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Posted on: February 6, 2012 10:46 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2012 10:50 pm
 

Belichick is 'real proud' of 2011 Patriots team

Despite the way the season ended, Belichick is "real proud" of this Pats team. (AP)
By Will Brinson

The way that one game -- or even one play -- changes historical perspective in the NFL is fascinating. Eli Manning can do no wrong right now and Tom Brady can't really do anything right. The Patriots are a team that hasn't won a title in seven years, which might make them chokers.

Giants 21, Patriots 17

But that's not stopping Bill Belichick from expressing that he's "real proud" of this season's Patriots team and all they accomplished.

"[I'm] real proud of them," Belichick said. "I thought they worked hard all year, they competed well all season. We won a lot of games and even the ones we didn’t win, we fought right to the end and played very competitively. We did that last night, just came up a little bit short. I have all the respect in the world for the team and all the players and what they’ve done for over six months.

"It’s not about one game or one play or anything, it’s the whole body of work. I really, really enjoyed coaching this team and have a lot of respect for them."

Look, Belichick should be proud of this team. Despite having no vertical offense and having no defense whatsoever, they managed to land the No. 1 seed in the AFC, run the table in the playoffs and get within a play or two of winning their fourth Super Bowl with Belichick running the show.

Earlier in the season, there was an argument to be made that this was Belichick's finest coaching job to date. Suddenly it's not because they couldn't close? That seems odd.

But it's the nature of the beast in the NFL, particularly when the hype machine runs 24/7. Still, you can't fault Belichick for being proud of a team that overachieved despite significant weaknesses, especially when they nearly won another Lombardi Trophy.

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Posted on: February 6, 2012 8:02 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2012 12:43 pm
 

VIDEO: Light, Gronk dance at Pats SB party

Gronk and Light break it down at the Pats Super Bowl party. (Deadspin.com)
By Will Brinson

On Sunday night about 1:30 a.m. ET, the EoF crew walked past Victory Field in Indianapolis, headed home from Lucas Oil Stadium. It was straight bumping. This morning we asked a member of the Indy Super Bowl Host Committee what was going on there and were informed it was the Patriots Super Bowl party.

With those dots connected, it's a little more awkward to see the report on Deadspin.com that Rob Gronkowski and Matt Light were dancing shirtless on the stage with LMFAO. Well, Gronk wasn't shirtless in the DJ Pauley D-style fist-pumping going on above. But he did get shirtless later. (Reportedly?)

Yo Soy Fiesta indeed. (Deadspin.com)

This is the definition of "Yo Soy Fiesta" and it also reportedly occurred during the LMFAO set. (We were told the same thing Deadspin was -- that Earth, Wind and Fire played along with Steven Tyler, the aforementioned LMFAO and Pauley D, and Maroon 5.) It's also exactly the way we'd expect Gronk to celebrate.

We're not so sure that this is the kind of thing the Patriots should take flak for though. Is it somewhat insulting to the idea of how players should take a loss at this level to see two of them shirtless dancing on the stage just hours after a huge loss at the highest level? Perhaps.

But if you think that dancing like this means that Gronkowski and Light don't care about the loss to the Giants, well, you're just wrong. They're professional football players. Light's a three-time Super Bowl champion. Gronkowski played in the Super Bowl two weeks after a high-ankle sprain.

They might not be acting like Wes Welker was late on Sunday night, but it's also not illegal to dance at a Super Bowl party. Getting your picture taken isn't a smart idea, but it's no dumber than having a party at Victory Field after losing the Super Bowl.

And for those who like to watch moving pictures, here are two videos (though Gronk is shirtless in exactly zero of them).





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Posted on: February 6, 2012 3:34 pm
 

Giants LB proposes to girlfriend on field

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By Ryan Wilson

No idea what would've happened if Tom Brady had completed that pass to Wes Welker with four minutes to go in the game. The Patriots probably would've gone on to win Super Bowl XLVI and Giants rookie linebacker Greg Jones would've had to find a less public venue to propose to his girlfriend.

Lucky for him, Brady and Welker couldn't connect, Eli Manning and Mario Manningham could and New York won its second Super Bowl in four years. And as soon as the celebrations began and the confetti cannons got to work, Jones, who didn't show up on the stat sheet Sunday night, took the field after the final whistle to make it official with girlfriend, Amanda.

