Preseason Y Factors 2017: Patriots at Texans

-by DNOMN8R314

Hey, a weekend game in the South on a day Chick-Fil-A is open!

For the second straight week, the Patriots will face an opponent after practicing jointly with them for two days. New England and Houston have plenty of recent history, having faced each other in Week 3 and the Divisional Round last year; their preseason assignment and practices are a continuation of there camaraderie. But of course the preseason is not about connecting with old friends, as there is football to be played and rosters to be formed. Here are five less-emphasized players to keep an eye on come Saturday.

Damarius Travis, S: Jordan Richards’ struggles against Jacksonville took focus off Travis’ strong play from the safety spot, the Minnesota UDFA finishing as Pro Football Focus’ fourth-highest graded Patriot of the game. An apparent injury (he practiced non-contact on Monday) may limit his progress, but if Richards continues to play poorly and Travis continues his quality snaps, he could have a chance at not just a spot on the practice squad but on the 53-man roster. Most projections have Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, and Duron Harmon locked into key roles along with special teamers Nate Ebner and Brandon King, so if Travis is to make the squad, it will almost certainly be as a developmental sixth safety. The positive focus last week was on wide receiver Austin Carr and tight end Jacob Hollister, but Travis is definitely an under-the-radar player to watch.

D.J. Killings, CB: Another less-noticed Patriot who showed some solid play in the Jacksonville game, Killings has been generally quieter in camp but did come up with a key run stop last Thursday. Bill Belichick likes his corners to be able to stop the run, so that could be a positive sign for Killings’ future with the Patriots. Of course, it takes more than one play for anyone to make the team, so it will take sustained strong play for Killings to demonstrate that he is more than a practice squad-caliber player, or worse, a camp body.

Caleb Kidder, DE: As with Adam Butler’s appearance on this list last week, Kidder’s inclusion is more in regards to the lack of depth on the defensive edge, especially with injuries to Deatrich Wise Jr., Derek Rivers, and Kony Ealy. New England signed Keionta Davis, but he has yet to practice with the team, so he will almost certainly not play Saturday. Highly-recruited linebacker Harvey Langi has played mostly on the defensive edge, but Kidder, now the second-to-last man on the depth chart, could receive plenty of snaps against the Texans. Kidder has almost zero expectations from outside observers, which (this is not a prediction of what he will do) makes him a candidate to surprise out of nowhere.

Jamil Douglas, G: One of last year’s practice-squad guards, Douglas’ 2016 experience in the New England system makes him an outside candidate to claim a roster spot. Here, I am going off on a tangent. I was going to write about how Douglas has been exclusively a backup here, but doesn’t have the versatility of Ted Karras, but may show enough to stick around, and then I realized that reminded me of Chris Barker. Whether this makes you want to root for Douglas more or less depends on your feelings towards Barker.

Sam Cotton, TE: Of the two tight ends signed by New England this year as UDFAs, Jacob Hollister is the better receiver of the two, while Cotton is the blocking specialist. While Cotton is sixth on the six-man depth chart, Belichick has traditionally used his third tight end as a blocker, meaning the chances of the ex-Cornhusker sticking around (most likely on the practice squad) are not as low as might be thought.

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hugowasmyhomeboy
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If you have even the most passing interest in baseball, you’ve gotta read these. The dude is an unbelievable writer for a former pro athlete. Curious, witty, occasionally poetic, and ties in the mundane with broader cultural observations without forcing it.
http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/lars-anderson-discovers-japan-part-6/

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Ugh, just found out my son got put on the flag football team called the Jets and he has to wear green all season. Should I request the league that he switch teams, to avoid him being scarred for life?

of course, one of the other teams is named the Seals, so I am not sure that is much better.

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Seal.

I’d pull my son off that team with the quickness. Can’t have my seed being associated with them.

Neil X
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OK, I can’t help but notice that none of these Y Factors were any factor at all.

HunterCenter
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Kidder had a decent game, according to BB

hugowasmyhomeboy
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Kidder played some pretty good snaps early on. Not saying he’s roster worthy but he did well. He was in on an impressive run stuff. Looks like an undersized 5-tech DE.

HunterCenter
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I’ll believe it when I see it, but if it happens, this would be a huge boon to the DL situation currently…

https://www.patspulpit.com/2017/8/22/16182496/can-patriots-edge-geneo-grissom-emerge-in-his-third-season-flowers-rivers-wise-ealy

bring
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I didn’t realize Grissom was hurt. That might explain why Easley started.

HunterCenter
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no matter how meh Ealy plays right now, I think BB has no choice but to keep him, unless he sucks so badly that BB is forced to make a trade. If Grissom can get healthy, he’s got a really good shot at making the team and playing D now.

