And Richard Sherman takes the cake. Talk about fired up. I’m pretty sure Erin Andrews is still speechless.
And Richard Sherman takes the cake. Talk about fired up. I’m pretty sure Erin Andrews is still speechless.
I just got finished reading an article on ESPN written by Ashley Fox, and it was terrible. She goes off about how the Patriots should have used better judgment when selecting Hernandez in the 4th round a few years back. She says that this has tarnished the Patriots name and they should be ashamed. Literally every comment rips her apart, even from people who say that they hate the Pats organization. If you have a few minutes go ahead and read this atrocity. One individuals act cannot tarnish a brand that is arguably the biggest in football. Here are a few comments that I pulled off ESPN that I thought were spot on/hilarious:
“If we cut everyone in the nfl with a less than perfect pasts, we would be stuck watching tebow playing on every team, every position.”- ChaosZero250
“Mrs. Fox, what you have just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent article were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”- TheCaptainCOD4
“Seriously? Oh okay, we should have known he was going to murder someone in cold blood because he dabbled with Marijuana. Ashley Fox, quit your day job and go become a detective and save the world already.. idiot!”
“ESPN reputation tarnished forever! So what happens when ESPN hires a reporter who shows such promise, but since the loss of her beloved team, has serious character flaws. Three years later, she pens the most inane and puerile article known to mankind. Such a stain on the stellar image of the pristine sports channel!
ESPN should have known better! “- NEGino49
6/26 3:00 PM
Watching the arraignment live. The prosecution team has multiple text messages to and from the victim, hernandez, and two others. He is charged with murder and 5 other gun charges (supposedly 5 shots to body). Pleads not guilty.
6/26 2:15 PM
Hernandez arrived at court. We are waiting to hear back what the charges are. It is assumed that it is most definitely a felony charge with jail time possible.
6/26 10:30 AM
The Patriots have released Aaron Hernandez after he was arrested this morning.
6/26 9:30 AM
Aaron Hernandez was taken into custody today in cuffs. More information to follow.
6/21 2:00 PM
The warrant hasn’t gone away, just still being prepared. This clearly isn’t good, as they think that they have enough evidence to arrest him and hold him. Muscle Milk has terminated their endorsement contract with him already.
6/21 10:35 AM
It is now being reported that the Arrest Warrant for Tight End Aaron Hernandez has gone away. More to come as the story develops, but this could be huge for the Patriots star if we can make this go away. We don’t want Tebow playing TE.
6/21 7:30 AM
There has been an arrest warrant issued for Aaron Hernandez on obstruction of justice charges (see below). While Authorities are still searching for more evidence, many believe that these charges will be upgraded in the near future to something even more serious.
6/20 4:00 PM
As you all have probably heard, it has been reported that Hernandez destroyed his security system, phone, and brought in a cleaning crew to his residence.. not good.
6/20 8:00 AM
More news developing late last night in case you missed it. Apparently, Fox is reporting that Hernandez was at the same club as the victim that night. They are also reporting that there were 4 people in the car leaving his house, including the victim, and only 3 returned to the house afterwards. This is not looking good for the Patriots star. The next 24-48 hours are going to be critical in finding out new details.
6/19 3:50 PM
Apparently Sports Illustrated is saying that many teams questioned Hernandez’s background prior to him being drafted by New England in the fourth round.
The deceased man is now being described as an “associate” or Hernandez.
6/19 2:40 PM
It’s being reported from multiple sources that Aaron Hernandez is also going to be sued for allegedly shooting a man in the face (eye, to be exact). Apparently, there was an argument at a club, and they left together. He aimed the gun at Alexander Bradley and the gun accidentally discharged. He is suing Hernandez for $100k. This can’t be real right? And isn’t your eye worth more than $100k? Hernandez is not licensed to carry a firearm.