“She was bawling,” Jones told the Newark Star-Ledger's Mike Garafolo Monday morning as he and his teammates left the Marriott Downtown to return to New York (and continue the celebration along the way, it turns out). “I was like, ‘I don’t know how long she’s going to keep crying.’”

Jones, a Michigan State product, has known Amanda for three years. Garafolo notes that, via Chris Vannini, Amanda appears to be former Spartans basketball player Mandy Piechowski who know makes her living as a model.

“She definitely knows how I feel," Jones said. "A speech wasn’t even needed." When asked why he wanted to marry Piechowski, Jones said: “Just everything we’ve been through together. She’s been here since Day 1 and she knew me long before everything else.”

If nothing else, we know that models are loyal. Tom Brady can verify that.

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Posted on: February 6, 2012 2:22 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2012 2:24 pm
 

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

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By Ryan Wilson

Man, let Tom Brady play a poor 20 minutes of football on the biggest stage in sports and the gadflies are there ready to pounce. Never mind that the Patriots quarterback set a Super Bowl completion record earlier in the game, or that a Justin Tuck sack midway through the third quarter changed everything. None of that mattered to the Boston Globe's Eric Wilbur who published a scathing rebuke of Brady's performance literally minutes after his Hail Mary pass fell harmlessly to the turf as time expired.

Giants 21, Patriots 17
A sampling:

"Sorry, Tommy Boy, this one's on you. Your hideous performance led to the Giants' 21-17 Super Bowl title win. How embarrassing for your coach, your teammates, and your fans. … What happened to you?

"What an embarrassment for the Patriots organization and Bob Kraft. So now the Giants have taken Lombardi from you twice, and you haven't looked this bad in a playoff game since...well, two weeks ago against the Ravens. Maybe that moment will actually hit you as you're whittling down water slides in South America looking like Prince Valiant this spring."

Oh boy. So, to recap: Brady, a three-time Super Bowl champ and two-time Super Bowl MVP, and a future first-ballot Hall of Famer is, according to Wilbur, an "embarrassment" and his performance "hideous." We have no idea what Wilbur would do if he was a Jets fan.

But even in a town where expectations for the local sports teams are unreasonably high, there are limits to the criticism. Hours after Wilbur's post was published the backlash began. The Big Lead referred to him as a "Boston-trolling columnist" before dissecting his diatribe sentence by sentence.

ProFootballTalk.com's Michael David Smith wrote that "Brady wasn’t at his best on Sunday, but he wasn’t as terrible as Wilbur thinks. And the suggestion that he doesn’t care is absurd." Smith linked to a piece by Yahoo.com's Dan Wetzel, who recounts an inconsolable Brady sitting at his locker well after the game had ended. And Bruce Allen of BostonMediaWatch.com noted that "Wilbur’s post … reads more like a drunken fan rant than something crafted by a veteran journalist."

Wilbur spoke Monday to 98.5 The Sports Hub.

“I guess because I dared criticize the god of New England," he said via SportsRadioInterview.com. "If he had won that game we would’ve lauded him as the greatest quarterback ever so if he messes up in the game and loses it why can’t he take some of the poison? It seems like fans can’t admit that.”

Asked if, a day later, he still believes what he wrote, Wilbur said, "I still believe it. There were a lot of people saying ‘you know sleep on this and you’re going to look bad in the morning.’ It was a little over-the-top and I admit that but I think that was purposely so just because like I said if he would’ve won the game it would’ve been ‘oh Tom Brady’ so you know what? Let him get a little bit of the criticism.

"I guess that’s what people don’t get," he said. "It was a little over-the-top and purposely so but then again you don’t understand Vancouver writers either so.”

We eagerly await Gisele's response to all this.

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Posted on: February 6, 2012 11:53 am
 

Ochocinco in court Monday morning, paid $200 fine

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By Josh Katzowitz

After his team lost Super Bowl XLVI in which he played almost no role, Chad Ochocinco had quite a postgame hangover Monday morning. He had to be in Hamilton County court in Cincinnati in order to pay a fine for a tinted window violation and a driving under suspension infraction.

Wrote Ochocinco -- who recorded one catch for 21 yards vs. the Giants -- on his Twitter account Monday morning (with all sic’s included): “Court appearance done in Cincinnati, having to appear in court for window tint being to dark is a bit extreme, nonetheless no jail time.”

