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Odious , Simply , Bloody, Marvelous …..


I don’t know whether or not to laugh or cry at this juncture. But suffice to say that the NFL lived up to its appeal of ‘anything can happen on any given Sunday’. Oh my God, that’s an Oliver Stone ‘movie’. No conspiracy theorists here however. Alas, the New England Patriots are finally showing signs of life but I sincerely doubt that it’ll be enough to sustain them throughout the playoffs. As a divisional winner they’re guaranteed a wild card berth. And as good as this team was perceived to be, they are nowhere near as good as the teams of old.

Foxboro , Ma,. December 27th 2009. Tom Brady (#12) of the New England Patriots celebrates with Kevin Faulk (#33) after Brady threw a second touchdown pass to Randy Moss against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on December 27, 2009 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
Foxboro , Ma,. December 27th 2009. Tom Brady (#12) of the New England Patriots celebrates with Kevin Faulk (#33) after Brady threw a second touchdown pass to Randy Moss against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on December 27, 2009 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

Simply put ,Bill Belichick is trying to plug holes into ill fitting pieces of a jig saw puzzle that in effect is still missing several much needed pieces. That has definitely got to be the case concerning the defense and how inexplicably inconsistent they’ve been this season. The Patriots had the pleasure of having their way with the Jacksonville Jaguars. And here’s a team that one now has to wonder how long their owner, Wayne Weaver , can continue to put up with Jack Del Rio as the team’s coach ? It’s safe to say that the cries …..’we want Timmy , we want Tim Tebow‘ won’t be enough to save Del Rio from the impending fall of the axe across his neck. Let the bloodletting begin. At this juncture it’ll be left to Weaver and the rest of the Jaguars’ hierarchy as to the final decision that will be made.

Foxboro, Ma- December 27th:  Sammy Morris (#34) of the New England Patriots gains yards against the defense Anthony Smith (#20) and Reggie Nelson (#25) of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first quarter at Gillette Stadium on December 27, 2009 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
Foxboro, Ma- December 27th: Sammy Morris (#34) of the New England Patriots gains yards against the defense Anthony Smith (#20) and Reggie Nelson (#25) of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first quarter at Gillette Stadium on December 27, 2009 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

The Patriots for their part are beginning to show ever growing cracks in that once invincible armor and it certainly hasn’t helped that Tom Brady hasn’t been playing up to his own lofty standards. But then again when watching Brady at his best , you realize how good he really is and why it is that the organization has been so successful. And much of that had a great deal to do with the insight of former GM, Scott Pioli , who now ply his trade as the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs. And one would hope that the relationship between Pioli and Chiefs’ coach, Todd Haley won’t be as testy and icy ,as it was rumored to be between Belichick and Pioli towards the end of the general manager’s tenure with the New England Patriots.

David Garrard (#9 ) of the Jacksonville Jaguars looks for an open man against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 27, 2009 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots won 35-7.
David Garrard (#9 ) of the Jacksonville Jaguars looks for an open man against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 27, 2009 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots won 35-7.

Courtesy of the Patriots Journal

Patriots Journal: To rest or not? That was the question to Belichick

By Shalise Manza Young , Journal Sports Writer

Foxboro-Mass,. — Bill Belichick has a philosophy on whether to rest some of his key players for this Sunday’s regular-season finale, and it’s a rather familiar one:

“I do what’s best for our football team. That’s my philosophy,” he said Monday.

That was pretty much all Belichick would say in his late-morning news conference about how he’ll approach personnel decisions for the game against the Texans.

He added that he had not yet made any decisions, as he and his coaching staff had just wrapped up their review of New England’s win over Jacksonville.

