Big Vince Wilfork

-by dp73

On the day Vince Wilfork retired I just have a short remembrance.

To me, what Vince Wilfork will be remembered most for is that it took more than one guy to stop him from going forward. He was a team leader with a strong personality. He should be in the Patriots Hall of Fame ASAP. When Bass Pro first opened, Vince was there siting on top of the big tank fishing. I’ll never forget it.

As I type this, I am looking at an autograph of his that I had framed. I am not a big autograph guy, but my parents who are in their 80s saw Vince and his wife Bianca one morning at the Cracker Barrel in Wrentham, MA. My mother started talking to Bianca about the Wilforks’ cute small children. My parents said that they were both very friendly. They told Vince that I had been a season ticket holder for decades and asked him if he would sign an autograph for me. He signed it on a paper beverage coaster which I framed.

What will you remember most about Vince Wilfork on and off the field?

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DNOMN8R314
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NEW POST
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jdlboot14
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whats the best place to see this game online? I’m out of state, and not about to pay the nfl.com rip-off package for preseason games, when I already pay for Sunday Ticket.Report

Calipatsfan3473
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I wish that package would show the preseason games too.Report

hugowasmyhomeboy
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http://www.reddit.com/r/nflstreams always has 720p streams of NFL games up. And since it’s a forum with a vote up/vote down component, you know the highly voted streams aren’t a mess of ads.Report

Calipatsfan3473
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Comes up as a blank screen for me- is there some place to click on??Report

hugowasmyhomeboy
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The links are posted before the game.Report

Calipatsfan3473
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Ok- was wondering about that. Thanks.Report

jdlboot14
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Nothing shows now, but is this like one of those where you have to wait until the game actually starts to see the links?Report

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Best Part about living in FL, the game is on TV tonite!Report

Calipatsfan3473
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Also in Alaska and Hawaii.Report

PnkRwkBaby
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Brady kills it tonite!!Report

Calipatsfan3473
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On the bench??Report

hugowasmyhomeboy
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Zero incompletions, you can take it to the bankReport

Calipatsfan3473
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And no INT’s.Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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I still can’t believe this happened 🙂Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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WEEI ✔ @WEEI
Roger Goodell in favor of shortening preseason to 3 games http://dlvr.it/PdB38B

This time, i agree with GoodellReport

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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23-0 or GTFO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Report

dp73
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Do you think winning preseason are important?Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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Just win baby, just win 🙂Report

Calipatsfan3473
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Not happening.Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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#B-LIEVEReport

Calipatsfan3473
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No- I don’t want them to be perfect- it’s too much mental pressure.Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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i want them to try to be perfect, at least tryReport

memokerobi
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I think Devin Lucien impresses tonight.Report

Jdog Lemon Head
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Hey Nate!Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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WHERE? 🙂Report

Saturn III
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I think Harris gets some snaps to get acclimated to the new D. Kenny Moore should be fun to watch tonight, along with Wise and Rivers. I expect Carr and Lucien to play just about the whole game.

BTW – back to work tomorrow for me.Report

Calipatsfan3473
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Great news- hope you’re feeling better!!Report

Saturn III
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Thanks, still got the JP Drain but he’s saying that im trending right.Report

Calipatsfan3473
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Good- it’s been a long haul for you.Report

Saturn III
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Too long, may get longer – looks my surgeon missed a few things which might equal $$$$.Report

dp73
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http://www.weei.com/blogs/ryan-hannable/10-patriots-players-who-have-most-prove-thursday-night-vs-jaguars I don’t know about most to prove but here are 5 players I am going to watch the most. 1. Cyrus Jones- Can he be the CB the Patriots thought so highly of ? 2. Jordan Richards- Can he carve out a role as a Safety and a Special Teams player? 3. Johnathon Jones- Will he continue to improve? 4. Rex Burkhead- Can he ran the ball like a #1 or #2 back? 5. Where will Rivers line up? I think it is a bit unfair to say Jimmy Garpppolo has had a bad camp just base on media… Read more »
hugowasmyhomeboy
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Good listReport

dp73
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Thanks. You have any to add?Report

hugowasmyhomeboy
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I posted a longer list below. I think Ted Karras is fairly important right now. He’s their first backup at all 3 interior OL spots. I want to see what he can do.Report

dp73
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OK I will look for it.Report

dp73
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Geneo Grissom would be my #6.Report

