A Visit From St. Belichick

-by DNOMN8R314

(with sincere apologies to Clement Moore)

‘Twas the night before Chrsitmas, and all through Gillette
Not a player was stirring, no rookie nor vet.
Their stockings were hung by each locker with care
In hopes that St. Belichick soon would be there.

The players were resting at home in their beds
While visions of playoff byes danced in their heads,
And Giselle and I waited, awake, not alert,
With creamed avocados – a tasty dessert.

But out in the parking lot came such a bustle;
I ran to the doors with 1,000-yard hustle
And threw them wide open, revealing the night
That I wished would be covered in snow falling white.

The lighthouse, emitting its beckoning glow,
Gave a summons to any intruder below.
But what in my vision appeared, to my shock?
An unhurrying car with an hour-different clock.

With the scowl on his face so familiarly still,
I knew in an instant it must be St. Bill.
From out of the shadows, assistants! They came
And he pointed to each as he called them by name:

“Hey, Flores! Hey, Dante! Hey, Judge and Schuplinski!
Hey, Chad! Hey, McDaniels, you pricey buttinsky!
To the lockers at once! Your instructions you know:
Before the reporters get wind of this, go!”

They darted away, and I marveled and thought,
“Isn’t Bill a curmudgeon? I guess that he’s not.”
But noises reminded me what he had said,
And I ran to the locker room, chasing the thread.

I opened the door and I peeked through the crack
And saw the assistants at work with no slack.
But where was their leader? My eyes wandered ’round
As I pondered the place where St. Bill could be found.

Then the answer jumped into my mind in a flash;
To the film room I raced with an antelope’s dash.
I spotted the glow from his regular screen,
Then the man who was watching, a regular scene.

His eyes were unblinking, his stare was unmoving;
He watched for the areas needing improving.
He’d thrown on a hoodie, last Sunday’s, I’d guess,
As haphazard as all of the rest of his dress.

The plays he was watching, from yesterday’s game,
Were the best and the worst, of elation and shame.
He’d tell us on Wednesday what needed a fix,
But also encourage our talents and tricks.

He sat still as a statue while watching those plays
And I knew not to bother his analyst’s gaze.
I quietly left, making no distinct noise,
Then went to the stockings, now filled with new toys.

I wanted to open my gifts on display;
Not now, though. Tomorrow. I’d learn Christmas Day.
I turned, hearing footsteps behind in the hall;
St. Bill was departing the latest of all.

He’d come and completed today’s Christmas mission,
So he went to his car and turned on the ignition,
And I head him exclaim as he drove out of sight:
“Merry Christmas to all; do your job, and good night!”

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Happy 2019 all!

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I guess every NE fan will become a Houston Texans fan this week. It’s a new season now and anything can happen, go Patriots!

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Pogba really didn’t like Mourinho

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I hope Patterson is good to go for the playoffs.

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Hmmm. Pats 23 Jets 17

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That would make mad with our D

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Forget something DNOM?

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I don’t know Y you would. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hmm no Patterson, less to work with.

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Time for a Slater TD? ๐Ÿ™‚

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Dorsett.

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only 3 WR available

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Happy game day everyone! Interesting to see that Rivers is active today over davis and clayborn… maybe he’ll show up

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Time for the traditional Sunday peanut butter and fig sandwich and some thrilling Premier League association football.

Then, it’s all about the American football sport. Gooooo, Raiders, Broncos, and Brownies!!!

Oh, and Go, Patriots.

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No thrilling EPL matches today. all boring ๐Ÿ™‚

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We all expect the Jests to mail it in today, but remember that the Pats have mailed some in this season when they were overconfident. What, Me Worry?

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The Jets won’t mail it in. They’d love to mke the Pats playoff run more difficult and the players will be auditionng on tape for a new HC.

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ok, did we already have an all-caps GAME DAY post yet? Where is Nate when you need someone to tell you the date and time of the week???

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ITS DONE SON SEE BELOW

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TB was in the building at 8.18. Really early.

