Friday, January 30, 2015

Five Things to Watch This Week - Super Bowl XLIX

The Patriots play Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, February 1 at 6:30 PM.

Thanks for coming along for the ride.  It's been an entertaining season.

Avast, me Hearties!  Hide your MILFs.  Be doing yer job.   

With the exception of maybe the 2007 team, this is the most talented Patriots team of the last 10 years.  And unlike the last time this team was in the Super Bowl, they appear to be relatively healthy.  I really hope they can cash one in.

Some or all of these guys will need to have big games on Sunday for the Patriots to win:

1) Tom Brady 2) Julian Edelman 3) Rob Gronkowski (and if Seattle sells out to take Edelman and Gronkowski away, Blount, LaFell and Amendola (gulp) will need to step up) 4) Darrelle Revis and 5) Chandler Jones / Rob Ninkovich.

And hopefully we end up somewhere under 37 pass interference flags on Brandon Browner.

That's pretty much it.

Did Michael Hoomanawanui have a catch last week?


I'm not going to pick a score here... But I'm cautiously optimistic.  I think we have a chance.


This week we have Fake Matt Patricia filling for Fake Bill Belichick.

Hello Carbon Based Lifeforms.  Hope this correspondence finds you warm and comfortable with a variety of snacks and craft beers readily available to you.

Is it my turn to do the write up this week?  During Super Bowl week?  Oh wow.  That's a lot of pressure.

First...  I hope we win on Sunday.  Mostly for the team... But also because I think winning a Super Bowl as a coach and coordinator would be quite an exciting life experience to have.

But as excited as I am to be coaching in the Super Bowl this year, unfortunately it means I won't be hosting my own Super Bowl party on Sunday.  I had so many good ideas for great cooking projects, you guys!  I don't want to give anything away... but I was going to have two crock pots going.

Also... I should probably wrap up the Linder anecdote from earlier this season.  If you remember, Josh McDaniels had tasked some of the tech boys with coming up with a combination career building dating smart phone application.

They checked in with me to see if this was OK.  So we decided to have a little fun with the process.

In the test environment, we rigged it so that Josh got paired up with a shopped picture of himself in a wig and makeup every time.  And wouldn't you know... he loved it!

We had a sensible chuckle at that.

McDaniels thinks he has a lunch date slash job interview scheduled with "Joshephina" on Tuesday.  I'll let you know how that turns out.

Until next time...

Friday, January 16, 2015

Five Things to Watch This Week - AFC Championship Game

The Patriots play the AFC Championship Game at Gillette against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday January 18th and 6:40 PM

Are the Colts a tough match-up?  Of course they are.  I'm not overlooking them at all.

BUT (big butt?)... I'd be lying if I said the Ravens didn't scare me a whole bunch more than these Colts.  So I'm glad that one is behind us.

An Army that carries the Gronk before it... is invincible.

(Also...  Excellent Manningfreude last week!)

Who's the Boss? Power Rankings:

5) Jonathan

4) Angela

3) Tony

2) Samantha

1) Mona

(That show ran for 8 YEARS?!  Holy crap.)

Here are five guys I'll be watching this week:

1) Julian Edelman - That pass to Amendola was just filthy.  If Amendola had dropped that one, I personally would have gone to Patriots training camp every day next year with a "Cut Amendola" sign.

2) Darrelle Revis - He ended up being pretty fantastic this year.  The refs must have been confused without Browner out there last week, so they started throwing flags on Revis.

3) Nate Solder - Solder has played like poo for long stretches of time this year.  I don't want to be watching guys run past him all day on Sunday.

4) Dont'a Hightower - Hightower has been a beast this year.  Sorry it took me a while to believe in you.

5) LeGarrette Blount - Is that Blount cached out?  It sure has looked like it the last few weeks.

Did Michael Hoomanawanui have a catch last week?

Yes!  He had 4!  (Which I believe is more than he had during the whole regular season.)

My prediction: Pats 31, Colts 24


This year, we're going to have regular contributions from Fake Bill Belichick for your reading pleasure.

Had a little gathering at my place on New Year's Eve.  You know the orgy scene in 'Eyes Wide Shut'?  Not unlike that.  Nothing major.  Normal Wednesday night kinda stuff.

I kicked everyone out around 2:30 so I could I get some sleep.  But I was still too wound up from the party.

I started sifting through the various Christmas presents that sat unopened by the door.  And I found a copy of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' on Blu-ray.

Huh... McDaniels actually did something good this year.  I'm not ready to throw out my laserdiscs just yet... But I'm starting to come around on Blu-ray as a format.

What's great about these movies, aside from Harrison Ford actually trying, is that they're fun.  (And... of course... Karen Allen.)

Feeling somewhat inspired... I figured we'd open things up against Baltimore and throw in a few gadget plays.  Worked out pretty well for us.

True story.