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  1. Right, but I did not say its ONLY popular with the Right; I said that moreso than any other sport, Conservatives are a big part of the NFL marketing. I should have said "Pro sport" which They make up- according to the data you provided, roughly 40-50% of the base. That's a pretty sizable chunk; you can't just alienate those folks. That was my point.
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    SOLO: A Spoiler Story (contains spoilers)

    No, you just don't have to lower the film to ham-fisting a familiar face. Qi'ra can just fly by Han at the end and we are left to wonder. You could even keep in most of the "reveal" scene, just that its a voice on the other end; no need to use this as an opportunity to shoe-horn in Maul. I think its more interesting that Qi'ra wants to be in charge of a criminal enterprise than she is being forced into it by Maul. I actually like the idea that she may want to build something for herself. And this was the way to do it. Instead? Oh, gosh, she better be the leader of the criminal enterprise, otherwise she would have to ... run from it? Yeah, we knew that anyway. Crimson Dawn was thought to be a really big bunch of bad asses; I can infer that she has to run from it. Instead its lead by ... a loser. Either way, I thought it was forced, lazy and uninspired.
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    SOLO: A Spoiler Story (contains spoilers)

    Ah... How Would the Eight-Year-Old Feel Entitled to Something They Did Not Know Existed Thirty Seconds ago? Seriously, be happy with what you have; not in the idea that you will lose out on what you never had a right to in the first place.
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    SOLO: A Spoiler Story (contains spoilers)

    A friend of mine explained to me what he thinks of Solo and its opening: Imagine, if you can, that your 43-year old self could talk to your 8-year old self about Star Wars. I am 43 now and I was 8 when Jedi opened. What would that discussion be like? What would you talk about. I imagine it would go something like this: 43-Year Old Me: You just wait! I know you barely remember Star Wars and you love Empire and now that you saw Jedi you think that's it; the movies are over. BUT JUST WAIT! IN 15 years they will release prequels and then... after a bit they will release a new Star Wars movie EVERY YEAR! !! You will see FOUR Star Wars movies in just over three years! And I just saw one for Han Solo! It explains how he meets Chewbacca and gets the Falcon; it has chase scenes and action and drama and its fun and its funny! ITs all about smugglers and fighting and its great! Chewbacca is in it; Lando and new characters! You will love this movie! 8 Year Old Me may say many things to that. But you know what the 8-year old me will almost certainly NOT say? "Okay, but how did Solo perform in the International Market?"
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    SOLO: A Spoiler Story (contains spoilers)

    So I know I am late to the party and I have no idea what people thought of Solo which I saw with my two daughters (12 and 7). The 7-year old loved it; the 12-year old thought there was too much talking. Here is what I liked: Westerns... in .... SPAAAAAACCCCCEEEEE!!!: I liked Solo because it combined two things I love: Star Wars and Westerns. Solo had all the expansion of space but the feel but the grittiness of serial Western romp. It had a train heist; gun fights; men and women sick of a war so they strike off in another direction; saloons, chase scenes. All of that was great. It DID feel a lot like an extended episode of Firefly and I think that was a good thing. The setting was actually an integral part of the story and not just "What climate can THIS planet be?" I think the way the movie handled the conflicts, the action and even the characters was all reminiscent of Westerns and the movie ended up in that mode. But it also had spaceships, blasters, the Empire, etc and that all worked. Size Matters: The story is also "small"; they are not trying to steal the Death Star's plans or destroy the Death Star or find the Death Star or... recreate the Death Star. Its just a simple, small Western ...in space. Fun, funny but its really "low stakes." Keeping this movie limited and focused was great; I never felt like I had to worry about "Wait, is this when they rescue X so that the Empire is destroyed etc?" The movie was almost lifted from the burden of being a "Space Opera" and traded that all in for being light and fun. And when the movie DID try to be "high stakes" it fails; its cringy. Its definitely the first Star Wars movie to completely eschew the space opera feel of Star Wars (Rogue One was sort of like that, but ... Death Star hunting). So, yeah, there is a bit of "That-Didn't-Feel-Like-A-Star-Wars-Movie" going on, but I really mean that in a good way. Great Characters: Woody Harrelson and Donald Glover are both completely terrific, and we knew they would be. Beckett is the opportunistic