Bruins Get Some Revenge, Clinch Division

Carl Soderberg celebrates his goal with teammates (3/27/14)

Carl Soderberg celebrates his goal with teammates.

Last night the Bruins got some revenge against the Chicago Blackhawks, who won the Stanley Cup on Boston ice last season.  It wasn’t full revenge as it was only a regular season game, but it sure felt great, especially when you consider the fact that it’s a new season and a new and truly great Bruins team that has a ton of promise.  With this win, they have now clinched the top seed in the Atlantic Division.  It being their 50th win of the season, the Bruins franchise now has their 9th season with 50+ wins.

To be honest, I was a bit worried for about the first half of the first period.  The Blackhawks came out firing, spending most of the first 10 minutes in their offensive zone getting good chances.  At the same time, whenever the Bruins were able to break away and get a chance, they were just slightly off, barely missing passes that probably would’ve led to goals.  But then Matt Bartkowski shot it from the blue line and Patrice Bergeron tipped it past Corey Crawford for a goal.  I now felt a huge burden had been lifted.  Even though this game wasn’t that important for us, I wanted to get some revenge on the Blackhawks so badly.  With a one goal lead against a pretty evenly matched team and with the Bruins being so great defensively, I felt much better at that point.  The score didn’t change for another 35 minutes of play.  There was a lot of back-and-forth, but the Bruins slowly started to take over the game.

Patrice Bergeron and Bruins fans celebrate his goal (3/27/14)

Patrice Bergeron and Bruins fans celebrate his goal.

About five minutes into the third period, the Bruins were going to work in the offensive zone.  Johnny Boychuk took a shot from the blue line, then Carl Soderberg quickly shot it past Crawford’s glove to score.  Soderberg keeps looking better and better.  They continued to make good plays and 13 seconds later, Bergeron scored again to pretty much seal the deal!  He has really been on fire.  He scored two goals in this game, six in the last five games, has 25 for the season (2nd on the team), and has a +/- rating of +38 for the season!

Another highlight was rookie defenseman Kevan Miller, who made some great defensive plays and decisions and has been a wonderful surprise this season.. much like Reilly Smith has been the highlight of the trade that brought him and Loui Eriksson here and sent Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars.  Everyone thought Eriksson was going to be the bigger producer of the two but Smith has really stepped up.  He is 5th on the team in points (47) and goals (19).  Still, Eriksson has shown much improvement lately.  He too made some great plays and has really become the two-way player everyone expected.. like a Patrice Bergeron #2.  Carl Soderberg has really grown this season as well.  He has made the transition from the European style hockey he used to play in the Swedish Elite League to the NHL, where skill is important, but so is being tough.

Goalie Tuukka Rask had another great game, earning his 33rd win in his 53rd start of the season, both career-highs, stopping all 28 shots against him.  He is STILL the league leader in shutouts with seven after this game.  He also leads all starting goalies in goals against average with a 2.01 and in save percentage with a .931.  He is the favorite to win the Vezina Trophy this year.

Kevan Miller congratulates Tuukka Rask on his league-leading 7th shutout of the season (3/27/14)

Kevan Miller congratulates Tuukka Rask on his league-leading 7th shutout of the season.

Chicago hasn’t been shutout twice in a row in three years.  Interestingly, the last time it happened, the Bruins were the first to shut them out, followed by the Tampa Bay Lightning.. and those two teams later met in an epic Eastern Conference finals that went to overtime in Game 7.  The Bruins went on to win the Stanley Cup.

The Bruins are 13-0-1 (no regulation losses) in their last 14 games and have only one regulation loss in their last 20 games, which is about a quarter of a season!  They still lead the Eastern Conference, nine points ahead of the second place Penguins, who have lost three in a row.  In their Atlantic Division, they are 15 points ahead of the second place Habs, who only have seven games left.  So even if they win them all and we lose every game that we have left, they would still be a point behind us.  The Bruins are also only one point behind the St. Louis Blues for the league lead.

If the team continues on this path, they have a pretty good chance of winning the Presidents’ Trophy for most points in the league, with their only real competition being the Blues.  If they don’t get, they will still likely be the top seed in the Eastern Conference.  The way this team has come together, especially recently, I expect they will go to the Stanley Cup Finals again.  At this point, I would consider it a disappointment if they didn’t.  If they do, they should have an even better chance of winning it than they did last year or even in 2011 when they won it.  This team looks great all around!  Keep it goin’ guys!

