Song: Electric Blue
Artist: Arcade Fire
Album: Everything Now
I missed a majority of the pre-show festivities, and actual ESPYs last night because I was working. Also because the ESPYs are kind of irrelevant. There's a reason they are on the one day a year where there's no sports. Nobody cares.
All they're good for is for some story that will make you cry, and a few bad sport jokes. I will give it to host Peyton Manning for ripping KD though, mainly because I'll support anybody who rips KD.
Glad to see KD can play along!
As for the ESPYs, sports awards are different from other televised awards. Sports aren't like tv, movies or music where their respective awards ceremony is the main platform for recognition. I'm sure musicians dream about winning Grammys and being recognized. Not sure the same can be said here. These are people who playing for championships. Nobody cares who was the ESPYs best NFL player in 2013. They care about who won the Super Bowl, or who was MVP that season. Plus any sports awards that gives Aaron Rodgers best NFL player when Matt Ryan was MVP and Tom Brady did what he did last year is a joke, but I digress.
I was actually able to catch this clip live and it pissed me off then, and pissed me off now. Godforbid you say a woman is attractive on a red carpet in 2017. What a chauvinistic pig!
Just as a guy who hates confrontation I did not see a need for this kind of awkward exchange.
Check it out.
Hannah Storm was interviewing my dude P.K. Subban about his season, and first ESPYs. P.K. makes a harmless joke about how hot it is at the awards, which were held in Los Angeles. saying "that it's even hotter outside than Lindsey Vonn looks today, which is pretty hot".
It was harmless.
It's not like he was like "her ass looked siccckk in that dress" or "damn I hope Lindsey, lemme milk dem titties" which I think we all can agree would be a ridiculous thing to say in an interview, or in public. Instead, it was an athlete making a simple play on how hot it was outside, in that suit, and how beautiful Lindsey Vonn is, something everybody can agree on.
Then Hannah Storm goes into how strong she is, and how big of a role model she. Because oh no, someone referenced how beautiful a female athlete is. Let's get him! Also interesting take by Hannah for someone who dated Tiger Woods post car accident lolol. While she definitely is a role model and great athlete, she's come back from a ton of injuries to compete again. This whole exchange just felt kind of uncomfortable, and unneeded to me.
Idk, I hate talking about this shit because I don't want to seem sexist, but like if we are in a world were a mere remark like that can't fly, I'm all set with this world. I hate the climate we're in where she felt she had to say that to "make up" for Subban's remarks. Did Hannah Storm really think what P.K. said was bad? I genuinely want to know. He wasn't disrespectful, it was a crappy joke and she's acting like he said the only reason people care about Lindsey Vonn is because he's hot. (Which still may be true, name me 3 other female downhill skiers in the next 30 seconds) It's not like they were at a ski event and he made a reference to her appearance instead of her ability, which I think could be considered disrespectful. It's a fucking meaningless awards show and Lindsey wore this.
She is fucking hot. And she wants you to know it, and there's nothing wrong with that. Do you girl, you worked for that body. I mean look at her IG. She knows what she's working with. She posted this hours after Tiger Woods got arrested for a DUI last may. Interesting time for an ass shot on the Monte Carlo coast.
I'm just saying there was no need to get upset with P.K. said last night, and if you disagree that's fine. You're just not someone I want to be associated with.
P.S. Here's some more "hot" Lindsey Vonn! Sorry Hannah for being such a pig. I totally don't think women deserve equality because I think P.K. Subban did nothing wrong last night! What a pig I am!! Repeal the 19th Amendment!
Last week, Soundcloud announced that it would lay off 40 percent of its staff in order to not completely go under after repeated attempts to keep the company afloat. The news was greeted with unsurprised sighs, but as a new report by TechCrunch reveals, the situation at the company's HQs may be more dire than previously thought.