teacher that everyone needs; Lando is the suave swashbuckler. Great characters. And I liked the radical droid L3-37 ; I like that she's a radical droid. And maybe they were playing her sincere; maybe it was a tongue-and-cheek mockery of SJWs; either way it worked. And surprisingly, Emilia Clark was good! We an all admit that the gild has fallen off her Game-of-Thrones-Lilly; she's barely passable on the show now. But here she does a great job with probably the most nuanced character in the movie. She's hiding in plain sight the whole time, enough for the viewers to know what's up but never think its too out of left field. The Solo Transition: But the strange part of the movie is Solo himself who has to balance that wise-cracking "scoundrel" with the "innocence" that this young man would have in a universe populated by people who know better. The movie, IMO, earns that transition of Solo being young buck to scoundrel. I know people have said they did not like THIS Han Solo. I disagree. THIS Han Solo is THE Han Solo. Remember, Solo is the guy who shoots Greedo FIRST but he is also the guy who comes back to save Luke. He's both suave AND a bit of a goof. To me, That Han cannot just be this grizzled asshole; he has to have a balance. And here in Solo, the character is both a tough opportunist but also sort of a dreamer. I loved how he LOVES the Falcon even before its his. I love the way he looks out of the Falcon's cockpit with that "This is fucking great" look; how he says "I have a good feeling about this." That's the way young people start. Its only as the movie progresses and he sees how horrid things can get that he gets tempered down. Han does through a LOT in this movie- escaping Corelia, losing Qi're, getting her back, watching the people from Becket's crew get killed; losing the fuel; seeing war etc that his transition is well earned. I absolutely believe that the same kid who escaped Corelia at the start of the movie is the same person who wants the Falcon who is the same guy who kills Becket. That was great. What I Did Not Like: Go Big Or ... You Know What? Just Go Home: The attempt to get me to care about this "Resistance/Rebellion/Hillary Voters just ... no. The movie tries to tie in this one, small well-contained story with the larger Star Wars universe and it FAILS! I do not care about these plucky, young go-getters who hate the Evil Empire. Literally EVERY OTHER MOVIE is about them. Make just one Star Wars movie about something else. Why do you have to pollute a perfectly fine Western with this dumb rebellion? I'm Scarred So I Must Be the Villain: The villain was never great and Star Wars, to me, is defined- almost literally - by the villains. Darden or Darren or Dresden or Dreary Dan or Evil Vision was never a part of this movie. He seemed like small potatoes; he acted like small potatoes and I never was afraid of him and thought he was dealt with in an uncreative, simplistic way- from beginning to end. Big Miss. Disjointed: The movie FELT like it was written by committee and that's because it was. It felt less-and-less like a whole movie and more-and-more like a series of scenes that were not always transitioned well. This is the train heist; this is the battle scene; this is the mining colony scene; this is the scene Lando leaves; this is the scene where the ... marauders ... reveal themselves, etc. Not a lot of continuity that would make me love this movie. Better Left to A Better Imagination: This is a nit-pick... but I don't need to know the HOW of every, single thing in Han Solo's life, and the movie tries to remove all the mystery from Han Solo. Do I NEED to know when he did the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs? Do I need to know how he got his name? Do I need to know how he got his gun? I sometimes think certain things are better left unsaid and if you have to fill a movie with that stuff, maybe you did not have a full movie to begin with? Mauled: Fuck, just no. I have so many problems with Darth Maul, but at the top is the way the franchise has tried- and absolutely failed - to make his resurrection seem realistic. We saw him get chopped IN HALF by Obi Wan. Then, as time wore on, Lucsasfilm realized that people LIKED Maul so they decided to bring him back ... just with robot legs. That works, right? Well, no it was terribly fucking stupid. But then they bring him back to play a major role in Clone Wars... then in Rebels (where they kill him... probably?). Now here he is again in Solo, trying to matter. And he does not matter. The way the whole franchise handled this character is lazy and this reveal is also lazy. I know Star Wars wants to tie everything together but a better way is the think up better villains. Overall, this was a fun, funny and fast movie that tied the ethos of Star Wars into the American Wild West. And that all worked, even if it made this the least feeling Star Wars movie. Still worked. GRADE: B/B+, does not knock any of the Original Trilogy or Rogue One out of the Top 4, but better than any of the other Prequels. Go see.
