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Staying in the NBA - with the stunning successes of Atlanta and Golden State, both of which have ties to Greg Popovich in San Antonio, not to mention the success of former Sacramento Coach Michael Malone, do you see the NBA starting to shift to more of a team focus rather than a single player mentality with emphasis on passing and defense?

DID YOU KNOW...?
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL. NCAA MLB

 

 

Did you know…that somebody figured out a new use for spray-in bed liners?  This is a Toyota FJ Cruiser that Diesel’s (my roommate) son Cory had painted while he was here from Afghanistan during Christmas vacation.  At first I was very skeptical; being an old-time car salesman I believed that it would ruin the value of the vehicle.  I have to admit that the end result is pretty spectacular, and Cory says that everyone at Fort Hood (where he is now stationed) stops him and asks him about it and comments how cool it looks.  Now he can take the Toyota off-road and not worry about scratching the paint job.  In the top picture, you can just see my PT Cruiser on the left and Diesel's red Dodge truck is also there.  In the second picture, you can see that my neighborhood is filled with palm trees.

 

Did you know…that next year’s Super Bowl in San Francisco will feature a one-time-only numbering system?  Instead of being called Super Bowl L (the normal Roman numeral for 50), it will be called Super Bowl  50.  Somehow I dug this useless trivia out of my brain matter.  You can immediately forget it if you want to, but I won’t.  It is the bane of being a trivia expert (I don’t forget).   If you remember, it could win you a beer at a bar.

 

Did you know…that ex-Arizona State footballer Bryan Caldwell recently passed away from cancer?  It is significant to me because in 1983 I sold Bryan an older model Datsun 240Z.  Here’s how it happened.   Bryan drove the car at my dealership (the 240Z was in GREAT condition) and he told me he was just looking.  I said, “Brian, I am an ASU football fan.  Not only do I follow your career, I actually watched you playing cards with your buddies in your backyard while the NFL draft was on television.  You were drafted in the 3rd round by the Dallas Cowboys, which surprised me because I thought that you were a 1st rounder.   As for the Datsun, you will not find one in better condition and I will give you a deal on it.”  Bryan bought the car from me on the spot.  Thanks Bryan and R.I.P. buddy!

 

Did you know…that I also whiffed on selling Arizona Cardinals matriarch Bill Bidwill a Volkswagen Diesel Beetle for his grand-kids?  I spent a week showing him the car and trying to sell it to him.  The owner of my dealership (Scottsdale Volkswagen) had 10 season tickets to Cardinals games.  To be blunt, the Cardinals were never competitive while Bill was in charge.  He told me that his wife was out of town and that he would rather lose a first round draft pick than buy a car without her being involved!  I looked at Bill and just rolled my eyes. My boss cancelled his season tickets the next season.  I am glad that son Michael now runs the team.

 

Did you know…that the big controversy here in Phoenix has nothing to do with deflated footballs and everything to do with whether the roof will be open at University of Phoenix Stadium for the Super Bowl?  Is everyone out here brain-dead?  Unless it is raining, of course the roof should be open,   Period.

 

Did you know…that February 4 is National Signing of Intent Day for NCAA football?  To me it is easily as important as the NFL Draft Day and I cannot wait to see the day unfold.  Of course, to me, both of these events take second fiddle to the opening of MLB Spring Training, on or about February 20. 

 

Did you know…that those three dots (…) are called an ellipsis?  Yes it is a real punctuation mark and the true basis of my blog today.  It is just like me to overuse the ellipsis in my post and then ram it down your throats.  Life can be cruel, bitches. (Just kidding…).

 

Did you know…that, as long as I am on the subject of selling cars, the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale this last six days broke all kinds of sales records?   Over 1400 vehicles were sold there for over $140 million dollars.  Super-collector Don Pratt sold off his car collection for over $40 million, with his Shelby Cobra Super-Snake (owned by Carroll Shelby) fetching $5.5 million all by itself.  I watched all six days of the auction on the Velocity Channel.  It was amazing to watch.  Here’s the kicker.  Six other auctions were running concurrently, with the RJ Auction having the top sale of the weekend, a Ferrari there went for $9.6 million all by itself.  Brother, can you spare me a dime?

