in the NFL, is the type of blue collar worker that New Englanders love. Number eleven takes hits across the middle, has a nose for the end zone, and always places the team first. His true return this year, as opposed to his return in the postseason against KC, should bring about another 7 touchdowns for himself and Brady, once Brady returns in week 5 against Cleveland. Edelman cracked the list at number 87.

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The New England Patriots are loaded headed into the season.  They have had the best offseason of any team in the AFC if not in the league.  However with as good as they are their are a few teams that could challenge them in the AFC.

3. Houston Texans

The Texans have had a sneaky good offseason.  They signed two key free agents in Brock Osweiler, and Lamar Miller, they still have JJ Watt who we all know can be very dominant.  Deandre Hopkins is coming off of a breakout season and he should only get better with the signing of Brock Osweiler.  I have never taken the Texans serious, but if there is a team that could surprise people it’s them.

2. Indianapolis Colts

At 8-8 last season The Colts totally underperformed, but this team still has super bowl potential.  With The Colts it’s really just a question if they can stay healthy or not.  However, with Andrew Luck this team has a chance to make some noise in the AFC, until they play The Pats.

1.Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers are clearly the second best team in the AFC, again they need to stay healthy.  With Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, and Le’veon Bell, this offense will be very difficult to run with.  Luckily, The Pats have a pretty good offense themselves.  The Pats play at Pittsburgh this season, should be one of the best games of the year.

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