  6. Cassius Marsh is a huge, gigantic baby. So, another NFL player just hates that the Pats make their players, you know, play. Marsh reveals in an interview/therapy session that: “They don’t have fun there,” Marsh said. “There’s nothing fun about it. There’s nothing happy about it. I didn’t enjoy any of my time there, you know what I’m saying? It made me, for the first time in my life, think about not playing football because I hated it that much.” Marsh also revealed in the interview that Belichick would routinely take away his binkie before nap-time and rarely heat up his cookies when it was snack time. I think the other reason Marsh may have hated football is because he sucked out-loud for the 8 games he was with the Pats. Anyway... I know, by law, I have to comment on the National Anthem ... thing? Controversy? Cluster-fuck? So here goes: Despite the NFL owners' best efforts, I think this issue is going to go away. First off, this story was DYING before President "Culture War"opened his mouth; they were down to something like 11 players kneeling. And then the whole league decided that Trump was a tool bag and kneeling made a comeback. Second, the owners know that more so than any other Sport, the NFL is watched by people who secretly rooted for the Empire in Star Wars. Football is the sport of Conservatism and is still huge in places that almost elected Roy Moore and DID elect Rick Perry. They have to pacify these people. To ignore that is dumb; you cannot ignore your customers or they will stop being your customers. But the NFL also knows that their players will revolt and if that invades the on-field product, it won't matter because then the marketplace will kill the NFL and its inferior product. Also controversy ALWAYS hurts the bottom line. So, third, the NFL knew it 1) had to do something 2) do little enough to not upset the players. So they did this: players have to stand during the anthem; if they do not their TEAM will be fined. Not them. The Players will not be fined. I think, theoretically, the team COULD pass the penalty onto the players but that would enrage the NFLPA and start needless acrimony and arbitration and nobody wants that. So, I think its unlikely that teams pass on the fines to the players. So player protest will continue. Or maybe not. One thing that is good about this rule, is that its made months before any games will be played. And there is a very good chance that any resentment towards this rule will simply go away with time and players will take the field and if they kneel teams will play meaningless fines for a bit before this all goes away. Like it was going to anyway before Trumper-fuck started talking. As for ME- me PERSONALLY and not a fan and not a person trying to decipher owner intent etc - I hate this rule; I think its dumb. I think the owners are grossly out-of-touch and I do not like ANY rule passed by ANYONE that interferes with the individual's right to express themselves. I think we should always listen to the views of the person who thinks differently. I am absolutely going to keep watching. No regrets and no shame.
  7. He then rolled the document up into a straw and snorted three lines of premium cocaine with it.
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    NFL 2018 Draft: On The One Hand...

    If the Pats do this it would be very much out of character for them and Belichick. The Pats rarely trade up, preferring to get more picks later on. However, its also very much out of character for the Pat to have infighting like they were the Jets. If the Pats DO trade up for Jackson... then "Its on like Donkey Kong" between Belichcik and Brady.
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    NFL 2018 Draft: On The One Hand...

