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  1. patfanken

    Idle thoughts - The "what I saw" edition

    Rather than go through the normal prodigious detailed review of today's game, time constraints and the fact that I'd rather sleep than bore you with my musings, I thought I'd just offer some disjointed thoughts about this terribly disappointing game. 1. The offense sucked over all. It...
  2. patfanken

    Idle thoughts - "the lost opportunity" edition

    Like the great majority of you guys, I had little hope for this game as soon as I heard Cam wouldn't be playing. In fact let's list the obstacles this team had to over come. a. They lost their starting QB and the key factor in their offense just a day before the game was originally going to be...
  3. patfanken

    Idle thoughts - a last minute edition.

    Disclaimer: I wrote most of this on Saturday, and thought I wouldn't post it until the evening. Then I went out, heard the news about Cam and said to myself. "what a waste of time" and forgot all about it. Then while at work today I hear the game is on, the Pats are out on the field. So...
  4. patfanken

    Idle thoughts - the 2-1 edition

    I wasn't sure what we'd get to see from the Raiders. They have a lot of speed and top draft picks on both their offense AND defense, and of course who could tell what we'd get from from an offense that lacked David Andrews and James White. In fact one of the things I looked forward to the...
  5. patfanken

    Idle thoughts: the "so far so good" edition

    In the run up to this game I opined that this will be a fun game to watch and we shouldn't read too much into the result regardless of how it went. In every season what happens in September rarely indicates what is going to happen in December. No doubt being 1-0 is a much better result that...
  6. patfanken

    Idle thoughts - as we enter this very strange season

    This has been a real strange preseason for the NFL. VERY strange. No preseason games to gauge your team's strengths and weaknesses. Very little hitting during practices. No idea how the draftee's and other new players are going to fit in. Hard to judge the talent and depth levels in a LOT...
  7. patfanken

    A single "idle thought"

    I read today that Javeon Clowney is still unsigned with the season just only a week or so away. All the talk is that he'd rather sit out the season than play for $15MM or less. So here's the thing. The Pats have 3 needs on defense. First and foremost is a force off the edge on the DL...
  8. patfanken

    Idle thoughts - baby steps

    I LOVE the 1pm starts. It means I'm done with this early....and that's important as you age. ;) 1. I'll start with what I don't like about this game. a. It is very impressive that Brady threw multiple completions to SEVEN different receivers. That is called spreading the ball around...
  9. patfanken

    Isaiah Wynn.....and a rant

    I thought I'd start a thread to highlight a short video by Matt Chatham at NESN who extolled what he's seen of LT Isaiah Wynn. He marveled at his quick feet, and extolled his pad level and power against the hard rush. I have since read several others who pretty much were saying the same...
  10. patfanken

    Some Rob Gronkowski thoughts, etc -

    Common wisdom....and most of media keeps telling us what a big loss not having Gronk back this year is going to be. I mean they are literally coming at us with "dire times", and "end of days" scenarios. There talk that his retirement will have the impact of the "once in 500 years flood". In...
  11. patfanken

    Idle thoughts - the "just some idle thoughts" edition

    As we wait for Sunday and listened to all the news and notes going down, there were some observations that I'd like to share BEFORE the game for a change. ;) 1. I am pretty much astounded by who are getting these HC'ing jobs this off season. I can't help but wonder why everyone is trying to...
  12. patfanken

    Idle thoughts - the final edition

    Lots of interesting things happening around the league today. Unfortunately, nothing really interesting about the game today. The Jets would be undermanned with a full roster. They didn't even seem to have that today. So while the run game was adequate (13o odd yards) and the passing game...
  13. patfanken

    Idle thoughts - The "cliff" edition.

    Well that one was interesting. Maybe not as interesting as a lot of other games this week, but in a parochial sense there is a lot to talk about annual Buffalo beat down in Foxboro. Same old beat down, but with a lot of different moving parts. 1. General Offensive Observations - Kind of...
  14. patfanken

    Idle thoughts - the "pluses and minuses" edition

    First about last week. I was 13 years old when the Pats played their inaugural season in 1960. I was already in love with football (as well as basketball, baseball, and hockey). Like all of you non-millennials, I lived through the few ups and MANY downs that marked the first 40 years of the...
  15. everlong

    The "Can't wait for Ken two weeks in a row" edition

    Hope all is well with you and yours. 1. I often think the officials suck. Generally I think they suck equally for both teams. Other than Denver 2015 and Carolina the last two times we've played them I can't remember games where I've come away thinking the fix is in. 2. #1 said WTF was the...
  16. Hyped

    Idle Thoughts: The missing edition?

    @patfanken, hope the game yesterday didn't kill you?
  17. patfanken

    Idle thoughts - the "mental toughness" edition

    Its after Thanksgiving and we expect to see our team start to play "Patriot Football". For almost 2 decades now the Pats have OWNED December. Since 2001 the Pats have won around 64 games in December and the #2 team (Pitts) isn't close. BTW- It's not like the Pats suck in September, October...
  18. patfanken

    Idle thoughts: the stretch run edition

    OK we opened up the post-Thanksgiving part of the season. This is the one where we would like to think the season long operation is finally coming together and a 5-1, 6-o kind of finish would be likely. Today was was a decent first step on the stretch run to the playoffs. But was it an...
  19. patfanken

    Idleless thoughts: The none edition.

    I have a confession to make. As usual I ventured down to Foxwoods on Saturday morning to ply my craft playing poker for profit. It is the one competition that I can still excel at. However, like most competitions it sometimes is a very HUMBLING experience. As many of you know who play...
  20. patfanken

    Idle thoughts - the "GOAT" edition

    God I hate these Sunday Night games. By the time I listen to all the post game pressers, check out the box score, and think about what I'm going to talk about; it's always past 1am before I even start. Bill would say, "Just suck it up, DO YOUR JOB, and stop whining". So I will. ;) This...