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Good morn….er…..WAKE UP!!

HunterCenter
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I can’t see! Must have been the counterfeit eclipse glasses! Aaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy

cqrun
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If Pauly is lurking…. thank you for the suggestion of looking for local eclipse events. There was a nearby observatory that hosted one today that was a lot of fun and helped pass the time while the moon slowly moved over the sun.

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Hehehe- Geno Smith turns the ball over in the endzone. Giants have not scored a TD in preseason.

Calipatsfan3473
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And the Browns fumble the ball.

cqrun
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One good TO deserves another.

cqrun
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Surely that means they will be playing in the SB this year.

Jonc77
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I remember when Geno was better than Tom

Calipatsfan3473
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When was that?

Jonc77
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you will have to ask opinion slayer. think Genos rookie year

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Do you want to stop ISIS and AL-Qaeda just make countries like Saudi Arabia accountable, not Iran.
Wahhabism is what we should be fighting, not all Islam.

Deadsmack #NotDone
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Going to Middle East again fighting for Saudi Arabia??? FK NO

Time for Europe to make their own path. Right now, solving the Ukraine problem is much more important

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The Crimea is a disaster.

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What EU did to that region is shameful. Not that i defend what Russia did, but supporting the alt-right movements there was clearly a disgrace

cqrun
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‘Time for Europe to make their own path.’
Not sure if you have seen it, but there is a new book titled ‘The Strange Death of Europe’ that might interest you.

Calipatsfan3473
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Kizer is not ready to be an NFL QB.

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I don’t think he’ll make it, wasn’t high on him at Notre Shame

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Odell hit low and in the locker room.

Deadsmack #NotDone
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Josh Norris βœ” @JoshNorris
Odell shown in pain outside of the locker room. Finally attended to.

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The replay does not look good—————————————->

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New York Giants βœ” @Giants
Injury Update: Odell Beckham Jr. suffered an ankle sprain #NYGvsCLE

Calipatsfan3473
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And being evaluated for a concussion.

cqrun
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But that ankle sprain will keep him out for a while.

cqrun
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‘Finally attended to.’
Did the trainers huddle on the sideline and debate whether they would go out there and check on him?

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With Solder out, any chance Waters comes back?

Calipatsfan3473
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His chair is still unfolded in front of his locker.

cqrun
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Pats will need to Soldier on now.

Calipatsfan3473
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And the Giants have just intercepted Brock.

Calipatsfan3473
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Giants defense looks pretty good.

Calipatsfan3473
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Going to be interesting to see how the Browns do against the Giants.

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Yesssss!! TSO will be at 3 nearby venues this year!!!

Calipatsfan3473
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What’s a “TSO”??

MasterAndCommander
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After many years, they finally return to Baltimore at the Royal Farms Arena. Older venue, but great acoustics. Was supposed to be replaced by now, but the city council nixed it at the last minute. Verizon Center sucks for music. Giant Center in Hershey, PA is ok.

UPDATE: Verizon is now called Capital One Arena as of last week.

Calipatsfan3473
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Concert halls have concerts for a reason- arenas are not good for music.

MasterAndCommander
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I think the one in Baltimore was originally built more for music, but could also be used for hockey, indoor soccer, etc.

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Acoustics are usually poor in arenas.

MasterAndCommander
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AGreed, but this was built with a stage for concerts.

MasterAndCommander
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Well for those of you who are GoT wimps, here’s something that’ll be more at your speed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhWUFXvaZjo&feature=youtu.be

DinoScapelli
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Well, I’m thirsty, and my laptop is roasting my particulars. I shouldn’t have wrapped my comforter over my legs just to give Redtail a comfortable surface to cuddle up to. Heat stroke is surely nigh.

Good night, you mourners of Joseph Levitch!!!

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Ice the wine! G’nite, Dino…

Calipatsfan3473
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Have a nice evening- give Redtail a scratch for me πŸ™‚

Calipatsfan3473
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So if Blount bombs out with the Eagles- does he return to the Pats?

Dingo
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Only if the Pats have injuries, and if he can pass the physical.

DinoScapelli
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I don’t see it happening.

Calipatsfan3473
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I don’t either but with Gillislee still not practicing- it could be an option.

Dingo
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Goodell close to signing contract extension + solar eclipse = ?

DinoScapelli
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Darkness spreading across the globe.

Dingo
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It could be worse:
Ian Rapoportβœ”
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#Jets owner Woody Johnson was sworn in as UK Ambassador, so brother Christopher Johnson has assumed the role of team CEO.

