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  • Levine, David
    Just a quick one because I am buried... The Good - Lloyd is a great player. If Brady throws that ball about 2 feet into the field of play, we are in
    Message 1 of 12 , Oct 16, 2012
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      Just a quick one because I am buried…
       
      The Good
      • Lloyd is a great player.  If Brady throws that ball about 2 feet into the field of play, we are in field goal range at the end for a win.
      • Nice to see Hernandez back
      • Welker continues to shine.
      • Chandler Jones is a keeper.  2 more sacks and a forced fumble.
      • Woodhead is carrying people.  He never gives up.
       
      The Bad
      • Brady had a couple of very questionable plays that cost us dearly.  The grounding in the EZ was inexcusable.  There had to be a quick play and then throw it away, not hold the ball and then dump it as you are getting sacked.  Cost us 3.  The pick in the red zone was an awful throw.  Cost us another 3.
      • The play calling was horrific once we got the lead.  We ran 2 consecutive times gaining 0 yards trying to run out the clock.  What happened to the short, sure passes that we ran all game and marched us up and down the field.  What about play action?  Don’t go away from what worked.  3rd and 1 inside the 10 and we pass?  What the hell.  Run the damn ball to get the 1 yard. Also, we couldn’t run outside all game because of the Seahawks speed but we did do OK up the middle.  When we needed a couple of yards, why did we continually run outside?  It seemed we ran when we should have passed and passed when we should have run. 
      • How the hell do we give up a long pass at the end when we drop almost everyone into coverage?  Seattle couldn’t move the ball all day and then all of a sudden they throw deep?
      • I am so tired of getting a lead and then forgetting how to score.  We kicked 2 FGs in the 2nd half.  That’s it.  We need to put points on the board and take what we can get.  FGs would have won that game.
      • I hate that we can’t tackle.  After the first game of the season, I thought we had that licked.  Now we just can’t close the deal.
      • Mesko and the coverage unit let us down on the last punt.  A good punt (through the EZ would have been ok) and solid coverage (5 yard return is ok), we probably win the game.
      • 4th down conversion with no pressure.  Force him to make a mistake.
       
      The Ugly
      • At least we aren’t the only team to collapse.  San Diego owned that game until giving up 35 straight points.  Don’t know how Denver managed that.
      • Nervous snappers.
      • Only 4 times were we held to a 3 and out all season and we get another one when we could least afford it.
      • Where the hell did the hurry up go?  We never controlled the pace like the other games.  We control the pace, we win.  Never forced the Seahawks hand.
       

      David Levine
      Process Engineer
      Rapid Assay Solutions
      IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.
      One IDEXX Drive
      Westbrook, ME 04092
      207-556-8893
      207-632-4097 (cell)
      207-556-8665 (fax)
      david-levine@...
       
       
       
       
    • Susan Moore
      Thanks David!! Take of YOU and your business first.... ... From: Levine, David To: patriots@lists.patsfan.net ; Pats Zip Sent: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 12:43
      Message 2 of 12 , Oct 16, 2012
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        Thanks David!!
        Take of YOU and your business first....
         
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        Sent: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 12:43 PM
        Subject: [patriotzip] The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Seahawks)

         

        Just a quick one because I am buried…
         
        The Good
        • Lloyd is a great player.  If Brady throws that ball about 2 feet into the field of play, we are in field goal range at the end for a win.
        • Nice to see Hernandez back
        • Welker continues to shine.
        • Chandler Jones is a keeper.  2 more sacks and a forced fumble.
        • Woodhead is carrying people.  He never gives up.
         
        The Bad
        • Brady had a couple of very questionable plays that cost us dearly.  The grounding in the EZ was inexcusable.  There had to be a quick play and then throw it away, not hold the ball and then dump it as you are getting sacked.  Cost us 3.  The pick in the red zone was an awful throw.  Cost us another 3.
        • The play calling was horrific once we got the lead.  We ran 2 consecutive times gaining 0 yards trying to run out the clock.  What happened to the short, sure passes that we ran all game and marched us up and down the field.  What about play action?  Don’t go away from what worked.  3rd and 1 inside the 10 and we pass?  What the hell.  Run the damn ball to get the 1 yard. Also, we couldn’t run outside all game because of the Seahawks speed but we did do OK up the middle.  When we needed a couple of yards, why did we continually run outside?  It seemed we ran when we should have passed and passed when we should have run. 
        • How the hell do we give up a long pass at the end when we drop almost everyone into coverage?  Seattle couldn’t move the ball all day and then all of a sudden they throw deep?
        • I am so tired of getting a lead and then forgetting how to score.  We kicked 2 FGs in the 2nd half.  That’s it.  We need to put points on the board and take what we can get.  FGs would have won that game.
        • I hate that we can’t tackle.  After the first game of the season, I thought we had that licked.  Now we just can’t close the deal.
        • Mesko and the coverage unit let us down on the last punt.  A good punt (through the EZ would have been ok) and solid coverage (5 yard return is ok), we probably win the game.
        • 4th down conversion with no pressure.  Force him to make a mistake.
         
        The Ugly
        • At least we aren’t the only team to collapse.  San Diego owned that game until giving up 35 straight points.  Don’t know how Denver managed that.
        • Nervous snappers.
        • Only 4 times were we held to a 3 and out all season and we get another one when we could least afford it.
        • Where the hell did the hurry up go?  We never controlled the pace like the other games.  We control the pace, we win.  Never forced the Seahawks hand.
         

        David Levine
        Process Engineer
        Rapid Assay Solutions
        IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.
        One IDEXX Drive
        Westbrook, ME 04092
        207-556-8893
        207-632-4097 (cell)
        207-556-8665 (fax)
        david-levine@...
         
         
         
         

      • Levine, David
        I might have an addendum come out later but I am just too hyped right now so I needed to share. The Good - Now we can shut up all those haters who claim we
        Message 3 of 12 , Feb 2 12:41 PM
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          I might have an addendum come out later but I am just too hyped right now so I needed to share.


          The Good
          - Now we can shut up all those haters who claim we can't win since Spygate. We are Super Bowl Champions. Feels great to say it. Warm up the duck boats, we're on to Boston.
          - Brady dissected the vaunted Seattle defense in the 4th quarter. 13 for 15 with 2 TDs and 8 first downs. When we needed a clutch performance, he certainly delivered. He was calm and cool and in total control. Entering the huddle, he told the guys "we need a championship drive." Boy, did they deliver.
          - Edelman was a stud. This guy took a few good pops but kept getting up for more. The catch to bring it to the 3 was huge and he got up a little gimpy. Next play, great in and out cut for the TD. Gutsy performance by a gutsy player.
          - Gronk was a machine. The guy is just huge and a nightmare matchup issue. With Sherman locking down half the field, we move guys around to get the matchup we needed. Gronk on a LB? Yes please.
          - Other than the one alligator arms moment, Amendola had a nice game. He had a couple of key first downs and the TD was a very well run route.
          - The OL was tremendous all night. I know Brady got the ball out quickly but there were very few times that he was hit. There was a clean pocket and even on some of the longer routes, he was able to step up and deliver.
          - The DBs were fantastic. There were times where the 3 man rush gave Wilson all day to throw. There was no one open. Arrington struggled against the big WR Matthews but otherwise was fine. The Butler substitution was a great halftime adjustment along with moving Browner over the cover their big guy.
          - Vereen's 11 catches. A lot were glorified run plays but they worked. One pregame analysis said we needed to attack this defense underneath where they had trouble covering. His logic made sense and that is what we did. We did it to perfection.
          - The D contained Lynch and really did a decent job with Wilson. Lynch got his but never really dominated the game. Wilson is just so athletic that it's tough to stop him even with good coverage.
          - The last 4 drives for the Seahawks were punt, punt, punt, INT. Again kept a team scoreless in the 4th quarter and gave the O a chance to win it.
          - Chris Matthews entered the game with 0 catches and goes off for 110 and a TD. Hell of a game from a nobody on the world's biggest stage.
          - Other than 2 jump balls and an amazing catch at the end, Wilson's yardage was very low. We had good position on the first, just a better throw. We had good position on the second but there was a small push off form the WR (not enough for a flag in my opinion). The last was great D where Butler got his hand on it.
          - Only a couple of commercials. Budweiser and the lost puppy. Viagra and the car. Brady Bunch was OK. The Doritos and flying pig was probably the best though.
          - Another reason BB is the best. He prepares his guys like none other. At practice, the scout team ran that same play and I got beat on it. Bill told me, 'You've got to be on that.' At that time [of the play], memorization came through," he said. "I just jumped the route. I just made a play. Just do your job -- do it the best way you can. I just did my job
          - I like Richard Sherman. I like his ability and I like his brashness. I also like his competitive nature which can get him into trouble on occasion. I also like his ability to let things go. After the 2nd kneel down, Sherman stood over Brady with his hand extended looking to congratulate the winner. He let Brady have his personal moment and then, like a class act, said a few words to Brady and walked off. Nicely done.
          - I also like Russell Wilson who always seems to be that nice guy and classy individual. He shook many hands after the game, understanding the moment.
          - Other than 1 or 2 bad calls, the refs let everyone play. Should have been a 15 yard penalty for hitting the punter's plant leg by rule. It didn't look bad but that is the rule. Also missed the trip when (Butler?) fell on the crossing route and while going down, caught the shoe of the WR. Heady play for what could have been a huge gain. Pretty clean other than that. Some hand fighting by WR/CB on both sides with no obvious calls. Holding on the lines was kept to a minimum. Blatant facemask by Arrington and the late hit on Vereen were correct. Potential hit to the head of Brady but I wouldn't have called it.
          - I have text message proof that I called for a 27-23 Pats win before the game. Thought that even though our O and their D are excellent, our D is very good where their O is only good. Also thought we had the ST advantage which didn't really come into play. BB was also the better coach which played out.
          - Loved some of the prop bets. Over/under on national anthem was 2:01 (it went 2:05). Hoodie color was blue with sleeves (money was on a grey cutoff). Katy Perry wore a dress (not a pants or shorts) and sang Roar (which was the favorite). Gatorade color was blue (money was on clear). Will Lynch grab his crotch after a score (no). Giselle wasn't shown more than 1 ½ times. Wilson's passing total was higher than the gas price. Coin toss was tails. Pats called the first time out and the Seahawks were penalized first.

          The Bad
          - Didn't know you could mock someone for getting picked by the ref to give up a TD? Sherman, and the rest of the Seattle D, started celebrating a little early on the sideline. The game is never over with TB12 on the field. All I can think of is when Bird stole the inbounds pass from Isaiah and fed it to DJ for the layup. The interview after the game, Ainge said "They forgot about one thing. They forgot about Larry Bird". Seattle just forgot about Tom Brady.
          - Game awareness by Seattle. After the pick there is 20 seconds and the ball at the 1 yard line. Seattle has a time out. Brady comes to the line looking to kneel the ball. He can barely do it in the field of play. Let's pretend for a second. Brady takes a knee and Seattle calls timeout. 18 seconds on the clock, ball inside the 1. We can't kneel it again. We try a QB sneak on 2nd down and get stuffed for a safety. 2 point game with maybe 14 seconds remaining. Free kick from the 20 would put the ball around the Seattle 30 with a return to the 40 or so. That would leave time enough for one play, either a hail Mary that can reach the end zone or a 25 yard out to get into long FG range. What happens instead? Offside and we get the ball at the 6 with plenty of room to take a knee.
          - The pick thrown as we had marched into FG range was awful. I know he wants to make a play but 3 points is what we needed. Start of the game, second drive and instead of points, we get nothing. Points are huge. It would have proven that we can score on the LOB, giving us a boost. It also shows that Seattle will have to score in order to win, something they don't do well.
          - Most of the commercials. Most were too sappy and sentimental. Nothing really memorable except the Nationwide one where the kid dies. And people complained about the Go Daddy commercial that showed the lost dog getting home just in time to be sold. Ridiculous.
          - Not many apologies from the talking heads this morning. Everyone was either calling Tom washed up at the beginning of the year or coming up with reasons the Pats couldn't win. We showed everyone what kind of team we are. Everyone did their job.

          The Ugly
          - How do we give up a TD at the end of the half. 30 seconds and we take a 7 point lead. 19 yard run up the middle. 20 yard out pattern and a 15 yard facemask and they are throwing to the corner. The DB set up in the end zone when he needed to set up outside. He was concerned about the fade but there was no time for that play. It had to be quick. Dumb mistake that could have cost us the game.
          - Didn't need the fight at the end. It marred an otherwise great game. Irvin just lost his cool and it escalated rapidly. Gronk looked like he swung and hit someone in the shoulder and then Irvin hauls off and smacks him in the head, knocking him down.
          - I thought both announcers were terrible. Kept bringing up the deflated footballs and spouting incorrect facts about the investigation. Collinsworth, who is usually one of my favorite guys, was terrible. Missed many calls and couldn't get over the Brady bashing.
          - Michelle Tafoya had great trailing position on Butler at the end of the game and had no need to grab his shoulder. Clear penalty just before the interview. It was a close play but she gets the 5 yarder.
          - I don't think I could have taken a loss with that lucky catch at the end. Another David Tyree moment would have killed me.
          - The icy exchange between Kraft and the Commish. Looked like the commish couldn't get off the stage quick enough.
          - Don't hate on Petey because he was aggressive at the end. Made a bold call at the end of the half and it worked. Tried to do the same at the end of the game. Out of 8 tries during the regular season with goal to go at the 1, Lynch only scored 1 time. We stuffed them earlier in the quarter. Also came out with the unique 4-4-3 defense with 3 corners and no safeties for the final goal line stand. I think he just out-thought himself.
          - I was so tired of hearing "beastmode." The guy's name is Lynch. He's good but even Calvin Johnson isn't called Megatron as much.
          - Doug Baldwin took a virtual dump on the ball after the TD (pretended to take down his pants and squat) but the TV never showed it. Never even mentioned it in the broadcast. The Pats also got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after the INT which moved the ball to the 1 instead of the 2 with no mention.