 

Did you know… that as long as I am still talking about selling cars, that I also sold cars to Alan Trammel, Glen Campbell, Alice Cooper, Dave Concepcion, and Steve Young?  Most of these were for their daughters, and I am sure that I am leaving some other famous people out.  Concepcion’s beautiful wife got mad at me because I mistook him for Bert Campaneris.  Sorry Mrs. Concepcion, my bad!

 

Did you know…that the Phoenix Open will be televised Super Bowl weekend?  Be sure to check it out.  It is golf’s #1 event in attendance, and Tiger Woods will be there this year.  The 16th hole, a par 3, is unlike any other hole in golf.  It has grandstand seating surrounding it.  It looks like a baseball stadium and seats 30,000.  For the Sunday crowd who are going to the Super Bowl, a helicopter will fly you to Glendale after the golf for only $699 a head.  Then you have to come back after the game by bus.   Life’s a bitch.

 

Did you know…that the Pro Bowl will be held this Sunday?  You say you won’t watch it?  Me either.  I would rather see some kind of skills contest and I think that most of the players would rather be in Hawaii drinking Mai Tai’s and Scorpions and playing volley ball on the beach.  I want to go back to my little grass shack in Kealakekua, Hawai`i.  So do the players.

 

Did you know…that I would love to see what you can do with the ellipsis?  If you want, you can show off in the comments and impress me.  Thanks for the read and be sure to check out my buddy the Beezer on the right----->!

Canton Calling, 2015
Category: NFL
Tags: NFL AFL Hall of Fame

Well, the time has come again for my annual blog (with a tip of the hat to 3rd Stone) on the Pro Football Hall of Fame voting.

The process is a little different this year than in previous years b/c "builders" are finally in their own category. That means people in the back office do not have to compete against players and coaches. This is a move for the better. I expect the two builders who are Finalists, Bill Polian and Ron Wolf, to go in.

The Veterans selections are also voted on separately. This year, there is only one Finalist, Mick Tingelhoff. I expect him to get in, and he should. HOWEVER, MORE PLAYERS FROM THE AFL SHOULD BE IN. IT'S THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME, JACKWAGONS! NOT THE NFL HALL OF FAME.

YES, I'M DISGUSTED THAT JOHNNY ROBINSON AND JIM TYRER ARE NOT IN (and I was an Oiler fan, not a Texans/Chiefs fan).


This year, we have 15 Finalists from what the HOF calls the "Modern Era". Only a maximum of five can go in.

I'm going to ask you to vote for only five at the bottom of this blog. While it is theoretically possible that 8 could go in off this list, neither any of the Contributors or Tingelhoff could go in. Since the rules were changed to allow for separate nominations for contributors starting this year and the Vets are limited to one this year, I think all 3 will go in. They are voted on first. The HOF rules say at least 4 and a maximum of 8 must be admitted each year. With 80% votes being needed, it's not an easy task to accomplish.

Hence my "rule of 5". Life is about prioritizing, and so it is here.


Now, I'm going to summarize each candidate below in the following format


 # of Pro Bowls/# of First Team All-Pros/ Super Bowl record


 Then after that


# of Top Tens (TT) in an appropriate category (RB's, WR's, and QB's will have 3 carries-catches-QB rating/yards/TD's) and # of League Leaders (LL). Defensive players will have sacks or INT's)


 So, if someone is a WR


5/2/2-1: 8-3-4, 2LL


 

It means.......


Five Pro Bowls, 2 First Team All Pros, 2-1 in the Super Bowl (2 rings then)

8 times TT in # of catches, 3 times TT in total receiving yards, 4 times TT in TD's, and he led the league twice in a combination of those categories.