6/19 1:00 PM
The victim played for the Boston Bandits Semi-Pro team as a linebacker. Hernandez is reportedly cooperating a lot better now. The body was found one mile from his home, and close to a car that was in his name.
6/19 8:30 AM
An officer reportedly carried a large box out of Hernandez’s residence. Cops were searching the house using flashlights late at night. Obviously, everyone and their mother is declining to comment on this.
6/18 8:30 PM
Apparently Hernandez is not cooperating with Police the way they would like him to. When they searched his home, two of his friends tried to leave, but were stopped by Police.
Sports Illustrated reports that at least 10 Police Cruisers flanked Hernandez’s home late Tuesday.
6/18 7:30 PM
New England Patriots Tight End Aaron Hernandez was reportedly questioned on Monday while authorities were investigating a homicide in Attleboro, Mass. Although he isn’t thought to be a murder suspect, they say that a vehicle registered in his name is a key piece of evidence. Supposedly, they also want to search his home, and Hernandez decided to get a lawyer. Hopefully this is all just a misunderstanding and we will keep you updated in the coming days.
Ed Reed had to have off-season surgery on his hip after winning the Superbowl with the Ravens a few months ago. He has since been signed by the Houston Texans, after many thought that the Pats might try to sign him. Yet, we surprise everyone and sign this guy. Anyways, Reed had an interview and said he has no idea how he got hurt. He did, however, say this:
“The only play I could look at is when I got kicked by a certain quarterback. But even then, I played in the Super Bowl and you saw what happened there.”
Clearly, he’s blaming Tom Brady (see video below). This is a guy who most respect and that Bill Belichick really likes, typically not someone who will complain about a sports-related injury. It’s part of the game, and you know for a fact that if Reed had the chance to absolutely crush Brady, he would. Just like everyone else in the league. Anyways, Ed Reed doesn’t know if he’ll be ready for the opener, but says he is doing very well with his rehabilitation.
The Patriots have signed Tim Tebow. If you are like me, you couldn’t care less. Unless you are in love with him, or absolutely hate him, you probably don’t care. When I heard about it yesterday afternoon, I was more confused than anything. Clearly, he’s not competing for the starting job, and most likely won’t even be a backup. And we obviously didn’t bring him in for the circus that follows, cause Belichick will put an end to that real quick. So why sign him? They haven’t disclosed the contract details, but you gotta imagine we got him for a dollar and a donut, not much more. You can be sure of one thing, his publicity will end after the Press Conference to introduce him.
Maybe we’ll use him in short yardage runs to save Brady from the QB sneak? Maybe we can somehow turn him in to a Tight End (Edelmen was a QB before)? Maybe even use him as a defensive player? Doubtful. Maybe he just wants another chance to take someone’s sloppy seconds and fix their careers? We know that Belichick won’t let us know, regardless. Here’s a list of a few players that Bill has already done this with.
Wes Welker: We all know this story. Dolphins traded him to us for basically nothing, and he went on to be the star of the league for the next 5 seasons. Welker now has 8,580 yards receiving, 38 TD (37 with Pats). SUCCESS.
Randy Moss: Set record for TD’s in a season. Basically caught everything from Tom Brady in 2007. Great Career before, decent career after. Still a SUCCESS with the Pats.
Chad Ochocinco: Has since been arrested. Basically, a FAILURE. Couldn’t read the playbook, did virtually nothing except make people buy his jersey and draft him to their fantasy teams for no reason.
Albert Haynesworth: One of the highest paid lineman of all time. Great in Tennessee. Went to Washington for a gigantic pay increase, and then got released after barely trying, and completely sucking. Bill signed him, and he did nothing. Total bust and FAILURE.
Danny Woodhead: Now with the Chargers. He was a fan favorite in Foxborough after being released by the Jets in 2010. He was the little engine who could. I consider him a SUCCESS.
There are clearly plenty of others too, just pointing out a few. Do you think Tebow will be a success or a failure? Guess we’ll see soon enough.