          Dave
        • chris dressler
          My wife called the score in a work email on Friday (28-24)   That s about all I have to contribute.  Great year.... but they sure know how to take years off
          Message 4 of 12 , Feb 2 12:52 PM
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            My wife called the score in a work email on Friday (28-24)  

            That's about all I have to contribute.  Great year.... but they sure know how to take years off my life!




            From: "'Levine, David' david-levine@... [patriotzip]" <patriotzip@yahoogroups.com>
            To: "patriotzip@yahoogroups.com" <patriotzip@yahoogroups.com>; "patriots@..." <patriots@...>
            Sent: Monday, February 2, 2015 3:41 PM
            Subject: [patriotzip] The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Seahawks)

             
            I might have an addendum come out later but I am just too hyped right now so I needed to share.

            The Good
            - Now we can shut up all those haters who claim we can't win since Spygate. We are Super Bowl Champions. Feels great to say it. Warm up the duck boats, we're on to Boston.
            - Brady dissected the vaunted Seattle defense in the 4th quarter. 13 for 15 with 2 TDs and 8 first downs. When we needed a clutch performance, he certainly delivered. He was calm and cool and in total control. Entering the huddle, he told the guys "we need a championship drive." Boy, did they deliver.
            - Edelman was a stud. This guy took a few good pops but kept getting up for more. The catch to bring it to the 3 was huge and he got up a little gimpy. Next play, great in and out cut for the TD. Gutsy performance by a gutsy player.
            - Gronk was a machine. The guy is just huge and a nightmare matchup issue. With Sherman locking down half the field, we move guys around to get the matchup we needed. Gronk on a LB? Yes please.
            - Other than the one alligator arms moment, Amendola had a nice game. He had a couple of key first downs and the TD was a very well run route.
            - The OL was tremendous all night. I know Brady got the ball out quickly but there were very few times that he was hit. There was a clean pocket and even on some of the longer routes, he was able to step up and deliver.
            - The DBs were fantastic. There were times where the 3 man rush gave Wilson all day to throw. There was no one open. Arrington struggled against the big WR Matthews but otherwise was fine. The Butler substitution was a great halftime adjustment along with moving Browner over the cover their big guy.
            - Vereen's 11 catches. A lot were glorified run plays but they worked. One pregame analysis said we needed to attack this defense underneath where they had trouble covering. His logic made sense and that is what we did. We did it to perfection.
            - The D contained Lynch and really did a decent job with Wilson. Lynch got his but never really dominated the game. Wilson is just so athletic that it's tough to stop him even with good coverage.
            - The last 4 drives for the Seahawks were punt, punt, punt, INT. Again kept a team scoreless in the 4th quarter and gave the O a chance to win it.
            - Chris Matthews entered the game with 0 catches and goes off for 110 and a TD. Hell of a game from a nobody on the world's biggest stage.
            - Other than 2 jump balls and an amazing catch at the end, Wilson's yardage was very low. We had good position on the first, just a better throw. We had good position on the second but there was a small push off form the WR (not enough for a flag in my opinion). The last was great D where Butler got his hand on it.
            - Only a couple of commercials. Budweiser and the lost puppy. Viagra and the car. Brady Bunch was OK. The Doritos and flying pig was probably the best though.
            - Another reason BB is the best. He prepares his guys like none other. At practice, the scout team ran that same play and I got beat on it. Bill told me, 'You've got to be on that.' At that time [of the play], memorization came through," he said. "I just jumped the route. I just made a play. Just do your job -- do it the best way you can. I just did my job
            - I like Richard Sherman. I like his ability and I like his brashness. I also like his competitive nature which can get him into trouble on occasion. I also like his ability to let things go. After the 2nd kneel down, Sherman stood over Brady with his hand extended looking to congratulate the winner. He let Brady have his personal moment and then, like a class act, said a few words to Brady and walked off. Nicely done.
            - I also like Russell Wilson who always seems to be that nice guy and classy individual. He shook many hands after the game, understanding the moment.
            - Other than 1 or 2 bad calls, the refs let everyone play. Should have been a 15 yard penalty for hitting the punter's plant leg by rule. It didn't look bad but that is the rule. Also missed the trip when (Butler?) fell on the crossing route and while going down, caught the shoe of the WR. Heady play for what could have been a huge gain. Pretty clean other than that. Some hand fighting by WR/CB on both sides with no obvious calls. Holding on the lines was kept to a minimum. Blatant facemask by Arrington and the late hit on Vereen were correct. Potential hit to the head of Brady but I wouldn't have called it.
            - I have text message proof that I called for a 27-23 Pats win before the game. Thought that even though our O and their D are excellent, our D is very good where their O is only good. Also thought we had the ST advantage which didn't really come into play. BB was also the better coach which played out.
            - Loved some of the prop bets. Over/under on national anthem was 2:01 (it went 2:05). Hoodie color was blue with sleeves (money was on a grey cutoff). Katy Perry wore a dress (not a pants or shorts) and sang Roar (which was the favorite). Gatorade color was blue (money was on clear). Will Lynch grab his crotch after a score (no). Giselle wasn't shown more than 1 ½ times. Wilson's passing total was higher than the gas price. Coin toss was tails. Pats called the first time out and the Seahawks were penalized first.

            The Bad
            - Didn't know you could mock someone for getting picked by the ref to give up a TD? Sherman, and the rest of the Seattle D, started celebrating a little early on the sideline. The game is never over with TB12 on the field. All I can think of is when Bird stole the inbounds pass from Isaiah and fed it to DJ for the layup. The interview after the game, Ainge said "They forgot about one thing. They forgot about Larry Bird". Seattle just forgot about Tom Brady.
            - Game awareness by Seattle. After the pick there is 20 seconds and the ball at the 1 yard line. Seattle has a time out. Brady comes to the line looking to kneel the ball. He can barely do it in the field of play. Let's pretend for a second. Brady takes a knee and Seattle calls timeout. 18 seconds on the clock, ball inside the 1. We can't kneel it again. We try a QB sneak on 2nd down and get stuffed for a safety. 2 point game with maybe 14 seconds remaining. Free kick from the 20 would put the ball around the Seattle 30 with a return to the 40 or so. That would leave time enough for one play, either a hail Mary that can reach the end zone or a 25 yard out to get into long FG range. What happens instead? Offside and we get the ball at the 6 with plenty of room to take a knee.
            - The pick thrown as we had marched into FG range was awful. I know he wants to make a play but 3 points is what we needed. Start of the game, second drive and instead of points, we get nothing. Points are huge. It would have proven that we can score on the LOB, giving us a boost. It also shows that Seattle will have to score in order to win, something they don't do well.
            - Most of the commercials. Most were too sappy and sentimental. Nothing really memorable except the Nationwide one where the kid dies. And people complained about the Go Daddy commercial that showed the lost dog getting home just in time to be sold. Ridiculous.
            - Not many apologies from the talking heads this morning. Everyone was either calling Tom washed up at the beginning of the year or coming up with reasons the Pats couldn't win. We showed everyone what kind of team we are. Everyone did their job.

            The Ugly
            - How do we give up a TD at the end of the half. 30 seconds and we take a 7 point lead. 19 yard run up the middle. 20 yard out pattern and a 15 yard facemask and they are throwing to the corner. The DB set up in the end zone when he needed to set up outside. He was concerned about the fade but there was no time for that play. It had to be quick. Dumb mistake that could have cost us the game.
            - Didn't need the fight at the end. It marred an otherwise great game. Irvin just lost his cool and it escalated rapidly. Gronk looked like he swung and hit someone in the shoulder and then Irvin hauls off and smacks him in the head, knocking him down.
            - I thought both announcers were terrible. Kept bringing up the deflated footballs and spouting incorrect facts about the investigation. Collinsworth, who is usually one of my favorite guys, was terrible. Missed many calls and couldn't get over the Brady bashing.
            - Michelle Tafoya had great trailing position on Butler at the end of the game and had no need to grab his shoulder. Clear penalty just before the interview. It was a close play but she gets the 5 yarder.
            - I don't think I could have taken a loss with that lucky catch at the end. Another David Tyree moment would have killed me.
            - The icy exchange between Kraft and the Commish. Looked like the commish couldn't get off the stage quick enough.
            - Don't hate on Petey because he was aggressive at the end. Made a bold call at the end of the half and it worked. Tried to do the same at the end of the game. Out of 8 tries during the regular season with goal to go at the 1, Lynch only scored 1 time. We stuffed them earlier in the quarter. Also came out with the unique 4-4-3 defense with 3 corners and no safeties for the final goal line stand. I think he just out-thought himself.
            - I was so tired of hearing "beastmode." The guy's name is Lynch. He's good but even Calvin Johnson isn't called Megatron as much.
            - Doug Baldwin took a virtual dump on the ball after the TD (pretended to take down his pants and squat) but the TV never showed it. Never even mentioned it in the broadcast. The Pats also got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after the INT which moved the ball to the 1 instead of the 2 with no mention.

            Dave



          • George Richman
            Just two comments to add to your great GBD, Dave. First, there is no way this shuts up the haters. I ve already received a they got there by cheating from a
            Message 5 of 12 , Feb 2 2:25 PM
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              Just two comments to add to your great GBD, Dave. First, there is no way this shuts up the haters. I've already received a "they got there by cheating" from a Fantasy Football friend who lives in NY. Most of these people are literally to blinded by their years of feeding on the false and or exaggerated media reports and rumors of Patriots "cheating", in one way or another. They've allowed that garbage to become a cover up for their envy of the Patriots success, and they will not even listen to facts that totally contradict such baseless trash. That's just how it is. 

              As for your comments on the Kearse catch, I had exactly the same feelings. I said to the fellow Patriots fan watching with me that, after such a well played game by both teams, I could take losing ... but NOT like THIS! NOT AGAIN! So very happy that we weren't beaten by another lucky "miracle catch". :-)

              --- George 
              Saluting the 4 time CHAMPION PATRIOTS! They EARNED every Lombardi trophy!

              On Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 3:41 AM, 'Levine, David' david-levine@... [patriotzip] <patriotzip@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
               

              I might have an addendum come out later but I am just too hyped right now so I needed to share.

              The Good
              - Now we can shut up all those haters who claim we can't win since Spygate. We are Super Bowl Champions. Feels great to say it. Warm up the duck boats, we're on to Boston.
              - Brady dissected the vaunted Seattle defense in the 4th quarter. 13 for 15 with 2 TDs and 8 first downs. When we needed a clutch performance, he certainly delivered. He was calm and cool and in total control. Entering the huddle, he told the guys "we need a championship drive." Boy, did they deliver.
              - Edelman was a stud. This guy took a few good pops but kept getting up for more. The catch to bring it to the 3 was huge and he got up a little gimpy. Next play, great in and out cut for the TD. Gutsy performance by a gutsy player.
              - Gronk was a machine. The guy is just huge and a nightmare matchup issue. With Sherman locking down half the field, we move guys around to get the matchup we needed. Gronk on a LB? Yes please.
              - Other than the one alligator arms moment, Amendola had a nice game. He had a couple of key first downs and the TD was a very well run route.
              - The OL was tremendous all night. I know Brady got the ball out quickly but there were very few times that he was hit. There was a clean pocket and even on some of the longer routes, he was able to step up and deliver.
              - The DBs were fantastic. There were times where the 3 man rush gave Wilson all day to throw. There was no one open. Arrington struggled against the big WR Matthews but otherwise was fine. The Butler substitution was a great halftime adjustment along with moving Browner over the cover their big guy.
              - Vereen's 11 catches. A lot were glorified run plays but they worked. One pregame analysis said we needed to attack this defense underneath where they had trouble covering. His logic made sense and that is what we did. We did it to perfection.
              - The D contained Lynch and really did a decent job with Wilson. Lynch got his but never really dominated the game. Wilson is just so athletic that it's tough to stop him even with good coverage.
              - The last 4 drives for the Seahawks were punt, punt, punt, INT. Again kept a team scoreless in the 4th quarter and gave the O a chance to win it.
              - Chris Matthews entered the game with 0 catches and goes off for 110 and a TD. Hell of a game from a nobody on the world's biggest stage.
              - Other than 2 jump balls and an amazing catch at the end, Wilson's yardage was very low. We had good position on the first, just a better throw. We had good position on the second but there was a small push off form the WR (not enough for a flag in my opinion). The last was great D where Butler got his hand on it.
              - Only a couple of commercials. Budweiser and the lost puppy. Viagra and the car. Brady Bunch was OK. The Doritos and flying pig was probably the best though.
              - Another reason BB is the best. He prepares his guys like none other. At practice, the scout team ran that same play and I got beat on it. Bill told me, 'You've got to be on that.' At that time [of the play], memorization came through," he said. "I just jumped the route. I just made a play. Just do your job -- do it the best way you can. I just did my job
              - I like Richard Sherman. I like his ability and I like his brashness. I also like his competitive nature which can get him into trouble on occasion. I also like his ability to let things go. After the 2nd kneel down, Sherman stood over Brady with his hand extended looking to congratulate the winner. He let Brady have his personal moment and then, like a class act, said a few words to Brady and walked off. Nicely done.
              - I also like Russell Wilson who always seems to be that nice guy and classy individual. He shook many hands after the game, understanding the moment.
              - Other than 1 or 2 bad calls, the refs let everyone play. Should have been a 15 yard penalty for hitting the punter's plant leg by rule. It didn't look bad but that is the rule. Also missed the trip when (Butler?) fell on the crossing route and while going down, caught the shoe of the WR. Heady play for what could have been a huge gain. Pretty clean other than that. Some hand fighting by WR/CB on both sides with no obvious calls. Holding on the lines was kept to a minimum. Blatant facemask by Arrington and the late hit on Vereen were correct. Potential hit to the head of Brady but I wouldn't have called it.
              - I have text message proof that I called for a 27-23 Pats win before the game. Thought that even though our O and their D are excellent, our D is very good where their O is only good. Also thought we had the ST advantage which didn't really come into play. BB was also the better coach which played out.
              - Loved some of the prop bets. Over/under on national anthem was 2:01 (it went 2:05). Hoodie color was blue with sleeves (money was on a grey cutoff). Katy Perry wore a dress (not a pants or shorts) and sang Roar (which was the favorite). Gatorade color was blue (money was on clear). Will Lynch grab his crotch after a score (no). Giselle wasn't shown more than 1 ½ times. Wilson's passing total was higher than the gas price. Coin toss was tails. Pats called the first time out and the Seahawks were penalized first.