The story allegedly uses leaked info from an "all-hands" global conference meeting that took place in Soundcloud's main offices at New York and Berlin and paints a hopeless picture for the company. Apparently, founders Alex Ljung and Eric Wahlforss told employees that the layoffs merely created enough overhead to keep operations moving comfortably until the beginning of Q4, after which there would be no more expendable finances. Soundcloud's PR is said to have told TechCrunch that the company is "fully funded" during the 50-day lead up to Q4. So, to clarify, the site probably won't be totally inactive after 50 days but it and the company will just be in an incredibly unstable state (the story mentions that the company is reportedly looking at potential investors to inject Soundcloud with the infusion of cash it needs to keep trucking).
Employees who were present at the conference also described it to TechCrunch as a "shitshow" and said the morale among what's left of the staff is "really low," with a few having apparently already quit their jobs. Naturally, the community of producers and DJs and musicians who rely on Soundcloud are both panicking and urging others to take their music off the site in case it doesgo inactive.
Well this sucks. Soundcloud has given undiscovered artists, such as Lil Yatchy a platform to get their music to the masses since 2007, and is one of the 110 most popular websites in the world, yet it appears the streaming site may be dead in less than two months.
I'm too stupid from a business sense to understand how this even works but I don't understand it. How can such an important website for music be on the brink of collapse? Throw some fucking ads on your site or something bro? Idk, learn how to generate revenue one time for me (I don't know how to). I really only use it to listen to Hedge or my (failed) podcasts, so I don't know much about soundcloud, but hopefully something to can be done to keep the site going so that millions (guessing they have that many) can keep the dream alive.
Be sure to listen to my boy Hedge before Soundcloud is no more. We got 50 days Hedge to make this happen!
Nickelback has been one of the biggest punching bags for music fans to get their hate out on for what feels like my entire life now.
While I wouldn't consider myself a Nickelback guy, I will admit "How You Remind Me" is one of my favorite songs of all time.
See, it was all about timing. That song came out when I was in 4th grade, or as I like to refer to it, the year I started really remembering life, and it was all I listened to. I had the CD single first, that was just two songs: "How You Remind Me" and an acoustic version of a song from a previous album "Leader of Men". I made Chad Kroeger as a character in my THPS2 on my N64, and eventually got the Silver Side Up CD. So I guess technically was a Nickelback fan. At least in 2001-02. Every time it came on the radio I'd sing along and make sure whoever I was in the car with wouldn't change it. I was obsesssssssed with "How You Remind Me". If it come on now, I still know every word.
As I got older and into different music Nickelback kind of fell to the wayside for me, but I never like truly hated them. I thought some of the jokes were funny, and I could understand why people thought Chad Kroeger was a douchebag, but I really never cared enough about them to hate them. I saw them perform on tv once, I think at halftime during a Thanksgiving football game and they got booed a ton, and I can't lie I felt bad. It's embarrassing AF. I do think they just were a product of hate culture on the early internet, like it was cool to hate Nickelback just because they were Nickelback, everybody just piled on them.
In this video Vice asks Nickelback fans what it is about them that makes them fans, which I think is a very interesting question. There's a reason we all like the music we like, so what's theres?
Music although made for the masses can be one of the most personal things about someone. We all connect to it in different ways. To me, music can represents memories; where was I in my life when that song came out? What was I doing? Who was I with? What was going on in my life at the time? To me the music that I enjoy is simply the soundtrack of my life. There's song like "Get Low" or "Yeah" that bring me back to school dances, awkwardly looking for a girl to dance with. That's why Kid Cudi's first album will always make me think my senior year of high school and the memories of what was happening in my life while that was playing. When I hear "Life is Good" by Joe Walsh I go back to being out on the boat with my dad, because that song seemingly was on every single time we ever were on the water. That's how I'm wired, that's how I associate time, and events of life through the music.
So to hear about that with a band that most people despise is pretty cool. Sure they're not my cup of tea, but as they as in the video, with over 50 million albums sold, somebody is obviously buying their shit.
So sit back, enjoy and watch the most Canadian video of all time on why these Canucks love Nickelback (and hate Migos)
Song: The Way You Used to Do
Artist: Queens of the Stone Age
Happy birthday Dad!
Net Neutrality is a pretty big deal, that most people seem to not be talking about. Kind of like global warming except way worse because impacts the internet.
