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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Patriots Playback: The Hall at Patriots Place

By: Greg

I have not been to the Hall at Patriots place but after viewing this video I am marking it on my calendar to make a trip. Looks like heaven for a Pats fan.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Welker and Cassel reunite; Wes tells him to pick up the check

By: Greg
Whenever Rocky (the older bro) comes to town I try my best to pick up the check but it rarely happens. Wes Welker, the water bug and Matt Cassel have a brother-brother relationship but with Matts new raise in salary Wes is not looking to picking up any more checks between the two of them.

"I'm very happy for him because now he can pick up all the restaurant bills and things like that," Welker said Saturday at the charity football camp he holds each year at his former high school. "If I ever need a loan, I can always come to him."

Matt and Wes along with former Pat Larry Izzo were helping out at a football camp in which Welker picks up the check for all the campers.

"For one day, that includes the tab for the camp through his 83 Foundation that was entirely free for the 360 at-risk children ages 5 to 12. The turnout was the most in the camp's four-year history, and three times as big as it was on a rainy day last summer. The kids faced temperatures around 100 degrees on the fields at Heritage Hall High School.
"Looking at it from when I was younger, this is like a once in a lifetime type of opportunity that a lot of kids wouldn't have that opportunity," Welker said.
"So, getting to have this camp for them, it's fun for me. A lot of times when you do paid camps, the kids don't appreciate it as much as these kids. They really appreciate it, and they really kind of grasp onto you and they're very grateful for what you're doing."
You gotta love the WaterBug.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Patrick Chung ranks as Top Rookie Sleeper

By Greg

CBS Sports writer Rob Rang went over his diamonds in the rough, defensive players who were not high picks but will have a big impact on the year. Heres what he had to say about Patrick Chung

"SS Patrick Chung, New England (second; 34th): I considered taking Chung off this list, as the second pick of the second round is hardly what most consider a "diamond in the rough." That said, there isn't a single player on this list (or the offensive list, for that matter) that I have more confidence in developing into a true standout than Chung. I tagged him as the most reliable open-field tackler in the 2009 draft and see no reason to back off that assessment now that he'll be playing for a defensive genius like Bill Belichick. "

This is good news with the retirement of Rodney Harrison. Safetys have such an impact on defenses now (Ed Reed, Tony Palumala, Bob Sanders, ect), lets hope the Chung can be that guy long term for the Pats.

Patriots Playback: Old Patriots Commercial

By: Greg

We here at New England Patriots Blaugh are introducing a new segment the Blaugh Video of the Week. First off lets thank Arthur W. for coming up with the winning title (Patriots Playback) for this segment via Facebook. If you have facebook, facebook us at NewEngland PatriotsBlog.
For this new segment we will be search You Tube, Truveo ect. for cool Patriot videos and bring you the most interesting ones. If you have any vids you would like to share with the Blaugh community please pass along (Email or Facebook)

Here is the first installment. Probably one of Bradys first commercials. I do not remember seeing this on TV.

Rodney the Ref

Rodney Harrison is hanging up his cleats to go to the booth but would he be more fit to keep the cleats but change the pads for stripes. A few years a go Rodney tried his hand at refereeing. I do not know if this is Rodneys true calling though, I could see a helpless WR coming across the middle and Ref Rodney blindsiding him upside the head. Heres the video.....

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

New and Notes from the last few weeks.....

  • Patrick Pass was released after just a few days of practice. I did not think he would make the team and was a long shot at best.

  • Tom Brady was in the news but not for football. First he was on a boat then he was off a boat.

  • The Pats signed their fourth round pick Rich Ohrenberger to a four year deal for cheap money

  • In Practice news Tank Williams who was a safety with every other team is lining up at linebacker, which gives the Pats flexibility of another cover man on passing downs. Also Alex Smith is seeing time at H Back because the Patriots do not have a true full back under fold.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Vince shows at camp, still wants a contract

By: Greg

Big Vince Wilfork sat out voluntary OTAs last week because he wanted a new longer contract but he showed up for mandatory mini camp yesterday. When interviewed by Dale and Holley on WEEI monday he said that he would have trouble missing mini camp because he is a football player and wants to play so bad. He said he wants to be a Patriot long term because he loves the coaches and could not see him playing with other team mates. He added later that he is not looking for Haynesworth money (100 Mill) but something that both sides can agree with.

I say get it done. Wilfork is one of the best DTs in the game and gives our linebackers room to roam and make tackles. He is a perfect fit in the 3-4 and for BBs schemes. I would try to get it done sooner than later so it wont be a distraction.

In the interview with WEEI, he also said that because of his golf game people call him baby tiger, yea I can see the resemblance.

