Super Bowl LIII Prop Bets Contest

-by DNOMN8R314

Three consecutive Super Bowls means three consecutive years of prop bets contests.

Below, I’ve listed 53 prop bets for Super Bowl LIII. Send your answers to contests@patsfootballfans.com, and I will tally the results and announce a winner after the game.

I will accept guesses until 5:00 PM Eastern time on February 3 (Super Bowl Sunday), when the Patriots and Rams release their inactives. (If inactives are released earlier, that becomes the cut-off.)

Scoring: all questions except the last are worth 1 point; the last question is worth 3 points. For questions marked with a double asterisk (**), the closest answer will win points if no one answers exactly right.

Once again, good luck everyone, and GO PATS!

  1. Who will be the Patriots’ seven inactives? [NOTE: If no one gets all seven, whoever gets the most gets the points.]
  2. ** How long will Chloe x Halle’s “America the Beautiful” performance last? [NOTE: For this and other such questions, I will be timing the performance starting at the first note and ending on the last note.]
  3. ** How long will Gladys Knight’s National Anthem performance last?
  4. Will the coin toss be heads or tails?
  5. Which team will receive the opening kickoff?
  6. Which beer brand will have the first beer commercial of the game (after kickoff)?
  7. What will be the first animal to appear in a commercial (after kickoff)? [NOTE: For this question, humans don’t count as animals.]
  8. ** How many yards will the first offensive play of the game go for?
  9. What will be the first penalty of the game?
  10. Which team will call the first timeout of the game?
  11. ** What will be the time on the clock (and in what quarter) when the first scoring play of the game occurs?
  12. How will the first touchdown of the game be scored? (pass, run, interception return, etc.) [NOTE: For this and other such questions, if you do not think a touchdown will be scored, you may guess that. Similarly, if you do not think any field goals will be scored, you may guess “none” for questions about field goals, and so on.]
  13. Which team will score the first touchdown of the game?
  14. Which team will kick the first field goal of the game?
  15. ** How long will be the longest touchdown of the game? (yards)
  16. ** How long will be the longest field goal of the game? (yards)
  17. ** What will be the score at the end of the first quarter (include teams in your answer)? [NOTE: For this and other such questions, “closest” will be determined by total points off. For example, if the score at the end of the first quarter is Patriots 10, Rams 3, and your guess was Patriots 7, Rams 7: the “Patriots” guess is off by 3, and the “Rams” guess is off by 4, so this guess would be considered off by 7 points.]
  18. Who will be the Patriots’ leading rusher?
  19. Who will be the Rams’ leading rusher?
  20. Who will be the Patriots’ leading receiver?
  21. Who will be the Rams’ leading receiver?
  22. ** How many yards will the Patriots’ leading rusher have?
  23. ** How many yards will the Rams’ leading rusher have?
  24. ** How many yards will the Patriots’ leading receiver have?
  25. ** How many yards will the Rams’ leading receiver have?
  26. How many turnovers will the Patriots’ defense (or special teams) record?
  27. How many turnovers will the Rams’ defense (or special teams) record?
  28. Which player will record the first turnover of the game? [NOTE: If the first turnover is a fumble, I will accept either the player that forces or recovers it.]
  29. How many sacks will the Patriots have?
  30. How many sacks will the Rams have?
  31. ** What will be the score at the end of the first half (include teams in your answer)?
  32. ** How long will Maroon 5’s halftime show last?
  33. ** How many passes will Tom Brady complete?
  34. ** How many passes will Jared Goff complete?
  35. ** How many passing yards will Tom Brady throw for?
  36. ** How many passing yards will Jared Goff throw for?
  37. Who will lead the Patriots in tackles?
  38. Who will lead the Rams in tackles?
  39. How many total calls will be reviewed in the game? [NOTE: Touchdowns and turnovers, which are automatically reviewed, only count if the play is announced to be under review.]
  40. How many total calls will be reversed in the game?
  41. ** How many total penalties will be called in the game?
  42. ** What will be the score at the end of the third quarter (include teams in your answer)?
  43. Will the game feature at least one defensive touchdown?
  44. Will the game feature at least one special teams touchdown?
  45. Will the game feature at least one safety (the scoring play, not the position)?
  46. Will the game feature at least one successful trick play touchdown?
  47. Will the game feature at least one blocked kick?
  48. Will at least one attempted scoring kick, good or bad, hit the goalpost?
  49. ** What will be the time on the clock (and in what quarter) when the final scoring play of the game occurs?
  50. Will the game go into overtime?
  51. ** What will be the final score of the game (include teams in your answer)?
  52. What color Gatorade will be dumped on the winning coach?
  53. Who will be the Super Bowl LIII MVP?