Jdog Lemon Head
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Not sure why Lavar Ball keeps getting the spotlight but he said he was a better football player than GronkReport

Calipatsfan3473
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Lavar who?Report

Calipatsfan3473
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How many punts is Cyrus Jones going to muff tonight??Report

hugowasmyhomeboy
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I’m more concerned with what he looks like at cornerback, frankly. Not sure what the fascination with punt returns is about.Report

HunterCenter
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because he was a weapon for Bama in that regard, and I am sure that went into BB’s valuation of him when he was drafted.Report

hugowasmyhomeboy
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It’s just strange to me that the same crowd who laugh at how many ST-only players we carry are obsessing over whether or not a corner can return kicks.Report

dp73
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I think it is about that fans think he is an easy target. I hope Cyrus Jones can bounce back for his rookie season in what ever the Patriots ask him to do. I hope he can.Report

Jdog Lemon Head
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I want to see how David Harris does in a Pats uni. With HT being out, it’s good having Harris as insurance.Report

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Maybe he won’t even play.Report

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hugowasmyhomeboy
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Rather see the backups anyway.Report

Jdog Lemon Head
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For sure, but I still like seeing a series or two of the starters.Report

HunterCenter
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over/under on how many times Nate mentions Devin Lucien on here tomorrow:

1,456, 906

I’ll take the over.Report

hugowasmyhomeboy
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I thought his new favorite is Austin Carr. Unless this year he decided to have a diverse portfolio.Report

HunterCenter
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he’s a man on the peopleReport

Jdog Lemon Head
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Here’s a better bet:
How many times Nate mentions Lucien vs How many times Dino mentions that we should have traded Jimmy G!Report

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The “trade Jimmy” crew is unassailable. If he does poorly, we should have traded him while his value was high. If he does well, we should have traded him because his value *is* high and we’ll have to pay him or lose him for nothing.Report

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Good pointReport

HunterCenter
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(push)Report

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Wall of sleep is cold and bright.Report

Jdog Lemon Head
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Edelweiss? 🙂Report

Jdog Lemon Head
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If the game is injury free, then I call it a success.Report

HunterCenter
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yes, of course. but beyond that, I’d like to see Jimmy G NOT regress.Report

Jdog Lemon Head
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I don’t think Jimmy did that well last preseason either, but as soon as he started and we could gameplan to highlight his strengths, he did well.Report

HunterCenter
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but at this point we need to keep showing him off to other GMsReport

Jdog Lemon Head
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But why? He’s not getting traded midseason. Unless you think they could potentially do a FT and Trade at the end of the year like CasselReport

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keeping all options openReport

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That chantaje song is dope. Judge away.Report

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Won’t judge. Her hips don’t lieReport

hugowasmyhomeboy
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She sounds amazing in Spanish. English, not so much.Report

Jdog Lemon Head
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Most songs sound better in the native language.Report

MrLucky
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And so begins the 21 week preseason. Just about 5 months until the AFCCG.Report

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Controversial topic of the day:

Matthew Slater will be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Don’t argue with me on this.Report

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pffffffffftttttttReport

Jdog Lemon Head
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I think he started drinking a little earlyReport

hugowasmyhomeboy
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They won’t even let the punters in. Forget about Slater.Report

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Well Ray Guy FINALLY got in 2014. That was loooong overdue.Report

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Steve Tasker will have to get in firstReport

dfwpatsfan
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Frankly if Tasker couldn’t get in, I don’t see how Slater even has a chance.Report

JLStokes
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Super Bowl championships might help. Especially if they get one more this year.Report

Jdog Lemon Head
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Rings won’t matter, even if he does get his 3rd this year. Heck, Larry Izzo has 3 rings and he’s not in (not that he should be in). Slater has no chance as a ST only player. Heck, I don’t even know if Slater will get into the Pats HOF — well he probably will but I think it would take quite a bit of time before he’s eventually voted in.Report

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Outside of kickers and punters, ST players rarely receive any credit. There’s a reason why the only ST players in the HOF is a Kicker (Jan Stenerud) and a Punter (Ray Guy). I see Vinatieri a FBHOFer. But a gunner has slim to none chance.

