Sunday, December 14, 2014

Ex-Pat's Pats 2014: Week 15

Am sick and needing to get ready for work trip to Anchorage this week. Probably no more comments from my peanut gallery...

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Ex-Pat's Pats 2014: Week 14

Lots of folks seem worried coming into this game. Although I don't think this game's be easy, I'm not sweating it just yet. Fingers crossed against the scrappy Chargers...

Update: good sack by Collins on 3rd and 4. Good wait and pass to Edelman to get Pats' first 1st down and get off that end zone. Let's see how on the O is this game.

Update at end of 1st Quarter: Pats' D is not holding line well on 3rd Downs again. Gotta admit that I agree with Michaels and Collingsworth that Browner's penalties are getting tiring and too costly. Last facemask really gave Chargers a break on field position.

Updates: that turnover by LaFell HURT. That 3& out the Pats D forced was a needed shot in arm. I just wish that awesome blocked punt hadn't resulted in Scifres getting hurt.

At the Half: that freaking pick could be seen a mile away as Brady lofted it. Thank god it was at end of Half EXCEPT it kept Pats from what shoulda at least been an easy 3 points. Line needs to give Brady a little more protection. He seems to be taking a lot of hits. Surprised more run hasn't been used...

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Ex-Pat's Pats 2014: Week 13

Missed the opening drive due to trying to drive home from trap through a butt-load of snow. Boogers, it's 3-0...

Update: with Gray and Blount as running weapons I just wouldn't try to use Vereen as a running back...

Update: Pats' O has gotta get it going while D needs to stop getting so many penalties.   D also needs to stop letting Green Bay power those extra yards. And we have another big gain by Green Bay to come down for a TD. Crap!

Update: and the Pats' O comes alive for Brandon Bolden's first TD! Maybe needed to get sufficiently pissed off and get blood boiling in that cold Wisconsin air?!

Update: D somewhat comes through with Hightower's sack. Green Bay line totally blew their coverag on that 3rd & goal. Good

Update: and LaFell's in for the TD. 2 point game, at least for a few moments...

Update: I don't care what team gets it, these pylon TDs are bullshit. 

Update: good to see Gray get a carry!  C'mon, guys, convert that down!!!

Update: good set of ground & pound sets up LaFell for TD. And we still have game, here, at start of the 4th! Now if D can start forcing Green Bay off the field quickly with no stupid penalties...

Afterward: the loss sucked but it wasn't a bad loss and, overall, I think it's proven a good opportunity for what/how to tighten it all up for the playoffs. My money's not on Green Bay being able to do it to the Pats again come February...

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Ex-Pat'a Pats 2014: Week 12

Am out watching game with Tulip at the local watering hole. 9am at a bar on Sunday. Doesn't get much better than this ;)

Update: crap. Was so busy trying to order breakfast I missed Lions field goal. And, Pats are 3 & out. No volume, so I didn't catch what the flag was for. Holding?

Update: finally,  Pars 1st down. Big battle of D's. 

Update; crap. Was trying to eat breakfast and missed TD. What the hell was that bit of Stafford shrugging a sack to convert. Come on, guys. 

Update: good job holding Lions to 3. Awesome return by Amendola. And good to see him earn his $$$! Nice run in for TD by Blount. I have mixed feelings about his coming back to NE. I wonder if we're only team he fits in with. Just don't smoke too many blunts, Blount. And, I apparently missed seeing a Pats holding during a sack to give the Lions a new set of downs. 

Start 2nd Half: Grink looked like he was held on that pick. Guess I just have sour grapes :(

Update: Vinatieri may have been "Mr Clutch" but Gostowski's been totally "Mr Consistent"  3 more on the board!

Update:  hate to say it but that was a good challenge by the Lions. Appropriate call on Edelman not having possession. 

Update: hate to say again but was baldy call for Lions to go for it on 4th & 10. Sorry to see Staffords run come up yard short. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Ex-Pat's Pats 2014: Week 11

Here we go: Colts in Indy. And Edelman comes through for first 1st Down. Gray looking good so far for two runs

Update: and Gray's looking good for 1st TD. Pat's ground game looks good so far. 

Update: a little nervous bout the pass rush. Was surprised Revis came off his man for that long bomb to get Colts deep into red zone. Good job by Arrington (played a little close to pass interference) in defending on 3rd down. 

Update: knew that long bomb was feeling reckless and Brady gets picked after Gray had eaten up a lot of yardage. All that said, I think Brady's played at level these past several games to get a little (just a little) slack on that pick. Let's hope D can pull through against Luck's arm...
...and thank god for dropped passes. 

