Super Bowl Sunday 2019 Trash Talk

Well, here it is, Super Bowl LIII game day. The last time Atlanta hosted a Super Bowl, it was basically a disaster. It was freezing cold with frozen rain, transportation was sketchy, many integral events had to be cancelled, the game was a thriller and Ray Lewis was arrested for double murder for an altercation after the game. It was a black eye for Atlanta of epic proportion. Things have, by all reports, gone much better this time, and the newish Mercedes Benz Stadium looks beautiful and ready for today’s action.

There are a LOT of people who think the wrong teams are in the game, and it should be the Saints and Chiefs. The Saints fans actually have the better argument, they were robbed and jobbed at the end of the NFC Championship game. The Chiefs may have deserved to have a chance to get the ball after the Patriots’ touchdown drive in overtime, but those are the rules, and the Pats did what they had to do.

As to the the teams that are in the game, they both seem extremely healthy with little of note on the injury reports. Even the always nicked up Gronk seems at full speed and energized. And Julian Edelman will be on the field after being noticeably absent last year. Same for Dont’a Hightower, notably absent in the Pats’ De last year. The Rams’ biggest concern seems to be how to allocate snaps between Todd Gurley and the white hot CJ Anderson. If you have to have a concern, that is a pretty good one to have.

Both teams have potent offenses capable of taking the game over. So this game will be won on defense. The better D is going to win the game. The Rams quartet of Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh, Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters, while maybe not the Fearsome Fousome of old, is pretty fearsome. The Pats have less (if any) big names on defense, but have been playing very well down the stretch and in the playoffs. As far as coaching, Sean McVay is a wonder kind and worthy of all the accolades he has received. Hard to envision that the edge still doesn’t go to Bill Bell with all his caginess and experience,and with Josh McDaniels still coaching up the offense and Brady.

The blueprint for beating the Pats is to get such immense pressure on Brady that he is rattled or hit constantly. It is no secret, that has always been the plan. The plan for avoiding this is for Brady to get the ball out fast in midrange and get the running game going with Sony Michel, James White and Burkhead. Look for a lot of play action and short flat throws, with an occasional shot to Gronk or Dorsett.

The trend line has the Pats favored by a couple of points, but I don’t see it. This is a complete pickem.

The national anthem will be performed by Atlanta’s own Gladys Knight, and that is a fine choice, but she should kneel in support of Kaepernick while doing so. That will never, of course, happen, but it should. The halftime show looks to be absolute rancid bullshit. So, today’s music will go back to a better time for Super Bowl halftime shows with a little bit of the Boss from ten years ago. Rock it up!

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87 replies
  1. Pete says:

    Oh yeah. That may be the best – certainly one of the best – SB halftime shows. The Boss. Outstanding choice!!!!! Levine has no chance.

    • MrsJimWhite says:

      Definitely the best halftime show ever because it was the one where I discovered that the guy who played screech trumpet in my ear in high school band now plays in the E Street Horns.   As in “Holy shit that really *is* Curt…”    So bow down rock fans.  My musical Bacon number to The Boss is 2!!

  2. earlofhuntingdon says:

    The Don, ever a sore loser and a shitty human being, celebrates the Super Bowl by saying he’d “have a hard time” letting his son play football. Forgetting how few things give the Don a hard time these days, he raises a legit issue, but brings it up at the wrong time to keep himself at the center of attention. Has he also decided to forgo the fast food dinner for the winner?

    The more important question is does the Don know which son he’s talking about. From Barron’s body language, it looks like he hasn’t a clue who the guy in the red tie is, but wishes he’d stop trying to hold hands with his mom. Now ’bout them Saints….

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/feb/03/donald-trump-super-bowl-barron-nfl-brain-injuries

    • Bobby Gladd says:

      And, let us pull up the video clips of Trump complaining about how sissified the NFL has become with all their “concussion protocol” stuff, pining wistfully for the manly era when Men were Men. Gladiators, in a word.