It's a huge deal, I'm going to try to do my best as a fake blogger to explain that to you, but either way definitely do more research after reading this.
If things change the internet will never be the same and it will impact everybody negatively. Net Neutrality is about keeping the internet the way it is, free and open, and not allowing big corporations to control what you can, or cannot see. You don't want to have to pay for just parts of the internet.
"Under the Barack Obama administration in 2015, rules were put in place that meant internet service providers (ISPs) such as Comcast, Charter, and AT&T, had to treat all internet content equally. Essentially these ISPs are not allowed to block content or speed up or slow down data from certain websites.
This principle of net neutrality came under threat in May after the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which is headed up by Ajit Pai who was appointed by President Donald Trump, voted to reverse rules put in place under Obama."
Basically if this changes the internet will be controlled by providers, not giving access to the whole internet. Like remember in high school when every good website was blocked? It'll be like that pretty much, except you're still paying for it. They'll also be able to control the speeds in which you recieve content and data from website. Imagine going on the internet and not being able to access your favorite websites, whether it be yahoo, or pornhub or dozonlife.com. You don't want to live in that world!
Remember going to the bathroom before the internet and smart phones? When you had to read stuff like this?
Nobody wants to have to go back to bathroom readers!
Basically if Net Neutrality changes the internet will be controlled by providers, not giving access to the whole internet. Remember in high school when every good website was blocked? It'll be like that pretty much, except you're still paying for it. Like cable tv packages for the internet. Your sports package, news package, etc. They'll also be able to control the speeds in which you recieve content and data from website. Imagine going on the internet and not being able to access your favorite websites, whether it be yahoo, or pornhub or dozonlife.com. You don't want to live in that world!
Basically, if you've ever seen Silicon Valley before, they want to be able to do things like Gavin Belson wiping Hooli search of all bad things about him. Shit that you cannot do in the information age with Net Neutrality. So hypothetically the media could completely hide stories. Just let that sink in. The age of fake news could turn into no news at all.
The first time I heard about Net Neutrality was in my grand challenge class at URI my freshmen year. However most things from my freshmen year are hazy AF, especially the stuff I "learned".
So with this being such a big deal, I wanted to learn more. But everything about Net Neutrality online was like 5000 words long, so I wanted to avoid that shit like the plague. Don't get me wrong, I want to know what's going on, but I'm not about to read an article longer than War and Peace to find out. I'm a bullet point guy. Just give me the main pieces, and I'll fill in from there.
Luckily I found this video on twitter to share
So if you want to be able to go on youtube and watch soldiers surprise their kids, or go on amazon and buy your mom a candle or search for 7-ways on craigslists then you need to care about Net Neutrality!
Go to www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/proceedings?q=name:((17-108)) to help save Net Neutrality. I just did!
The American League beat the National League 2-1 in 10 innings last night to defeat the Senior Circuit in the All Star Game for the 5th straight year. The all time series is now tied 43-43-2.
For the first time since the 2002 All Star Game in Milwaukee the game did not determine home field advantage in the World Series which I think is a move that is long overdue. I think that it's best for the game. The ASG should be fun. Weird shit should go down. It's supposed to be a celebration of the game. We shouldn't have to get mad about Adam Wainwright hanging a meatball for Derek Jeter in his final All Star Game because it's for home field in the World Series. The ASG should be about creating all time moments and showcasing the talent in the league. Not deciding where a potential game 7 of the World Series should be played. Give homefield to the team with the better record like every other sport on earth.
While last night wasn't exactly the most exciting All Star Game of all time, it did feature Mookie Betts showing off that cannon of his; this time from CF as he started in center for the injured Mike Trout.
Markus Lynn had Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockie by 5 feet. Best all around RF in baseball (sorry Bryce and Judge) just playing out of position in the midsummer classic gunning down the best 3rd basemen in baseball from the brink of the warning track. No big deal.
At least Nolan and the rest of the majors learned an important lesson; Don't test Mookie, even in an exhibition.
That was such a lame old man journalist line but it's true. Don't fuck with Mookie he'll gun you down.
