The Texan trap
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Sorry, just had to get that off my chest.
-- Bob Girard, Bourne, Ma
A: No problem, Bob. Thank you for the kind comments.
At the risk of sounding like Al Davis I have to ask this; is there a conspiracy in the NFL to make bad calls against the Pats? All kidding aside the calls are terrible against the Pats this year. Bethel Johnson getting tripped and pushed from behind... Let's get call on that!!
-- Glenn, Newburyport
A: I don't know about a conspiracy, but this is the first time I remember Bill Belichick being in such disagreement with so many calls during a game. I usually take my lead on those things from him because he's really in the know when it comes to the rules and what his player can and cannot do. Of course we know he hates when one of his players commits a penalty. But there are times when he says he can't blame the player. And that tells me they're getting some bad calls.
Are individual team merchandise sales distributed to all NFL teams evenly or are they kept by the specific team??
-- P. Michelini, Charlestown
A: They're distributed, but that deal is up I believe next spring and there's a movement by some owners in the league to make it so teams can sell their own stuff. Bob Kraft appears to be against it.
It seemed that Antoine Smith fared well when he ran straight ahead, and Faulk did not seem to do as well when he ran.
I wonder why they did not use Smith more. Is he hurt?
Also, any chance of getting a new kicker, such as Lee Johnson? Walter is pathetic.
-- Gary Olszewski, Westfield, Ma
A: Gary, you're not the first person to suggest Smith should run straight ahead and I doubt you'll be the last. I don't know why they continue to sweep Smith. As far as I know, Smith is not hurt. I'd love to see Lee Johnson return. Cool guy. I remember last year during the NFC playoffs in Philly, he'd drop into the press room and do a few stock trades. We spent a lot of time chatting about things. I don't think Belichick cared much for him, though.
Nick are you ready to admit you are wrong about Belichick? The guy can flat out coach. Maybe you got too attached to Drew "Fumbles" Bledsoe. Just realize he knows when players are washed up. I guess Buffalo is finally realizing the after effects of Belichick's genius. Try and back up your argument with Belichick, because you will look like Drew under pressure.
-- Jeremy Garden, Franklin MA
A: You don't think he's coach of the year? That's what I think and that's what I've been writing for three years now. In my book on the Super Bowl season, "The Impossible Team" I make all kinds of references to Bill Belichick's superb coaching. You should check it out because I think you're a little bit misinformed about Belichick not being a good coach. Jeremy, I think you're the first person that's written this space with an anti-Belichick sentiment. I'm surprised. I thought everyone in this area thought Belichick was a great coach. And Bledsoe? He's been terrible, hasn't he? Continued...