  3. earlofhuntingdon says:

    It must be time for the Don’s annual physical.  Trump has reappointed – the Don could live for two hundred years – Ronny Jackson as his assistant and “chief medical adviser” and re-nominated him for a second star (officer commissions are granted by Congress).

    Jackson’s last physical of the Don seemed more full of poetic license than accuracy or thoroughness.  Afterwards, Trump nominated him to head the VA, a post he was eminently unqualified to fill, failing at which he returned to the Navy.

  4. Rapier says:

    Football is ever more a guilty pleasure. The rules changes are helping but the real change has to come from the players themselves. The growing trail of felled comrades I think it taking hold of their minds and the  desire to hurt and punish the opponent is fading.

    Has anyone else noticed that running out of bounds before contact has gone from something that rarely happened to something that almost always happens now. Tarik Cohen, all 170 pounds of him, is basically running for the sidelines the moment he touches the ball and who can blame him.

    Still those days of yesteryear live on in memory.  Like this. It’s Bears but applies to all, back in the day. Especially entertaining is Dave Whitsell.  This is a late 70’s NFL films thing I think.

    Tough Guys.

  5. bmaz says:

    Oh jesus fucking christ, you have to click through to You Tube to watch the video because the asshole NFL blocked it from actually playing on this site. It is worth it! Also, Roger Goodell and the NFL can seriously fuck off.

    • JD12 says:

      NFL sucks with their copyright enforcement. NBA lets people use their videos and there’s a whole online community that’s into sharing and breaking down plays. Adam Silver says he only cares about videos when they’re live, otherwise it’s free advertising.

      • bmaz says:

        Yes. Indeed. I am actually stunned, even though I knew about how stupid the NFL was. Still weird to see it in real time though.

        Springsteen ten years ago still worth watching though, it was really good. Which cannot be said about the garbage being put up in real time today.

  6. Rayne says:

    …The national anthem will be performed by Atlanta’s own Gladys Knight, and that is a fine choice, but she should kneel in support of Kaepernick while doing so.

    Really, bmaz? She’s 74 years old and she’s put up with a lot racist, misogynist bullshit in her lifetime. I don’t think she owes it to anybody to kneel to make a point.

    Rather fed up with the insistence that marginalized people have to perform a particular way to get it through the dominant culture’s thick heads they’re oppressive bigots — and yet here we are.

  7. BobCon says:

    Prime NY Times bashing opportunity today!

    Today’s Times front page has a classic example of Timesplaining — a convoluted deep dive that is loaded with details and yet hopelessly wrong. Relentlessly driven by a mulletbrained thesis that overlooks a simple truth in plain sight, the Times runs a thinkpiece that cherrypicks facts and delivers a load of patronizing swipes at a region outside of Manhattan.

    But it’s not a Giuliani whitewash by Haberman and a Schmidt, or a pop psychology thinker by Peter Baker explaining why GOP white supremacy is the fault of snobby Democrats.

    Instead, it’s the crazy claim that Tom Brady’s popularity in the birthplace of Howard Johnsons and Dunkin Donuts is somehow not really about all of those Super Bowl rings. No, it’s, uh, people seeing him buying groceries and a faux scandal that happened after his fourth Super Bowl win. Yeah, Boston fans would really be on the fence without those dots the Times managed to connect.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/01/sports/tom-brady-patriots.html

  8. earlofhuntingdon says:

    The NYT once thought that buying the Boston Globe would give it an insight into that northeastern city on the bay. That didn’t work out too well, either.

    A non-NYT observation is that news is a loss-leader. Always has been. Short of turning it into fauxtainment, as Rupert does, it is a public service devoted to a citizenry’s right to know what its leaders are doing, whether it is what they were asked and they promised to do, and what they might be hiding. There being that tendency for power to corrupt and all that.

    So the idea that newsrooms are being cut because they’ve suddenly failed to turn a profit is bullshit. Corporate owners buy newsrooms for a reason, and it’s not to turn a profit. The digital newsroom staff now being cut by the thousands were beginning to publish news that the powers that be did not want to see. That is, they were beginning to do their job.

    There are precedents: the explicit pullback from promoting democratic participation in governance post-Nixon, for example. It’s not new, it is still dreadful.

