Belichick-Era History of New Patriots Jersey Numbers, Part II

-by DNOMN8R314

Here’s the second part of my 2017 jersey number history.

63: Tony Garcia
Prior wearers: Joe Andruzzi, Dan Connolly, Tre’ Jackson
In the Bill Belichick years, No. 63 has been worn exclusively by guards and kick returners; Garcia, a tackle, will break that trend. After Andruzzi and Connolly each had successful tenures in New England, plenty of fans hoped Jackson, a fourth-round pick frequently projected to be selected on Day 2, would be just as solid, only for injuries to curtail his Patriots tenure before it could ever develop.

67: Conor McDermott
Prior wearers: Jason Andersen, Grey Ruegamer, Dan Koppen, Mitch Petrus, Josh Kline
Like the previous entry, tackle McDermott is currently wearing a number that has been exclusively worn by interior linemen in New England. Koppen is by far the most notable 67 on the list, lasting nine seasons as the Patriots’ starting center. Kline had varying levels of success for three years before being released when New England acquired Eric Rowe.

70: Adam Butler, Cole Croston
Prior wearers: Adrian Klemm, Logan Mankins, Ishmaa’ily Kitchen
Defensive tackle Butler and offensive tackle Croston share this number that is most recognizable as that of Mankins, the fierce, mauling guard who gave the offensive line a ferocious edge for nine seasons. Klemm is actually a three-time Super Bowl champion with the Patriots, but he was on injured reserve for all three championships. Kitchen didn’t do anything except give me an idea for a new joke:
What do you get when you don’t clean your kitchen?
Ishmaa’ily Kitchen.

72: Josh Augusta, Max Rich
Prior wearers:
Sale Isaia, Matt Light, Joe Vellano, Akiem Hicks
Augusta and Rich share another number famous in New England for being worn by a long-tenured offensive lineman. Light donned 72 for eleven seasons, five Super Bowl appearances, and three Lombardi Trophies before retiring after the 2011 season. Interestingly, both players to wear the number in the regular season since then, Vellano and Hicks, are defensive linemen.

74: Jason King
Prior wearers: Kenyatta Jones, Billy Yates, Terdell Sands, Kyle Love, Will Svitek, Dominique Easley, Woodrow Hamilton
Another shared number, King currently splits 74 with Hamilton, who should join up with Earthwind Moreland to form the All-NE-Name Team. He could even bring Kenyatta Jones along for the ride. While Love had a decent three-year tenure in Foxboro, it is actually backup guard Yates who spent the most time with the team, spending just over four years on the practice squad and 53-man roster.

76: Andrew Jelks
Prior wearers: Grant Williams, Brandon Gorin, Sebastian Vollmer
Miss you already, Seabass. Good luck in your post-football career.

81: Cody Hollister
Prior wearers: Charles Johnson, Donald Hayes, Bethel Johnson, Jonathan Smith, Randy Moss, Aaron Hernandez, Tim Wright, Clay Harbor
I wouldn’t be surprised if most of us had already forgotten Harbor, even though he was a Patriot only last season. And of course, the biggest positive (Moss) was followed by he who proved to be the worst negative. But I do NOT under any circumstances think the Patriots should take 81 out of circulation due to Hernandez, as that would be permanently attaching a negative stigma to the number. Let someone else make it their own instead.

83: Dwayne Allen
Prior wearers: Rod Rutledge, Deion Branch, Wes Welker, Greg Scruggs
After the major successes that were the Patriots careers of Branch and Welker, No. 83 gained a reputation as being a “small guy” number. (Martellus Bennett cited that as part of his reasoning for switching from 83 to 88; unfortunately I couldn’t find the original tweet or comment where he said that.) But after Scruggs briefly broke the trend, Allen will be reclaiming the number he wore in Indianapolis, a complete change in stature from the likes of Branch and Welker.

