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The Blitz For Six – New England’s Pursuit Of Another Ring

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Five months removed from the 2016-17 NFL season that began with Tom Brady serving a 4 game suspension ended with a monumental comeback that resulted in the Patriots 5th SuperBowl. During the regular season and playoff run, Brady and Belichick-arguably the most dynamic duo of any postmodern pro sports leagues show no signs of slowing down.

What many would characterize as an off day for Tom in his 7th big game ended with the 39 year old QB amassing 466 yards, 2 TDs, one interception and his fifth ring. With those stats and the genius mind and systematic coaching scheme of Belichick would it be realistic to think the Pats could win 7 or 8? It certainly seems possible. Retirement seems to be an afterthought for Tom. He has been quoted as saying he would play into his mid-40’s. While this is uncommon for pro athlete QB’s, likewise was the beginning of a 25 point comeback in SuperBowl LI that neither the Atlanta Falcons nor the world thought possible in the waning minutes of the third quarter. His strong desire to compete, mental toughness and diet/regiment could propel him well into his forties.

From recent reports, the hunt for number 6 was already underway just days after the Patriots dramatic SuperBowl comeback. According to coach Belichick and as reported by NFL.com it seemed the team was already behind the rest of the league. “As of today, and as great as today feels and as great as today is, in all honesty we’re five weeks behind in the 2017 season to most teams in the league. Fortunately we have a great personnel staff”. This, accompanied with a “no days off” chant at the celebratory parade and a no nonsense attitude show the most dominant NFL team of the 21st century aren’t going anywhere.

According to bleacher report, the Pats are favored to win Superbowl 52.”The reigning champions New England Patriots are the clear favorites to capture the Super Bowl LII title next February at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis”. New England has won 2 rings in the past 3 years and a mini dynasty has already begun. Furthermore, Bill and the Pats have made up for lost time.  A healthy Rob Gronkowski rejoins the team and the signings of star cornerback Stephon Gilmore, Dwayne Allen (TE) and Brandin Cooks (WR) only cement the Pats as a clear favorite and one could argue it leaves other NFL teams playing “catch up”.

The “blitz for six” has been trademarked by the Patriot organization for the 2018 season and is well underway. The potential for this organization to win at the highest level and the coach/qb duo to be the best EVER in any major sport is coming to fruition. Only time will tell, but maybe the real key to success for the New England Patriots is hard work, team unity and everyone doing their job. Oh!, And as Bill reminds us; “No days off!”

Matt Ladd is a Graduate of King University B.B.A. He writes on NFL, NBA, and College Athletics.Follow on Twitter: @MattLaddTN

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Judge Blocks Release of Robert Kraft Spa Video

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Apparently that reportedly “damning” video of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s visit to the infamous Orchids of Asia Day Spa, where he allegedly received sexual services, won’t be reaching the public just yet.

The Assistant State Attorney in Palm Beach County has filed new court documents saying that he is obligated to release the footage, involving Kradt and shot inside the Day Spa, to the media as a matter of law.

However, Florida 15th Judicial Circuit Court Joseph Marx has blocked the release of the video for now, according to ABC News.

“I don’t want this released until I’ve ruled,” Marx said in an emergency hearing on a conference call with the two parties and the media late Wednesday afternoon.

Under Florida’s so-called “Sunshine” law, any records made or received by any public agency in the course of its official business are available for inspection, unless specifically exempted by the Florida Legislature, per the report.

Florida state officials said that they would “pixelate or blur depictions of obscene or pornographic images before releasing such records to the public, absent a court order.”

Kraft’s lawyers filed a letter to the judge in court records to apprise him of what they described as “an extraordinary and alarming development involving what appears to be gross prosecutorial misconduct” and accused law enforcement officials of trying to circumvent the judgment of the court. 

The plot continues to thicken, but for now, Kraft’s video is locked away from the public.

For now.

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Florida Prosecutors Offer to Drop Robert Kraft’s Solicitation Charges

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Prosecutors in Florida have offered to drop solicitation of prostitution charges against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft if he agrees to admit that he would have been proven guilty had he gone to trial to fight the charges, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Beaton.

Kraft, 77, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of first-degree solicitation after he was allegedly caught on camera paying for, and receiving, oral and manual sex at the infamous Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida.

One of the incidents allegedly occurred back in January on the morning of the Patriots’ AFC Championship game against the Kansas City Chiefs, which the Patriots won en route to their Super Bowl victory.

According to the report, prosecutors have offered the same deal to the other men charged in the sting. Beaton considered the offer “unusual” (h/t NBC Sports Boston).

Additionally, if Kraft decides to take the deal, the Patriots owner will have to complete an education course about prostitution, complete 100 hours of community service, and undergo screening for sexually transmitted diseases.

According to ESPN, Kraft is one of 200 people that allegedly engaged in sex acts at Florida massage parlors that were targeted in the sting.

Kraft has denied the allegations.

 

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Tom Brady And Pats Play Record 8th AFC Championship Game, Seek 6th Superbowl

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It’s Championship Sunday and one of the NFL staples remain atop the league. The New England Patriots are appearing in their record 8th AFC title game in hopes of competing for a sixth title.

A season that most organizations would be happy with, was one of challenge for the Patriots. Usually a top tier team, they suffered bad losses to the Jaguars, Titans and Dolphins. However, in Patriot fashion along a weak AFC East, the Patriots finished 11-5, won a 10th straight conference title and secured a first round bye.

Kansas City will host New England in the AFC Championship game in what is a rematch from week six. That game featured an offensive clinic ,  As reported by CBS Boston, Brady went 24-35 passing for 340 yards and touchdown in that game; Mahomes went 23-36 passing for 352 yards and four touchdowns. The AFC Championship could very well play out the same way.

The Chiefs will be a tough out, They won their first home playoff game in 25 years last week against the Colts and are riding one of the most prolific offenses in history behind quarterback whisperer Andy Reid and phenome Patrick Mahomes who is arguably the NFLs best young QB.

In what is a David and Goliath matchup, Brady seems to imply they are the underdog. As he told CBS’s Tracy Wolfson, “I know everyone thinks we suck and, you know, cant win games,”.  Will the dynasty continue? Or will Reid and Mahomes hoist the Lombardi?

I’m leaning towards the game plan of Bill Belichick and veteran experience of Tom Brady in this one. I think a Patriot/Saints matchup is in order. Either way, it will undoubtedly be one for the ages.

Game Time: Sunday January 20th at 6:40ET/5:40CT on CBS.

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