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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Tedy Bruschi to retire....

By: Greg
It hurts me to post this but.......Al Micheals reports tonight that Tedy Bruschi is going to announce his retirement. Tedy was a Patriot inside and out and a key cog in the three Patriot super bowls. One of the most beloved Patriots on any Patriot team.

Tedy is most likely retiring because he was told he will not make the team this year. I am sure that BB did not want to cut him and let Tedy know that he was not going to make the team. As we saw in the game vs the Skins, Tedy did not have the same quickness and instincts to make plays. The defense is getting younger and quicker and with the additions of plenty of young Linebacking help, Bruschi was on the outside looking in.....

Forever Tedy Bruschi will be a fan favorite and one of my favorites. He brought us three superbowls. He will forever be a Patriot through and through. Thanks Tedy!

Patriots waive back up QB Kevin O'Connell

By: Greg

The Patriots have decided to let go back up QB Kevin O'Connell in a surprising move. In my eyes Kevin was destined to be the back up this season and in the future be the next guy in line down the road. He was a mobile QB who had some polishing up to do but in my opinion was worth keeping on the team.

He struggled vs the Skins but one of his interceptions went right off the hands of a Pats WR. He looked better that Walter and has more a feel of the Pats offense that Walter but I guess BB did not see it the same way.

It is a surprising move considering Brady went down in the game. All the signs now point to the Pats going after a veteran QB via a trade and/or free agent. The Patriots probably got scared again when they saw Brady down, thinking that there is no way that Walter or O'Connell can lead this team. That being said I think they let go of the wrong QB.
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Recap of preseason game 3

By: Greg

In the all "crucial" preseason game 3 the Pats offense looked good and the defense looked shaky but most of all Tom Brady got shook up and busted up his shoulder. I dont care that BB said he wasnt taken out of the game because of the and I know that is just BB being BB. But lets put that aside and just talk about the game.

Blaugh's observations:
Randy and Brady= ohhh baby. They were absolute on the same page and looked to be in mid season form. For all of you fantasy football players bump Moss up on your rankings because he will be catching a ton of TD passes. Overall the offense looked real good and this is without Welker.
Just hit the hole!- Phoney Maroney is still dancing with the stars, he cant seem to put his head down and hit the hole. Every time he gets the ball he does the Macerena then runs, I rather have straight ahead Sammy Morris and Fred Taylor in the backfield and put Phoney to return kicks.
Punt Returner gets Wanged Chunged- Patrick Chung lost my confidence and I am sure BBs confidence with his second muffed punt of the preseason. He did have a nice return to set up the winning FG but I dont want to see him back their with any pressure on him. The job is EdelTheMans or Waterbugs.
Defense is holy- Too many missed assignments and big holes especially vs a mediocre Redskins offense. Brushi got burned on a 73 yard pass to Cooley, the CBs except Bodden looked slow and were beat multiple times.Not a good showing by the first team.

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Preseason Game 3: vs the RedSkins

By: Greg

The third preseason game is usually the key game for B.B. coached teams. Over the last 6 years the Patriots have played their starters longer and have played more like a regular season game in the third preseason game. So look for more of that tonight as they travel to D.C. and take on the Skins.

What to watch for?

Tom Brady- he will be playing into the second half tonight, so look for him to hit his stride and rhythm. This is a big game for him to get his timing down. Also by playing into the second half it gives him the feel of a regular season game of being able to make 2nd half adjustments.

Punt Returners- Who will the Pats give a chance to get that starting punt return spot? Pat Chung muffed one last week and will most likely get another shot tonight. Julian Edel THE man will also see time back thier. If one of these guys can impress enough and give BB enough trust for them to have the spot it would relieve Wes Welker the Waterbug from getting his brains beaten in on punts.

Will Maroney hit the hole or will he be on dancing with the stars- Watching Baloney all you want to see is him hit the hole hard and not dance in the backfield. Hopefully something clicks in his mind of just putting his head down and going full speed ahead. Get the four yards dont go after the big play every time.

