What a great week to be a Patriots fan!
Your only "competition" in the division, the 5-4 Buffalo Bills just benched its starting quarterback, meanwhile down in Foxboro Tom Brady, for 3rd time this season and 30th time in his career is the AFC Offensive Player of the Week. Thanks in part to a 3 touchdown 0 int game in Denver, the 54th such of his career. Brady picked up his NFL record 86th road victory as well in the contest.
Oh and for good measure, Dion Lewis thanks to his Davontae Booker aided kickoff return touchdown takes home AFC Special Teams player of the Week Honors.
Somewhat surprisingly, since Brady has won this award nearly two full seasons worth of his career, this is the first time he's been AFC Offensive Player of the Week and a teammate has taken home the award for special teams. However it's not the first time a Patriot duo has achieved the feat.
Statistically speaking you'd think he's probably shared AFC Player of the Week with a teammate before, especially considering the two kickers he's spent most his career with you'd assume there would've been some week where Brady and Vinatieri/Gostowski could've both won. Apparently not!
Oh well, yet another feather in Tom Brady's cap. I bet he'll love this because it just gives him an opportunity in the press conference to take the light off of him and give credit to a teammate. That's just the Patriot way.
The struggling Bills have made a change at quarterback.
Bills head coach Sean McDermott announced this morning that Nathan Peterman will start at quarterback on Sunday and Tyrod Taylor will go to the bench.
“We are in the playoff hunt and we are always focused on becoming the best team possible. We were made for better than 5-4,” McDermott said.
McDermott benched Taylor for Peterman late in Sunday’s blowout loss to the Saints, and Peterman played reasonably well, although that was in garbage time, and after the game McDermott said he was sticking with Taylor. Apparently a few days of thought led to McDermott changing his mind.
The Bills got off to a hot start this season but have been blown out two weeks in a row, first to the Jets and then on Sunday to the Saints. Taylor has hardly been to blame for all of it — the Bills’ defense has struggled mightily as well — but he bears enough of the blame that McDermott wants to see what the young backup can do. On Sunday in Los Angeles, Peterman will start against the Chargers.
Well, it looks like T-mobile just went out of service.
Now that we have the corniest "joke" of all time out of the way let's talk football.
I don't understand this move at all. If the season ended today the Bills are in the playoffs. Sure they've dropped 2 straight games and haven't looked too great in either of them, but I don't think Tyrod Taylor is the problem. As much of twitter is saying. Tyrod didn't give up 47 points to the Saints.
I think you get the point.
But seriously, this is a head scratcher, T-mobile is fine quarterback, not elite or anything but he's a solid middle of the road NFL starter. One of the better QBs the Bills have had (granted that's not saying much) in the last 15 years.
Not to be a total snob Patriots fan, but this is the fucking Buffalo Bills we're talking about. Of course they messed this up. They haven't made the playoffs since 1999!!! We're talking when Rocket Power was the shit. We're talking pre 9/11. For God's sake it was last Millennium!
This is just such a Bills move to me. Give up 47 points at home to the Saints, bench your QB.
Makes all the sense in the world. Now part of me wants to give Bills' head coach Sean McDermott the benefit of the doubt because he has been a football guy of the week before.
But then again, after he gave that corny blessed answer, and didn't make a single joke I think you can question him and his intelligence.
This move just doesn't make sense to me, now granted I have a soft spot in my heart for mobile quarterbacks who aren't the best passers.
But to me benching Tyrod Taylor despite being 5-4 this season is like some ugly loser breaking up with his "6" girlfriend because he thinks he can do better. When in reality, he's lucky to have her, and is gonna be stuck with unproven uggos out on the open market.
That's exactly what the Bills are doing here. They're the ugly loser guy who somehow thinks he can do better. You can't! You're the Bills! You should count your blessings you took a flyer on Tyrod Taylor who had been a career backup and it worked out.
I get it, the ultimate goal of every team should be the win the Super Bowl, and deep down I know T-mobile isn't a Super Bowl quarterback but, again we're talking the Buffalo Bills here, I think God already showed us in the early 90's that this team will never win a Super Bowl. So let's set the expectations a little lower, and just try to end the longest playoff drought in all four major professional sports. Which by all accounts, seems like something Tyrod Taylor was on his way to doing this season.
