Tom Brady Hates the Jets. Brandon Phillips Hates the Cardinals. So What’s the Difference?

By now you’ve probably heard Tom Brady’s comments about the HBO reality TV show “Hard Knocks.”  If not, you need to read more sports news:

Honestly, I haven’t turned it on,” he said in a casual manner. “I hate the Jets, so I refuse to support that show.

Also, by now you’ve heard of our old friend Brandon Phillips’ comments about the St. Louis Cardinals:

Instead of posting his comments here, I’m going to link you to our friends at Doin’ Work because we like them.

I may not agree with them, but it’s good work nonetheless.  Anyway, what’s the difference here?  Why do I like what Tom Brady said and not like what Brandon Phillips said?

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Friday 5 – Playoffs? Playoffs?!

For today’s Friday 5, I’m going to kill two birds with one stone.  I’m going to give you our playoff predictions in Friday 5 format.  I’ll be going round by round, plus a special bonus prediction for the Pro Bowl!  It’s not the Friday 4, after all.

First, I’ll give you Weller’s official playoff prediction:

“Colts win.”

Thanks, Weller.  Now that we have that out of the way, I’ll provide a tiny bit more detail (and Weller, you should stop reading now.)

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Saturday Happenings

This post is going to touch on a couple things that happened yesterday in the sports world that doesn’t worthy of their their own full post.  We’ll start in college football.

Normally I wouldn’t pay much attention to the Harvard-Yale game, but yesterday was an exception.  Yale had a 10-7 lead with 2:25 left and was facing a 4th and 22 from their own 26 yard line.  That’s when first year head coach Tony Williams made the worst call in the history of organized football.  Yes, worse than Bill Belichick’s decision to lose last week’s game against Colts.  Coach Williams decided to run a fake punt.  Predictably, they did not get the required 22 yards.  Three plays later, Harvard found the end zone for the game winning score.

Williams would take the blame for the horrible idea later saying:

The whole idea was to keep our foot on the pedal, and not play scared. If anyone is looking for somebody to blame, blame this guy right here.

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Colts Down the Patriots

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Belichick blew it tonight

I was planning on writing another Rookie Review tonight after the Colts-Patriots game, but this was too good to pass up.  I’ll be up front here, I hate the Patriots.  Actually, more specifically, I hate Bill Belichick and I hate Tom Brady.  I don’t hate them as much as Weller does, but they cheated my Rams out of a Super Bowl and I don’t tolerate cheaters.

Anyway, tonight was the annual Manning-Brady Bowl that is usually too hyped up for just two players.  There are 42 other guys on the field.  Let’s give them a bit of credit, too.  Tonight, however, the game didn’t disappoint.  It look like it was going to be the Brady-Moss show through three quarters (try as I might, I just can’t hate Randy Moss.  He’s just so good).  Moss put up 179 yards and 2 TDs against a depleted Colts secondary.  But it wasn’t quite enough…

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Another Reason to Hate Tom Brady

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Paiva begging because Tom Brady is an ass.

There are numerous reasons to hate Tom Brady and we can add this one to the list. Brady apparently had some expensive flower boxes sitting behind his condominium in Boston. A 61-year-old man named Dennis Paiva thought that they had been left there as trash and took them. Brady took the man to court and Paiva was ordered to pay Brady $4,000. In 2006 Forbes estimated that Tom Brady is worth $29 million per year including endorsements. Continue reading

Hopefully the NFL Does the Right Thing

This post is going to be kind of hard for me, as a Rams fan.  As most of the free world knows, the New England Patriots are under an ongoing investigation for taping the signals of the opponents’ coordinators, as well as the pre-game walkthroughs.  This has become known as “Spygate” because, as we all know, adding “gate” to the end of anything automatically makes it a scandal.  When former video assistant Matt Walsh stepped forward and said he did the taping, Patriots coach Bill Belichick claimed he “couldn’t pick Matt Walsh out of a lineup.”

The NFL fined Belichick $500,000 and forced the team to forfeit their first round selection in the 2008 Draft.  The latter punishment had little effect since the Patriots held the 10th pick after a trade with the 49ers from the year before. (Unfortunately for Weller, they took former Tennessee Linebacker Jerod Mayo.  An intervention was held. He’s fine now.)

Walsh is now scheduled for a meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday morning to review the tapes.  John Clayton just reported on ESPN that he expects nothing to come of the meeting since the NFL already knew about these tapes.

Now, I don’t know if the NFL has seen the tapes or knew about the tapes before Matt Walsh sent them in for review, but I do know that video taping another team’s signals is wrong.  I also know that Walsh’s tapes range in date from 2000-2002 and that the Jets’ claims came from 2007.  I highly doubt that the Patriots stopped taping teams from 2003-2006 and happened to start again at the beginning of last season.

I talked with Weller about what kind of punishment we’d like to see the Patriots given.  He said lots of things that I can’t repeat, so I’ll let you use your imagination.  Eventually, I decided that I’d like to see Belichick suspended for at least 8 regular season games, if not the entire season.  If this were the punishment, he would miss at least two AFC East matchups as well as other key games at San Diego in Week 6 and at Indianapolis in Week 9.  I figured if Chris Henry was suspended for 8 games and Pacman Jones was suspended for a year for multiple non-football incidents, then Belichick should be suspended at least that long for an actual football-related crime.

Weller finally decided that he would be happy if they took away at least one of their Super Bowl titles.  I would be alright with this as well, but I’d rather have it matter in the present day.  It would be nice if they retroactively awarded the Rams the Super Bowl, but A) that won’t happen and B) it really wouldn’t mean that much at this point.  It would be like the NCAA taking away the Fab Five’s Final Fours,  or Reggie Bush’s Heisman.  We all know they won, it doesn’t matter if they have a trophy or a banner.

Let me know what you think should (or shouldn’t) happen to Mr. Belichick in the comments.

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