Update: and flag on Ninkovich gives great position for Luck to get a good pass out at mid-field and Fleener comes through deep into Pats territory. Can't give his arm any opportunity. 

And McCourty withe interception!

Update: keep it solid to the ground for now, guys!  Line needs to tighten -up its protection for Brady. He's shrugging more hits than he should tonight...

Update: apparently there are no subtle Shades of Gray with Jonas. Gray in for 2 solid TDs!

Update: crap, that was stupid. Stupid play to gain a single yard and give an interception to the Colts deep in own end with over minute left in Half. And set up for frigging TD. 

Start of 2nd Half: I thought the boys might come out swinging after that bad end to 1st Half... Good drive to make it 2-possession game. Unfortunately, Ninkovich's penalty to get cross mid-field. 

Update: and Gray gets #4 for the night. 

Update: Gronk. What else can I say other than Edelman threw a great block!

Two Minute Warning: all Gray, all the way tonight. Jonas was definitely a force to be reckoned with in that little powerhouse!

Oh, The Inhumanity!

Image courtesy stcatharinesstandard.ca

According to Glenn Reynalds, it's 1 small shirt for a man, 1 giant leap backward for women:
Yes, that's right. After years of effort, the European Space Agency's lander Philae landed on a comet 300 million miles away. At first, people were excited. Then some women noticed that one of the space scientists, Matt Taylor, was wearing a shirt, made for him by a female "close pal," featuring comic-book depictions of semi-naked women. And suddenly, the triumph of the comet landing was drowned out by shouts of feminist outrage about ... what people were wearing. It was one small shirt for a man, one giant leap backward for womankind.
Just where will it all end?

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Ex-Pat's Pats 2014: Week 10

Is the Pats' bye week, which is good as I'm currently stuck at Seatac waiting to get back to Alaska after 2 weeks back on The Cape...

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Ex-Pat's Pats 2014: Week 9

Am over at my brother's house to watch the game. Big one here. I think if they pull a win, they'll be well primed for rest of season. 

Different weather up at Foxboro than down here on The Cape. Nutso rain and wind here...

Update: what pass interference? Of course another flag gives Manning exactly what he needs. 

Update: awesome pick by Ninkovich!

Update: Edelman for the 84-yard punt return! Oh yeah :()

Update: good pick by Browner and TD by LaFell. Much needed shot in arm for Pats in 2nd half. 

Update: boy, refs are doing best to win this in 2nd half. Edelman and LaFell were both set   

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Looking in the Mirror (a Poor Reflection)

So, I'm back for the wedding of my best friend since childhood. As best man, I took him and another groomsman down to the Mohegan Sun casino in lieu of a bachelor party. 

I don't particularly care for gambling and wasn't too happy to have to be blowing a minimum of $10/bet at the roulette tables (I absolutely suck at poker and blackjack). 

So, it wasn't my thing but I was glad Tone had had a good time (other than I got us lost driving home). But , still, I felt a little superior that I'm just not that into betting. I felt just a little superior all the way to blowing my morning $5 on this (a tradition every time I'm back on The Cape):

So far I'm 0 for 5...

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Ex-Pat's Pats 2014: week 8

Busy today = not much posting!

Update just shy of half: that pick on Cutler was worth it just to see a fan jump up and spill beer on himself :().

Frigging windy at the game and even my supposed Alaskan tolerance for the cold is getting tested (having trouble typing on phone as I try to update whilst in line for men's room)....

Start 2nd Half: and I picked wrong time to be in line for beer. Just saw Gronk's T D on monitors!

Update: and I get to see Jimmy Garoppolo take some snaps live. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Raising the Minimum Wage

Okay, if you own your own business and care about your low-level, low-skilled employees, that's great. If you want to advocate to me that similar employees working in similar businesses should be paid a higher wage, awesome.

If you, yourself, only pay your employees right at or about the legal minimum wage, you are a hypocrite.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ex-Pat's Pats 2014: Week 7

Yes, I missed being able to electronically blather about Week 6. Too many things going on to be able to do more than listen to the game. Love these new rules equating to so many knees blown-out by helmet contact as defenders go low (thinking Ridley, among others). Too costly.

Okay, on to Week 7 and hoping it's a good game (and by that I mean the Jets lose spectacularly with no injuries to the Pats). We'll see...

Good opening statement by the Pats and awesome bomb to/catch by Vereen for a quick TD. 