Hah! Just when you wouldn’t expect a TUMS-O-METER prediction… we have one. True, the Pats don’t play today, so we’ll have a shortened Pro Bowl Sunday/Super Bowl Week edition. Because BSJ (and maybe a few others) are addicted to TUMS by this point in the season, we have to continue the tradition. So: in preparation for Super Bowl week and the hand wringing involved, we predict 2 bottles… for now. This number will change Superb Owl Sunday, so stay tuned for that.

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MattDog #N'KealHarryToThePats
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Gronk lost a Madden game to Gurley. He lost last year to Blount. Panic Time!!!

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This is the third year he has lost.

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Yes, I believe he lost to Marshawn Lynch

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Sorry, that was Mortal Combat.

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damn losing 28-24 2:03 left. what are we going to do???

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Punt

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damn KC is winning 21-17

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they’re gonna blow it. Too many special teams guys.

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Hello

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Yo.

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Bourbon

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FLAG!!!

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Rum?

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My ninja.

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How do we feel going to our 3rd Super Bowl in a row!?

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This sucks. Drafting in the 30s AGAIN. We’ll never get the truly high end special teamers.

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We will nail it one of these drafts!

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It just gets old.

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FLAG!!!!

15 yards for insubordination!!!

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ALLLL RIGHT!!!!!

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It’s great!!! just like knowing rum >>>>>>>> bourbon.

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GTFO

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its a dark and stormy kinda night… also there’s some bad weather outside

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We’re supposed to get rain Thurs.- Mon.- sounds like a good weekend for soup and chili.

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i made a mean bison chili about a week ago… sounds like you’ve got a perfect superbowl food plan setup

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Yup- I think the menu is set- heading to a local Indian casino with some friends to celebrate my birthday Thurs-Sat and then the game on Sunday!!

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Happy Birthday Cali! Hoch Soll Sie Leben!

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It’s the 6th- just celebrating a little early- free rooms- free food- can’t beat it!!

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happy bday man

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Thanks!!

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It’s daytime here but yeah, 20 minutes of sun and then a spritz of rain here and there. It’s brutal! 🙂

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No snow?

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Maybe on Mauna Loa?

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Ah- forgot you were still vacationing! Pick a place to watch the game yet?

MattDog #N'KealHarryToThePats
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There’s a beach bar that just opened near where I’m staying. Probably go over there and watch.

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Nice!!

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sounds like a rough life!

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https://www.boston.com/sports/new-england-patriots/2019/01/29/he-is-part-of-the-team-patriots-receivers-express-support-for-josh-gordon

It’s a shame that he worked as hard as he did, made the impact that he did on the field and with his teammates, and still relapsed. Addiction is no joke. I will still root for him here or elsewhere to get his life on track.

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I hope he can survive this addiction- he has a tough road ahead of him.

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“I remember being surprised the week he got there because he already knew half of our offense and play calls,’’ said Hogan. “That just blew me away. He went in there early and stayed there late just to learn our offense so that he could get on the field and try to make plays for us.“

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And then the demons took over.

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The demons never leave, unfortunately.

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So true.

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Frank Isola on Around the Horn, just now – “AD said he wanted to play with Irving, so if he’s not traded before deadline, gotta believe Boston is in play” – paraphrasing

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Assuming that the possibility of playing with Irving is here and not somewhere else….

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Good grief – Irving said he is extending here.

Jackie McMullen on ATH also tonight, suggested the Yahoo guy had an agenda, which is what I heard last night too. Haven’t seen anyone come out and say the Yahoo guy is right however.

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I really hope it happens bring. I hope we get to the summer, Kyrie is back, AD is stamping his feet demanding to go to Boston….

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Don’t worry about Irving.

If AD ultimately says he won’t play anywhere except LA, then Danny I’m sure will pass

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I just don’t get why nobody here is taking him at his word. Does he have a history of going back on it, honest question?

