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Steve Balestrieri takes a look at this weekend's match-ups and believes the Patriots receivers should have their way against Pittsburgh's secondary.

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In descending order 1.) restructure 2.) paycut 3.) trade 4.) retirement

To that point, in Week 7 matchup Patriots had most success on defense when they had 7-8 in box. Key player: Patrick Chung.

Another current #Colts player here 👇🏽 The postmortem stories on Grigson are going to be good reading

Rewatched some of KC-Pitt from last Sunday: Ben Roethlisberger made some bad throws. Pats' best bet is to crowd box, focus on stopping Bell

Packers have signed WR Max McCaffrey to active roster from the practice squad and placed C/G JC Tretter on injured reserve.

Kelce hit Steelers early last weekend. Pitt in cover 3. Shazier either gets caught eyeballing Smith or a brain free…

@RocheSmoke Yes, sir. Believe that as well Jordan ... er...Ryan. LOL.

@jricci_rich77 While sound in theory, no-name special teamers critical (think Philly game last year with blocked punt etc.). Won't happen.

Confident that veteran deals will include 46-man active roster bonuses.

@HendersonChef Not sure I'd put it in no-brainer category, but agree that's the likely scenario.

@stephenkurucz Feel the same way, Stephen. Curious if Bill Belichick sees it the same way.

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@NYPatsFan21 Concur with that Lady Brady. Curious if Bill Belichick sees it the same way.

@_karlrademacher Hi Karl. Hard for me to agree after watching Floyd in regular-season finale. But agree he's choice if everyone's healthy.

What am I most sure about Patriots offseason? That Amendola's 2017 7.8M cap number will be reduced via cut, trade, restructure, retirement

@NewEnglandSBLI High-class problem, of course, when this is a top dilemma.

RT @PeteAbe: Two center fielders with a lot of range in this photo.

@Jaylan_D1 That would be my choice if everyone else is healthy.

@AntonChigurh81 I agree with that Anton. Said it in piece: If Mitchell is healthy, he deserves to be active.

@estJanuary23 @soledadobrien ever have dream when u scream and no one hears u or throwing punches but missing? that's what this feels like

@EliGordonn Amendola's special teams role is solely as a returner. They need more guys for the other special teams roles.

@EliGordonn Hi Eli, it looks like needs in other areas of the roster (special teams etc.) make it unlikely to have all 5 active. (1/2)

@conman107 Hi Burger. That topic is dissected in this link:

RT @Dan_Hatman: Yes, better division to compete in and Andrew Luck

@jfun06112 If Bolden is inactive, they would need to fill that spot with special teamer (Richards, perhaps).

RT @bylindsayhjones: Here's to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.

@RocheSmoke Hi Jordan, the clear choice is whom?

@jreil26 Thanks for sharing the thoughts Jeremy. This is the type of high-end football discussion I particularly appreciate.

@1972GoBlue Me too, sir. What I particularly appreciate is the level of interest/intelligence of followers to discuss this topic.


Discussion in 'Boston Bruins Fan Talk' started by Off The Grid, May 14, 2013.

  1. Triumph

    Triumph Supporter Supporter

    Remember when they called Janney the next Bobby Orr?
  2. Triumph

    Triumph Supporter Supporter

    I remember watching the Bruins vs Rangers in the playoffs the last time they met 40 years ago. IIRC, Brad Park was on that NY team and would eventually play for Boston years later.

    Wasnt Bernie Parente the NY goalie?

    Rask played incredible yesterday.
  3. Dfresh429

    Dfresh429 Practice Squad Player

    When Seidenberg comes back, Hamilton is sitting down. At this point is is just too weak in his own end. Understandable. He is only 19.

    I don't get how people don't like hockey. Especially the football crowd. It has all of the speed and physicality of Football without the endless stoppages and commercial breaks. For christsakes, playoff OT is commercial-less!!! Could you imagine the NFL going commercial-less?
  4. ctpatsfan77

    ctpatsfan77 Supporter Supporter

    In case you haven't noticed, to a certain extent they already do: there actually is a limit to the number of commercial breaks they can have each half.
  5. Halifax_Pats_Fan

    Halifax_Pats_Fan In the Starting Line-Up

    Great team ...filled with canucks!!:rocker:..and playing for an awesome sports region!

    How can you not follow them?

    They are physical, experienced and talented.

    Pulling for them bigtime!

    Nothing better than watching the NHL playoffs to the Cup...
  6. Off The Grid

    Off The Grid Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

    I think perhaps you're conflating the Years ~ 1973 & 1974 ~ and the Teams.

    Bernie Parent
    is the Hall of Famer ~ and former Bruin :mad: ~ who led the Flyers to back to back Stanley Cups in 1974 & 1975 ~ that crazy-@$$ Bobby Clarke & Reggie Leach team known as the Broad Street Bullies.

    The first Stanley Cup Victory was in fact against us.


    I'll never forget my amazement at how our Team turned around after the Esposito Trade with the Rangers. That took Balls of Steel, but Brad Park & Jean Ratelle kicked ass for us, and the Bruins ~ who were sliding into the Abyss when that Trade was made, in 1975 ~ made one Hell of a 5 Year Run, even though we never won it all.
  7. captain stone

    captain stone Pro Bowl Player

    That still doesn't preclude me from stating what is obvious to anyone who knows hockey:
    Bartkowski does not deserve to play defense on a team with championship aspirations.
  8. captain stone

    captain stone Pro Bowl Player

    Off the top of my head, the NYR goalie was likely Eddie Giacomin.

