Patriots vs Buccaneers Preview: Part 1

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.

Bill with Bill.

              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. 

You rembember, from “The Drew Carey Show?”

              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.

Squidneck Island’s Own Easton Beach.

              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.

09/29/2021 Cleaning Out the Sports Junk Drawer

We can’t believe it either.

The Red Sox are giving the thumbs-up from the hospital bed.

Kyrie is anti-vax AND going to use it as an excuse to skip games? I’d say he’s playing 3D chess but I don’t think he believes in that level of geometry.

Alex Guerrero can’t get cuffed and frog-marched soon enough.

I think the Bruins have a netminder that can steal you a game. Finally.

Hi Weather Girl! Panties or bra? LOL

I think Dean Wormer knows how many times previous Belichick has been likened to an owl.

Kirk! Aiden! Talk about Aiden, Kirk you coward!

Cakes are cooking for Andrew ‘Dice’ Clay, Hersey Hawkins, Erika Eleniak, and Jake Westbrook.

When it comes to frozen Walmart pizza, the name I think of is “Dave Portnoy”

When it comes to deciding which is worse, I used to think it was nostalgia bias, but as of late I have come around to believing what’s actually worse is recency bias.

Have more gimmicky singing shows, Fox.

Jamie Collins? No Interest.

Keep up the non-losing streak, New England Revolution!

Hey gang, this week’s Phrase that Pays is “multiple un-named sources.”

There are zero normal women in law enforcement.

Blue Line: Delays of up to 15 minutes due to a maintenance train inspecting the overhead wires. Trains may be asked to stand by at stations.

Now it’s apple picking weather.

If there are any Hollywood guys reading. . .the athlete that you could make a GREAT movie about would be Big Bill Tilden. I promise you: there is no other story like that one anywhere else in sports.

Maybe if Belichick was a Dr. Robert Leonard client he’d get some positive press.

Why don’t they build the whole plane out of effort?

Jerry was a race car driver
He drove so god-damned fast.
Never did win no checkered flag
But he never did come in last.

Jets WR Jeff Smith, not at practice today, was in a car crash heading to the facility this morning, source said. He will be on the injury report today with details of what he’s dealing with.

That Blair! Amirite?

That was a pretty ugly half of football. Looked like two teams and offenses that kinda miss the HOF franchise QBs they used to have. #NotYourDadsPatriotsvs.Saints

Honk if you remember the Mercury division of the Ford Motor Company.

Emmy Award-winning Katie Nolan is a free agent.

Daughtry is a super underrated band. I’ve probably said it before- but I’ll say it again.

CBS has three FBI shows?

Maybe people act like a jerk to Bob Kraft because they know they can get away with it.

Best bet for the weekend: MLB Playoff Wild Card reshuffling.

Material from interviews, wire services, Twitter, Facebook, other writers, league and team sources, Bill James, BSMW poster Coma and #the15 were used in this column. Captain Pierce was a fireman. Richmond engine #3

You have our permission to boo this man Sunday.
It is also Halsey’s birthday today. HBD, H.

Patriots Mid-Week Musings

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. 

Foxboro *is* the gem of 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. 

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – JANUARY 20: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts after a hit in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 20, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

              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.

The Owl is watching. Remembering. Learning.

              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.

Will the New England offense fly by night with an 8:20 EDT kickoff?

              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.

Now you’ve gone and done made The Owl mad.

S. Tzu-Pei is an Intern and Lead NFL Writer for The15.

The Thomas Crown (Super Bowl Trophy) Affair

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.

There were some days that Brady got along with the coaching staff

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.

A young Belichick early in the dynasty with old uniforms

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.

Anita Thrust is the lead writer for Competent Ladies Against Mansplaining section of The15net dot com. She lives in the Greater Boston Area with her rescue doggo Yodel, and her cats, Alice B. Toklas and Lil Wobey. Follow her @anitafifteen on the Twitter machine.

New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots Preview

Ernie? Is this your doing?

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.

(Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

              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. 

That lineman, over there? I can’t see over him!

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.

Happy Mo Lewis Day!

(From The15 Archives, originally published on this date in 2019.)

Not all heroes wear capes.

The Day Drew Almost Died

(Sung to the tune of Don McLean’s “American Pie.”)

