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"THE X-FILES: NEW PATRIOTS EDITION!"

Scripted Visions Publishing Group

- The Truth Uncovered...At Last! -

By Dennis "Crazy Train" Dedrick

Attention all teams that enter Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.  It is haunted!!! There are mysterious, phantom creatures that live in the air ducts. Little gremlins that get in your brains and make you play like crap.   Or they enter the visiting locker-room and steal your play sheets, interfere with your headsets and give the feeling you are always being watched.  Not only that, but beware of the line judge that is standing beside your coach on the visitors’ sideline…he might be wearing a microphone…or better yet, maybe he’s not even a NFL referee, he is actually a spy for the Patriots! Better check his credentials!  See, in Patriot-Land, things are not what they appear to be. Every fan in the stadium is watching your sideline, and not the game.  You might have something the Patriots need. Crucial Intel about your team’s supposedly best-kept secrets. You never know. These gremlins? See they are wearing miniature cameras that are feeding the images to a secret control room buried 20 stories beneath the 50 yard line.  And what else can the Patriots use to gain an unfair advantage over your team? Their field is lined with sensors so they know by weight which of your players are on the field and what formation they’re in; therefore they can deduce the play you are about to run. They have to stack the odds in their favor somehow, otherwise, they’d never win, right? They’re not the defending Super Bowl Champions and the best team in the NFL because of talent or ability and just plain old gritty, hardcore football. No, they are only the best because they know what the other team/players are about to do before they do it. Simply put, according to many of you out here, the Patriots have to cheat to win.

According to the tin foil wearing anti-Patriot fans, the mystique of Gillette Stadium and its uncanny and almost impenetrable home-field advantage can be easily explained: The Patriot organization employs unfair and illegal tactics to defeat teams well-beyond the field of fair-play. The truth? Well, that is a different matter all-together. Most teams are beat before they even step on the field at Gillette…helpless victims of the mind-games they play on themselves. Everyone is so paranoid about what they think is going on in Foxborough, but no one can actually confirm anything. The crazy thing is that people actually believe all the unfounded rumors circulating from other visiting players and coaches around the league. But let’s dig a little deeper here. Who actually started all those rumors in the first place? Maybe it was The Patriots?! Maybe they started those stories just to make you, the visiting team, nervous. The Patriots will tell any story to make the other team lose focus on what really matters…it’s called playing the game!

So… what about the headset issues? What do we really think happened here?  Was it the gremlins in the air ducts? The fans that will go to any length to spy for the Patriots?  Maybe it was the double-agent referees? Or…here’s a thought…could it be just plain old, basic science? Could the electrical infrastructure be blamed for the interference??  Nooo…of course not…It could never be that.  No way. It can’t be that simple. Herman Edwards said it best when talking about the headset problems the Steelers experienced last Thursday night playing the Patriots.   If that always happens, why wait until now to say something?  In recent years, the Steelers are 0-4 in Foxborough and you bring up the headset issue now? FOUR losses later???  When asked if it happens elsewhere, Coach Tomlin said “I’m talking about what happened here,”…Why wouldn’t he say if it happens elsewhere?  Because it does!!!!!  Also if you’re not going to file a complaint, then why whine about it?? That’s because it’s the NFL’s fault and not New England’s but that’s not an interesting story so it won’t be talked about or expanded on. It’s also not an interesting story if it happens at any other stadium!! No one cares or will listen then. But why is that? It’s because the Patriots are the most consistent organization in the NFL and everyone is trying to beat them and take their dominance from them. They are the team everyone loves to hate! 

In New England, it is team first and if you step out of line you’re gone.  Ask Randy Moss. Who else would trade one of the best to ever play the wide receiver position in the middle of the season? How is Jonas Gray’s career in New England?  He had a record setting game against the Indianapolis Colts in week 11, made the cover of Sports Illustrated, and became “the guy”.  At least until he overslept and was sent home from practice. After that, he gained only 84 rushing yards and 7 receiving yards the rest of the season, including the post season. He was even inactive for the Super Bowl.

