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#54 Brian Waters

#54 Brian Waters - He’s been waiting his entire NFL career for this moment. Brian is at the Super Bowl. In his twelve years he has never been on a team that won a playoff game, let alone go to the Super Bowl. A pro-bowl selection for six of his twelve years, Brian has established himself as one of the best offensive lineman in the NFL. After spending eleven years with the Kansas City Chiefs, he was released on July 28, 2011. Thank you Kansas City!!!

Brian was born on February 18, 1977. He attended Waxahachie High School in Waxahachie, Texas, and lettered in football. As a senior, he was an All-District honoree as both a tight end and as a defensive end. He attended the University of North Texas and went into the NFL as an undrafted free agent. I repeat, “undrafted!”

During the 2004 NFL season, Brian was selected as the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his play during a game versus the Atlanta Falcons on October 24, 2004. The Chiefs scored an NFL record eight rushing touchdowns during that game. Waters is the only offensive lineman in the AFC to have received the award, and the only lineman in the NFL to win since 1992. Waters was recognized as the recipient of the 2009 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award which honors a player's contribution on the field as well as off. As a Patriot, he was the only offensive lineman to start every game this year, regular season and playoffs. With the vaunted Giants defensive line, we will need a stellar game from him. Congratulations on a great season Brian!!

It's Time!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well it is a little over twenty four hours before game time. I don’t know about you, but it is going to be a long wait. While it is fun to be back, the anxiety is overwhelming. I know that I am tired of all the paralysis by analysis from all the networks. What I am really sick and tired of his having to watch over and over again the “catch” by David Tyree in Super Bowl XLII.Enough already!! Let’s get to the game. I don’t remember a Super Bowl where Vegas has a team favored yet all the pundits are picking the Giants. In fact, many of them are saying it won’t even be close. I guess that is why they play the game. In the last day and a half, how many references do you think there will be made on Gronkowski’s ankle, Brady’s legacy, Bellichick vs Coughlin? It is overload.I think we are all ready to get it on and get it over. Oh, and dare I forget Madonna, that should be an interesting halftime. Lastly, for all you people that like to bet on all aspects of the game, the betting line of the first Manning to be put on TV, (not Eli), is that it will be Payton. Surprise Surprise. So enjoy the game and let’s hope Myra is watching over us. Go Pats!!!!

We Are Going Back !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WOW!! We are going back to where we belong!

What a game. I forgot just how it felt, but boy have I missed this feeling. It was a great fantastic team win. It was good to see us win a game when Tommy doesn’t have his best which none of us believed. I dare say the Myra gave a little push to the left. Is it destiny or fate? Only time will tell, but it would be nice to see.

The demons are almost exercised. We swept the Jets in the regular season, we beat the Ravens in the playoffs, now can we exercise the last demon and biggest of all. Wouldn’t it be nice to get the payback of all paybacks? Hold on for the ride, and get ready to relive the pain of 2007. You know it is going to be played over and over again for two weeks, but it will make a victory all that much sweater.

New England Patriots Cheerleaders #1

Well, when it comes to a class organization it just doesn’t include the football team. I had to post this article to congratulate the New England Patriots Cheerleader squad and their director Tracy Sormati. We have the best owner, coach, team, front office, and fans, now we have been recognized as having the best Cheerleading Squad in the NFL. How great is that. Kudos' should go out to each and every one of them for a job well done. It may not be surprising but this recognition comes for more than just cheerleading. The criteria is quite substantial. Darren Rovell, highly regarded sports business columnist for CNBC ranks every NFL squad by the brand equity that has been developed by each cheerleading team through marketing, social media, community involvement and fan interaction. Imagine this, our squad ranked ahead of the world famous Dallas Cowboys squad.

 

One of the keys to the success of the NE Cheerleaders is their website, “Cheer365” Ok how many of you knew it even existed? I encourage all of you to check it out. It is well worth the visit. These girls are about more that pom pom’s and gymnastics. Last winter, Tracy along with five members of the team, spent 13 days during the holiday season visiting military bases in Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Qatar, where they participated in humanitarian assistance projects and performed shows to increase morale of our boys. Over the next few months they will participate in various philanthropic activities: the Flutie Bowl, an event to benefit the Doug Flutie Jr. foundation for autism; Fitness for a Cure, a benefit to aide St. Judes Children's Research Hospital; TeamWalk for CancerCare in participation with Lowell General Hospital to help generate additional funds for patients undergoing treatment. Please check out the Patriots Web site at http://www.patriots.com for more information on this award.