EDIT: I did not realize Morten Andersen is a 2017 inductee. 2 specialists in HOF with Scandinavian descent, neat.Report

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Morten Andersen is also inReport

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Ben Volin is probably tweeting at me… literally just me——->Report

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Whats up Fockers!!!Report

JLStokes
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I’ll be interested in seeing Deatrich Wise. He’s been getting a ton of hype over the last couple of weeks.Report

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Specific players I’ll be watching for:
Ted Karras, Tony Garcia, Dion Lewis, Burkhead, Deatrich Wise, Derek Rivers, Geneo Grissom, Harvey Langi, Valentine, Jon and Cyrus Jones, Kenny Moore II, International Man of Mystery Adam ButlerReport

bring
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Yikes – I wouldn’t play Lewis at all in the preseason.Report

hugowasmyhomeboy
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I didn’t see his name in the list of players they won’t play.
A lot of the beat writers have suggested he looks faster than last year. I’m curious about that.Report

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they can’t sit everyone, so no doubt plenty of starters will play, but I would rather use burkheadReport

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Greetings and Salutations Patriots fansReport

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Luffy
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Ohh myReport

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Lol I keep seeing this car around Boston with a giant bumper sticker that says “ONE PIECE”, always reminds me of youReport

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And so it begins….the march to 23-0… 🙂Report

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WAKE UP!!!Report

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Just got my tickets for opening night!!!!!!!!!Report

Neil X
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Kewl. I’m going the Carolina game and the Chargers game.Report

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thats awesome enjoyReport

Patriots Dpvq
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Did I mention we got our Roger Goodell shirts in the other day!!!Report

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Turn your body into a corpse.Report

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Sabbath?Report

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Got it my man.Report

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Don’t think I won’t!Report

hugowasmyhomeboy
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T-24 wooooooooReport

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What are you referring to?Report

hugowasmyhomeboy
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1st Pats game of any kind this yearReport

DinoScapelli
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I’ve never felt so lonely in my life.

Good night, you blind, arrogant, bandwagon, Steeler-fan-wannabes!!!Report

DinoScapelli
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Huh! BoSoxJim has a new enterprise. –––––––––––––––>

https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/894999790186057728/1ZUuhdMc?format=jpg&name=386×202Report

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I can’t believe that Bill Barnwell didn’t even mention the fact that the Patriots taped other teams practices from space using satellites launched by Vladimir Putin! Why else would Bob Kraft give his SB ring to the Russian mob boss? And Kraft is friends with Donald Trump, who is in cahoots with Putin to turn the United States into a New Soviet Republic!

And Barnwell never even mentioned it.Report

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24 hours from now, I will be wide awake and ready to level my laser sights on the play of guys who will most likely never make the Pats roster! That’s the definition of a fan, I guess.Report

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Texans haven’t seen the Gronk situation play out going to start JJ tonight…#dumbReport

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No Brady, Gronk or Cooks for tomorrow??Report

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i sure hope notReport

Patriots Dpvq
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They are all sittingReport

bring
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Says who?Report

Calipatsfan3473
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Not surprising.Report

Patriots Dpvq
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no problems hereReport

dp73
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DinoScapelli
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Nice article!Report

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Good afternoon fellasReport

Neil X
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Ooh, Gilleslie with a hammie injury. Not good.Report

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He’s been out of practice since last week.Report

dp73
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I sold my preseason tickets but I will be watching at home.
This is when we get to see the players for ourselves and not just reporters at camp.Report

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I am surprised you could find someone to buy presason tickets.

This year I get to go to two games, Carolina and the Chargers. Really looking forward to it.Report

dp73
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I am looking looking forward to all the games. This year I am going to Ca to see a USC game. It has been a long time since i have been to a college game.Report

Neil X
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Not a college fan. My college, the University of Chicago, barely had a football program at all. (Yes, they used to be in the Big 10, and still have won more Big 10 Championships than Indiana University,) but when I was a freshman, a refrigerator was elected homecoming queen…….Report

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It is hard to find people that want to buy preseason tickets. The people I usually target are people that have zero chance to go to a regular season game but want to take the kid or wife to a game.