Is Watson on thin ice?- Ben Watson better watch his spot on the squad. He just came back from injury. The Pats will prob only carry three TEs and Watsons job could be in jeopardy. If Watson fails to impress or even play he could be on the chopping block.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Who Are Three People Who Have Never Been In My Kitchen?

By Rocky

What is the answer to the question posited in the headline? Or at least who said it? If you are mentally sluggish take in some Mental_Floss. This will be like windsprints for your dome.

We bookmark, it's a really clever trivia website so when you spend an hour on it you feel more like you are learning than burning time. And we apologize in advance for being the pusher-man but we're going to hook you. Try this quiz for a taste; it asks you to name 11 of the 12 teams that used to play in the NFL or AFL in the past 50 years. They give you the LOS ANGELES Raiders, our hint is to the upper right–so you are down to ten teams and there is ten minutes on the clock.

As for the question in our headline, the man who said the question on Jeopardy was Cliff Clavin and it was genius.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Esteban Ochocinco

Say what you will about the guy, but he kicked up some excitement during a droll preseason game

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Patriots Preseason Preview Game 2: vs Bungals

By: Greg

The Patriots host this years HBO's hard knocks team, the Cincinatti Bungals who have lead the league in one area for the last few seasons: arrests.

What to watch for:

1. Battle for 3rd WR position

Joey Galloway was unspectacular in his debut for the Pats and seemed to have trouble remembering the plays. Greg Lewis has impressed at camp but did not do too much during the first preseason game. The dark horse is mini waterbug, Julian Edelmen. If Lewis and Galloway do not step up their game they could see their playing time going to Edelman. Watch tonight to see if Joey or Greg get a leg up on the competition.

2. QBs: Will Brady get his hit? Will Kevin OConnell get more playing time?

Tom Brady wants the snot knocken out of him, will he get it in tonights game? While I hate seeing Brady get touched I am hoping that some on the Bungals gets to him so that we can all breath a sigh of relief and Brady can get past that first big hit.

The other intriguing this is Kevin O'Connells playing time. Last game he only passed the ball once. I want to see if O'Connell gets more plays and if he can become the back up QB for this years squad.

3. The T.E. Race

Chris Baker got to a Usain Bolt start by grabbing two TDs and looks to be in a big lead for the starting position. Lets see if Brady still likes going to him a second game around. A good TE would be a major weapon for this offense.

Alex Smith will have to do something to cement a spot on his team. Rumor is Watson will not play tonight so its Smith's opportunity to come up big for the Pats.

4. Who will emerge as CB starters

There are about 6 options at corner to start so these preseason games are essential in grabbing a starting nod. Will the rookie/2nd year players gain maturity and confidence? Will the older guys like Springs and Bodden step up?
5. Local TE Matt Sherry playing for the Bengals

This one is a little sentimental for me. I played along Sherry for 4 years in high school and now he is in the NFL. After being cut earlier in the season he got a call back to join the team a few weeks ago after a couple TEs went down. Sherry has not seen any action this preseason but I am hoping he gets on the field and catches a few balls. Sherry played for Hendricken in Rhode Island for 4 years before going to Villanova and staring there for 4. This year is his second in the NFL. Good Luck Sherry, take it to the house!

Blauhgs Game Two MVP
Ok not to brag or anything but last week I predicted that Julian Edelmen was going to be the breakout play vs. the Igggles and well you know what happened. So if you dont mind stand up off your couch/work space and give the Blauhg a golf clap. Thank you Thank you.

Tonights breakout's player is....

Johathan Whilte- Whilte looked pretty good last week, this week he goes against Ocho Cinco, Coles and Henry.....all talented but all beatable....Whilte has a big game in him...I see a few pass broken up, 1 interception and a few key tackles.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Someone Please Tell this guy to put his foot in his mouth!

