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Patriots and NFL websites and podcasts

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

It's one of the happiest times of the year: NFL kickoff weekend. The Red Sox are having a tough year, and the Patriots are coming around at just the right time.

I’m a news geek (and a bit of an information junkie — of course, I eat my own dog food, so I’m a heavy user of Serendeputy’s New England Patriots page…)).

Beyond that, here’s how I’m keeping track of the Pats and the league this year. Have fun, and Go Pats!

Websites

Christopher Price leads WEEI’s coverage. On the radio, I love the Sunday morning show with Dale Arnold and his brethren. It’s the best companion when raking the leaves.

Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston is always on top of things.

Boston.com Patriots pulls together the Boston.com coverage. The Globe is paywalled.

The Patriots subreddit has a reasonably clueful set of commenters.

Pro Football Talk aggregates news from around the league. The commenters leave something to be desired. Here is the direct link to the Patriots stories.

The MMQB has excellent league-wide coverage. As does Grantland. Deadspin is often entertaining. They even let us know why the Patriots suck.

Podcasts

I listen to 2-3 hours of podcasts a day — in the car, on the trail or puttering around the house. These are my football favorites.

Ross Tucker Football Podcast. Ross Tucker (a former offensive lineman for the Patriots, among other teams) has an outstanding daily show during the season.

ESPN Football Today is ESPN’s daily football podcast, with Robert Flores and Matt Williamson.

Grantland NFL Podcast is Grantland’s football podcast, with Robert Mays and Bill Barnwell.

PFW in Progress is the podcast from Patriots Football Weekly, which is affiliated with the Patriots themselves. This is the closest of any of these podcasts to having the “hanging out with your (occasionally idiot) buddies at the bar.” feel.

Am I missing anything? Please leave a comment or tweet me @jpbutler with more suggestions.

Not just a sandwich, an accomplishment

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

The Butler household is getting ready for Patriots season. This sandwich might just hold us until the second half.

Big Vince is someone I’d trust when it comes to food.

Bill Belichick’s draft philosophy

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Draft week is always one of my favorite weeks of the year. Here’s Mike Lombardi talking about Bill Belichick’s draft philosophy.

Football == Dogfighting?

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Malcolm Gladwell writes a long piece in the New Yorker trying to draw a parallel between football and dog-fighting. I don’t buy the connection he’s trying to make, but some of the data he brings up on the football side is a little scary.

In case you didn’t know it, getting hit in the head an awful lot is bad for you. Not great news for offensive linemen.

The HITS data suggest that, in an average football season, a lineman could get struck in the head a thousand times

It turns out that it’s not just the one big hit that does the damage. It’s the accumulation of all the medium-sized hits.

[Brain researcher] McKee is a longtime football fan. She is from Wisconsin. She had two statuettes of Brett Favre, the former Green Bay Packers quarterback, on her bookshelf. On the wall was a picture of a robust young man. It was McKee’s son—nineteen years old, six feet three. If he had a chance to join the N.F.L., I asked her, what would she advise him? “I’d say, ‘Don’t. Not if you want to have a life after football.’ ”

Sadie and Lucy are ready for football

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

They had “wear Patriots colors” day at Sadie and Lucy’s school yesterday. Luckily, we were able to make that happen. The teachers at school even gave Sadie a little war paint.

Sadie is ready for opening day

Lucy was excited too, but she was more concerned about bottle security. No way Meriweather is stripping that.

Sadie and Lucy are ready for opening day

Life with RedZone Channel

Monday, September 14th, 2009

We had our first game day with the RedZone Channel on Fios yesterday. It is well worth the three bucks a week it costs.

There are no commercials. You go from game to game as they’re getting interesting. I was worried that it was going to be continual jumpcuts, but they actually generally left you in each game long enough to get a feel for it.

It’s pretty seamless, despite a couple of first-day hiccups.

What I like most is the ability to at least see a little bit of all the other games. We saw none of the Lions or the 49ers last year. Now, we can at least get a glimpse of the other teams in the league.

When the Patriots are on, we’re watching the Patriots. When they’re not on, then we’re going to have the RedZone channel on.

Separately, Rodney Harrison was a riot in the Sunday Night show on NBC. I thought he was going to kill Dan Patrick when asked if he had ever been victim of any of the crazy plays like in yesterday’s Bengals game. Rodney has a fabulous look of death.