P.S. I hate to turn this into a race thing, but how can you not given the circumstances? The Black QBs are held to a higher standard narrative is real AF.
Song: World Gone Mad
Album: Bright: The Album
P.S. Happy Birthday Meg!
A Pennsylvania man was arrested after police say he murdered his female friend when she rejected his marriage proposal, according to NBC Philadelphia.
Christopher Tucker, 34, has been charged with murder and criminal homicide for allegedly killing 19-year-old Tara Serino, who was last seen by her family early on the morning of October 30.
According to local police, Tucker asked Serino to marry him at his home in Berks County, Pennsylvania, sometime between Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon.
Serino rejected the proposal, stating that she was still sleeping with other men. The victim then allegedly made an off-hand comment that Tucker should "just kill her."
Police say Tucker flew into a fit of rage, choking Serino, snapping her neck, poking her eyes out and beating her with a hatchet until she died.
The suspect then wrapped the teen's body in a rug inside his house and fled to Illinois, where he was detained at a rest stop after he was caught attempting to break into a farmer's combine on Halloween.
NBC Philadelphia reports that Tucker confessed to murdering Serino after he was arrested, which led detectives to find her body in his home. He is currently being held in an Illinois jail.
Of all the names in the world, this murderer is really named Christopher Tucker? Call me Dicky V because you cannot be serious.
In a short of reverse Rush Hour situation, Chris Tucker clearly did understand the words that were coming out of her mouth. Quite literally, in fact, as he snapped her necked, gauged her eyes out and beat her up with a hatchet (classic overkill if you ask me).
Look, I'm not saying this woman deserved to die. Quiet the contrary. I hate when people say "she was asking for it" in situations where a scantily clad coed is unfortunately "mistreated". Not to get into semantics but she technically did ask for it. By the looks of it this guy was real piece of shit, not someone you should be making such remarks to, no matter how lighthearted in a clearly awkward situation.
While I shouldn't be casting judgment on the recently deceased, to paraphrase from the Good Book "You are the company you keep" and based on the mugshot that guy murdering someone is about as a surprising as the sun rising in the morning.
But I digress, I'm not saying he should've killed her. But what I am saying is you prooooobably shouldn't say "you should just kill me" to the man whose marriage proposal you just denied. If there's one thing we can take away from this tragedy, it's that. I'm no love expert, but that seems like day one stuff. Especially to a guy who looks like he belongs somewhere in the middle of that evolution of man diagram. But we all have that friend that just can't catch on to sarcasm. As a sarcastic person it's the worst, and unfortunately for Tara Serino that's exactly the situation she found herself in.
P.S. Poor Chris Tucker (the comedian, not this guy) name back in the media for all the wrong reasons, he could reeeeaaaaally use a break his way. Hope Rush Hour 4 helps!
Last night ESPN released a trailer for an upcoming 30 for 30 documentary titled "The Two Bills" about the relationship between Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick and I for one am absolutely pumpeddddddddddddd.
From the looks of this promo it seems like Bill is going to peel back the certain (fingers crossed) and actually give coherence answers about some pretty juicy stuff, mainly resigning as HC of NYJ after one day. That's what I wanna hear about. How he ditched the lowly Jets and turned the Patriots into the greatest organization in all of sports.
I can't wait for this doc because there is nothing better than a candid Bill Belichick. Unfortunately that is something that happens less often than the Jets making the playoffs. (FOUR DIVISION TITLES in franchise history FOUR)
Bill Belichick may be the smartest man alive, unfortunately he's so intelligent that he's mastered the art of saying nothing. It kind of sucks because when he goes on WEEI or something and gets off on a tangent of the 80's Giants or some great block a special teamer had in 1975 it's so interesting, but you pretty much never get that when it comes to Patriot related stuff. While this documentary is going to be mainly about their time together with the Giants there inevitably will be some Patriot related stuff, the '96 team, leaving for the Jets, then coming back in 2000.
As a Patriots fan it's been nearly twenty years of stuff like this from Coach:
As a Patriots fan you know that's the type of answers you'll get when a reporter brings up any sort of interesting question. "Well, we're just focused on ________________ right now". Blah, blah, blah. You're not going to get a candid response from Bill Belihick. Once every blue moon you might get something good like his My Cousin Vinny reference during Deflate-gate.