By: Greg

If there is one thing you learned in middle school it was not to rile up the school yard bully with trash talk (especially if you are the new kid at school) and if you did once make sure you do not do it again....why....because you are either going to get the stuffing kicked out of you or you are going to live in fear that you are going to get the stuffing kicked out of you.

Well in this scenario Rex Ryan is the new kid at school and B.B. is the bully. Earlier this year Rex Ryan said that he was not afraid of B.B. and he is not here to kiss his rings......OK now you made BB mad and you know the first chance he has hes going to put up 50-60 points just like the record breaking year two years ago (thats when the rat/ crybaby Magini went and told the principle on BB) and embarrass the Jets.

So you would think if you are Rex, thats enough I am not going to say anything else. Hell I have a rookie QB I should be afraid of the Pats. But NO, he went and put gas on the fire instead by saying this.....

"we'll probably kick your (butt)....."When I said that about Belichick ("I'm not here to kiss his rings."), I'm just letting him know I'm not intimidated by him," said Ryan at his noon press conference. "He has the same position as I have. We're both head coaches in this league. He just happens to have a helluva lot of Super Bowl rings and I don't have a win. I understand that.
"But again, we're not going to tiptoe our way through this thing. You don't line up and beat a Bill Belichick-coached team by tiptoeing in there. We're just going to be ourselves. I'm going to be myself. That's just the way it is.
"How much motivation are they going to get by putting a quote from me on the wall saying that I believe in my football team. That I'm not going to be intimidated by a coach or anyone else. If that's where you're going to draw motivation from, hell, we'll probably kick your (butt). I mean if that's the case."

Ohhhh it is on. You and I know that BB does take this kind of talking too lightly. So in week 2 expect no mercy and the Jets and their rookie QB to take a beating. The players also hear this and they will back their coach, there is no doubt about that.
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Monday, August 17, 2009

The Name-ies

By Rocky

We lost another great name in Le Kevin Smith. Let's take this time to honor the Patriots with great handles. Without further ado, we present the 2009 Pre-Season Name-ies:

The Shakespeare. a.k.a, A Rose is a Rose By Any Other Name Award

Close your eyes (just pretend to, as you need your eyes to read this post). We are sitting a man down in front of you. All you know is that his name is Pierre. Can you picture him? What do you see? Oh a little guy with a béret, a thin moustache and a baguette under his arm, you say? OK open your eyes.

Ahhhhh! Pierre Woods is 6-5, 250 pounds.

Runner up: Myron at 310 pounds.

The Ellis Island. Names that went out of fashion with knickers

Sebastain Vollmer

In the antiquated names department we put Sebass over Titus Adams due to two tiebreakers: his headshot and the fact that the German’s middle name is Georg which is one letter off from the best cheap vodka in the world and that's totally pants.

Fitz. (Fits)

Tank Williams. Actually we were thinking that he hits tight ends like Sherman tanks plowed through Europe yet according to his bio: "Tank's given name is Clevan, but he was nicknamed 'Tank' growing up because he drank so much milk as a kid that his sister told his mother that she should 'give him a tank of milk instead of a bottle.'" So it's more of a Frank the Tank thing.

Speaking of consuming…The Runner Up is Vince Wilfork everything in front of him into his mouth.

Adrianne Award. When this Rocky appears on radio shows it’s about a 78% chance that they play him out with Rocky theme song, Gonna Fly Now. Oh how witty "Jerkass and Not-funny-chick Morning Zoo Show."

We feel your pain Alex Smith and like the more popular, Alex Smith, we sympathize with having small hands.

Runner Up: David Thomas

The Paperclip. An award named after Microsoft Word's annoying "helper" who should have jumped in when the recipient’s parents were signing the birth certificate.

Herana-Daze Jones. That’s pronounced "Hernadez."

Runner Up: Seriously? "Herana-Daze"

Confuses Old Guys Award.

Goes to the Law Firm.