Calipatsfan3473
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Woody just wanted a vacation.

DinoScapelli
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On the other hand, what a fortunate name Woody Johnson is.

Calipatsfan3473
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Hopefully he looked directly at the sun.

Dingo
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He has been blinded by ambition, so the sun can’t hurt him much more…

DinoScapelli
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Did we all enjoy the eclipse? I was outside all day, but didn’t attempt to see the minimal overlap. It didn’t get dark enough to be interesting.

Calipatsfan3473
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I was kicking a dryer but Trump decided to watch it with no eye protection- smart guy.

DinoScapelli
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He proves that every day.

Calipatsfan3473
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I was trying to be nice.

Dingo
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It was okay. Only 60% coverage.

DinoScapelli
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How did Kony Ealy look in Saturday’s game? I watched, but didn’t really try to spot details like that.

Dingo
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Not sure if he played. Nothing credited in the box score.

DinoScapelli
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That is his normal stat line.

DinoScapelli
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Overall, I have not been impressed with the defense, but of course it’s only really practice.

bring
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He played most of the game so he’s getting the opportunity – he certainly has nothing to complain about

DinoScapelli
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Did he do anything? I don’t remember hearing his name.

Calipatsfan3473
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Very little to brag about.

DinoScapelli
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[sigh] DE is going to be an issue.

Calipatsfan3473
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They may trade for one- soon.

DinoScapelli
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Considering what Bill was able to get out of Vrabel and Ninkovich, I guess I should be hopeful.

Calipatsfan3473
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There’s always hope πŸ™‚

DinoScapelli
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And where there’s Hope there’s Crosby.

Calipatsfan3473
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Bing?

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Bingo.

Calipatsfan3473
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Dead.

bring
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They have a bunch of OLBs including HT who can play there

bring
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Jumped off sides badly to start the game. Came too far upfield on QB keeper that allowed Watson to easily cut it back and score later in the game

Calipatsfan3473
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That wasn’t good.

DinoScapelli
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Oh, boy. Who was it in Ealy’s uniform in that great SB 50?

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Tintin and appliance repair. I guess this preseason lacks drama, huh?

Calipatsfan3473
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They’re very important topics.

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Rotoworld: According to NJ.com’s Matt Lombardo, LeGarrette Blount has dealt with “weight issues” at Eagles camp, and has “disappointed” in practice.
Both Lombardo and NFL insider Adam Caplan have suggested Blount might not make the Eagles. Signed to a mere one-year, $1.25 million deal with next to no guarantees, Blount has reportedly been outplayed by Wendell Smallwood, and looked lost running out of the shotgun in Philly’s second preseason game.

DinoScapelli
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What an unfortunate name Wendell Smallwood is.

Dingo
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I hear you. My real name is Percival Sweetwater III.

HunterCenter
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It’s because Blount is merely an average RB, always has been, and now he’s old. People are surprised at the situation in Philly?

Calipatsfan3473
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Great- clothes dryer is busted- guess I’ll be going to Lowe’s this week.

Jdog Lemon Head
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Do you know what the issue is? Do a google search and see if you can easily fix it yourself

hugowasmyhomeboy
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Cali if it’s one of the ones with electronics, you can definitely do the diagnostic test yourself and at least get an idea of what’s busted.

Calipatsfan3473
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It’s a very simple dryer we got when we moved here because we had an electric one and needed a gas one. It wouldn’t be a good idea for me to try to fix anything!!

hugowasmyhomeboy
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Damn…. any clue what’s wrong with it?

Calipatsfan3473
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Not tumbling.

Kariya
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Probably the belt. Would be a cheap repair. Lots of parts on amazon or any repair shop. Many tutorials on Youtube.

Jdog Lemon Head
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youtube is awesome for repairs. I’ve repaired many random things thanks to youtube, whereas before, I probably would have gotten a new one or paid someone to repair it.

Kariya
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What is the make and model?

Calipatsfan3473
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It’s a Roper- don’t know that I still have the book it came with.

Kariya
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I think it’s a whirlpool brand. There are a bunch of videos on youtube.

Calipatsfan3473
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Thanks for your suggestion but I think we need to get a more energy efficient one.

Kariya
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If you are moving to Maine in 3 years you may not realize your ROI…. πŸ™‚

Calipatsfan3473
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I’m going to need a good handyman!!

Jdog Lemon Head
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Whatever you do, don’t listen to Jim, He’s a different type of handyman. He’s got plastic laid out everywhere.

Calipatsfan3473
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I’m just happy that I’ll be going to Lowe’s- don’t want Boyce to drop anything on me in Home Depot!!