But for the most part you get very used to the same canned answers from Belichick at press conferences. His inability to become engaging or interesting is in a way an art-form with how he can speak, yet give you absolutely nothing. He does everything to not give away vital information or give the opponent bulletin board material. The Pats could be playing an 0-12 team and he'd find a way to spew about how good their punter is for 5 minutes. He had this to say about the 0-4 Cleveland Browns last season:
"Defensively they're very sound, aggressive. They capitalize on a lot of offensive mistakes with their effort and aggressiveness. We've got to do a great job of taking care of the ball and staying out of long yardage. They're a very good third-down team, longer yardage situations, so those are hard to convert and very aggressive in the secondary. They've got good experience back there with [Joe] Haden, [Tramon] Williams, [Jamar] Taylor, [Jordan] Poyer, guys like that, guys that have been around for a while that are smart, instinctive players. We've got to do a good job there."
That team started the year 0-14 and ended up 1-15.
It's good in the sense that it helped the Patriots keep racking up Super Bowl wins, but part of me wishes we'd get more out of Bill. He's one of the smartest football minds of all time with an encyclopedia of knowledge in that head of his, we just never get to be exposed to it. That should change with "The Two Bills". While I'm sure he won't be talking about the documentary at all in the press, I cannot wait to see it. My only complaint is that ESPN gave a tentative release date. What kind of bullshit is "this winter"? What are they not done? Does that mean after December 21st? Are we still talking 2017? When is this shit coming out? There's been times where we've still gotten snow in April and it feels like winter, could it be then? Honestly, is this thing still not finished yet? How do you not have a set release date?
Until then here's some Bill to hold you over until this comes out sometime in the next year or so.
Song: I Wanna Get Better
Album: Strange Desires
Absolutely heartbreaking news: two-time Cy Young Award winner, future Hall of Famer, and overall beloved guy, Roy Halladay died today at just 40 years old in a plane crash off the Gulf of Mexico. He leaves behind his wife of 19 years, Brandy, and their two sons Ryan and Braden. It's a cliche often used in sports but is true, we forget these guys are real people with families and their own lives. Can't imagine how they're feeling right now. Halladay was quite the family man and seeing stuff like this is absolutely heartbreaking. 40 is so young. So much life left.
I was at work when the news broke and immediately was shook, never saw this coming, an absolute tragedy. I can honestly say I'm bummed tf out about this. Just utter disbelief. After a few hours I'm still finding it hard to believe, this just comes as a total shock. Felt like I had to get a blog out to pay my respect to one of the greatest pitchers of my lifetime. Probably the most dominate pitcher of the 2000's.
Despite spending much of his career as a rival of my beloved Red Sox Roy "Doc" Halladay was one of the those guys that you couldn't dislike, didn't hurt that the Sox kind of had his number. But he was just too good to let the uniform make you not like him. He absolutely dominated. He was well liked and spoken of as a true professional, while at the same time a light-hearted, funny guy.
Doc was beloved in the game no matter who you rooted for. The baseball community is aching today.
He was the face of the Toronto Blue Jays, and for the majority of his career, their best player. Holladay routinely finished in the top 5 of Cy Young voting, winning the award in 2003 despite never appearing in the postseason while in Toronto.
That all that changed in 2010.
After 12 seasons in America's Hat, Halladay was pitching in the city of brotherly love with the then defending National League champion Phillies. 2010 was Halladay's signature season. On May 29th, 2010 Roy Halladay thew a perfect game against the Florida Marlins, striking out 11 in a 1-0 victory.
Halladay would win his 2nd Cy Young award in 2010 posting a 21-10 record with a 2.44 ERA, striking out 220 batters over a league leading 250.2 innings. The signature game of that signature season came in Game 1 of National League Division Series against the Cincinnati Reds. After waiting until his 13th season to pitch in the playoffs Halladay did something that hadn't been done 1956: pitch a postseason no-hitter.
I can still remember that night, it was a Wednesday night during my freshmen year of college, I had test that night, missed most of the game because of it. I was so pissed I had a test because I really wanted to watch that game. I loved those Phillies teams', I was (and still am) a huge Chase Utley guy. I wanted to see watch Roy Halladay would do in his first postseason start. Just threw a fucking no-no. NBD.