Week 1. Us, "Hey Grandpa who's #42 on the Pats?" Him, "Oh that's Ben Ellis Greene."

Week 2. Grandpa, "Man that Jarius Ellen Ben can run."

Week 3. Grandpa, "Why aren't they playing Bernie Javelin Elton?"

Week 4. Grandpa, "I told you they should always play Elias Gregg Jabberwocky." Us, "You mean BenJarvus Green-Ellis?" Grandpa, "That's what I said."

Runner Up: Kevin Faulk


Pats trade LeKevin Smith to McDaniels and the Broncs

By: Greg

ESPN is reporting that the Patriots have traded DE LeKevin Smith to the Broncos and old friend Josh McDaniels. There has been no report on what the Pats are getting back but at most it will be a low draft pick. LeKevin became expendable after the acquisition of Derrick Burgess. LeKevin was at best the 5th DE on the Pats depth chart but going to Denver and their lowly defense he could find him self competing for a starting position.

LeKevin played in 31 games during his three seasons with the Pats and had 14 total tackles last year.

Hopefully the Pats can get a 5th round pick back for LeKevin so that the Pats can then send that pick to the Raiders instead of a 4th round pick that they would have to send if they do not acquire a 5th round pick in this years draft. If they can get a 5th round pick for Smith, they would basically be trading a 3rd rd pick and LeKevin Smith (who would likely but cut anyway) for Derick Burgess. A bargain if you ask me.

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Patriots Playback: preseason game 1 highlights

By Greg

In case you missed it or just want to see Brady work his magic again here are highlights from preseason game one.

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Preseason Game 1 recap

By: Greg
Brady is back and you re going to be in trouble, hey now hey now, Brady is back.

Yes, take warning NFL Tom Terrific is back and he looked sharp in his first preseason game since going down in week one of last year. He went 10 for 15 with 2 TDs and 1 mistake. He looked comfortable in the pocket and had zip on his throws. Many so called experts thought it would take Brady all preseason to get back and rolling. He hooked up with Moss a few time and got a long pass interference call on our old friend Assante on a bomb to Moss.

Other positives...

In my recent post about who to watch tonight was about Julian Edelmen. Well he was certainly the star of last nights game. He returned a punt for a 75 yard TD and also caught 5 balls for 37 yards in a Wes Welker like fashion. When they drafted this kid I had high hopes for him after watching his athleticism for a few years at Kent State. He looked like he has made a seemless transition from QB to WR and could be a perfect slot/ returner for the Patriots. Letting him return punts instead of the Waterbug Welker would cut down on chances of a Welker injury because everytime a ball is punted to Welker I feel like someone is going to decapitate him.

Another standout was Chris Baker the TE who is in a battle with four other guys for a spot on the team. He caught two touch down and totaled 33 yards on the day. He looked fluid in his routes and is now in the lead for the starting position.

Other guys who looked solid were:
Tully Banta Cain- a sack and a few pressures
M. Pyroir- Got the start and played well with the first team- could be an impact if BB sticks with the 4-3
Patrick Chung- This guy is a beast, was all over the field and blocked two kicks- This guy is going to be a stud.

The Not so good....
Andrew Walter the back up QB did not look good, going 5 for 9. I would like to see Kevin Oconnell get more a look next game.

Joey Galloway- Did not look explosive. He dropped a sure touchdown pass from Brady. Also on the sidelines he was going getting quizzed by Brady on the plays...not a good sign. If he keeps those things up I could see him being cut.

Phoney Maroney- again he was dancing with the stars into holes instead of hitting them hard. That game was his chance to get a leg up on Fred Taylor. He ended the game with only 14 yards on 6 carries.
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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Pats open the preseason with the Iggles

By: Greg

The first tune up for the 2009 Patriots season is here. Tonight the Pats "battle" the Philly Iggles.

First thing many people are Tom Brady starting and how long will he play?

