Posted in Sports, The New England Patriots

Never Underestimate Greatness

I wish I could say I sat and watched the entire Super Bowl last night.  But I can’t because I didn’t.

To my credit I did watch about the first twenty minutes.  I even caught several different-angled views of Lady Gaga’s performance from where I was standing in my kitchen.

I wasn’t even watching the game when the Patriots scored their first three points.  Where was I?  Several places.

I was washing up the dinner dishes in the kitchen sink.  Then I went into my bedroom to write.  Eventually my daughter came in and we worked on her book report.  I didn’t feel guilty.  My sister was in my basement browsing through Facebook and my husband was sitting at the kitchen table filing taxes.  So I wasn’t the only one not paying attention to the game.

I think it was after ten o’clock when I figured it was time to put the Patriots Christmas tree and snowglobe away for another year and get ready for bed.  I remember walking past my daughter’s bedroom where my husband had the TV on and I caught a glimpse of what looked like an excited Tom Brady sitting on the bench.  At this point in time I still believed we only had three points.  Only because my husband doesn’t say a word if something exciting happens and had not, as he usually does, kept me up-to-date on the happenings.  Because they really hadn’t been happening.

I finally got up the nerve to ask him what the score was and when he told me it was 20-28 with only a few minutes left and we had just stopped Atlanta and were getting the ball back, a little sliver of hope ran through me.  My husband told me that we had already done a two-point conversion earlier and would need to do another just to tie.  He also reminded me that no team in the Super Bowl had ever come back from being this far down and won.  I knew if there was a team who could do that, this was the team.  He also told me there had never been overtime in the Super Bowl.  That was all about to change.

So we all hung around in my daughter’s room watching the game, since my daughter had something else on the TV in the living room.  I figured if we were going down I may as well watch and, what the hell, we’d come this far.  It was nothing to be ashamed of.

Overtime rules declare the first team to score a touchdown wins.  Luckily we won the coin toss, which, if you look back on the history of the Patriots under Tom and their OT records, they usually win the coin toss in OT and they usually win the game.  I do believe if the Falcons had won the coin toss we would’ve done everything in our power to stop them and would’ve still won the game.

I never knew I could hyperventilate because of a football game but last night I swear I did.  I’ve never won the lottery but I can only imagine that the feeling would imitate the feeling I had last night as I witnessed The New England Patriots win their fifth Super Bowl.

No longer can this team, especially Tom Brady, be underestimated.

 

Posted in Sports, The New England Patriots

Fear The Fans

I was a fan of the New England Patriots long before ASSHOLE became “president”.

The fact that some people on the team associate with ASSHOLE is their business.  It’s their problem, not mine. That’s something that they’ll have to live with and as long as it doesn’t affect they way they play football, coach a team or run a franchise, I don’t give a shit.  Although I detest ASSHOLE, it doesn’t change the way I feel about the Patriots.

I know there are many people on the Falcons who associate with ASSHOLE as well.  Many voted for him.  Am I one to tell any Falcons fan to stop liking the Falcons because of their association?  I don’t think so.

Although our newly elected ASSHOLE will probably never take the advice of Joe Biden and “grow up”, as football fans, we should.  We’re better than that.

This is the Super Bowl, not Election Night.  Let’s act like it.

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Why Should Anyone Be Surprised?

The Bills lost.

The Jets lost.

The Dolphins lost.

The Colts lost.

The Patriots….wait…WON?  Really?  Against the Great Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals?  Without Tom, Gronk, Lewis, Jesus Christ and the very spirit of Vince Lombardi in their presence? With still-wet-behind-the-ears Jimmy G at the helm?  Whodathunkit?  Pinch me.  I must be dreaming.

C’mon, people.  Wake up and smell the Dunks.  These are the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS!  You should know better by now than to underestimate this TEAM.  Because that’s what they are:  A TEAM.

Yes, it wasn’t pretty.  Not every win is going to be.  But a win is a win.  Yes, you can say “luck” may have had something to do with it.  But our kicker didn’t miss any field goals.  And as any Patriots fan knows, sometimes it’s that final field goal that cements the game.

So as Rex Ryan is getting his wife’s bean dip ready for his Super Bowl party (because he’s all ready written the Bills off for the season…the man just has so much faith in his team 🙂 ), here is a great winning smile from Bill Belichick

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and an even better one from our WINNING QB!

Welcome to the NFL, Jimmy G!
Welcome to the NFL, Jimmy G!
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Everything Happens For A Reason

After nearly two years “deflategate” has come to an end.  We had so much fun with it.  We learned so much about footballs, cell phones, PSI and how much of a true asshole good ol’ Rodge really is.

