Monday, September 27, 2010


well kids,
it was closer than i'd have liked, but the patriots pulled out a victory over the buffalo bills. the poor bills have lost 14 straight to the patriots, and while i almost feel sorry for them, i never take a victory for granted - especially when it's divisional win. this one didn't leave me feeling particularly celebratory, but don't worry. i celebrated anyway.
i think our defense may have headed to miami early for some r&r, because they certainly weren't in foxborough sunday. luckily, our offense held their own, with the tight ends continuing to step up and randy moss snagging another pair of touchdown receptions. there was also an impressive debut by running back danny woodhead, wearing #39. apparently, we shipped lawrence maroney to denver, which is awesome, since my totw-documented threats to kill him next time he fumbled in the end zone probably established premeditation. woodhead actually looked a lot like wes out there, which made me smile, and he scored a touchdown, which made tommy smile. see for yourself!
speaking of our fearless quarterback, our tommy brady had a particularly spectacular game, going 21-27 - three of which were touchdown passes - and earning his 99th career victory. that's enough to also earn him this week's tommy of the week, but for good measure, he even filled in for an injured kevin faulk and rushed for a first down. if only our defense could tackle as well as offensive line! here's tommy hanging out on the sidelines with randy and o-liner matt light, probably thinking exactly the same thing.
wes had a solid but quiet game, which might explain why there aren't any good game photos of him this week. i like this one from practice though -and the way it shows off his muscles. dreamy sigh. that's julian edelman beside him, but his muscles aren't nearly as big. no wonder you guys all call him "mini-wes."
our offense will be joining the defense down in miami this week, and we really need the win. not only is it another divisional game but it's also a road game - and it's on monday night football! that means even you non-patriots fans will have nothing better to do than think happy patriots thoughts. i'll know if you don't, and i'll cry if we lose!
have a great week- and go pats!
love dav

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


hey kids-
well, the patriots lost, and i'm not gonna lie. they totally deserved it. it felt like deja vu watching our second-half collapse on the road, and watching it happen against the the jets simply added insult to injury. i hate the jets. i hate their stupid fat coach and their stupid new stadium and their stupid ugly uniforms. and i really, really hate losing to the stupid freaking jets. 

apparently, tommy hates losing to the jets, too, and he was pretty expressive about it in his postgame press conference. our fearless quarterback certainly contributed to this loss with two interceptions, and a leadership strategy that primarily involved scowling on the sidelines didn't do much to rally the team. then again, if i got outplayed by mark sanchez, my face might look like this, too - and, in fact, it probably did. even so, let's try a different strategy next week, tommy.

while there weren't many highlights, randy moss' spectacular one-handed grab in the end zone was definitely the finest of the few. not only did he beat mouthy darrelle revis to pull this down, but it was also his 150th career touchdown reception, putting him in the company of just three other players. pretty impressive, and certainly worthy of this week's tommy. believe it or not, this incredible picture doesn't even do it justice. truly extraordinary, randy moss. 

randy wasn't the only one outrunning revis during this game. after an ugly helmet hit that left wes clutching his head, followed by a few concussion tests that would have made me laugh had i been able to breathe, he ran right back out on the field and racked up six catches and another touchdown. reliability is just one of the reasons i heart wes welker, as is his sense of sportsmanship. he here is, waving at revis as he runs by. what a friendly guy!

our division play continues this sunday against the bills, and we'll need the win before we head to miami to take on the division leading dolphins. nope, that's not a typo, and yup, it's a puzzler to me, too. think happy patriots thoughts, and have a great week.

love dav

Friday, September 17, 2010


hey kids!  while you may not recognize him beneath all that hair, that is indeed tom brady, which means it's time for the fifth official season of "tommy of the week!" and not a moment too soon.

for the second season in a row, the pats opened against TO - this year, versus the bengals, not the bills, and in a blowout, not a hold-your-breath miracle comeback. the team came out firing on all cylinders, and i know i'm biased, but damn, they looked good. tommy led the way, earning his fancy new contract with three touchdowns passes and showing off the leadership, competitiveness, and general roguish charm that inspired this award five long years ago. here he is, showing off his tongue, too- which actually provides an important counterbalance to his passing motion. shut up - i could be right!

there are lots of contenders for the first tommy of the season, from an offensive line that gave our fearless quarterback so much time in the pocket he could've washed his hair to an amazing new corp of aptly-named tight ends. however, the biggest surprise of yesterday was the awesome performance by our still-young defense, so in their honor, this week's tommy of the week is awarded to gary guyton. our linebackers didn't grab a single interception last season, making us rethink that whole "we'll throw in mike vrabel for nothing!" trade with KC. but gary turned that all around in game one this year, leaping up to make a one-armed grab, then outrunning carson palmer (which is more impressive than it sounds) to return it for a touchdown. here he is, hauling in the interception and hauling ass. nicely done, gary guyton!

lest you think an off-season full of turmoil and uncertainty changed my affections, rest assured i heart wes welker more than ever. less than nine months after his heart-wrenching, knee-wrenching injury, wes took the field yesterday looking as good as new- and playing that way too. here he is, catching his second touchdown pass of the game and offering a little assistance to the refs in the process. after what happened in chicago, you can't been too careful. thanks wes - heart ya!

big game against the jets on sunday- and we may get the chance to hand them their first loss in a brand new stadium. you always remember your first, and i can't think of a better housewarming gift. think happy patriots thoughts, cuz we're gonna need em!  have a great week-

love dav