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WHAT A RUNNING GAME!!!!!!

What a Tandem -   What a weekend! It didn't start off pretty but it sure ended that way. The Patriots two running backs had a day for the ages. Brandon Bolden, (rookie free agent by the way) ran for 137 yards on 16 carries and Stevan Ridley, (the new stud!) ran for 106 yards on 22 carries. If this is going to be a trend the rest of the NFL should look out! Can you imagine having to game plan a defense with that kind of running game and Tommy and the boys in the passing game. It should be fun. With Peyton and company coming in this weekend it should be interesting to see what kind of offensive shoot out. Those that are going to be at the game should be up for quite a show. Hint, hint. Can't wait. Look for pictures next week from Gillette.  

 

 

Patriots Win 38-24!!

This was a night for the ages. How good was Tom Brady? Well he threw for 517 yards becoming number five on the all time list for most yards passing in a game. It also set a Patriots record as well beating Drew Bledsoe’s record 426 yard that he set back in 1994. But if you really want to understand the performance Drew did his on 70 attempts while Tommy only had 46!!

 

Last night also saw two of our new comers play in their first regular season game with the Patriots, Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth. Chad caught one out of three passes thrown his way for 18 yards. Albert played 32 downs of the 76. He was credited with three tackles but also caused two holding penalties on the Miami’s offensive line. Overall a respectable start for them.

 

Another record fell last night as well. New England totaled 622 yards, the most in franchise history and the most allowed by Miami. Brady's performance overshadowed Miami's Chad Henne, who threw for a career-high 416 yards. The 906 net yards passing by both teams was an NFL record also.

The highlight of the night however was the final nail in the Dolphins coffin, a 99.5 yard pass to Wes Welker. "When I saw the coverage as we lined up, I knew there was a strong possibility I could be getting the ball," Welker said. "I just wanted to make the most of the opportunity."

He did, catching the pass in stride and sprinting untouched for the score to complete the longest play in Patriots history. "I only threw it 25 yards. Wes did all the work," Brady said. "When I saw him break away, that was awesome. Coach never lets us run that route in practice."

 

Well gang, let’s hope this is the start of something special this season!!

 

2011 WEEK 1 PLAYER SPOTLIGHT

#72 MATT LIGHT - Light was born in Greenville, Ohio. He attended Greenville High School, where he played football as a three-year two-way starter. Following high school, Light attended Purdue University In 1998, he moved to left tackle, starting 13 games and earning an honorable mention All-Big Ten Conference selection as part of an offensive line that only allowed 16 sacks of future Super Bowl MVP quarterback Drew Brees. Light was drafted in the second round (48th overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He started 12 of 14 games played during his rookie season in 2001, helping a Patriots running game which averaged 112.2 yards per game. He was the starting left tackle for an offensive line that led the way for 133 yards on 25 carries (5.3 yard average) in the Patriots 20–17 victory in Super Bowl XXXVI over the St. Louis Rams. He was named to the Football News 2001 NFL All-Rookie Team following the season.

Always a fan favorite, Matt has done a tremendous amount of local charity work with his “Light Foundation” which works to instill and augment the values of responsibility, accountability, and hard work by providing youth with unique outdoor learning experiences that assist them in reaching their highest potential. Our goal is to lead young people down a path to becoming responsible members of their communities who are capable of passing on the torch of leadership and achievement to their friends and families.

It what was a nerve racking time, the Patriots watched the three time Pro Bowler test the market of free agency this past off season. Thankfully the Pats and Matt signed a two-year deal which will pay him $7 million this year. That is good news for the Pats and Tom Brady.

LET'S GET READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don’t know about you but it is time. It looks like the boys are going to be a force to reckon with this year. I like what I see with the change in the defensive scheme. With all that talent on the defensive line 4-3 should create some challenges for the opposing offenses. Offensively we should be strong as ever as well. A little concern is that we are down to only two tight ends. As we know last year much of the offensive scheme had three tight ends on the field. Tommy should have another great year as well. It will be interesting to see how Chad Ochocinco does. He struggled in the preseason but we will hope that he catches on in the first quarter of the season. Going into the season we are looking at a fairly good schedule. We will play just 6 games versus playoff teams from a year ago. Further on the plus side, New England draws both Miami and Indianapolis at home in cold December. Playing the Jets twice during the season won’t be an easy task. I would expect that they will lose one of the games to them. The game of the year should be the Eagles. They have the ability to stop Tom Brady and the offense and the Pats new defensive line will be challenged by Vick. It will be interesting to see how Belichick does scheming him.