So Brady misses four games.  Big deal.  He missed an entire season in 2008 and the Patriots survived.  They will survive again.

Think back to 2001.  What if Mo Lewis hadn’t taken out Drew Bledsoe?  What if Bledsoe had been a phenomenal QB?  How long would Tom Brady have been sitting on the sidelines before shuffling off to Buffalo, or worse yet, the fucking JETS?  Where would he be now?  Where would the Patriots be?

Now think to the future.  It could be this year, one year, five years, ten years.  Who knows how long Brady will actually be able to keep playing.  You never know when something worse than a four game suspension may occur.  Wouldn’t it be good to have someone there to back up Tom, just as he was there to back up Drew?  I’m not saying the torch is being passed.  Far from it.  I think everyone is quite aware Brady still has plenty of gas left in the tank.  What I’m saying is that “everything happens for a reason”.  Because of the suspension we will get a real look at Jimmy G and see what he will be able to give the Pats.  For now Jimmy G is the future QB of the Patriots.  Wouldn’t it be good to know if he is the right one?

If the suspension had never happened, we would never know.

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“Tough Times Don’t Last. Tough People Do.”

Only four short months ago we were watching the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots take on Pittsburgh in their season opener.  Now the playoffs are upon us and I can’t help but reflect back on this crazy season of ups and downs.

Hard to believe Lewis and Blount actually did play this season.  Many weeks ago.  And Edelman was on the field somewhere back in September and October, I think.  It will be good to see him back doing what he does so well tomorrow.

What I think is so cool about the Patriots is that each time a player went down, another player stepped up and did his best to fill in.  Shit, even Troy Brown was ready to suit up.  That’s true element of a “team”.

I have no idea what is going to happen tomorrow.  All I know is that there is a football game.  If the Patriots win, great.  We move on to yet another AFC Championship game.  If we lose, well, we lose.  It wouldn’t be the first time.  But we’d have nothing to be ashamed of if that happened.

I’ve ignored all the weird distractions from this week.  Bill, Gronk and Jones are all big boys.  They’ll figure things out.  We have the best kicker in the league on our side.  Even better we have the best damn quarterback of all time.

Although football season is so short it still seems so long during the tough times of injuries.  Luckily the people are tougher than the ailments.

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Put This In Your Colander And Eat It

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This woman was allowed by the Massachusetts DMV to wear a colander on her head for her driver’s license picture.  She argued with them that it is her religious right to do so, as she is a member of the Church of the Spaghetti Monster (no, folks, I’m not making this up—wish I was!).  I have known children who have worn a colander on their heads for non-religious reasons.  I have known children who worship Cookie Monster simply because, well, he loves cookies.  Then again, I can identify with Cookie Monster because (1) he’s friends with Big Bird (2) he is on “Sesame Street” (3) “Sesame Street” has been on for 46 years.  To me, this makes Cookie Monster way more credible than this kook with her colander hat who worships something that sounds like it came out of a comic book.

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Three things really scare me about this scenario:  (1) the fact that someone at the DMV and the state of Massachusetts allowed this to happen when they won’t even allow you to wear your glasses for a picture; (2) the fact that the state of Massachusetts actually gave her a license, considering how ridiculous she looks with a colander on her head and the wacky and wild look on her face.  Is she high on something?  And (3) the fact that this fruitcake is going to be on the road with the rest of us.

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Here is what I’ve decided to do the next time I’m going to get my license renewed and need a new picture.  I’m going to wear my New England Patriots cap.  When they ask me to remove it, I’m going to refuse.  Then I will tell them I can’t because it’s against my religious belief, as I belong to “The Church of Tom Fucking Brady, Greatest Quarterback That Ever Lived For The Greatest Fucking Football Team Ever And If You Live In Massachusetts And Have Never Heard Of The Church Of Tom Fucking Brady Then You Should Pack Your Bags And Move To Jersey And Become A Jets Fan”!

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That should shut ‘em up…

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The InVinceable Man

Today was a sad day for many in Patriots Nation.  We learned that veteran defenseman Vince Wilfork will not be picked up by the Patriots for the upcoming season.

There aren’t too many athletes I admire. Vince Wilfork is just one of the few that I do.  His farewell note left on Twitter brought tears to my eyes.  Although he will always be a Patriot, Vince will also be much more.  He is one classy dude who has lent a hand to everything from diabetes research to aiding financially challenged children with his very own foundation.  For many Christmases he was the standee wearing a Santa hat in various Eastern Banks where customers could come in with a donated toy and get their picture taken with the standee.  On a couple of occasions some were lucky enough to actually get their picture taken with the real thing.  He even came to the aid of a motorist involved in an accident.  And that was while heading home after being part of the AFC Championship win.

