It Is What It Is

Mike Petraglia
September 07, 2008 - 3:09 am
After several inches of rain fell overnight leaving streams alongside the access roads leading into Gillette Stadium , Mother Nature has been kind enough to give us a perfect late summer afternoon for the kickoff to the 2008 NFL season here in New England. The NFL's version of the "Redeem Team"...
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Mike Petraglia
September 06, 2008 - 9:56 am
Sitting here in the press box while watching the remnants of Tropical Storm Hannah rain upon Alumni Stadium, some thoughts about how and why the Boston College Eagles lost their ACC opener, 19-16 to Georgia Tech. Give Crane a lift : Chris Crane, making his first home start and his first start in...
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Mike Petraglia
September 06, 2008 - 4:57 am
What the Pats need to do to win: 1. Keep Brady upright. With his right foot and no preseason games as warmup, 'nuff said. 2. Dominate an inferior team early and give them ZERO confidence. 3. Make Brodie Croyle feel the wrath of of the Pats defense so that Kansas City's big and talented receivers...
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Mike Petraglia
September 05, 2008 - 10:02 am
Nearly an entire page of the Patriots media guide is devoted to the " Bill Belichick Coaching Tree." Just about halfway down is the name of his offensive coordinator. There are four NFL general managers, two NFL head coaches in Romeo Crennel and Eric Mangini and five Division I college head coaches...
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Mike Petraglia
September 05, 2008 - 6:05 am
Everyone by now knows how Bill Belichick loves to serve up Humble Pie to his players on the day after his team wins or loses. Those t-shirts were the hottest thing in the Gillette locker room last season, as every player had their fill. Turns out even the coach has had a slice or two in his day...
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Mike Petraglia
September 02, 2008 - 10:31 am
If you're wondering just what the Patriots are going to be like after an 0-4 preseason, you're not alone. Head coach Bill Belichick held a conference call on Tuesday and said he doesn't have a good read on his team yet. '€œWhere are we? I don'€™t know," Belichick said. "I just know there are a...
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Mike Petraglia
September 01, 2008 - 6:23 am
As a native of Thibodaux, Louisiana and having played at LSU, Jarvis Green knows a thing or two about hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico. This perspective Monday morning from the Patriots D-lineman. "Brothers and sisters, mom and dad who live in Baton Rouge. Baton Rouge is kind of bad," Green said. "...
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Mike Petraglia
September 01, 2008 - 3:31 am
Belichick spoke at 10:45 and then we headed into the locker room at 11:10 and had interesting access, interesting in that we were finally able to talk to Matt Light and Wes Welker , both of whom had missed a lot of time in the preseason with injuries. "I feel good and I'm excited to get the season...
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Mike Petraglia
August 31, 2008 - 6:42 am
The Patriots have not confirmed a report in the Boston Globe that wide receiver Chad Jackson has been released. The team made 14 cuts on Saturday to get their roster to get it down to the league-required 53 for the beginning of the season. Meanwhile, from this morning's Randy Moss gathering with...
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Mike Petraglia
August 30, 2008 - 12:35 pm
Here's the Patriots roster following Saturday's 14 cuts: Starting with the offense: Quarterbacks : Tom Brady , Matt Cassel and Kevin O'Connell . Offensive Line : Logan Mankins , Dan Koppen , Matt Light , Billy Yates , Nick Kaczur , Dan Connolly , Russ Hochstein , Wesley Britt. Running Backs :...
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