Here is an interview from the Globe after practice yesterday with baby Tiger:

You decided to show up today. What was your decision based on?
“How I felt and looking forward. I love football. It’s something mandatory. I signed a six-year deal. I’m going to meet all my obligations and that’s being here for mandatory stuff. That’s why I was here. It wasn’t a big deal if I was going to show up or not. All this while, I knew where I kind of wanted to be. At the same time, I still had some uncertainty of what was going on and do I really want to come out here? But at the end of the day, I felt it was best for me to come out here and it’s best for the organization to know that I am out here. At the end of the day, I’m still a Patriot and I want to be a Patriot. I’m looking forward to a great camp. I’m looking forward to a great season. Hopefully we can move forward from here. I’m here in camp, having fun, and it’s nothing like being around a group of guys that love you. My teammates show me a lot of love and a lot of respect. They know what I bring to this game and I’m happy to be back here with my teammates.”
Do you think the fact you are here will trigger any progress or discussion?
“I hope so, but who knows what the future holds? I keep saying that I love this organization, I love my teammates and coaches. I don’t think there is any better place out there I’d rather be. That’s not the issue here. Hopefully we can move forward. … I’ll be practicing and with my teammates doing everything in my [power] that I can do to stay around here.”
Do you feel like you made a point by missing OTAs? Were you trying to make a point?
“I wasn't trying to make a point. They knew. I didn’t leave them in the [dark]. I told them I wasn’t coming. They understand the business aspect to it. We’re moving forward from here. My first day back, I’m happy. This is my life. Football is my life. This is what I love, my family knows I love it, but at the same time I have to do what is smart for my family. Right now, the smart thing thing is to be here, playing football, what I do best. Let’s see what happens from here.”
Did the possibility of being fined [and being at risk of losing other money] influence your decision at all?
“I was aware of that for a while, but I wouldn’t say that played a big part in my decision to come here. I told you, that’s in my contract, to be here. I live up to my word. It’s mandatory. I will be here. I don’t care what it is. You saw me at the golf tournament. That gave you guys a hint there, that I am going to be at this mandatory stuff. It’s part of my six-year deal and I’m going to fulfill it to the best I can. That’s playing football.”
Are you concerned at all that it could hurt your bargaining position?
“Not at all. I could care less about that. At the end of the day, they know who I am as a person and a player. That doesn’t mean anything to me. That’s out of my mind. I don’t care about what bargaining; that doesn’t matter to me.”
Why is it important for you to get this settled?
“It’s six years in, and I want to get locked up. I don’t want to go on the free market. It’s a possibility if I reach that point, I won’t be here. I don’t want that to happen. That’s why I’m doing everything in my [power] to do everything I can do to stick around and try to get something done before the end of the season. I’m pretty sure the Patriots are going to do the same thing. There is no bad blood between us.”

Friday, June 5, 2009

Pats sign Patrick Pass

By: Greg

One of BB's favorite players is back with the Patriots. Fullback/Running back Patrick Pass has signed with the Pats. He joins a very crowded backfield and looks to be on the outside looking in.

The 31-year-old Pass was out of football last season. He left the Patriots following the 2006 season, which he ended on injured reserve with a hamstring ailment, and signed with the Houston Texans, who cut him coming out of training camp. He then hooked on with the New York Giants in November 2007, but was released after playing in one game.- Globe

Pass won three superbowls with New England and was one of BB's favorite players because of his versatility.

My guess is that he does not make the team. He has been out of football for a year and the back field is extremely crowded. The one thing he does have going for him is that he can play full back and H Back, two areas in which the Pats are thin. He also has experience under this coaching staff and they seem to like him.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Rodney Harrison retires and goes to the NBC booth

By: Greg

Hard hitting Harrison is calling it quits after 15 seasons of pigskin. Harrison will join the crew at NBC and become a broad caster.

"The move was expected. Harrison was part of NBC's coverage of Super Bowl XLIII in February and also did work for the NFL Network during the playoffs. His contract with the Patriots expired after the 2008 season."- Globe

Harrison joined the NBC crew a few times over the last few years. He did a very nice job breaking down the games he did and I think just like on the field he will excel at his new job. It will be fun to see what he has to say from week to week because we all know that he WILL say what is on his mind with little to no filter.

Harrison said that 4 to 5 teams expressed interest in him but he decided it was time to go.

With the Patriots, Harrison was part of two superbowl wins and an emotional leader. He is the only player in NFL history to be part of the 30-30 club, 30.5 sacks and 34 interceptions.

He will be missed.

Thank you Rodney!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Greg Ellis released from Cowboys

ESPN just reported that OLB Greg Ellis has been released by the Cowboys and is allowed to sign with any team. Now the Pats would not have to give up anything to get him. Ellis would be a big time addition because of his pass rushing ability. Lets hope the Pats can get him.