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After Branch-ing Out, Patriots Get Huge Win Over Ravens

Deion Branch New England Patriots

After losing Randy Moss, picking up former Patriots hero Deion Branch, and much apprehension over playing arguably the NFL’s best team in the Baltimore Ravens, the Patriots squeaked out a huge 23-20 overtime win on Sunday. Moving to 4-1 on the season, the Patriots have now forced their way into the elite teams in the league this season discussion — whether it’s warranted or not.

The Patriots could not have looked worse for the majority of this game, but managed to keep the score 20-10 going into the 4th quarter. They then did their thing — Tom Brady drove the team down the field with ease, Deion Branch looked like his old self, and the defense made several huge stops in the overtime period. This win will likely go down as the Patriots trademark victory this season.

One huge mark of contention — yeah, I’m talking to you Billy boy. In the fourth quarter with four seconds left in the game, the Patriots had a chance to win the game with what would have been a 62-yard field goal. The kick would have been downwind with an excellent kicker, for the win, and to avoid overtime. Yet Bill Belichick opted to throw a hail mary into the end zone, a choice that seemed completely absurd to me. If given a shot at winning the game with a field goal, why not take it? If I were Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski I would have been livid — way to not trust your kicker, Bill. As a Patriots fan I am more than happy to have the play calling reigns in your hands, but this is one call I could not disagree with more. You’re lucky as hell that we pulled it out in OT.

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Patriots, Yankees, or Phillies — You Make the Odds

Tim Lincecum 2010 NLCS

We’re keeping it simple today, with the first “You Make the Odds” post in quite a while. What’s more likely to happen — the Patriots beating the Ravens on Sunday, the Yankees losing the ALCS to the Rangers, or the Phillies losing the NLCS to the Giants? I’m going to say the Patriots have a 20% chance of winning — Baltimore’s defense should have no problem getting to Tom Brady, and their running attack will eat the Patriots alive. The Yankees have a 30% chance of losing — they need to close this one out early so they don’t have to face Cliff Lee twice or when he’s well rested. The Phillies have a 25% chance of losing — just because the Giants have some pitching and well, they are the Phillies.  In other words, I guess these are all pretty heavily favored contests, although I give the Yankees the best chance of losing — though not by much.

What do you think? Back your suggestions up.

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Patriots Win a Sketchy One, Rookie Tight Ends Shine

Patiots' Rob Gronkowski

The New England Patriots beat the Buffalo Bills 38-30 yesterday, in a win that is particularly tough to appreciate. Although the win moves New England to 2-1, allowing 374 yards to the worst ranked offense is football is startling to me at best. I can’t imagine what’s going to happen when Peyton (or any other good offense for that matter) comes to Foxboro this year.

That being said, I hate to bitch and moan too much about a victory — especially one in which the offense looked so good. Brady was the man as usual, making a point to toss two TD passes to Randy Moss, thus strengthening his campaign to bring Moss back to New England next season. But perhaps most impressive was the play of the Patriots’ two rookie tight ends, Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski. Hernandez led all Patriots with 6 receptions for 65 yards while Gronkowski has 4 receptions for 43 yards and a touchdown. It’s immediately evident that these two have been able to contribute right off the bat and are quickly becoming a key part of the Patriots offense.

Regardless of the play of the offense, I’m still not overly impressed with wins over the Bengals and Bills coupled with a loss to the Jets. But at least the Patriots were able to take some of the spotlight off of Jonathan Papelbon, who was busy imploding against the Yankees and dropping a key game for the Red Sox. I told you his time in Boston is done.

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Chad Ocho Cinco, Straight From the Twittersphere

Each morning my alarm clock screeches me back to life. As I open my bloodshot eyes and gasp for air, I inevitably start the day by muttering some variation of an expletive before trudging to the shower. I could use a little inspiration, something to keep me fresh and give purpose to my day. And today, the heavens delivered — straight from the tweeting of Chad Ocho Cinco. Here’s what he had to say this morning, in consecutive tweets.

Chad Ocho Cinco TweetHello world, be great today, find a way to be productive at something? If u a hoe, be a great hoe, teacher, be a great teacher n so on.

chad Ocho Cinco TweetExcuse my language this morning, but I touched on a negative n a positive but want them both to aim for greatness at their profession.

What would I do without you Chad? I’m off to dominate my day — I suggest you do the same.

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Jim Rome vs. Jim Everett Video

Maybe I’ve been living under a rock, but I didn’t see this video until this week. And I think it’s awesome — you definitely see the cockiness even in a very young Jim Rome.

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Ndamukong Suh’s Dirty Jake Delhomme Hit

The Detroit Lions’ Ndamukong Suh should be suspended, 110%, for his dirty face-mask tackle and subsequent throw-down on Cleveland Browns’ quarterback Jack Delhomme (see video). This hit really looks like Suh couldn’t be trying any harder to make sure Delhomme spends the rest of his life in a wheelchair. I doubt that was Suh’s intent — I bet he was just another overly raged-up defensive back playing irresponsibly. Ultimately, the league needs to protect its players — Commissioner howiGit would dole out a 2-game suspension coupled with a 2-flat screen TV fine. Money just doesn’t give these players the message, but take their flat screens and they’ll listen up. I think the NFL will get this one right.

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New York Jets’ Antonio Cromartie — Are You Kid-ding Me?

Nobody ever said football players are smart. He names 8 kids, 6 of which are 3 years old………

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