He was charged with the offenses last July, and he missed his court appearance Dec. 20. Judge Russell Mock continued the case until Monday, and there were no arrest warrants issued.

The Boston Herald, reporting that Ochocinco paid a $200 fine, asked Hamilton County bailiff Daniel Deters what Ochocinco looked like and he said, “Like he’d just lost the Super Bowl.”

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Posted on: February 6, 2012 11:00 am
Edited on: February 6, 2012 11:46 am
 

Super Bowl XLVI through the lens of Twitter

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By Ryan Wilson

A look back at Super Bowl XLVI via the Twitter Machine.


Pregame...

icecube
At the SuperBowl with 2 of my sons. Today is a good day.
2/5/12 4:48 PM
greggdoyelcbs
Biggest ovation during"America the Beautiful"? When the camera showed a room full of U.S. soldiers.
2/5/12 6:17 PM
DonteWhitner
Mark my words! TOM is about to tear their ASS
2/5/12 6:38 PM

After Brady is called for intentional grounding in the end zone leading to a safety...

MikeSilver
For those of you millions who don't watch football except for today: That doesn't happen a whole lot
2/5/12 6:41 PM
CindyBoren
Wow. Intentional grounding for a safety. Wowowowowow. I blame Gisele Bundchen.
2/5/12 6:41 PM
DrSaturday
Nobody throws the ball away for a safety with the poise of Tom Brady.
2/5/12 6:41 PM

Commercials...

keithlaw
M&Ms and LMFAO. Two of the worst things on the planet in one commercial.
2/5/12 6:54 PM
CoxBytes
Not only does #Chevy survive the apocalypse but so does #BarryManilow.
2/5/12 6:58 PM
NotBillWalton
"You sunk my Transformers 4!"
2/5/12 7:03 PM
Mengus22
"Getting your taxes done is like swimming in your own urine." That commercial logic actually makes sense.
2/5/12 7:11 PM
BryanDFischer
Adriana Lima is the leader in the clubhouse for best commercial. For whatever it was.
2/5/12 7:36 PM
ry_hudson
Clint Eastwood just scared everyone into watching the second half.
2/5/12 8:19 PM
AroundTheHorn
Voltron and HeMan in a commercial. Everyone else is playing for second.
2/5/12 9:09 PM

Steve Weatherford's punting exploits...

JustinKutcher
I don't know if I've ever seen a punter as animated as Steve Weatherford... #SBXLVI
2/5/12 7:32 PM

Madonna halftime show instructions...

AP_NFL
Everyone has flashlights for #Madonna halftime show. Crowd told wait for cue, no one listening (@cliffbruntap) #SB46
2/5/12 7:38 PM

Haltime...

SWhyno
Madonna is trying to out-Lady Gaga Lady Gaga.
2/5/12 8:02 PM
OzzieGuillen
Madonna u are the best u are a friking good
2/5/12 8:03 PM
RealSkipBayless
Greatest Super Bowl halftime show EVER.
2/5/12 8:19 PM
MettaWorldPeace
I feel like kissing Madonna Lol
2/5/12 8:21 PM
AARP
RT if you think #Madonna is rockin' it! #SuperBowl
2/5/12 8:12 PM

In-game observations...

jadande
I love the fact Ochocinco contributed to a Super Bowl TD drive...with his grill in
2/5/12 8:29 PM
sbnation
Enter the code, open the safe, take money, make it rain. Aaron Hernandez TD celebration GIF: http://t.co/m4FYgLAj
2/5/12 8:42 PM
richarddeitsch
I look forward to First Take discussing Tim Tebow on Monday.
2/5/12 8:59 PM

On Brady's interception...

heathradio
That was cool of Tom Brady to pay tribute to Brett Favre on that play. #GUNSLINGER
2/5/12 9:04 PM
 

On the Welker drop...

ArashMarkazi
The reaction of the Patriots defense to that incomplete pass by Tom Brady was funnier than any Super Bowl ad today.
2/5/12 9:32 PM

On the Manningham catch...

KegsnEggs
MANNINGHAMHAMHAMHAMHAM
2/5/12 9:33 PM

On Bradshaw's touchdown...