 

Congratulations again ladies!!!

 

TUCK RULE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

       January 19, 2002                           HISTORY !!!!!!!!

Playoff Player Profile

#52 Ray Lewis - Out of respect for a great player, I thought I would highlight Ray Lewis as the player profile with week. Ray will bring his band of high talent defensive players to Gillette to face the Patriots in what should be a great game.

Ray Lewis was born May 15, 1975 in Bartow, Florida. Drafted by the Ravens in 1996, he has played his entire career for the team, and is the last player remaining from the Ravens' inaugural season. He has been selected to thirteen Pro Bowl and been named an Associated Press All-Pro ten times. He won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2000 & 2003; he was the sixth player to win the award multiple times. He was also the second linebacker to win the Super Bowl MVP and the first linebacker to win the award on the winning Super Bowl Team. Widely considered to be one of the best linebackers of all time, he played his college footbal at the University of Miami.   

Throughout his career Lewis built a reputation as a leader and intimidating force at middle linebacker. He has led his team in tackles in twelve of his fourteen seasons. The Ravens did not allow a single 100-yard rusher in 51 consecutive games from the 1998 through 2001 seasons. In addition to his run defense, Lewis has also gained a reputation as a complete defender. Since the murder allegations Lewis's image has slowly recovered, and today he is considered one of the most dominant linebackers in the history of the NFL. Sure to be a first ballot Hall of Famer once he retires.

Not just a football player, Ray Lewis has been heavily involved in charitable activities throughout his professional career. Lewis started the Ray Lewis 52 Foundation which is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to provide personal and economic assistance to disadvantaged youth. The foundation has funded such events as adopting ten families in Baltimore City community for the holidays, an annual celebrity auction and bowling tournament, the Great Maryland Duck Derby, Thanksgiving food drives on North Avenue in Baltimore and Ray's Summer Days. All proceeds have helped fund the Ray Lewis Foundation.  

 

AFC Championship Here We Come !

Bring on Baltimore!

 

With the win over Denver, New England has advanced to its eighth AFC Championship Game. The Patriots have compiled a 6-1 all-time record in AFC Championship Games, including a 3-0 record at home and a 2-0 record at home at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots' only AFC Championship loss was in the 2006 playoffs at Indianapolis.

We all remember the last time we met in the playoff when we were beat up to the tune of 33-14 at Gillette. I remember being stunned when Ray Rice rumbled for 83 yards on the opening play of the game for a touchdown. It never got any better after that. Let’s hope things turn out a bit different this time.

 

Bring It On!!!!!!

Welcome to town Baltimore.

The Monkey is Gone - Big Win!!!!!!!

Ok, it’s over! The postseason three game losing streak is over! I don’t know about you guys, but it felt great to finally get the monkey off our back. I don’t think I could have taken another one and done. It was a great game. All the heroics, all the big plays and some records belonged to Brady. Brady threw six touchdown passes, five in the first half alone, putting the Patriots into the AFC championship game and silencing the nationwide frenzy surrounding Tebow. What did you think of having Hernandez at running back? It was brilliant. I am concerned however that he may be injured. We will have to keep an eye on it. I think it might have had something to do with our new offensive coach Josh McDaniels. It has his signature all over it. Well now it is on to Baltimore. It should be a great game for sure. I hope the bad Flacco show up. But let’s enjoy this one while we wait for next Sunday.

Welcome Back Old Friend

It is obvious that Josh didn’t burn any bridges. How bizarre is this turn of events? Bill O’Brien to Penn State, and then the return of Josh McDaniel’s as offensive coordinator. I know he will only be an offensive assistant for the remainder of this year, but he will be the OC next season. I would love to hear you thoughts on the mater. I think it could be a good thing. It lessens the blow of losing Bill while making the changeover seamless. It will be interesting to see how the playoffs go with the two of them on the sideline. I wonder how much input Josh will have. More importantly, if things get on a role, I wonder if Bill will finish the playoffs in New England. If the Pats make a run at the Super Bowl it will put tremendous pressure on Bill to stay focused. In a week from know college coaches must spend a lot of time getting ready for the recruitment of high school players and that means a heavy burden on their time. Time will tell.

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