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What he said in Sept/ Oct can easily change by July. A lot happens in 9 mos.

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Then why say it?

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It ends the question… People say shit all the time they don’t mean or go back on. Welcome to the real world. I don’t put much stock in it.

Look at it this way: If Dallas traded Wesley Mathews, Dwight Powell and Dennis Smith, Jr. to NO for AD and Hill and then stretched Hill this summer. And if they dealt harrison barnes for expiring cap or he opted out. They would then have Doncic, Davis and $70M in cap space– enough for Durant and Irving.

That wouldn’t be tempting?

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Whatever dude – we choose to take Irving at his word

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I just think he’s got nothing to gain by saying that if he’s not totally sure and sets him up to look like a db if he goes back on it. He’s not a total idiot ( even if he thinks the earth is flat.) 🙂

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Geez Celtics fans have become the new Sox fans, always assuming the worst.

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No, but I like Feinstein

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It is a great book.

I met Red once and I have a story that is not in the book. 🙂

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Tell us!

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Some day 🙂

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Come on…it’s only us. Nobody checks…the internet. 🙂

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I am not worried. It is not a story that ends up with me in a orange jumpsuit. 🙂

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While everyone is focusing on young assets, the thing no one is focusing on is that there are teams that have set themselves up for this summer who can get a head start on FA by cashing out future cap space. The Pelicans will still have Holiday which will create a lure there. Instead of hoping young guys eventually develop down the road, NO best play would be to insist a team takes Solomon Hill and returns `30 M in expiring cap along with some assets/ picks. Considering the market this summer they could easily land 2-3 solid FAs. And… Read more »

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Hunter around? Almiron going to Newcastle for a record $20 million! And they’re so excited in Newcastle, they went and beat Man City….so thanks Atlanta United! 🙂

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A lady decides to attend a plastic surgery addiction meeting and takes a seat. The teaches comes in and says to the group, “Welcome, I see we have a lot of new faces today!”

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I may be late on this, but still feel furious… If there was one guy, one single person, who should have kept a low profile this week, it’s the player whose fault was not called as a penalty and who therefore pushed illegally his team in the SB, I am talking about Robey-Coleman of course. Quite unbelievable that out of all people this guy has the nerves to call out Brady…

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It’s one of the best things that could have happened to the Patriots this week, Meskoman. Far better to have real disrespect from the other team than have to manufacture it.

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as a motivation factor for the team, hell yeah, it works. It makes me furious, I can only imagine how TB12 feels 🙂

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Idon’t think that’s “manufactured disrespect”. Here’s a small sample https://twitter.com/ftbeard_17/status/1086063518242095104

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Whoa, iff DMAC really retires after this season, the NE defense is going to have a lot of new faces next year.

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Depends. DL seems to need a bit of an overhaul but Brown is still only 24 so they may stay the course. Questions on what they do with Clayborn who has been ok and probably can’t be upgraded based on the $4M he saves at but the money could reallocated depending on how they see Wise and Rivers. Big question on HT who only saves $5.3M but has really fallen off (until the last few weeks) and with Bentley returning. If they stand pat, we may be only looking at maybe one modest FA and some draft picks back filling… Read more »

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I think it’s the secondary and DL that could see the biggest changes. If DMAC retires, I’d bet Jason doesn’t come back either. Chung is under contract until 2021 but given his age, there is no guarantee he makes it that long. In the DL, I don’t think they will bring Brown back, Clayborn was disappointingly average, Davis, Shelton, Wise, Rivers, and Simon are JAGs. If someone else gives a Godfather offer to Flowers there will be a lot of work to do there. But I shouldn’t have brought it up, I don’t want to think about it until after… Read more »

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With the cap space the jets and bills have and Flores going to Miami, they have to FT Flowers. People may say he’s not worth it and his market won’t be great because he doesn’t get high sack totals but on every FA list of the top OVERALL FA, he’s in the top 5-6. And there is going to be a ton of cap space out there. There’s no “if”, he will get a huge offer if made available. Clayborn may be average but with the $4M they’d open releasing him you’re not replacing him with anything but average. I’m… Read more »

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I hope you are right that the worst case scenario for Flowers is the tag. That would be OK. Not ideal, but OK.