 

All in all, let’s get excited!!!!!

Patriots Greatest 50 Contest

CONGRATULATIONS TO PETER LEROUX OF ARGYLE!

Peter was the winner of this years Patriots Greatest 50 Contest. He got 48 out of 50 correct. Great job. I would also like to express honorable mention to Gordie Veniot of Bedford for coming in second getting 46 out of 50 correct.

I also want to thank all of you that follwed and participated during this contest. I had a lot of fun with it and hope you did too? I am looking forward to the upcoming season and hope you all continue to follow our site as there will always be contests on the go. Below are the final answers. I am sure there is a lot of opinions, but these were my top "50" Have a great rest of the summer.

 

50. Robert Edwards                         49. Doug Flutie                  48. Tony Collins

47. Brian Holloway                           46. Bobby Dee                   45. Terry Glen

44. Ron Hall                                       43. Craig James               42. Jim Hunt

41. Irving Fryar                                   40. Ted Johnson               39. Corey Dillon

38. Dan Koopen                                37. Jim Colclough             36. Steve Nelson

35. Chris Slade                                  34. Russ Francis              33. Deion Branch

32. Steve Grogan                               31. Lawyer Milloy                30. Jon Morris

29. Randy Moss                                 28. Jim Nance                    27. Asante Samuel

26. Wes Welker                                  25. Sam Cunningham      24. Gino Cappelletti

23. Raymond Clayborn                     22. Vito "Babe" Parilli        21. Nick Buoniconti

20. Huston Antwine                           19. Mike Vrabel                  18. Ben Coates

17. Vince Wilfork                                 16. Kevin Faulk                  15. Rodney Harrison

14. Willie McGinest                             13. Curtis Martin               12. Bruce Armstrong

11. Adam Vinatieri                              10. Richard Seymour         9. Drew Bledsoe

8. Tedy Bruschi                                     7. Ty Law                            6. Stanley Morgan

5. Troy Brown                                        4. Mike Haynes                  3. Andre Tippett

2. John Hannah                                    1. Tom Brady 

 

Ocho my God and Holy Haynesworth

Well if there was any doubt that excitement was going to happen once the CBA was finalize, let there be no mistake, it has!!

 

Ocho is now a Patriot and Albert is too. I hope Bill has his coaching hat on because he is going to need it. We now have two of the biggest head cases in the NFL. He handled Corey and Randy but they were one at a time now we have two at once. If he can, we will be Super Bowl favorites!

 

But I will tell you, I am really excited! Chad caught 67 passes for 831 yards and four touchdowns last season. That was a dropoff from 2009, the last of his six Pro Bowl years, when Ochocinco had 72 receptions for 1,047 yards and nine TDs. He has seven 1,000-yard receiving seasons, leading the league with 1,369 in 2006. Ochocinco was scheduled to make $6.35 million for the Bengals this year, but he has agreed to restructure his contract with Patriots so that they can still work under the cap. That is a good sign.

 

Haynesworth has been selected to two Pro Bowls in his career and was considered "the most dominant defensive tackle in the league" when he signed a seven-year, $100 million contract with the Washington Redskins in February 2009.

