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  1. I guess I should be happy about the Pats landing Mac Jones at #15; some boards had him as the #3 QB and/or SF taking him. So I should feel good, right? The Pats get a system QB who has experience with systems like Belichick's, and with a QB guru like McDaniels to boot? That's good, right? S...sure... but who is he throwing to? What can he do with the "talent" the Pats have around him? Nelson Agholor is the best pass-catcher on the team behind only James White, a RB. After that? Gunner Olszewski? Jakobi Meyers? Are we still pretending N'Keal Harry will be something? Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry will be prime targets, but Henry was 12th in yards and had a whopping 4 TDs in 2020; Smith had 8 Td which is legitimately great, but 456 yards (20th) and he played a full 16 games. Like... okay... I ... I guess... And Agholor is REALLY underwhelming - and has more than a drop or two in his career. Then again... Jones doesn't need to do it all right now; he can learn the system, get comfortable with people and wait for the Pats to, one day, draft a blue-chip WR ... something they have not done since Irvin Fryer. I'm not kidding. Regardless, it seems like a good pick that the Pats cannot regret taking atm.
  2. Stafford apparently said he would not accept a trade to New England. It was the ONLY team he said he would not trade for, and that includes the Jets, Bengals, and Jags. The two major factors were - #2, he did not wan t go from an indoor QB to having to play half his games in New England. But the #1 reason was likely having to play for Belichick who is, in a word, unforgiving. And just to clarify, when I wrote "Greatest athlete ever," I was trying to find a short-hand as to "Greatest team sport player in any professional-level sport (and likley limited to the US bc I don't know enough about other games around the world)." I don't think he's a great athlete in the same manner as I would Jordan or Michael Phelps. But in terms of what he has done in a sport where one players SHOULD NOT be able to take over like this? Its astounding. As great as Gretzky and Jordan were, both played in sports that are far more conducive to one player simply taking over a game. Further, Brady won a SB his first time on a brand new team; neither Gretzky nor Jordan could do that and both tried.
  3. You get no argument here that the Pats' drafting has been horrid these last... forever. Belichieck sucks at drafting offensive-impacting players. Sony Michel is just one; N'Keal Harry over DK Metcalf is another bad move. And the Pats are likely to spend some money this off season, but they will need to do it with somebody else under center.
  4. I agree- I sometimes am a little over-the-top. But I cringe at another year with Cam. He was horrid. In passer rating, he was 28th, one above Nick Foles and behind Tua Tagovailoa and Nick Mullens; none of those started anywhere close to 16 games (Cam started 15). He was DEAD LAST in yards/game and 20th in yards/att. He was horrible, I do not want him again.
  5. So, I have been very quiet this year, mostly because I did not think I was adding much to the discussion and most people seemed to agree. It was a rough year for the Pats, but I'd rather not speak ill of the dead. Tom Brady, as if it needed to be repeated, is the greatest football player who has ever lived and likely the greatest professional athlete ever. Brady has won at almost every stage of his career in a league that is highly competitive and established with a host of viable and talented "rivals" who are not, in fact, his rivals. While his SB performance was pitch-perfect (200+ yards, 3TDs, 0 picks- his first Superbowl with 0 turnovers since 2007 v Giants), it was his mere PRECENSE on the Bucs that seemed to have catapulted that team to "flash-in-the-pan" to "Champions." Arians has told the story of how he had been telling his WRs to "pump their arms" when they come out f the their route so as to cue the QB that they are open. HE said they would never do it. Brady shows up, first practice, tells the WRs to "pump their arms" when coming out of their route so he can see them.... they do it immediately. Remember a long long long time ago when the Pats signed Antonio Brown? Brown may or may not have sexually assaulted a woman. He also acted like a pseudo terrorist against another woman who he owed money to. Because of that the Pats were scored by the entire league for signing that horrible person Antonio Brown, the Pats released him after one game. Brown was a pariah; and was to be exiled by the ENTIRE LEAGUE! HOW DARE the Patriots not know this!!! And because of that Antonio Brown was forever banished from the league, never to play football again because the media and the fans are very VERY consistent about these issues... NAH! I'm fucking with you! Brown played on the Bucs and the caught a TD in the Superbowl. Nobody gave a shit! Nobopdy really vcare. They just hated the Pats. PLay for the Pats? SHAME! Play for the Bucs? Meh... Because the media and the fans are horrible hypocrites! But my