GO BRUINS!!!!

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Here’s a video of  highlights from the game:

Here’s a closer look at Patrice Bergeron’s game-winning tip-in goal:

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Thanks for reading,
Matt

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Bruins Are on a Roll, First Team to Clinch Playoff Spot!

Patrice Bergeron celebrates his 22nd goal with teammates.  LOL, look at that angry Coyotes fan behind them! (3/22/14)

Patrice Bergeron celebrates his 22nd goal with teammates.  LOL, look at that angry Coyotes fan behind them!

The Bruins are simply killing it!  With Saturday’s win, they are now riding a league-high 12-game win streak!  With that 11th win on Friday, they took the lead of the whole league and became the first team to clinch a playoff spot!  This Bruins team is the best since the championship teams of the 70′s.  The franchise hasn’t won 11 straight since the 1970-71 season.  Two more wins would tie the all-time franchise record 14-game win streak set back during the 1929-30 season!  Their current streak is third-longest in franchise history.  With the playoffs only a couple of weeks away, there couldn’t be a better time for them to be hitting on all cylinders.

Bruins lead the NHL, are first to clinch a playoff spot, on a 12 win streak (3/23/14)

Bruins lead the NHL, are the first to clinch a playoff spot, and are on a 12-game win streak!

They are playing great, especially considering their #2 shut-down defenseman Dennis Seidenberg has been out since December with a torn ACL and MCL, and defenseman Adam McQuaid has been out since January with an undisclosed leg injury.  They’ve had a number of other short-term injuries too.  Too the surprise of most, they have gone 23-7-3 since Seidenberg got injured..  and if you disregard the first two of those games, which were losses, it’s a pretty baffling record.  Another crazy statistic is that Saturday was the first time in 11 games that the Bruins had allowed a first-period goal.  With these defensemen so crucial to both defense in general and the penalty kill, it’s also quite impressive that during this win streak, they’ve killed 34 of 37 penalties.

They’re pretty much doing everything well.  In the six games before this last one against the Coyotes, they were never behind at any point in a game.  Perhaps even more impressive (depending on how you look at it), is the fact they have trailed in many games and still found a way to win.  I guess it’s more impressive to have a streak of never trailing, but it’s still very important that they can manage to win once they’ve fallen behind.

Our goalies have done very well too.  Backup goalie Chad Johnson has done exactly what we needed him to: give Tuukka Rask a break here and there and win most of his games.  On Friday against the Avalanche in Colorado, he stopped all 31 shots against him, earning his second shutout and 16th win.  On Saturday against the Coyotes in Phoenix, Rask stopped 31 of 33 shots against him, earning his career-high 32nd win in his career-high 51st start of the season.  He is in the top 10 of every important goaltending statistic (even better if you take out guys who only played one game), and still leads the league in shutouts with six.

The Bruins’ last win was their seventh straight on the road.  Further, they have earned points in each of their last 14 road games, going 11-0-3 since their last regulation road loss on January 9 in Los Angeles.  Their last loss for all games was March 1 against Washington.  They are also 16-4-4 against the Western Conference this season.

This recent streak of great play is thanks to everyone on the team.  While the defense and goaltending have been solid, the offense has been great too.  As usual with the Bruins, they don’t rely on one or two superstar scorers like other teams.  Rather, they have a full roster of guys that contribute.  Jarome Iginla, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and Milan Lucic all have 20+ goals.  By the end of the regular season, we’ll have a few more as well.  Reilly Smith is only one away with 19 (what a wonderful surprise he’s been).  David Krejci leads the team in points with 60.

In Saturday’s game, Patrice Bergeron scored his 22nd goal, thanks to defenseman Andrej Meszaros (acquired at the trade deadline) not giving up on the play after losing the puck, getting it back, and getting it to the net for Bergeron to jam in.  In the third period, down 2-1, beastly defenseman Zdeno Chara took a shot from the blue line and Jarome Iginla tipped it in to tie it up.  Worth noting, Chara has 16 goals!  ..Yeah, a defenseman.  He’s tied for fifth on the team in goals!  With about three minutes left, Daniel Paille shot it from a bad angle and Shawn Thornton (who is known as an enforcer/instigator) tipped it in to take the lead.  I love seeing Thornton make great plays and score.  Everyone who says he’s nothing but a thug can suck it!  NONE of the other tough guys in the league have the skill that he does.  Soon after, the Coyotes pulled their goalie for the extra attacker.  Jarome Iginla eventually got the puck and scored the empty-netter from center ice for his 28th goal of the season and 558th of his career.  He has been on an absolute tear and his goal earlier in the game put him above Bruins legend Johnny Bucyk for sole possession of 25th on the all-time goals list!  I really hope they re-sign him after this year.  He is a great addition to this team.  He’s said he loves it here and you can tell as he’s always smiling, so I suspect he wants to come back.  I hope we can get him his first Stanley Cup win because he’s been such a great player for so long (19 years) and he deserves it.. especially if it’s going to be with the Bruins.    ;)