 

Also


 

* denotes first year of eligibility, obviously a finalist once!
Parenthesis tells how many times including this year, the candidate has been a finalist. So (3) means it is his 3rd year as a finalist.



 

Your nominees in alphabetical order

Morten Anderson, PK (2) 11x TT's in scoring, no LL's, 1st all-time in games played, HOF all decade 80's and 90's
Jerome Bettis, RB (4) 6/ 2/ 1-0: 7-5-4, no LL's
Tim Brown, WR-KR (6) 9/ 0/ 0-1: 6-5-8, 1 LL
Don Coryell, Coach (2)
Terrell Davis, RB (1) 3/ 3/ 2-0: 3-4-3, 3 LL's, 1x NFL MVP
Tony Dungy, Coach (2), 1x Super Bowl Champ
Kevin Greene, DE (4) 5/ 2/ 0-0, 8TT's in sacks
Charles Haley, DE (6) 5/ 2/ 5-0, 4TT's in sacks
Marvin Harrison, WR (2) 8/ 3/ 1-0: 6-7-8, 5 LL's, HOF all decade 00's
Jimmy Johnson, Coach (1), 2x Super Bowl Champ
John Lynch, S (2) 9/ 2/ 1-0 no TT's in INT
* Orlando Pace, OL 7/ 3/ 1-1
* Junior Seau, LB 12/ 6/ 0-2: HOF all decade 90's
Will Shields, OL (4) 12/ 2/ 0-0: 12x All-AFC by Pro Football Weekly
*Kurt Warner, QB 4/ 2/ 1-2: 6-3-6, 5 LL's, 2x NFL MVP


Overall observations:
This is the first year that the builders have been separated from the players and coaches under the current voting rules.
There are no "Top 100" players as ranked by the NFL.com panel in 2010. We have not had one of those eligible since 2013.
There are 3 Coaches as Finalists this year.  Not 100% sure, but I think this is the first time we've had more than 1 coach as a Finalist since before 1990.
Coryell was a Finalist in 2010.
There is no morals clause for the Canton HOF voting.

"My vote": how I would vote
"Committee says": Will he actually get in

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Anderson
Only one pure PK is in the HOF right now. That being Jan Stenerud. I personally thought Jason Hanson was a better PK during his era, but Anderson's #'s cannot be denied. With that being said, his window is still open, and Ray Guy, a pure P, went in last year. Take a number, Morten.

My vote- NO
Committee says- NO
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Bettis
Disclosure, I have a grudge against Bettis b/c I felt he lied about the Phil Luckett coin flip. The NFL more or less exonerated Luckett (someone who has spent the night at my home) on this. With that being said, I ask this Q every year: Do you think Ricky Watters should be in the HOF?

Both have very similar yardage #'s. Watters is more versatile. Bettis played on better teams and was goal-line meat grinder. Both have a ring, both went to ND (and were teammates for a year). Bettis gets the hype b/c he was more press friendly. Sorry, Jerome. Doesn't cut it even if I hold Luckett aside. However, I give you props for introducing Earl Campbell into the NFL's Top 100 players.

My vote- NO
Committee says- NO

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Brown
Probably the first real tough call for me. My excuse in the past was that Carter should go in before him. That has now happened. Look at his stat line: No All-Pros. When you look at his career #'s in terms of TT's and LL's, you see a picture of a very good receiver in his era, but not one of the greatest. However, what makes this a hard call is his value also as a return man. You clearly tried to kick away from this guy. That means something. Regarding the Committee vote, I have to wonder if his comments of the last few years are going to hurt him.

My vote- NO
Committee says- NO

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Coryell
Intuitively, you can make an honest case that he is the best coach of the three on the ballot. In San Diego and St. Louis, he turned perennial losers into contenders. He re-invented the passing game, and behind Bill Walsh, is arguably the most influential coach in today's NFL game. However, he never got to a Super Bowl, only had 111 wins and 3 playoff wins. Sorry, Don.