Update: D left a couple of big holes for Jets.  I'm thinking Ivorys run and Smith getting run for 1st & Goal.  Pats are letting Smith scramble a little too easily. Instead of coming in for sack, they seem to hold back and he gets space to move. To be fair, the Jets line seems to be doing good job of blocking and creating space. 

Update: 3 & out. D needs to step up big for this Jets possession. 

Coming to end of 1st Quarter: it feels like the D is disorganized. Wonder if it's from loss of Mayo to make game 7-6?

Frigging penalties giving game away!

Update: okay. Pats are letting too much happen on D with no offensive response. Jets should not be plowing them like this for 3 FGs in 3 possessions. Course penalties don't help...

Final: holy crap! All my concern on the D and they come through with a key blocked FG. 27-25. 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Ex-Pat's Pats 2014: Oh, What a Big, Steaming Pile of Shtako!

Tabloid sensationalism, care of Chris Mortenson at ESPN:
Brady has stated publicly he wants to play another four or five years, at least. Sources close to the quarterback told ESPN that remains true but acknowledge that his career may end with another franchise unless Patriots owner Robert Kraft intercedes.

Ex-Pat's Pats 2014: Week 5

Okay. New week. New hope. Praying the positive vibes and the Pats look hungry!

Update: nice QB sneak on that 8th play 4 & 1! Aaaannnndddd Ridley points points on board as I tried to type this!!! Heartening opening drive and fingers crossed.  

Update: bullshit penalty to take bake that pick.  Still a good stop to keep them back for a failed field goal attempt

50,000-plus passing yards and 2 TDs in 2 possessions! Damn, it is loud at Gillette tonight. 

Update: what the hell was that penalty in Gronk?! Way to just kill the momentum. And now we've got a sack (just shakes head)...

Update: 1st Pats punt and it looks like all you have to do is lobby the refs for this game. Shame Allen couldn't get punt off before Ref had a change of heart. 

Update: good stop by D on last Bengals possession, despite all the flags!

Update: that Revis-Green matchup's been an exciting one so far tonight!

At the Half: BIG shot in arm for Pats and the fans. I think we're all breathing easier. Looking so much better and I'm actually astounded at just how huge a turnaround this is so far. Really impressed with Tim Wright. Both lines look completely different from last 3 games. Felling Bengals are playing good but Pars are playing better (thus I am eating crow for time being over Mondays Guinness-fueled statement that KC proved Pars were only good at beating bad teams). Yes, I was a puts Monday night. Like all of us, I was feeling pretty frustrated. 

Update: 43-17, with less than 3 minutes. I'm gonna go out on a limb and call this one for the Pats. I'll be honest that I was one of those despairing ( and, no, I was not one thinking Brady was done). I was definitely impressed with them tonight. Was like watching the good old days. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Ex-Pat's Pats 2014: Week 4


Per game Guinness warm-up at the watering hole is underway. Just had the fun of renewing my drivers license and waiting for Fishing Buddy to show-up. 

Hope the offensive line gives Brady better coverage this game...

Update: Aaaannnnddd wasn't that just a lovely 3 and out for 1st possession. 

Update: Pats should be the next Pipe as they look pretty holey. I have real attitude about "touchdowns" where ball just barely touches the line...

Update:  and we have a fist 1st down, only to wind-up taking TO on 3rd and 4...

That last run could be seen from a mile away and we're left punting again :(

Update: 14-0. There is not enough Guiness at the watering hole to cover this. Serious: the "younger/cheaper Patriot Way" is leaving too many holes. Where's Msnkins?

Update: Seriously, WTF?! Brady's a half yard off making 1st down and throws it???!!!! As Fishing Xbuddy just commented, he could've fallen and made 1st down...

Halftime: (sorry Captain Puffin) so far,  this game is indicating that the 2014 Pats are good at barely beating bad teams. 

Start 2nd Half: aaaaaannnndddd, woo-hop! We're back to looking like the Pats in the early 1990s!  I'm so so glad we no longer have Logan Mankins on the line and defense can disrupt Brady at will [sarcasm]!

Turnover: I'm speechless. 

Turnover 2: did Brady overthrow or Edelman stop short? Still Edelman comes through on the tackle and proves worth. Time to trade him for someone younger and cheaper...

Postgame (yeah, I actually left the bar early): that game was not worth the $40 I blew in booze tonight.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Ex-Pat's Pats: Missing In Action

Where's Amendola, huh?

Ex-Pats Pats 2014: Week 3

Okay, I'm a little late getting to the game. Opening day at home.