    • bmaz says:

      Pretty funny coming from the home of Urban Meyer and mass murderers like Aaron Hernandez, not to mention other miscreants like the Pouncey brothers.

      But, sure, rock that hypocritical bullshit Florida Man.

      • Jim White says:

        Heh. At least I didn’t sneak in and swap out the video in the post for this one.

        The Springsteen halftime show is special around our house. As it was going on in real time, Lisa’s Facebook was lighting up. She’s still in contact with many high school friends, and it turns out their classmate Curt Ramm plays trumpet for the E Street Band. Still hoping to parlay that into a backstage pass some day…

        • bmaz says:

          I have been watching – kind of – for video nefariousness, but so far Goodell and the NFL have you beat!

  9. Bay State Librul says:

    Thanks Jim that was a catchy tune

    First time I’d seen it.

    Well done indeed.

    The Helmet Catch with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers?

    • bmaz says:

      We gonna do this all day? I think many may have forgotten the genesis of “Trash Talk”.

      It actually started, by my recollection, when I made a fairly throwaway comment on the precursor to Emptywheel, known as The Next Hurrah. I noted that the big meeting of Marcy’s Michigan Wolvereenies and Ed’s Notre Dame team, in 2007, both of whom came into the seminal game 0-2 (Michigan after having lost to Appalachian State at home). I said at the time, it was a fair match between the “unvictorious and untieds”. Totally true at the time the game started!

      In fairness to Marcy, that day did NOT go well for Ed and the Domers at the Big House. 38-0. Ouch! And that is some of the history of “Trash Talk”!

  10. Valley girl says:

    bmaz, I’ll take the risk of diving in here.  I’m more of a baseball fan (irrc I’ve told you that) and don’t really follow football like you and EW and others do.

    I was prompted to look up previous Super Bowls in Atlanta by your words up top about the previous  one in Atlanta.

    https://www.ajc.com/sports/football/look-back-the-two-previous-atlanta-super-bowls/M7ttdwXB5om2MdrcAaieEL/

    I don’t think that Atlanta can be blamed for the freezing rain, nor any of the other events.  Well, maybe the transportation issues, but freezing rain and snow pretty much shut down the city, whenever it happens.

    I have a couple of political comments, if you will forgive me, living in Atlanta as I do.

    1) Atlanta has a huge airport.  And, it’s gonna be Super Bowl Sunday soon.  I am convinced that Trump decided to call off “closing the government” b/c of chaos that would inevitably ensue on this Super Bowl Sunday, what with TSA and FAA air traffic controllers quitting or calling in sick.

    2) b/c of the Super Bowl, Atlanta has been clearing out homeless people from downtown, to clean up its image.  There is a homeless encampment in a bit of forest close to where I live.  My car has been broken into twice in the last few weeks.  The APD officer who twice came by to take my reports was convinced that this had to do with the “clear out” for the impending Super Bowl.

    Above leads me to wonder if this happens whenever a city hosts a Super Bowl.  Thoughts, anyone?

    The last time I watched a Super Bowl on TV Joe Montana was the QB for some team or other.  My goodness, he did have a great ass, or what?

    Various irreverent musings from VG.

    • Peterr says:

      Above leads me to wonder if this happens whenever a city hosts a Super Bowl.  Thoughts, anyone?

      Yes, it does. Also national political conventions and other events that put the Host City in the national spotlight. “We don’t have any problems here . . .”

  11. Mark Ospeck says:

    bmaz, yea your predict on this one being a pick em’ looks right…v tough game ahead.
    McVay is going to bring the kitchen sink against us, and Wade Phillips, one terrific DC, has always bedeviled NE (see AFCCG 2015 champ game in Den). Johnny Hekker QB/ punter..
    Meanwhile, Bill, Josh and Tommy are going to bring it.
    I have hopes that our four horsemen of the Apocalypse, James, Sony, Rex and Dev are going to be the diff. stomach in a knot right now

  12. earlofhuntingdon says:

    MTP had Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown on this morning. The interview probably did not go as planned. Following the problems of the current governor of Virginia, Chuck Todd asked Brown about racism in America. But Chuck forgot he was not talking to Chuck Schumer:

    “Brown did not pull punches, saying, “Well, I think this country hasn’t dealt well with the issues of race. I mean, we have a president who’s a racist.”

