Four times the New England Patriots have marched into Denver during the AFC playoffs. Four times, most recently in Sunday’s 20-18 defeat in the AFC Championship game, their Super Bowl dreams were snuffed out by the Orange Crush. With eye black residue from Sunday’s game likely still visible on Tom Brady’s face, we revisit the three times prior to Sunday’s defeat that the Patriots’ Super Bowl aspirations tumbled in Denver like boulders down the Rocky Mountains.Follow paulmbanks
New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick is just two wins away from defending his current NFL championship title. We’ll see what happens tomorrow versus Denver in the AFC Title game, but if Belichick and company get it done, it just continues the current trend of ruling oligarchies retaining their hegemony (Duke, Alabama, New England, Blackhawks).
In the meantime, it turns out that Belichick and his “homeless chic” look that he perfected with the hoodie well over a decade ago is now en vogue.Follow paulmbanks
Make no mistake, this is not a “marijuana offense” for New England Patriots Defensive End Chandler Jones. The youngster from Syracuse is in a very weird situation that involves medical marijuana, so high times are not criminal times in any way possible.
He has broken no laws, as he was smoking the good weed as a way to treat a medical condition.Follow paulmbanks
This 2016 NFL mock draft order is loosely based off the order derived at SB Nation. They took current record plus strength of schedule into account. We then made a few changes based on how current injuries could impact the team and their final season record.
Team needs were sometimes, but not always taken into account. We played fast and loose with that because it’s still quite early. So many of these picks are “Best player available.”Follow paulmbanks
As overrated and over-publicized as Amy Schumer is these days, she still can be extremely funny, at times. It’s not her fault that the media and the general population has gotten carried away with defining and redefining her. Is Amy Schumer a great comedian? Absolutely. Is she a social trail blazer and transcendent pioneer?
Absolutely not. Not even close. She does tell a great sex joke here and there though.Follow paulmbanks
Good for Tom Brady that he’s finally getting all this publicity. Poor little guy has flown under the radar in obscurity for so so long. I’m just so glad to see that Tom Brady is finally now in the national discussion.
Ok, turning the sarcasm font off now.
Donald Trump went on Colin Cowherd‘s show today and talked a multitude of topics, including daily fantasy sports, and Tom Brady. He talked about Tom Brady so much that Trump is really drifting towards singing this song below:Follow paulmbanks
So the verdict came down, and surprising no one — Brady was reinstated and Roger Goodell was defeated. The real question after all of this is what it means for the NFL as a whole, how will this whole fiasco that unfolded affect the game? The answer is really complicated and there are a lot of potential outcomes. Part of the problem is that as fans we eat this up, though with football back, it’ll be less at the front. Still, it feeds our appetite for the sport and the continued controversy focuses us in even further.Follow paulmbanks
There’s nothing left to say regarding the “integrity” of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the NFL itself and the New England Patriots. Everybody is talking about this today on every channel, and this time, they’re right. As much as the DeflateGate hullabaloo was much ado about nothing, the ESPN report breaking today is extremely relevant, to all of us.Follow paulmbanks
You know the drill by this point. It’s the Cutty Awards, also known as the Jay Cutler Awards for the outstanding excellence in the Field of DOOOOOON’T CAAAAAAAARE.
We receive a lot of banal and pointless story pitches and press releases every week. Some are bad; some are worse. This week, these three stood out as the worst.Follow paulmbanks
Rob Gronkowski, also known as NFL Ryan Lochte, will get the Father’s Day weekend party started at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday, June 20. Gronk, along with his brothers Gordie Jr., Chris, Dan, Glenn and their father, Gordy Sr., will serve as co-Grand Marshals for the NASCAR race.
So many GRONKS! Gronk Nation!Follow paulmbanks
I have a friend, Jake Haas, whose motto throughout college was, “if you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying.” Mr. Haas was not so much referring to his academic career, but to the countless drinking/video games that we partook in during our time receiving a higher education.
Much like in Mario Kart (N64 is THE only version), cheaters have a better chance of winning and if the short cut doesn’t work, you can always use another shortcut later in the race. Obviously, Tom Brady and the Patriots have played a couple of races on the Mario Kart circuit.Follow paulmbanks
Rob Gronkowski is pretty much football Ryan Lochte; I think we’ve established that. Gronk is a lot more interesting and fun in small doses; not with the non stop Rob Gronkowski exposure that accompanied the Patriots Super Bowl run. Of course, Gronkowski isn’t as interesting or as funny as he used to be (we’ve covered why that is here), but he still makes bowling more interesting than it typically is, or could be.Follow paulmbanks