The Patriots picked up Aaron Dobson with the 102nd pick in the draft. Here is a video of one of his amazing catches last season at Marshall. Hopefully, he can follow in former Marshal Wide Receiver Randy Moss’s footsteps and really stretch the field like he did his whole career.
It’s hard to believe now that Brady was chosen so late in the draft, when you consider his body of work:
Three time Super Bowl champion (2001, 2003, 2004).
Two time Super Bowl MVP (2001, 2003).
Two time NFL MVP (2007, 2010).
Eight time pro bowler (2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012).
125 regular season wins and 17 post-season wins (2001-2012).
Helped the Patriots go undefeated (16-0) and broke the single-season record for touchdown passes in the same season with 50 (2007).
But before all the accolades, records, playoff appearances, and Super Bowl trips Brady was at the bottom of the barrel on Bill Belichick’ roster. Let’s recap how Brady began and review who went before him in that 2000 NFL Draft:
Brady began the 2000 NFL season ranked fourth on the depth chart and would only play in one game completing a lone pass for six yards.
But in 2001 Brady rose to second on the depth chart behind then starter Drew Bledsoe. Bledsoe would suffer internal bleeding in an injury from a week two contest against the New York Jets.
Brady took over the reigns and from there would lead New England to the post-season winning 11 of the 14 games in which he started.
The Pats would defeat the Oakland Raiders in the infamous “tuck rule” game, by way of an Adam Vinatieri field goal. Brady threw for 314 yards in the blistering cold and snow to bring New England back from a 10-point deficit.
Then New England would go on to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC championship game and would be led once more by Brady on Super Bowl Sunday to defeat the St. Louis Rams.
Brady led the game winning drive and spiked the ball with seven seconds left on the clock to set up another clutch kick for Adam Vinatieri. Brady won SBMVP honors with 145 yards passing and one touchdown. At the time, Brady was the youngest quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl. The rest is simply history.
Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the players who were chosen ahead of Brady in the 2000 NFL Draft:
Patriots Picks in 2000:
2nd round pick number 46 OT Adrian Klemm
3rd round pick number 76 RB J.R. Redmond
4th round pick number 127 OT Greg Robinson-Randall
5th round pick number 141 TE Dave Stachelski
5th round pick number 161 DT Jeff Marriot
6th round pick number 187 CB Antwan Harris
Can you recall how those guys panned out for the Pats? If so, you may want to apply for Mel Kiper’ job at ESPN whenever he retires.
QB’s taken higher than Brady:
1st round pick number 18 Chad Pennington
3rd round pick number 65 Giovanni Carmazzi
3rd round pick number 75 Chris Redman
5th round pick number 163 Tee Martin
6th round pick number 168 Marc Bulger
6th round pick number 183 Spergon Wynn
Of the six quarterbacks above only Pennington and Bulger went on to have semi-successful NFL careers. Pennington of course was plagued by re-occurring shoulder injuries, and Bulger failed to lead the rams anywhere in almost a decade.
Redman only played in 30 regular seasons games in an eight year NFL career. Then there’s Wynn (10 career games in 2000-2001) and Martin, whose careers were very, very short lived (three games from 2001-2003). As for Carmazzi, he never played a game in the NFL.
Notable Players taken ahead of Brady
1st round pick number two LB LaVar Arrington
1st round pick number five RB Jamal Lewis
1st round pick number seven RB Thomas Jones
1st round pick number nine LB Brian Urlacher
1st round pick number 12 DE Shaun Ellis
1st round pick number 13 DE John Abraham
1st round pick number 14 TE Bubba Franks
1st round pick number 15 CB Deltha O’Neal
1st round pick number 16 LB Julian Peterson
1st round pick number 17 K Sebastian Janikowski
1st round pick number 19 RB Sean Alexander
1st round pick number 30 LB Keith Bulluck
2nd round pick number 44 T Chad Clifton
3rd round pick number 76 WR Laveraneus Coles
5th round pick number 142 P Shane Lechler
5th round pick number 149 DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila
5th round pick number 153 WR Dante Hall
6th round pick number 169 K Neil Rackers
6th round pick number 186 LB Adalius Thomas
Among all of those notable NFL players, only Brian Urlacher and Jamal Lewis have came within Tom Brady’ range of success. Brady has been regarded by many experts as one of the greatest draft picks of all-time, and when you look at his career numbers it’s not hard to see why.