    Edit: yes it was.
    New York Rangers 1971-72 roster and scoring statistics at

    1972, game 6 in NY, I can still see Orr's spin-o-rama from the right point, and Cashman's dance
    on his tip-toes after just scoring the clincher.
  9. Patsrock

    Patsrock 2nd Team Getting Their First Start

    He is better defensively than Krug and Hamilton. Bartkowski won't be the one to sit when Seids comes back it will be Hamilton. Who is a bigger liability on defense than Bartkowski. There is a reason why Hamilton has been paired with Chara when he is in the line up.
  10. Dfresh429

    Dfresh429 Practice Squad Player

    That isn't commercial-less. NHL has 3 commercial breaks per period. From Wiki: "during stoppages of play, at the discretion of the TV timeout coordinator and typically after passing the following marks of each period: less than 14:00, less than 10:00 and less than 6:00 minutes"

    The OT period in the playoffs has ZERO commercial breaks for a 20 min period. There is no way the NFL, MLB or NBA can even come close to touching the level of consistent, uninterrupted action that the NHL provides.

    Contrast that with your typical NFL broadcast with a TV timeout at almost every change of possession, after PATs, after the kickoff, 2 min never freaking ends.
  11. ctpatsfan77

    ctpatsfan77 Supporter Supporter

    IIRC, OTs are commercial-free in the NFL as well; I don't remember there being one in the JEST-Bills debacle. :)
  12. Patsrock

    Patsrock 2nd Team Getting Their First Start

    The NFL does have more commercial breaks per half than(10) than a entire NHL game(9). In fact 2 of the Bruins/Toronto games during 3rd periods(games 3 and 5) didn't get the 3rd commercial break in because on icings and in middle of power plays. Can't go to commercial break after an icing or during a powerplay or right after a goal scored.

    In the NFL there are no scheduled TV commercials during OT but they do go to them when a review is made.
  13. Triumph

    Triumph Supporter Supporter

    Thanks, Giacomin rings a bell.

    Bobby Orr was the best player ever bar none and Im not just saying that as a Bruins fan. He used to kill penalties by himself skating around in circles while the other team chased him. Ive never seen any other player do that.
  14. Uncle Rico

    Uncle Rico Pro Bowl Player

    "Ragging the puck" -- Orr was THE master.

    Watching those old games, to my eyes the rink seems so much bigger than it is now. I know (well, I'm pretty sure) it's the same size — the players have just gotten so much bigger and faster.
  15. Halifax_Pats_Fan

    Halifax_Pats_Fan In the Starting Line-Up

    NO ONE was better than Orr, and don't forget the fights. No superstar would do that today.

    Nobody was better than Bobby Orr, period.

    If today's technology was around back then who knows what would have happened.

    Big game tonight...!
  16. fair catch fryar

    fair catch fryar In the Starting Line-Up

    It's amazing what defects and weaknesses a "great" goalie can hide for a team. Which is why, and I know it's debatable, but the position of a hockey goalie is the single most influential position in all team sports for a team's success. Goalies like Brodeur, Dryden, and Roy were not of this world at times in the playoffs.
  17. Mack Herron

    Mack Herron Supporter Supporter

    Strong effort on the road tonight. Putting it all together at the right time of the year.
  18. captain insano

    captain insano In the Starting Line-Up

    you can say the same thing about Tim Thomas 2 years ago. he was absolutely unbelievable.
  19. Off The Grid

    Off The Grid Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

    *Edit ~ Dupe!!
  20. Off The Grid

    Off The Grid Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

    While I would hardly agree that the Goalie exerts more influence on a Team's Fate than the QuarterBack or ~ in a single Game ~ the Pitcher, he is certainly on the same level.

    Indeed, I find that to be Hockey's least attractive Attribute.

    Nobody's been more contemptuous than I of Major League BaseBall's disgusting & despicable efforts to inflate Statistics since 1987 ~ yes, it's been 26 Years since Wade Boggs hit those 24 Homers!! :eek:

    But ~ at the risk of being perceived, despite my previous statement, as a fan of Point Inflation ~ I believe that Hockey would dramatically benefit from either greatly enlarging the Net or shrinking the Goalie's Stick ~ or both.

    Of course there's no way that that happens: The Goalie having such an enormous influence on things presents an X Factor that produces random and sometimes shocking Upsets ~ which not only infuses the PlayOffs with added Drama, but also levels the playing field considerably, the combination of which makes the entire Regular Season more interesting, simply because You Never Know: "Maybe our Team will be the one who's Goalie gets hot!!"

    But when a significantly better Team ~ and all too often even a great Team, an exciting, entertaining Team ~ loses a PlayOff Series because the inferior Team's Goalie Got Hot at the "right" time, it kind of sucks.

    The dramatic increase in scoring that would result from the changes I'm proposing would of course not eliminate the powerful influence that Goalies have on their Team's Fates, obviously.

    Furthermore, the Game, as it is now, is burdened with a Scoring Pace far too similar to European FootBall.

    Speaking for myself ~ and billions of others, I suspect!! ~ I don't have that kind of Attention Span. :eek:

    A much larger Net and smaller Stick for the Goalie, resulting in far more 9-8 Games and ~ far more importantly ~ the constantly high possibility of an imminent Score for the entire 60 Minutes, the Game would suddenly transform into 60 minutes of fast-paced, dramatic, Edge Of Your Seat Mayhem!!

    Viewership, I believe, would absolutely explode.

    Hockey, in fact, might very well pass BasketBall and even BaseBall in viewership in the Years ahead.

    Much More Scoring = Much More Interesting = Much More Viewership = Much More Money!! :rocker:

    Those fools running the Game are leaving Billions on the Table.

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