By the way, I think you can thank me for this win streak..  I have a number of superstitions, but one is that I have a Bruins t-shirt rotation where I keep wearing one during games until we lose with it, then I move to the next.  Well, right before the streak started, I decided to buy a Bruins 2010 Winter Classic shirt (since I was there and never got any souvenirs).  Seeing as I was already at the end of my shirt rotation, I added it to the end.  I wore it for the first win of the streak and have been wearing for each game since.. and we haven’t lost yet!  Yeah, I know.  Some of you are saying thanks and some of you are saying I’m ridiculous.  Hey, superstition is what it is.  When it’s working, you believe in it.  It can be quite stressful to keep up with, though.  I think the best way to do it is as I do: you believe that certain things can help your team, but you know it’s doesn’t guarantee wins.  So I don’t know if this new shirt will get us a win streak lasting the rest of the season (it would be insane if it did), but I’m happy that it’s gotten us this far..  And if we do lose, I just consider the superstition to have helped as much as it did.  Anyways, you can thank me!  Do any of you readers have superstitions?  Leave a comment and let me know.  I’m interested to hear.

Now let’s kill those Habs tonight!

[Post 3/24 loss vs. Habs UPDATE:] Figures.  As soon as I talk about my superstition our win streak ends.  At least it wasn’t a regulation loss, and at least we beat the crap out of them all game (ee video links below), but still.  WTF?!  So I guess now I have to believe that my shirt rotation works, but only so much, and that I can’t talk about my superstitions on here or they will lose their power.  It was weird, the whole team seemed to be a bit out of it.  Plus the Habs did their usual thing getting under the Bruins’ skin, but turtling and backing off from any confrontations.  P.K. Subban was his usual bitch self, and Alexei Emelin joined him too.  More importantly, though, the refs were terrible (or paid off).  They called a bunch of nonexistent penalties on the Bruins, and missed a bunch against the Habs, like the blatant and dirty elbow to the face of Daniel Paille.  What game were you watching refs??  Great job guys!  Also, last night’s game was yet another example of why the shootout needs to be removed from the game.  A skills competition shouldn’t decide the winner..  It should be about the team.  If it had just been extended overtime I’m pretty sure the Bruins would’ve pulled out the win.

Here’s some videos from the Habs game
* Habs’ Alexei Emelin’s dirty hit going for Milan Lucic’s knees: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0rg-H21MvU&hd=1
* Bruins’ Kevan Miller fights/KO’s Travis Moen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8HrGU3Il1U&hd=1
* Habs’ Mike Weaver’s dirty elbow to the face of Daniel Paille: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rgx1cA0Ltns&hd=1&t=11s
* Habs bitch P.K. Subban punches Johnny Boychuk then runs away.. Boychuk slams him to the ice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlcn574l5No&hd=1
* Bruins’ Milan Lucic puts a big revenge hit on Mike Weaver: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCbYirTaHPI&hd=1
* Bruins’ Milan Lucic pokes Alexei Emelin who then dives + Brad Marchand shoves P.K. Subban into the ice a few times: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt-s4G0HiBo&hd=1

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GO BRUINS!!!!

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Here’s a video of highlights from Saturday’s game in Phoenix:

Here’s a video of highlights from Friday’s game in Colorado:

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Thanks for reading,
Matt

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Yeah This Sucks, but It Was NOT a Failure

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning shake hands after the 2014 AFC Championship (1/19/14)

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning shake hands after the 2014 AFC Championship.

Believe me fellow Patriots fans, I get it, this sucks.. A LOT!  I’m so down about it I didn’t even want to write anything.. but there are some things that needed to be said.  I’ve been hearing a ton of fans complaining and pointing the finger for someone to blame Sunday’s AFC Championship loss on.  This is natural, I even did it myself.  However, you must step back and take a look at every aspect of this game, this team, and this season.  Trust me, it will make you feel better.  Well, less shitty at least.

