Going in to the 2001 season the Patriots fans had rather low expectations of the team. They had gone 5-11 the year before and fans were starting to wonder if trading for Belichick was good move. The year 2001 was galvanizing not only for the Patriots as a team but America as a nation.
First off, I will apologize for not being able to get my picks out and published last week. Much like in the NFL, it was one of those crazy weeks for me. Below are the winners I predicted (I promise these predictions are legit!)
This chapter is more or less meant to introduce people to the Patriots from the beginning. On November 16, 1959 Billy Sullivan, a local Boston businessman, was awarded the 8th and final slot in the AFL (American Football League). Locals submitted ideas for the team name and on February 20th, 1960 and the Boston Patriots was soon chosen. Artist Phil Bissel created the iconic original Pat Patriot logo.
The New England Patriots roster took another big hit on Wednesday afternoon as Jim McBride reported that the team will be placing Kicker Stephen Gostkowski on Injured Reserve. Further reports from Adam Schefter have confirmed that Gostkowski will be getting season ending surgery on his left hip. While it is easy to have recency bias and point to Gostkowski’s struggles, it is important to remember that no Kicker besides Gostkowski has been active for the Patriots since Shayne Graham filled in for injury in 2010.
I want to start off by saying thank you so much for reading this series. I'm just a really passionate Patriots fan who wanted to use this space to just give you a little history about me and my family and why football means a lot more to me than just a game, especailly since the Patriots have come to dominiate this league.
Not a great week for me. Not the best record with picks, and man my fantasy team is struggling (for reference, I have Le’Veon Bell and James Conner as my starting RB’s, and Vance McDonald didn’t do much). Hopefully this week goes better, now that we have seen what all these backup quarterbacks can do.
The New England Patriots have started the season 3-0 against the Steelers, Dolphins and Jets. While the Patriots have looked dominant, it is important to note that their competition so far has a combined 0-9 record. Obviously there has been much off-field turmoil with the Antonio Brown situation, and there are many storylines that have stemmed from that story. This article is about football and the storylines that relate to the product on the field.
Antonio Brown Goes on Multi-Tweet Twitter Tirade; Calls Out Patriots Fans, NFL, Ben Roethlisberger, Owner Robert Kraft and Others
It’s the new age problem: You can keep the man off your team, but you can’t keep the man off of Twitter. When it comes to Antonio Brown, that issue is even more pressing.
Patriots Release Antonio Brown as the Former NFL Star Continues on Self-Destructive, Career-Ruining Path
The Patriots have released WR Antonio Brown less than 2 weeks after signing the troubled NFL star following his release from the Oakland Raiders. Brown played only one game for the Patriots.
Last week was rough, but with a 10-6 record, it could be worse. I’m struggling with my Thursday night picks, so hopefully the Jags can help me out this week. The one good thing is I will never have a winless week as long as I keep picking the Dolphins to lose!