Yes, Brady will start the game but BB was not sure on how much playing time he will get:

“I don’t know,” he said. “It’s been a different training camp this year so I don’t know what he’s got in store. From his tone and the message (Coach Bill Belichick) been sending to the team, it doesn’t sound like it’s going to be a first preseason game for us. I think he wants to see what we’re all about. So I don’t think it’s like a guest appearance or anything like that. I think we’re going out there to play.”- Herald

I think Brady and the first offense will most likley play the 1st quarter and thats is it, and that may be shooting high. It will be fun to see Brady back in game action with his buddies Wes and Randy along with new additions Galloway and Lewis.

Galloway and Lewis will be fighting for that third WR spot all preseason and one of those players can really get a leg up in the competition tonight. Many have said who ever loses the battle will most likley be cut.

We know that the Iggles will go about a quarter and half with their starters. "We’ll go a quarter and a half with the starters,” Reid told reporters Wednesday. “Guys will be rotating in and out but the base starting group will be in there for that duration.”- Hearld

Who to watch??

One guy to watch tonight is Julian Edelman who was a quarterback in college but now is being converted into a WR/ Returner. I saw Edelman in college and he can make plays. He is transitioning nicely into his new position and turning heads at camp. Lets see if he can do it in a live game.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Blaugh's NFC Norris Predictions

By: All of us

The NFC North

Rocky's Picks

Basement: Pontiacs

They'll be better than last year. Whether it's Matt Stafford or Daunte Culpepper, Calvin got himself a better quarterback-way to go youngblood. I'm interested in seeing Schwartz's coaching techniques.

3rd Man Out: Vikodins

Major Dad is so terrible he can bring down a team with Adrian Peterson, Jared Allen and Percy Harvin.

Runner Up: Meatpackers

The most important guy for them is Dom Capers who they hired to change the D from a 4-3 to a 3-4. And they drafted for the switch picking up BJ Raji and Bruce Matthews in the first round. The handsomest guy on the team is Will Blackmon.

Champs: Dem Bears

All this team has missed for the past half-decade is a goddamn quarterback. Now they have him in Cutler, who I'd easily put in the top echelon of the league. Up until opening day the Bears have started 37 different quarterbacks in their last 171 games. Barring an injury I see one starter in Chicago-and that's for more than 17 games.

JR's Picks

Last place - Leos - Really can't see them winning more than three games although one game is more than they won last year.

Second to last - Minnesota Farveless' - Sure they have a great running back, sure they have one of the best d-lines in football, but there is one thing they don't have, and that is Favre. Does anyone see Tavaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels doing anything at all? I know I don't.

Second - Bears - Nice that they picked up a QB after pretending for years that Grossman and Orton were QBs. The real question is, who is Cutler going to throw to? G-Reg and Clark are good TEs but not primary WRs. Hester can beat any corner in the league but is like a New York Mets outfielder when it comes to actually making a catch.

First - Cheeseheads - Aaron Rodgers, Ryan Grant, and Greg Jennings lead a Packer offense into the playoffs.

Greg's Picks

Last place- Kittens- They wont go winlesss but pretty close. The only
question is who do they take with their first pick?

3rd place- Minnesota Viks- Missed out on getting the guy from the wrangler
commericals and will miss out on the playoffs. 50 cent aka Tavarias Jackson
will not take the pressure off A.P. Teams will stack the box and Brad
Childress will be down on bended knee begging for Brett the Jet or he will
lose his job.

2nd Place- Chicago Cutlers- The Cutlers will be the surprise team of the
NFC- Forte is a stud and Cutler was a great pick up but has no one to throw

1st Place- The Pack- Aarron Rodgers becomes one of the best Qbs on the
season and of course Will Blackmon returns 12 Punt/Kick Returns for a TD
which propells the pack to the playoffs.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Friday, August 7, 2009

Patriots make a splash and trade for pass rushing Derrick Burgess

By: Greg

The Patriots needed a pass rusher since Mike Vrabel's departure. They did not get one in the draft as many expected. They didnt trade the world for Julius Peppers. They didnt grab Jason Taylor. But now they got their man. Derrick Burgess was traded to the Patriots for undisclosed draft picks (rumor is 3rd and conditional 4th or 5th). This trade has been talked about for a while now. Derrick has been upset with his current contract with the Raiders where he is in the final year of a five year contract. He has been holding out of da Raiiiders camp demanding a trade or an out right release.