              The Bad
              - Didn't know you could mock someone for getting picked by the ref to give up a TD? Sherman, and the rest of the Seattle D, started celebrating a little early on the sideline. The game is never over with TB12 on the field. All I can think of is when Bird stole the inbounds pass from Isaiah and fed it to DJ for the layup. The interview after the game, Ainge said "They forgot about one thing. They forgot about Larry Bird". Seattle just forgot about Tom Brady.
              - Game awareness by Seattle. After the pick there is 20 seconds and the ball at the 1 yard line. Seattle has a time out. Brady comes to the line looking to kneel the ball. He can barely do it in the field of play. Let's pretend for a second. Brady takes a knee and Seattle calls timeout. 18 seconds on the clock, ball inside the 1. We can't kneel it again. We try a QB sneak on 2nd down and get stuffed for a safety. 2 point game with maybe 14 seconds remaining. Free kick from the 20 would put the ball around the Seattle 30 with a return to the 40 or so. That would leave time enough for one play, either a hail Mary that can reach the end zone or a 25 yard out to get into long FG range. What happens instead? Offside and we get the ball at the 6 with plenty of room to take a knee.
              - The pick thrown as we had marched into FG range was awful. I know he wants to make a play but 3 points is what we needed. Start of the game, second drive and instead of points, we get nothing. Points are huge. It would have proven that we can score on the LOB, giving us a boost. It also shows that Seattle will have to score in order to win, something they don't do well.
              - Most of the commercials. Most were too sappy and sentimental. Nothing really memorable except the Nationwide one where the kid dies. And people complained about the Go Daddy commercial that showed the lost dog getting home just in time to be sold. Ridiculous.
              - Not many apologies from the talking heads this morning. Everyone was either calling Tom washed up at the beginning of the year or coming up with reasons the Pats couldn't win. We showed everyone what kind of team we are. Everyone did their job.

              The Ugly
              - How do we give up a TD at the end of the half. 30 seconds and we take a 7 point lead. 19 yard run up the middle. 20 yard out pattern and a 15 yard facemask and they are throwing to the corner. The DB set up in the end zone when he needed to set up outside. He was concerned about the fade but there was no time for that play. It had to be quick. Dumb mistake that could have cost us the game.
              - Didn't need the fight at the end. It marred an otherwise great game. Irvin just lost his cool and it escalated rapidly. Gronk looked like he swung and hit someone in the shoulder and then Irvin hauls off and smacks him in the head, knocking him down.
              - I thought both announcers were terrible. Kept bringing up the deflated footballs and spouting incorrect facts about the investigation. Collinsworth, who is usually one of my favorite guys, was terrible. Missed many calls and couldn't get over the Brady bashing.
              - Michelle Tafoya had great trailing position on Butler at the end of the game and had no need to grab his shoulder. Clear penalty just before the interview. It was a close play but she gets the 5 yarder.
              - I don't think I could have taken a loss with that lucky catch at the end. Another David Tyree moment would have killed me.
              - The icy exchange between Kraft and the Commish. Looked like the commish couldn't get off the stage quick enough.
              - Don't hate on Petey because he was aggressive at the end. Made a bold call at the end of the half and it worked. Tried to do the same at the end of the game. Out of 8 tries during the regular season with goal to go at the 1, Lynch only scored 1 time. We stuffed them earlier in the quarter. Also came out with the unique 4-4-3 defense with 3 corners and no safeties for the final goal line stand. I think he just out-thought himself.
              - I was so tired of hearing "beastmode." The guy's name is Lynch. He's good but even Calvin Johnson isn't called Megatron as much.
              - Doug Baldwin took a virtual dump on the ball after the TD (pretended to take down his pants and squat) but the TV never showed it. Never even mentioned it in the broadcast. The Pats also got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after the INT which moved the ball to the 1 instead of the 2 with no mention.

              Dave


            • George Richman
              LOL! Chris, I m 71. After being a Patriots fan since Billy Sullivan created the team in 1960, and enduring the 51-10 drubbing by the Chargers in the 1963 AFL
              Message 6 of 12 , Feb 2 2:39 PM
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                LOL! Chris, I'm 71. After being a Patriots fan since Billy Sullivan created the team in 1960, and enduring the 51-10 drubbing by the Chargers in the 1963 AFL Championship; the 1976 screwing by Ref Ben Drieth against Oakland (in the stadium) that kept us from what should have been our first SB win; the 1985 thrashing by the Bears in our first Super Bowl appearance; the disappointment of our 2nd SB loss to the Packers in 1997; the down to the wire thrill of our first SB win for the 2001 season (left me in tears); two more 3-point wins in SBs 38 and 39 (that one in the stadium); and finally this incredible, unlikely miracle win; I can't imagine how I've survived to this age! :-)

                --- George 
                Saluting the 4 time CHAMPION PATRIOTS! They EARNED every Lombardi trophy!

                On Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 3:52 AM, chris dressler dres74@... [patriotzip] <patriotzip@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
                 

                My wife called the score in a work email on Friday (28-24)  

                That's about all I have to contribute.  Great year.... but they sure know how to take years off my life!




                From: "'Levine, David' david-levine@... [patriotzip]" <patriotzip@yahoogroups.com>
                To: "patriotzip@yahoogroups.com" <patriotzip@yahoogroups.com>; "patriots@..." <patriots@...>
                Sent: Monday, February 2, 2015 3:41 PM
                Subject: [patriotzip] The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Seahawks)

                 
                I might have an addendum come out later but I am just too hyped right now so I needed to share.

                The Good
                - Now we can shut up all those haters who claim we can't win since Spygate. We are Super Bowl Champions. Feels great to say it. Warm up the duck boats, we're on to Boston.
                - Brady dissected the vaunted Seattle defense in the 4th quarter. 13 for 15 with 2 TDs and 8 first downs. When we needed a clutch performance, he certainly delivered. He was calm and cool and in total control. Entering the huddle, he told the guys "we need a championship drive." Boy, did they deliver.
                - Edelman was a stud. This guy took a few good pops but kept getting up for more. The catch to bring it to the 3 was huge and he got up a little gimpy. Next play, great in and out cut for the TD. Gutsy performance by a gutsy player.
                - Gronk was a machine. The guy is just huge and a nightmare matchup issue. With Sherman locking down half the field, we move guys around to get the matchup we needed. Gronk on a LB? Yes please.
                - Other than the one alligator arms moment, Amendola had a nice game. He had a couple of key first downs and the TD was a very well run route.
                - The OL was tremendous all night. I know Brady got the ball out quickly but there were very few times that he was hit. There was a clean pocket and even on some of the longer routes, he was able to step up and deliver.
                - The DBs were fantastic. There were times where the 3 man rush gave Wilson all day to throw. There was no one open. Arrington struggled against the big WR Matthews but otherwise was fine. The Butler substitution was a great halftime adjustment along with moving Browner over the cover their big guy.
                - Vereen's 11 catches. A lot were glorified run plays but they worked. One pregame analysis said we needed to attack this defense underneath where they had trouble covering. His logic made sense and that is what we did. We did it to perfection.
                - The D contained Lynch and really did a decent job with Wilson. Lynch got his but never really dominated the game. Wilson is just so athletic that it's tough to stop him even with good coverage.
                - The last 4 drives for the Seahawks were punt, punt, punt, INT. Again kept a team scoreless in the 4th quarter and gave the O a chance to win it.
                - Chris Matthews entered the game with 0 catches and goes off for 110 and a TD. Hell of a game from a nobody on the world's biggest stage.
                - Other than 2 jump balls and an amazing catch at the end, Wilson's yardage was very low. We had good position on the first, just a better throw. We had good position on the second but there was a small push off form the WR (not enough for a flag in my opinion). The last was great D where Butler got his hand on it.
                - Only a couple of commercials. Budweiser and the lost puppy. Viagra and the car. Brady Bunch was OK. The Doritos and flying pig was probably the best though.
                - Another reason BB is the best. He prepares his guys like none other. At practice, the scout team ran that same play and I got beat on it. Bill told me, 'You've got to be on that.' At that time [of the play], memorization came through," he said. "I just jumped the route. I just made a play. Just do your job -- do it the best way you can. I just did my job
                - I like Richard Sherman. I like his ability and I like his brashness. I also like his competitive nature which can get him into trouble on occasion. I also like his ability to let things go. After the 2nd kneel down, Sherman stood over Brady with his hand extended looking to congratulate the winner. He let Brady have his personal moment and then, like a class act, said a few words to Brady and walked off. Nicely done.
                - I also like Russell Wilson who always seems to be that nice guy and classy individual. He shook many hands after the game, understanding the moment.
                - Other than 1 or 2 bad calls, the refs let everyone play. Should have been a 15 yard penalty for hitting the punter's plant leg by rule. It didn't look bad but that is the rule. Also missed the trip when (Butler?) fell on the crossing route and while going down, caught the shoe of the WR. Heady play for what could have been a huge gain. Pretty clean other than that. Some hand fighting by WR/CB on both sides with no obvious calls. Holding on the lines was kept to a minimum. Blatant facemask by Arrington and the late hit on Vereen were correct. Potential hit to the head of Brady but I wouldn't have called it.
                - I have text message proof that I called for a 27-23 Pats win before the game. Thought that even though our O and their D are excellent, our D is very good where their O is only good. Also thought we had the ST advantage which didn't really come into play. BB was also the better coach which played out.
                - Loved some of the prop bets. Over/under on national anthem was 2:01 (it went 2:05). Hoodie color was blue with sleeves (money was on a grey cutoff). Katy Perry wore a dress (not a pants or shorts) and sang Roar (which was the favorite). Gatorade color was blue (money was on clear). Will Lynch grab his crotch after a score (no). Giselle wasn't shown more than 1 ½ times. Wilson's passing total was higher than the gas price. Coin toss was tails. Pats called the first time out and the Seahawks were penalized first.

                The Bad
                - Didn't know you could mock someone for getting picked by the ref to give up a TD? Sherman, and the rest of the Seattle D, started celebrating a little early on the sideline. The game is never over with TB12 on the field. All I can think of is when Bird stole the inbounds pass from Isaiah and fed it to DJ for the layup. The interview after the game, Ainge said "They forgot about one thing. They forgot about Larry Bird". Seattle just forgot about Tom Brady.
                - Game awareness by Seattle. After the pick there is 20 seconds and the ball at the 1 yard line. Seattle has a time out. Brady comes to the line looking to kneel the ball. He can barely do it in the field of play. Let's pretend for a second. Brady takes a knee and Seattle calls timeout. 18 seconds on the clock, ball inside the 1. We can't kneel it again. We try a QB sneak on 2nd down and get stuffed for a safety. 2 point game with maybe 14 seconds remaining. Free kick from the 20 would put the ball around the Seattle 30 with a return to the 40 or so. That would leave time enough for one play, either a hail Mary that can reach the end zone or a 25 yard out to get into long FG range. What happens instead? Offside and we get the ball at the 6 with plenty of room to take a knee.
                - The pick thrown as we had marched into FG range was awful. I know he wants to make a play but 3 points is what we needed. Start of the game, second drive and instead of points, we get nothing. Points are huge. It would have proven that we can score on the LOB, giving us a boost. It also shows that Seattle will have to score in order to win, something they don't do well.
                - Most of the commercials. Most were too sappy and sentimental. Nothing really memorable except the Nationwide one where the kid dies. And people complained about the Go Daddy commercial that showed the lost dog getting home just in time to be sold. Ridiculous.
                - Not many apologies from the talking heads this morning. Everyone was either calling Tom washed up at the beginning of the year or coming up with reasons the Pats couldn't win. We showed everyone what kind of team we are. Everyone did their job.