Song: The Man
Artist: The Killers
Album: Wonderful Wonderful
I'm currently working on a Patriots related blog, but had to mention this as it's breaking. Chris Sale will start for the American League in the All Star game tomorrow night against Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals. It will be the 2nd straight year Sale starts for the AL.
To me it's a no brainer, Sale has been far and away the most dominant starting pitcher in the American League this season. Nobody is tuning into the All Star game to see Jason Vargas. Sale leads the AL in innings pitched, strikeouts and whip. He's also 2nd in era with 2.75 clip and 2nd in wins with 11. Every time he's one the mound it's must watch stuff. With 178 K's he has a legitimate chance at 300 this season. Not only that, but he's a fiery competitor and pitches v quickly. Exactly what you want out of an ace. David Price could learn a thing or eight from this guy.
Chris Sale has been all that was advertised and then some this season for the Red Sox. They gave up a kings ransom to acquire him, but so far it's been well worth it. Red Sox are 13-5 in Sale starts this year. In his first start as a Red Sox Sale struck out 7 over 7 shutout innings in a game the Red Sox would win in extra innings thanks to a Sandy Leon walk off HR. After that start Sale had a string of 8 consecutive starts with at least 10 strikeouts. In 12 of his 18 starts this season Sale has reached double digit strikeouts.
Right now at the unofficial halfway point of the season Sale has to be the favorite for AL Cy Young. He'll probably start game 1 of the World Series as well this season.
In the dog days of Summer the only major sport still playing is baseball. Sure Wimbledon is going on, but, I mean, it's tennis, who cares?
For the next month it's just baseball to hold you over until training camps start in August. So I'm here to help with some football content!
This upcoming season will be the 5th time in franchise history that the Patriots enter the year as reigning Super Bowl Champions. In one of the four previous occurrences they were able to defend their championship and repeat (2004).
With the Patriots winning yet another Super Bowl last season, it got me thinking. Thinking about all the great teams that came up short, and players who missed out on rings. Yes, the organization has been head and shoulders above it's competition since 2001. Yes, they have the greatest owner, coach and QB combo in league history, and yes, they win all the time.
However, since they've been lucky enough to hoist two more Lombardi's the last three seasons it may be easy to forget the "hard" times in Foxboro. For a decade this team did not win a Super Bowl. 10 years. It was 3 out of 4 right away, 10 years of heartbreaking and teasing, then 2 out of 3. Weird run. Yes, they were always right in the mix, but despite a lot of great teams and players they were unable to get back that mountaintop. From the 2005 to 2013 season the Patriots went to two more Super Bowls, and five more AFC championship games, but were never able to completely seal the deal. For ten seasons the Patriots had fans wondering if they'd ever win again.
Now hear me out. After they lost the 2012 AFC Championship game doubts started to really creep into my head if Brady would ever lead the Patriots to another championship. After the decline in 2013 and v early 2014 season, I really started having my doubts.
There's no denying that the Patriots have had a great ride and been the class of the league, but they too had their dark days. I'm going to sound like a spoiled brat here, but getting so close and losing is a million times worse than being a fan of shitty team. Do you have any idea what it's like to have the greatest team in NFL history become a laughing stock because some mouth-breather escaped a sack on a play that should've been blown dead to link up with a career special teamer for the greatest catch in Super Bowl history to ruin the perfect season? Or to be the best team in the NFL all year long only to lose a home playoff game to a coach with a lab band and a foot fetish? Or to have one of the 5 best players on your team get a fucking murder charge?
The Jaguars or Browns haven't dealt with anything like that.
2005-2013 Patriots were my formidable years. These were my high school and college days. Where I went from a boy to almost a grown man. While I watched and followed the first three Super Bowl champs, it was also my first years of following football. I was young and spoiled and truly didn't understand or appreciate how big of a deal what was happening was. These were the teams I really knew and followed. Which is why I think they deserve some honor and recognition. Winning the Super Bowl is fucking hard man (obviously). We've seen that with these last two rings. All the breaks that you need to go your way. The Patriots very easily could've won either Giant game or lost the Seahawks and Falcons ones.