    So, I think the Patriots have a poison pill problem. In 2014, Malcolm Butler became the feel-good story of the Patriots dramatic Superbowl win against the Seahawks. And in doing so, he set a poison pill into the hearts and minds of the entire Seahawks franchise: why did Pete Carroll pass into a stout Pats secondary when Seattle had "Beast Mode?" Why not run? It was the sort of play that fractures teams and it did that in Seattle: Seattle has been inconsistent since that Superbowl loss; Beast Mode is gone; so is Richard Sherman, one of Carroll's most vocal critics and Seattle's "Legion of Boom" has gone bust (I . am. Brilliant.). 2016, the Atlanta Falcons are up by 25 with something like 84 seconds left to play in the Superbowl when they puke all over their shoes and allow the Pats to complete the greatest comeback in Superbowl history. Atlanta reels from the loss, and questions fly if Atlanta can hold it together . Atlanta has a dramatically disappointing 2017 season so most questions are still unanswered and leaving the franchise with gigantic question marks. Does the team trust its coaches? Can they? 2017, the heavily favored New England Patriots choke away what may be the last great game of Tom Brady's career (Brady becomes the only QB in NFL History to throw for 500+ yards, 3+ TDs, 0 INTs, and lose). The mystery of the game was the unfathomable decision to bench ... Malcolm Butler; the benching came just hours before game-time and teammates- including the guys who now found themselves starting in Butler's place - did not know they were starting until moments before kick-off. As the Eagles march up and down the field (Pats forced ONE punt all game) the Pats D implodes over and over again as Malcolm Butler openly weeps on the sidelines. When its all over the questions abound: why did Bill Belichick bench the guy who played 98% of the defensive plays all season? Why did he continue to bench him when it was clear Eric Rowe and Badamosi were unable to contain the Eagles O? Why did the Pats piss away a Superbowl? Then suddenly it was announced that Belichick understudy Josh McDaniels would stay in NE and not coach the Colts. This was surprising because nobody had been coaching the Colts for roughly 8 seasons. In the succeeding weeks, many Patriots left and those who stayed made peculiar statements. Such as: -Danny Amendola- a man Bill Belichick said "When you see 'football player' in the Dictionary, his picture is right there" - said Belichick was an asshole. He then said he did not understand the Butler benching at all. -Pro-Bowl LT Nate Solder pens and incredibly inspirational essay about his son's cancer and makes sure to mention that the Patriots organization is cold, keeps its players in constant fear, uses the word "cutthroat," and pressures players to the breaking point. He mentions Belichick in passing; McDaniels like 15 times. -Rob Gronkowski may be wrestling or retiring or both or playing for the Pats. But he sure as shit is not attending OTAs. -And neither is Tom Brady Brady's story is much deeper and it involves probably getting Jimmy G booted out of town, a war with Belcichik over Snake-oil Salesman Alex Guerrero, and generally asking "What are we doing this for?" Again, this from a man who ran his replacement out on a rail and said he would play until he's 45. All this shows that the Pats have a poison pill problem: something inside the organization that cannot be easily rectified; that is growing with each passing moment; and that can only be cured by winning- something that seems less and less assured at the moment. Patriots - the individual players, not the organization - have expressed legitimate dissatisfaction with Belichick and his strong-armed ways. Further, he's a complete asshole so he's not moving; his replacement is in the building; the QB is nuts and probably hating the fact that the Superbowl - in his mind anyway - was lost by the Pats moreso than won by the Eagles. And that loss is at BB's feet. The Pats are going to have an "interesting" 2018 season. And that's because they blew up in 2017. And the wreckage is falling fast.
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    NFL 2018 Draft: On The One Hand...