My vote- NO
Committee says- NO

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Davis
John Elway would probably be the first guy to tell (not to mention Mike Shanahan?) you that Terrell Davis is the primary reason Elway climbed that mountain at the end of his career. I think of this guy in terms of a Gale Sayers who had one extra year (78 games v 68 for Sayers). He had more rushing and receiving yds than Sayers even per game (114 v 92) and fumbled about 2/3rd's as frequently as Sayers. So why am I struggling to vote for this guy?

Well Sayers obviously was a return man which Davis missed, but Davis has two rings. Well, Sayers was all-Pro in 5 of his 6 seasons, but Davis has a league MVP. The more I think about this guy, the more I think he is worthy. The Committee though knows this is his first shot as a Finalist, after many years of being eligible. Does that impact me?

My vote- NO
Committee says- NO

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Dungy
The second of our coaches on the list. Look, the guy is one defensive genius, but OC's and DC's don't get into the HOF, rightly or wrongly. OK, he won a Super Bowl and got within an eyelash of one in Tampa Bay w/o an offense. He's also the politically correct choice with him being the first black HC to win a Super Bowl. He's that friendly talking head on NBC SNF.

So, why am I not voting for him? Well, there is another more deserving candidate on the list. Furthermore, if Dungy was so great, how come Gruden somehow generated an offense with the same personnel (plus "Give me the d**n ball!") and won the big one the next year?

My vote- NO
Committee says- YES
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Greene
I feel bad for this guy's candidacy. He's always at the discussion of a great player, but never at the top of it. So it goes again this year.

My vote- NO
Committee says- NO

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Haley
The "bling king" of the NFL. The only player with FIVE Super Bowl rings- with two different teams no less. Now, take away the rings (I'll get to that in a minute), and he's not as good as Greene. But how can I take away the rings? Well, was he ever one of the best half a dozen players on his club?

I thought his best shot was when they played the SB in Dallas a few years ago, and that train left. It has left here also, until at least Greene boards it.

My vote- NO
Committee says- NO

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Harrison
Detractors will say "all he did was play catch with Peyton Manning". Well, he did play catch, to the tune of 5x a league leader in either TD's, yards, or catches; to the tune of being named to the all-decade team; to the tune of 3x All-pro. In other words, over the course of a decade, he was clearly one of the best or the best at his position; and he's not just a kicker.

Doesn't impact me much, but I think the fact he played his entire career in Indy will help him with the Committee.

My vote- YES
Committee says- YES

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Johnson
Hey, wait a minute isn't he already in and got in 1994? Oh wait, that was THAT Jimmy Johnson who was a feared DB for the 49er's (insert rim shot).
Seriously, you mean to tell me that plastic hair is not in? Well, maybe the Committee has decided to associate Johnson with his product endorsement "Extenze" to make him wait (insert 2nd rim shot).
To me, this is a no brainer. The guy turned Dallas around in 3 years. People also forget he took Miami to the playoffs 3 out of 4 years he was there.

Well, hey, I'm sure as Jimmy and Extenze would agree, "the longer you wait, the more satisfying it is" (insert 3rd rim shot).

So, someone tell me why Tom Flores is not in, please?

My vote- YES
Committee says- NO
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Lynch
Now, I'd like to think that he is on the list for more than the reason that he's only good white DB we've had this century (woooooo!).  Well, fact of the matter is he's a pretty hard hitter. I'm not an OC, but I would think you would have to plan your offense around the idea that Lynch could meatwagon your wideouts or TE.

Not on the all decade team though, never in the TT in Int's. Not on my ballot either.

My vote- NO
Committee says- NO

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Pace
First one of the three 1st year ballot guys who is a Finalist. I am partial to the OL guys who work the trenches. They have been under appreciated by most fans (and somewhat in the HOF) b/c there are no glamour stats to show. If they are doing their job, you never hear about them.