Jdog Lemon Head
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Smart move!

Jdog Lemon Head
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Check Culture Club. I heard they’ll tumble 4 ya

Saturn III
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Bullocks – how old is it?

Calipatsfan3473
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26 years old. It’s time.

Saturn III
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Wow that’s awesome you made it last that long. I think ours is 15 and I thought that was good LOL. Ours is a Whirlpool.

Calipatsfan3473
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I always get the appliances that have the least amount of bells and whistles on them- they seem to last longer.

Jdog Lemon Head
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Probably is time if it’s that old but it just goes to show you how much better products were back in the day. I had a microwave from the 80s that was still functioning well in 2014. Had to get rid of it because we didn’t have space but I loved that thing.

Calipatsfan3473
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The microwaves were quite large back in the 80’s- we had one for over 20 years- thing was a tank.

dfwpatsfan
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I guess Belichick is disappointed with the partial eclipse, he expects totality out of everything. Poor moon, cannot even live up to BB’s standards.

Jdog Lemon Head
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Nobody works harder than the sun.

hugowasmyhomeboy
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Great snakes, TIntin talk killed the blog

dfwpatsfan
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Billions of bilious blue blistering barnacles, what’s happening here?!

hugowasmyhomeboy
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ten thousand thundering typhoons!

Panic Time
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Je dirais meme plus: “ten thousands thundering typhoons”

hugowasmyhomeboy
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to be precise, ten thousand thundering typhoons!

Panic Time
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How do you guys insert an image in your comments?

hugowasmyhomeboy
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I copy and paste the address of the picture into the post. Like, http://……… dot jpg.

JLStokes
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I thought Langi, Ealy, Coleman, Burkhead and C. Jones.

That was one bad day by Butler. Frequently roasted.

Deadsmack #NotDone
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I want to dedicate the next instrumental music to the eclipse. πŸ™‚

Godsmack- Vampires
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngkkuq5ZB_0

Dingo
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The Knack’s My Corona (Sharona).

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Dingo
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Is that Zeke Elliot and his defense team?

Panic Time
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Tintin?

hugowasmyhomeboy
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Hell yeah! that’s from Prisoners of the Sun

Calipatsfan3473
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The beast is barking- at nothing.

Deadsmack #NotDone
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104.3 The FAN @1043TheFan
BREAKING: Sources tell @bstokley14 the #Broncos have made their decision and will name @TrevorSiemian their starting QB.

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Duh.

Panic Time
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Did anybody died yet?

Deadsmack #NotDone
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I’m alive, i just felt a small bite in my neck πŸ™‚

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Calipatsfan3473
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Boyce- he got hit in the head with a football πŸ™‚

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Calipatsfan3473
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I’m assuming he was supposed to catch the ball with his hands- but we all know how that story ends.

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Don’t piss off Mr. Walnuts!

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Jdog Lemon Head
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So you could say he “dropped” dead

Dingo
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If this blog doesn’t pay homage to me, I am going to order Vince Wilfork to eat the sun. You have five minutes to decide.

Deadsmack #NotDone
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He can’t eat the Sun in Portugal πŸ˜›
Well, just 10%

Calipatsfan3473
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How much does it cost??

Deadsmack #NotDone
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One fake dollar πŸ™‚

Calipatsfan3473
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The Secret Service could use some of those.

Dingo
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A half dozen McBaby sammiches. No onions.

BoSoxJim
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You ate my baby! No homage for you! Come back 1 year!

Dingo
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I will be back in April of 2024. You’ve been warned!!!

BoSoxJim
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Dingoes can’t add

Panic Time
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If it doesn’t use Kingsford charcoal, Vince will not bother and I don’t believe the sun needs any more cooking.

Calipatsfan3473
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Pretty grey outside here.

Deadsmack #NotDone
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Be careful with the vampires πŸ™‚

Jdog Lemon Head
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Is it about 50 shades?

Deadsmack #NotDone
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I just want to say that free speech doesn’t mean we are allowed to use hate speech.
Those kids involved in those terrorist acts in Spain are also somehow victims of the hate speech by fake religion leaders.

Defending the free speech about bigotry, racism, xenophobia, religious extremism, women rights, etc is not to improve a democracy.
It is just a way to explore the thin frontier what’s acceptable in a democracy and to defend a civilizational regression.

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Spanish authorities on Monday shot and killed Younes Abouyaaqoub, the suspected driver of the van that plowed into crowds last week in Barcelona, according to a tweet from the Catalan police.

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Good, don’t have to waste money on a trial, hoped he died slowly.

Deadsmack #NotDone
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instant death, he was shot by the police after he refused to surrender

Saturn III
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That’s ok still.