point? Oh.. yeah... that... ah... Arians didn't want Brown on the team. Brady did. Gronk. Gronk was retire. Brady wanted him on the team. Brady's three TDs? 2 to Gronk and the other to Brown. By all indications, Brady ran much of the offense for the whole season, something he had been denied in NE. The results speak for themselves. IIRC, Tom Brady is currently 4th all time in "Playoff Wins Against NFC Teams." Let that stupidity sink in for a second. Since 2003, four teams have won the Superbowl and gone back to defend that title the next season - 2004 Pats, 2014 Seahawks, 2017 Pats and 2020 Chiefs. All those teams were either QB's by Tom Brady or defeated in the Superbowl by Tom Brady. Tom Brady has ONE NFC Superbowl Win. As many as: Aaron Rodgers, Drew Breese, Kurt Warner, Brett Favre, and Russel Wilson. He has been in the NFC for like 9 months. Many Pats fans were rooting against Brady. I could not do it. The man brought far too much joy and happiness to my life over the last ... wait for it ... twenty years. I was rooting for him as a surrogate to this horrid 2020 Pats season (we had a QB who short-hopped his passes... I wish I were making that up). For the Pats, it really is "Wait Until Last Year" as there appears to be no end to our suffering at the QB slot. Maybe Belichick's greatest sin is not merely allowing Brady to walk but in not having ANY plan for what to do after he was gone. And what's worse- how many QBs could have brought this Pats team to the Superbowl? Dare I say... zero? I don't think this team was one QB away. But then answer THIS - how many teams do you think would have won the Superbowl had Tom Brady been their QB? I think we could name ten easy. For me, the moment of the playoffs was immediately after the Bucs defeated the Packers. And Rodgers and Brady meet at the center of the field and Rodgers did this sort of "half hug, half 'try-to-walk-away'" thing. And it was the LOOK on Rodgers' eyes- that dead-eyed, hollow, worn out look that said "I am doing THIS again..." Ask any non-football or just casual football fans how many championships Aaron Rodgers has or how many Superbowls he ahs been to. I BET you would get more than a handful of people to say "Two or three." He's been to ONE! And yet he is considered one f the greatest QBs of his era. Tom Brady ahs been to 10 and won 7. You know you are good when you have to measure your rings in "Infinity Gauntlets." And this is seeping into other QBs; Russel Wilson has already started to grumble about getting out of Seattle and there may be a trend for the NFL to be more like the NBA - where QBs can decide where they play and not be tied to terrible organizations, bad contracts or worse, something named "Daniel Snyder." I rooted for Brady but I know how empty that is. The Patriots have LOADS of cap space - ~$68 million which is around 3rd most in the NFL - and have a few players who will be back from COVID layoff. And Bill Belichick is the greatest coach who ever lived. But deep down inside, there is that realization that we are lying if we think we can right this ship. For EONS we heard about the "Patriot Way" and how the Pats had guys who "played he game the right way." But the truth? The truth was that the Patriots Way was whatever Tom Brady did. And I am living in the cold shadow of that reality... Oh, and the Chiefs O-Line is to blame...
  6. So, I have not been as enraptured with this NFL season (nor the ASoIaF Message Boards). The Pats are actually, at 2-2, doing BETTER than I had hoped and Cam Newton is fun fun FUN to watch. And Brian Hoyer isn't. But generally, its hard to generate the desire to pontificate about anything, really. But Tom Brady not knowing its 4th down? Wow. Look, easy for me to say, but can we all agree that that would not have happened with Belichick? Like, one of the reasons Darth Hoodie is such a jerk to play for is that he keeps reminding people of things they think they already know. If this were the Pats there would have been 16 times Belichick would have reminded Brady what down it was by that point in the game. And Brady would have been like, "Yeah, I know, stop reminding me!" Except... you need reminding! Oh, it would also be great if the Pats did not have two back-ups that had 4 turnovers, but that's not important right now...
  7. Exactly. Sunday night, though, I feel told us a lot more about the Pats in a loss than their win did against Miami. The team played tough, it played hard and it stayed in the game against an astounding Russel Wilson performance. Cam looked tremendous, but the Pats, as a whole, have limited skills on D, Gillmore looked downright mortal in certain places and the O is pedestrian w/out Cam's legs. Still... they came within a couple of good plays of winning on the road (though that should have a huge asterisk next to it). And they executed the game-plan for the most part; which was different than the one against Miami. They looked good even in the loss. I don't know how sustainable you can have Cam running and throwing all the time. New England is not Carolina come October. Then again, the Jets and Dolphins are horrible. So the 49'ers died.
