Tom Brady and his Best Buddies

 

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

This past weekend, New England quarterback, Tom Brady participated in the Best Buddies Challenge at the “University of Michigan in the East”, better known to most of you all as Harvard University. This was the 20th anniversary of the Challenge and Brady has been associated with it ever since 2003.

After seeing this tweet from Brady, I wanted to look into this organization more, and what exactly it’s about.  After speaking with a couple of friends on Twitter,  I was put in contact with Brad Blank, an NFL agent and also a Best Buddies Executive for 30 years.

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AFC East Draft

Lisa Johnson
Senior Sports Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303 

Jordan Reid (@JReidNFL)

Hours to days following the 2019 NFL draft, analysts from all over the country begin to dissect each team and try to gauge which teams hit home runs or which teams whiffed.   In this post AFC East draft article, I asked Jordan Reid, an NFL Draft Staff writer for @Cover_1_, and also host of The Draft Board Podcast for some insight.

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NFL Suspensions: Are Owners Exempt?

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft became the talk of the football world last Friday. No, not for winning yet another Super Bowl. It was because his name came up as part of an investigation in Jupiter, Florida, that was targeting a human trafficking ring.

According to 15th Circuit State Attorney Dave Aronberg, Kraft was issued a summons yesterday, formally charging him with two counts of soliciting prostitution in a Florida spa.

While we wait to see what, if any, action the NFL will take against Mr. Kraft, I thought I would take a look at how the NFL hands out punishments to players, referees, team personnel and owners. And what I found has left me kind of disturbed.

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Marlin Briscoe: The first African American quarterback

Marquita Quinones OTFB reporter

By Marquita Quinones // @LatinLove729

To look at the NFL today it’s hard to imagine it without the diversity it displays, but there was a time when there wasn’t. In honor of Black History Month, we will look at the changes the NFL has gone through as it pertains to African American players.

Let’s begin with a pioneer in his own right, Marlin Briscoe.

African Americans have been a part of the American Football evolution as far back as the 1920s with players like Fitz Pollard and Bobby Marshall leading the way. The position of quarterback had not been a position that was openly offered to African Americans, but in 1968 that all changed with Marlin Briscoe.

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Resurrecting careers is the Patriot’s Way

Wanda Wiedman,
NFL Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman / @WandaW63

The New England Patriots pulled out another win, hoisting for the 6th time the coveted Lombardi Trophy. It was not the epic game of the century, and it did not excite the masses.

But despite the typical performance of quarterback Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, and Julian Edelman, it is fascinating how the Patriots seem to resurrect the careers of players whose athletic efforts have been stagnant.

Everyone talks about the non-existent Bill Belichick coaching tree, but it may be because they are looking at it all wrong. The coaching tree actually morphed to the players on the field who came from other teams. Players who were the epitome of the walking dead until they came to life in New England. Whatever it is that Belichick is serving up in training camp, these free agency players are getting the banquet of a lifetime, in the form of Super Bowl rings.

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The Patriots as underdogs?

Sonja Greenfield, OTFB Writer

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

Admit it, you just rolled your eyes when you read that. It’s OK. I sort of did that as well, when I first heard about it.

I’ve often said, until someone can beat them, the road to the Super Bowl will have to go through New England at some point. But this year seemed a little different for the Patriots. After back to back loses early in the season to the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Detroit Lions, you have to admit, people outside of New England started to get a little excited at the thought of witnessing the Patriots’ descent back to Earth.

Then after the stunning loss to the Miami Dolphins and then the Pittsburgh Steelers, the noise was getting louder.  I mean, they weren’t even favored to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs in the championship game. And while it could have been more for the sake of betting, they still weren’t favored and that’s not something we are used to.

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Patriots head back to familiar territory

Sonja Greenfield; Patriots Contributor

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

New England 37 – Kansas City 31 (OT)

Guess who’s back. Back again. The Pats are back, tell a friend.

The New England Patriots are heading back to the Super Bowl.  Quarterback Tom Brady ,and the rest of the Patriots, executed Brady’s 57th game-winning drive to get the victory over the Chiefs.

After going 3 for 3 on third down during the overtime drive, the Patriots handed the ball off to running back Rex Burkhead who ran it in for the game-winning touchdown.

The game played out the best way possible for the Patriots. It was obvious that the best way to keep Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes and the great Kansas City offense under control was to simply keep them off the field. It was the same strategy that most teams have tried to use to beat the Patriots for years.

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Patriots lose back to back games and it’s more than poor play

Wanda Wiedman,
Patriots contributor

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Steelers 17 – Patriots 10

The New England Patriots have won five Super Bowl championships, so it’s bound to happen that the once supreme dynasty may eventually topple.

The loss to the Miami Dolphins Miracle last week could have been an anomaly. Apparently, it wasn’t as the Patriots lose a week later to the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road 17-10.

Rumors swirled in the off-season that quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski would be retiring. Even head Coach Bill Belichick was on the rumor mill when offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels reneged on the head coaching job in Indianapolis to stay in New England.

There are obvious problems ravaging the Patriots as they enter Week 16 with a 9-5 record. It starts with Mr. Brady.

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Dolphins pull off “Boise” for the win against Patriots

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Lisa Johnson,
Miami Dolphins Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303 

Dolphins 34 – Patriots 33

Let me first start out by saying…”Alright Miami!” because that was my very first thought after watching the Dolphins pull off a miracle last play to win the game. I could hear good ole Jim “Mad Dog” Mandich’s voice in my head.

A fitting end to a very typical AFC East match-up. A game that saw nine lead changes, which now stands as the second most in an NFL game.

Don’t think many fans would have expected that outcome when it comes to a shoot-out with future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady.

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Titans beat the Patriots at home 34-10

Karen Christensen, Tennessee Titans Reporter

By Karen Christensen // @ksc47

Tennessee Titans 34 – New England Patriots 10

The Tennessee Titans sacked the New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady three times on Sunday.  Yes, three times. 

They kept the pressure on Brady throughout the game, and Brady looked mighty uncomfortable out there. So much so, he was pulled in the fourth quarter and replaced with backup QB Brian Hoyer.

Now, who would have imagined such things would be happening this past Sunday at Nissan Stadium in Nashville? Not many. 

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