2014 AFC Championship - Patriots at Broncos - The Patriots take the field (1/19/14)

The ragtag bunch.

First off, get realistic for a minute, then look at the roster that the Patriots brought to this game.  When you do that, you may actually wonder how we even got this far.  Since so many key guys (especially on defense) had season-ending injuries so early in the year, I think Patriots fans forgot just how much we were hurting.  Part of the reason is because we were getting wins even with all the “next guys up.”  As I said, though, you have to be realistic.  When you are you will realize that it was actually quite an amazing feat that we went as far as we did and even ended up scoring the third most points in the NFL this season.  This is the main reason why as reluctant as you may be, you have to view this season as a success, not a failure.  It still sucks ass, though.  If we had won, Tom Brady would’ve made history being the first quarterback ever to go to six Super Bowls.  He is at least one of only two who have been to five (John Elway being the other).  If he had done this, whether we won or not, I think it would’ve pretty much sealed his fate as the best QB ever.  Still, I hold faith in this team and ownership.  I believe Brady will get to at least one more Super Bowl.

Offense

Now looking further into the injuries, we see just how much they hurt us on both sides of the ball.  Still, I think it was the injured offensive players that did the most damage to our potential.  Remember that guy Rob Gronkowski?  Yeah, he was arguably the best receiving tight end when he started a couple of years ago, setting records.  Well an injury from last season kept him out of the lineup for a while this year, then after only a few games being back, he had yet another season-ending injury (on what I think was a dirty hit).  So we got basically nothing out of him.  Even if we just had him back, we would’ve had a great chance to win this game.

Then there’s that dirtbag Aaron Hernandez.  He was our other star receiver tight end.  Him with Gronkowski was possibly the best tight end tandem ever.  We thought we would have him this season but no, he had to go think he was above the laws of man and God and kill people.  Now he’s in jail.

Next, we come to Danny Amendola.  He was brought in to replace Wes Welker in the slot receiver role.  He seemed pretty good I guess, but for whatever reason, he never really clicked with Tom Brady.. or at least Brady never trusted him enough to throw to him often.  He also had injuries that kept him from playing a full season.  I like our ownership, and coach Bill Belichick, but I hate that they couldn’t see past their differences with Welker and bring him back.  He would’ve been such a huge help to Brady and this offense.. much better than Amendola.  I guess I have to be a little mad at Welker too, though.  It was probably more on him as we did offer him more money than the Broncos did, but I think he had a falling out with Belichick and that’s why he didn’t want to come back.  Well, I do still appreciate him and all he did for us when he was here, so I guess I kind of hope he gets his ring this year.  That is unless the “pick” he set, colliding with Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib and taking him out of the game, was actually intentionally dirty (seen here).  More on that later.

After those key receivers, there are all the other guys.. the new, young, and some undrafted rookies: Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins, and Josh Boyce.  These guys were alright overall, and they did have some big catches earlier in the year, but Tom Brady really needed some veteran receivers who could learn the system.. and he needed them this year.  Yeah, I guess these guys will develop and become quality receivers, but time is limited with Brady.  He should’ve been given receivers that could produce now, not down the road.  Oh, and production aside, these guys all dealt with injuries too and barely ever played.  It says a lot that yesterday, Brady was throwing to guys like Austin Collie, Michael Hoomanawanui, and Matthew Slater, who he basically never threw to before.  Collie had been picked up and dropped repeatedly all season and was never used much, Hoomanawanui didn’t play much, and was usually just blocking when he did, and Slater has spent the whole year on special teams.  Even though Slater is a receiver, he spent all year tackling the opposing player catching our punts as soon as they caught it.  It was awesome that he was able to do that almost every time, but he never really spent any time as a receiver.  Again, Brady was working with a weak receiving core that even QB’s on crappy teams don’t have to deal with.

Oh and there’s one offensive player who dealt with injuries worth mentioning: Tom Brady.  First, he did something to his hand early in the season.  We don’t know what it was, but he was seen quite often holding and rubbing his hand while he was on the bench.  It was something that he just played through, but I’m sure it hindered him at least a bit.  Then there was Sunday’s game.  He suffered an undisclosed knee injury, but again, he played through it.  Who knows how much better he may have been without these injuries.

