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Our very own @ironheadbjbsj is hearing that he’ll soon be full time at WEEI.
More to come, as this story develops. But might the rats already be scattering? Fair to ask the question.
Pushing readers to the Providence Journal? 🤔
Why hasn’t BSJ writer McAdam tweeted since the end of last week? 🤔🤔
Sunday Night Football this week brings a bittersweet feeling to the area. Much like Robert Parish’s Chicago Bulls ring, many in the area wish that Tom Brady just called it quits and retired as a member of the New England Patriots. Many will speculate as to why he left. Disrespected, sick of the coach, wanted to keep playing, money, all of the above, none of the above. Just like someone with an iPhone thinks that they are Ansel Adams, and someone selling GAP insurance on auto loans thinks that they are an epidemiologist, the local media failed its followers, yet again. Stories blaming the coach, the owner, the player…they’ve all surfaced this week. Much like declining a call from TEC, some conversations are better kept to themselves.
Someday, Bill, or Tom, or maybe even both, will write the book. Until then, all of the stories and speculation are simply heresay. This is the last we will speak of this matter for a few paragraphs.
This is a large game for the Patriots, and mainly because it can get them to 2-2 early in the season. Unlike the Indianapolis Colts, the Patriots understand that there are no banners hung for regular season records, or anything that goes on in the regular season (except that blasphemous 16-0 banner that was hung after the 2007 season). A large part of this game is going to hinge on the health of Trent Brown. I firmly believe that he would have been out there last week, but they wanted to give him one more week to get healthy; as this is going to be more of a pass protect line this week.
Tampa Bay comes to Foxboro off a 10 point road loss in Los Angeles. Matthew Stafford threw for 343 yards and 4 TDs in a game that wasn’t even as close as the final score indicated. Look for New England to play fast on offense. Losing an offensive weapon as versatile as James White is not going to be easy as well, but as the Patriots mantra has always been, next man (sic) up.
From a defensive standpoint, look for the Patriots front line to be a key factor in the game. As reported by the fake/real/not sure Spike King, it appears that former Arizona Wildcat star TE Robert Gronkowski is going to be
doubtful out for this game. That said, the weapons that the Bucs bring in on offense are quite impressive. Former domestic abuser and sexual harasser turned non-Patriot and now great guy Antonio Brown is likely to play this week, after missing last week due to COVID concerns. I have a call in to my doctor friend, Jim in Peabody to see if he will be okay or if he will need to be masked during the game. Mike Evans and Orenthal James Howard also bring spark to the Tampa Bay offense. Can expect numerous defensive backs shuttling in and out for the Patriots, in an effort to stay fresh.
Abbott and Costello. Peanut Butter and Jelly. Coffee and Cigarettes. Benzos and MAGA talk. None of these the same without the other. The same has been said for Brady and Belichick. Yet, the first chapter has already been written. We’ll see what the next chapter has in store.
The Buccaneers come in as a 7 point road choice. It’s all the same; only the names have changed. Except for the man coaching the Patriots. The Owl. Since the year 2000, the Patriots are 9-2 ATS in games they are grabbing 7 or more. I’ll take the points. Think this ends up a FG game at the end. Time will tell who comes out on top.
Sunday brings us the showdown that we’ve all been waiting for. So, friends, get your apple picking out of the way sooner than later. Enjoy the Saco IV show. Get all those pesky chores done a little early. While we all know Saturdays are For the Boys, we might have to extend that into Sunday this week.
S. Tzu-Pei is an Intern and Lead NFL Writer for The15.
A few days ago, a billboard disparaging the wise owl (???) coach of the New England Patriots, Bill Belichick, appeared on RTE 1 to much promotion from 98.5 The Sports Hub.
If the moniker “Jake in Boston” wasn’t enough of a tell that this is a deranged sports radio fan who has had their thinking so twisted up that they’d spend thousands of dollars to shit on his alleged favorite team to get attention from his Hub heroes, then his updated version of the billboard sure made it clear. Citing coaching tree record, a trivial concept that Belichick has zero control over and doesn’t exist anywhere but in the world of call-in sports talks.
Seems like somebody wants attention. But he’s sending mixed messages. Having his face blurred out for a television interview, as if he thinks he delivered a literal killshot to the eight time Super Bowl winning coach and has entered witness protection.
Well, it doesn’t work like that, cupcake.
From an interview a while back:
Who is Jake from Boston?
Exactly who you thought he was.