84: Austin Carr
Prior wearers: Shockmain Davis, Torrance Small, Fred Coleman, Fred Baxter, Benjamin Watson, Deion Branch, Brian Tyms
Interestingly, as an undrafted slot receiver, Carr is somewhat carrying on the legacy of another UDFA slot man who wore No. 84 in camp and was expected by some to replace an incumbent slot receiver in the last year of his contract. You all know who I’m referring to…
That’s right.
T.J. “Move Over Edelman.”

86: formerly Rob Housler
Prior wearers: Eric Bjornson, David Patten, Tim Dwight, David Thomas, Chris Baker, Daniel Fells, D.J. Williams, Steve Maneri, A.J. Derby
Housler was released before I wrote this article; the only reason I kept this paragraph was to remind everyone of David Patten.

88: James O’Shaughnessy
Prior wearers: Terry Glenn, Christian Fauria, Kyle Brady, Sam Aiken, Matthew Mulligan, Scott Chandler, Martellus Bennett
I know that 88 is widely considered a great wide receiver number, but in New England in the Belichick years? Glenn, Aiken, and tight ends. At least Aiken did this.
And a tangent: When I went to the Patriots’ victory parade this year, one of the first fans I saw after leaving the T was a guy with a No. 88 jersey. To my surprise, it wasn’t Bennett, but Mulligan. I commented on it; turns out the guy knows Mulligan personally, the jersey was autographed, and I was the first person he’d come across that day who knew who Matthew Mulligan was. As I left, the following exchange took place:
Fan passing by: “Bennett, nice!”
Jersey wearer: “It’s not Bennett; it’s Mulligan.”
Fan passing by: “Who?”

91: Deatrich Wise Jr.
Prior wearers: Bobby Hamilton, Marquise Hill, Myron Pryor, Jamie Collins
It’s been almost 10 years to the day. RIP Marquise.

93: Lawrence Guy
Prior wearers: Antico Dalton, Richard Seymour, Andre Carter, Terrell McClain, Tommy Kelly, Jabaal Sheard
Seymour, a first-time candidate, is generally considered the favorite to win induction to the Patriots Hall of Fame this year. Results are announced… I don’t actually know when. The Patriots website only says “later this spring.” Let’s just say “soon” or “soon-ish.”

94: Kony Ealy
Prior wearers: Greg Spires, Jace Sayler, Ty Warren, Louis Leonard, Shaun Ellis, Justin Francis, Chris Jones, John Hughes
The one time I played Madden 2000 as a kid, I returned a kick with Spires (a defensive lineman) 67 yards to the 6-yard line. One of those plays you could never see in real life.
(Yes, I posted the same link twice in one article. It deserves it.)

95: Derek Rivers
Prior wearers: Henry Thomas, Roman Phifer, Rashad Moore, Rosevelt Colvin, Tully Banta-Cain, Mark Anderson, Chandler Jones, Chris Long
Phifer was the answer to the trivia question from Part I. Congrats to SamiG who gave the first correct answer.

That wraps it up; hope you enjoyed. We’re on to camp. (Well, OTAs and other pre-camp activities first, but then? Camp.)

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MasterAndCommander
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I’m back

HunterCenter
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Finally figured out how to use that sextant, eh?

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dinner time. back later

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Enjoy Mac!!

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100 days to go!!!!

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Did your daughter have her interview??

MasterAndCommander
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No. After getting more information from the school, it turned out the position wasn’t going to be what she wanted. Wouldn’t fit with her training and goals.

Calipatsfan3473
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So- what now??

MasterAndCommander
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she’s applied to more places near here with the job she’d really liked. A bit of a gamble, but none of the CA places were a guarantee anyway.

Calipatsfan3473
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Wasn’t there a job down south somewhere?

MasterAndCommander
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yeah. not taking that either. Too far away.

The reason: She made our Memorial Day weekend quite memorable. She came down with her boyfriend for the weekend. Seemed odd to me since there were inklings of a little trouble. Then the bombshell: She informed us that she is expecting. A curve ball I never saw coming.

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Oh boy- or girl !! Grandpa reporting for duty!!