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Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots watches the final minutes of action against the Jacksonville Jaguars after a Patriots' 35-7 win at Gillette Stadium on December 27, 2009 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots watches the final minutes of action against the Jacksonville Jaguars after a Patriots' 35-7 win at Gillette Stadium on December 27, 2009 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

Sunday’s game between these two AFC representatives show why the teams are heading in opposite directions. New England sits atop of the AFC East with a 10-5 record and are assured of winning their seventh AFC East crown in the last nine years. The Kansas City Chiefs for their part are in the San Diego Chargers’ dominated AFC West. Where if you get two competitive games between the contestants within the division you’re bound to be crying ‘foul’ . So god-damn awful is that division , that I continually ask myself why are there games scheduled between the occupants to begin with ? Because I know for damn sure that no one from the NFL’s hierarchy will be willing to give me or the fans a legitimate straight forward answer as to how bad the division really is.

 Randy Moss (#81)  of the New England Patriots reacts on the sideline after he caught his third touchdown pass of the day against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium on December 27, 2009 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
Randy Moss (#81) of the New England Patriots reacts on the sideline after he caught his third touchdown pass of the day against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium on December 27, 2009 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

And it’s now pretty much safe to say that the Chiefs (3-12) will be fighting it out amongst themselves with the lowly Detroit Lions (2-13) and St Louis Rams (1-14) for the privilege of obtaining the number one draft pick in the NFL Draft of 2010. Oh to be a fly on the wall in the war rooms of those particular organizations. Suffice to say, things cannot get any worse than they are now. Absolutely not, well at least I’d like to think so !

 Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots shakes hands with Jack Del Rio of the Jacksonville Jaguars after a Patriots' 35-7 win at Gillette Stadium on December 27, 2009 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots shakes hands with Jack Del Rio of the Jacksonville Jaguars after a Patriots' 35-7 win at Gillette Stadium on December 27, 2009 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

New England had their way the Jaguars, rolling them over on their way to an emphatic 35-7 win at Gillette Stadium , Foxboro, Massachusetts, on Sunday afternoon. For the Patriots’ this was a welcome win on a cold and blustery day.
At best the Patriots can end up with an 11-5 record at the end of the season ,garnering them the number four seed in the AFC. As an avid Patriots’ fan I’m hoping that it’ll be enough whereby they can use their playoff experience to acquit themselves well this postseason. If they can hit a rich vein of form over the ensuing weeks however, there’s no reason to believe that they can’t upset the apple cart and throw a ‘monkey wrench’ into the ambitions of the Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers and the Cincinnati Bengals who are ahead of them in the NFL’s AFC seedings.

 Randy Moss (#81) of the New England Patriots catches his third touchdown pass of the day against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium on December 27, 2009 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
Randy Moss (#81) of the New England Patriots catches his third touchdown pass of the day against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium on December 27, 2009 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

I know the limitations of the Patriots but I’m also fully aware as to what they’re capable of doing when they actually set their minds to it. The problem being is that will the team collectively be in unison when they’re needed to be at their very best ? If not then this postseason could end as swiftly for them as a sudden cold Nor’easter has been known to suddenly envelope the New England area. And that as we know is never a pleasant thing to begin with. In other words it can be odious but yet it can also be simply bloody marvelous. It just matters whether or not you’re on the receiving end of it all ?

NB: All pictures herein, appears courtesy of either AP/Photos or Getty Images

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14 thoughts on “Odious , Simply , Bloody, Marvelous …..

  1. Chris Humpherys

    You seem to forget that I’m first and foremost an avid Pats’ fan ! But that doesn’t negate the fact that I don’t admire what the Colts have been doing. I just hope the NFL postseason really does live up to all of the hype and potential we’re led to believe will happen .

    Hot damn ! Your chick Denise Milani is at it again. Come to papa little ‘un .

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    Spankin’ the monkey , spankin’ the monkey , spankin’ the monkey.

    Alan Parkins

    1. Chris Humpherys

      Well if she’s not you won’t hear any complaints coming from me as I think she’s damn fine !

      Truth be told even if she was a Canes’ fan I’d dry hump her just for the fun of it and then get down to some real action !

      Alan Parkins

  2. God, there’s a few things in sports that I can’t stand and the Pats being good is one of them. I don’t think anyone wants to play them right now, they’ve got it going well at the right time!

    1. chappy 81

      I know where you’re coming from on that score as I feel your pain. The infamous game ‘tween the Pats and Raiders essentially redefined how innately bad the officiating can be. But on the day it went the Pats’ way with regard to the ‘tuck rule ‘ play

      We all saw it for what it was .