Tom Brady. The greatest quarterback of all time. As clutch as they come. Ice water in his veins. The baddesst MFer in the building. GOAT.
There is absolutely no denying the greatness of Tom Brady, or the joy he has brought to so many Patriots fans for the past two decades. In a team sport where the Xs and Os can go toe to toe with the Jimmys and Joes, Brady excelled in both situations. Brady’s 2001 campaign started earlier than expected, due to an incumbent quarterback meeting Mo Lewis early in the season.
The ’01 season was something out of a Hollywood movie. Although built mainly around its defense, there was something about young Tom. He was cool under pressure, he had the “it” factor. Weeks went by, and the team became an even more cohesive unit. Former University of Kansas head coach Charlie Weis brought Brady up in a system developed by non member of the Patriots HOF, Duane Charles Parcells. Dink and dunk was born. Brady’s favorite receiver: the open one. Although not filled with the heardahim weaponz on offense, the team was productive offensively, and more importantly, ended up on top when time was expired. Former 98.5 fill in, and current WEEI morning show shock jock played TE. Everyone rooted for the kid from Eastie. Now, they want him off their radios. A sad fall from grace. Yet I digress. After a brief scare, Walt Coleman grabbed victory from the jaws of defeat for the Patriots, and they were on to Pittsburgh. I imagine Irons Mike is triggered already thinking about Drew Bledsoe having to complete the game which sent the Steelers home, and caused numerous hotel and flight cancellations that day. Introduced as a team prior to the Super Bowl, I imagine Brady is still concussed after smashing his helmet against Drew Bledsoe in the tunnel for what seemed like 20 minutes. Hopefully that water works out on past concussions, Tom.
2002 proved to be a let down. CMGI Field came and went. A banner year, but soon forgotten. Much like a white trash employee working at Dunkin’ on #NationalCoffeeDay, the Patriots still made it through. There was speculation that it was less a Super Bowl hangover year, and more of an adjustment as to going deep into the playoffs, leaving the team less prepared for off season business.
2003-2005: Regular Season 28-4. Absolute domination. In the nostalgia bias vs. recency bias debate heard on a local podcast, many point to these teams as the gold standard. The ’03 team was anchored at LB coach by Rob Ryan, a little known fun fact. 2 more rings, and we can still see Willie asking the national media if they thought it was a dynasty. Like Q himself said, the best was yet to come.
2006 was a throwaway year in most people’s eyes. But if we look at what Coach Belichick said about 2020, we might see some comparisons here. Reset so to speak in regard to the salary cap. Reload the following year. Enter 2007. Huge offensive adds in Kelley Washington and Kyle Brady. The Patriots steamrolled their way to a 19-0 season, and I have the tshirt to prove it. Thank you, Salem Sportswear.
Much like the Star Wars series, the middle part (the non Super Bowl years) brought some excitement, some disappointment, but will be judged unfavorably when the book is written. Enter the 3rd installment of the Patriots dynasty. 3-1 in Super Bowls, including the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. Brady simply elevated the majority of his offensive players to the next level. The championship level.
With all the chips and trips to the yoffs, we are left here today. Brady added a 7th Super Bowl last year. Even the biggest fans were at a crossroads. Some members of the 15 found themselves drowning in their own urine last year. Just like McDaniel may deal with in the future, you never want to be the guy after the guy. You want to be the guy after, after the guy.
Brady the player, as it were, never disappointed. Off the field, people had issues. Some justified, some not. Brady’s ties to almost-a-doctor Alex Guerrero bring up questions, but hard to put down the idea of pliability in regards to his aging. Brady with the MAGA hat got some buzz, but as soon as it did, it seemed to go missing faster than a former Patriots Post Game caller from Route 1’s very same hat at a bachelor party. Was he weepy in 2019? Probably. Human nature. The relationship, like most, with his teacher ebbed and flowed.
But it brought a lot of great football. Something we will never see again.
S. Tzu-Pei is an Intern and Lead NFL Writer for The15.
The following takes place in the present. 2021, days before Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit New England for a Sunday night matchup which is sure to bring buzz to the area, and the nation.
These are their stories (cue Law and Order dun dun)
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
From humble roots, William Stephen Belichick grew up with coaching in his DNA. The son of a collegiate head coach, Bill admittedly never had the makings of a varsity athlete. Still, he was able to make a name for himself under then Giants head coach and non-member of the Patriots HOF Duane Charles Parcells. Known for being the architect of the vaunted Giants defense in the mid 80s, Belichick was destined for larger things, especially stepping out of the tuna sized shadow he would be associated with.