Speaking of which, let’s talk about the Super Bowl for a moment.  Did the Patriots cheat their way to the title?  Of course Patriot Hater Nation, says “they sure did, they didn’t even deserve to be there”, they deflated the footballs and cheated their way to victory.  Even though the footballs had air pumped into them at half-time and once that was done the real beat-down started. We all know that the NFL always checks the psi of the footballs at halftime (NOT!) I find it interesting that they decided to do it during this particular game. Was it the Patriots cheating ways that made Pete Carroll call a play that NO ONE thought he should? Who in their right mind would call a pass play on the one yard line instead of handing off to Beast Mode for the win as time was running down?  Of course this was the Patriot’s fault, what else could it have been? It wasn’t that Pete Carroll wanted Russell Wilson to be the MVP instead of Beast Mode Marshawn Lynch.  Nope it was all Patriots, could there possibly be any doubt?  

Let’s fast forward to September 10, 2015, opening night of the 2015 NFL season.  The Patriots cheating ways led them to victory once again Hater Nation, it had nothing to do with the trick play the Steelers tried to run that resulted in Brown getting sacked and ending a promising drive. Let’s not forget the two missed field goals as well. I guess all of the clapping and yelling from the Patriot fans somehow made the wind gust up to 40mph and which made Scobee miss not one, but twice!!!!!  You also can’t forget the interception that Roethlisberger threw, which by the way, was under-thrown. So there it is…it was all Patriots fault! They switched the balls the Steelers were using.  They added weights to the balls so Big Ben couldn’t throw it as far, they knew the play because of those pesky turf sensors.  Come on man get real. 

To all of you San Francisco 49ers fans that go back to the Montana and Young era, how does it feel knowing your rings are tainted?  Didn’t Jerry Rice admit to cheating by continuing using stick-umm after it was banned?  Oh it’s not the Patriots, so it doesn’t count.  Green Bay Packer fans, didn’t Aaron Rodgers admit to overinflating the footballs just last season?  How did that investigation turn out?  Oh wait there wasn’t one! To the New Orleans Saints supporters, since you were caught up in Bountygate scandal, every time you make a hard tackle or a late hit it must be because you have the bounty program up and running again. Since you did it once, you’re a habitual offender and therefore prone to do it again.

Are the four Lombardi Trophies that the Patriots have tainted? Hell no, not in the least! I’ve enjoyed watching Patriot Nation win each and every one of them and I hope we can add to that total this season.

Lastly, how about all of the misinformation that was leaked by the NFL and never corrected? They let the public run with all of the incorrect data and form their own opinion which fit the narrative the NFL wanted in the first place. The Patriots portrayed as cheaters. By the way, how did COMMISSIONER Goodell enjoy the game at Gillette Stadium?  Oh that’s right he couldn’t make the trip to the season-opener because he was busy talking with the NFL lawyers trying to see what other trumped-up charges they can throw at New England. Believe me…I totally get why many of you, fans, coaches, and players, feel the way you do…I get it…no, really I do. See, it’s completely understandable why many of you can’t stand the Patriots…because no matter what team you root for, coach for, or play for, you’ve all been beaten DOWN by Patriot Nation at one point or another. But, hey… don’t sit here and cry in your milk…hollering and screaming foul…How about you try stepping your game up and winning a lil more?

"THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, DEFLATE-GATE, & ONE DIE-HARD'S RANT!"

Scripted Visions Publishing Group

 

By Dennis "Crazy Train" Dedrick

Ok people listen up, welcome to my first blog post! So, let's get one thing established early on: YES, I AM A HOMER! I’m a true die-hard Patriots fan going back to the days of Steve Grogan and I have a BIG problem with this drummed up travesty called “Deflate-gate”!  If the so called impartial Wells Report stated that “yes” Tom Brady did in fact alter the footballs, then yes he and the New England Patriots should be appropriately punished.  BUT… what does the report say???  It says “More probable than not”. “MORE PROBABLE THAN NOT”??? Can someone please tell me WTF does that mean?? Doesn’t sound anything remotely close to conclusive, yet all of the sports media outlets keep saying is “yes Tom did it! He is guilty, guilty. GUILTY!”  Hmmmm… so those individuals have more knowledge of the facts than the so called “impartial investigation”? I believe that is highly unlikely!

