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Five thoughts from Pats/Ravens

Posted by bdowd625 on October 17, 2010

What a game. What a win for the Patriots, who, at the moment, have to be in the discussion as one of the top teams in the NFL at 4-1. I needed a cigarette when it was finally over, but I suppose that’s better than Prozac. And now, it’s time for our weekly five thoughts from Pats/Ravens.

* The New England defense was OUTSTANDING in the fourth quarter and in overtime. Raise your hand if you thought the Pats had a chance to win in OT after losing the coin toss. If your hand is in the air, you have more faith than this guy. I didn’t think New England had a snowball’s chance in hell when the Ravens got the ball first, but the defense just kept making stops, and, after a bit of offensive futility, the Pats moved the ball into field-goal range for Stephen Gostkowski.

* Speaking of Gostkowski, I was pretty nervous when he lined up to take that game-winning kick. For the most part, he’s been money in the bank during his Patriots career, but he’s been a little shaky through the first four games of the season. He had no such issues today, though, blasting a 35-yarder for the win after the 2-minute warning served as our weekly version of “icing the kicker.”

* For all the good that Aaron Hernandez has done so far, he was BRUTAL down the stretch today. The fourth-rounder out of Florida had two inexcusable drops late in the game, miscues that stalled New England’s drives at crucial times. I know I told him to smoke up a few weeks ago, but maybe it’s time to curtail some of the marijuana use.

* If and when I have a kid someday, I’m going to name him (or her, for that matter) Danny Woodhead. Just imagine how inspired that kid would be to overcome insurmountable odds. Have a tough math test coming up that you didn’t study for? Little Danny Woodhead knows how to pull an A+ out of his/her ass. Last pick in dodgeball during recess? Little Danny is about to peg you right in the head to end the game. All joking aside, I love the guy. He’s a perfect fit for what this offense is trying to accomplish.

* And last but not least – welcome back, Deion Branch. One of Tom Brady’s favorite wideouts looked like he never missed a beat since heading to Seattle a few years back. Branch had several key catches for the Pats, including a big touchdown grab to cut New England’s deficit to 20-17. Here’s hoping Branch will bring back that old Patriot magic in the weeks to come.

Now all you Pats fans better go cheer for Denver against the Jets. J-E-T-S! SUCK! SUCK! SUCK!


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Posted by bdowd625 on September 13, 2010

Is this what the new era of New York Jets football is going to look like? Six first downs and 125 penalty yards? I’m so glad Hard Knocks prepared us for a title-contending team when, in reality, we’re forced to watch a cast of surly characters that belongs in a Pop Warner league. I’ll give the defense some props – it certainly held up its end of the bargain – but Mark Sanchez looks like he wouldn’t be able to lead USC on a scoring drive right now, let alone an NFL squad. So in keeping with our theme here at Ramble On, here are five thoughts from tonight’s Jets/Ravens tilt:

* Did anyone see the scuffle that took place at midfield before the game even started? Bart Scott ended up whipping a football at about 110 MPH right at Ray Rice’s back. With an arm like that, I think Rex Ryan should consider moving him to quarterback for the rest of the season. He has to rack up more yardage on a weekly basis than Sanchez did tonight.

* My dad had the line of the night during the fourth quarter. ESPN put the camera on the Jets secondary and the old man says, “Hey, look, it’s Revis and Butthead.” Butthead being none other than Antonio Cromartie. There aren’t many names more fitting than Butthead when you get flagged for three pass-interference calls and a handful of child-support infractions. Deadbeat might be an alternative, but making that joke is a little too easy at this point.

* As my man BK has been attesting for a while now, you simply SHOULD NOT piss off Ray Lewis. Ray-Ray is getting up there in age a little bit, but my God can the man still hit. Just ask Dustin Keller. He got his cage rattled so loudly in the fourth quarter that he forgot he needed to go an extra yard on fourth down to keep his team’s drive alive on the very next play. If I’m the Jets’ doctors I’m giving Dustin a CT scan when he gets back to the locker room.

* For the first part of this game, I was actually hoping the Jets defense would play well to help out my fantasy team. Once I realized I had no chance of winning this week, though, I prayed they’d get torched like Joe Pesci’s head in Home Alone. My love for the Patriots will always surpass any fantasy interests, and tonight just drove that point home even further.

* I found it comical that LaDainian Tomlinson started thumping his chest whenever he picked up a first down. Dude, your team has 9 points and is going nowhere fast. Save all the celebration bullshit. Better yet, go put your Darth Vader cape on and ride the exercise bike until further notice.

I can’t wait for next week when the Pats visit New Meadowlands Stadium. By the way, that name is nothing short of an atrocity.

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I just threw up in my mouth a little bit

Posted by bdowd625 on January 10, 2010

If you’re looking for in-depth analysis from that shitshow of a Patriots game, this might not be the place for you. I was working during the game, and when you couple that with the fact that New England never showed up, there’s really not much for me to say.

The Ravens punched the Pats in the mouth from the minute this game started, and Tom Brady and the rest of the offense had no prayer, especially after going down 24-0 after just one quarter. I cringed every time Brady dropped back to pass because I honestly felt he was going to sling it right into the hands of one of Baltimore’s defenders. Yes, the defense wasn’t exactly tenacious today, but when the offense plays as lousy as it did, it really doesn’t matter. You don’t score, you don’t win.

It was just an awful game from start to finish and I’m going to leave it at that. On the bright side, though, we don’t have to listen to those morons Steve DeOssie and Fred Smerlas on WEEI for much longer. Plus, we still have the Celtics and Bruins to watch. And believe it or not, the Red Sox start spring training in a little more than a month. So let’s turn the page on this Patriot season and admit once and for all what everyone is afraid to concede: The glory days are over in New England. The faster you accept that, the easier it will be for you to move on.

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‘B’ is for brutal

Posted by bdowd625 on November 16, 2009

After another dismal performance from the Bruins tonight, maybe it’s time we all come to the realization that they’re just not that good. As one of my close friends put it, they had a lot of guys who had career years last season and simply aren’t off to great starts in 2009. A good point indeed. When you consider that slip in performance and the recent string of injuries, it just doesn’t look like the B’s are going very far this season. The good news is that it’s still early. There is plenty of time to right the ship. All I’m saying is don’t get your hopes up. A 4-1 loss to the Islanders at home doesn’t exactly scream, “We’re a playoff contender.”

On an unrelated side note, can you imagine what it must be like to play for the Cleveland Browns? Holy crap, that’s gotta suck. They just lost 16-0 at home to the Ravens and it looked like there were about 12 people in the stands for the fourth quarter. To put that in perspective, more than 12 people have actually read this blog today. And this isn’t exactly award-winning stuff. (Not yet anyway.) But seriously, Eric Mangini is absolutely pathetic. He’s lost the respect of everyone in the Cleveland locker room and I’m sure unemployment isn’t too far down the road for him. Nice job you clown.

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