    That is a straightforward observation, for which Trump’s career provides abundant evidence, bolstered by his feeble attempts at being politically correct since Charlottesville. But MTP Chuck could not let that pass:

    “Todd then interjected by asking, “Let me pause you there. You believe, in his heart, he’s a racist?””

    The Toddster is so accustomed to lobbing slow pitches, he’s forgotten how fast the ball comes back to the mound in a fast-pitch league:

    “Brown answered, “Well, I don’t know what, ‘in his heart,’ means.” And then went on to list the many well known facts that would lead anyone with common sense to label Trump a racist.”

    Brown might as well have said BJ on air. He won’t be seeing Todd for a while. That’s fine. Too much reality is wasted on Chuck Todd.

    https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/sherrod-brown-trump-racist-789306/

  13. RMD says:

    Robert Kraft praised President Donald Trump in an interview with Fox News’ morning show “Fox & Friends” on Friday.
    Robert Kraft, whose Patriots face the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl on Sunday, said Trump was “working very hard to serve the best interests of the country.” He also welcomed the president’s support in the upcoming game. “We can use every fan who wants to support us from wherever they are in their standard of life,”
    he explained.

    A fan of the team, I wish NE well in today’s matchup; expect a strong win ….. And I wish Kraft would STFU.

    • Bay State Librul says:

      I agree. Kraft threatened to move the Patriots to Hartford. I never forgave him for that. He is a dickhead, along with Belichick.

      • earlofhuntingdon says:

        WTF would Hartford have done with the Patriots?  It has trouble hosting the Yard Goats AA baseball team and finding parking for the one theater large enough to put on Hamilton. Not much credibility in that threat.

    • emptywheel says:

      Thanks for reminding me to prep my Shitty Politics Offsets for being a Pats fan. If I can’t figure out an immigration group to split it with, it’ll be $25/TD, $10/FG to CAIR.

    • JD12 says:

      Kraft likes Trump because they’re friends but he’s more of a liberal. He flew the Parkland kids to DC on the Patriots team planes. IDK maybe he plays both sides of it.

    • RMD says:

      “he was such a failure up in Cleveland” ? Really?

      This is a classic allright, a classic load of crap….

      Good god, I had the impression that posters on this site were encouraged to know what they’re talking about before posting.

  14. emptywheel says:

    I have a fantasy that this comes down to whether the Pats better exploit Talib or he uses his knowledge of them to hurt them bad.

    • Peterr says:

      Fantasies? OK . . .

      At halftime, Stan Kroenke will announce that he’s bought the rights to the second half and the rest of the game will be played in Ann Arbor.

      • MattyG says:

        Halftime will be inexplicably delayed, then delayed more, then the head umpire will come out on the field and announce that the game has been indefinitely postponed; the GRU hacked the LA Rams server and gave the playbook to the Pats, to help their boy. Pandamonium errupts!

  15. RMD says:

    Gronk is healthy. Edelman is healthy. NE’s O line is solid.
    on D, Hightower is playing. And Butler, it is reported, still won’t be playing.

    A different team from last year’s SB…. and, peaking against very talented teams at the right time.
    Edge; Pats.

  16. Mark Ospeck says:

    RMD, you’ve heard of “damning by faint praise” ?
    I got into a fight with my 20 year old kid this morning. She called me up talking about Tommy being a MAGA hat wearing Trump supporter. “Everybody hates the Patriots, Pop.”
    Told her that everything about the Patriots says that they are the antithesis of Trump.
    Watch the 11 min youtube clip “tom brady full game winning OT drive..” It makes me tense.
    KC D not bad at all until Josh McD burned them out with Rex and Dev at the end.
    McVay and Phillips know what they’re up against, likewise Bill and Josh and Tommy. I expect this to be a v freewheeling, v creative SB. Who knows, Belichick talked about the single wing the other day. Josh McD could actually try it :)

    • RMD says:

      Tom lost the hat after Giselle got a whiff of the foul wind it kicked up, and banished Tom from speaking of, or being seen with, it or it’s issuer.