None of my friends or family want to go with me to a preseason game with me anymore because they get to go to regular season games.

The price of preseason tickets going down from $117 to 57 was helped the attendance to preseason games.Report

Neil X
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I didn’t realize there had been such a dramatic fall in the price of preseason tickets.Report

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Ah, real football. So closeReport

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Great article on ESPN (I know, oxymoron) on the 07 pats.Report

dp73
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There are good articles on ESPN and there are bad ones too.I think that many Patriots are too dismissive of ESPN.Report

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Just stay away from comments. Lots of people screaming “cheaters” without any factsReport

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The comments section is lavaReport

Jdog Lemon Head
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Amazing that people still associate spygate with taping practicesReport

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Well Goodell did destroy the taping practices tapes, along with the Zapruder film, JFK’s sextape with Marilyn Monroe, the 1947 Roswell UFO tapes….Report

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Nice reason by Vince on why Tom is the GOAT:
http://www.weei.com/blogs/ryan-hannable/vince-wilfork-shares-reason-why-tom-brady-best-quarterback-all-time

Summary: Tom didn’t have the HOF weapons around him. The one time he did (Randy Moss), he broke records.Report

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VW is live on Patriots.comReport

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It was great!!Report

Neil X
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Man, there is an actual Patriots game tomorrow night. Awesomesauce.Report

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I still cannot think of preseason as actual games..Report

Neil X
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So did Vince sign a one day contract with the Patriots?Report

Saturn III
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Sure did.Report

Saturn III
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Does anyone know why Eric Rowe has been out? He looked really good from the reports but now injured I guess?Report

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No idea- unless he’s earned some time off.Report

Saturn III
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It’s odd, haven’t heard anything about it.Report

Saturn III
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*self pat on the back* as predicted, Paxton Lynch is flopping in Denver.Report

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The Broncos are denying trying to trade for AJ MacCarron- I think it could be true- they are in panic mode.Report

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AJ’s upside is way better than that statue Lynch – but that’s the problem, he needs to develop a bit more as well.Report

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If they play Siemien for this year and develop AJ- it could pay off. But in that division the Raiders will be so far ahead of Denver that they may never catch up.Report

Saturn III
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KC in the same boat with Smith/Mahomes.Report

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First of all – I just saw dyims message below. I am really happy for him and I fervently wish him and his family the best. I am not the praying type, but my thoughts are definitely with him. Second – RIP Coach Macpherson. He was always remembered for being upbeat and cheery, took a 1-15 team to 6-10 (can you believe that he was seriously considered for COTY award?!) While you were an example of how college coaches rarely have success in the NFL, you were also hamstrung by a horrible management. It was unfair to read that players… Read more »
Neil X
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Yeah, let’s wallow in the pain…….Report

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If you could write an article it would be wonderfulReport

bring
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that 3 season period with rust and macpherson definitely was a low point for the franchise

prior to them, fairbanks, erhardt, meyer, and berry were all decent coaches – only erhardt was under .500Report

Neil X
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Those seasons were the lowest of the low. I wonder what Lisa Olson is up to these days.Report

Saturn III
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Ouch, don’t ask Zeke Mowatt.Report

Saturn III
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What a journey it’s been from those hideous teams to now, amazing. I’m 43 and wouldn’t dreamed of what the Pats have become, we are blessed.Report

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I’m 48 – know what it’s like to experience the lows – some of the pups on this board have no ideaReport

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They are fortunate and cursed at the same time, because this doesn’t last forever, so their coping skills will be tested lol.Report

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Any article would be welcomed- especially about the Pats past.Report

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bring – by two rookies, I meant Rivers and WiseReport

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Got it – didn’t see Rivers mentioned, so I wasn’t sure.

I agree. Not worried at all about Rivers lack of buzz so far – the kid is switching from D-line to playing in space – that will take time. Remember how little Bruschi played his first season? He was a situational pass rusher only.Report

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“Tom Brady also owns the Jets.”Report

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