MasterAndCommander
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LOL!! yeah…wasn’t expecting that title for a few more years. It’s going to be tough for them. He’s working so there’s that, though not in an optimal position long term. She should find something as well. Was a major reason they want to move back closer here near us and her sisters.

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Makes sense- how about a wedding?

MasterAndCommander
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Hasn’t been discussed.

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Contract-year QB Derek Carr says he will cut off extension negotiations once training camp begins.
“I wouldn’t answer my phone,” Carr said, claiming he didn’t want the distraction. In reality, it’s Carr exercising one of the only pieces of leverage he has. If he can convince the Raiders he’s even half-serious, it would be a good thing, adding urgency to the talks. Carr says he’s confident a deal will be struck before the Raiders report.

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Rotoworld: Bears No. 3 QB Mark Sanchez will be sidelined for the rest of the offseason program with a left knee injury.
Sanchez suffered the injury in Tuesday’s OTAs session. The injury caused the Bears to reverse their release of Connor Shaw. Buried behind Mike Glennon and Mitchell Trubisky, Sanchez will be hard pressed to crack the 53-man roster, though he is owed $1 million guaranteed.

3rd stringer? How the adequate have fallen…

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lol

Calipatsfan3473
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He must have tripped over a blade of grass and hurt his knee.

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^^FEATURED^^

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“Jupiter has rings?! I never knew!”
“Well, Uranus has rings too, did you know that?”

Har-har

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keep your day job dfw…. 😉

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About Cyrus Jones earlier. A few thoughts: 1. Muffing punts doesn’t get cornerbacks left off a football team. 2. Let’s hold off drawing conclusions from J. Jones’s reps at corner until we find out some more about him. He was an all-SEC corner, he’s got 4.3x speed, and he hasn’t done anything wrong on the field when he’s gotten a chance. It’s quite plausible that you’re learning good things about Jonathan and not bad things about Cyrus here. 3. Just because C. Jones can’t return kicks/punts doesn’t mean he can’t cover them. It’s hard for a DB who runs and… Read more »
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I agree with all of that. Although he has done some things wrong on the field when he’s gotten a chance, mainly on ST duties.

My main point was, I doubt BB cares if Cyrus was picked in the 2nd round. All 3 of your points above would apply to a UDFA as well.

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Agreed. You don’t spend a 2nd rounder on JUST a punt returner (unless you’re the Vikings).

HunterCenter
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Uh-oh. Josh McCown taking hold of the Jets QB job.

Pats dynasty is over. Fun while it lasted.

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I’m scared.

PatriotPrideBoy
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#WEAK

HunterCenter
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that’s how they should list it in the Jets media stuff:

Weak 1:
Weak 2:

Weak 17:

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I mean, according to Sheldon Richardson, the Jets sucked because of Brandon Marshall, so now that a potential HOF WR is out of the picture for them, they should clearly go 13-3 at least. I’m sure McCown is greatly relieved that he no longer has to throw to a potential HOF WR.

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They will have the first pick in next year’s draft.

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BOLD!

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hey

HunterCenter
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ward bey? no thanks, Pats are stacked at WR already.

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Jude? Don’t be afraid, PPB.

HunterCenter
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he really needs to take that sad song and make it better.

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FYI, probably only going to be on here sporadically over the next few months. New job, impending comic launch, family stuff…things are busy for me.

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good luck with everything

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Appreciate it.

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Is this the same comic you were crowdfunding earlier?

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Yup, I’m going to do another Kickstarter for it next month too.

The book is tentatively scheduled to come out in August. I took some time to finish the 2nd and 3rd books to ensure a on time monthly schedule.

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Awesome. Still waiting for my copy!

JLStokes
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…did you pay in PayPal and I forgot to send you one?

(Seriously).

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No, the kickstarter project didn’t reach it’s funding goal. So no copy.

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Ah, gotcha. So when I re-start it again, please feel free to pledge again. The goal will be more attainable this time lol

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good luck.

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I wish you all the success Javon- best wishes!!

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Good luck Stokes. Don’t forget us when they make a Marvel movie out of your comic.