Brady by the Numbers:
Passing Yards: 44,806 (9th all-time).
Passing Touchdowns: 334 (5th all-time).
Passer Rating: 96.6 (3rd all-time).
Passes Completed: 3,798 (8th all-time).
Completion Percentage: 63.7% (9th all-time).
(fun fact: Chad Pennington, 2000-2010, ranks 1st all-time in Career Completion Percentage at 66.0%)
Passing Yards: 5,949 (1st all-time).
Passing Touchdowns: 42 (3rd all-time).
Passer Rating: 87.4 (12th all-time).
Passes Completed: 553 (1st all-time).
Completion Percentage: 62.3% (24th all-time)
When you couple those numbers with his championships, Brady is one of the best NFL draft success stories of all-time.
Final Thoughts: Brady’ contract extension of three years will keep him in Foxborough for what will likely be the remainder of his career. Meaning Tom gets to finish what he started all those years ago, when he was just a back-up quarterback above suspicion. Brady’ time in New England has certainly been nothing short of terrific.
Just when you thought the Patriots were starting to recover from the Welker loss and move forward with new pieces to the puzzle, Patriot Nation received some troubling news. Rob Gronkowski will “very likely” require surgery on his left forearm, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss. Ever since breaking it originally on November 18th when we crushed the Colts, he has gone through multiple surgeries. This would be the fourth one he has to get.
This surgery would remove that plate that they inserted into his arm originally in order to make sure that there is no infection. Gronk was in California with friends (doing Gronk things) when he noticed a large swelling in the morning and noticed some stuff oozing out of it. He called the Patriots front office and they immediately flew him back.
Even if Gronkowski gets surgery right away, he still needs 10 weeks typically to get him healthy. This time frame is creeping up towards training camp. And that’s if it can even be done right away. Hopefully they can figure out another way but the way it looks now, Gronk will be in a cast a while longer.
Now that Nike has officially taken over the reigns as the apparel provider for the NFL from Reebok, some stars have been seen altering their jerseys. RGIII was the first to do so when he drew the letter “H” over the infamous Nike “Swoosh”. After he was spoken to, he decided just to wear another shirt over it to cover it up. He was not fined.
It also hit a little bit closer to home with Patriots fans when Tom Brady had his weekly press conference on Wednesday. Tom was sporting a Gray sweatshirt and had a piece of white tape over the Nike symbol on his left sleeve. Brady has an exclusive contract with Under Armour. I’m sure there will be others that are openly trying to avoid any situation with the Mega-Company based out of Oregon.
Patriot Receiver Donte Stallworth was involved in a hot air balloon accident over the weekend. Stallworth’s balloon caught on fire after hitting some power lines and then plunged towards the ground. Donte is now in stable condition and says that he “feels lucky to be alive” His agent has already said that he will be able to resume his NFL career. Stallworth has been suspended for one season prior to sustaining any injuries from this accident for a DUI Manslaughter. He spent 30 days in jail for that.
Stallworth has jumped around from the Saints, Pats, Eagles, Browns, Ravens, and Redskins, but is still regarded as a solid player. Stallworth caught 8 TD Passes in his rookie season but has been limited since leaving the Saints in 2005 after he had 945 yards and 5 TDs in his final season there. Stallworth had 1 reception for 63 yards for the Patriots this season. He scored on the play that came against the blowout of the Texans in early December.