When Belichick landed in Cleveland as head coach, you could be assured that all the little chicks with the crimson lips were as excited as Mimi Bobeck was about setting her makeup to the “BSP” setting. Still, he built his system. Brought in veterans who understood what he was trying to accomplish. The team mantra had the building blocks of success. He made controversial decisions, cutting regular KMS caller, Bernie Kosar.
Coach Belichick’s career heads to the AFC East after being fired by Cleveland even though he was told he would be the Baltimore Ravens new coach. Back riding sidecar under the aforementioned non member of the Patriots HOF, Belichick went to his 3rd Super Bowl as assistant coach. Parcells coached the game in a New York Jets hat, and the Patriots just couldn’t get moving offensively. Belichick followed, and at one point was named HC of the NYJ, but we’ve already heard this story ad nauseum. He would eventually be released from his contract, and came to Foxboro in 2000.
The rest is not history. Well, part of it is. 6 Super Bowl wins, 3 more appearances. Absolute domination of the league the last 20 years. Until 2020. Cam. Covid. Crying. Fake season? Sure; that was a factor. Cut it off too early? Hard to argue Belichick’s past judgement, letting players go “a year too early instead of a year too late.” Also very difficult to commit long term to a QB in his early 40s. even if the QB was a former 6th round pick, who could have been picked by any other team in the league.
Sunday will come and go, much like the red tide at Easton’s Beach. The Patriots may win; Bill knows Tom almost as well as Tom knows himself. They may also lose. One important note is that margin of victory has no effect on the win loss number: still one. After Sunday, there will be 13 games left, and the Patriots will be on to Houston.
to be continued..
S. Tzu-Pei is an Intern and Lead NFL Writer for The15.
Just like Coach Belichick, I try to find a silver lining in losses. He uses it as ways to bring his team up, and instill confidence, beating them down when they win games. 15 point home losses are something that only a mother would love, or that “John Irons” would vouch for, but all is not lost in Norfolk County.
For anyone worried about Mac Jones and the Patriots being a run only team, we’ve clearly not paid attention to game plans as it pertains to the Owl. Week in and week out, teams evolve, as does preparation for opponents. What may be a run heavy playoff game vs. the Chargers might be followed by a track meet against the Chiefs. How quickly we forget.
The defense continues to make plays, relying on its disruptive front. Matthew Judon has been outstanding, registering another 2.5 sacks on Sunday. Christian Barmore was effective in situational football, which was surprising, considering there were some media outlets who did not think that he should have even been playing professional football. Glad he wasn’t outed, or otherwise he’d be unemployable. Maybe he’d join the #work force on 9/28 as well if he wasn’t playing professional football.
Sunday’s loss wasn’t an issue of not enough skill. I still think New Orleans is overrated. It was more a situation where nothing went right. Interceptions (not all the fault of Matt Jones), dropped passes (flashbacks of Wes Welker in the Super Bowl), kickoffs out of bounds; all parlayed into a loss worse than anything the Bankroll Boys have ever seen.
Fortunately, the fan base, as well as the local media already has the season declared over. Tampa by at least 21, says a local finance manager. RIP 2021 New England Patriots.
This is just how the Owl likes it.
S. Tzu-Pei is an Intern and Lead NFL Writer for The15.
What’s good with it my peeps? It seems like all everyone is talking about these days is how Tom Brady (former Patriots player) left the Patriots to go to the Tampa Buccaneers. More like Tompa Buccaneers am I right girls (pretend my hand is up but nobody is high-fiving it like Tommy)?
For those of you who don’t know, Tom was a player on the Patties for over 15 years and won several Super Bowls (Championships) here with the Hoodey. He even went undefeated one year. He set several records, but ironically the one thing he could not do was run. Until he ran to Tampa. There were rumblings about him leaving Boston for years. As a woman in sports, you get some inside knowledge sometimes. I never disclosed it, but I heard Brady had an Eastern-medicine trainer who put Avocados in his ice cream. Lol Avocado ice cream WUT!!!! Also, he sired a baby out of wedlock. I also heard that Tom hated Jimmy Garop so much that his trainer wouldn’t let him into his dojo. I’ll take some of this info to my grave, like Tom sent a guy to take .2 air pounds out of a football so he could throw it to the Colts one game just to mess with them. Luckily nothing came of it.
