Category archives for: Chasing A Ball Of Some Sort

Tom Brady Casually Mentions To Roger Goodell That There’s Always the Same Amount of Air in the Goddamned Trophy

tom brady wins fourth super bowlGLENDALE, Ariz. — Quarterback Tom Brady won his fourth ring, tossing four touchdown passes to lead the New England Patriots over the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday night. The Patriots clinched the game defending their own end zone in the final 30 seconds of the game. The Seahawks got the ball back with 2:02 left and opened with a 31-yard pass down the left sideline from quarterback Russell Wilson to running back Marshawn Lynch. After another first-down conversion on a Wilson pass to Ricardo Lockette, Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse caught a 33-yard bomb down the right sideline. Going up for the ball with Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler, Kearse tipped the ball and caught it on a second bobble while on his back at the 6-yard line. The Seahawks ran Lynch on first down to reach the 1-yard line and with 25 seconds left. Wilson then fired a slant to Lockette that Butler intercepted. On his 50th pass attempt of the game, Brady tossed an easy 3-yard score to wide receiver Julian Edelman in front of Seahawks reserve cornerback Tharold Simon, and the Patriots reclaimed the lead, 28-24, with 2:02 left in the game. Brady, who was named the game’s MVP, connected on all eight of his passes on the drive that began when the Patriots forced a three-and-out on a 48-second possession by Seattle. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Seattle Seahawks Preparing Both Bizarre Accusations and Crotch-Grabbing Preening So They’ll Be Ready for Any Outcome

seattle seahawksPHOENIX (AP) — A year ago, Pete Carroll stood at a podium in a New York City hotel, less than 12 hours after his Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. He spoke about what would happen next.“The first meeting that we’ll have,” Carroll said, “will be tomorrow.” Sounded a bit over the top, even from the ever-enthusiastic coach. A moment later, he continued the theme, insisting: “We really have an eye on what’s coming, and we don’t dwell on what just happened. We’ll take this in stride.” Turns out he knew what he was talking about. Fast forward to Sunday, when Carroll’s Seahawks will face Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots in the Super Bowl with a chance to do something that, for many reasons, was thought to be too tall a task in today’s NFL: win a second consecutive championship. “It’s tough to win it once. That’s the hard part. Winning twice doesn’t happen (anymore),” said Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, whose team went back-to-back 10 years ago, making for the longest drought without a repeat champion in the nearly half-century of Super Bowls. (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

That One, Brief, Glorious Moment When There Were Only Nineteen Feet on the Floor Will Be Remembered by All, Forever

boothbay girls basketballOn a night before a blizzard, it rained three-pointers in Wiscasset. The Boothbay Region High School girls varsity basketball team was able to use the perimeter to their advantage and sunk the Wiscasset High School Wolverines, 70-33 on Monday, Jan. 26. The Seahawks (15-1) netted eight first-half three-pointers, including five by Morgan Crocker, who scored a game-high 27 points, and three from Sara Durgan, who scored 11 points. Despite the lopsided final score, the two teams were competitive throughout, and the first quarter featured two longstanding rivals trading big shots and blows.Boothbay Region was able to strike via the three-pointer early in the first quarter, but Wiscasset’s Kayla Gordon scored six points to cut the lead to 15-8 after one quarter. Alecia Faulkingham (team-high 14 points) found seams in the Seahawk defense to score 10 first-half points and to help Wiscasset remain in the game with a halftime score of 39-20 in favor of Boothbay Region. In the second half the Seahawks were able to muscle Wiscasset to pull out the victory. Gordon finished with 12 points for Wiscasset (4-11), who will travel to Auburn on Friday, Jan. 30 to play St. Dom’s. (read more at the Wiscasset Newspaper)

After Crushing Loss, Indianapolis Colts Present Evidence That the Grass at Gillette Stadium Is Fake

tom bradyNFL investigators met Tuesday with Patriots officials to determine whether footballs used in New England’s 45-7 victory against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship game were not properly inflated, according to a person familiar with the league’s handling of the situation. And while the league indicated it may wrap up its investigation by week’s end, ESPN reported late Tuesday night that 11 of the 12 footballs that were used by the Patriots were under-inflated. An NFL spokesman, Michael Signora, said the league had “no comment at this time” about the report, which stated that the footballs were under-inflated by 2 pounds per square inch. Under NFL rules, game balls must be inflated to between 12.5-13.5 PSI. In-game officials inspect footballs two hours before kickoff and only give the balls to the respective teams 15 minutes before kickoff. Troy Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president for football operations, told The Associated Press that the league’s “investigation is currently under way and we’re still awaiting findings.” (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

Bill Belichick Asks League for Permission to Stroke an Angora Cat During The Conference Championship Game

bill belichickOne of the more heavily discussed topics in the aftermath of the Patriots’ 35-31 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday was New England’s use of a four offensive linemen formation in which a skill position player lined up on the line of scrimmage and reported himself as ineligible. The tactic — used on a touchdown drive that brought the Patriots to within 28-21 in the third quarter — angered Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who complained that his team wasn’t given enough time to identify the ineligible receivers. He also added that the strategy had never been used before. Asked about the origin of the set of plays during a conference call, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said he pulled the idea from another team in the league.”It’s a play that, it’s a situation that I saw another team use, kind of,” Belichick said. “We talked about it and thought about ways to put some pressure on the defense with that type of, that concept of having more receivers on the field than were actually eligible. To make them ineligible instead of ineligible guys eligible, go the other way around, so we came up with a few ideas.” He added: “The origin of that play was from the NFL. What they did, it sparked some ideas so we did what we did.” Belichick bristled at the notion that the league could look into the matter further and have that type of play officiated differently, as Harbaugh suggested after the game. “Like what?” Belichick said twice when asked how adjustments could be made in that regard. (read more at the Boston Herald)