    So, why do we still come to this board? I mean, Martin won't release the next book until, what, 2020 at this rate? The series doesn't come back until 2019! The NFL doesn't start for 4 .5 more months. And yet here we are. I agree with much of what DG said above, only I am not convinced the Pats are in "full rebuild more." I think that this trade increases the likelihood that Gronk is back next season. I will readily admit that Gronk's status is needlessly complicated with some saying he's definitely going to return and other saying the Pats (especially Belichick) want him gone. But this trade makes me think the Pats will need somebody to catch whatever Brady has left to throw (I assume that this season will be the fall-off-the-cliff season for TB12). I think the Pats are in "small" rebuild mode. In 2012 the Pats did something similar: they drafted two defensive players in the first round (Chandler Jones and Dont'a Hightower) and that netted the team 3 SB appearances and 2 titles (though to be fair, Jones was only here for the first). I think that the D has to get a lot better for the Pats to compete: the LBs are putrid save Hightower; the DL is hit or miss (with Malcome Brown being the closest thing they have to a very good player), and the DBs are as poor as they have been since 2013- with Gilmore and McCourty being good-to-great and everyone else being sub-par or downright terrible (the fact that Cyrus Jones seems like a HUGE "swing-and-a-miss" does not help). That is what they are angling at with these picks: improve their Achilles Heal. On Offense, I think the Pats are okay: they have Gronk; Edleman will be back; they have Hogan as an "Amendola 2.0"; they have Mitchell; heck they even have Kenny Britt (maybe); at RB, they have White, Burkhead and Jeremy Hill. That's enough (assuming you can avoid injuries, certainly not a given on this team). Behind the scenes, the Pats are in more turmoil now than ever before since 1997; Brady is pissed (can't imagine why...); Belichick sees his players as not conforming to his will; other players are chaffing under Belichick's style; ownership believes one got away in Minnesota (can't imagine why...). And yes, much as to do with Brady wanting to see "Rub-Down-Shaman" Alex "I-Am-Legally-Obligated-To-Inform-You-That-What-I-Do-Cannot-Cure-Cancer" Guerrero, and how that just grinds Belichick's gears... ... and the fact that the ONE Thing the Pats usually have to sate these tensions - winning a championship - is not there. Had the Pats won this past Super Bowl would have silenced everyone- both internally and externally. But instead it became another example of dysfunction: a head coach benching the team's #1 (or #1A) DB just hours before the game in a classic "My-way-or-the-highway" sort of move that has left a bad taste in everyone's mouth. Now had Butler played that is no guarantee of a victory (they would have won, but I feel obligated to say that last thing anyway), but we now will never know. Butler IMMEDIATELY signed for $61 Million deal with $30 Mil Guaranteed with Tennessee. So I can clearly see why he was a such a problem... Regardless, I think the Pats can be competitive this season; I REALLY liked the Cooks trade as it sets the Pats up for depth on D and trends in the right direction for the next few seasons. Or they will implode. Never know.
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    NFL Offseason '18: Our American Cousins

    It makes a lot of sense why the Pats let certain people walk. Butler? Too expensive. Lewis? Not worth the money. But Solder? I completely agree with DG on this; while Solder may not be a HofF'er, he is an incredibly consistent O-lineman and playing one of the hardest positions in pro sports; one that teams cannot skimp on. There are 4 position on a football field that you HAVE to spend money on to compete: QB, CB, WR, LT. That's it. The guy who throws the ball, the guy who catches the ball, the guy who protects the guy who throws the ball and the guy who tries to stop the guy from catching the ball from the guy who throws the ball. Solder, Lewis and Butler- had they all signed with the Pats - would have eaten up the whole of the Pats cap space for this season and screw them over for the next 5. But Solder alone MAY have been worth it to resign. I, for one, BARELY trust Cannon and do not trust Waddle or Flaming at all (Fleming is probably terrible). That's why I liked Solder- he may not have been a perfect answer, but at least he was not another question.
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    NFL Offseason '18: Our American Cousins

    You now the worst part? Right now, there are some "In Bill We Trust" guys saying THIS EXACT THING! And they mean it. Great, compensatory picks. Great, we can say how the Giants overpaid Solder (I think) etc. But I am actually thinking its all over. Brady's cap % this year is around 15%- the highest it has been in years. Pats have made no real moves this off-season. McDaniels stayed and Belichick is likely gone next season. I think the Pats are going to pay Brady this season, go 10-6 lose in the divisional round on the road to .... say... Jacksonville; have the media say "This will go down as Bill Belichick's best coaching season the way he did so much with so little", neglecting to mention that it was Belichick who made it so that the Pats had "so little" and then he'll retire, Brady will retire and then that will be that. I just hope in 20 years a really well-performing team trades us their stud back-up QB for a 2nd round pick to being our resurgence.
