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The Pats Fan Roller Coaster: A Story of Super bowl 49

 

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On the surface, being a 25 year old New England Patriots fan will get you no sympathy from fans of every other sports team across the four major sports in North America. Since I was ten years old, my favorite team has had one head coach, one starting quarterback (save for an injury in 2008 and a 4 game suspension in 2016), and have only missed the playoffs twice (2002 and 2008). I will never complain about supporting this team, but it is not without epic emotional swings during this big games. Super Bowl 49 was the prime example of this. Here’s how the game unfolded in my parent’s living room that fateful night.

Tom Brady INT at Seattle 10, 1st Quarter 0-0: The most uncharacteristic throw I’ve ever seen given the stakes with Brady. Red Zone picks are what the Brandon Weeden’s of the world do, not the greatest QB of all time. Still a lot of time left but my god what a dumb dumb dumb dumb throw. Would have really put Seattle up against it.

Brady to Gronk TD, late 2nd Quarter, Pats 14-6: Seattle covered Gronk with some fat LB split out to the sideline! Pats might hang a hundo on this team! Let’s Go!!!!!!(Brady voice).

Wilson to Mathews TD, super late 2nd Quarter, 14-14: Kyle Arrington should have been cut 3 years ago (but with a lot less nicer language mixed in between). Seattle can double dip now and I’m starting to panic.

Wilson to Baldwin TD, late 3rd Quarter, 24-14 Seattle: I need and adult…

Brady to Amendola TD mid 4th, 24-21 Seattle: Get a stop, get a stop, get a stop, get a stop, get a stop, get a stop!!! The tease is getting too much now. Patriots clearly setting up to break my heart again. Anyone else you’d rather have in this situation than Brady though?

Brady to Edelman TD, Late 4th, 28-24 Pats: IS THERE ANYONE ELSE YOU’D RATHER HAVE! THAT’S MY QUARTERBACK! It would suck to be the fan of another team right now. Brady Brady Brady! (oh yeah, get a freakin stop D!)

Kearse catch, super late 4th, 28-24 Pats: Never meant to get Lombardi IV I guess. 2007 all over again. How much torture can happen. 2005 Super bowl seems like a lifetime ago. Sun questionable to rise in the AM.

Butler INT super duper late 4th, 28-24 Pats: I blacked out and fell off my couch and onto the floor. I still do not remember how I got face down on the floor but my first thoughts after I came too were: “S*** we are way to backed up! How we gonna kneel?! Gotta give them the hard count Tom! Give them the Hard COUNT!” I’v coached football too long to even enjoy the INT for the amazing play it was. I was too concerned with taking the knee to end it. Was sure something would go wrong. My buddy calls me in the moment reacting similar to me. Utter and pure shock.

Brady gets them to jump, Bruce Irvin gets DQ’d Pats win 28-24: The moment Michael Bennett jumped offside was the single happiest moment of my watching the Patriots since Vinatieri’s kick to beat the Rams. Pats win, Super bowl champs against all odds. Tom Brady is the greatest of all time. Felt like I didn’t breathe for 4 straight hours.

This is not by any means a unique experience. I’m positive every other Patriots fan went through this same emotional swing during the game. I never in a thousand years thought I would experience such emotion with this team. My first memories of Patriots’ games were my dad having to find them on the bunny ears with the old TV in the early 90s because they wouldn’t sell out home games and put the game on TV. I had to watch Desmond Howard and Reggie White destroy any hope of a Super Bowl I thought we had in 97. I had to deal with Pete Carroll taking a Super Bowl team and driving them into the ground. Even in 2001, the Pats were 5-5 and using a backup QB before they went on this historic run. I wouldn’t trade this team for anything in the world. Remember when you’re watching the game Sunday between Atlanta and New England that the Pats’ fan base may be insufferable at times, but it’s because our peaks have been as tall as our valley’s have been deep. We live on the extreme ends of the spectrum. Our sports town has had its collective heart’s ripped out by giving up home runs to end seasons, giving up 3-0 series and 3-0 game 7 leads, and miracle catches. We’ve been on the right side of all those things as well. I’m sure Sunday will be no different but, as I wrote for my dad before I went to bed after searching for Championship t-shirts all night after Super Bowl 49, “Thanks for making me a fan of this team!”

