First up - It's the 10 year anniversary Mo Lewis taking out Drew Bledsoe.
*pauses for moment of silence*
Just think about how differently things might have gone if Brady never made it on the field that season. Scary. Don't get me wrong... I love Drew. And I appreciate that without Parcells, Bledsoe and Kraft coming along when they did, the team was probably gone. But we definitely don't go on that run with Drew under center. And I think maybe twice in the last ten years I've yelled "GET RID OF THE BALL!" at the TV with Number 12 out there. With Drew it was 3 - 4 times per quarter.
Pats vs. Chargers. It's probably for the best that Vince didn't make it to the end zone off the interception last week. I probably would have broken my hand on the ceiling after jumping off the couch.
Go, Vince, go!
I always thought evaluating draft picks right after the draft was stupid. Who the hell knows what kind of NFL players these guys are going to be? Mel Kiper is fun to watch, but he doesn't really know shit (and supposedly you can buy praise from him for one of your players if you're an agent. Scandalous!)
Having said that, let's go back at look at one of the better New England drafts in recent memory: 2010.
Here's five things I'll be watching for this week:
1) Devin McCourty - Great rookie year. Off to a not great start this year. But the future looks bright.
2) Rob Gronkowski - I love love love Gronk. I took him about 3 rounds too early in my fantasy draft. I stand by my decision.
3) Jermaine Cunningham / Brandon Spikes - The linebackers is where that draft gets a little squishy. I'm still expecting more from Cunningham and Spikes. So far the only notable contribution has been Spikes's sex tape.
4) Aaron Hernandez - Get well soon. I've heard 1 - 2 weeks on the knee injury. I've also heard 4 - 6. Those bigger numbers scare me a bit.
5) Zoltan Mesko - I just like saying "Zoltan". Oh, and he's pretty good, too. He's also on the "Get well soon" list. I'm going to have to hit the Hallmark store this weekend.
EXTRA BONUS 6TH ITEM! Dane Fletcher (undrafted free agent) - He seems to be getting on the field an awful lot this year and taking playing time away from guys drafted much higher than him. I like it. Good for him.
I'm honestly worried about the Bills this week. We've beat them 15 times in a row. That can't keep up forever, right? This is going to be a shootout.
My prediction: Pats 45, Bills 42
Stay hydrated, my friends.
YouTube Video of the Week: New York Giants working on their soccer audition highlight reels.
This year, we're going to have regular contributions from Fake Bill Belichick for your reading pleasure. Here's this week's selection from Fake Bill Belichick's "Tales From a Life in Football":
Ok... Last Baltimore Colts story for a while. It's still Fall of '75. I'm rocking out to Rush's "Bastille Day" on my 8-track.
I told you about Marchibroda's drinking problem how I was supposed to be keeping the liquor cabinet fully stocked.
Well, the Offensive Coordinator takes me aside one day and explains to me that you've got to let him run out by Friday afternoon if you want him sober enough to coach the game by Sunday. So I've got to spend all day Saturday ducking the coach so he doesn't send me on a liquor store run (keep in mind nothing was open on Sundays back then).
I'm in the OCs office for a meeting on Saturday morning and we hear the Coach stumbling down the hall. He's yelling for me.
The OC turns to me and says "Quick, get in the closet."
"Yes! Go! Take this and make it disappear."
He hands me the bottle of Canadian Club from his desk drawer.
So I hide in the closet and finish the bottle real quick. Needless to say, I had an unbelievable headache for game day. It didn't occur to me until later that I could have just dumped it out.