After that I really thought the Phillies would win it all. After starting the playoffs with a no hitter didn't seem that outrageous to think. However the Phils would lose in 6 in the NLCS to the eventual World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. The Phils were the best team in the National League for a four year span (2008-2011), and ironically it was the their 08 team, the team with the worst regular season record of that run that won it all.
The next year the Phillies came back reloaded, re-acquiring Cliff Lee to add to a rotation that included Cole Hamels, Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt. They were called R2C2 and finished 2011 with the majors best record of 102-60. The Phillies were upset in the NLDS by the wild-card St. Louis Cardinals in 5 games. In the 5th and decisive game of the series Halladay went up against former teammate and friend, Chris Carpenter and was on the wrong side of a 1-0 game.
After battling injuries in 2012 and 2013, Doc called it a career. In 16 season Roy Halladay went 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA, 2117 strikeouts (69th all time, nice), and won a Cy Young award in both leagues, something only four pitchers had done before him (Gaylord Perry, Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens, and Randy Johnson) and one since (Max Scherzer).
It's an absolute tragedy that Roy Halladay has passed away at just 40 years old, he died doing what he loved in his retired life, flying. Doc seemed to be enjoying life after baseball, both in the air and coaching his son's baseball teams. His final tweet showed how much he still loved the game, and how much it meant to people.
R.I.P. Roy "Doc" Halladay.
May 14, 1977- November 7, 2017.
Vive la fucking France indeed!
I'm am all in on this signing. A big ole Cajun Frenchmen with an awesome name is exactly what this team needs. Ricky Jean-Francois is just a fun-ass name to say, even though I'm probably pronouncing it wrong when I say it. Something as simple as that might just be exactly what this team needs down the stretch. Football is a very serious game, but you gotta be able to have a little fun. You say that name and just smile, it's fun. I don't need to keep making the same point fifteen different ways.
Plus, New England may be the perfect fit for Ricky Jean-Francois since he owns like 30 Dunkin Donuts.
This is not exactly some flashy addition that is going to make a huge difference on the field, it's a depth signing. Ricky Jean-Francois has played for four teams over his 8 year NFL career amassing a whopping 12 sacks over that time. Nobody is ever going to confuse Ricky Jean-Francois for Vince Wilfork in the run stopping game. But I'm all in on this name.
Vive La France!
Song: Hit or Miss
Artist: New Found Glory
Album: New Found Glory
Pop-punk is the greatest era in music history.
By now most people have either seen or heard Deion Sanders' reaction to Tony Romo making a remark about his poor tackling from his days in the NFL.
Basically Marcus Peters of the Chiefs (another corner who doesn't like to hit) had a weak ass attempt to bring down Zeke Elliot of the Cowboys. It was embarrassing to see from an NFL athlete. Romo made a joke saying that Marcus Peters' tackling makes Deion Sanders look good.
I think most football fans would agree that it was no secret that Deion didn't like to hit. He once said that that's not what he gets paid to do before Super Bowl XXIX.
I'm not a get offended guy, I'm a call it like I see it guy, and to me Deion went a little overboard here. I mean, honestly, either way I don't really care too much about this topic I'm just talking as a rational adult. Deion Sanders has thin ass skin if he's gonna go that hard at Tony Romo over a harmless joke. A harmless remark that Sanders in the past has joked about as well. Romo basically tickled Deion Sanders, and Deion retaliated by shooting him in the face. What he basically did was the football version of saying "I hope your mom gets cancer as a comeback". Just no need for it. Just say one of those things man. We all know Romo was good, but also kind of a bum. No need to kick him while he's down. YOU WON BRO. You're in the Hall of Fame, you have two rings, everybody on earth would agree you had a better career than Tony Romo. It's not like he said you could've cover. It was a joke about how you didn't like to tackle. Which for the millionth time you've joked about before.
[He acknowledged he doesn't like to tackle.} "That's not what they pay me for," he said. "That's what linebackers are paid to do. Who likes to get hit? Who likes that? I like to break up passes and dance."
IMO It's a bad look for Deion, he says I've got a gold jacket that I didn't pay for (in reference to being a Hall of Famer), then act like it man, don't be such a bitch about a harmless remark that you too have poked fun at in the past. Thin city city, population Deion Sanders.