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2021 Patriots Season:
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Sep 26th

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    Latest Science on Vaccines

    For those of us who are tracking the science. Not a place to debate the value of anti-COVID measures or to post tribal/political reactions. Here's some to start, with a very early look at the differences emerging between Pfizer and Moderna, compiled by Consumer Lab (which I highly recommend...
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    The Defender: Why Your Team S...cks

    OMG this is hilarious. Yes, you need to give them an email address to read it.
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    The glass is very half full on this roster at this point

    Every single grouping on the roster has at least competent, if not outstanding, veterans in leadership roles plus one or more young players with a ton of upside. McCourty/Phillips/Mills + Dugger Gilmore/Jackson/Jones + Jackson/Bryant Hightower/Bentley/McMillan + Jennings KVN/Judon +...
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    End of an Era for NBA

    For the first time in the history of the NBA neither Red Auerbach nor a player drafted or acquired by him had a job as a coach or a general manager.
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    Sleep Tidbit: One recent study of more than 30,000 U.K. residents found that people who increased their quantity of sleep over a four-year period got about the same happiness benefits as they would have from...
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    Favorite poison ivy remedies?

    Memorial Day for me involved getting hit by another cyclist, knocked off my bike, down a bank, into the C&O canal, into two feet of fetid water and onto a pile of rocks. I left the trauma center five hours later with two nasty rib breaks, and a handful of deep bruises and other insults. Four...
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    You are Aaron Rodgers, and have a decision to make

    You've made over $100M in your life. 3 concussions, a few joint injuries. You have three years left on your contract that come to about $74M total. You also have a Jeopardy offer at Trebek's salary of $10M a year, with a possible run of 20+ years, working a few weeks a year in air conditioning...
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    WOW is Broadchurch good TV.

    Best acting, story line, character dev since The Wire.
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    Belichick rated #1 of all GM's in Expensive FA Signings

    From The Athletic. Ranking NFL GMs by their most expensive free agent signings: Bill Belichick No. 1?! Mike Sando The best moves in NFL free agency are frequently the ones teams do not make. Think of all the general managers last offseason whose fans hoped their teams would sign Jadeveon...
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    Ruminating on experience of recovering from COVID

    So it turns out I'm in day 11 of COVID, or at least of having noticeable symptoms. Docs say that when the symptoms are clear, ignore negative tests (of which I had one). And, that the virus has weakened in potency while becoming more contagious, a standard developmental pathway for viruses. The...
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    Apparently the COVID Innovation Lab is in Baltimore

    From the Athletic: In a statement released Saturday by team president Dick Cass, the Baltimore Ravens announced they had "at least four unique strains of COVID-19" in their facility... "Three of the four were stopped and not spread within our organization. Unfortunately, the fourth was a...
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    Need some help solving a multi-state Patriots watching challenge

    Thanks in advance. My son is in NJ across the river from Philly, and I'm in DC. We normally find a way to hang out a few weeks a year, and the pandemic has put a dent in that. This morning we decided to watch all of the Pats games together while on videochat. What are our options for both of...
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    So if that's what's on tape now, what does the Offense add next week for Seattle?

    According to Bedard: Josh McDaniels had a very simple yet effective gameplan where, basically, every play was designed to look the same. Pull a guard with a handoff, and either give it to the back, have Newton keep it and run, or have Newton deliver a quick pass (he attempted just three passes...
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    Officiating games in a time of pandemic

    The officials can't be kept in a bubble, because they are part time EE's, who live at home, and most have other jobs. The NFL is preparing for shortages, not by hiring and training more (Oh, the expense!) but by reintroducing the 5 man team should (inevitably) some of them test positive at some...
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    Fun all-time 3 Patriots teams redraft game in The Athletic

    We've redrafted the Patriots of the Belichick era. Which...
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    Positive stuff that's coming from this

    There are some good things coming from "The Great Slowing". I've been tracking some of this and one of the best example is in the Boston area. If any of you up there are of the "let's support each other" mindset, this is a really well done effort from Brigham & Women’s that you can join. Click...
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    Covid Discussion

    I called him because it is time to roll over the conservative part of my retirement money. Typically that's been in CD's. But with the corona interest rate drop, there's nothing worth buying right now. So I asked him what I should do. He's been talking to disease specialists here in DC, in...
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    OT but not really: a real time personal anecdote about concussion

    My wife was hit last week in her car, at about a 45 degree angle, across the passenger side. Not a jarring hit - none of the airbags deployed, and she didn't hit her head on anything. Still, she sustained a mild concussion. Her thinking has been impaired since then. We are watching her slowly...
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    Forum structure is opaque to please

    I don't understand how to quickly find all the Forums that people mention here. When I click on Forums, it only shows some of those referenced. There's a bar across the top that shows recent posts to forums that don't seem to show up in a menu anywhere. I'm interested because someone mentioned...
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    Matt Chatham challenges conventional thinking on team performance

    Chatham: Why aren't Patriots playing anymore? It's not the... I know, I know, paywall. But there's enough Athletic subscribers here to make this conversation worthwhile. He's expressing something that's been lurking in the back of my brain for a while. In my work life I see this problem play...