Enough of the silly rumors though. We ain’t spilling anymore teas. It’s time to talk facts. Brady and coach Belichick have hated each other for years. Even when they won Super Bowls and kissed, it was a spiteful kiss like the Godfather Corleone. Now they get a chance to go head to head to definitively settle who is better at football this weekend when the Pats play the Bucks. The only way we will not know who is better at the sport at the end of the game is if they tie. There is a chance that happens.
So you guys don’t just read this to hear juicy rumors. You want bold takes. So here it is: My prediction for Pats v. Buccaneers. A tie. 24-24 or 28-28. Last time these two teams played, the Pats won, so that is a huge factor, but I think it was in London so honestly not sure if it counts.
One last thing my loves. Over the past few weeks, #the15 has been so good to me and my family (furbabies) that I have to shout them out here. They have provided emotional support by taking me out for drinks, but they have also given me thousands of dollars when I needed it most (cable / internet) just to help me bring my thoughts to you. I know #the15 is not for everybody. It can be stressful and demanding. Just know, as they requested, I am working on that monthly bikini calendar they have asked me to put together and it will be done in time for Christmas (or other race/ religion holidays). Like Jewels Edelman said — #the15forever.
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The Patriots host the New Orleans Saints in a week 3 tilt this upcoming Sunday. If there is one thing that Bill Belichick preaches, it’s “ignore the noise.” It’s posted all over the facility. For this reason, the team will not be caught “looking ahead,” as some college teams may do the week before a rivalry game. New England faces a Saints team coming off a loss in Carolina, where they made Sam Darnold look like John Elway. This is likely because they are led by one of the most overrated coaches in NFL history.
The pill popping, pedophilia priest pandering Payton brings his team to Foxboro in a battle of the 1-1s. New Orleans did beat the Green Bay Packers week one, but I expect that to be a paper victory in hindsight, as Green Bay looks like a team that has implosion written all over it.
Jameis Winston, once rumored to be a potential QB in New England by a local podcast, comes in off of a 11/22 performance with 2 INTs. He will face a confident Patriots secondary, coming off of a 4INT game, allowing an average of 185 ypg in the air. Look for pressure to come from the front even more so on Sunday, forcing Winston to think on his feet.
Offensively the Patriots will have a similar game plan. New Orleans has the #7 defense in the league, allowing an average of only 66 ypg on the ground. Again, as the late Lee Corso says, “not so fast my friend.” Christian McCaffrey ran for 72 yards last week, with a TD. This was the first true test that the Saints faced against a decent RB. Apologies to former BC Eagle, AJ Dillon. For anyone complaining about Matt Jones’ lack of pass attempts, they clearly do not understand Patriots football or have watched a game in the last 20 years. Each week brings a complex game plan. Some weeks it’s ground and pound, some weeks its pass all day. The first three weeks’ opponents have dictated the offensive game plan.
Although this is Truly not a space for prognostications, this is a Patriots/Over play. Go get ‘em Jasper.
S. Tzu-Pei is an Intern for The15.
Throwing for 24 more yards than fellow 2021 draft mate, Zach Wilson bested Mac Jones in passing yards on Sunday in the Jets 25-6 loss to the New England Patriots. Jones, drafted 13 slots behind Wilson, did not pass for a touchdown all day. The New York Jets defensive line continued to give the Patriots OL fits. They are seemingly without a right tackle, as Trent Brown was ruled out for Sunday’s matchup vs. Gang Green. This caused confusion for the rookie QB, who was sacked three times in the win.
First year head coach Robert Saleh made Michael McCorkle Jones look human, considering local fanz were comparing him to Tom Brady II after last week’s loss. The Patriots were gifted the ball back when the referees decided to not review a fumble early in the game due to a technicality. Add a fumble to the sub 89.1 QB Rating, and the Patriots should be playing Powerball tomorrow ($472 million might get the old guy back in the saddle for one more run). The struggle to pick up blitzes is on the RBs, and begs the question as to why Sony Michel was ever traded, nevermind drafted.
Christian Barmore was one of the few highlights in a day riddled with mistakes on both sides of the ball. He racked up two tackles, and finally saw the field, even though we were told that he just had problems off the field in regard to drugs, learning disabilities, and being the wrong color, according to certain hyperlocal subscription sports writers.
The Patriots will need to clean up their act if they have any chance against a good New Orleans Saints team led by veteran QB Jameis Winston. Hoping that they are not losing focus and peeking ahead to week four’s matchup against TB and TB. One thing is for sure, Jones will need to throw for more than zero touchdowns next week.
S. Tzu-Pei is an Intern for The15.