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Patsblogman!

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Did murph in 42:24 yesterday. Can’t move today.

HunterCenter
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what’s murph?

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Google it!

HunterCenter
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damnit

hugowasmyhomeboy
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It’s 1 mile, 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, 300 air squats, 1 mile. Serious athletes wear a weight vest too but i’d probably die

HunterCenter
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I’m dying just thinking about it.

good for you!

HunterCenter
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not sure I could do 200 pushups or 300 sit-ups in a 24 hour period.

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Yo

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Soy Fiesta!!!

Calipatsfan3473
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Trout will be out at least a month with his thumb injury.

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Hand injuries in baseball are always scary. You just hope he’s himself when he gets back.

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when is the wedding cali

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March 18

Jonc77
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and where?

Calipatsfan3473
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A country club around here.

Jonc77
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cool you got it all figured out?

Calipatsfan3473
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Things are coming along nicely- #2 is much more organized than #1- thankfully.

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well thats good how many guests

Calipatsfan3473
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About 100- most are from out of town so who knows!!

Jonc77
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yeah ill need your help when my daughter gets married

Calipatsfan3473
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I’m not paying for another wedding!!!!!!

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you can just come and drink

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Ok!!

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Trout injured, damn

Jonc77
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what happened

Calipatsfan3473
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Has the Brissett thumb injury- may need surgery.

Jonc77
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damn. the next micky mantle

Calipatsfan3473
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Was having a good start to the season too.

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we need to make it down to your next of the woods to see a game

Calipatsfan3473
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I’ve never been to Dodger stadium- I stick to the Angels- which is a beautiful ballpark.

Jonc77
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we went to petco in san diego last year we thought it was better than giants stadium

Calipatsfan3473
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I’ve never been there either.

Jonc77
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its pretty sweet. plus we stayed right down from the stadium

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Nice!! Did you go to Sea World too??

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no lego land

Calipatsfan3473
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That’s cool- we took our girls when it first opened.

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Even better.

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Are you driving from Denver to NO Jon??

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yes

Calipatsfan3473
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Sounds like a fun trip- I’m sure the kids will love it.

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oh yeah we are seeing a giants vs rockies game then giants vs braves

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Nice!!

Jonc77
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the kids love hitting the open road. this will be a test

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Not a test- an adventure!!

Jonc77
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thats the way i look at it. my son keeps asking can we go to the baseball hall of fame its just right of there on the map?

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Cooperstown is quite a left turn from Denver!! Beautiful little town though.

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you have been?

Calipatsfan3473
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Yes- when I was in high school- very impressive.

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i bet

Calipatsfan3473
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Really want to go to the Profootball HOF since daughter #1 lives in Ohio- maybe when Brady gets inducted 🙂

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that be cool. ill meet you there

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Sounds good- if I’m still alive!!

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i told him next trip buddy

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Are you taking 70 out of Denver or going S on 25 to 40?

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cant wait

Jonc77
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this place is hopping

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Hey

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what up bud

Calipatsfan3473
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It’s been like this for months.

Jonc77
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Cali how is the weather

Calipatsfan3473
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Not bad- think the rain is done for the year though.

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you can bank on that

Calipatsfan3473
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Are you still getting some?

Jonc77
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no we are done

Jonc77
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how is the beast

Calipatsfan3473
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Back legs seem to be getting a little worse- he just turned 8.

Jonc77
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that is pretty common for german shepards right?

Calipatsfan3473
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He has a nerve issue in his spinal column- nothing can be done for it- if we hadn’t taken him from the breeder he would have been put down because he wasn’t show quality.

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poor guy

Calipatsfan3473
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Yup- but we treat him like he’s normal- doesn’t every dog get steak??

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steak and red wine

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Patrone 🙂

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what a snob

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I’ll let him know!!

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Hello folks

PatriotPrideBoy
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Le

DinoScapelli
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OK, fellas, I’m out. “See” you soon!

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Have a nice evening Dino.

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A quick drop in here to hope y’all had a great 3 day weekend. We had a stellar long weekend, Very happy campers about where we are in life.