His face will be missed  on the field.

Vince, you will always be remembered and never forgotten.  I will still wear my Vince Wilfork t-shirt with pride.

We thank you for all you’ve done here in New England.  Although your future endeavors may never match what you’ve given Patriots Nation, I’m sure you’ll still be the great In”Vince”able Man wherever you may be.

 

 

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The New England Patriots: Beyond Champions

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know by now that The New England Patriots won the Super Bowl last night.  Chances are you know the details of the game and how it was won, so I won’t go into them here.  Speaking as a Patriots fan, they are great details!

So, what makes up a Super Bowl champion?  Is it scoring a touchdown, then in celebration spinning the football around, simulating pulling your pants down and then simulating defecating on the football?  How about flashing your fingers to the camera, holding up two fingers on one hand and four on the other in reference to a player on the opposing team who you know is better than you are but because you’re an asshole you’ll never admit it.  Funny thing is, most of us football fans had no idea Richard Sherman knew how to count!  And he went to Stanford…go figure.  I know a Super Bowl champion can’t be a player who refuses to talk to the media and makes a mockery out of media day during Super Bowl week by repeatedly saying, “I’m just here so I don’t get fined”.  Then the ass manages to get fined anyway for the fucking hat he was wearing!

Maybe a Super Bowl champion is a sore loser who can’t control himself so he decides to throw punches at the winning team’s tight ends.  No, I don’t think any of these qualities are the make up of a Super Bowl champion.

A Super Bowl champion is a quarterback who was selected 199th overall, who would spend a year, possibly more, sitting on the bench behind a multi-million dollar quarterback.  Then by pure chance, luck, miracle, hell, call it what you want, this quarterback taken at number 199 takes over the helm and gets his team to the Super Bowl.  Then he does it again five more times, winning four of the six.  Guess how many other quarterbacks have ever done that?  Only two others.  That’s pretty elite territory for a quarterback to be in.  But that’s what makes a Super Bowl champion.

A Super Bowl champion is a man who undoubtedly is the best cornerback in the league.  His former coach even told him so.  So considering that statement, the player asked for more money and the team he was on basically told him to pound sand.  So he moves on to Tampa Bay where he just about rots in hell.  Nobody can afford this guy.  He knows what he’s worth and all that.  There’s no way the Patriots can get him.  But they do.  At first it’s rough for this cornerback.  He gets sent home after showing up late for practice.  That is not how Super Bowl caliber teams work.  He learns and he does well.  Shit, the man has his own fucking ISLAND!  And now he has a Super Bowl ring to go with it!

A Super Bowl champion is a feisty wide receiver who shares the same fondness for Joe Montana that his quarterback does.  He becomes emotional at the amount of hate and trash talking his team has to endure.  He may be small in stature, but he’s big in spirit and strength.  He tears up when talking about the quarterback and about his father, who the wide receiver says has encouraged him always in all he does as a player and as a person.

We can’t forget that a Super Bowl champion is the goofy, lovable fan favorite tight end.  Off the field he may emit a sense of aloofness.  But on the field he is all business.  He is built like a brick shithouse and he won’t ever hesitate to “throw you outta the club”.  Despite his size, he has incredible hands and has made beast-like catches that just seem impossible.  To top it off, he’s got the hippest ride around in the family “party bus”.  He’s just an awesome guy to have on a Super Bowl Championship team.

It may seem unlikely at first but believe it or not, a Super Bowl Champion is an unknown, undrafted rookie who barely played college ball and actually cut his college football teeth at Hinds Community College.  He wasn’t even part of the rotation to start the Super Bowl.  With twenty-six seconds to go and a final chance by Seattle to score and win, this unknown, undrafted rookie “nobody” became an instant “somebody” when he intercepted the ball.

The rest is history.

Tomorrow these Super Bowl champions will take to the duckboats and ride through the streets of Boston.  They will lovingly hoist the Lombardi trophy and wave to the fans who venture out in the snow and cold to see their beloved Patriots and celebrate victory.

As Bob Kraft said when he accepted the Lombardi trophy for the fourth time:  “We are ALL Patriots”.  Yes, we are, Mr. Kraft.  And we are ALL champions!

 

 

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I’m A Proud New England Patriots Fan

With the Super Bowl upon us, I’ve been reflecting on why I consider myself a fan of The New England Patriots.

Although there are many who will tell you they’ve been a fan all their lives, I can only say I’ve been a fan since the 2001 season.  I wasn’t completely oblivious to the Patriots before that time.  I’d heard of Steve Grogan.  I even got to meet Steve Nelson at a DARE program held at the local elementary school back in the 90’s.  I still remember what one kid said to him:  “You don’t look 57”.  To which Nelson replied, “I’m not.  That was my number”.  I saw Doug Flutie coming out of the Natick service plaza on the Mass Pike.