AndyHutchins
FUNNIEST THING EVER
2/5/12 9:43 PM

No review of the ridiculousness would be complete without a final word from James Harrison...

jharrison9292
Told you, cheaters never win!!!!!!!!!
2/5/12 9:53 PM

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Posted on: February 6, 2012 10:13 am
Edited on: February 8, 2012 3:11 pm
 

Gisele can't believe Pats dropped so many passes

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By Ryan Wilson

In general, Tom Brady leads a charmed life. He's an NFL quarterback, three-time Super Bowl champ, UGG spokesman -- and the cherry on top -- he's married to supermodel Gisele Bündchen. Yes, the Patriots fell to the Giants Sunday night in Super Bowl XLVI, and yes Brady was distraught by the outcome, but in the scheme of things, it won't define his career.

Of course, the criticism in the hours after the loss were swift and, well, critical. Brady was accused of a horrible performance even though he started 20 of 24, broke Joe Montana's Super Bowl completion record in the process, then suffered a Justin Tuck sack that changed everything. He finished the night 7 of 17 and a slightly off-target throw to Wes Welker with four minutes to go ultimately proved to be the difference.

Gisele, who was at the game, had to endure jeers and taunts from Giants fans as she left her suite at Lucas Oil Stadium.

“Eli rules!” screamed one fan. “Eli owns your husband!” yelled another.

Gisele's response?

“You (have) to catch the ball when you’re supposed to catch the ball,” she snapped back, according to CBS New York. “My husband cannot (bleeping) throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time. I can’t believe they dropped the ball so many times.”

Welker took full responsibility for not coming down with a Brady throw that was also high and behind him.

"The ball is right there," Welker said when asked if he was looking for it on the other shoulder. "I've just got to make the play. It's a play I've made a thousand times in practice and everything else. It comes to the biggest moment of my life and I don't come up with it. It's discouraging."

Brady, for his part, didn't waver in his support of Welker.

"Wes was running down the field and it looked like they messed the coverage up a little bit and I threw it to him," said Brady. "(Welker) went up to try and make it, as he always does, and we just couldn't connect. He's a hell of a player. I'll keep throwing the ball to him for as long as I possible can. He's a phenomenal player and teammate and I love that guy."

Apparently, a TMZ source says that Brady's teammates are "disappointed" and feel betrayed by Gisele's comments. 

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Posted on: February 6, 2012 12:39 am
Edited on: February 6, 2012 6:41 am
 

Welker takes Super Bowl loss the hardest

Welker reacts after his drop in the fourth quarter. (AP)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- There are many people in the Patriots organization suffering the pains of losing a Super Bowl right now; Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and Robert Kraft all certainly feel an inordinate amount of pain over the loss. But no one's taking it harder than Wes Welker.

It was Welker who had a shot at closing out the game, but dropped a critical catch on a high-but-catchable pass from Tom Brady.

"It's one of those plays I've made a thousand times," a somber Welker said Sunday. "Just didn't make it."

Take a look at the play. Brady misses the throw. If he hits Welker in stride, it's a touchdown and it's ballgame. But it's still on Welker to make that catch.

"The ball is right there," Welker said when asked if he was looking for it on the other shoulder. "I've just got to make the play. It's a play I've made a thousand times in practice and everything else. It comes to the biggest moment of my life and I don't come up with it. It's discouraging."

Welker even went so far as to say that he held himself personally responsible for the dropped pass. Brady didn't exactly refute him, but he also pointed out how important Welker is to the team.

"Wes was running down the field and it looked like they messed the coverage up a little bit and I threw it to him," Brad said. "He went up to try and make it, as he always does, and we just couldn't connect. He's a hell of a player. I'll keep throwing the ball to him for as long as I possibly can. He's a phenomenal player and teammate and I love the guy."

Bill Belichick echoed that sentiment, shrugging off any potential for making Welker the goat.

"I didn't get a real good look on it," Belichick said. "I'm sure he did his best. He's caught a lot of passes for us."

Belichick's right, because the Patriots don't make the Super Bowl in either 2007 or 2011 without Welker. He has been their most consistent offensive threat for the past five years, catching 554 balls for 6,105 yards and 31 touchdowns in that time.

That he could suddenly become a goat for the Pats because he dropped one catch isn't realistic. Just don't try telling him that.

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