                The Ugly
                - How do we give up a TD at the end of the half. 30 seconds and we take a 7 point lead. 19 yard run up the middle. 20 yard out pattern and a 15 yard facemask and they are throwing to the corner. The DB set up in the end zone when he needed to set up outside. He was concerned about the fade but there was no time for that play. It had to be quick. Dumb mistake that could have cost us the game.
                - Didn't need the fight at the end. It marred an otherwise great game. Irvin just lost his cool and it escalated rapidly. Gronk looked like he swung and hit someone in the shoulder and then Irvin hauls off and smacks him in the head, knocking him down.
                - I thought both announcers were terrible. Kept bringing up the deflated footballs and spouting incorrect facts about the investigation. Collinsworth, who is usually one of my favorite guys, was terrible. Missed many calls and couldn't get over the Brady bashing.
                - Michelle Tafoya had great trailing position on Butler at the end of the game and had no need to grab his shoulder. Clear penalty just before the interview. It was a close play but she gets the 5 yarder.
                - I don't think I could have taken a loss with that lucky catch at the end. Another David Tyree moment would have killed me.
                - The icy exchange between Kraft and the Commish. Looked like the commish couldn't get off the stage quick enough.
                - Don't hate on Petey because he was aggressive at the end. Made a bold call at the end of the half and it worked. Tried to do the same at the end of the game. Out of 8 tries during the regular season with goal to go at the 1, Lynch only scored 1 time. We stuffed them earlier in the quarter. Also came out with the unique 4-4-3 defense with 3 corners and no safeties for the final goal line stand. I think he just out-thought himself.
                - I was so tired of hearing "beastmode." The guy's name is Lynch. He's good but even Calvin Johnson isn't called Megatron as much.
                - Doug Baldwin took a virtual dump on the ball after the TD (pretended to take down his pants and squat) but the TV never showed it. Never even mentioned it in the broadcast. The Pats also got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after the INT which moved the ball to the 1 instead of the 2 with no mention.

                Dave




              • dres74
                I haven t been around for all of it but at 40 I ve been around long enough to know being a fan just trimmed years off my life. I ll be happy to reach 70. So
                Message 7 of 12 , Feb 2 2:48 PM
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                  I haven't been around for all of it but at 40 I've been around long enough to know being a fan just trimmed years off my life.  I'll be happy to reach 70.  So congrats on making it that far.  

                  Sent from my iPhone

                  On Feb 2, 2015, at 5:39 PM, "George Richman patswingr@... [patriotzip]" <patriotzip@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

                   

                  LOL! Chris, I'm 71. After being a Patriots fan since Billy Sullivan created the team in 1960, and enduring the 51-10 drubbing by the Chargers in the 1963 AFL Championship; the 1976 screwing by Ref Ben Drieth against Oakland (in the stadium) that kept us from what should have been our first SB win; the 1985 thrashing by the Bears in our first Super Bowl appearance; the disappointment of our 2nd SB loss to the Packers in 1997; the down to the wire thrill of our first SB win for the 2001 season (left me in tears); two more 3-point wins in SBs 38 and 39 (that one in the stadium); and finally this incredible, unlikely miracle win; I can't imagine how I've survived to this age! :-)

                  --- George 
                  Saluting the 4 time CHAMPION PATRIOTS! They EARNED every Lombardi trophy!

                  On Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 3:52 AM, chris dressler dres74@... [patriotzip] <patriotzip@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
                   

                  My wife called the score in a work email on Friday (28-24)  

                  That's about all I have to contribute.  Great year.... but they sure know how to take years off my life!




                  From: "'Levine, David' david-levine@... [patriotzip]" <patriotzip@yahoogroups.com>
                  To: "patriotzip@yahoogroups.com" <patriotzip@yahoogroups.com>; "patriots@..." <patriots@...>
                  Sent: Monday, February 2, 2015 3:41 PM
                  Subject: [patriotzip] The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Seahawks)

                   
                  I might have an addendum come out later but I am just too hyped right now so I needed to share.

                  The Good
                  - Now we can shut up all those haters who claim we can't win since Spygate. We are Super Bowl Champions. Feels great to say it. Warm up the duck boats, we're on to Boston.
                  - Brady dissected the vaunted Seattle defense in the 4th quarter. 13 for 15 with 2 TDs and 8 first downs. When we needed a clutch performance, he certainly delivered. He was calm and cool and in total control. Entering the huddle, he told the guys "we need a championship drive." Boy, did they deliver.
                  - Edelman was a stud. This guy took a few good pops but kept getting up for more. The catch to bring it to the 3 was huge and he got up a little gimpy. Next play, great in and out cut for the TD. Gutsy performance by a gutsy player.
                  - Gronk was a machine. The guy is just huge and a nightmare matchup issue. With Sherman locking down half the field, we move guys around to get the matchup we needed. Gronk on a LB? Yes please.
                  - Other than the one alligator arms moment, Amendola had a nice game. He had a couple of key first downs and the TD was a very well run route.
                  - The OL was tremendous all night. I know Brady got the ball out quickly but there were very few times that he was hit. There was a clean pocket and even on some of the longer routes, he was able to step up and deliver.
                  - The DBs were fantastic. There were times where the 3 man rush gave Wilson all day to throw. There was no one open. Arrington struggled against the big WR Matthews but otherwise was fine. The Butler substitution was a great halftime adjustment along with moving Browner over the cover their big guy.
                  - Vereen's 11 catches. A lot were glorified run plays but they worked. One pregame analysis said we needed to attack this defense underneath where they had trouble covering. His logic made sense and that is what we did. We did it to perfection.
                  - The D contained Lynch and really did a decent job with Wilson. Lynch got his but never really dominated the game. Wilson is just so athletic that it's tough to stop him even with good coverage.
                  - The last 4 drives for the Seahawks were punt, punt, punt, INT. Again kept a team scoreless in the 4th quarter and gave the O a chance to win it.
                  - Chris Matthews entered the game with 0 catches and goes off for 110 and a TD. Hell of a game from a nobody on the world's biggest stage.
                  - Other than 2 jump balls and an amazing catch at the end, Wilson's yardage was very low. We had good position on the first, just a better throw. We had good position on the second but there was a small push off form the WR (not enough for a flag in my opinion). The last was great D where Butler got his hand on it.
                  - Only a couple of commercials. Budweiser and the lost puppy. Viagra and the car. Brady Bunch was OK. The Doritos and flying pig was probably the best though.
                  - Another reason BB is the best. He prepares his guys like none other. At practice, the scout team ran that same play and I got beat on it. Bill told me, 'You've got to be on that.' At that time [of the play], memorization came through," he said. "I just jumped the route. I just made a play. Just do your job -- do it the best way you can. I just did my job
                  - I like Richard Sherman. I like his ability and I like his brashness. I also like his competitive nature which can get him into trouble on occasion. I also like his ability to let things go. After the 2nd kneel down, Sherman stood over Brady with his hand extended looking to congratulate the winner. He let Brady have his personal moment and then, like a class act, said a few words to Brady and walked off. Nicely done.
                  - I also like Russell Wilson who always seems to be that nice guy and classy individual. He shook many hands after the game, understanding the moment.
                  - Other than 1 or 2 bad calls, the refs let everyone play. Should have been a 15 yard penalty for hitting the punter's plant leg by rule. It didn't look bad but that is the rule. Also missed the trip when (Butler?) fell on the crossing route and while going down, caught the shoe of the WR. Heady play for what could have been a huge gain. Pretty clean other than that. Some hand fighting by WR/CB on both sides with no obvious calls. Holding on the lines was kept to a minimum. Blatant facemask by Arrington and the late hit on Vereen were correct. Potential hit to the head of Brady but I wouldn't have called it.
                  - I have text message proof that I called for a 27-23 Pats win before the game. Thought that even though our O and their D are excellent, our D is very good where their O is only good. Also thought we had the ST advantage which didn't really come into play. BB was also the better coach which played out.
                  - Loved some of the prop bets. Over/under on national anthem was 2:01 (it went 2:05). Hoodie color was blue with sleeves (money was on a grey cutoff). Katy Perry wore a dress (not a pants or shorts) and sang Roar (which was the favorite). Gatorade color was blue (money was on clear). Will Lynch grab his crotch after a score (no). Giselle wasn't shown more than 1 ½ times. Wilson's passing total was higher than the gas price. Coin toss was tails. Pats called the first time out and the Seahawks were penalized first.

                  The Bad
                  - Didn't know you could mock someone for getting picked by the ref to give up a TD? Sherman, and the rest of the Seattle D, started celebrating a little early on the sideline. The game is never over with TB12 on the field. All I can think of is when Bird stole the inbounds pass from Isaiah and fed it to DJ for the layup. The interview after the game, Ainge said "They forgot about one thing. They forgot about Larry Bird". Seattle just forgot about Tom Brady.
                  - Game awareness by Seattle. After the pick there is 20 seconds and the ball at the 1 yard line. Seattle has a time out. Brady comes to the line looking to kneel the ball. He can barely do it in the field of play. Let's pretend for a second. Brady takes a knee and Seattle calls timeout. 18 seconds on the clock, ball inside the 1. We can't kneel it again. We try a QB sneak on 2nd down and get stuffed for a safety. 2 point game with maybe 14 seconds remaining. Free kick from the 20 would put the ball around the Seattle 30 with a return to the 40 or so. That would leave time enough for one play, either a hail Mary that can reach the end zone or a 25 yard out to get into long FG range. What happens instead? Offside and we get the ball at the 6 with plenty of room to take a knee.
                  - The pick thrown as we had marched into FG range was awful. I know he wants to make a play but 3 points is what we needed. Start of the game, second drive and instead of points, we get nothing. Points are huge. It would have proven that we can score on the LOB, giving us a boost. It also shows that Seattle will have to score in order to win, something they don't do well.
                  - Most of the commercials. Most were too sappy and sentimental. Nothing really memorable except the Nationwide one where the kid dies. And people complained about the Go Daddy commercial that showed the lost dog getting home just in time to be sold. Ridiculous.
                  - Not many apologies from the talking heads this morning. Everyone was either calling Tom washed up at the beginning of the year or coming up with reasons the Pats couldn't win. We showed everyone what kind of team we are. Everyone did their job.

                  The Ugly
                  - How do we give up a TD at the end of the half. 30 seconds and we take a 7 point lead. 19 yard run up the middle. 20 yard out pattern and a 15 yard facemask and they are throwing to the corner. The DB set up in the end zone when he needed to set up outside. He was concerned about the fade but there was no time for that play. It had to be quick. Dumb mistake that could have cost us the game.
                  - Didn't need the fight at the end. It marred an otherwise great game. Irvin just lost his cool and it escalated rapidly. Gronk looked like he swung and hit someone in the shoulder and then Irvin hauls off and smacks him in the head, knocking him down.
                  - I thought both announcers were terrible. Kept bringing up the deflated footballs and spouting incorrect facts about the investigation. Collinsworth, who is usually one of my favorite guys, was terrible. Missed many calls and couldn't get over the Brady bashing.
                  - Michelle Tafoya had great trailing position on Butler at the end of the game and had no need to grab his shoulder. Clear penalty just before the interview. It was a close play but she gets the 5 yarder.
                  - I don't think I could have taken a loss with that lucky catch at the end. Another David Tyree moment would have killed me.
                  - The icy exchange between Kraft and the Commish. Looked like the commish couldn't get off the stage quick enough.
                  - Don't hate on Petey because he was aggressive at the end. Made a bold call at the end of the half and it worked. Tried to do the same at the end of the game. Out of 8 tries during the regular season with goal to go at the 1, Lynch only scored 1 time. We stuffed them earlier in the quarter. Also came out with the unique 4-4-3 defense with 3 corners and no safeties for the final goal line stand. I think he just out-thought himself.
                  - I was so tired of hearing "beastmode." The guy's name is Lynch. He's good but even Calvin Johnson isn't called Megatron as much.
                  - Doug Baldwin took a virtual dump on the ball after the TD (pretended to take down his pants and squat) but the TV never showed it. Never even mentioned it in the broadcast. The Pats also got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after the INT which moved the ball to the 1 instead of the 2 with no mention.

                  Dave




                • Susan Moore
                  I agree with the “haters” that will still be on a rampage. Was listening to the ESPN stuff and those guys were ranting about it too, although in a nice way
                  Message 8 of 12 , Feb 2 6:17 PM
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                    I agree with the “haters” that will still be on a rampage.

                    Was listening to the ESPN stuff and those guys were ranting about it too, although in a nice way I guess.

                    Why mention it at all?

                    One article I read yesterday said that there was actually only ONE ball that was underinflated but the hate still goes on.

                     

                    ALSO, what they are saying over and over and over again is how DARE Brady leave a pregnant girlfriend to take up with another lady?

                    He’s absolutely crucified for that…what? They were broken up when she (Monihan) found out she was pregnant and THEN Brady met Giselle.