HunterCenter
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we’ll take what we can get

Saturn III
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One less POS in the world.

HunterCenter
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Only 6+ Billion left to go!

Saturn III
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LOL but whose counting?

dfwpatsfan
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Damn Hunter, you missed your morning coffee?

HunterCenter
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I’m just kidding.

dfwpatsfan
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A part of me wishes they caught him alive so that they can out all the cells in EU. Probably wishful thinking.

HunterCenter
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that’s even more wishful than my thinking Garcia could take the Swing T job as a rookie!

Neil X
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Dear God, if you want us to impeach Trump, send us a sign today by blotting out the sun.

HunterCenter
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his team will only select/use the data from the part of the country with 1% coverage, of course

Saturn III
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Them call it alternative facts.

HunterCenter
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not that I put much stock in preseason polls, but USC at #4 and Penn St at #6 are kinda surprising to me.

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McSorley and Barkley are returning for PSU and Darnold with Ronald Jones as well for USC. Plus even though Jackson left, USC’s D returns most of the front 7. PSU will have a tougher time staying highly ranked though since the Big10 is deeper than the Pac 12, but yeah I can see it. Now Wisconsin at 9 is a bit high IMO.

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Anyone know what’s wrong with Garcia? Could he be an IR stash?

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I was really hoping he’d take the Swing T job as a rookie and they could get rid of Waddle and/or Fleming, but it sounds like that was wishful thinking on my part. Maybe an IR-return stash since they get one “extra” of those this season. I haven’t heard much about his injury. Reiss seemed to think he was moving well and holding his own, for a rookie, this offseason before he got hurt.

bring
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Pats Picker is a little easier when you don’t have to include Rivers and Garcia

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yeah, I bet!

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Rich Hill Retweeted
Why Falcons, why? @SalSagev_
I witnessed the #Falcons blow a 25 point lead.

I’ll stare straight into this goddamn eclipse if I want.


lol

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Just read this comment on the Boldin retirement article:
I understand why bolden retired. To play in the same division as the patriots and to be that age. It would be tough to play hard week in and week out. Both conferences seem to have heavy favorites with New England in the AFC and the rise of Chicago in the NFC.

Everyone is LOLing at the Chicago comment. I haven’t seen them or Mitch play. Are they better and is that rookie as good as the homer says?

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He’s done a lot better than Glennon.

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Thanks. I haven’t followed the rest of the league

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agreed, but that comment is still a tongue-in-cheek joke. Chicago might be more competitive this season, sure, but “the rise of Chicago in the NFC”?

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That’s gotta be sarcasm, right?

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you tell us!

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I don’t think so because he’s defending his stance:
uhhh, have you seen Trubisky play? He’s the real deal. Hes been lighting defenses up. A lot of people see a young Steve young in Trubisky. Educate yourself

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Steve Young? Trubisky can’t run like Young, not even close.

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did they ever id those 3 guys in a pats jersey that took a pic with Goodell? i’m curious if they’re real fans or staged actors.

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Probably some marginal fans that were offered a few perks to be in Goodell’s photo-op

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They did and they have been getting death threats.

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Oh that’s dumb. I understand getting heckled by family and friends but they shouldn’t take it that far.

bring
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they were normal fans like you and me, simply walking down the ramp. the nfl guy surprised them with the photo op, so they said ok, just trying to be nice. they had no idea it was a propaganda photo, and would be immediately tweeted out by the nfl

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Who here likes Rex Burkhead? *raises hand*

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He did well.

HunterCenter
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perfect Pat skill set, no? Tough, versatile, ST ability if needed, good work ethic, durable, willing to pass protect, can catch, can run after the catch.

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Kind of reminds me of Woodhead.

bring
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bb called him a 4 down player – none of the other coaches wanted to sign him

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Yep – shows what the other 31 coaches, great examples are Mike Vrabel and Nink.

Panic Time
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This time it’s for real. We’re doomed. Total eclipse.

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It’s only 84% here πŸ™‚

HunterCenter
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98% in the ATL

Calipatsfan3473
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Free agent

I have all the rooms darkened. It’s supposed to be 9-12.

HunterCenter
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Free agent

it’s only a true problem if it is Of The Heart

Jdog Lemon Head
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Yeah but every now and then you fall apart

HunterCenter
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Free agent

there’s nothing I can say

Jdog Lemon Head
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Free agent

Hmm. And I need you more than ever.

HunterCenter
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Free agent

forever is going to start tonight, I am sure of it

Jdog Lemon Head
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Free agent

There’s nothing I can do

Saturn III
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Turn around, bright eyes…..