Football sites I’m reading

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

It’s football season. Hooray. Here’s what I’m reading to keep up with the Pats and the rest of the NFL.

Cold Hard Football Facts is written by a local guy — Kerry Byrne — and is generally vastly entertaining.

National Football Post has Mike Lombardi and a couple of other NFL insiders. They are really strong on the business of football, including the intricacies of working within the salary cap.

Pro Football Talk is another news site. Mike Florio is the resident expert. Insane numbers of Patriot Haters hang out there. Every comments section will include at least one reference to “Belicheat.”

Boston.com/Patriots is the Globe’s hub for Patriots coverage. It’s sad they’ve lost Mike Reiss to ESPN, but it’s still worth checking out.

Christopher Price at WEEI has been doing a great job keeping up with all the Patriots news. You also need to make sure you subscribe to their Patriots podcast (iTunes link) so that you can get their weekly interviews with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.

Sports Illustrated is pretty reliable. Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback and Joe Posnanski’s columns are the most regularly interesting.

ESPN has all you’d expect. I haven’t seen the ESPN Boston site yet, so I can’t comment on how useful that will be.

NFL TV Distribution Maps are fabulous. Here, you can see which parts of the country are getting which games. It’s interesting to see how the networks carve up the country.

I, of course, get all my reading material from the Patriots news page on Serendeputy. But, that’s just me. And you! (Please). I’ve added in a ton of football sites, so there’s undoubtedly lots of good stuff about your favorite team. Just go to the site and do a search.

Ok, so what incredible sites am I missing?

Thanks Tedy

Monday, August 31st, 2009

A big thank you to Tedy Bruschi for all the years. Lucy proudly wears her #54 jersey at game time.

I hope the Patriots inscribe this on his Patriots Hall of Fame plaque:
Tedy Bruschi. He wanted the ball more.

Football thoughts from the Patriots preseason

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

I’m very excited that the NFL is coming back. It’s been a long time, and I’m looking forward to seeing the Patriots make another run at the Super Bowl.

Here are today’s football thoughts, for what they’re worth:

For the past few years, my favorite player on the Patriots has been Vince Wilfork. His number 75 is the jersey I wear on the Patriots game days. (Sadie has number 12; Lucy has number 54). It looks like he’s gone after this season. I hope it’s not the case, but I’ll wish him the best of luck on hope we can send him off with the another Super Bowl ring, matching the one from his rookie season. Plus, he’s the only member of the Patriots to ever comment on my blog. How cool is that?

My man Darius Butler has looked really good in the first two pre-season games. I hope that he ends up doing really well, because it would be ten tons of cool if I can get us all jerseys with “Butler” sewn on the back. (It’s the little dreams in life that count…)

I wish that the NFL Network would stop taunting me with the promos for NFL Red Zone. I had it for the few weeks we could tolerate DirecTV in 2006, and it’s truly hypnotic. Come on Verizon Fios, bring it on board!

I’m not thrilled with Brett Favre, but I think that the Minnesota Vikings will be the team coming out of the NFC in January to meet the Patriots in the Super Bowl. They have so much beef on the lines, they have the best running back in football in Adrian Peterson, and Percy Harvin is going to have a Randy Moss-like impact on defenses. I’d rather see the Chicago Bears make it, but I think that it’s going to be the Vikings.

We watched a little bit of the Kansas City Chiefs exhibition game. Matt Cassel looked good, but the rest of the team looked really bad. I lived through the endless 2-14 seasons. I know how bad it is, and I’m dreading the days those seasons return to New England. We just need to enjoy this Bill Belichick / Tom Brady magic for as long as the ride lasts.

If you haven’t already, you should sign up for WEEI’s Patriots podcast. It pulls together all the Patriots interviews, including Brady and Belichick. It’s a great will to fill up the iPod for your commute.

Alright. That’s enough for now. We’ll see if I can pull it together enough to write some more during the season.

Tom Brady in Sports Illustrated

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Peter King has a long article on Tom Brady’s comeback in this week’s Sports Illustrated. While I enjoyed watching Matt Cassel do his thing last year, he can’t compare with having one of the top quarterbacks of all time back under center.

“People say, ‘What will you do if you don’t play football?’ Why would I even think of doing anything else? What would I do instead of run out in front of 80,000 people and command 52 guys and be around guys I consider brothers and be one of the real gladiators? Why would I ever want to do anything else? It’s so hard to think of anything that would match what I do: Fly to the moon? Jump out of planes? Bungee-jump off cliffs? None of that s— matters to me. I want to play this game I love, be with my wife and son, and enjoy life.”