I know Bill Parcells once coached the team.  I know Pete Carroll once coached the team also.  I remember the whole “squish the fish” thing in 1986 and I know the Bears killed us in the Super Bowl.  I know Drew Bledsoe took the team to the Super Bowl in 1996 and lost to Green Bay.  Gillette was not always Gillette.  It once was Sullivan Stadium.  Then Foxboro Stadium.  The team was once in the rumor mill to be moved to Providence or Hartford.

Then along came Tommy and my viewing of Patriots football went from zilch to just about every week.

Here is how my introduction to Tom Brady went:

It was the Monday after the Patriots’ season opener in the year 2001.  My husband had just informed me that Bledsoe had gotten hurt during the game.

“Oh, great,” I said, rolling my eyes.  I had always thought Bledsoe was like a bull in a China shop.  “So who’s taking over?”

“Some guy named Tom Brady.”

“Never heard of him,” I replied.

Then my husband spoke the three words that would haunt him for the next fourteen years:  “He’s nothing special”.

As they say, the rest is history.  That “nothing special” quarterback only went on to take The New England Patriots to the Super Bowl and win the damn thing, becoming the youngest quarterback in history to do so.  Sunday will mark Tom Brady’s sixth appearance in the Super Bowl.  That’s more than any other quarterback.  Not bad for “nothing special”.

To really put The New England Patriots Super Bowl appearances into perspective, and to see that, yes, this team REALLY is THAT good, keep in mind that there are 32 teams in the NFL.

Looking back over the past 15 Super Bowls:

Twelve of the teams that went to the Super Bowl within the past 15 years have only been in the Super Bowl once during that time:  St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Oakland, North Carolina, Philly, Baltimore, Chicago, Arizona, New Orleans, Green Bay, San Fran, and Denver.

In that same time frame, only two teams have been to the Super Bowl twice:  Indy and New York

In that same time frame, only two teams have been to the Super Bowl three times:  Pittsburgh and Seattle (this Sunday will be their third appearance)

Standing alone in that time frame is the one and only New England Patriots.  They have the honor of having been in the Super Bowl SIX times (this Sunday will be their sixth).

When all the peanuts have been counted, only 17 out of 32 teams have been in the Super Bowl at least once within the past 15 years.  The Patriots have been there SIX of those times!

People can say what they want about the Patriots.  They can associate them with Spygate, Deflategate, Hategate.  Whatever.  For these people what it all comes down to is that their team is not the Patriots.  They don’t have a Tom Brady, a Gronk or a Belichick.  Their stadium sucks.  Their team has never been to the playoffs, much less the Super Bowl.  Hey, fans of those teams—newsflash:  Patriots fans feel your pain.  AT ONE TIME THE PATRIOTS DIDN’T HAVE ANY OF THAT EITHER!  We sucked.  To even mention The New England Patriots in the same breath as the playoffs or the Super Bowl was a joke.  There is an urban legend that one time the fans got so pissed off they ripped out a goalpost and carried it down Rte. 1.  Another one is that during a game the quarterback sucked so badly, a fan from the crowd who used to play quarterback in college was called in to take his place.  So we know what it’s like to be on the losing end.

The Super Bowl is in less than twenty-four hours.  I don’t know if the Patriots will win or lose.  It’s been a long season and this team has come a long way.  They have done their job as a team and I have done my job as a fan.  No matter what happens I’m proud of this team and I’m even prouder to say I’m a New England Patriots fan.

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The Deflategate Debate

As comical as the whole deflategate thing has been this past week, like everyone else, I’m tired of hearing about it.

The game causing so much controversy occurred a week ago tonight.  After a week of speculation, finger pointing, name calling, hating, bashing, references to footballs and how they feel, how much air they hold, how plump this one likes his and three press conferences later, the NFL still has not said a word.  This is just a shot in the dark but my guess is they have nothing to say.

The great thing about the New England Patriots is that no sooner had the first crazed journalist struck, this topic was already dead.  As Brady said last Monday morning, “I’ve heard it all now”.  And this week we did hear it all.  I will never look at a football the same way ever again.  Not that I’ve looked at many to begin with.  It’s a fucking football, for chrissakes!

Tomorrow the New England Patriots get on a plane to head for sunny Arizona.  There they will continue to prepare for the Super Bowl.  To them “deflategate” is history, as well it should be.

As for the NFL, well, they can keep inspecting their balls, investigating the air in the balls, test how the balls function, etc. but it still won’t change the fact that New England steamrolled over Indy in a 45-7 rampage to win the AFC title and move on to the Super Bowl.