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I think moving on from Clayborn is a no-brainer. You can retain Simon for less than $4M against the cap instead.

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Offense may as well.

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The Saints attacked the Rams in part by throwing to Kamara a lot. I could see James White having a big day like he did against the Chargers.

http://www.espn.com/nfl/boxscore?gameId=401038118

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If James White goes off, the Pats win 🙂

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I hope so.
If you look at the 2 box score Michel and Edelman had good statistical days besides White where as Kamara was the only one to have a big day. That is why I think spreading the ball around is going to be important.

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I would love to see them use their own predictability against the Rams. LA will get pounded all week that when Michel is in they run, White they pass. Put them both in. Rams go heavy you throw they go nickel you run. Put White and Burkhead in, Burkhead and Michel. Line Patterson up in the backfield and run a draw. have Patterson in with White. I think they could torture them. And it’s not like not having Dorsett (who they don’t throw to) and Hogan (who can’t catch it) on the field is a huge issue.

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Mike Reiss

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Tom Brady on Rob Gronkowski: “When we drafted him, there was a big mosh pit on stage. Everybody was excited to see that. I remember Wes being like, ‘this is the kind of attitude we need.’ I think everyone appreciates him. For as big and physical as he is, he’s a gentle, kind man”

yes… a kind gentle man… except for when he’s bulldozing through safeties and throwin darius butler out the club…

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*Sergio Brown

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thats right… forgot which of the several pats castoffs in the colts secondary it was

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Easy to forget

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Don’t forget dropping illegal forearms

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I disagree with Mazz 99% of the time, but today he has a point: Why does McCourty even answer the retirement question with anything other than “Not thinking about that. Concentrating on the SB”. Why even create that distraction when the team is all in and seems to be focused like a laser?
That thought occurred to me last night, too. There was not even a peep about McCourty retiring until Sanders asked him, so Devin should have shot that down without leaving anyone to speculate. He didn’t, so now it has become the story of the week. Stupid.

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Maybe he’s just messin’ with the media, the way they messed with them during the season.

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Maybe, but don’t you think he should have avoided creating a distraction this week of all weeks?

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Who is it a distraction for? Won’t be for the team. It will be a distraction for the media who will all chime in with their hot takes and write a bunch of articles that in the end won’t matter.

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Hope so, because if it was news to the team, then they’ll be distracted, too. As an aside – I really really hate Felger! And Bedard has been contaminated by them now, so even Tuesdays aren’t worth watching them anymore.

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Just turn them off!!

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I only watch Bedard because he used to actually talk about the game and x’s and o’s. But he’s starting the hot take bullcrap now, too.

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We love to hate the media 🙂

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We don’t have a lot of options. Local sports media thrives on negativity.

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So we like ESPN any better?

Most of Zolak and Bedard are positive as well as Dale Arnold’s shows for decades.

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ESPN is a sewer. But true, Zo and Bertrand are fairly decent, although Beetle has his moments. (he was with Felger and Mazz too long). I don’t listen to Dale Arnold. Most of my sports media consumption is on comcast sports net.

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Not everything is a “distraction” folks.

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Jason McCourty’s take on his brother Devin’s comment that he may consider retirement after this season: “I think he’s a drama queen.”

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“Drama guy”

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Andy Isabella’s drop rate for 2018 was 5.6 (6 drops/107 catchable) 🙂

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Image how much better it could have been if not for the #BoSoxJinx

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Agreed.

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The both of you are really funny…
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It’s still not happening.

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The new recliner cover is on- Pats banner is flying- Pats lights are up- the beast has been bathed- his Pats collar has been washed- we’re ready!!

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Been hittin’ the hooch a little early today? 🙂

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That has not been purchased yet.

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I thought the beast would bath only once a year?

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He stunk.

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A woman’s life was saved because a bystander remembered how to do CPR thanks to this scene from The Office.

RT to quite literally save a life.
https://twitter.com/netflix/status/1090321218148814849

With my luck, I’d wind up with someone like Dwight.

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As long as you’re alive.

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Not after Dwight attempted to harvest my organs.

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Just sell him Boyce’s- he won’t need them anymore.

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Not true. Sami is getting him a new heart soon.

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Sami has better things to do.