While he's not on the PFHOF 1st team all-decade he is on the 2nd team, and he did make PF Reference's first team all-decade. I'm certainly A-OK if he gets in, but he's not getting my vote this year for a reason you will soon see (hint, I can only vote for 5)

My vote- NO
Committee says- YES
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Seau
2nd of the first year eligibles. For me, this is the easiest choice of anyone on the ballot this year. The guy played the game with abandon, and he could inspire his team with his play. Yea, it was that style of play that may have lead to his early demise; but that shouldn't be held against him. Perhaps the more interesting Q is that if he came along 20 years later would we be having a discussion about he great he was? Guys might not be able to play his style in 20 years.

My vote- YES
Committee says- YES

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Shields
He is a lot like Kevin Greene, as an OL. Always one of the best, never the best. However, his being one of the best was for a dozen years. Pace had a better prime, but Shields had the longevity and the consistency. My vote is for Shields b/c Pace will get in in the next couple of years. Shields window is closing. Plus, teammate Willie Roaf got in 3 years ago, that's enough of a time period for people to forget about that. Don't think the Committee will though.

My vote- YES
Committee says- NO
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Warner
The last of the first year eligible guys. Very appropriate we save the most interesting and most talked about candidacy last. Talk about a fairy tale story- Undrafted, bagging groceries at Hy-Vee, playing for the Iowa Barnstormers. Gets a call to the Rams b/c of injuries. Then Trent Green goes down and a sobbing Dick Vermeil says "we will rally around Kurt Warner, and we will play well".

Well, did you expect MVP well and Super Bowl MVP well?

His detractors (putting their societal views aside v his) say he really only had 4 good years, and is in the middle of pack in terms of a lot of stats when compared to other big name QB's. Fair enough. They will also say that he played on good teams, well, maybe not so fair there. The guy won a 2nd AP (not PFWA) POY award in 2001.

For me though, the defining moment is 2008. After many put him on the slag heap for the 2nd time, he leads Arizona to the Super Bowl. That's 7 years from 2001 against New England.

Let's also remember this:
Kurt Warner is the first QB to be a Finalist since 2006. The last QB who was a Finalist that did not get in was 1998 (Ken Anderson). All other QB's since then who have appeared as a Finalist got in on their first try.

The Committee is settled then. Me? Well, if Warren Moon got in on his first try and he never even got to a conference championship game, Warner is a no-brainer. Oh, and remember, I was an Oiler fan.

My vote- YES
Committee says- YES

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My votes: Harrison, Johnson, Seau, Shields, Warner
Committee says: Dungy, Harrison, Pace, Seau, Warner

The polls are open: Who are your five?

Talking Sports
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Patriots. Another Gate and Another Superbowl.

 

 

The Patriots are in the Supebowl and they have another gate to hurdle. They got by Videogate and David Tyree made sure they paid for it. After all they were videotaping a New York Team the wrong New York team. Ok CSI Fans we have a Mystery what happened to 12 Footballs in the ten minute time between the Officials weighing them and handing them to the ball boy and the start of the game. Incidentally all balls were removed in the second half and a new 12 were put in play.

This is the way I understand it the equipment guy and the Quarterback pick the balls out. Then the Quarterback tells the equipment guy what to do with them rubb them scuff them kind of like a good Pitmaster preparing Ribs or Brisket. Then 2 and half yours before the game. 24 balls go to the officials 12 from each team for all the math majors out there.

The officials inspect them and gauge them. The penalty for an illegal ball is it is removed from the game. Kind of like baseball an illegal bat is removed from the game. That’s the penalty. The penalty for tempering with the balls in that ten minutes is some disciplinary action fine or suspension or both whatever the league warrants as the right penalty. Knowing the NFL they will come down harder on the patriots then they did on Ray Rice and Adrian Petersen. Combined. Then again the Patriots have been clean for more than 32 games so that have to start fresh like Domincan Suh..

My guess like spygate this is a common practice that there is a wink and a nod with both teams and the Officials kind of look the other way even though they weigh the balls nothing is said until it’s brought up. Sort of like an Illegal stick in Hockey.You don't tell the Ref to measure it until your down a goal and need a powerplay.