Now I need to mention one last receiver, but for different reasons than the others: Julian Edelman.  He is an absolutely amazing player all around.  He was a great quarterback in college, so he knows what Tom Brady needs from him.  More importantly, though, he is a fantastic receiver both in the slot and on deep routes.  I don’t remember him running the wrong route once this year.  Meanwhile every other receiver was messing up and costing us downs.  He did not get injured.  He is tough as hell.  He can catch just about any throw.  He can make guys miss their tackles and get yards after the catch.  Oh ya, and he is great at returning kicks, getting far down field every time.  So, why do I bring him up when I’m talking about injuries?  Well, besides the fact that he’s the complete opposite of injury-prone, he is an absolute necessity for this team going forward.  Please, Belichick, Krafts, BRING BACK EDELMAN!!

So we had shit for receivers, but there was also the running game.  Luckily these guys were able to step up and be a huge part of our offense this year, especially late.  They also didn’t have to deal with many injuries.  Unfortunately, the Patriots tried utilizing them early in this game and were stopped every time, so they had to move away from the running game.  If it had been more effective, that would yet again give us a great chance of winning this game.  Just look at LeGarrette Blount last week: he had a whopping four touchdowns on 166 yards with a long of 73!  Stevan Ridley had a very productive year too (besides all those fumbles.. get that under control man!).  Shane Vereen had a big year as well, producing both on the ground and with receptions, mostly converting third downs.  Brandon Bolden and James Develin did pretty well too, though they didn’t play a whole lot.  There’s not much to say about our running game in the way of injuries or blaming, I just wanted to give them some props.  There were a strangely high number of fumbles from running backs this year, but not at the end when it really mattered.  Just make sure to keep it that way next season guys. I think that this will be a very important part of this offense.  Effective running allows Tom Brady to be much more successful with play action and passing in general.

Defense

Then there’s our defense.  EVERY SINGLE key player at each level of the defense was injured and out for the season early on.  Furthermore, these guys weren’t just the best we had, they were some of the best in the league!  All-Pro defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, his very capable replacement Tommy Kelly, star linebacker and Patriots tackles leader for the last few years Jerod Mayo, and star shutdown cornerback Aqib Talib.. our best at each level, all injured early.  Talib was at least able to come back, but did deal with a few injuries throughout the season.  Both of the games that he got taken out in went south for us real fast afterwards.  In Sunday’s game, he got taken out very early by Wes Welker as I mentioned above and the same thing happened.  Our defense was helpless after that.  Now about that hit by Welker.  He was running a “pick” or “rub” play, which is commonly used throughout the league.  It’s when his route purposely crosses right in front of, and as close as possible, to one of his fellow receivers.  This causes the defenseman covering the other guy (Talib) to run into him and lose his coverage.

Wes Welker takes out Aqib Talib (1/19/14)

Wes Welker takes out Aqib Talib.  It was all downhill from there.

Well, as much as people are bashing Bill Belichick for saying that was the worst play he’s ever seen, I agree with him to an extent.  We all know that it wasn’t the worst he’s seen, he just hates Welker.  More importantly, though, he went on to say that type of play shouldn’t be allowed and should be penalized as it is way too dangerous.  This, I agree with, and for a league so worried about safety, they should too.  The other reason I wanted to mention this play again is to bring up the question of whether or not it was really dirty and intentional.  Check it out and see for yourself here.  I’m not sure what to believe, but it’s definitely in the realm of possibility that Welker wanted to take out Talib, knowing how vitally important he was to our defense.  Plus, he even said a couple of years ago he thinks “it’s kinda nice to stick it in Bill [Belichick]‘s face every once in a while.”  If that’s the case, I’m sorry, but then I would hope Welker never gets a ring.  You could already pretty much tell when he did it that the Broncos were going to win, so there was no need for it.  I really hope it wasn’t intentional.  There’s no room in any sport for that.  Do you even lift bro?  Maybe if you did you wouldn’t have to play dirty.

Some other defensive and important guys who dealt with injuries were safety Steve Gregory (who got taken out mid-game on Sunday), star defensive lineman and sack extraordinaire Rob Ninkovich (who missed the second half on Sunday), star linebacker Brandon Spikes, and some other lesser-known guys.  Even our offensive line (which is sort of a defensive role, protecting Tom Brady) saw a number of injuries, most importantly offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer.  There were so many injuries this season I’m missing probably half of them.  Now you should see that we actually did very well considering it all.