      Alan Parkins

  3. Hey Al,
    The Patriots have a great organization and a superior coaching staff.
    Having said that I must say this. It makes my day whenever I hear that Belicheat has been beat. I think it’s neat, more than that it is oh so sweet. It is no mean feat, but it is such a treat to see the hooded one go down in defeat.

    Sorry about that. I got started and couldn’t stop.
    I hope were still friends:)

    1. aero

      I know that the Pats are a good organization but I felt that they’ve gone off the reservation somewhat. They’ve been a little capricious with some of their draft picks and free agent acquisitions of late. But as long as Brady , Moss and Welker are there. Then they’re always in with a shot.

      The loss of Pioli as GM , with him going over to the Chiefs was a seismic shift and I doubt that many people actually realize that. He has been the chief architect of the building of the franchise into a modern day dynasty.

      And don’t worry we’ll always be friends , as there’s mutual respect between us. I can take the criticism of my teams , as long as there is a real veracity to the argument being put forth. And it is your right to be critical of something when you believe it to be awry, as is anyone’s for that matter.

      And by the way if we weren’t friends I wouldn’t be posting this pic of Flavia Alessandra for you. Makes you want to take up photography doesn’t she ?

      Alan Parkins 🙂

  4. This was a kick ass win by the Pats. I still think the Super Chargers are the danergous team. Norv Turner has em ready to play. The Colts are their Sunday brain fart I don’t know. They Home field advantage. The Pats are good but I don’t think they can beat SD or the colts.

    1. bobby gee

      Ass kickings come and go. The thing is whether or not a team learns a lesson from it all ? The good teams tend to , whereas the bad ones tend to it it happen to them repeatedly.

      And in the case of the Pats it doesn’t happen all that often.

      I think if they can hit a rich vein of form and the defense holds out . Then there’s no reason not to believe why they can’t upset the apple cart carrying the Colts, Chargers and Bengals. It’s about the points on the scoreboard at the end of the day and not how we fans believe the games will end up.

      Alan Parkins 🙂 _ 🙂

  5. You got a few more responses…..pics of gorgeous wimmin? Perhaps.
    Anyway….the Pats are facing what every champion type team is now facing….even, or more precisely, the Steelers: “Aging” defenses and offensives. Steelers have addressed some of these, but it does take time for “new” guys to fit and become a team. Plus, one can always look to free agency to take away a critical component.
    It is a business, afterall……………….

  6. al clements

    The thing is the Pats’ coaching staff has retooled the defense with younger players and then they still have one or two veterans in Burgess and Seau . Other than that, on the defensive side of thing they’re relatively young. The mistake they made was in trading away ‘ the heart and soul of the defense ‘ in Richard Seymour to the Raiders. He still had at least two more good years left in him.

    I loves me some good looking women and I’m an equal opportunist as far as their ethnicity is concerned . Unlike Tiger Woods that is . Not one African American ‘sista’ amongst his harem of women, not a single one. What a shame, I had thought more of him but this now does take the cake and whatever else that goes with it.

    Tiger's  naughty's  but  nice  'pick  6'

    Tiger’s naughty’s ‘Pick 6’ and not one ‘sista’ amongst his baker’s dozen . I guess with Tiger it goes with the ol’ adage ‘once you’ve never had black you don’t know what you’re missing’.

    What’s up that , Tiger couldn’t tap the ass of a sista’ ? Man I like cream in my coffee but I also like it black, not so with Tiger, however.

    .

    Alan Parkins

  7. chappy 81

    In all honesty I think the officials screwed up mightily with that decision and ever since then ,whenever another call like that is made in an NFL game. I for one consider it to be somewhat dubious !

    If your doin-work.com site could facilitate videos and pictures in the commentary box, I’d be sending you picture and videos of Gong Li and Zhang ZiYi. Two of my favorite actresses and women. ! Big time fan ! The girlfriend is Asian-American .

    Zhang ZiYi

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    Gong Li

    Alan Parkins

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