A long, long time ago…
I can still remember how that QB used to make me smile.
And I thought if he had the chance,
That he could make Krafty Bob dance,
And maybe we’d be happy for a while.

But Parcells leaving made me shiver,
And Pete Carroll could not deliver.
Good news on the doorsteps;
Tom Brady would soon get more reps.

I can’t remember if I cheered,
When I read that his artery was sheared,
But I sure know that Coach Bill lied,
The day Drew almost died.

So bye bye cerebral statue guy.
Threw the passes to the D-line,
Or hit the corners in stride.
And Nick and Ron were drinking whiskey and rye,
Singing “Drew is such a nice classy guy”.
Drew is such a nice classy guy.

Does Drew even read his Book of Plays?
Then why’d he just pass it to the Tampa Bays,
If the Coach didn’t tell him so?
You don’t believe in gaining yards,
You can’t be saved by Parcells and Cafar…do.
And can you teach me how to move real slow?

Well, I know the media’s in love with him,
‘cause I saw one slurpin’ on his Jim,
He got down on his knees,
Man, I dig that dig-nity.

I was a lonely Globie in Foxboro,
With a speed-dial line to Tom Donohoe.
But I knew I had nowhere left to go,
The day Drew almost died.

I started singing,
Bye bye cerebral statue guy,
Threw the passes to the D-line,
Or hit the corners in stride.
And Nick and Ron were drinking whiskey and rye,
Singing “Drew is such a nice classy guy”.
Drew is such a nice classy guy.

Now for five years we been on our own,
Zeffross Moss grows fat, and we’ve had Michael Stone,
But that’s not how it used to be.
When the Statue took a nut crushing sack,
With skills he borrowed from Mike Tomczak,
And footwork that made him look, like a tree.

Oh, and while the Statue was on the turf,
Tommy led the Patriots rebirth.
The Drew era was adjourned,
No more picks would be returned,
And while Borges ripped the coach for Starks,
The QB moved to Orchard Park,
And we raised banners in the dark,
The day Bledsoe almost died…

We were singing,
Bye bye cerebral statue guy,
Threw the passes to the D-line,
Or hit the corners in stride.
And Nick and Ron were drinking whiskey and rye,
Singing “Drew is such a nice classy guy”.
Drew is such a nice classy guy.

Tall, strong slinger with a broken finger,
Passes not complete but they sure were zingers.
Six and two but falling fast.
Drew often ended up on the grass,
Whenever he tried for a forward pass.
With the jokes in the press box giving Coach such sass.

Now Mo Lewis’ hit was sweet perfume,
As the stench of Bledsoe’s failures loomed,
We all got up to dance,
As the new guy got a chance.
Oh, as Brady played with nerves of steel,
The Statue’s limits were soon revealed.
Six Banners now hang above the field,
Where Drew, he nearly died.

We started singing,
Bye bye cerebral statue guy,
Threw the passes to the D-line,
Or hit the corners in stride.
And Nick and Ron were drinking whiskey and rye,
Singing “Drew is such a nice classy guy”.
Drew is such a nice classy guy.

And there we were down in Foxboro,
A QB lookin’ oh so slow,
With another I-N-Teeeeeee.
Drew be nimble, Drew be sacked,
Mo nearly broke poor Drew’s back,
But he played with dignity-y-y.

Oh, and as I watched him dive off the stage,
Tameeka’s disks cost 1.2 mil to assuage.
Max Lane could not repel,
Made Reggie White fast as a gazelle.
And as the blames piled high into the night,
Couldn’t be Drew, he was alright,
I saw Borges laughing with delight,
The day Drew almost died.

He was singing,
Bye bye cerebral statue guy,
Threw the passes to the D-line,
Or hit the corners in stride.
And Nick and Ron were drinking whiskey and rye,
Singing “Drew is such a nice classy guy”.
Drew is such a nice classy guy.

I met a man who sang the blues,
And I asked him for some happy news,
But he just smiled and turned away.
I looked up that great box score,
Of the Minnesota game some years before,
But even then some said that Bledsoe couldn’t play.

And ar the Globe: the writers screamed,
Nutscrubbers cried, and Ron Borges schemed.
But not a word was spoken;
The AP feed was broken.
And the three men I admire true;
The Tuna, Don King and Cerebral Drew,
They caught the last train for Montana, too.
The day the Drew almost died.