Ravens Coach Says It’s Not Fair That Sometimes Brady Only Pretends To Hand Off, And Then Throws It Anyway

john harbaugh whines to officalsFOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh objected to what he called a “substitution trick” by the New England Patriots in the third quarter of Saturday’s AFC divisional playoff game, saying it was “clearly deception” that he hopes the league examines. The Patriots dug into their bag of tricks on their second drive of the third quarter, lining up just four offensive linemen and declaring a normally eligible receiver as ineligible to keep Baltimore off balance. Ravens players were confused about which Patriots to match up with in coverage, and Harbaugh drew an unportsmanlike conduct penalty for running onto the field and screaming in objection. Harbaugh said after the game that the officials “didn’t understand what was going on.” “We wanted an opportunity to be able to ID who the eligible players were,” Harbaugh said. “What [the Patriots] were doing was they announce the ineligible player and then Tom [Brady] would take them to the line right away and snap the ball before we had a chance to figure out who was lined up where. That was the deception part of it. It was clearly deception. (read more at ESPN)

Ellsworth-Sumner Football Team To Remain In The League For Scrawny Pale Kids With Inhalers For At Least Two More Seasons

ellsworth-sumner high school football teamELLSWORTH — After three winless seasons, the Ellsworth-Sumner cooperative varsity football program will likely remain in Class D East for another two years.The two schools’ combined enrollment would have bumped the team up to Class B next fall, but the Maine Principals’ Association’s football committee decided to make an exception for the Eagles. “It takes a long time to build a football program,” said Ellsworth-Sumner coach Duane Crawford. “Especially when you’re facing teams who have been in existence since the ’40s and ’50s, where football is ingrained in the community.” The MPA football committee convenes biannually to classify its member schools into four classes by enrollment. On Monday, Dec. 8, the panel recommended allowing both the Ellsworth-Sumner and Camden Hills football teams to continue playing in the smallest school division. The committee’s proposal to offer these schools a hand has raised some questions about what’s a realistic timeframe for a new program to grow and when should the MPA decline intervention. (read more at the Ellsworth American

Boston Bruins Score Goal Several Minutes After Opposing Goalie Falls Asleep

boston bruins scoreBOSTON — Loui Eriksson and Brad Marchand scored two goals apiece and Patrice Bergeron had three assists for the Boston Bruins in a 5-3 win over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night. David Krejci also scored for the Bruins, who held the Predators to 10 shots through the first two periods. Tuukka Rask made 22 saves for Boston. Calle Jarnkrok and Taylor Beck each had a goal and an assist for Nashville. Beck’s goal 6:48 into the third period pulled the Predators to 4-3, but Rask didn’t let anything else by him as Boston won for the third time in four games. (read more at the Portland Press Herald)

Field Hockey Coach Gets Award. It’s Currently On Display In The Bottom Of A Locked Filing Cabinet Stuck In A Disused Lavatory With A Sign On The Door Saying ‘Beware Of The Leopard’

field hockey from the Rumford MeteorAUGUSTA — Long-time former Nokomis High School coach Katie Thompson, a former Maine Field Hockey Association President, could not help but get choked up when introducing former Gardiner coach Maureen “Moe” McNally. Current Tigers coach Sharon Gallant — a former player for McNally who spent 15 years as an assistant under her tutelage — said it was a “privilege to be there at the beginning and the end.” It may have been a chilly 20 degrees outside of the Augusta Civic Center on Sunday afternoon, but inside the reception was nothing but warm as McNally was inducted into the MFHA Hall of Fame at the organization’s annual All State Awards Banquet. “Retirement from teaching and coaching has given me time to reflect on what I’ve taken from my profession over the last 35 seasons,” McNally told the crowd of a couple hundred in attendance. “It’s not the wins, it’s not the losses, it’s not the championships and it’s not even the honors that come to mind first. “It’s the connections that I’ve been fortunate enough to make during that time that occupy my thoughts.” (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

During Postgame Show, Michael Irvin Says Luck Be A Lady Tonight

luck and bradyINDIANAPOLIS — Even with Tom Brady not performing like Tom Brady, the Patriots still dismantled another battle-tested opponent. The Pats crushed the Colts, 42-20, last night at Lucas Oil Stadium to improve to 8-2 and take sole possession of the best record in the AFC. They were the conference’s lone division leader to win in Week 11. Brady completed 19-of-30 passes for 257 yards, two touchdowns and a pair of egregious first-half interceptions, but running back Jonas Gray had his back with career highs of 38 carries, 199 yards and four touchdowns. The defense held the NFL’s top-rated offense to its fewest points of the season, and cornerback Darrelle Revis was a major force once again. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was 1-of-6 for 5 yards and an interception when targeting Revis, and the only completion was a failed third down. (read more at the Boston Herald)

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