Derrick plays outside linebacker/defensive end. He has been in the league for 8 seasons starting out with the Iggles. In his career he has 47 sacks. He has been to two Pro Bowls in his career (2005, 2006). In 2005 he led the league with 16 sacks followed by 11 sacks in 2006. Last year he played in just 10 games but had 3.5 sacks and 24 tackles.

In the 3-4 defense Burgess will be an outside linebacker especially on rush downs. This move bumps Crable out of the starting line up but he still will get plenty of playing time. He may not sound as good as Jason Taylor or Julius Peppers but I believe he will have a huge impact on this defense. Looking at the defense the glaring need was a pass rush and this move pretty much elimnates that need. He can also play on the line if needed on passing downs. Burgess will thrive in a winning environment and be an immediate impact on the Patriots.
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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Patriots Playback: Happy Birthday Brady

By: Greg

Brady gets ice bath and pie in the face.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

QB Matt Gutierrez released; QB Andrew Walter signed

By: Greg

Third string quarterback Matt Gutierrez has been released by the Patriots. Matt was cut last year but after Brady going down he was immediately signed back to the squad. After a solid preseason last year many were clamoring for Gutierrrez to be the back up to Brady over Matt Cassell (and because of Cassell's horrible preseason). The Gutierrez released gives the Pats room to sign a veteran QB and that guy is Andrew Walter.

Walter who was last played for Da Raiiiiders was a third round pick out of Arizona State.

"Walter has started nine of 15 games and completed 174 of 333 passes for 1,919 yards and three touchdowns. After spending his rookie season as the third quarterback in 2005, Walter saw significant action in 2006. He started eight of 12 games and completed 147 of 276 passes for 1,677 yards and three touchdowns. Walter saw action in three games with one start during the 2007-08 campaigns. Walter was waived by Oakland on July 30, 2009."

Walter provides the Patriots something that they have not had for two years: a veteran QB with starting experience. This guy does have talent but he was stuck playing in the Black Hole with no WRs and 3 different head coaches. Walter will push Kevin O' Connell for the back up position. This is a solid pick up, I never saw Matt Gutierrez being an NFL ready quarterback. Walter with his talent came come in and provide competition for O'Connell and give the Pats a veteran back up with real playing and starting experience.
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Monday, August 3, 2009

Once promising OLB Vince Redd released

By: Greg

Second year outside linebacker Vince Redd has been released by the Patriots. Mike Vrabel's departure seemed to open the door for Redd to not only make the team but compete for serious playing time. Redd showed his abililty to play sucessfully in the NFL at the end of last year, so this is a surprising move. In early training camp practices however he saw himself on the sidelines more than the field. Redd could have been a solid special teams player but the with a thin Outside Linebacking core the Pats need more than just a special teams player they need a pass rush. Banta Cain, Crable and Woods provide more of that. Overall Redd was not a fit for the Patriots as stated by BB:
"I just think where we are defensively, there are probably other teams that he might fit a little better schematically, with the skills that he has," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said
The Patriots signed DE/OLB/LS Rob Ninkovich fromerly of the Saints. While Ninkovich has one hell of a name, I dont think the game is the same. His only chance to make the team is to become the Long Snapper.
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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Patriots Playback: Brady....

By: Greg

Tom Brady on if there is a junior on the way.....

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Patriots Playback: Day one of Training camp press interviews

By: Greg

Kevin Faulk on Tom Brady and Fred Taylor seeing if the mic is working.....

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