This is a list of IMO the 10 Best Ringless Patriots of the Belichick Era. FTR I'm talking about their time as a Patriot and impact they had on the Patriots. Junior Seau is probably the best overall football player on this list, but we're talking about time with the PATRIOTS. Enough with the foreplay, let's dive in.
10. Safety #36 James Sanders 2005-2010
Sanders was a starting safety for the Patriots from 2006-2010. During his time with the Patriots he had 8 interceptions, returning two for touchdowns. Sanders was never going to be an all-pro, but for 5 years he was a very reliable safety for the Pats. Sprinkled between the end Rodney Harrison and beginning of Devin McCourty Sanders may have been forgotten by Patriot fans, but of the players from the "dark days" he was one of the more underrated and underappreciated. In 2010 he picked off Peyton Manning to seal a victory over the Colts in what would be Manning's final appearance as an Indianapolis Colt against the Patriots.
His release in 2011 came a shock to Patriot fans, much like the next man on the list.
#9. Safety #31 Brandon Meriwhether 2007-2010
Two Time Pro Bowler (09, 10)
The Party Starter!
The man who nearly killed Todd Heap, Brandon Meriweather was the Patriots 2007 first round selection. The U and 7th floor crew alum quickly saw time on special teams and as the team's third safety before the aforementioned Sanders and Harrison. By 2009 he was a Pro Bowler, as he was also in 2010, by 2011 he was out of town. When I think about Brandon Meriweather, I think of hard hits. The dude threw his body around like he could just go buy another one. In the age of taking head shots out of the game, Meriweather was one of the last true hit man in the NFL.
However his reckless style of play, while garnering him the love of Patriot fans, did not bode well with Belichick, as he was one of the final cuts going into the 2011 season. A season that saw the Patriots defense struggle for most of the year, despite a Super Bowl berth. Who knows how things could've turned out differently with one more year of the Party Starter in Foxboro. After the Patriots he bounced around with the Bears, Redskins and Giants and has been out of the league since 2015.
#8. Linebacker #55 Junior Seau 2006-2009
While definitely far past his prime in New England, Junior Seau was a key piece of the Patriots defense, especially in 2006 and 2007. He was beloved by fans and teammates alike.
After "retiring" in 2006, four days later he was a New England Patriot. Clearly looking for the one thing that had alluded his soon to be Hall of Fame NFL career, a Super Bowl ring.
In 06 & 07 Seau was part of teams who suffered two of the most heartbreaking losses in Patriots history; the 2006 AFC Championship game and Super Bowl 42. Although in 06 he did not play after breaking his arm earlier in the year.
While Junior Seau was not the same player he was in San Diego, he was a key contributor to an aging linebacking core that included Tedy Bruschi, Mike Vrabel, Roosey Colvin, and Adalius Thomas (gross) both on and off the field. He should've won a Super Bowl in 2007. Broke my heart then, broke my heart now. I can still remember pregame interviews when he was talking about becoming a part of "ever" with a Super Bowl win. It never happened. Who know's how that ring could've changed things for Junior.
#7. CB #31 Aqib Talib 2012-2013
2013 Pro Bowler & 2nd Team All-Pro
Unlike everybody else on this list, Talib never played in a Super Bowl with the Patriots, and has won a Super Bowl elsewhere, as he was a member of the 2015 Denver Broncos that won Super Bowl 50. However that does not keep him off my list.
In a season and a half with the Patriots Talib absolutely changed the way the Patriots played defense. His physical man to man style opened up endless possibilities for the Patriots defensively. Talib made his name known in New England after a 59 yard pick 6 against Andrew Luck and the Colts in his first game with the Patriots.
However, Talib to me, and most Patriot fans will be remembered for his durability, or lack thereof. He got hurt in both AFC Championship games the Patriots made, drastically hurting their chances in both games. Joe Flacco absolutely lit the Patriots up after Talib went down, and the next year Peyton Manning passed for 400 yards against the Patriots with Aqib off the field after a questionable block by Broncos receiver Wes Welker (who we'll get to soon).