      Kraft is full of fecal matter. God, what a blowhard.

      Yeah, everybody, by now, knows everything about everybody else. Players have to make plays. And coaches have to make calls.

      One comparison: brother discussed Payton’s play calling at the end of regular time against the Saints. His question: “Do you think for a minute that BB calls for a pass in that position? “No friggin’ way! He’d pound the rock, burn the clock, kick the FG, leave very little time on the clock.”  Instead, they throw a pass (some reports say Brees audibled that play) and you have that deliberate PI with a helmet to helmet hit on top…. and no call. I argued about the refs not seeing or calling… but he focused on the actual play call.

      One more coach comparison: KC’s coach never called a time out during the OT to give his D a rest. Was widely called out by Romo during the action.

      I’ll end on this: Romo observed that, as the game progresses Tom Brady got to see mush of what KC was doing defensively, and after wearing down the D with long drives, had the dual advantages of insight and the opponents fatigue.  Works to his advantage in these late game drives.

      • JD12 says:

        Your brother is right, Ted Ginn caught that ball at the 2 min warning. Automatically you should run 3 times, hopefully get a first down but even if you don’t you make the defense use their timeouts. Rams had 2 left and used 1 to kick the tying field goal.

        Payton did the same thing in NE a few years ago and Brady threw a TD with like 8 sec left and won the game.

        Did you see the video that was going around that showed the ref did start reaching for the flag but the other ref waved him off and told him it was tipped?

    • RMD says:

      You do realize that it was the Colts who had the needle in that game, don’t you? They thought something was ‘funny’ and tested the ball.

      Chain of custody and rules of evidence? [IANAL]…but, c’mon. Shall we revisit the whole testing of the balls debacle? With an incomplete testing of Colt’s balls 4 of which were underpressure?

      Geez Louise…. You know I could go on and beat this to the ground.

      Just stop.

  17. Bay State Librul says:

    This game will go into overtime at 24-24.
    Coin flip – you know the final 27-24 Pats.
    For some reason, I’m not nervous. I was for KC but not the Rams?

  18. Bay State Librul says:

    @Earl

    In 1998, Hartford was the “Insurance Capital of the World”?

    “A team owner spurned at home and an eager Governor next door shook hands today, promising the New England Patriots a new home in downtown Hartford and infusing Connecticut’s blighted capital with big-league cachet. Gov. John G. Rowland agreed to build a $350 million football stadium for the Patriots’ owner, Robert K. Kraft, who said he felt the Massachusetts Legislature had been too stingy with him.”

  19. Peterr says:

    The NFL is trying really hard to say they have a conscience. Jim Nance doing cheerleading for the NFL sponsoring a civil rights educational event — a private tour of Ebeneezer Baptist and the MLK Center — was more than a little over the top.

  20. rosalind says:

    after suffering through so many lipsynched National anthems, huge props to Chloe x Halle & Gladys Knight for killing it live.

  21. scribe says:

    Is there a football game today? I dunno – I’m on the road with no TV.

    I read an interesting article in today’s Suddeutsche Zeitung, out of Munich. They keep an eye on American football. The article today, at https://www.sueddeutsche.de/sport/super-bowl-nfl-public-viewing-fans-1.4308060 , reports on how the idea of the Super Bowl party is catching on, how various of the fans like the idea that the season is “only” 6 months long – it builds anticipation in the off-season, and that it can be more interesting than their soccer football. Keep in mind that, when the Bundesliga is off, there are friendlies, road shows, international games, you name it. I think the only soccer the Germans don’t have is donkey soccer, i.e., when you ride donkeys to play it. Interviewing fans, it seems they like football for the athleticism, the complexity, the strategy and tactics, and the hitting. Lots of likes for the mental aspects of the game and, surprisingly, not as much for the hitting. Also getting props, the size and diversity of jobs on the rosters.