  8. So, full disclosure- I forgot this was still a thing. Totally not on my radar. I think the NFL is sort of ... there ... but I can't really get into it given everything else going on - COVID, Trump, Covid and Trump, the West Coast of the US on fire, Brady being on another team. Also, Game of Thrones, the Show, ended over a year ago, it sucked balls, and by all indications we will get the next book right around the time Mitch McConnell commits an honest political act. So, posting about the NFL on a GoT web page just seemed absurd. Then I remembered it was 2020 and absurd was the standard. So, the season started where it left off- with the Chiefs kicking ass and Billy O'Brian looking like a tool bag. DeShaun Watson seemed less-than-stellar which may happen when you trade your #1 WR for the loose change I find in my junk-drawer. Meanwhile, The Cardinals were, somehow, able to feed that same #1 WR 150 yards in the air and beat the Defending NFC Champs. So... yeah... that all happened. I thought the biggest take-away from Week 1 was that the entire league played in completely empty stadiums which was a huge change for them... Well, except the Bengals who have been used to it these last 4 seasons. Bengals lost, btw. Okay, so I am still a Pats fan and the Pats got Cam Newton who, because of, I don't know, lets just say 'racism' so I get my Virtue Signal in for today, was still available as of, like, April, as QB because every other team in the NFL is dumb. Rock-solid Dumb. So the Pats got a former League MVP as their starting QB. Oh yeah, that seems totally fair. Meanwhile the Bengals started, I think the guy who sells peanuts in Section 310. Anyway, the PAts are a run-first offense now, which is better than what they were last season which was a "Can Brady complete a pass to a stick-figure?" And somehow they still won the AFC East. Regardless, the Pats D is missing its 2nd-best player, their best WR is so short he can be measured in apples, and they somehow won handily against the Dolphins. Because fuck the Dolphins. Newton looked terrific because the Pats have adjusted the offense around him which, I don't know, may have been something some of the other teams in the NFL may have wanted to try. Or not. Instead, just keep watching Philip Rivers try. Okay, speaking of half dead things, Tom Brady looked like Peyton Manning yesterday. Holy Shit. <250 yards passing, 2 picks, and just no connection with any WR, with nobody getting over 80 yards. Oh, and there is some skinny guy wearing the hollowed-out husk of Rob Gronkowski on the field. Look, when you, as a franchise, deep-six the last QB (Winston) because he fumbles and throws too many INTS- you know how you do not want to start the next season? Having the new QB throw 2 picks and fumble. Seems like a bad look. Ravens are right on track to lose the AFC Championship game. Going to be great. BTW, Baker Mayfield's passer Rating was ~ 1/3 that of Lamar Jackson's. Makes me feel great about taking a flier on Odell Beckham Jr in my fantasy league. Mayfield is awful. If he sucked any worse, 3 NFL teams would try to sign him over Cam Newton. I can't believe Mitchel Trubisky had three TDs and 0 picks either. He looked down-right competent. Rams beat the Cowboys; the Washington Football Trolls won; the Packers' old guy won't go quietly into that good night, and I forgot the Seawhoawks still mattered. It was a quite a week. Now, don't get me wrong, I think the Pats fall back to Earth hard next week having to play a competent Seahawks team (still coached by Pete Carroll, but stay with me here). And I do not think the Pats can bottle up Wilson and I think historically the Seahawks play good D and Newton may not be able to get away from them. Regardless, it was nice remembering that Football was still around at least for a week before 60% of their players come down with COVID and the season stops.
  9. Agreed, but he was also relatively beat up. Played 14 games in 2018 and only 2 games in 2019. I think there is a health issue. But, that may enable him to play the "NobodyBelievedInMe" card and do it for the franchised that pioneered that thought process. I would love the up-side of getting Cam a title. You know? For purely altruistic reasons.
  10. So with Newton, the Pats have a fighting chance at the AFC East. The Pats still have obvious deficits at many other positions and the Pats are going to have to change how they do things now with Brady gone but another QB's skill-set. I think/hope that the McDaniels and Belichick can quickly adapt to Newton and what he can do. And in other news, the Pats were punished for being the Patriots. Because, you know, they have to be. For reasons. LOss of a 2021 3rd round pick, 1.1 million, no video taping for 2020 and a guy who works for the Pats is banned forever. Or as everyone else in the world will say "a slap on the wrist." Because people are dumb. I don;t come on these boards much due to the world sucking out loud, no new books coming likely ever and my general business. Regardless, the fact that the Pats may suck this season so I come here to give you all a whack at this loud-mouthed pinata. Enjoy.
  11. Nope, that all happened. I can't blame anyone for any of the decisions they made, including the Pats for Trading Gronk and The Bucs for signing him and Gronk himself for coming back for probably one season. So this is what it feels like to be a 3rd rate team? You have to write about the Bucs....
  12. She kept a Valaryian Steel dagger for herself. I believe it was the one Baelish had.
  13. Because the show is all about fan service now. JUST THIRTY MINUTES EARLIER The Night King could sense Jon Snow coming up from half a football field away. Suddenly, he can't sense Arya until she's on him? And none of the other supernatural creatures could either? The show wanted a big applause moment for the end of the battle; Arya is almost universally one of the most darling characters in the show. That's why they did it.
  14. And the kid who played young Hodor deserves an Emmy. And I'm not really joking.
  15. The direwolves are selfless; Summer WOULD DIE for Bran. That's why we like the Stark Direwolves but are unimpressed with Lannister Lions.
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