In 2013 Talib was a Pro Bowler and 2nd team All-Pro for the Patriots before signing with Denver in the offseason, which led to the Patriots signing Darrelle Revis en route to their Super Bowl 49 Championship. So in a way Talib laid the groundwork for high profile rental CBs for the Pats.
#6. TE #81 Aaron Hernandez 2010-2012
We all know the horrible things Hernandez did in his 27 years on earth, but he also did some incredible things on the football field when he wasn't busy shooting people in the face. Can we also talk about for a second how, idk if impressive is the right word, but remarkable it was for him to balance being a top 5 NFL tight end, and murderer for three years? Talk about time management skills. I think people have forgotten how dominant Aaron Hernandez was as a Patriot, probably, and rightly so, because of the murders.
But look at his numbers from his 3 seasons in Foxboro.
2010: 14 games 45 catches 563 yards 6 TD
2011: 14 games 79 catches 910 yards 7 TD
2012: 10 games 51 catches 483 yards 5 TD
6 games 35 catches 360 yards 2 TD
He did all of that as the 2nd tight end. There were a lot of mouths to feed during the 2010-12 run the Pats had, Welker, Branch, Gronk, Hernandez, Woodhead just to name a few, yet he still put up monster numbers for a tight end, and also could run the ball out of the backfield if they needed it.
Obviously he was a piece of shit human being and also is dead via his own hands, and horrible decision making. But as a football player for the New England Patriots Aaron Hernandez was simply incredible. It's a shame between Gronk's injuries, and Hernandez' own stupidity that we weren't able to see what they could do together for longer. In 5 years he went from catching a touchdown in the Super Bowl to a dead man. He definitely is one of the ten best players from this run to not win a Super Bowl, regardless of how shitty of a dude he was.
#5. RB #39 Danny Woodhead 2010-2012
The man who scored the Patriots other touchdown in Super Bowl 46, Danny Woodhead lands at #5.
In 2010 Woodhead became a fan favorite after the Patriots picked up from the Jets who cut him after one game that season. I mean he's a 4 foot tall white running back who played D 2 football in college, what's not to love? Danny Woodhead responded by racking up nearly 1000 yards from scrimmage in 2010 as the Patriots went 14-2 and were the #1 seed in the AFC.
In his 3 seasons with the Patriots the team went a combined 39-9 in the regular season, in large back to Woodhead's work out of the backfield, mainly as the team's 3rd down back. While he's never going to be a pound it between the tackles 25 carries a game running back, he has a specific skill set that he worked marvelously during his time in New England. It was nice to see a #39 running back who didn't suck ass after Laurence Maroney.
4. RB #42 Benjarvus Green-Ellis 2008-2011
The Law Firm!
Probably a little too high, but I don't care I loved the Law Firm and how much he meant to the Patriots during his short tenure with the club. Honestly before the top 3 I think you could have any of these guys in a different order and I could be convinced.
Benjarvus Green-Ellis was Legarrette Blount before Legarrette Blount. The Lawfirm never fumbled as a New England Patriot which earned him the trust of Belichick and Brady. In 2010 he was the Patriots first 1000 yard rusher since Corey Dillon in 2004.
What the Law Firm meant to the 2010 and 2011 Patriots earns him a spot on this list. In the 2011 AFC Championship game he scored a touchdown to help lead the Patriots to Super Bowl 46. In four seasons with the Patriots BJGE ran for over 2000 yard and 29 touchdowns. Most of it coming in his final two years with the Pats.
In 2012 his first season with the Bengals BJGE rushed for 1000 yards again, before retiring after the 2013 season.
Here's when things get dicey! For the record I think the next three guys all should be Pro Football Hall of Famers.
#3. WR #81 Randy Moss 2007-2010
2007 Pro Bowler and 1st Team All Pro
Randy Moss is the greatest wide receiver of my lifetime. Jerry Rice is the GOAT, but most of his damage was done in the 80's well before Ole Dozo was around. For my money Randy Moss is the most dominate WR I've ever seen. However after two poor seasons in Oakland many believed he was finished.
Bill Belichick did not.