From my experience handling footballs you know if the thing feels over inflated or under inflated and yes I have thrown balls out of games because they are weigh under inflated  but then again the equipment managers we deal with are usually 15 and will forget their heads if they weren’t attached. I know, I have two of them.

I think they will be enough blame to go around for everybody from the Hoodie, to the equipment guy to the officials. I think the NFL doesn’t like a blackeye a week before their premiere event. Yeah! You are all going to watch anyway despite your protests against the Patriots and you will overcome your hate of Dick Sherman and watch anyway.

This should be a great game better than the Packers giving away the game to the Seahawks. Who seem to be getting the breaks at the right time. The little mishaps and miscues that fall in place for Championship Teams. Yeah the Patriots have gotten their breaks as well despite what people here in New England think. It all balances out. You know who I want too win I won’t bore you with that.

I also think the Patriots played better in the second half with the regular inflated balls then they did in the first half with the under inflated ones after all it was 17-7 and No rain at halftime. The rains kicked in at halftime and it poored. Laser and I got a couple of rainsuits before the game at Wal-Mart I felt like the Hoodie makng a great call .

As one of the Colts twitted they would have beat us with a bar of soap.

I can hear the 9000 press conferences Belichick will require to attend over the next week. His answers will be something like this. “Just getting ready for Seattle, You’ll have to ask the league about that. Ask the officials. Just getting ready for Seattle”. Marshawn Lynch will be taking notes on how to give the media nothing as he will watch the master at work.

Here is the other part of the story kind of an ethical thing. A Colts player  intercepted a ball and knew it was soft. he did his job told the coaches who told the officials. The coaches also told it to the GM who called the league . he also tipped off an Indianapolis reporter  The ethical part was tipping off the press and knowing they would run with the story.Maybe it gets out anyway but I see it as it was calculated.

Lil Lakesiders

What can I say they played a USA Hockey playdown  tourney last Saturday and got smoked they played decent for 2 periods but couldn’t capitailize on multiple scoring opportunities. Lil Lanz had a break away shot Glove side about two feet of the ice. Goalie snagged it like Dustin Pedroia going to his right. Lil Lanz didn’t play well in this one he was kind taking a lot of the blame they scored 4 times when he was on the ice in the third as they switched him from Forward to defense. Coaches kept telling him it wasn’t his fault. I love these coaches. I hope coach Dennis recovers from Elbow surgery soon.

OH Thursday 1-22-15
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL Seattle New England

OH Thursday

SB 49 Hype edition

 

NFL finals Seattle 28 Green Bay 22

New England 45 Indy 7

Seattle 1.5 pt favorite over New England

Fan bloodline/timeline:

 I was born in 1952

My Dad, Ed, was an avid NY Giants fan at the time.

The Patriots were born in 1960

Ed became an instant Patriots fan and dragged his 8 year old son along onto the bandwagon that I’ve been on ever since.

 

My son #1 was born in 1980, the Pats, led by legendary QB Steve Grogan and HC Ron Erhardt missed the playoffs with a 10-6 record

Son #2 was born in 1981, Under Ron Erhardt and a gimpy Steve Grogan the Pats finished last with a 2-14 record

 

The Patriots first ever trip to the SB was the 1985 season, SB XX

The bandwagon was all in as the AFC Champion Patriots worked their way to the big game by running the ball.

The Bears 15-1, led by one of my favorites, Coach Ditka were the NFC Champs.

They totally dominated the Pats 46-10

Sons 1&2 became bandwagon Pats fans

1989 brought son #3 and the Pats went 5-11 under HC Ray Berry and were still led on the field by the ageless Steve Grogan

1991 was the year my only daughter was born, the Pats went 6-10 behind Dick Mc Pherson and the new guy in town  QB Hugh Millen. My little girl went on to become a Marine and married a…Baltimore Ravens fan!

She is loyal and he has the potential to switch.

