Category archives for: Chasing A Ball Of Some Sort

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)

Stocky Girl Scores

maine girls soccerThe fourth seed Lincoln Academy girls soccer team (8-3-3) defended its home turf against fifth seed York (7-5-2) 1-0 Oct. 29 under the lights in Newcastle. York brought their solid passing and physical game to town, and the Lady Eagles matched their intensity and sent them packing. The first half was a whirlwind, as the two teams raced end to end at a fever pitch. The Eagles unleashed 12 shots on net and the Wildcats 11 in the half. Emma Rohrer stopped shots from Lillian Bisset, Ashley Mason, Olivia York, and Sophie Schumacher. At the other end of the field, Miranda Achorn handled 11 York shots to send the game into the halftime break tied at 0-0. The Eagles scored off a wild scramble on a corner kick with 31:56 to go in the second half. Leslie Sandefur headed the corner kick, which was blocked by York keeper Kelsey Cole. Olivia York was at the right post, but Cole blocked her offer with the rebound going to the top of the 18. Lillian Bisset was in the right place at the perfect time and booted the ball to the back of the Wildcat net to score the winning goal.  (read more at the Lincoln County News)

Tom Brady Petersons The Bears

gronkowskiFOXBOROUGH, Ma. — Vince Wilfork offered a self-endorsement after his New England Patriots hammered the Chicago Bears 51-23 at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. “It’s going to be hard to beat us if we continue to play the way we played today,” the Patriots’ nose tackle said after New England captured a fourth straight victory. “It’s going to be very tough for teams to come to beat us.” Next up: the high-flying Denver Broncos, who bring a 6-1 record to town next Sunday in the latest Tom Brady-Peyton Manning matchup. The Bears have a bye week before traveling to Green Bay. “It will be a great game. It always is,” said Brady, who had another huge game on Sunday as the Patriots moved to 6-2. Brady, making his 100th regular-season start at home, threw five touchdown passes and was near perfect as he improved to 87-13 as a home starter. Brady was 30 of 35 for 354 yards and four of the incompletions were drops. It was the third five-touchdown game of Brady’s career and he holds the club record with a pair of six-TD pass performances. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Terry Pegula Gives The NFL One Star On Yelp

terry and kim pegulaORCHARD PARK, New York — Terry and Kim Pegula now own the Buffalo Bills on paper. Tom Brady still owns them on the field. The New England Patriots quarterback passed for 361 yards and four touchdowns Sunday in a 37-22 win over Buffalo at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Brady is now 23-2 in his career against the Bills. “You’ve got to give credit to the whole offense,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “We did a decent job of blocking up front, gave Tom enough time. The receivers made some good plays. Tom made some good reads and some good throws. It took everybody working together out there today. It’s not a one-man band.” Wide receiver Brandon LaFell caught two touchdown passes and Stephen Gostkowski kicked three field goals of more than 40 yards as the Patriots (4-2) claimed sole possession of first place in the AFC East. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

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