Marshawn Lynch won’t be cast in your dumb movie, Media

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We used to go for a different kind of movie. Historically, America has revered the Hollywood leading man that spoke with his actions and not his words. The strong and silent type who didn’t wax poetic, but instead just took charge. Talk was always cheap, or so the romantic narrative went.

Movies evolve and so then the characters that the audience demands.

This all does not apply to Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, someone perfectly content in playing football really well and not talking about that. He isn’t a character but his own man. Any rational person would at best respect someone who takes pride in his work and doesn’t feel the need to draw attention to himself.

Many people in the media are not rational.

There are things that have to be written, damn it.

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Patriots draft Garoppolo, Ryan Mallett about to be traded to the Texans?

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The biggest rumor floating around the NFL Draft was this one: “the New England Patriots are trading Ryan Mallet to the Houston Texans.” This rumor never included any specific stated return for the Patriots, but since the Texans took Jadeveon Clowney with the first overall pick, it has been widely believed that they would attempt to trade for a starting-level QB.

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Patriots draft Easley; what he does he bring to New England’s table?

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The Dominique Easley era has officially begun in Foxboro after Thursday night’s NFL Draft first round saw the Patriots draft Easley, a 6’2″, 288 pound defensive lineman, with the 29th overall pick.

Injuries to Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly decimated the Patriots’ interior line last season, and Easley is expected to step right in and play- especially with Wilfork coming back from Achilles surgery.

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New England Patriots draft preview 2014- day two

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If you think it’s difficult trying to figure out what Bill Belichick is going to do in the first round of an NFL Draft, the real fun in any Patriots draft doesn’t start until the second and third rounds get going.

Belichick loves to trade down and acquire additional picks to use on day two of the draft, hoping he can find some first-round talents who may have fallen for one reason or another. Since 2007, only once has a Patriots draft not included multiple picks in at least one of the second or third round. (And that was the 2012 draft, when the Pats traded up to take Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower in the first round).

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New England Patriots draft preview 2014- day one

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“Who will the New England Patriots draft in the first round”?

A person is more likely to pick all six lottery numbers than to answer that question accurately. The only thing that is consistently predictable is that whoever the Patriots draft, most fans and experts will not have seen it coming.

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Andrew Luck gets first taste of Indianapolis Colts-New England Patriots rivalry

The Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots have shared what arguably has been the best rivalry in American professional sports for much of the previous decade.

Who can forget New England’s triumphs against Peyton Manning in the snow in Foxborough, Mass. during both the 2003 and 2004 playoffs? Or the epic Colts comeback in the 2006 AFC Championship game en route to Super Bowl glory?

In truth, the NFL largely has become what it is today because of these two teams (all-time great quarterbacks, as well as Bill Polian’s successful lobbying for rules changes after the 2003 AFC Championship game).

Now, though, the rivalry welcomes a new significant face: Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck.

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The Case for a Lovie Smith Contract Extension

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Don’t become a prisoner of the moment and scoff at the title of this article simply due to the fact the Bears lost to the Texans this past weekend. Lovie Smith has proven to be one of the best coaches in Bear’s franchise history, and he deserves to be rewarded with a long term contract before his current one expires at the end of the 2013 season.

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New England Patriots 2012 Fantasy Football Preview

Take notice here because Bill Belichick’s boys are one of fantasy football’s behemoths. The New England Patriots have ranked in the top ten in points per game going all the way back to 2004, a total of eight seasons. And with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels back in the mix, there’s a great reason to believe they will make it nine straight seasons.

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Indianapolis Colts 2012 NFL Draft preview: Andrew Luck, then what?

New Indianapolis Colts GM Ryan Grigson made official Tuesday what we all pretty much knew back in January: the franchise will select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the No. 1 pick in today’s NFL Draft.

Luck is billed as the most pro-ready quarterback prospect to enter the league since Peyton Manning, the man he’s succeeding in Indianapolis. Some would go even further back and call Luck the surest thing since fellow Stanford great John Elway.

While I personally think such opinions are a bit overkill, I do think very highly of Luck, and I believe he can be the Colts’ next franchise signal-caller for many years to come. Given the recent organizational overhaul in Indy, however, quarterback is far from this team’s only thin spot. The Colts could use talent upgrades everywhere.

The fun, analytically speaking, starts with the No. 34 pick.

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Jaguars Legend Fred Taylor Thanks Patriots, Bill Belichick in Goodbye Presser

Less than 20 players in NFL history have rushed for over 10,000 yards. Jacksonville Jaguars legend Fred Taylor is one of them. Taylor ranks 15th all time in rushing, 1st among Jaguars. He’s also third all time in club history for receptions. Taylor fought through injuries his entire career, but endured to play 11 seasons in Jacksonville and then his final two with the New England Patriots.

In an emotional goodbye press conference this morning, Taylor thanked Patriots coach Bill Belichick “for giving me an opportunity to try to close my career.”

“A classy organization,” Taylor added. “They really know how to do things. I learned a lot. It was a great experience. Mr. Kraft and the Kraft family, I thank you.”
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Bill Belichick’s Son Joins Rutgers Football Team

Stephen Belichick, the son of legendary New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, has a new gig. (Yes indeed, Darth Sweatshirt has offspring, in case you didn’t know). Belichick the Younger will long snap for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights this season, according to the Newark Star-Ledger via Lost Lettermen.

For our Rutgers season preview go here

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NFL Signings and Trade Rumors: Kevin Kolb Traded to AZ, Reggie Bush and More!

Donovan McNabb ends up on the Minnesota Vikings, who say goodbye to Sydney Rice.  Kevin Kolb has a new home in Arizona!  The Redskins also rid themselves of Albert Haynesworth.  Who else is going where?  Now that blue chip wide receiver Santonio Holmes has decided to remain a Jet, where will other receivers go? The Sportsbank posts the basics here so you can be the king of your water cooler.

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