@Fozberry64

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Forgotten Cult Heroes: Mike Cloud

Mike Cloud, Patriot legend…for three games in 2003. I was watching the 2003 Pats Superbowl DVD recently in order to forget about the end to this patriots season. While watching the goal line stand in Indy and the 3 Law INTs of Manning in the AFCCG was awesome, one thing stuck out, Mike Cloud. Mike Cloud was a Cult hero for 3 weeks during this season. He only rushed for 118 yards over 5 appearances for the Pats but scored 5 TDs during that time. Scored 2 vs the Titans while rushing for 73 yards on 7 carries. That was his coming out party. The former BC all american RB also rushed for 2 Tds vs Indy that year too. This fill in back for Injured Antwan Smith and Kevin Faulk was a shooting star that captivated New England for a month and then poof was gone in a flash. Here’s to you Cult Hero Mike Cloud

Comment any Boston Cult Heroes of the last decade or hit me on Twitter: @fozberry64

Foz

Buchholz Pitched Bad Because he was Hot and Tired From Running to 1st Base

First, I have always been a fan of Buchholz. The guy came up with a mean heater and a devastating 12-6 curve. Yeah yeah the no hitter was cool but let’s look at just last season when he was DOMINANT to start the year, went on the DL then came back and was dominant again, helping the sox win the World Series. Tough to hate a guy like that who always gets hurt but when healthy is as good at his position as anyone else.

This year he has been not even a shadow of that. He has pitched extremely poor when he is not supposed to be battling any injury. Yesterday he walked 8 batters in 3 innings and gave up all 6 ATL runs. What was his excuse? He was hot and tired from running 90ft to first base after a pretty sweet hit. This comment coming from a guy who looks like a gentile gust of wind could make him fall off the mound. You hear Bartolo Colon blame poor pitching on being tired from running to first? Of course not and you know Colon is taking a few years off his life every time he trots down the line.

The worst part about this is that his speed is billed as being amazing. He regularly beat Ellsbury in races when Ellsbury was here. I always wished the sox would use Buchholz as a runner but I guess we have the reason. Guy can’t jog 90ft without it ruining his command.

Get off my team Buchholz. This type of mental/physical weakness has no room in Boston.

Foz

Why is Everyone Hating on Steven Drew?

Today, the Sox signed Steven Drew for the Remainder of this year. Social media promptly exploded with everyone bashing the Sox for signing him. What for? It’s borderline barbaric the hate for this guy. He is such a low risk signing for the Sox. Is he supposed to come in and play 100 games at short and hit .325 with 10 dingers for the remainder of the season? Absolutely not. In case everyone hasn’t noticed, the Sox bottom of the lineup is atrocious. The sox just aren’t hitting anything in general. Middlebrooks is on the DL for what seems like the millionth time in his short career. Bogaerts is still just a boy who has 3 whole months of big league ball under his belt. The fill ins at third for Middlebrooks at third have been far from efficient even though Brock Holt has a top 10 baseball name. Holt has gotten on base 0 times in the last 7 days. Herrera is hitting below the mendoza line. Drew can come in, play every few days, play a decent short and add an average bat to a very below average lineup. Seems like ages ago he was hitting huge home runs in the World Series, never mind it was only 7 months ago. No reason to hate this. Low risk signing for a team that clearly needs some fresh  recycled air.  

