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Bob Kraft Graces Sports Illustrated Cover

Bob Kraft is the man. He singlehandedly saved the NFL season and saved the Patriots from moving to St. Louis or Connecticut, which in turn saved me from killing myself on those two occasions. He also had the fore-site to hire Bill Belichick and let him hand the reigns over to Brady for the full season when franchise QB Drew Bledsoe got hurt. His mug graced the recent cover of sports illustrated. There really isn’t any person more deserving than Kraft to be on the Superbowl Cover of SI. I hope the Pats can win this one for him and his late wife Myra, whom they dedicated the 2011-2012 season. When you crack your first beers tonight(or this afternoon in some folks case), Make sure to toast the Kraft family for being the best ownership group in Boston history, and just genuine, good people.

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Gronk Ditches The Walking Boot

Gronk showed up to media day today without the walking boot that he has been wearing since the AFC Title game. This is great news for Patriot fans. We need Gronk to be at leaast 85% for the game. Once adrenaline and the pain killers kick in, he should be ready to dominate on Sunday. I hope he shoves his size 16 shoe right up Antrel Rolle’s Ass on Sunday. That dude has been doing a lot of talking, and Gronk is just the guy to shut him up. Right now Gronk is considered day to day, but I don’t have any doubt that he will play and be the beast we have come to expect. Only 5 more days until Superbowl Sunday!!!

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SB Positional Breakdown – Running Back

In this edition of the Superbowl positional breakdown, I am going to take a look at both teams running games. Both teams have QB’s that can air it out, but it is the running game for both teams that keeps opposing defenses off balance. Let’s take a look at what where are working with here.

Patriots – The Patriots running attack was ranked 20th this season, averaging  a respectable 110 yards per game. The running attack is lead by ‘The Law Firm’ Ben Jarvis Green Ellis, who is a tough as nails down hill runner. The undrafted free agent hasn’t fumbled in over 550 carries. That is amazing, and a major reason Coach Bill trusts the law firm as his lead back. Belichick HATES when his running backs fumble. Steven Ridley fumbled twice at the end of the season, and was subsequently benched for the AFC Championship game. After the Law Firm, Danny Woodhead is the Pats third down back. Although diminutive in size, Woodhead gets the job done. He is great at quickly finding the hole and squeezing through the smallest of creases. This is a very solid 1-2 punch. I’d like to see Tommy use these guys in the passing game more like they did with Kevin Faulk. They haven’t used the RB out of the backfield much this year. It could be a good wrinkle to keep the Giants off balanced.

Ben Jarvis Green Ellis (181 attempts – 667 yards – 3.7 YPA – 11 TD)

Danny Woodhead (77 attempts – 351 yards – 4.6 YPA – 1 TD

The Patriots are really going to need to run the ball effectively to neutralize the Giants top notch pass rush. Hopefully Sebastian Volmer’s presence will help that cause.

Giants – The Giants have a dangerous 1-2 punch of Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs. Neither guy had an overly impressive regular season, as the Giants rushing attack was dead last in the league this year, averaging a mere 89.2 yards per game. Bradshaw is a mix of speed, agility, and some power. He is the perfect compliment to Brandon Jacobs punishing style of run. I like the match-up against Jacobs, as the Pats front is great against bigger contact type running backs. Bradshaw could be the one that really gives us trouble. His ability to get to the edges, could expose the Patriots outside linebackers. Bradshaw didn’t play in the regular season match-up against the Patriots. I really wish our D could have seen his running style up close and personal. Look for Bradshaw to have a solid superbowl.

Ahmad Bradshaw (171 attempts – 659 yards – 3.9 YPA – 9 TD)

Brandon Jacobs (152 attempts – 571 yards – 3.8 YPA – 7 TD)

Advantage – I’m going to give the Giants a slight edge in this department because of how well both running backs have performed in the post season. They have combined for 330 yards in three playoff games. However, the Patriots backs are more important in this game. If they can run the ball in between the tackles effectively, they will help neutralize the Giants aggressive pass rush, and hopefully set up the play action pass.

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What the Super Bowl Means to Me

by Hurricane PT

In 2007, I was unemployed and living in my parents house outside of Boston, a college graduate with no idea what the hell I wanted to do with my life.

It wasn’t as bad as it could have been, by any means – I get along with my parents, I had my own space, and my girlfriend still went to college, so every weekend I could slip away to Somerville for a few days. But after putting in four years at a “prestigious” university it felt like my job prospects were the same as they were out of high school. Partly it was my own fault – instead of securing a job during senior year, I decided to take two months and tour around Asia with my girlfriend. Surprisingly, not a lot of people were looking for just-out-of-school-hires in August. Or September. Or October. Or…

Well, you get the idea. The truth is, I had three things keeping me sane that year: my girlfriend, my band, and the Patriots.

My friends will be quick to tell people that I am, and I admit this, kind of a freak about the Pats. But I wasn’t always like this. I’ve always been a football fan, the son of an Indian immigrant who fell in love with the game early on and whose sister can school you on random football trivia. But I actually grew up a Niners fan (Montana to Rice, baby – can’t tell a 5 year old not to front run) and came to the Pats when Bledsoe did. And I was a fan, throughout, and a big one, especially as I got older and the Pats, somehow, became the class of the NFL.

But 2007 was different. During that season, that magical, amazing season that we all now dread remembering, my fandom changed from a hardcore fan to someone who really, truly lives and dies with the season. Partly its the internet- the discovery of blogs and the wealth of info that went up there, the analysis and strange stories of the players that let you feel closer and closer to the team. (Mike Reiss’ old globe blog, in particular, was key to bringing things like Donte Stallworth’s Martian Alter-Ego to the fore.) But more than anything, it was that the Pats were winning.

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Tom Brady Goes to the Superbowl Every Other Year

Here’s a fun fact for you to marinate on this weekend.  Tom Brady has nearly completed his 10th NFL season and will compete in his 5th Superbowl.  In other words, he’s going to the big game 50% of the time and winning them at a .750 clip (3-1).  Chew on that Peyton, Eli,
Rodgers or whomever.

In full disclosure, this is Tom’s 12th NFL season but he didn’t start his first season or in 2008 when he tore his ACL.  Boom 9 days, go Pats.

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