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Pfft, I woke up at 8:30, and put on pants. Pants!

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Congrats!!!

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Here’s wishing Teddy Bridgewater luck in today’s game, which he will start for the Saints. He may not be a great QB, but he is a good dude who has been through a lot.

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…And remember, it’s only the Jets.

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J-E-T-S

SUCK! SUCK! SUCK!

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Zack Cox @ZackCoxNESN
The Jets’ CB situation is a mess right now. Mo Claiborne is out, too.

No Trumaine Johnson, No Roberts, No Clayborn on defense
No Quincy Enunwa, No Jermaine Kearse on offense.

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this is the week when the new look passing game (w/o Gordon) could get some practice and much needed confidence-building…

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Michael Giardi @MikeGiardi
On Rob Gronkowski, several #Patriots cited his past performance for why they believe the big tight end still has big moments/games left in him. “I know he hasn’t had the same stats, but when it comes time for it, heโ€™s going to be out there making plays for us,” said Duron Harmon.

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If Flores leaves this season, i wouldn’t mind that BB add Todd Bowles as DC

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No openings

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Will the Jets even show up today?

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I would prefer if they mailed it in this time. This Pats team needs a bye week like an adult man needs a double portion of avocado ice-cream!

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That would be 2 weeks bye ๐Ÿ™‚

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one bye week per portion eaten, seems fair.

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Week 17. Damn, the season always goes so fast

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GAME DAY GO PATS

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Gronk is averaging 14.6 yards per catch this season. That’s still a good (last year he had 15.7). The real drop are YAC.

That’s not on Brady, that’s on Gronk. He has not been able to run over people, breaking tackles like he has done all his career.

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I think that is accurate.

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Gronk YAC

2017 season: 13 games – 324 YAC (3.1 p/tgt), #3 among TE’s
2018 season: 12 games – 166 YAC (2.4 p/tgt), #19 among TE’s

https://www.playerprofiler.com/nfl/rob-gronkowski/#!#current-year

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if he was open tom would throw to him

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This not about the catches themselves, it is about what happens after he catches the ball.

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so tom doesnt throw to him because he wont break a tackle?

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WHEN Tom throws to him, he is not breaking tackles like he has done all his career.

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i think u need to stop

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just like how u dint realize toms supporting cast sucks u dont realize gronk is being triple teamed

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Brady won SB’s with suporting casts worse than the 2018 cast

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exactly it always all on TOM

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I didn’t say it was Tom fault.

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I don’t know if Gronk is done. But he hasn’t been the Gronk we know. Just look his YAC this season

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how do u get open when 3 guys are on you?????

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That’s not the issue. When he catches the ball, that’s when trouble starts for defenders, because he can run over them. Not this season.

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huh

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he is double amd tripled covered

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It is not the first season he got double and triple coverage. The difference is that he is not breaking tackles after the catch.

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thats idiotic so tom doesnt throw for the first down???

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so he can get open but tom wont throw it to him because he cant truck guys????

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but again u just look at stats

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all you guys say gronk is done. you haven’t seen anything yet

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?

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what is your question

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what did we haven’t seen?

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gronk isnt done just watch

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I hope so. He and Edelman are the most important weapons Brady can use.
White could also be there if Josh and BB wanted.

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there is no one else so i dont know what the other options are

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Patterson as deep threat (fly routes on the outside to spread some D’s, reverses and screen plays), Hogan as WR3 can get some chances to get open and Dorsett as not been used properly (i watched many times where he was wide open, but he was not the designed target of those plays).

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patterson and hogan are only useful as pass options if they have a guy like gordon. man do u pay attention

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Patterson is more valuable than you think. He is not a great WR, specially because he is not a good route runner and can’t read D’s like usually our WR’s should, so that they can be on the same page as Brady.
But Patterson is really dangerous as runner in space and a very good blocker, that’s how Pats should use him to make defenses to respect him. Plus he has good hands, he doesn’t have many drops.