    And they like the Steelers.

    Smart people.

    I bet you’re wishing you’d bet the under.

    Speaking of donkey sports led me to recall the time my little league had a donkey softball game as a fundraiser. Played it on our sandlot “under the lights”. They brought their own lights – we didn’t have lights back then. All great fun, especially when the one player got a hit and jumped on his donkey to go to first, only to have the donkey decide it was time, right then, to take a massive dump. Right in the batter’s box. For kids 8-9 y/o, this is the core of comedy. For weeks thereafter we were making all sorts of jokes about not slipping in the batter’s box. Go back to 8 y/o and you can see the hilarity fountaining forth from that source.

    Anyway, after tonight it’s a couple weeks until pitchers and catchers report. We can watch King Roger the Clown slide back under his rock. The Saints really, really, really ought to take up the Lions Clubs’ vision charity and make sure every NFL ref gets some free eyeglasses, along with King Roger and his minions on Park Avenue.

    If you hadn’t noticed, I don’t really care which team wins tonight, though a Rams win would protect my Stillers’ atop teh heap with 6 Lombardis to NE’s 5.

    And that Michigan loss to Appalachian State left a mark. I had forgotten it was 2005 – the blood and bruising around that wound looked a lot fresher to me.

    • scribe says:

      Speaking of equines and road apples, earlier in the week I had the opportunity to listen to some Iggles’ sports-talk, wherein the host was asking the wistful fans – about to see their team no longer be the reigning champions – to relate their most prized memories of Last Year.

      There were a couple of the (expected) “now my elder relative could die in peace” and “it was so sad because my elder relative rooted Iggles their whole life and died before we won”.  There were stories of all the escapades that went on on Broad Street and elsewhere.  Rehashes of Jason Kelce, dressed in green, gold and purple Mummer’s costume, an outsized turban on his head, riding a bike along the parade, then launching into one of the epic rants in sports history.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhIFNxEz1qc

      And then there was the guy who related how he stood next to and watched the Iggles fan in ecstasy (or cups) so profound he stooped to the pavement, scooped up a pile of shit from a police horse and ate it to the crowd’s rapturous approbation.

      Host: what happened then?

      Guest:  well, everyone was so jazzed by it, they started handing him beers.

      Host:  and then?

      Guest:  He chugged a couple  to wash it down, smiled and disappeared into the crowd.

      You wanna be a fan, you gotta top that.

    • Peterr says:

      I was an exchange student in Germany years ago and was also a soccer/football goalkeeper. When American football came up in conversation with my German friends, kickers were a big topic. Long story short, my German friends had little sympathy for a kicker who couldn’t put it through the uprights. “The ball isn’t bouncing and rolling around, you’ve got someone setting it down just so, you’ve got all these big guys giving you space, and you can’t take three steps and make the kick? Give me a break. ”

      I came back from Germany, and ran cross country in high school. (We didn’t have an official school soccer team at the time.) Most of the time, we ran long distances on the streets of our town, but once a week we would run quarter-mile sprints on the track while the football team practiced. One day, the football coach called his players to the sideline for a water break and the cross country coach called all his runners out to the 20 yard line. Said our coach, “Our football team can’t kick an extra point, let alone a field goal.” This was painfully true, as we’d lost a couple games in a row at that point for exactly that reason. “We’re gonna do some kicking, and whoever kicks the longest field goal gets tomorrow off.” He teed the ball up, and we all took a turn kicking from the 20. If you missed, you were out. For the folks who made it, he backed up five yards and we’d all try again until only one person was left.

      That was one was me. No one else made a kick from beyond the 20 yard line, but I kicked a fifty yard field goal that day.