DinoScapelli
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I worked all three days! Seriously have to get a different job.

Calipatsfan3473
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That’s too bad Dino.

Jonc77
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organic farmer maybe?

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Hey! I thought you said organic farmers nuke their crops just like conventional farmers do.

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Brilliant, fascinating guy. I heard him on the radio recently, and he sounded very weak.

Dingo
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Until last year, he kept me company on Wednesday mornings on the way into work. Then, it was once a month. He had just retired from commenting on NPR.

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Hello.

Jonc77
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hello

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Yo.

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If Rowe plays more than 50% of the snaps, the Pats have to give up a 3rd rounder to the Eagles. If not, it will be just a 4th rounder. I’m betting Harmon and Rowe split Nickle duties…..

Saw this comment & gotta think the difference in draft-round will have zero consideration toward his playing time. If BB thinks the team is better with him on the field, he’s playing.
Bill won’t sacrifice that for not dropping 32 slots

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Tiger Woods arrested for DUI in Florida- what an idiot- call a cab if you’ve been drinking.

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Malcolm Mitchell is older than Brandin Cooks

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I think the Pats “going for it” idea (based on their offseason) is simply a matter of having an immediate need for replacement starters. Butler negotiations went south, and Ryan wasn’t going to be resigned, so they got Gilmore. At DE, moving on from Sheard and Long, plus Nink being cooked, meant a pick swap to get Ealy. Edelman slowing down and no longer getting separation (TB12 still forced it to him though) led to a trade for Cooks. Gronk’s health demands a capable backup, thus Allen. Blount had worst YPC in the league – his 18 TDs were simply… Read more »
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Cy Jones is apparently still a mess catching punts, and seems to be behind Jonathan Jones on defense. Yikes.

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Lost all his confidence last year.

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Sigh-h-h-h-h….Jones.

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Started an ancestry family tree with daughter #2 today- most of the records from our relatives in Poland and Czech are non-existent but we did find some passenger lists from the ships they immigrated on!!

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I am doing that also. There are so many similar names in similar places at similar times, that it is hard to be sure you are really finding your own ancestors! Fun, though. I want to do the DNA thing, too, though I think I know what I would find.

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Yeah- I can’t believe the number of women who changed their first names- including my own mother!!

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Was she on the lamb?

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Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend- be sure to remember why we have a long weekend.

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Now someone is liking posts under my name

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Or one disgruntled bruh.

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hey thanks man

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From Reiss’ quick hit thoughts – Doug Marrone says we are a 3-4 team: 7. The Patriots have been in sub packages as much as 80 percent of the snaps in recent seasons, but when in their base package, they are viewed by some coaches as a 3-4 scheme because of the flexibility of their defensive end/outside linebacker personnel to either play in a three-point stance as defensive ends or a two-point stance as outside linebackers. Count Jaguars coach Doug Marrone in that group, as that is one of the benefits he sees in coming to town for joint practices… Read more »
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In looking at the personel they have, my read is that they are essentially going to be a 3-3 team in “base nickel”. These guys like Rivers, Bates, Langi… are basically “undersized” DE transitioning to LB. To me, the brilliance is that, if you have 3 LB who all can rush (and play reasonable to plus in some other aspect of run/ coverage), you can bring your 4th rusher from anywhere. Helps disguise everything– blitz, coverages and base. And it is far more economical to get 4-6 sacks out of three guys than 10+ from one who then costs $15M+… Read more »
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Gotta pay your dues if you wanna sing the blues

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thats what i have said my whole life

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And you know it don’t come easy.

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What beer are you drinking tonight?

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RIP Gregg Allman

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Pablo Alcacer makes 3-1 for Barcelona

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Neymar gives Barcelona the lead again

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Theo Hernandez ties the game at Madrid with a spectacular free kick

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Messi scores, Barcelona with 1-0 lead

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Dortmund wins the german cup final

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Antoine Griezmann Takes in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FX8MKRDaXp8

PS: He is a Celtics fan