He traded a 4th rounder for the Marshall University product and in exchange got the greatest season a WR has ever had. 98 receptions for nearly 1500 yards (1493) and 23 touchdowns. Moss scored in 13 of 16 regular season games.
In Super Bowl 42 Randy caught what could've and should've been the game winning touchdown for the Patriots that would've capped off a perfect season and nearly brought in a Hail Mary in the final drive.
Although times would never be as good as they were in year one, Moss still put up great numbers during his time with the Pats. At least 1000 yards every full season he played, with at least 11 tds. It's really shity Brady got hurt in 2008, we were robbed of another season between the greatest QB of all time with one of the game's best ever WR. In 2008 with Matt Cassel Moss still had 1008 yards and 11 TDs. In 2009 he again lead the NFL in touchdown receptions with 13.
Although things flamed out in 2010 and led to him being traded back to Minnesota Randy Moss still managed to have one of the greatest highlight catches of his entire career that season.
#2. WR #83 Wes Welker 2007-2012
5 Pro Bowls
4 All-Pro Teams
What sucks for Wes Welker and all the 2011 Patriots is that if he catches that 4th quarter pass from Tom Brady they are probably Super Bowl champions and this list never needs to be made. However, as well all know Tom Brady cannot throw and catch the ball as Gisele let us all know after the game. Welker who caught 672 passes in his time with the Patriots will forever be remembered for the biggest one he dropped.
Despite all of that, I believe Wes Welker is a HOF receiver for what he accomplished from his time in New England. Look at these fucking numbers.
Led the league in receptions 3 times in 6 years. Over 100 catches 5 of 6 seasons, and it would've been 6 had he not torn his ACL in early 2010 which impacted his 2010 season. Simply put Wes Welker was Mr. Reliable for the Patriots for 6 years. He got the hard yards, he was the one making catches in the trenches, getting absolutely lit up, likely taking years off his life. Welker's 2011 season is the greatest season a slot receiver has ever had in the NFL 122 receptions for nearly 1600 years. He averaged nearly 100 yards per game at a time where Tom Brady also had the two headed tight end monster of Gronk and Hernandez.
Wes Welker simply put was the best slot receiver in the NFL for 6 years, and still was pretty damn good his first year with Denver. During Welker's time in New England he was a 5 time Pro Bowler and 4 time all pro. That gets you into Canton IMO.
I hated letting him go at the time, but it ended up being the right move given his physical condition and the secret weapon the Pats had in Edelman. While Julian has two rings to Welker's 0 do not for one second think Edelman is better than Welker. Without Welker there is no Julian Edelman. Wes Welker is the 2nd best Patriot to not win a Super Bowl during the Belichick era and IMO is one of 9 Hall of Famers the Patriots should have from the entire Belichick-Brady run. (Brady, Wilfork, Seymour, Law, Moss, Welker, Seau, Revis, and the final man of this list)
#1. LG #70 Logan Mankins
6 Pro Bowls
6 All-Pro Teams
Logan Mankins was the Patriots 1st round draft pick after winning Super Bowl 39 in 2005. After his shocking trade in 2014 the Patriots went onto win the Super Bowl. His career with New England was book ended by Super Bowl wins in the season before and after his arrival. During the years between there was no guard in the NFL better than Logan Mankins.
A mainstay of the Patriots offensive line, Mankins was a Pro Bowler in 2007, 2009-2013, he also voted to the All Pro team in those seasons as well. Mankins helped protect Brady for 9 seasons at an elite level, most notably his 2011 season where Mankins played the entire year with a torn ACL without telling anybody. Total bad ass. He tore his MCL in the playoffs that year and still played through the pain in hopes of winning a Super Bowl. It never happened, but Mankins did all he could to try. A well respected leader on and off the field IMO Logan Mankins is the 2nd best offensive linemen in Patriots team history after John Hannah. I think he has the resume to make it to Canton, but given the position that he played and the fact that he is the poster child of ringless Patriots from this era may hurt his cause.
What do you think? Who did I miss? Who's too high or too low? Let me know what you think! Thanks for reading!