I’m loving the Red Sox so far this season, but I really can’t wait until September and opening day for the New England Patriots.

(And God help me if the Red Zone Channel comes to Fios – I may never leave the couch.)

BB PB&J

Friday, December 21st, 2007

The coach on how to make proper peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Ahh, YouTube.

The Patriots destroy the Bills

Monday, November 19th, 2007

Ok, so the Patriots rolled up 56 points on the Bills last night. Amazing.

And we don’t even hate the Bills. How many points will we score on Shula’s “Asterisk” Dolphins? On the “You cheated, so you didn’t really beat us all those times” Steelers? On the Jets? Can the scoreboards roll triple digits?

Patriots opening day

Monday, September 10th, 2007

We’re all excited to welcome football season, especially since the Patriots destroyed the Jets. Sadie’s getting used to how we handle football Sundays in the Butler household.

Jason and Sadie watching the Patriots game

Wilfork is one of the top Patriots players

Friday, September 7th, 2007

The Herald runs a great story this morning on the Butler family’s favorite player, Vince Wilfork.

Were it not for the presence of Tom Brady, Vince Wilfork might be the best player on the best team in football.

At worst, he’s in the Patriots’ top three, which makes it all the more amazing that three years ago, 20 players heard their names called before his at the 2004 draft.

Passages

Thursday, April 12th, 2007

I was sad this morning hearing of Kurt Vonnegut’s passing. I truly enjoyed his books — especially Cat’s Cradle and Galapagos. He spoke at my Syracuse graduation in 1994, rocking the Carrier Dome. He was an ornery old coot, writing screeds against the administration in 2002 that others wouldn’t dare until 2006. I’ll miss him.

This afternoon, I saw that Drew Bledsoe has retired. Bledsoe was the key to the Patriots renaissance in the mid-nineties. I had to suffer through all the 2-14 years, including the ghastly Coach Mac era, and Bledsoe, Parcells and Kraft turned it around. He didn’t end up with the Hall of Fame career we all expected, but he was a classy guy. I wish him well on his Montana ranch.

[tags]Bledsoe, Vonnegut[/tags]

Tom the Brady’s great discomfort

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

Our Tom may have gotten himself into a little more trouble.

My search dashboard lit up with Brady searches this morning. My team writes the content spotlights (the “Our picks” at the top of some search results), so we needed to figure out what links would be most useful for folks. For this one, we pulled the original Brazilian site that broke the rumor. Unfortunately, none of us speak Portuguese, so we ran it through Google’s automated translator.

I’m not sure Google’s automated translator is all that accurate:

It will be that it would from there come the so great discomfort with the pregnancy of former-namorada of Tom the Brady, current boyfriend of Gisele?

Patriots or Colts: which team is less loathsome?

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

Universal Hub points us over to Deadspin, where the masses are discussing how they will watch a game in which neither team — the Pats or the Colts — is liked outside of its hometown.

People outside Indianapolis dislike the Colts because of Peyton Manning’s ubiquity (4 separate commercials for different brands during the Pats/Chargers game!). People outside New England dislike the Pats because they just keep winning. After a while, no one roots for Goliath.

If the Pats and Saints win this weekend (as I think they will), no one outside 495 will be rooting for New England. And that’s ok. I can’t wait to see how Belichick will turn this into a motivator for the team. “Wait a second? Are we being disrespected? We’ll show them. We’ll shock the world!”

[tags]Patriots, Colts, Belichick[/tags]

Great Patriots win

Monday, January 15th, 2007

The one advantage of having all these late games (including next week) is that the baby is asleep and not subjected to the endless stream of screams, gasps, curses and shrieks that accompany playoff football.

Yesterday’s game was one of the best I’ve ever seen. Some of us in the room were worried, but I knew Brady would come through in the end (and that the Chargers would self-destruct).

(p.s. for LT: The easiest way to keep people from celebrating on your field is to win the game…)

P! A! T! S! PATS! PATS! PATS!

Tuesday, September 10th, 2002

The Patsies destroyed the Steelers last night. It was a joy to watch, especially after hearing all the trash talk coming from Pittsburgh ever since the AFC Championship game last January.

Borges goes off on the mouths that roared.