                    I doubt either one wanted a forced marriage at mid to late 30s. What woman in her late 30s doesn’t know how babies are made?

                    It takes two to tango and probably only one to decide her clock is ticking? I don’t know for sure, but I haven’t read anything that says Monihan was pining away for a marriage.

                    He seems to take good care of that son and includes him as much as is certainly possible.

                     

                    I agree with you George…I didn’t mind so much the 1985 thrashing by the Bears…they were a one-hit wonder, but the hit came against us.

                    The others were heartbreaking to me and I’m still not really over either one. If that had happened yesterday I would have been nearly inconsolable.

                     

                     

                    From: patriotzip@yahoogroups.com [mailto:patriotzip@yahoogroups.com]
                    Sent: Monday, February 02, 2015 2:26 PM
                    To: patriotzip yahoogroups
                    Subject: Re: [patriotzip] The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Seahawks)

                     

                     

                    Just two comments to add to your great GBD, Dave. First, there is no way this shuts up the haters. I've already received a "they got there by cheating" from a Fantasy Football friend who lives in NY. Most of these people are literally to blinded by their years of feeding on the false and or exaggerated media reports and rumors of Patriots "cheating", in one way or another. They've allowed that garbage to become a cover up for their envy of the Patriots success, and they will not even listen to facts that totally contradict such baseless trash. That's just how it is. 

                     

                    As for your comments on the Kearse catch, I had exactly the same feelings. I said to the fellow Patriots fan watching with me that, after such a well played game by both teams, I could take losing ... but NOT like THIS! NOT AGAIN! So very happy that we weren't beaten by another lucky "miracle catch". :-)


                    --- George 

                    Saluting the 4 time CHAMPION PATRIOTS! They EARNED every Lombardi trophy!

                     

                    On Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 3:41 AM, 'Levine, David' david-levine@... [patriotzip] <patriotzip@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

                     

                    I might have an addendum come out later but I am just too hyped right now so I needed to share.

                    The Good
                    - Now we can shut up all those haters who claim we can't win since Spygate. We are Super Bowl Champions. Feels great to say it. Warm up the duck boats, we're on to Boston.
                    - Brady dissected the vaunted Seattle defense in the 4th quarter. 13 for 15 with 2 TDs and 8 first downs. When we needed a clutch performance, he certainly delivered. He was calm and cool and in total control. Entering the huddle, he told the guys "we need a championship drive." Boy, did they deliver.
                    - Edelman was a stud. This guy took a few good pops but kept getting up for more. The catch to bring it to the 3 was huge and he got up a little gimpy. Next play, great in and out cut for the TD. Gutsy performance by a gutsy player.
                    - Gronk was a machine. The guy is just huge and a nightmare matchup issue. With Sherman locking down half the field, we move guys around to get the matchup we needed. Gronk on a LB? Yes please.
                    - Other than the one alligator arms moment, Amendola had a nice game. He had a couple of key first downs and the TD was a very well run route.
                    - The OL was tremendous all night. I know Brady got the ball out quickly but there were very few times that he was hit. There was a clean pocket and even on some of the longer routes, he was able to step up and deliver.
                    - The DBs were fantastic. There were times where the 3 man rush gave Wilson all day to throw. There was no one open. Arrington struggled against the big WR Matthews but otherwise was fine. The Butler substitution was a great halftime adjustment along with moving Browner over the cover their big guy.
                    - Vereen's 11 catches. A lot were glorified run plays but they worked. One pregame analysis said we needed to attack this defense underneath where they had trouble covering. His logic made sense and that is what we did. We did it to perfection.
                    - The D contained Lynch and really did a decent job with Wilson. Lynch got his but never really dominated the game. Wilson is just so athletic that it's tough to stop him even with good coverage.
                    - The last 4 drives for the Seahawks were punt, punt, punt, INT. Again kept a team scoreless in the 4th quarter and gave the O a chance to win it.
                    - Chris Matthews entered the game with 0 catches and goes off for 110 and a TD. Hell of a game from a nobody on the world's biggest stage.
                    - Other than 2 jump balls and an amazing catch at the end, Wilson's yardage was very low. We had good position on the first, just a better throw. We had good position on the second but there was a small push off form the WR (not enough for a flag in my opinion). The last was great D where Butler got his hand on it.
                    - Only a couple of commercials. Budweiser and the lost puppy. Viagra and the car. Brady Bunch was OK. The Doritos and flying pig was probably the best though.
                    - Another reason BB is the best. He prepares his guys like none other. At practice, the scout team ran that same play and I got beat on it. Bill told me, 'You've got to be on that.' At that time [of the play], memorization came through," he said. "I just jumped the route. I just made a play. Just do your job -- do it the best way you can. I just did my job
                    - I like Richard Sherman. I like his ability and I like his brashness. I also like his competitive nature which can get him into trouble on occasion. I also like his ability to let things go. After the 2nd kneel down, Sherman stood over Brady with his hand extended looking to congratulate the winner. He let Brady have his personal moment and then, like a class act, said a few words to Brady and walked off. Nicely done.
                    - I also like Russell Wilson who always seems to be that nice guy and classy individual. He shook many hands after the game, understanding the moment.
                    - Other than 1 or 2 bad calls, the refs let everyone play. Should have been a 15 yard penalty for hitting the punter's plant leg by rule. It didn't look bad but that is the rule. Also missed the trip when (Butler?) fell on the crossing route and while going down, caught the shoe of the WR. Heady play for what could have been a huge gain. Pretty clean other than that. Some hand fighting by WR/CB on both sides with no obvious calls. Holding on the lines was kept to a minimum. Blatant facemask by Arrington and the late hit on Vereen were correct. Potential hit to the head of Brady but I wouldn't have called it.
                    - I have text message proof that I called for a 27-23 Pats win before the game. Thought that even though our O and their D are excellent, our D is very good where their O is only good. Also thought we had the ST advantage which didn't really come into play. BB was also the better coach which played out.
                    - Loved some of the prop bets. Over/under on national anthem was 2:01 (it went 2:05). Hoodie color was blue with sleeves (money was on a grey cutoff). Katy Perry wore a dress (not a pants or shorts) and sang Roar (which was the favorite). Gatorade color was blue (money was on clear). Will Lynch grab his crotch after a score (no). Giselle wasn't shown more than 1 ½ times. Wilson's passing total was higher than the gas price. Coin toss was tails. Pats called the first time out and the Seahawks were penalized first.

                    The Bad
                    - Didn't know you could mock someone for getting picked by the ref to give up a TD? Sherman, and the rest of the Seattle D, started celebrating a little early on the sideline. The game is never over with TB12 on the field. All I can think of is when Bird stole the inbounds pass from Isaiah and fed it to DJ for the layup. The interview after the game, Ainge said "They forgot about one thing. They forgot about Larry Bird". Seattle just forgot about Tom Brady.
                    - Game awareness by Seattle. After the pick there is 20 seconds and the ball at the 1 yard line. Seattle has a time out. Brady comes to the line looking to kneel the ball. He can barely do it in the field of play. Let's pretend for a second. Brady takes a knee and Seattle calls timeout. 18 seconds on the clock, ball inside the 1. We can't kneel it again. We try a QB sneak on 2nd down and get stuffed for a safety. 2 point game with maybe 14 seconds remaining. Free kick from the 20 would put the ball around the Seattle 30 with a return to the 40 or so. That would leave time enough for one play, either a hail Mary that can reach the end zone or a 25 yard out to get into long FG range. What happens instead? Offside and we get the ball at the 6 with plenty of room to take a knee.
                    - The pick thrown as we had marched into FG range was awful. I know he wants to make a play but 3 points is what we needed. Start of the game, second drive and instead of points, we get nothing. Points are huge. It would have proven that we can score on the LOB, giving us a boost. It also shows that Seattle will have to score in order to win, something they don't do well.
                    - Most of the commercials. Most were too sappy and sentimental. Nothing really memorable except the Nationwide one where the kid dies. And people complained about the Go Daddy commercial that showed the lost dog getting home just in time to be sold. Ridiculous.
                    - Not many apologies from the talking heads this morning. Everyone was either calling Tom washed up at the beginning of the year or coming up with reasons the Pats couldn't win. We showed everyone what kind of team we are. Everyone did their job.

                    The Ugly
                    - How do we give up a TD at the end of the half. 30 seconds and we take a 7 point lead. 19 yard run up the middle. 20 yard out pattern and a 15 yard facemask and they are throwing to the corner. The DB set up in the end zone when he needed to set up outside. He was concerned about the fade but there was no time for that play. It had to be quick. Dumb mistake that could have cost us the game.
                    - Didn't need the fight at the end. It marred an otherwise great game. Irvin just lost his cool and it escalated rapidly. Gronk looked like he swung and hit someone in the shoulder and then Irvin hauls off and smacks him in the head, knocking him down.
                    - I thought both announcers were terrible. Kept bringing up the deflated footballs and spouting incorrect facts about the investigation. Collinsworth, who is usually one of my favorite guys, was terrible. Missed many calls and couldn't get over the Brady bashing.
                    - Michelle Tafoya had great trailing position on Butler at the end of the game and had no need to grab his shoulder. Clear penalty just before the interview. It was a close play but she gets the 5 yarder.
                    - I don't think I could have taken a loss with that lucky catch at the end. Another David Tyree moment would have killed me.
                    - The icy exchange between Kraft and the Commish. Looked like the commish couldn't get off the stage quick enough.
                    - Don't hate on Petey because he was aggressive at the end. Made a bold call at the end of the half and it worked. Tried to do the same at the end of the game. Out of 8 tries during the regular season with goal to go at the 1, Lynch only scored 1 time. We stuffed them earlier in the quarter. Also came out with the unique 4-4-3 defense with 3 corners and no safeties for the final goal line stand. I think he just out-thought himself.
                    - I was so tired of hearing "beastmode." The guy's name is Lynch. He's good but even Calvin Johnson isn't called Megatron as much.
                    - Doug Baldwin took a virtual dump on the ball after the TD (pretended to take down his pants and squat) but the TV never showed it. Never even mentioned it in the broadcast. The Pats also got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after the INT which moved the ball to the 1 instead of the 2 with no mention.

                    Dave

                     

                  • Susan Moore
                    Good analysis, Daveàguess besides an addendum, we have to wait until next year! IÆm still so hyped I can barely stand it AND so relievedà They are still
                    Message 9 of 12 , Feb 3 9:09 AM
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                      Good analysis, Dave…guess besides an addendum, we have to wait until next year!

                      I’m still so hyped I can barely stand it AND so relieved…

                      They are still going to say that we haven’t won a SB at all because of the balls.

                      My daughter is taking physics in college right now and she said that issue is a bunch of hogwash—just not worth even repeating or writing down.

                      The physics behind it can tell you all kinds of things, but cheating is not one of them.

                       

                      I DON’T like Richard Sherman…I think that he’s a punk, but it was nice that he did extend a hand to Brady. There was no need for his in your face antics when they beat the Pats two years ago.

                      AND, no reason for his antics against the Whiners when the Hags beat them. But maybe he does have some nice qualities somewhere.

                      I just overall don’t care for Carroll’s style of PEDs, outside the rules, and punk behavior.

                      It was really nice to see BB and Carroll hugging and doing the head pats…that’s pro behavior and Brady found Wilson, etc. Hard as it is, you have to do it (the losing team).

                       

                      It’s funny that the Hags didn’t take a page from the Packers book of “let’s quit after 56 minutes of football”—the game is NOT over until the clock says 00:00 or you cross the finish line.

                      I think that it’s nice that the Pats were able to do what Joe Montana could always do…come back with little or no time left and win. THAT’S a winning team!!!!!!

                       

                      GO PATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                       

                      From: patriotzip@yahoogroups.com [mailto:patriotzip@yahoogroups.com]
                      Sent: Monday, February 02, 2015 12:41 PM
                      To: patriotzip@yahoogroups.com; patriots@...
                      Subject: [patriotzip] The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Seahawks)

                       

                       

                      I might have an addendum come out later but I am just too hyped right now so I needed to share.

