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Patriots have become the '90s Braves

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07:21 AM ET 01.22 | Coming out of the weekend, Bill Belichick wasn't ready to go easy on the AFC title game proceedings. He sounded deflated Monday. And this is deflating. The Patriots are sliding backward. Losing back-to-back AFC Championships is not a demonstration of a team on the rise. The 1974-76 Raiders are the last team to get to a Super Bowl after losing back-to-back conference championship games. [Tom Brady] is getting older and the Patriots are vulnerable. The Patriots have become the 1990s Atlanta Braves. They play in an easy division, take care of business during the regular season, then get punched in the mouth and go home in the playoffs. ... New England was by far the fourth of the final four teams in the tournament. There???s no disgrace in getting to the final four, but the notion that the Patriots had a chance with their ordinary people after everything that had happened to this team was preposterous.

The Boston Globe

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January 22, 2014  07:36 AM ET

What's preposterous is this article supposedly came out of the Globe and not the Herald.

January 22, 2014  07:38 AM ET

"The Patriots have become the 1990s Atlanta Braves."

Not true. Bobby Cox didn't spy on other teams.

January 22, 2014  07:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

"The Patriots have become the 1990s Atlanta Braves." Not true. Bobby Cox didn't spy on other teams.

^^^......this from an 8-8 [average/record] team who's fanz are still living in the past.

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January 22, 2014  07:48 AM ET
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^^^......this from an 8-8 [average/record] team who's fanz are still living in the past.

Hey, if you eat the Chappaquiddick Cheatin' Chowdah, you face the consequences.

January 22, 2014  07:49 AM ET

Get Brady some healthy weapons... then let's see how they do.

Real weapons - not Danny Amendola and a bunch of guys named Herb.

January 22, 2014  07:49 AM ET

*........I hope Richard sherman ''marks'' his territory in eli's [locker/area].

January 22, 2014  07:50 AM ET
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The Pats or the Braves went 8-8?

try = giANTS

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January 22, 2014  07:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Get Brady some healthy weapons...

Like a shotgun? Or AR-15?

January 22, 2014  07:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Get Brady some healthy weapons... then let's see how they do. Real weapons - not Danny Amendola and a bunch of guys named Herb.

morning Otis,....I totally agree.,.....pats should go All-in this coming season.

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January 22, 2014  07:55 AM ET
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Won it 2 years ago bub......get over it

I'm over it,.....but some of these giANT fanz are still taking [selfies] with their mini-lombardiez.

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January 22, 2014  08:02 AM ET
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Get Brady some healthy weapons... then let's see how they do. Real weapons - not Danny Amendola and a bunch of guys named Herb.

That AND a pass rusher. What this genius fails to add in the article is that by the end of the season the Pats were the 2nd youngest team in the league.

January 22, 2014  08:03 AM ET
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I'm over it,.....but some of these giANT fanz are still taking [selfies] with their mini-lombardiez.

That's funny Mother... I'm saving that one!

January 22, 2014  08:04 AM ET
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Every qb needs talent around...even the overkill all world qb

As you well know... and Eli could use a couple himself.


That and an O-Line worth a crap.

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January 22, 2014  08:13 AM ET

Really enjoy seeing all the Pats-Haters pile on; so original.
Say something new for a change guys, you are boring.

 
January 22, 2014  08:14 AM ET
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You mean WR running (when finishing the routes) the right routes?

Those are good to have...

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