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    NFL Offseason '18: Our American Cousins

    Waiting for news for ANYTHING positive coming out of the Pats' free-agency period; at this rate I am starting to think that there are now only 31 teams in the NFL and the Pats have to re-apply for membership or something. They have done fuck-all during this "official tampering" period. Let's see... lose the Superbowl by 8 points because your head coach refused to play your best/second-best CB... its unspecified why Butler was not played but the rumor was that it was a problem big enough to 1) not play him at all, 2) not tell anyone he was not playing until 3 hours before the game and that includes his replacement who was not told until kick-off, and 3) waste yet another year of Tom Brady's shelf-life. So, obviously, Butler must have such problems that he is all but radioactive. So the Titans sign him for $61Mil, $30 mil guaranteed. So... yeah... And then for good measure, the Titans also snag the Pats most productive Running Back over the last 3 seasons. I'm not as broken up about this; RBs don't matter much (really; I'm not joking). But still... Dion Lewis GONE. Then Danny Amendola- hand's down your most important and consistent receiver in the Pats last three Superbowl trips - decides, finally, that he actually would like to make some money in the NFL and signs with Miami. The meme I read was that the only person who will miss Danny Amendola more than Tom Brady is Ryan Tannehill. Pats also lost Alan Branch, which is hilarious because how do you lose somebody that fat? And slow? Regardless, they replaced him with a guy from Cleveland who was considered a bust. I know that does not narrow it down, but go with me here- it will not matter. He'll suck. Also, Pats have to re-sign their LT- Nate Solder who should get around $13.5 mil a year. So... you know... great time to start shopping for a new Left Tackle... Pats were rumored to be interested in a bunch of players, including Jimmy Graham (signed with the Packers) and Richard Sherman (signed with SF... who has that other guy at QB). Pats also watched as the Dolphins and Jets got better. I know- hard for them to get much worse ....but still... The lack of action on the Pats is sort of the hang-over from 2017; Pats spent a ton of money on Gilmore (who became the only Patriot to have a good game defensively in the SB); have been trying to juggle major re-signings from Gronk to Hightower to McCourty of the last few seasons, some really poor decisions in last season's free agency market (Kony Ealy anyone?) and that leaves them with very, very little cap space (about $17 mil, well below the league average). This is not to say that the Pats are in trouble for next season. Despite the reports that Gronk wants to be a wrestler, he i almost assuredly going to be on the field next season; Pats also get back Julian Edleman and Dont'a Hightower from injuries; still have Gillmore, still have McCourty... still have that Brady guy. But... what will the Pats have to show for Free Agency? Preston Brown? Kenny Vaccaro? Nigel Bradham... wait he just resigned with the Eagles... Be still my beating heart for someday maybe William Hayes and Albert Wilson can be Patriots. What a great feeling... Not for the first time, I think the Brady-Belichick window is closing faster than we had thought with a suddenly depleted Pats team reeling from a very questionable SB loss and faced with serious questions and no real influx of players. I am not enthused by this off-season.
  14. So, for starters, the Pats cannot promise McDaniels the job because that would violate the Rooney Rule (unless McDaniels was already a minority, because Dungee did that exact thing with Caldwell). Therefore, the Pats made it seem like 1) Belichick would groom him to be a coach at some point in the future (who knows when or where?????) 2) the usual blah blah blah about the kids and the schools and other lies people believe- like that one about Robert Mathis who claimed he was taking a fertility drug so he could have kids- even though his wife was ALREADY 7 -moths pregnant and the drug was never authorized to be used by men - but was actually taking it to mask his PED use? Good times! People always believe stupid things about kids. But there is no doubt that McDaniels could never accept this job unless he was promised the NEXT job. Because he HAS to know he would never again get another job in the foreseeable future in the NFL. I actually think this is a GREAT move for Josh. He gets a great job in a functioning, adult and well-established organization with little dysfunction. Sources are saying that the meeting he had was attended by Robert and Jonathan Kraft, McDaniels and Belichick. So EVERYONE is on board. No doubt Belichick told him that he was going to play out his contract runs after the 2018 season and then retire. So Josh has the job. There is also the chance that Belichick retires before the 2018 season (waiting for the Butler backlash to die down). They also gave Josh an extension and for a much longer period of time so he has plenty of money regardless. His agent left him. Well, that agent is also the Colts' GM's agent. And they have parted ways before. I don't think this is a factor at all. And he looks bad, but he is also going to be the Pats' head coach so he does not need to look good for anyone. Had McDaniels gone to Indy and failed (which looked more and more probable give the fact that Andrew Luck's bones seem to have the consistency of Silly Putty), he wouldnot have gotten another head coaching gig anyway. This was a great move for the Pats and for McDaniels.
  15. Hence the word "kinda." I said that McDaniels had not informed the Pats that he was taking the Colts job, thus keeping the door open for his return to the Pats. The fact that that then got stretched out over the full day kept me on that. I am not AT all surprised by this turn of events. So, yeah, I kinda did.
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