Watching the New England Patriots right now is like watching a tennis match were Rodger Federer suddenly only has a forehand and has lost his backhand after winning four grand slams the year before. His forehand is still on point, it will still destroy you, but his backhand is suddenly completely awful. The Patriot's offense is still Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola Brandon Cooks, James White, Dion Lewis, and so on and so forth. The offense still looks like how they did in the comeback again the Falcons in Superbowl 51. However, the defense looks like they are a bunch of freshmen playing for my high school team in Maine. How many Mainers make the NFL? Not many. Now that may be a bit harsh. Malcolm Butler had a great interception, overall Devin McCourty still looks like Devin McCourty. Having Dont'a Hightower back was making a difference for a little bit. One of the biggest problems in the Patriots defense is Stephon Gilmore. He has caused big plays and given up big penalties in every single game so far. In Bill we trust. But this one we trusted him and he and Gilmore have let us down. If he hadn’t had a hand on the face of Devin Fuchess the D would have made the Panthers go 3 and out on their last drive, Tom Brady would have gotten the ball back, and the Patriots would have won the game. Obviously the fact that we were tied 30 to 30 with four minutes left against a team that had hardly scored all season is completely unacceptable. What I find most distressing is that we barely lost anyone on defense from the Superbowl. Ninkovich retiring is a huge blow that we are missing for sure. Rowe caused a lot of the plays on Sunday against the Panthers. I think all Patriots fans can agree that while the entire defense is playing poorly, Stephon Gilmore wasn’t worth the money. How many times will we as Patriots fans say that we should have listened to the Bills fans? I hope this is the only time. Scoring 30 points at home and losing isn’t who we are as a team. This isn’t the Patriots I have been watching the past ten years. It is disappointing, and I can’t help but look at our schedule and grimace a little bit. The Bills beating the Falcons has me worried. The Falcons were the last undefeated team going into this week and were playing as they did in the Superbowl. We have to play the Falcons, and the Bills are in our division, so we have to play them twice. The Patriots also have to play the Broncos, Raiders, Steelers, Ravens, and other good teams. We just won the Superbowl so a schedule that hard is what should be expected. The poor playing of our defense should not be expected. Is it possible for them to get it together? Yes. It is. People said our defense was terrible for most of the last season, although we were never this bad. We’ll see what happens. Last time we were 2-2 after week 4 was 2014, and we won the Superbowl that year. No one would have predicted that. So while it is looking highly unlikely that we will win this year, we still have Bill Belichick and Matt Patrica. I have to believe that it will get better but for now, we are on to Tampa Bay.
Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.
1. He has always been there.
Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.
2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.
I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.
3. He sends the cutest texts.
Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.
4. He taught me how to be brave.
When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.
5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.
My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.
6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.
Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.
7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.
Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.
8. He shows me how I should be treated.
Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.
For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!
December 30th, 4:00 p.m. eastern time, another year has just completed for the New York Jets. A year in which finished quite similar to all the rest, a lot of losing and a blowout loss in week 17 to the future Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.
However, there was one difference with the end of the 2018 season, and that was Sam Darnold, the Quarterback.
As a Jets fan, for the last eight-plus years, there has been little to no hope after the season ended because they did not have that franchise changing QB every team covets. But this year, this offseason everything seems different, and everything is different.
Entering the 2019 NFL offseason, the New York Jets boasted the second most cap space in the NFL, and the buzz across the league was that they were going to spend all of that cash in order to build the proper foundation around young star QB Sam Darnold. One week into free-agency it is safe to say they are doing just that, and they are not just spending their boatloads of money just to spend it, they are spending it smartly.
Although extremely early in the process it seems this new Jets regime seems to have it figured out, where others, (as us Jets fans sadly know) simply did not. I have heard many fans of the NFL tell me that the Jets are overspending, they are giving players money that doesn't deserve it, i.e. Leveon Bell. However, there is no justification for not giving a star player a little extra cash to ensure he will not join another team. That point is especially true when you have a young franchise QB like the Jets currently have... DAMN, that sounds good to say... but I digress, The last time the Jets won a super was... well, actually let's have some fun with this... clearly I was not born, my parents were not born, gas was $0.35 a gallon, and we had yet to land on the moon.
If that does not put in perspective for you then well I guess I am trying to say to you is ITS BEEN A LONG FREAKIN' TIME. 52 years exactly. Why emphasize instead of just telling you the number of years? Well because I wanted to, and if you are not a Jets fan, you needed to know just how astonishing, painful and LONG it has been.
However, I do think as a collective group, us Jets fans finally believe it is our time, our opportunity to finally win something. We are not a greedy fanbase and you would be surprised on how much even a home playoff game would mean after sharing a division for 18 years with Tom Brady, Bill Bilichek and the Patriots. Although with all hope their needs to be some type of grounding reality, some pessimism, because we are and will always be the "Same old Jets"... So until we win something that motto cannot be changed and will not be changed(not even with new uniforms)... but hey Jets fans, at least we're not currently Giant fans? Right? Buckle up, this may be the year.