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  1. I feel like there is a very real chance for Buffalo to take the division this year.
  2. Assuming Stidham is an abject disaster and no receiving threats are added and post Scarneccia oline regression, Pats win 7.5 games. 9.5 games +/- 2 seems about right. Odds of 5.5 wins are about as likely as 14.5 wins imo.
  3. I beg to differ. G2 was meh. G3 includes the greatest scene ever made in the history of cinema. imo.
  4. 12-4 with Matt Cassell. If the Patriots make the AFC championship game or superbowl while Brady is one and one in the playoffs or worse, that would contribute to the "system QB" narrative. Anything less definitive is just idle prattle.
  5. Paging I-ROK, you have a collect call from Rand University.
  6. In one sense it will be a tragedy, but in another its exciting to see what BB can get done without TB. A better question might be how fans feel about the future when both TB and BB are gone. I'm not in the camp that thinks McDaniels is the answer. Having said that, I've watched the Pats since the 70's, so I put up with 25 years of suck, and another 25 years of suck post Tom and Bill won't stop me from being a fan.
  7. I think Vrabel believes in the it factor. I think he thought it was clear that Tannehill would outperform Mariotta, and I think he thinks Brady will outperform Tannehill.
  8. I've read (Darlington? that NE is unlikely to be interested in any tampering allegations as they want feedback from Brady asap on his future plans. Also not sure what the standard is for coach A and player B being friends / former teammates in a tampering regulations context. Lastly, the video shows Vrabel facetiming Edelman with Brady sitting next to Edelman. Tampering with Edelman? #torturedhypothetical.
  9. Agree on Denver. Chargers and Raiders are in play but only in a cynical "filling the stadium" context. I think Vrabel is probably struggling with "do I trust Tannehill?". I think the Colts and Bucs could have factions in their organization that buy Brady as the missing piece narrative. But in the end I'm guessing he stays in NE.
  10. One of your underlying premises here is that New Orleans and Green Bay are way smarter than New England. I'm not sure you have the evidence to back up that claim. I could see a scenario where Brady leverages his relationship with Kraft to get AB back, but it definitely feels like this is the third rail in dealing with Kraft. Now if AB would come out with a MASSIVE "Everything that has happened in the last 3 years is ALL my fault" and play the mental illness card, I think the floodgates would open and 6 or more teams would welcome him with open arms, including New England (but not including PIttsburg and Oakland).....but that's a tortured hypothetical because I don't see any evidence that AB would be willing to go there.
  11. I would agree that technology and social media amplify things. Ted Turner also amplified things with news as a means of generating advertising revenue. Its very interesting to travel abroad and watch the news outside the domestic market. And we would be remiss not to mention that organizations of power have learned how to leverage media, which makes for a terrible combination (selling media <---> leveraging media). Having said that, in a culture where we have all pretty much collectively abandoned our civics responsibilities, we kinda get what we deserve. I often fantasize about a third moderate party rising from the ashes of the corpses of the republican and democratic parties (note to Joe: this is a politically neutral statement) but the machine seems geared to deliver the polarized dynamic that Thomas Jefferson warned us about when editorializing about the danger of the two party system.
  12. True. However, the tenor of AB's recent rhetoric seems to be "we went through some tough times and I'm big enough to say that it wasn't entirely other peoples fault". I suspect this mild version of recanting words and actions falls far short of what will be needed to rebuilt bridges, which would need to more of the "this all was entirely my fault" variety. Because, from the perspective of the outside observer, it pretty much was.
  13. The lack of this effort, as GroveDiesel mentioned, is described as cognitive dissonance. The brain MUST reconcile everything it sees, and when it can't it uses mental gymnastics to balance the ledger. in the objectified universe; gotta love it!
  14. Challenging question, both in its scope and the difficulty inherent in providing a non-political answer. Each of us has a world view, and each of us has a self image. These are two aspects of what it means when Buddhists talk about objectification, the mind's natural tendency to look at things as "good", "bad" or "I don't know". The mind has a fundamental need to classify things. And since the majority of us don't have a negative self image, it takes effort to not fall into hypocrisy and it takes effort to not judge the other guy. Shorter answer: its basic human nature....or basic mental patterns...that take conscious effort to combat. This effort is referred to by many names including "walking in the footsteps of Christ" and "The Noble Eight Fold Path".
  15. My only input is that sports talk is sports talk everywhere. 90% of the talking heads have no idea what they are talking about.
  16. Seems like apples an oranges. Hopeless addictive personality disorder versus severe bipolar disorder. Sad sack versus monster.
  17. Jimmy fared about how I thought he would....219/1/2. An interesting philosophical question would be is it wrong to only pass 8 times even if you can have 42 successful rushes? I feel like this is a lesson that Shanahan needs to learn.
  18. It's fascinating to wonder which moron is the source of this speculation. Aside from Lev Bell (and an incumbent QB who has looked decent thusfar) the Jets have squadoosh on their offensive unit. Brady would get murdalized behind that line.
  19. The world could work that way if the players union grows a set. It makes you wonder if the players union doesn't think to itself, we've got a 10 billion dollar cash cow, and we need a more equitable share of that pie delivered as overall increased career earnings to the players...seems to me that if they could obtain alignment within the player community they could really make life uncomfortable for the owners in the next CBA negotiation...and obtain major concessions on earnings given the inherent risk to injury that the workforce faces.
  20. Oh I have no interest in debating the finer points of the legal matter at hand. I'm passing judgement against a woman who is clearly using available resources to "help" the Catholic Church. Whether or not this "help" is specific to a "cover up" or "spin control" or organizing Sunday lunches, she does the league a disservice through her public linkage to a cancerous institution of man.
  21. Thank you for the earlier post...very informative. To me, there is a difference between "the team" and an owner, even if the owner is using front office staff "in support of her church / faith". If everywhere in this thread where the Saints or the team was redacted and replaced by the owner, I would be sympathetic to calling for a league investigation and potential censure of said owner. The situation reminds me of Marge Schott. Don't blame the Reds for Marge Schott's racist behavior. Don't blame the Saints for Gayle Benson trying to help facilitate the coverup of systematic abuse within the institution of the Catholic Church. HER behavior is conduct detrimental to the league on its face.