And they were singing,
Bye bye cerebral statue guy,
Threw the passes to the D-line,
Or hit the corners in stride.
And Nick and Ron were drinking whiskey and rye,
Singing “Drew is such a nice classy guy”.
Drew is such a nice classy guy.

They were singing,
Bye bye cerebral statue guy,
Threw the passes to the D-line,
Or hit the corners in stride.
And Nick and Ron were drinking whiskey and rye,
Singing “Drew is such a nice classy guy”.
Drew is such a nice classy guy.

Copyright 2007 BSMW. Lyrics by Kevin, InThisTown, BOSsportsfan34, Smilin’ Joe Hesketh, Miserable Fellow, Marty Nopointe, Joe Dokes, UncleGizmo, and Ironhead.

09/22/2021 Cleaning Out the Sports Junk Drawer

Bah De Yah.

A draw is as good as a tie, Revs.

Bringing in Otto Graham to a ‘greatest quarterback ever’ debate is the football equivalent of Godwin’s Law.

Keep Cashman and Boone. Please.

I rate that Applebees commercial 4 wet teddy bears and 1 singing hood ornament.

Juancho Hernangómez? Frankly, it sounds made up!

Happy Autumnal Equinox, Merle.

Restore the four pitch intentional walk, MLB.

I wonder if Nicki Minaj’s cousin’s friend voted for Annissa Essaibi George?

Kirk is having problems with interpersonal relationships!

Cakes are cooking for Joan Jett, Mike Richter, David Adjaye, Emmanuel Petit, and Ashley Eckstein.

“All Gas, No Brake” is a really fucking perfect Jets slogan. Good way to slam into a ditch.

A Bruins ‘Captains’s Practice?’ Sounds like a violation of the league collective bargaining agreement to me.

Aaron Schatz is Jewish? Huh.

Jerry Thornton having the hackiest Earth, Wind & Fire 9/21 tweet was taken off the board in Vegas.

Do the Bills have institutional knowledge about the Dolphins?

Hey 5 bouroughs gang, this week’s Phrase that Pays is “Miss the Accelerator, Hit their Dick.”

Reggie Jackson is two days older than Cher. That is all.

“i didn’t get beat out! i didn’t get beat out!!”, cam continues to insist as he slowly shrinks and transforms into a corn cob

Flobots?

Buccaneers place WR Antonio Brown on reserve/COVID-19 list.

Lisa Byington. That’s it. That’s the post.

Additionally, you taunters may get off of John Mara’s lawn.

Ok, we get it: Dan Campbell’s a hardo. How many different ways can you say it?

Six, Two and Even.

Evan Lazar has fluid hips and grinds tape.

Green Line Reminder: Shuttle buses replace B Branch service between Kenmore and Babcock St, Mon – Thurs, beginning at 8:45 PM through the end of service. Also Shuttle buses replace D Branch service between Brookline Village and Riverside, Mon – Thurs, beginning at 8:45 PM through the end of service.

De La Cretaz? Not really LatinX. But dresses like DJ Bean’s imaginary friend.

I know you’ve heard it all before.
So I don’t say it anymore.
I just stand by and let you
Fight your secret war.

And though I used to wonder why.
I used to cry ’til I was dry.
Still sometimes I get a strange pain inside.
Oh, Joey if you’re hurting so am I.

Starting a Heritage Month on the 15th is taking mañana culture a bit far, dontcha think?

Happy Mo Lewis Day Eve, everyone.

Honk if you remember the White Fuel Sign atop the Hotel Buckminster.

The Connecticut Sun is playoff-ready.

Do you know another tune though, Tom Senior?

When things end with #The15, they tend to end emphatically.

Kitchen when? Kitchen Now!!!

Is it time to declare the Mac Jones experiment a failure? My column…

Best bet for the weekend: rain out at the Eastern States Exposition, BKA ‘The Big E.’

Back in the day. Amirite?

Material from interviews, wire services, Twitter, Facebook, other writers, league and team sources, Bill James, and #the15 were used in this column. Never was a cloudy day.

Not Ruthie, but Rosie. Rosie Langello.

Pats at Jets Game Recap

Zach Wilson: Double Agent.

   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.

Beginner’s Luck?