I have a major problem with the wording of the Wells Report. If players/teams can get suspended/penalized because they “more likely than not or more probable than not” did something wrong the league will be in a lot of trouble going forward!  This type of flawed rule enforcement will be giving Commissioner Goodell even more power and we’ve all seen how he has used, or should I say ABUSED, that power in the past.  He’s made some outstanding decisions in the past hasn’t he? (That’s sarcasm, folks.)  How many of those decisions have been overturned by an independent and impartial arbitrator? That says it all right there!  In fact, what did former Commissioner Tagliabue think of the way Commissioner Goodell handled the Bounty Gate scandal?  Would you be surprised that he overturned some of the punishment??? Of course you wouldn’t!!!!

So, Tom Brady is getting suspended because he wasn’t completely forthcoming with the investigators; he didn’t turn over his cell phone and emails to the NFL.  Well, would you???  Because as we’ve seen in the past there aren’t any leaks coming from the NFL front office, so none of Tom Brady’s contacts, pictures or phone numbers and other personal information that has nothing to do with deflated footballs couldn’t possibly be at risk of being leaked, right?

Now, let’s take a look back to the Ray Rice incident.  Didn’t a Law Enforcement spokesmen state that the video from inside the elevator was sent to the NFL front office?  So is it “more likely than not” that Commissioner Goodell knew and saw the video? See, how the NFL works is, an incident happens and they wait and see how the public/media reacts, and THEN they come up with the punishment for the alleged offense.  Funny how that works, right?

The information below is from an article by Brandon Campbell from Boston.com.  “The league has handed down dozens of suspensions in its history, but none for offenses like Brady’s. The NFL rulebook sets the punishment for altering footballs at a fine “including but not limited to” $25,000, leaving room for harsher penalties. Given Goodell’s statements during Super Bowl week, it’s more likely he’ll consider this a violation of league integrity and punish it accordingly.” 

Here is a link to the rest of the article:

http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/2015/05/11/here-how-roger-goodell-punished-other-nfl-teams-players/lEeOhysBC1CRhN6XCnEI7M/story.html

Once again, I have a problem with the wording of this “so-called” impartial investigation.  I’m calling it a “so-called” impartial investigation because the NFL HIRED them to conduct the investigation.  You mean to tell me that the conglomerate known at the NFL, doesn’t have the personnel or the trust in its own office to conduct an impartial investigation?  So, if the Patriots had footed the bill for this “investigation”, which way would the results have leaned?  This report yielded the results desired by the NFL; it’s talking about Tom Brady and the Patriots, but there has been no light shed on the flawed manner in which the NFL Front Office arbitrarily determines and hands down punishment. With the NFL’s reasoning for this punishment, I feel sorry for the New Orleans Saints if they ever make a hard tackle in a game and injure a player. If that ever happens again, then they must have a bounty in place since they did it in the past.  If a team makes an accusation that it was done intentionally, look out! The Saints will be suspended and fined for sure. 

The NFL will be in trouble if this punishment stands for Tom Brady and the Patriots.  If The League thinks you did something wrong and you don’t kiss the NFL shield as you enter Commissioner Goodell’s office and do exactly as they say, then your punishment will be harsh.  They want transparency from all players and organizations, but how they conduct business is behind closed doors is muddled with smoke and mirrors.  You can’t make up the rules as you go and have public sentiment dictate how to react, but that is exactly what Goodell’s NFL is doing.

Yes, I’m a Patriots fan! But don’t fool yourself, if this ruling came down on your team, there is no way any of you would agree with the wording of the report or the NFL’s subsequent decision on the punishment. 

And to all of you who call Tom Brady a cheater you better feel the same way about a certain Hall of Famer WR who used stick-um even after it was banned.  You can’t have it both ways, people!

So…I’ll see you at the Super Bowl when the Patriots are playing for the title AGAIN!

GO PATS!

D