 

1992 son #4 was born during the last Dick McPherson season 2-14 and the last of Hugh Millen. That off season James Orthwine hired a new HC, one Dwayne Charles “tuna” Parcells took over and brought in 1st round #1 pick Drew Bledsoe to QB the rudderless ship. Though they finished 5-11 the Pats struggled but finished strong with four straight wins to end the season.

1994 Robert Kraft, a local Boston Businessman and lifelong season ticket holder bought his favorite team. The New Owner with the HC and QB brought a 10-6 record home to the faithful. The next week they traveled to Cleveland to face the Browns led by QB Vinny Testaverde and HC Bill Belichick. The Browns won 20-10 and Belichick had his first playoff win...and it was against his former mentor Parcells.

A note on the Browns of 1994, Belichick’s top scout was Jim Schwartz and his DC was Nick Saban.

 

1996 The Patriots 11-5 led by Bledsoe, Curtis Martin and Terry Glenn made it back to the SB.  Brett Farvre led his Packers to a 35-21 win. Parcells did not return to Foxboro with the team and resigned shortly after. He and Robert Kraft didn’t see eye to eye and Parcells coined his famous quote. “If you’re being asked to cook the dinner you should be able to shop for the groceries”

In the off season of 1997 Kraft hired then former Jets HC Pete Carroll to a 3 year deal. Carroll put up three mediocre seasons with what the Kraft’s and the fans thought were SB potential teams. Caroll’s Pats went 10-6, 9-7 and 8-8 with Bledsoe at QB.

 

In 2000 Kraft finagled HC for a day Bill Belichick away from the J E T S and started the dynasty we know and love today.

 

Although his first season was only a 5-11 affair the winds were shifting. In the 6th round of the draft Belichick (by recommendation of the late Dick Raybine, his QB coach) selected that 6’4” 220lb skinny kid from Michigan by the name of Tom Brady. Then he went against conventional wisdom and kept 4 QB’s on the roster during the 2000 season.

The Harry children were on the verge of seeing their team, adopted from their Dad and Grandfather go on a winning spree the NFL has never seen.

2001 brought 911 and the revamped Patriotic attitude to this great land.

The Patriots started with Drew Bledsoe at QB and promptly lost the first two games. 23-16 to Cincinnati and 10-3 to the Jets. In the Jets game Bledsoe suffered a chest injury that would put him on the sidelines for 8 weeks. Belichick went to his backup, Tom Brady over Damon Huard and the team responded to the confident kid. They went 11-3 under Brady and earned the second bye. They then beat Oakland in the famous Sno-bowl aka the Tuck Rule game and then went into first seed Pittsburgh and won there. On to the SB #36 and a win over the greatest show on turf with Vinatieri’s 48yd game winner. Capping off the gutsy last minute drive by Brady. John Maddens famous words still echo in all Pats fans ears “ Brady should just take a knee and play for overtime”

The Pats won again in SB 38 & 39 (the last team to win back to back) they lost in SB 42 & 46 and now return in #49 to play Pete Carrolls Seahawks, the defending Champions.

We, a bandwagon Patriots family have been blessed with one of the greatest runs in sports history, If it results in another SB win it will be that much sweeter. I witnessed the Celtics incredible run of the 1960’s, 9 titles in 10 years and absolutely took it for granted. I think my kids have a different, almost humble attitude towards the rare sports dynasty they have to enjoy. We true Patriots fans can ignore the scandals and hate from else ware and dismiss it as jealousy.

 

I posted most of this Tuesday for delay posting before the NFL reported that 11 of 12 balls tested were underinflated. I'm all for taking advantage of an edge you can get on your opponent. BUT, it should all be done within the rules. If the Patriots were caught bending the rules again then it's on them to carry. If you cheat you're wrong, if you cheat and get caught you're stupid.

Thanks for looking here and commenting and thanks for indulging me by reading today.

Don’t forget to check out Lanz, another bandwagoneer right over there

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