I wanted it, I wanted it bad. I wanted the Patriots back in the Super Bowl. I wanted it because the NFL didn’t want it. I wanted it because I wanted Brady and Belichick to stick up there middle finger and say FU Roger. I wanted it because they wanted Peyton…a Cinderella story. I take nothing away from Peyton’s great career. He entertained me for years, but I wanted this one for my Pats. I wanted it for New England…but it wasn’t meant to be.
Wade Phillips came up with an awesome game plan and his defense executed to perfection. Von Miller and Demarcus Ware where unbelievable. I think Miller gets better every time I see him. On the other side there was enough blame to go around, but Steven Gostowski gets a pass. The extra point didn’t mean a damn thing. I think I’ll go to the coach first with 6 minutes left trailing by 5 kick afield goal the Denver offense was struggling and your offense was finally moving the ball. I get 4th and 1 but you need points. Second, make an adjustment. Bring an extra lineman in, bring in Scott Chandler to protect Brady. You can’t have your Quarterback hit 20 times and not change anything. Can’t take a thing from the Denver defense, they were fantastic.The most blame goes to the offensive line which couldn’t stop a thing, forcing Brady to over throw, under throw and just throw it away. Brady shares some blame holding it to long looking for Gronk, and Gronk and Gronk again. Despite all off that the Patriots almost pulled it out at the end. I thought Jaime Collins despite having Owen Daniels fake him out of his jock played good and I thought Malcolm Butler was the highlight on D. Frustration reigns large over New England but there are only 3 weeks until pitchers and catchers report.
I think the Carolina Panthers redeemed themselves on Sunday beating a better team then Seattle and not allowing Arizona back in the game. I think they came out firing at a 100% and played that way to the end. I also see a team that has fun out there, I think Cam Newton is the spark plug that drives that team with just a good attitude. I’m impressed with them. I think the Denver defense will have their hands full. I think Wade Phillips will be well prepared for it…but I think Carolina wins the game . I think Denver sticks around for most of it. Damn I hate when football ends, I just enjoy it way too much. Pitchers and Catchers report in 3 weeks.
We had some weather here on Saturday not much snow here in the Northern Part of Massachusetts we got 3 inches with slippery driving a few miles north got nothing. It was youth hockey night at the local High School game the other night. The rink is a 10 minute drive and it took me 35 to get home with my Honda Accord slipping and sliding and my wipes icing up causing low visibility. What a pain in the ass. Anyway, a kid from the opposing High School team… Belmont, scored a goal. After scoring, he asked the ref for the puck. I’m thinking the Ref thought it was his first goal or a milestone of some sort. He gladly handed the kid the puck. The kid skates over in flings the puck at the Warriors student section . The ref then handed him a game misconduct. I have been there in the refs position in baseball. A few years ago, a catcher on one team hit a homer the kids. The kids on the other team retrieved the ball for him and gave it to him. Their coach asked the kid who hit the homers coach for the ball back stating those are 5 bucks a piece, The kid who hit the homer happens to be their catcher. The coach got the ball back came by the plate said here Blue, Here’s another one for you. I slipped it in my pocket instead of in the pouch and handed it to the catcher after the final out said I kept in my pocket for you. The kid was thrilled.
Last night Lil Lanz and I went to the Bruins Ducks game it was part of his Christmas present. We took the subway in . Lil lanz said lets go out this exit, I said ok just wanting to get out of the Subway so we end up getting out on a side street across from the TD Garden (It ain’t the Boston Garden) I hear hey Lanzy. It was the guy I coach Hockey with and his son he was pulling into a parking space we shared a Pizza before the game and had a ball. I got to high 5 Blades the Bruins mascot and then later the Bruins Ice girls came down pulled a guy out of our row for a picture. I was on the aisle nice and up close. Lil Lanz was pumped and got some good pics of the Krug fight. We left with a 1:18 left in the game the Bruins losing 4-2. They ended up losing 6-2 but that was my first Bruins game in 2 years and I just enjoyed it. The speed of the game is just unbelievable live. Of course I have always said TV doesn’t pick up how fast that game is.
LIl Lanz-the boys won Sunday night 4-1. It was a great win for them and it took the sting out of the Patriot game. The boys played full contact and came hitting and bumping. Lil Lanz had a chance from the slot but his stick was held and lost his balance trying to step in still got the shot off as he fell. This week they play our neighboring towns who combined programs and a couple of guys and coaches we had last year jumped ship to join them so it has turned into a fun rivalry. A couple of kids who play on the local trade high school tram on bothsides so it is just a fun friendly rivalry.