Patriots cowboy up
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With Terrell Owens riding out his welcome in San Francisco, what do you suppose the possibilities are of the Patsies making some kind of play for him, say Branch with a number one and number two pick? I know he's a head case but what a huge talent. And what did you mean about wishing the Oct 14th trading deadline meant something?
-- Ken Harrington
A: Don't think Owens is the Patriots type of personality in the locker room. The Patriots don't seem to gravitate toward the super star player. They'd rather build their team with good players who fit the system. What I mean by the trading deadline meaning something, is you don't see significant trades by that date in the NFL because salary cap issues squash any major trade.
Hey Nick, I read your piece on Ty Law and I have to say I agree with you fully. People complain about him not taking a pay cut, but the kid is a real trooper who is worth the money. He never complains and PLAYS HURT which is more than I can say for a lot of players. (in the NFL not the Pats) While I love Lawyer, Law was the one to keep. It would be a shame to cut him.
-- Jamie Volpicelli
A: The guy wants to play. He could have sat out the past couple of weeks, but he knows if he does, that gives Samuel more of a chance to show they can live without Law.
Nick, Help, I'm a season ticket holder and the Patriots keep spamming me with some graphics laden e-mail. I've asked to be removed from the list at least 6 times but more than likely closer to 10 or 12 times. I've considered calling the stadium but I'm worried that if I complain too much the gestapo will take my tickets away. Why are they so unresponsive to the fans? Between taking away peoples tickets last year, understaffed gates that lead to long waits to enter the stadium, rude and discourteous staff, high ticket prices and now spam it seems that they could care less about a fans opinion. Am I wrong? Do you have anyone's ear down in Foxboro that could work to change any of this? The whole process in dealing with them between the parking, entering the stadium, and ticketing has become akin to going to the RMV.
-- Lazlo Toth
A: The Patriots have a very aggressive marketing department. You can call them and ask them not to send you those things in a professional manner. I doubt they would pull your tickets over that. I know the Patriots brass reads this mailbag so perhaps they can respond to the rude and discourteous part. I haven't received too many E-mails suggesting this. I do get a few once in a while, but if they start to build up obviously it's a problem. Continued...