                      The Good
                      - Now we can shut up all those haters who claim we can't win since Spygate. We are Super Bowl Champions. Feels great to say it. Warm up the duck boats, we're on to Boston.
                      - Brady dissected the vaunted Seattle defense in the 4th quarter. 13 for 15 with 2 TDs and 8 first downs. When we needed a clutch performance, he certainly delivered. He was calm and cool and in total control. Entering the huddle, he told the guys "we need a championship drive." Boy, did they deliver.
                      - Edelman was a stud. This guy took a few good pops but kept getting up for more. The catch to bring it to the 3 was huge and he got up a little gimpy. Next play, great in and out cut for the TD. Gutsy performance by a gutsy player.
                      - Gronk was a machine. The guy is just huge and a nightmare matchup issue. With Sherman locking down half the field, we move guys around to get the matchup we needed. Gronk on a LB? Yes please.
                      - Other than the one alligator arms moment, Amendola had a nice game. He had a couple of key first downs and the TD was a very well run route.
                      - The OL was tremendous all night. I know Brady got the ball out quickly but there were very few times that he was hit. There was a clean pocket and even on some of the longer routes, he was able to step up and deliver.
                      - The DBs were fantastic. There were times where the 3 man rush gave Wilson all day to throw. There was no one open. Arrington struggled against the big WR Matthews but otherwise was fine. The Butler substitution was a great halftime adjustment along with moving Browner over the cover their big guy.
                      - Vereen's 11 catches. A lot were glorified run plays but they worked. One pregame analysis said we needed to attack this defense underneath where they had trouble covering. His logic made sense and that is what we did. We did it to perfection.
                      - The D contained Lynch and really did a decent job with Wilson. Lynch got his but never really dominated the game. Wilson is just so athletic that it's tough to stop him even with good coverage.
                      - The last 4 drives for the Seahawks were punt, punt, punt, INT. Again kept a team scoreless in the 4th quarter and gave the O a chance to win it.
                      - Chris Matthews entered the game with 0 catches and goes off for 110 and a TD. Hell of a game from a nobody on the world's biggest stage.
                      - Other than 2 jump balls and an amazing catch at the end, Wilson's yardage was very low. We had good position on the first, just a better throw. We had good position on the second but there was a small push off form the WR (not enough for a flag in my opinion). The last was great D where Butler got his hand on it.
                      - Only a couple of commercials. Budweiser and the lost puppy. Viagra and the car. Brady Bunch was OK. The Doritos and flying pig was probably the best though.
                      - Another reason BB is the best. He prepares his guys like none other. At practice, the scout team ran that same play and I got beat on it. Bill told me, 'You've got to be on that.' At that time [of the play], memorization came through," he said. "I just jumped the route. I just made a play. Just do your job -- do it the best way you can. I just did my job
                      - I like Richard Sherman. I like his ability and I like his brashness. I also like his competitive nature which can get him into trouble on occasion. I also like his ability to let things go. After the 2nd kneel down, Sherman stood over Brady with his hand extended looking to congratulate the winner. He let Brady have his personal moment and then, like a class act, said a few words to Brady and walked off. Nicely done.
                      - I also like Russell Wilson who always seems to be that nice guy and classy individual. He shook many hands after the game, understanding the moment.
                      - Other than 1 or 2 bad calls, the refs let everyone play. Should have been a 15 yard penalty for hitting the punter's plant leg by rule. It didn't look bad but that is the rule. Also missed the trip when (Butler?) fell on the crossing route and while going down, caught the shoe of the WR. Heady play for what could have been a huge gain. Pretty clean other than that. Some hand fighting by WR/CB on both sides with no obvious calls. Holding on the lines was kept to a minimum. Blatant facemask by Arrington and the late hit on Vereen were correct. Potential hit to the head of Brady but I wouldn't have called it.
                      - I have text message proof that I called for a 27-23 Pats win before the game. Thought that even though our O and their D are excellent, our D is very good where their O is only good. Also thought we had the ST advantage which didn't really come into play. BB was also the better coach which played out.
                      - Loved some of the prop bets. Over/under on national anthem was 2:01 (it went 2:05). Hoodie color was blue with sleeves (money was on a grey cutoff). Katy Perry wore a dress (not a pants or shorts) and sang Roar (which was the favorite). Gatorade color was blue (money was on clear). Will Lynch grab his crotch after a score (no). Giselle wasn't shown more than 1 ½ times. Wilson's passing total was higher than the gas price. Coin toss was tails. Pats called the first time out and the Seahawks were penalized first.

                      The Bad
                      - Didn't know you could mock someone for getting picked by the ref to give up a TD? Sherman, and the rest of the Seattle D, started celebrating a little early on the sideline. The game is never over with TB12 on the field. All I can think of is when Bird stole the inbounds pass from Isaiah and fed it to DJ for the layup. The interview after the game, Ainge said "They forgot about one thing. They forgot about Larry Bird". Seattle just forgot about Tom Brady.
                      - Game awareness by Seattle. After the pick there is 20 seconds and the ball at the 1 yard line. Seattle has a time out. Brady comes to the line looking to kneel the ball. He can barely do it in the field of play. Let's pretend for a second. Brady takes a knee and Seattle calls timeout. 18 seconds on the clock, ball inside the 1. We can't kneel it again. We try a QB sneak on 2nd down and get stuffed for a safety. 2 point game with maybe 14 seconds remaining. Free kick from the 20 would put the ball around the Seattle 30 with a return to the 40 or so. That would leave time enough for one play, either a hail Mary that can reach the end zone or a 25 yard out to get into long FG range. What happens instead? Offside and we get the ball at the 6 with plenty of room to take a knee.
                      - The pick thrown as we had marched into FG range was awful. I know he wants to make a play but 3 points is what we needed. Start of the game, second drive and instead of points, we get nothing. Points are huge. It would have proven that we can score on the LOB, giving us a boost. It also shows that Seattle will have to score in order to win, something they don't do well.
                      - Most of the commercials. Most were too sappy and sentimental. Nothing really memorable except the Nationwide one where the kid dies. And people complained about the Go Daddy commercial that showed the lost dog getting home just in time to be sold. Ridiculous.
                      - Not many apologies from the talking heads this morning. Everyone was either calling Tom washed up at the beginning of the year or coming up with reasons the Pats couldn't win. We showed everyone what kind of team we are. Everyone did their job.

                      The Ugly
                      - How do we give up a TD at the end of the half. 30 seconds and we take a 7 point lead. 19 yard run up the middle. 20 yard out pattern and a 15 yard facemask and they are throwing to the corner. The DB set up in the end zone when he needed to set up outside. He was concerned about the fade but there was no time for that play. It had to be quick. Dumb mistake that could have cost us the game.
                      - Didn't need the fight at the end. It marred an otherwise great game. Irvin just lost his cool and it escalated rapidly. Gronk looked like he swung and hit someone in the shoulder and then Irvin hauls off and smacks him in the head, knocking him down.
                      - I thought both announcers were terrible. Kept bringing up the deflated footballs and spouting incorrect facts about the investigation. Collinsworth, who is usually one of my favorite guys, was terrible. Missed many calls and couldn't get over the Brady bashing.
                      - Michelle Tafoya had great trailing position on Butler at the end of the game and had no need to grab his shoulder. Clear penalty just before the interview. It was a close play but she gets the 5 yarder.
                      - I don't think I could have taken a loss with that lucky catch at the end. Another David Tyree moment would have killed me.
                      - The icy exchange between Kraft and the Commish. Looked like the commish couldn't get off the stage quick enough.
                      - Don't hate on Petey because he was aggressive at the end. Made a bold call at the end of the half and it worked. Tried to do the same at the end of the game. Out of 8 tries during the regular season with goal to go at the 1, Lynch only scored 1 time. We stuffed them earlier in the quarter. Also came out with the unique 4-4-3 defense with 3 corners and no safeties for the final goal line stand. I think he just out-thought himself.
                      - I was so tired of hearing "beastmode." The guy's name is Lynch. He's good but even Calvin Johnson isn't called Megatron as much.
                      - Doug Baldwin took a virtual dump on the ball after the TD (pretended to take down his pants and squat) but the TV never showed it. Never even mentioned it in the broadcast. The Pats also got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after the INT which moved the ball to the 1 instead of the 2 with no mention.

                      Dave

                    • George Richman
                      And don t forget, Susan, how nice it is that Brady left Aikman in his dust by getting his 4th ring. (Aikman, who called Brady a liar, has 3.) ... Saluting the
                      Message 10 of 12 , Feb 3 10:35 PM
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                        And don't forget, Susan, how nice it is that Brady left Aikman in his dust by getting his 4th ring. (Aikman, who called Brady a liar, has 3.)

                        --- George 
                        Saluting the 4 time CHAMPION PATRIOTS! They EARNED every Lombardi trophy!

                        On Wed, Feb 4, 2015 at 12:09 AM, 'Susan Moore' scmoore90@... [patriotzip] <patriotzip@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
                         

                        Good analysis, Dave…guess besides an addendum, we have to wait until next year!

                        I’m still so hyped I can barely stand it AND so relieved…

                        They are still going to say that we haven’t won a SB at all because of the balls.

                        My daughter is taking physics in college right now and she said that issue is a bunch of hogwash—just not worth even repeating or writing down.

                        The physics behind it can tell you all kinds of things, but cheating is not one of them.

                         

                        I DON’T like Richard Sherman…I think that he’s a punk, but it was nice that he did extend a hand to Brady. There was no need for his in your face antics when they beat the Pats two years ago.

                        AND, no reason for his antics against the Whiners when the Hags beat them. But maybe he does have some nice qualities somewhere.

                        I just overall don’t care for Carroll’s style of PEDs, outside the rules, and punk behavior.

                        It was really nice to see BB and Carroll hugging and doing the head pats…that’s pro behavior and Brady found Wilson, etc. Hard as it is, you have to do it (the losing team).

                         

                        It’s funny that the Hags didn’t take a page from the Packers book of “let’s quit after 56 minutes of football”—the game is NOT over until the clock says 00:00 or you cross the finish line.

                        I think that it’s nice that the Pats were able to do what Joe Montana could always do…come back with little or no time left and win. THAT’S a winning team!!!!!!

                         

                        GO PATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                         

                        From: patriotzip@yahoogroups.com [mailto:patriotzip@yahoogroups.com]
                        Sent: Monday, February 02, 2015 12:41 PM
                        To: patriotzip@yahoogroups.com; patriots@...
                        Subject: [patriotzip] The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Seahawks)

                         

                         

                        I might have an addendum come out later but I am just too hyped right now so I needed to share.

                        The Good
                        - Now we can shut up all those haters who claim we can't win since Spygate. We are Super Bowl Champions. Feels great to say it. Warm up the duck boats, we're on to Boston.
                        - Brady dissected the vaunted Seattle defense in the 4th quarter. 13 for 15 with 2 TDs and 8 first downs. When we needed a clutch performance, he certainly delivered. He was calm and cool and in total control. Entering the huddle, he told the guys "we need a championship drive." Boy, did they deliver.
                        - Edelman was a stud. This guy took a few good pops but kept getting up for more. The catch to bring it to the 3 was huge and he got up a little gimpy. Next play, great in and out cut for the TD. Gutsy performance by a gutsy player.
                        - Gronk was a machine. The guy is just huge and a nightmare matchup issue. With Sherman locking down half the field, we move guys around to get the matchup we needed. Gronk on a LB? Yes please.
                        - Other than the one alligator arms moment, Amendola had a nice game. He had a couple of key first downs and the TD was a very well run route.
                        - The OL was tremendous all night. I know Brady got the ball out quickly but there were very few times that he was hit. There was a clean pocket and even on some of the longer routes, he was able to step up and deliver.
                        - The DBs were fantastic. There were times where the 3 man rush gave Wilson all day to throw. There was no one open. Arrington struggled against the big WR Matthews but otherwise was fine. The Butler substitution was a great halftime adjustment along with moving Browner over the cover their big guy.
                        - Vereen's 11 catches. A lot were glorified run plays but they worked. One pregame analysis said we needed to attack this defense underneath where they had trouble covering. His logic made sense and that is what we did. We did it to perfection.
                        - The D contained Lynch and really did a decent job with Wilson. Lynch got his but never really dominated the game. Wilson is just so athletic that it's tough to stop him even with good coverage.
                        - The last 4 drives for the Seahawks were punt, punt, punt, INT. Again kept a team scoreless in the 4th quarter and gave the O a chance to win it.
                        - Chris Matthews entered the game with 0 catches and goes off for 110 and a TD. Hell of a game from a nobody on the world's biggest stage.
                        - Other than 2 jump balls and an amazing catch at the end, Wilson's yardage was very low. We had good position on the first, just a better throw. We had good position on the second but there was a small push off form the WR (not enough for a flag in my opinion). The last was great D where Butler got his hand on it.
                        - Only a couple of commercials. Budweiser and the lost puppy. Viagra and the car. Brady Bunch was OK. The Doritos and flying pig was probably the best though.
                        - Another reason BB is the best. He prepares his guys like none other. At practice, the scout team ran that same play and I got beat on it. Bill told me, 'You've got to be on that.' At that time [of the play], memorization came through," he said. "I just jumped the route. I just made a play. Just do your job -- do it the best way you can. I just did my job
                        - I like Richard Sherman. I like his ability and I like his brashness. I also like his competitive nature which can get him into trouble on occasion. I also like his ability to let things go. After the 2nd kneel down, Sherman stood over Brady with his hand extended looking to congratulate the winner. He let Brady have his personal moment and then, like a class act, said a few words to Brady and walked off. Nicely done.
                        - I also like Russell Wilson who always seems to be that nice guy and classy individual. He shook many hands after the game, understanding the moment.
                        - Other than 1 or 2 bad calls, the refs let everyone play. Should have been a 15 yard penalty for hitting the punter's plant leg by rule. It didn't look bad but that is the rule. Also missed the trip when (Butler?) fell on the crossing route and while going down, caught the shoe of the WR. Heady play for what could have been a huge gain. Pretty clean other than that. Some hand fighting by WR/CB on both sides with no obvious calls. Holding on the lines was kept to a minimum. Blatant facemask by Arrington and the late hit on Vereen were correct. Potential hit to the head of Brady but I wouldn't have called it.
                        - I have text message proof that I called for a 27-23 Pats win before the game. Thought that even though our O and their D are excellent, our D is very good where their O is only good. Also thought we had the ST advantage which didn't really come into play. BB was also the better coach which played out.
                        - Loved some of the prop bets. Over/under on national anthem was 2:01 (it went 2:05). Hoodie color was blue with sleeves (money was on a grey cutoff). Katy Perry wore a dress (not a pants or shorts) and sang Roar (which was the favorite). Gatorade color was blue (money was on clear). Will Lynch grab his crotch after a score (no). Giselle wasn't shown more than 1 ½ times. Wilson's passing total was higher than the gas price. Coin toss was tails. Pats called the first time out and the Seahawks were penalized first.