              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.

Problem Child.

              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.

Patriots at Jets Preview

Met Life Stadium. Home of the New York Football Giants, and Jets.

              Throughout the discourse of human history, we must wonder if Alexander Pope was a New York Jets fan.  Another autumn is upon us bringing another rookie QB, and another new head coach.  Yet, hope springs eternal for Gang Green.  Zach Wilson comes in boasting a 35.6 QB Rating and his team is installed as a 6.5pt. home underdog on Sunday.  Michael McCorkle Jones comes in boasting 2x the QBR of his colleague who was picked 13 spots later.  Still, as non Patriots HOF member Duane Charles Parcells once said, “You are what your record says you are.”

Ahkay?

              Look for New England to have a similar offensive game plan this week.  The Jets gave up 111 rushing yards last week vs. Carolina, and will have to face a 3 headed running attack this week at Met Life Stadium.  If Damien Harris can move the ball as well as he did week one, then the Jets will be in for a long day.  Parlay that with James White and perhaps even JJ Taylor, and the Patriots could make a long day for New York’s defense. 

Disability Fraud Ed

              Jones seemed relatively comfortable in the pocket vs. Miami last week, and look for him to improve progressions this week.  Trent Brown remains questionable, but the Patriots were able to hold the line together quite well last week in spite of multiple injuries at the right tackle position.  Look for the play action to open up and for the Patriots to pick on New York’s inexperience CBs for large plays.

Mac returns as the starting QB Week 2.

              We’ll be certain to see the “Bill Belichick vs. Rookie QB” stats all day tomorrow.  21-6, if you’re keeping score at home.  But as the late Lee Corso would say, “Not so fast my friends.”  Coach Hoodie is only 8-6 on the road vs. rookie QBs.  Of those losses to rookie QBs, 2 are SB Champs in Ben Roethlisberger and Russell Wilson.  Interestingly enough, 2 are NYJ QBs in Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith.  Strange things happen in East Rutherford.

James. Riddle. Hoffa.

              The Patriots are winners of the last 10 games vs. the NYJ.  I do not see any way that this is not 11, come 4:30 tomorrow.  Lay the points, Jasper.  Lay the points.

S. Tzu-Pei is an Intern for The15.

Mental Heal(yes)th

Wuss good my peoples? It’s ya gurly Anita coming back to you with a quick but important message. Now normally I just chop it up about sports. You know, touchdowns and extra innings and WNBA career leader in blocks Margo Dydek. But recently I’ve been seeing some startling stuff on the ol’ web about how some people are actually depressed. Trust me, there is nothing harder than being a woman in sports (other than getting a floater off against Margo). Between deadlines with #the15 and keeping up with my social calendar, I’m more stressed than Remington Steele at an art gallery and no getaway car.

Through my spirituality I have learned a very valuable lesson about mental health. If you are feeling depressed, like there is no end in sight to the drudging plague and torture of everyday existence, just stop feeling like that. Don’t have bad mental health!

be less depressed lmao

So you may be saying “easy for you to say sporty what about my mortgage and kids?” To that I say “Mental heal(yes)th.” You’ve just got to stop being depressed you silly geese!

Let me give you an example to show this isn’t just me being a know-it-all. Last month I had 4 deadlines for #the15, my ex’s fiancee was posting thirst traps on the ‘gram (Instagram) and the Taliban surged back into power two decades after a U.S. led regime toppled its regime in Kabul, Afghanistan. Did I get all emotional and depressed? Hell to the uh uh. I sat on my couch for 2 weeks and did nothing. As Charlie Sheen would say: Victory!

this house sucks and they’re probably fine. Positive vibe time

For you sportsers like me, I’ll end this with an analogy you can relate to. Life is like a 4th quarter in the WNBA. You’re always up by 1. The other team has the ball. Maybe its Delilah Henderson with the ball on a string. You’re guarding her with all your might. She releases her silky smooth set shot and it goes through the rim. Do you crawl into the fetal position and die. No. It’s overtime.

Anita Thrust is the lead writer for Competent Ladies Against Mansplaining section of The15net dot com. She lives in the Greater Boston Area with her rescue doggo Yodel, and her cats, Alice B. Toklas and Lil Wobey. Follow her @anitafifteen on the Twitter machine.

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