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At first I was afraid, I was petrified…

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@MikeReiss
Tom Brady says seeing Rob Gronkowski enjoying Opening Night was one highlight for him, and gives him a good feeling.
@MikeReiss
Tom Brady: “I was standing right next to him and he was having a good time, which tells me a lot of good things. It means he’s feeling good, and he’s excited. I think we should all be happy about that.”

Just give us one more “Vintage Gronk” game and they’ll have Six.

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One more this season for #6……and then 19 more next season for #7

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If the Pats win this season and make it to the AFCCG again, I could legit see a scenario where the NFL manufactures a “Saints-esque” call/no-call to prevent a 4th straight SB.

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The NFL Offices would look like the Red Wedding if that happened.

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But, but, but, they hate each other and they had a secret meeting that everybody know exactly what was said. 🙂

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https://www.12up.com/posts/6282712-nfl-super-bowl-opening-night-media-day-reddit-live-stream

If I owned a television station or media outlet I would fire anyone who went on air with their hat on backwards.

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That’s discriminatory.

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It is. lol

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@KevinRDuffy
Jason McCourty not surprised by Devin’s retirement comments: “He’s a drama guy”
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Mathew Slater said he’s seen a different side of Devin McCourty this season playing with his brother Jason. Called it a “unique sense of joy.”

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Twitter data shows that the [GOAT] emoji is used most often in connection with Tom Brady’s big moments

Research Shows Goat Emoji is Used Most Often in Connection with Tom Brady’s Big Games

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This is valuable information. I’ll be dropping it inappropriately into my very next conversation.

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38m38 minutes ago

Indignant Bill Belichick Evades Question By Cutting Off Reporter’s Tongue https://trib.al/b6pwEb8

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Media day was pretty awesome yesterday. Such a fun experience. Big Willie, Nink and Deion Sanders walked by, relatively close to where we were sitting. Dorsett, Develin, Gost, Waddle, Simon, JMac, and Ryan Allen were being interviewed relatively close to where we were too. Some awesome “We’re Still Here” chants, and that “We ready…we ready” chants.

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Did you see the dudes from Barstool that got kicked out?

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I didn’t…only heard about it.

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2m2 minutes ago

Picking up ground! #SuperBowl #StriveForSix
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North Dakota and Alaska? That’s interesting.

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Luffy out there repping us in ND!

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And Blighty in AK

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Over or under 100 yds each for Gronk and Jules?

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Yes

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2m2 minutes ago

A reporter from China tells Belichick that the country has 30 million NFL fans, 29 million of whom are #Patriots fans. Got a smile out of B.B. But wouldn’t address question that ensued about his future as coach, other than focusing on #Rams

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Most German football fans are Patriots fans, too. Probably the same thing everywhere else in the world. No surprise, really.

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The Vollmer effect.

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Just as half the Hungarian fans are also Patriots fans. The Meskó effect AND the fact that Pats win when the NFL became popular on TV here.

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You can Matt Light me, but this is a really good story on Sony Michel’s upbringing:
http://www.espn.com/blog/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4815839/patriots-super-bowl-journey-brings-sony-michel-mother-to-tears

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Matt Light retired 🙂

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That’s okay cuz this Trent Brown fellow is doing pretty well

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How are they going to keep him?

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I don’t know, you’re the resident expert at keeping players locked up.

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I hope Sami comes through with that heart for Boyce. I really miss spending time with him when he’s conscious.

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*Sigh* working on it….

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Haven’t seen this posted yet. Excellent article about the Patriots o-line keeping Brady clean, and the unique complexity of their running game.
https://www.theringer.com/nfl/2019/1/29/18201258/tom-brady-patriots-pass-rush-kept-clean-pressure-super-bowl

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I wonder if we’ll see more of the hurry up in the SB. Basically trying to wear out the Rams front 4.

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Yeah, they better and right off the bat. In fact, I would like to see them do it in back to back drives before switching it up. Gotta get this team tired by the fourth for the finishing blow.

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Now the important prop bet question.At what point does a streaker run into the field?

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Jdog is a light-weight, so about halfway through the 1st qtr.

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It’s easier on your wallet.

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Don’t forget to tune in to @swatcbs on Thursday, February 7th at 10pm ET/PT to see a guest appearance from your boy #SWAT
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Willie Willie!