                        The Bad
                        - Didn't know you could mock someone for getting picked by the ref to give up a TD? Sherman, and the rest of the Seattle D, started celebrating a little early on the sideline. The game is never over with TB12 on the field. All I can think of is when Bird stole the inbounds pass from Isaiah and fed it to DJ for the layup. The interview after the game, Ainge said "They forgot about one thing. They forgot about Larry Bird". Seattle just forgot about Tom Brady.
                        - Game awareness by Seattle. After the pick there is 20 seconds and the ball at the 1 yard line. Seattle has a time out. Brady comes to the line looking to kneel the ball. He can barely do it in the field of play. Let's pretend for a second. Brady takes a knee and Seattle calls timeout. 18 seconds on the clock, ball inside the 1. We can't kneel it again. We try a QB sneak on 2nd down and get stuffed for a safety. 2 point game with maybe 14 seconds remaining. Free kick from the 20 would put the ball around the Seattle 30 with a return to the 40 or so. That would leave time enough for one play, either a hail Mary that can reach the end zone or a 25 yard out to get into long FG range. What happens instead? Offside and we get the ball at the 6 with plenty of room to take a knee.
                        - The pick thrown as we had marched into FG range was awful. I know he wants to make a play but 3 points is what we needed. Start of the game, second drive and instead of points, we get nothing. Points are huge. It would have proven that we can score on the LOB, giving us a boost. It also shows that Seattle will have to score in order to win, something they don't do well.
                        - Most of the commercials. Most were too sappy and sentimental. Nothing really memorable except the Nationwide one where the kid dies. And people complained about the Go Daddy commercial that showed the lost dog getting home just in time to be sold. Ridiculous.
                        - Not many apologies from the talking heads this morning. Everyone was either calling Tom washed up at the beginning of the year or coming up with reasons the Pats couldn't win. We showed everyone what kind of team we are. Everyone did their job.

                        The Ugly
                        - How do we give up a TD at the end of the half. 30 seconds and we take a 7 point lead. 19 yard run up the middle. 20 yard out pattern and a 15 yard facemask and they are throwing to the corner. The DB set up in the end zone when he needed to set up outside. He was concerned about the fade but there was no time for that play. It had to be quick. Dumb mistake that could have cost us the game.
                        - Didn't need the fight at the end. It marred an otherwise great game. Irvin just lost his cool and it escalated rapidly. Gronk looked like he swung and hit someone in the shoulder and then Irvin hauls off and smacks him in the head, knocking him down.
                        - I thought both announcers were terrible. Kept bringing up the deflated footballs and spouting incorrect facts about the investigation. Collinsworth, who is usually one of my favorite guys, was terrible. Missed many calls and couldn't get over the Brady bashing.
                        - Michelle Tafoya had great trailing position on Butler at the end of the game and had no need to grab his shoulder. Clear penalty just before the interview. It was a close play but she gets the 5 yarder.
                        - I don't think I could have taken a loss with that lucky catch at the end. Another David Tyree moment would have killed me.
                        - The icy exchange between Kraft and the Commish. Looked like the commish couldn't get off the stage quick enough.
                        - Don't hate on Petey because he was aggressive at the end. Made a bold call at the end of the half and it worked. Tried to do the same at the end of the game. Out of 8 tries during the regular season with goal to go at the 1, Lynch only scored 1 time. We stuffed them earlier in the quarter. Also came out with the unique 4-4-3 defense with 3 corners and no safeties for the final goal line stand. I think he just out-thought himself.
                        - I was so tired of hearing "beastmode." The guy's name is Lynch. He's good but even Calvin Johnson isn't called Megatron as much.
                        - Doug Baldwin took a virtual dump on the ball after the TD (pretended to take down his pants and squat) but the TV never showed it. Never even mentioned it in the broadcast. The Pats also got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after the INT which moved the ball to the 1 instead of the 2 with no mention.

                        Dave


                      • Susan Moore
                        Yeah…sweet isn’t it? I had all of that respect and past history with rooting for Aikman from 1989, but it’s gone now with his mouthing off. Actually, I
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                          Yeah…sweet isn’t it?

                          I had all of that respect and past history with rooting for Aikman from 1989, but it’s gone now with his mouthing off.

                          Actually, I read that Montana said the exact same things, but now Brady’s in with him and I’m glad.

                          Some respect for Montana is gone as well. Neither one was in that locker room that day so where do they get off running their indignant mouths like that?

                          Montana is in the shadows now, but Aikman is out there as a TV commentator and it is really unprofessional on his part to assume.

                           

                          From: patriotzip@yahoogroups.com [mailto:patriotzip@yahoogroups.com]
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                          And don't forget, Susan, how nice it is that Brady left Aikman in his dust by getting his 4th ring. (Aikman, who called Brady a liar, has 3.)


                          --- George 

                          Saluting the 4 time CHAMPION PATRIOTS! They EARNED every Lombardi trophy!

                           

                          On Wed, Feb 4, 2015 at 12:09 AM, 'Susan Moore' scmoore90@... [patriotzip] <patriotzip@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

                           

                          Good analysis, Dave…guess besides an addendum, we have to wait until next year!

                          I’m still so hyped I can barely stand it AND so relieved…

                          They are still going to say that we haven’t won a SB at all because of the balls.

                          My daughter is taking physics in college right now and she said that issue is a bunch of hogwash—just not worth even repeating or writing down.

                          The physics behind it can tell you all kinds of things, but cheating is not one of them.

                           

                          I DON’T like Richard Sherman…I think that he’s a punk, but it was nice that he did extend a hand to Brady. There was no need for his in your face antics when they beat the Pats two years ago.

                          AND, no reason for his antics against the Whiners when the Hags beat them. But maybe he does have some nice qualities somewhere.

                          I just overall don’t care for Carroll’s style of PEDs, outside the rules, and punk behavior.

                          It was really nice to see BB and Carroll hugging and doing the head pats…that’s pro behavior and Brady found Wilson, etc. Hard as it is, you have to do it (the losing team).

                           

                          It’s funny that the Hags didn’t take a page from the Packers book of “let’s quit after 56 minutes of football”—the game is NOT over until the clock says 00:00 or you cross the finish line.

                          I think that it’s nice that the Pats were able to do what Joe Montana could always do…come back with little or no time left and win. THAT’S a winning team!!!!!!

                           

                          GO PATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                           

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                          Sent: Monday, February 02, 2015 12:41 PM
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                          I might have an addendum come out later but I am just too hyped right now so I needed to share.

                          The Good
                          - Now we can shut up all those haters who claim we can't win since Spygate. We are Super Bowl Champions. Feels great to say it. Warm up the duck boats, we're on to Boston.
                          - Brady dissected the vaunted Seattle defense in the 4th quarter. 13 for 15 with 2 TDs and 8 first downs. When we needed a clutch performance, he certainly delivered. He was calm and cool and in total control. Entering the huddle, he told the guys "we need a championship drive." Boy, did they deliver.
                          - Edelman was a stud. This guy took a few good pops but kept getting up for more. The catch to bring it to the 3 was huge and he got up a little gimpy. Next play, great in and out cut for the TD. Gutsy performance by a gutsy player.
                          - Gronk was a machine. The guy is just huge and a nightmare matchup issue. With Sherman locking down half the field, we move guys around to get the matchup we needed. Gronk on a LB? Yes please.
                          - Other than the one alligator arms moment, Amendola had a nice game. He had a couple of key first downs and the TD was a very well run route.
                          - The OL was tremendous all night. I know Brady got the ball out quickly but there were very few times that he was hit. There was a clean pocket and even on some of the longer routes, he was able to step up and deliver.
                          - The DBs were fantastic. There were times where the 3 man rush gave Wilson all day to throw. There was no one open. Arrington struggled against the big WR Matthews but otherwise was fine. The Butler substitution was a great halftime adjustment along with moving Browner over the cover their big guy.
                          - Vereen's 11 catches. A lot were glorified run plays but they worked. One pregame analysis said we needed to attack this defense underneath where they had trouble covering. His logic made sense and that is what we did. We did it to perfection.
                          - The D contained Lynch and really did a decent job with Wilson. Lynch got his but never really dominated the game. Wilson is just so athletic that it's tough to stop him even with good coverage.
                          - The last 4 drives for the Seahawks were punt, punt, punt, INT. Again kept a team scoreless in the 4th quarter and gave the O a chance to win it.
                          - Chris Matthews entered the game with 0 catches and goes off for 110 and a TD. Hell of a game from a nobody on the world's biggest stage.
                          - Other than 2 jump balls and an amazing catch at the end, Wilson's yardage was very low. We had good position on the first, just a better throw. We had good position on the second but there was a small push off form the WR (not enough for a flag in my opinion). The last was great D where Butler got his hand on it.
                          - Only a couple of commercials. Budweiser and the lost puppy. Viagra and the car. Brady Bunch was OK. The Doritos and flying pig was probably the best though.
                          - Another reason BB is the best. He prepares his guys like none other. At practice, the scout team ran that same play and I got beat on it. Bill told me, 'You've got to be on that.' At that time [of the play], memorization came through," he said. "I just jumped the route. I just made a play. Just do your job -- do it the best way you can. I just did my job
                          - I like Richard Sherman. I like his ability and I like his brashness. I also like his competitive nature which can get him into trouble on occasion. I also like his ability to let things go. After the 2nd kneel down, Sherman stood over Brady with his hand extended looking to congratulate the winner. He let Brady have his personal moment and then, like a class act, said a few words to Brady and walked off. Nicely done.
                          - I also like Russell Wilson who always seems to be that nice guy and classy individual. He shook many hands after the game, understanding the moment.
                          - Other than 1 or 2 bad calls, the refs let everyone play. Should have been a 15 yard penalty for hitting the punter's plant leg by rule. It didn't look bad but that is the rule. Also missed the trip when (Butler?) fell on the crossing route and while going down, caught the shoe of the WR. Heady play for what could have been a huge gain. Pretty clean other than that. Some hand fighting by WR/CB on both sides with no obvious calls. Holding on the lines was kept to a minimum. Blatant facemask by Arrington and the late hit on Vereen were correct. Potential hit to the head of Brady but I wouldn't have called it.
                          - I have text message proof that I called for a 27-23 Pats win before the game. Thought that even though our O and their D are excellent, our D is very good where their O is only good. Also thought we had the ST advantage which didn't really come into play. BB was also the better coach which played out.
                          - Loved some of the prop bets. Over/under on national anthem was 2:01 (it went 2:05). Hoodie color was blue with sleeves (money was on a grey cutoff). Katy Perry wore a dress (not a pants or shorts) and sang Roar (which was the favorite). Gatorade color was blue (money was on clear). Will Lynch grab his crotch after a score (no). Giselle wasn't shown more than 1 ½ times. Wilson's passing total was higher than the gas price. Coin toss was tails. Pats called the first time out and the Seahawks were penalized first.

                          The Bad
                          - Didn't know you could mock someone for getting picked by the ref to give up a TD? Sherman, and the rest of the Seattle D, started celebrating a little early on the sideline. The game is never over with TB12 on the field. All I can think of is when Bird stole the inbounds pass from Isaiah and fed it to DJ for the layup. The interview after the game, Ainge said "They forgot about one thing. They forgot about Larry Bird". Seattle just forgot about Tom Brady.
                          - Game awareness by Seattle. After the pick there is 20 seconds and the ball at the 1 yard line. Seattle has a time out. Brady comes to the line looking to kneel the ball. He can barely do it in the field of play. Let's pretend for a second. Brady takes a knee and Seattle calls timeout. 18 seconds on the clock, ball inside the 1. We can't kneel it again. We try a QB sneak on 2nd down and get stuffed for a safety. 2 point game with maybe 14 seconds remaining. Free kick from the 20 would put the ball around the Seattle 30 with a return to the 40 or so. That would leave time enough for one play, either a hail Mary that can reach the end zone or a 25 yard out to get into long FG range. What happens instead? Offside and we get the ball at the 6 with plenty of room to take a knee.
                          - The pick thrown as we had marched into FG range was awful. I know he wants to make a play but 3 points is what we needed. Start of the game, second drive and instead of points, we get nothing. Points are huge. It would have proven that we can score on the LOB, giving us a boost. It also shows that Seattle will have to score in order to win, something they don't do well.
                          - Most of the commercials. Most were too sappy and sentimental. Nothing really memorable except the Nationwide one where the kid dies. And people complained about the Go Daddy commercial that showed the lost dog getting home just in time to be sold. Ridiculous.
                          - Not many apologies from the talking heads this morning. Everyone was either calling Tom washed up at the beginning of the year or coming up with reasons the Pats couldn't win. We showed everyone what kind of team we are. Everyone did their job.