Still the Best

We know we can win with a weak defense, but when the offense is struggling too, you don’t stand a chance.  So, in the AFC Championship, and the whole season in general, there’s no reason we should’ve even been above .500 winning.  So all you Peyton Manning, Broncos fans, Colts fans, and Brady haters, remember all of this when you want to open your mouth and say that Manning is better than Brady… then shut it before you say anything.  Sure, I’ll give you that Manning is the best regular season QB..  It was quite a feat to beat some of the records set by “the greatest offense ever” (the Patriots in 2007, who were the first team ever to go undefeated.. until the Super Bowl).  But when it really matters (the playoffs), Manning has not done anywhere close to as much as Brady has.  With 18 career playoff wins, Brady holds the record for the most ever.  Plus, he has won 10 of the 15 matchups against Manning.  Granted, Brady hasn’t done nearly as well as he did early in his career, but that’s another story, which is all about the cheap bastards that make our roster not giving him any decent receivers.

Furthermore, look at who Peyton Manning had to throw to this year: among others, four outstanding receivers: Eric Decker, Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, and Julius Thomas.  If Tom Brady had them instead, he would have put up twice as many points as Manning did.  If he had even one of them, I bet he would’ve won Sunday’s game.  Especially since the Broncos defense pretty much sucks.  Comparing these two guys, especially this season, is like putting them in a gun duel, but Manning has a machine gun and Brady has a Nerf gun.  Obviously Manning comes out on top, but can’t use that to say that with the same weapons he is still better, which is what people are saying.

Tom Brady led his team to their third straight AFC Championship with a bunch of nobodies.  That takes real skill.  He’s been to eight of them in his 12 years while Manning has only been to three in 13 years.  Brady is also one of only two QB’s to ever go to five Super Bowls, winning three.  Furthermore, he won two in three years, two in a row, and three in four years.  Manning is now going to his third, and has only won once.  I know if Manning wins, people will want to put him ahead of Brady as the best ever, but c’mon.  I admit that’s good, and Manning is one of the best ever, but it’s still two less Super Bowls and one less ring.  Oh yeah, and Brady has won 10 of the 15 match-ups all-time between these two.  What’s more, Brady and the Patriots have the most total wins of any team since he started.  Brady, Belichick, and the Patriots are simply the winningest in this millennium.  In the end, since this loss and recent big ones are not on Brady, but on those that make the roster, he should definitely still be in the conversation of best QB ever.

Quit Messin’ Around, Let’s Do This!

Now the Patriots have to look ahead to next year and what will likely be the last few years that Tom Brady plays.  I beg Bill Belichick and the ownership of the team to do us all a favor and GET SOME FRIGGIN’ OFFENSIVE WEAPONS!  Brady needs some real receivers!  We’ve been sustainable as the winningest team in the NFL for 13 years..  Great, but Brady’s window is closing..  So spend some friggin’ money and get him some reliable, veteran receivers!  Belichick, listen, forget about value and trying to prove you can win with mediocre players.  You’re one of if not the best coach ever.. you don’t need to do that.  It was fine and dandy for a while (as much as many of us hated it), but it’s time to get real and realize that the chances for another Brady/Belichick Super Bowl are diminishing rapidly.  Time is short, it’s now or never.  GO FOR BROKE AND STACK UP THIS ROSTER!!!!  For Brady, for Belichick, for the Krafts, for everyone on the team and staff, and for all the fans, please get the offensive veteran weapons we need to be champions once more.  Don’t worry about the long-term any more.  I know a lot of fans would agree with me that if we could make moves and put together a Super Bowl winning team just once more before Brady retires, it wouldn’t matter if we lost every game the year after.  We want – no, we NEED one more championship.  Patriots roster makers, quit being cheap and egotistical bastards and do what must be done!  It’s all on you now.

Thanks to the Patriots for a great season and a good run.

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Here’s a video of Tom Brady highlights:
http://www.patriots.com/media-center/videos/AFC-Championship-Game-Tom-Brady-highlights/021b17d7-3532-44a4-953a-219955a17b56

Here’s a video of the full highlights:
http://www.patriots.com/news/article-1/Game-Recap-Broncos-26-Patriots-16/3e5b9b86-fa29-45cd-98ad-eb2301f3574f

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Thanks for reading,
Matt

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