Unexpected Marathon Shout Out

This will not be your typical marathon shout out. This is not unique just to the Boston Marathon or any specific participants. This shout out goes out to the people that physically couldn’t finish the marathon when they attempted to do it for whatever reason. People always love showing off their jackets and medals and stuff and that’s great. No way I could run 26.2 miles in a week let alone 4 hours. 

What you never hear about though, is the people that fair to finish. Exercise is done correctly when you go to failure. If you run to the point you physically can;t go any further, that’s a success in my book. Training for football, the lovely coach Lattof would always push us to that point. Exhausting yourself to the point of failure is a success. So to the runners, lifters, trainers, and anyone else, congrats on pushing yourself to your absolute limit. That is the true reward, not some dumb participants medal.

Foz

Bruins Rally vs Canadiens

What an emotional roller coaster last night was. There’s a lot to digest from last night. Lots of bad things happened but things turned our way in the end.

The Bruins played probably their worst period of hockey of the season in the second period. Combine officials who were grossly inconsistent with the Bruins making dumb decisions (looking at you Mezaros) and you have a recipe for disaster vs the potent Montreal power play. I don’t know what the problem is with our penalty kill. It’s becoming a glaring weakness in this team and its coming at a very bad time. Vanek had two nice deflections but the defense can’t be allowing Subban to get any pucks that close to Rask in the first place. Marchand played horrendous for 50 minutes. I was ready to just stick him down with Campbell and Thornton. 

I don’t know what happened in the last 10 minutes but it was magical. Dougie got Price guessing on a shot through the screen for a great goal. Price called it lucky but Dougie went back against the grain with Price moving away from the shot as it tickled the twine. Great shot. Bergy then tied it up on a lacrosse-esque bounce shot. Those are the bounces the Bruins have been having go against them. Good to see them even out. On the go ahead goal, lord only knows what Price was doing. The second the pass wen to Smith, Price laid right on his stomach and gave Smith a wide open roof shot he easily buried. Everyone that chirpped about the Seguin deal, Reilly Smith is scoring Game winning goals vs Montreal in the playoffs while Seguin is working on his short game at Dallas country club. 

Final thoughts. As good as Carey Price has been, he has given up 7 goals, same amount of goals conceded by Rask. This all coming while Price is playing out of his mind and Rask has been extremely average. Rask can play better than he has while Price cannot. It would not surprise me one bit if the Bruins took this momentum and just tore off the next three games in a row en-route to the conference final. The Bruins played their worst game since before the Olympics and still won 5-3. Time to pour it on Price in his own building. 11 to go

Foz

 

Bruins Take Both at Joe Louis

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Last night the Bruins won for the second time in 3 nights at Joe Louis arena against a desperate Red Wings team .The Red Wings were buzzing in the first period with lots of energy after the return of veteran leaders Henrick Zetterberg and Todd Bertuzzi getting an early power play goal with Bertuzzi doing his best Great Wall of China impression in front of Rask. The Wings would then get another goal on the backdoor by Datsyuk to go up by 2 in the second period. 

This Bruins team being the veteran bunch it is, responded perfectly as they dominated the rest of the game. Krug’s power play goal and the outstanding effort by Sodaberg to center a pass to Lucic for the tying goal brought the Red Wings and Joe Louis arena back to Earth. The Bruins generated most of the chances later on in the game and were helped out by an amazing effort once again from Tuukka. You would have a hard time arguing another goalie as best in the world with me. Rask is at the absolute top of his game. You can have your Quick and your King Henrick, give me the crazy Finn every day of the week and twice on Sunday if I need to win one game or 50 games. He stopped Abldelkater on a breakaway in OT that preserved the series lead for the B’s that could become another crucial moment in a deep cup run for the B’s.

Marchand got bailed out for missing two wide open nets by a nice double deflection from Iginla then off a Detroit defender to give the Bruins a 3-1 series lead after being down 2-0 in game 4. This sets up a perfect opportunity to win game 5 and get a little rest before what is sure to be a grueling series with the frenchies north of the border. 13 to go boys!