Wednesday, January 15, 2014

WEEK NINETEEN DIVISIONAL ROUND VS. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS W 43-22

holy patriots!
 
i’ve gotta say, kids- i did NOT see that coming. the patriots ran away with a victory against the colts – our third resounding victory in a row! the hot streak continues!
 
i love it when our fearless quarterback can throw 198 yards and no touchdown passes and we still win by three scores. tommy was pretty much relegated to team holder for this game, holding the ball out for the parade of running backs speeding by him – and even holding the ball up for stephen gostkowski after our punter got injured. apparently the the secret to winning is true. you gotta know when to hold em, tommy!


there were so many patriots who deserved the tommy this week. of course, blount had another amazing game with four touchdowns and 166 yards, dennard pulled down two of the d’s four interceptions, and i had to remind myself i do NOT heart danny amendola more than once. (really, it’s for his own good!) in the midst of all those great performances, dad says the tommy of the week goes to jamie collins, and i can’t argue. with yet another injury on defense, our rookie linebacker stepped in and stepped up with a sack, an interception, and a whole bunch of tackles that helped our defense shut down the colts. the rookies have been making us proud all season long, and these big performances give me hope not just for the distant future, but also for the immediate future. here’s to the first of what i hope will be many tommies, jamie collins!
 

it seems backward to have to beat the colts and then the broncos – but that’s the way it’s going down this year, kids. we play denver on sunday early, and i’m not gonna lie: i’m a little worried about it. still, i think we’ve got a fighting chance, even if tommy does play some of his worst football in mile high. think your happy patriots thought extra hard this week, lest they dissolve into thin air! hopefully your next tommy of the week won’t be your last.
 
have a great week, and go pats!
 

love dav

Thursday, January 2, 2014

WEEK SEVENTEEN VS. BUFFALO BILLS W 34-10

hey kids-
 
happy new year! our patriots closed out the season and the win on a high note, beating the bills in resounding fashion. since this was our second consecutive resounding win, i’m going to consider that a hot streak going into the playoffs!
 
after a season of throwing way too many passes while our receivers learned their routes and our running game developed, our fearless quarterback was able to all but take this last game off, going 14 for 24 and 122 yards. in fact, this may be the most work his hands did all day long! nice to get a solid win barely lifting a finger (or five), eh, tommy?
 

we’ve been watching legarrette blount get a little bit better every week, so it was super awesome to see him finally have this literal breakout game. he ended the game with 189 yards and two touchdowns, which earns him the tommy of the week in spite of the fumble. there are about a million pictures of legarrette  bulldozing his way through the defense, but i like this one of him and belichick. this might even be more of an honor than getting the tommy of the week, legarrette!
 

we earned a first round bye in the playoffs, which means our boys are off this week. it also means you’ve got plenty of time to practice your happy patriots thoughts. no matter we play in the divisional matchup, we’re going to need all the help we can get!
 
have a great week, and go pats!
 

love dav

Saturday, December 21, 2013

WEEK FIFTEEN @ MIAMI DOLPHINS L 24-20

well kids,

the patriots lost to miami, and i didn’t cry at all. we’ve had this loss coming for about four weeks, and while the boys did squander a chance for the one seed, i’m hoping this was one of those meaningful losses that wake up the team as we head into the post season.

in the first batch of games tom brady played without rob gronkowski, he was luck to hit 200 yards a game, so it was a good sign that he had 364 yards in this first game after rob’s injury. sadly, that’s where the good news ended – since it took 55 tries and only 34 completions to get there. i know it’ll be an adjustment going back to playing without gronk, but honestly, this game came down exactly like the last four before it did – all of which gronk played. our fearless quarterback was scrapping to pull off another last minute miracle, and even tommy can’t do that every week...though he does look a little surprised about it.


i’m loathe to give the tommy of the week to anyone – offense or defense – when we lose to the freaking dolphins, so i split the difference and i’m giving it to special teams. one of the highlights of this game actually had nothing to do with our patriots. the field goal holder wasn’t ready for the snap, and it bounced right off his face in the most hilarious play ever. luckily, nate ebner wasn’t laughing and had the wits to jump on the ball for a patriots recovery. that’s what we call a heads up play, nate!


we play the ravens tomorrow night, and with their playoff hopes on the line, it should be even more of a battle than normal. let’s hope our boys actually did learn something from this miami loss and don’t bring it down to the wire....or don’t waste any energy and just hope they win!

have a great saturday night, and go pats!


love dav