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Archive for June, 2011

Do You Want Plaxico Burress?

Former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress will be released from prison on June 6th. Burress has served 21 months in prison for his accident two years ago.

For those of you who have forgotten why Burress was in prison in the first place, the star WR took an unregistered .40 caliber Glock pistol into a Manhattan club called the “Latin Quarter”. His handgun slipped out of his waistband and slid down his leg. When he tried to catch it, he accidentally pulled the trigger, and in turn shot himself in the thigh.

As stupid as this may be, now the question that stands out around the league is, do you want Plaxico Burress on your team?

Personally, I do not care for the veteran receiver. I feel if the Patriots were to invest in a receiver at this point, he would need to fit the “burner” or “stretch the field” mold. Obviously, Belichick and company did not find the value in the draft at that position or did not deem it a necessary need.

The Patriots already have several veteran receivers such as Deion Branch and Wes Welker. Second year wide out Taylor Price, who essentially had a “red-shirt” season last year, could make a serious impact next season. Not to mention the dynamic group of tight-ends that the Patriots added to their arsenal a year ago in the draft.

Another route could be free agency or trading for a veteran player when the CBA is resolved. Is there a chance Chad OchoCinco might be targeted instead? How about Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith? At this point in the off season, teams are still scrambling for answers.

So the question remains, do you want Plaxico Burress on the Patriots?  What would you like the team to do? I want to hear what Patriots Nation has to say about this! Share your thoughts with a comment below!

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NFL Owners and Commissioner Goodell Secretly Meet

After several NFL owners private jets were seen at a small airport in Chicago, rumors ran rapid on Wednesday afternoon. Several reports, including ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, stated that select high profile team owners and NFL commissioner Robert Goodell met secretly in Chicago to discuss the lockout strategy.

As the reports state, the group gathered in a Chicago suburb to discuss the league’s labor situation. With only two days before the league and NFL Players Association are scheduled to go before the U.S. 8th Circuit Court, the meeting is drawing a lot of attention. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was one of the few owners spotted Wednesday boarding his private jet at the Chicago-area airport less than 24 hours after arriving.

Along with Mr. Kraft, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson were seen at the same airport, according to the Chicago Tribune. Goodell told some informants around the league there were no significant developments.

Even though the owners and Mr. Goodell tried to keep this meeting a secret, they should know that is a near impossible task. With all eyes on them to reach a new CBA agreement, tension is surly higher than ever. I feel their intentions of keeping this meeting a secret were good because they did not want to give any indications of significant developments.

The 8th Circuit will hear the owner’s appeal of a ruling enjoining the lockout on Friday, June 3rd, in St. Louis. The next round of court-ordered mediation is scheduled for June 7th in Minnesota just four days later.

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2011 GFC Golf Marathon Challenge

My friend and Patriots Football Weekly producer Kevin Collins, will be participating in a charity golf event to raise money for Jordan Hospital in Plymouth, MA. On Friday, June 3rd he will (attempt to) play 100 holes of golf in one day to benefit Golf Fights Cancer (GFC).

Jordan Hospital has an immediate need for six Dual Channel IV Smart Infusion Pumps that will improve the quality of treatment for patients at the hospital in the years to come. GFC has committed to raise and donate $90,000 to purchase this necessary equipment.

Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts. I know times are tough and people are busy, but please realize that your donations will positively and directly impact cancer patients in the near future.

Even though this is not Patriots related, I was hoping many of my readers would help Collins and the GFC with their goal. So far, Collins has raised over 1,700 dollars but still shy of his 3,000 goal. Please, follow the link below if you choose to donate and thank you so much for the support!

Kevin Collins GFC Donation Page