So far, I'm not that impressed. The defense is allowing Oakland to punch through to many holes on 3rd down. Too many passes that are allowed to complete. I've seen maybe 2 or 3 decent plays by the defense. Were this a team such as the Chargers, I wouldn't be too worried this early in the game. But, come-on, this is the 0-2 Raiders we're talking about!

And, don't even get me started on the 3 & Out for the Pat's opening possession. This tendency of the Pats to allow a team to dominate for a while before doing a famous Brady-led comeback is getting old after so many years (and not to mention tough on my blood pressure).

Okay, the Raiders are 3rd & 14, deep in your own territory, boys. Time to get your sh!t together.

Update: okay, finally some action and good running game... Only to be taken back by penalties. Apparently the boys now leas the League with 25 penalties. Cr@p. 

Update: jeez the Pats' pass rush looks anemic. Offense's ground game looked good for all of a minute until and bad QB protection took it all back at end 1st Quarter.  FINALLY a good stop by defense  Lets see if offense can hold onto ball for more than a couple minutes...

TOUCHDOWN GRONK! Aaaannnnndddd my blood pressure's down a bit.

Close of the 1st Half: what the hell was that snap?! Was talking about the game with Tulip and missed the fuster-cluck. At least there's still 3 more points on the board. Overall, I feel like the offense looked a lot better, starting with that drive leading up to Gronk's TD; however, I'm still REALLY concerned that so much of the start of that drive had to come on Edelman's back. If he continues to produce in this way over the remaining time on his contract, I hope to hell the Kraft's seriously keep that in mind as they look at renewing. I think they've let a couple needed veterans go all too easily (except I think it was a done deal on Welker as his relationship with Emperor Hoody continued to deteriorate). I did watch a bot of that Atlanta-Tampa Bay fiasco on Thursday night and it just made me sick to see to see Logan Mankins exiled to that hell (interesting that Brady doesn't seem to get the same level of protection since Mankins was traded). Oh well, we'll just have to see...

Start 2nd Half: Seriously, WTF was that last snap?! They just let the whole line collapse in and crush Brady. Just perfect to allow the Raiders to get the ball about mid-field off that punt (still don't understand letting Mezco go last year).

Update: Carr is being given GREAT protection to air the damn ball and, now, it's a 1-point game and I don't know if I have faith in the offense to widen that gap on the Raiders.

Update: good return by Slater!At least 3 more on the board (what a bummer drop by the Gronk).

Update: Good stuff to deny the conversion, guys! Stuffed them on 2nd & 1 and 3rd & 1!

Update: Way to recover from the penalty-caused 3rd & 15! And, Brady even throws a good block on next snaps.

Update: are you freaking kidding me with that Pass Interference?!

The Final: wet ball bounces like a pinball across an Oakland receiver, a Patriot (couldn't quite see who, but I'm hearing Ninkovich) and right into the arms of #75.  YAY VINCE!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ex-Pat's Pats 2014: Week 2


Captain Puffin's over to watch the game with us (he's a Vikings fan), so probably won't have much posting on this game. Judging by the opening Minnesota drive, there's not much to say anyhow...

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Ex-Pat's Pats 2014: Week 1


Okay, here we go! Almost opening kick-off for the part of the season that really matters! Lotsa new faces and lotsa new hopes. Little bit I did get to follow in the preseason, I gotta say I liked the looks of Jimmy Garoppolo. Maybe a good long-term prospect for the team?

So, do you all think Revis Island will have a Super Bowl trophy planted in it at the end of the season?

Will be interesting at the office this year as I'm working with two lovely ladies, one each from Buffalo and Miami. If Tebow was still playing for the Jets, Darth Wrighteous (another coworker and trap shooting buddy) would be rooting for them and making for the complete AFC East in our office.

And that blocked punt does not help. Not does that Miami TD. Crap! Not happy but not worried...

Update: and Grink merely falls and gains almost two yards ;)

And Pats drive in for TD as I type!!! I think first bumbles were just jitters. 

Update: looks like Miami wanted Mayo with that fumble. Freaking good job of Brady keeping his feet under pressure!

Update: was just thinking that I'm thinking the Pats' offense is looking spot-on, so far, but the defense seems a little holy... Was thinking it and watching Tannehill's awesome long bomb... only to see Dennard come up with the pick!

The 2nd Half: wow, this has been unfortunate turnabout. Almost wonder if the offense tired out in the first half? Big holes opening among the defense that are making it too easy for Miami.

Update: well, crap, that was a stupid, costly penalty. Gotta go get ready to head out to Gun Club for Trap. Will have to try and follow game off the phone for the last quarter...