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2h2 hours ago

This kid is a feather.
https://twitter.com/JeffEisenband/status/1090242982987603968

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Some people really suck at basic physics.

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Who will Talib be covering on Sunday for most of the game?

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Wouldn’t be surprised if they just did sides for a good chunk of the game.

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If Gronk plays like the Gronk of old, they will probably put Talib on him.

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Is he even good anymore. I only caught part of a Rams game, and Talib looked old. Looked like his production fell off a cliff last year, then he was out for half of this year after ankle surgery. Is he even starting? I’m just not seeing him as a factor.

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The @RamsNFL defense has been significantly more effective against the pass this season when Aqib Talib is on the field.
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FWIW: PFF has Talib ranked 18th out of 112 qualified CBs (Gilmore is 1st, JMac is 14th)

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Thanks I was having a hard time even finding him among the combined defensive backs stats.

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Sami, I have a new job for you. I need you to “visit” T.J. Hockenson

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Before April? *Sigh* lemme check my schedule…..

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I’m probably projecting, but Jared Goff looks nervous.

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That could be the dab he had right before media night started.

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IF ONLY JONATHAN JONES SPEED MATCHED HIS INSTINCTS.

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he ran a 4.33 40

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I SAID INSTINCTS FAST ENOUGH FOR ME.

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what?

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hes saying his instincts suck…

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He just worded it kinda backwards.

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The nate whisperer

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Ah, he meant he wants his instincts to match his speed. Thanks.

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He did pretty good with Tyreek Hill who’s stronger than Cooks.

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If his instincts had matched his speed, he wouldn’t have been an UDFA.

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EVEN IF DEVIN DON’T RETIRE ITS TIME TO GROOM IS REPLACEMENT, HE AND HIS BROTHER HAVE LOST MORE THAN A STEP.

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They have one already – Harmon

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I think Shaq Mason vs. Suh is the match up that folks aren’t talking about much. My guess is Andrews/Thuney will spend most of the game attempting to limit Aaron Donald, which means it’ll be up to Mason to basically go one-on-one with Suh.

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With Suh, the hope is that he runs himself out of plays honestly.

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Bleacher Report just re-posted the thread created by a Pats fan (@ftbeard_17). If you have a Twitter account, you should follow him.

#NobodyDoubtedThePatriots
https://twitter.com/ftbeard_17/status/1086063518242095104

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Thanks, had the hardest time finding it.

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In the event of a Patriots Super Bowl victiory, here are my 1st offseason predictions:
-Gronk, Devin and Jason retire
-Trent Brown gets a huge contract from someone else
-Hightower & Brady get contract extensions (to lower cap hits)
-Flowers, M. Brown, Gostowski, Allen, Patterson, Simon, Humber, U. John and Dorsett are re-signed
-Draft pick positions will include high picks including DT, WR(2), OT, TE

BOLD prediction for FA signing: Earl Thomas.

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We’re onto LA

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I mean, it’s two weeks, how much more can we repeat: Gotta stop the run, gotta run the ball well, don’t let Aaron Donald kill Tom Brady?

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Its not even about the jinx aspect. Its just that there’s soooooo much dead time during the offseason. Personally, I intentionally push all that brainwave down the line so I have something to think about later. Like the senior bowl. I love that stuff but I didn’t watch a minute of it cause I’m going to watch it when there’s nothing else.

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None of the three you mention will retire.

And Thomas coming to NE isn’t bold, it’s a fact. Wagner will end up here as well.

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I think the key to winning the Super Bowl is the running game and spreading the ball around in the passing game.

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Bleacher Report has a FANTASTIC thread on their App of clips of media outlets saying variations of “The Patriots are Dead/Not winning a playoff game/Not going to the Super Bowl/etc”.

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Everyone at CBS is picking the Patriots

https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/features/writers/expert/picks/

I’m not a fan of Bleacher report.

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These are clips from throughout the season.

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Post them?
I couldn’t find it.

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I can’t. Watched it on my phone and can’t find it online.

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I think if Jason wants to go one more year with the Pats, Devin will too, but if Jason (predicating a Super Bowl win) is done, Devin will be too.

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that was a surprise, hearing Devin say that. Man, there could be a number of retirements this offseason. Our D could look quite different next year. I mean, who knows about Chung and HT too.

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it was a surprise to hear that.