      The football team was watching, and they jabbed the coach to pay attention when I made a 35 yarder. After I made the 50 yarder but missed at 55 yards, the coach waddled out to me. (He was at least as wide around the middle as he was tall. Seriously. How the team took him seriously when he talked about staying in shape is beyond me. But I digress.) “Son, you know we’ve had trouble with out kicking game. Your school really needs you. How’d you like to be our kicker?” I didn’t hesitate a minute: “No thanks. I don’t like getting hit.” Said the coach “But you’re a kicker – they can’t hit you.” Says me “The rule says they can’t, but you and I both know that kickers do get hit, especially if the kick is blocked and the kicker becomes just another guy. No thanks.”

    • Peterr says:

      I liked the Sarah Jessica Parker/Jeff Bridges (Sex and the City/Big Lebowski) commerial for Stella Artois.

    • readerOfTeaLeaves says:

      Took a pass on the game.  But from what I could tell, #AvocadosFromMexico won Twitter hands down ;-)

  22. MattyG says:

    Yikes. I like defensive struggles but watching the Pats play takes all the enjoyment out. Funny line going around: teams playing like they know the winner has to go to the White House lol…

  23. RMD says:

    Some folks cannot appreciate excellence in defensive game planning.
    Not all wins are going to be NBA shootouts.
    What NE did against one of the most dominant offenses in the NFL is stunning.
    Then, look back to KC and prior to that, Chargers… what NE’s D has done in these last 3 games is genius.

    It was a pleasure to see Edelman get recognized as MVP. The fact that he wasn’t available for last year’s SB against the Eagles….makes that game a sore memory. He is a future Hall of Famer.

  24. Flachbau says:

    This game was like getting your teeth cleaned. You know it’s necessary but it’s not much fun. And when they ask what flavor polishing paste you like it doesn’t much matter because it’s all gritty and once you rinse it’s like it really didn’t matter.

  25. scribe says:

    Defense wins championships. So it goes.

    That, and a Moe v. Curly level eye-poke at Matt Patricia, whose vaunted defensive skills couldn’t shut down the Iggles last year, nor Atlanta the year before.

  26. Bay State Librul says:

    Ever since sportswriter Bob Ryan left Morrissey Blvd to cash in his 401K, Chad Finn became my favorite.

    “With 1:47 left, the Patriots faced a fourth and 1 at the Rams ‘24. What do you do? I’ll ask again: What do you do? Kick the field goal with Stephen Gostkowski, who had missed a 46-yarder earlier but later sneaked one through from 42 for the first-half’s only points? Or try to get those last few inches for a first down and effectively end it right there?’

    I was yelling “Go for it, go for it, you bastards” End the misery.

    Imagine if Gostkowski foot had swung wide left?

    Any thoughts from the crew at Trash Talk LLC?

  27. Jim White says:

    It’s just so true to character for both the cheating cheaters and the NFL that the MVP and “star” of this game missed a third of the season due to a PED suspension and yet, cheater that he is, he was out there, praised for for being able to dance around defenders like a jazzed up squirrel (hmmm, maybe back on the stuff??), and then given the trophy along with HOF talk instead of questions about why a cheater was out there.

    But don’t worry Pats fans, if Brady retires, the Seminoles just dismissed a QB for domestic violence. He’ll fit right in to that that team of cheaters, thugs and murderers.

    • RMD says:

      Edelman was tripped up rehabbing what is often a career-ending injury. Tested positive for a substance of obscure origin and identity. Was fined, suspended, lost salary. Worked his ass off to rehab. Immediately eliminated use of the stuff, and returned to the team without having been able to train with them and his recovery from the injury, and if it would hold up through the shortened season…very much in doubt.

      His story is a profile of toughness and commitment. Very much a competitor. And acknowledged for his accomplishments, especially when the game is on the line.

  28. Bay State Librul says:

    Jim

    Patriots futures are up 15% today.
    If I were you, I’d call Fidelity and short sell.
    Funny, there were only 81 comments, Patriot-haters are once again silent?

  29. P J Evans says:

    @Bay State Librul February 4, 2019 at 9:46 am

    I’m a Niner fan myself – why should I root for either of those teams? (Green Bay, maybe….)

    • Bay State Librul says:

      Good point. Maybe, because we gave you Jimmy Garoppolo?

      I’ve always liked the Niners. I think it was their uniforms….

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