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he cant run routes but he is a good WR? ok

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throw deep on 1:1 situations

“He is not a great WR”

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hogan is our WR1 now thats the problem

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show the me the plays

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but you dont actually watch the games

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Game day. It would be nice to end the regular season with some momentum.

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^^ THIS

PS: Plus 1 week bye

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Props to Kyler Murray, he had a great game against a superior team but if Tua continues to raise his game next year he will be the most wanted draft pick for sure, the kid is unreal. Clemson and the Tide is going to be a hell of a game!

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Well, finally score a TD, get penalized so ‘Bama gets good field position. Smart.

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Game.

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Over.

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Here’s what “Bama’s thinking: Hell, our arch rival Auburn scored 56 points in the first half of their game, I think we can beat that this game.

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“upon further review, our refs are blind but if it helps Alabama, who cares?”

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“15 yards against Oklahoma for having a good run back on the return.”

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“Upon further review., just like the Cotton Bowl, we will continue to make calls to ensure a Clemson- Alabama final even though the evidence says otherwise.”

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Oklahoma is going to get killed.

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Come on coach, put in Rudy.

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Too late.

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James Harrison reaction to Brady dismisses injury rumors
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxFpbobRyKQ

Very interesting

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not being a jackass but whats the interesting part?

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He actually praised Brady for his work ethic, study habits, etc. He said Brady season was not as good not because he was hit by the age, but because the offense overall (O-line and receivers) have not played well enough.

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I could have told you that.
I watched it. I found it funny when the fat guy tried to say its Toms preparation that may be going down hill. that was fnnn funny

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but you are biased ๐Ÿ™‚

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no im not blind. the Gordon loss hurts big time because he actually was getting open

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if you cant see the pressure Tom has gotten this year then I cant help you. you aren’t watching the game very closely

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I’m with you Jon. It is pretty obvious that it has nothing to do with “father time”. I’d say it’s a combination of the weapons around him and the play calling (which is a direct result of the weapons around him). He hasn’t lost anything off his fastball physically or lost any mental aspect of the game from a year ago. It’s the supporting cast.

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Hmmmm. For the most part I agree, but Tom has had brain fart moments he normally wouldn’t have. Like not knowing they had no more timeouts at the end of the half thus leaving points on the field.

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So is the AFC East going to have 2 new Head Coaches or 3 next year?
Mcdermott will be fired after the 2019 season

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Looks like 2 right now.

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yeah

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So long, Todd Bowles.

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Not a surprise.

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Adam Gase could be fired———->

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I don’t think he’s a bad coach. I think that team is just run poorly from the top down

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I thought he would do well.

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Anybody picking the Sooners over Bama?

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Don’t think so.

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Alabama is dropping a 50 burger at least on that defense.

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yeah, it doesn’t look promising for Okie’s defense. They give up too many points

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Game over.

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The game was over when the teams were announced. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The beginning of the game gave me hope that the Irish could move the ball a bit. Big plays are killing them on the other side of the ball and now Book looks overwhelmed

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Kind of looks that way.

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Clemson/Bama IV coming right up

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Yup.

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back breaker TD

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ND playing another soft schedule and going undefeated only to get housed by a good team. Could have had at least 5 teams that would have been better than these bums. Ain’t gonna be any of these playoff teams with no offense.

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Haskins was coming on strong towards the end of the year for OSU. Would have been a good QB matchup. Buckeyes can score

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I hate OSU but give me them or Georgia any day over Notre Dame. Every time they get into these games they get embarrassed by far superior teams.

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Georgia would also have been a good match up. Strong defense. Gave bama all they could handle

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Georgia and Ohio State would’ve been much better choices. The first Georgia Alabama game was amazing. They denied the world an opportunity to see a re-match.

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I agree. Evan Lazar posted a similar thought on twitter when the teams were announced and all the Notre Dame fans destroyed and mocked him. He’s obviously classier than me because I would be trolling them all so hard right now. Maybe wait until the game is over. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hello Patriots fans around the world

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Afternoon CR!!