                          The Ugly
                          - How do we give up a TD at the end of the half. 30 seconds and we take a 7 point lead. 19 yard run up the middle. 20 yard out pattern and a 15 yard facemask and they are throwing to the corner. The DB set up in the end zone when he needed to set up outside. He was concerned about the fade but there was no time for that play. It had to be quick. Dumb mistake that could have cost us the game.
                          - Didn't need the fight at the end. It marred an otherwise great game. Irvin just lost his cool and it escalated rapidly. Gronk looked like he swung and hit someone in the shoulder and then Irvin hauls off and smacks him in the head, knocking him down.
                          - I thought both announcers were terrible. Kept bringing up the deflated footballs and spouting incorrect facts about the investigation. Collinsworth, who is usually one of my favorite guys, was terrible. Missed many calls and couldn't get over the Brady bashing.
                          - Michelle Tafoya had great trailing position on Butler at the end of the game and had no need to grab his shoulder. Clear penalty just before the interview. It was a close play but she gets the 5 yarder.
                          - I don't think I could have taken a loss with that lucky catch at the end. Another David Tyree moment would have killed me.
                          - The icy exchange between Kraft and the Commish. Looked like the commish couldn't get off the stage quick enough.
                          - Don't hate on Petey because he was aggressive at the end. Made a bold call at the end of the half and it worked. Tried to do the same at the end of the game. Out of 8 tries during the regular season with goal to go at the 1, Lynch only scored 1 time. We stuffed them earlier in the quarter. Also came out with the unique 4-4-3 defense with 3 corners and no safeties for the final goal line stand. I think he just out-thought himself.
                          - I was so tired of hearing "beastmode." The guy's name is Lynch. He's good but even Calvin Johnson isn't called Megatron as much.
                          - Doug Baldwin took a virtual dump on the ball after the TD (pretended to take down his pants and squat) but the TV never showed it. Never even mentioned it in the broadcast. The Pats also got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after the INT which moved the ball to the 1 instead of the 2 with no mention.

                          Dave

                           

                        • Ed Bryant
                          Leave Joe out of it.  Just remember: between them, Marc Brunell and Troy Aikman have three rings, and Tom Brady now has four.    From: Susan Moore
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                            Leave Joe out of it.  Just remember: between them, Marc Brunell and Troy Aikman have three rings, and Tom Brady now has four. 
                             

                            From: "'Susan Moore' scmoore90@... [patriotzip]" <patriotzip@yahoogroups.com>
                            To: patriotzip@yahoogroups.com
                            Sent: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 9:20 AM
                            Subject: RE: [patriotzip] The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Seahawks)

                             
                            Yeah…sweet isn’t it?
                            I had all of that respect and past history with rooting for Aikman from 1989, but it’s gone now with his mouthing off.
                            Actually, I read that Montana said the exact same things, but now Brady’s in with him and I’m glad.
                            Some respect for Montana is gone as well. Neither one was in that locker room that day so where do they get off running their indignant mouths like that?
                            Montana is in the shadows now, but Aikman is out there as a TV commentator and it is really unprofessional on his part to assume.
                             


                            From: patriotzip@yahoogroups.com [mailto:patriotzip@yahoogroups.com]
                            Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2015 10:36 PM
                            To: patriotzip yahoogroups
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                            And don't forget, Susan, how nice it is that Brady left Aikman in his dust by getting his 4th ring. (Aikman, who called Brady a liar, has 3.)

                            --- George 
                            Saluting the 4 time CHAMPION PATRIOTS! They EARNED every Lombardi trophy!
                             
                            On Wed, Feb 4, 2015 at 12:09 AM, 'Susan Moore' scmoore90@... [patriotzip] <patriotzip@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
                             
                            Good analysis, Dave…guess besides an addendum, we have to wait until next year!
                            I’m still so hyped I can barely stand it AND so relieved…
                            They are still going to say that we haven’t won a SB at all because of the balls.
                            My daughter is taking physics in college right now and she said that issue is a bunch of hogwash—just not worth even repeating or writing down.
                            The physics behind it can tell you all kinds of things, but cheating is not one of them.
                             
                            I DON’T like Richard Sherman…I think that he’s a punk, but it was nice that he did extend a hand to Brady. There was no need for his in your face antics when they beat the Pats two years ago.
                            AND, no reason for his antics against the Whiners when the Hags beat them. But maybe he does have some nice qualities somewhere.
                            I just overall don’t care for Carroll’s style of PEDs, outside the rules, and punk behavior.
                            It was really nice to see BB and Carroll hugging and doing the head pats…that’s pro behavior and Brady found Wilson, etc. Hard as it is, you have to do it (the losing team).
                             
                            It’s funny that the Hags didn’t take a page from the Packers book of “let’s quit after 56 minutes of football”—the game is NOT over until the clock says 00:00 or you cross the finish line.
                            I think that it’s nice that the Pats were able to do what Joe Montana could always do…come back with little or no time left and win. THAT’S a winning team!!!!!!
                             
                            GO PATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                             
                            From: patriotzip@yahoogroups.com [mailto:patriotzip@yahoogroups.com]
                            Sent: Monday, February 02, 2015 12:41 PM
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                            I might have an addendum come out later but I am just too hyped right now so I needed to share.

                            The Good
                            - Now we can shut up all those haters who claim we can't win since Spygate. We are Super Bowl Champions. Feels great to say it. Warm up the duck boats, we're on to Boston.
                            - Brady dissected the vaunted Seattle defense in the 4th quarter. 13 for 15 with 2 TDs and 8 first downs. When we needed a clutch performance, he certainly delivered. He was calm and cool and in total control. Entering the huddle, he told the guys "we need a championship drive." Boy, did they deliver.
                            - Edelman was a stud. This guy took a few good pops but kept getting up for more. The catch to bring it to the 3 was huge and he got up a little gimpy. Next play, great in and out cut for the TD. Gutsy performance by a gutsy player.
                            - Gronk was a machine. The guy is just huge and a nightmare matchup issue. With Sherman locking down half the field, we move guys around to get the matchup we needed. Gronk on a LB? Yes please.
                            - Other than the one alligator arms moment, Amendola had a nice game. He had a couple of key first downs and the TD was a very well run route.
                            - The OL was tremendous all night. I know Brady got the ball out quickly but there were very few times that he was hit. There was a clean pocket and even on some of the longer routes, he was able to step up and deliver.
                            - The DBs were fantastic. There were times where the 3 man rush gave Wilson all day to throw. There was no one open. Arrington struggled against the big WR Matthews but otherwise was fine. The Butler substitution was a great halftime adjustment along with moving Browner over the cover their big guy.
                            - Vereen's 11 catches. A lot were glorified run plays but they worked. One pregame analysis said we needed to attack this defense underneath where they had trouble covering. His logic made sense and that is what we did. We did it to perfection.
                            - The D contained Lynch and really did a decent job with Wilson. Lynch got his but never really dominated the game. Wilson is just so athletic that it's tough to stop him even with good coverage.
                            - The last 4 drives for the Seahawks were punt, punt, punt, INT. Again kept a team scoreless in the 4th quarter and gave the O a chance to win it.
                            - Chris Matthews entered the game with 0 catches and goes off for 110 and a TD. Hell of a game from a nobody on the world's biggest stage.
                            - Other than 2 jump balls and an amazing catch at the end, Wilson's yardage was very low. We had good position on the first, just a better throw. We had good position on the second but there was a small push off form the WR (not enough for a flag in my opinion). The last was great D where Butler got his hand on it.
                            - Only a couple of commercials. Budweiser and the lost puppy. Viagra and the car. Brady Bunch was OK. The Doritos and flying pig was probably the best though.
                            - Another reason BB is the best. He prepares his guys like none other. At practice, the scout team ran that same play and I got beat on it. Bill told me, 'You've got to be on that.' At that time [of the play], memorization came through," he said. "I just jumped the route. I just made a play. Just do your job -- do it the best way you can. I just did my job
                            - I like Richard Sherman. I like his ability and I like his brashness. I also like his competitive nature which can get him into trouble on occasion. I also like his ability to let things go. After the 2nd kneel down, Sherman stood over Brady with his hand extended looking to congratulate the winner. He let Brady have his personal moment and then, like a class act, said a few words to Brady and walked off. Nicely done.
                            - I also like Russell Wilson who always seems to be that nice guy and classy individual. He shook many hands after the game, understanding the moment.
                            - Other than 1 or 2 bad calls, the refs let everyone play. Should have been a 15 yard penalty for hitting the punter's plant leg by rule. It didn't look bad but that is the rule. Also missed the trip when (Butler?) fell on the crossing route and while going down, caught the shoe of the WR. Heady play for what could have been a huge gain. Pretty clean other than that. Some hand fighting by WR/CB on both sides with no obvious calls. Holding on the lines was kept to a minimum. Blatant facemask by Arrington and the late hit on Vereen were correct. Potential hit to the head of Brady but I wouldn't have called it.
                            - I have text message proof that I called for a 27-23 Pats win before the game. Thought that even though our O and their D are excellent, our D is very good where their O is only good. Also thought we had the ST advantage which didn't really come into play. BB was also the better coach which played out.
                            - Loved some of the prop bets. Over/under on national anthem was 2:01 (it went 2:05). Hoodie color was blue with sleeves (money was on a grey cutoff). Katy Perry wore a dress (not a pants or shorts) and sang Roar (which was the favorite). Gatorade color was blue (money was on clear). Will Lynch grab his crotch after a score (no). Giselle wasn't shown more than 1 ½ times. Wilson's passing total was higher than the gas price. Coin toss was tails. Pats called the first time out and the Seahawks were penalized first.

                            The Bad
                            - Didn't know you could mock someone for getting picked by the ref to give up a TD? Sherman, and the rest of the Seattle D, started celebrating a little early on the sideline. The game is never over with TB12 on the field. All I can think of is when Bird stole the inbounds pass from Isaiah and fed it to DJ for the layup. The interview after the game, Ainge said "They forgot about one thing. They forgot about Larry Bird". Seattle just forgot about Tom Brady.
                            - Game awareness by Seattle. After the pick there is 20 seconds and the ball at the 1 yard line. Seattle has a time out. Brady comes to the line looking to kneel the ball. He can barely do it in the field of play. Let's pretend for a second. Brady takes a knee and Seattle calls timeout. 18 seconds on the clock, ball inside the 1. We can't kneel it again. We try a QB sneak on 2nd down and get stuffed for a safety. 2 point game with maybe 14 seconds remaining. Free kick from the 20 would put the ball around the Seattle 30 with a return to the 40 or so. That would leave time enough for one play, either a hail Mary that can reach the end zone or a 25 yard out to get into long FG range. What happens instead? Offside and we get the ball at the 6 with plenty of room to take a knee.
                            - The pick thrown as we had marched into FG range was awful. I know he wants to make a play but 3 points is what we needed. Start of the game, second drive and instead of points, we get nothing. Points are huge. It would have proven that we can score on the LOB, giving us a boost. It also shows that Seattle will have to score in order to win, something they don't do well.
                            - Most of the commercials. Most were too sappy and sentimental. Nothing really memorable except the Nationwide one where the kid dies. And people complained about the Go Daddy commercial that showed the lost dog getting home just in time to be sold. Ridiculous.
                            - Not many apologies from the talking heads this morning. Everyone was either calling Tom washed up at the beginning of the year or coming up with reasons the Pats couldn't win. We showed everyone what kind of team we are. Everyone did their job.

                            The Ugly
                            - How do we give up a TD at the end of the half. 30 seconds and we take a 7 point lead. 19 yard run up the middle. 20 yard out pattern and a 15 yard facemask and they are throwing to the corner. The DB set up in the end zone when he needed to set up outside. He was concerned about the fade but there was no time for that play. It had to be quick. Dumb mistake that could have cost us the game.
                            - Didn't need the fight at the end. It marred an otherwise great game. Irvin just lost his cool and it escalated rapidly. Gronk looked like he swung and hit someone in the shoulder and then Irvin hauls off and smacks him in the head, knocking him down.
                            - I thought both announcers were terrible. Kept bringing up the deflated footballs and spouting incorrect facts about the investigation. Collinsworth, who is usually one of my favorite guys, was terrible. Missed many calls and couldn't get over the Brady bashing.
                            - Michelle Tafoya had great trailing position on Butler at the end of the game and had no need to grab his shoulder. Clear penalty just before the interview. It was a close play but she gets the 5 yarder.
                            - I don't think I could have taken a loss with that lucky catch at the end. Another David Tyree moment would have killed me.
                            - The icy exchange between Kraft and the Commish. Looked like the commish couldn't get off the stage quick enough.
                            - Don't hate on Petey because he was aggressive at the end. Made a bold call at the end of the half and it worked. Tried to do the same at the end of the game. Out of 8 tries during the regular season with goal to go at the 1, Lynch only scored 1 time. We stuffed them earlier in the quarter. Also came out with the unique 4-4-3 defense with 3 corners and no safeties for the final goal line stand. I think he just out-thought himself.
                            - I was so tired of hearing "beastmode." The guy's name is Lynch. He's good but even Calvin Johnson isn't called Megatron as much.
                            - Doug Baldwin took a virtual dump on the ball after the TD (pretended to take down his pants and squat) but the TV never showed it. Never even mentioned it in the broadcast. The Pats also got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after the INT which moved the ball to the 1 instead of the 2 with no mention.

                            Dave
                             


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