The Influence of Robert Kraft and Family

I couldn’t do an article on the end of the lockout and the new CBA without giving credit where credit is due. In this day and age of professional sports, as fans of the New England Patriots, we need to thank our lucky stars for having what I consider as the greatest owner in professional sports. His influence, passion, and dedication to us as fans bringing an outstanding product to the field each and every year is nothing short of brilliant. As a fan since the 60’s I like a lot of us really appreciate it.
It must be said that this same influence as a businessman, owner, and more importantly a football fan played a significant role in helping finally get this NFL/CBA thing done. Please read the rest of exactly what the players and owners had to say about Robert and his role at creating a final solution.
When Jeff Saturday spoke to reporters, he offered an eloquent tribute to Kraft, lauding him as "a man who helped us save football," and to Kraft's wife, Myra, who died Wednesday from cancer, "A special thanks to Myra Kraft, who even in her weakest moment allowed Mr. Kraft to come and fight this out," Saturday said. "Without him, this deal does not get done. He is a man that helped us save football"
It didn’t hurt, of course, that Kraft already had a reputation as one of the few owners willing to speak his mind. And his comment, “We need to get the lawyers out of the way,” probably did more to bring about a resumption of face-to-face talks between a select group of owners and players than all the threats of legal action. So it came as little surprise that Smith, the NFLPA’s executive director, felt it necessary to echo what Saturday had said only moments earlier.
So as Patriots fans, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you Mr. Kraft for all you have done. We are truly blessed to have a leader like you amongst us!!!!

In Memory

Myra Kraft - December 27, 1942 – July 20, 2011

July 20th will always be remembered as a sad day for all of Patriots Nation due to the passing of Myra Kraft who lost her courageous battle with cancer, she was 68. A wonderful lady who was more than the wife of Bob Kraft owner of the New England Patriots, she was a woman that spent her life giving to others. Her tireless efforts through the Robert and Myra Kraft Family Foundation and the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation along with numerous other charity works will stand as her legacy. Her smiling face and tenacious attitude when it came to these charities will never be equaled.

Condolences have come in from past and present players expressing all the same message as in Coach Bill Belichick’s stated, “In the humanitarian arena, her generosity through philanthropy was admired and appreciated by all. She made a permanent impression on hundreds of coaches, players, staff and our families as a model of grace, strength and giving. Myra’s vision and example will impact and remain very much with our team forever.”

 

On behalf of our fan club, I know you all join me in expressing our sincere condolences to Mr. Robert Kraft and family on their loss.

 

If you get a chance, take the time and go to: http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/obituaries/articles/2011/07/21/myra_kraft_paragon_of_giving_dies/?page=3 and read the article written by Bryan Marquard of the Boston Globe. It puts into perspective Mrs. Kraft’s contributions to all and why she will be sorely missed.

NFL Networks Top 100 Players

Congratulations Tom Brady. On Sunday night, NFL players crowned their No. 1 on the NFL Network’s “The Top 100 Players of 2011,” a 10-week voyage that generated as much controversy as it did consensus before coming down to yet another dogfight between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. As it has been for the past ten years, it all came down to a showdown between Tommy and Peyton. As football fans we should consider ourselves blessed to be following the came when it is has two of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play. As a Patriot fan, it goes even further. We will never see the likes of having a player like Tom Brady again. They only come around once in a lifetime. Enjoy it gang. While there was some controversy around the players picks for the “TOP 100 Players” I would dare say that the number one pick was not. Tommy continues to get better each year.

 

Brady holds numerous regular season and postseason records, including: most touchdown passes in a regular season (50); highest touchdown-to-interception ratio in a single season (9:1); highest single-game completion percentage, regular season or postseason (26/28, 92.9%); most consecutive pass attempts without an interception (339, still active); most consecutive regular-season home wins (28, still active); highest winning percentage of any quarterback ever during his first 100 starts (76 wins); most completions in one Super Bowl (32); and the longest streak of games with 3 or more touchdown passes (10 games). most career completions in Super Bowl history (100); Brady is the fourth-fastest player to reach 200 career passing touchdowns (116 games). He is the first quarterback in NFL history to have reached said mark with under 100 career interceptions (he had 88 interceptions). Considering his many numerous achievements, and his late draft selection (6th round, 199th selection), many analysts, including those at the NFL Network, have called Brady the best NFL draft pick (or draft steal) of all time.

Patriots 50 Greatest Players Contest

Well it is time. If you have been following along you now know that it is time to submit your picks for the NE Patriots 50 Greatest Players. The top "Forty" is now complete with Adam Vinatieri as #11.  If you have kept track you would have 50-11 now it is up to you to guess the rest. The person that submits the most correct anwer first will be the winner. The contest will remain open until July 29th. The tie breaker will be the first correct submission by date and time. GOOD LUCK!!!!!! 

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