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    http://www.nbcsports.com/portal/sit...110VgnVCM10000075c1d240RCRD&vgnextfmt=default

    I was thinking along these same lines the other night the moment I heard some radio head say something like "well, they can't play the disrespect card this year."

    I mean, getting passed over for Drew Henson the wonderkind while you're still the starter and led the team to it's best year in a while? Then getting picked 199th, and that's just supposed to fade away?

    Curran did a great job adding some of the other players too - Harrison, Seau, Wilfork and Seymour, though he focused more on injury.

    To that, I would add:
    Bill Belichick - told he could never be a head coach by his own mentor Parcells. A Failure in Cleveland.
    Bob Kraft - a side show character who just owned the stadium then the guy who "blew up" the one good thing the Pats ever had (Parcells), just like all the other failed owners before him.
    Corey Dillon - told he would never be a "team player" or a winner
    Seymour - insert Borges draft day quote here (a long list of "tweener" types who were too short, too small, too slow, too large, too whatever for any one spot).
    Vrable - barely a backup in Pittsburgh
    Neal - not even a football player

    And maybe...
    Meriweather - just another "punk from the U."

    Any others?
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    probably similar cases on other teams, but otherwise interesting to note. it's what makes them successful professional athletes. The pressure drives and motivates
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    Nice article by Curran, but I could have sworn that Seau busted his arm against the Bears and not the Colts.

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    Why do people keep going with the "told he couldn't be a head coach" bit with Parcells?

    Parcells was grooming him to be a head coach in his sarcastic way and BB chose to return to Parcells after Cleveland.

    Belichick even admitted he was trying to copy Parcells personality which was a mistake, since he is not the boisterous sarcastic type.

    Anyone that's followed Parcells know his motivational statements should be followed by many of these:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: and I'm certain that goes double for his protege.

    Anyone that doesn't believe Parcells used sarcasm as a major motivational technique, I'd love to argue the point.
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    Hate to jump on the post, yes Pats use disrespect card whenever they can.

    Parcells didn't respect you unless he told you you sucked, so I think that was reverse respect in that case.
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    Read the preceding post.:D
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    Curran is great. I don't always agree with him, but he's very smart and an excellent writer. Plus I like his accent.
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    What about the wideout from Philly, including TO and the complete failure 1st rounderwith the harido, who claimed they didn't even know the names of the cornerback reserves who were starting for the injured Law and Poole in the SuperBowl? That was good bulletinboard material.
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    On this day when this board will turn into entertainment tonite over Brady's baby, Curran is a breath of fresh air.. too bad he left the Pats Beat for a national gig.
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    Why, he wanted some respect, of course !
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    That was a very good article by Curran. Really gets into the mentality of the Belichick teams.
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    I can hear Rodney now........"Nothin but paper champions, that's all they say we are:mad: "
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    Meriweather has the thug thing but he also has his tough childhood, seeing his friend get shot, and those who've said he's to small to play Safety... I don't think he's without plenty of motivation :D
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    The point here to me, is not that they use adversity or disrespect as motivation, but rather that an essential character of this franchise and "the Patriot Way" is being someone who just wants a chance to prove what they can do. There's just no one here who was heralded from day one, born with a silver football, darling of the league. They've all either been passed over early due to some limitation of their game, or were tossed aside too soon for some slight or another.

    In that sense, Moss stops being a question mark as to whether he can fit, annd in fact seems like an ideal Patriot. Talented, smart AND something to prove.
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    This thread is the football version of Viagra! Bring on the opening game fodder! :cool:
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    I am a huge Curran fan, if for no other reason then he always replies to my emails. Always. There usually quick one line answers, but for a guy that probably gets over a thousand emails a day, I was impressed that he responded at all.

    I emailed him after the last AFC Championship game and mentioned how the Pats were getting flagged for standing to close to Colt receivers while Colt defenders where allowed to tackle Patriot receivers in the endzone. I told him had the roles been reversed and the identical plays happened to oposing teams that would be all Polian would be talking about.

    He emailed me back and said he absolutely agreed and that the Colts had every call go there way, yet not a word from the Pats and that had the roles been reversed we would have never heard the end of it.
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    Agreed, Curran knows his stuff, brings a sense of humor, and always has something insightful to say. While many of our frustrations get directed at the usual suspects, Curran is one of those who gets it.
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    Curran seems to hate Polian. And I like that.

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