In one of those goofy little slow-season clickbait articles, ESPN’s NFL Insiders just did a ranking of the future of all 32 teams in the league. “Future” being defined in NFL terms, meaning the next three years. It consisted of Field Yates, Louis Riddick, and Mike Sando scoring every franchise on its roster, coaching staff, quarterback, draft, and front office on a scale of zero to 100.

Surprising to the point of stunned, slack-jawed, I-can’t-believe-Han-Solo-is-dead-level shock, is that they have the Patriots ranked number two on the list, mere decimal points (88.5 t0 88.3) behind Seattle. No other team rated higher than 85.0.

In other words, ESPN, the organization that has dedicated its existence over the last decade and a half to ripping the Patriots as a potent, foul cocktail of corruption, arrogance, dishonesty and incompetent talent evaluation has them as likely to keep the dynasty going into its 19th season, at least.

It seriously has to be poison in the mouths of the unindicted co-conspirators down in Bristol to have to admit that. Particularly given that the quarterback they’ve put so much time and effort into defaming will be soon be turning an age in which most QBs are taken out back behind the barn and put out of their misery.

But it gets worse. The highest ranking in any of the five categories they used – by far – went to the focus of evil in the World Wide Leader universe: Bill Belichick, who gets an overall ranking of 99.7. Now, I’m too pretty to do math, but if my calculations are correct, that means two of the graders have him a perfect 100 and the other gave him a 99.

Writes Field Yates, “When his coaching career is over, Bill Belichick may well have established himself as the best ever to do it in the NFL. He’s a brilliant strategist, a great hands-on teacher and a master of in-game adjustments. Now 64 years old, he’s among the oldest NFL coaches, but there’s no sign of Belichick slowing down anytime soon. His passion is unquestioned.”

I can’t imagine anything more painful for ESPN to say. The guy they detest as sullen, ego maniacal and a conniving cheater gets an almost perfect score from their own experts. How many times have we heard the “game has passed Belichick by”? Or been told football is evolving under some new trendy flavor of the month like Chip Kelly or some random Harbaugh brother? Or had to listen to “They’re not good any more”?

Now they’re conceding that the future belongs to Bill Belichick and his Patriots. It has to feel like the Rebel Alliance official Facebook page admitting that Darth Vader runs a hell of an empire. And it is magnificent. File this one away for the next time someone says they hate the Patriots, Brady and Belichick or the dynasty is over. Because the future is yours.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
Welker, Ninkovich, and Chris Gronkowski join the OMFers to talk Patriots football, careers, deflategate, and Gronk Cruises.
Unsealed court documents from the Jerry Sandusky trial describe what a 14-year old boy allegedly told Joe Paterno in 1976 about the convicted child molester.

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Dino, Gerry and Tanguay continue fielding passionate calls into the 9am hour of the show on the meaning behind the Black Lives Matter movement and the state of policing in America
John Dennis and Gerry Callahan field loads of calls with varying perspectives on the purpose of the Black Lives Matter movement.

A man claims he told former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno about a sexual assault on him committed by assistant coach Jerry Sandusky in 1976, but Paterno ignored his claims,

Joe Paterno apparently knew of Jerry Sandustky's history before orginally thought. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Joe Paterno apparently knew of Jerry Sandusky’s history before originally thought. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

A man claims he told former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno about a sexual assault on him committed by assistant coach Jerry Sandusky in 1976, but Paterno ignored his claims, according to newly unsealed court records.

The victim testified in court in 2014 that when he attended a football camp at Penn State as a 14-year-old, Sandusky touched him as he showered. Identified as John Doe 150 in court records, the victim said he specifically told Paterno of the sexual assault, but Paterno brushed him off and just walked away.

“I was shocked, disappointed, offended. I was insulted,” the man told lawyers for Penn State University’s insurer in a deposition two years ago. “I was embarrassed.”

The man would become one of many Sandusky accusers paid millions by Penn State. His testimony was recently released as part of records unsealed by Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Gary Glazer due to a current legal fight over who should cover the costs Penn State has paid.

In a statement on Tuesday, the family of Paterno denied that any coverup ever took place.

“With this latest release of information, the total mishandling of the Sandusky investigation is highlighted once again,” the statement said. “The overwhelming evidence confirms that Joe Paterno never engaged in a cover up of Jerry Sandusky’s crimes. Multiple independent parties have confirmed this conclusion.”

The records include pieces of depositions from accusers who say they reported sexual abuse by Sandusky to Paterno and other Penn State coaches in the 1970s and 1980s. Paterno denied any knowledge of sexual abuse by Sandusky before his death in 2012. Sandusky was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison in 2012.

The university hoped to keep the settlement records sealed, claiming that publicizing them would unfairly expose victims to ridicule and embarrassment, and that some information in the documents was privileged, gleaned through mediation sessions.

Blog Author: 
Nicholas Frazier
Before Dino, Gerry and Tanguay dive into more callers on the Black Lives Matter movement, the guys discuss the young Red Sox players in the upcoming All-Star game and whether JBJ should be in center field and higher in the lineup.

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Gary Tanguay apologized last week for what he deems was Kirk Minihane backing him into a corner regarding Gerry Callahan's thoughts on race. With Callahan back from vacation, though, he confronts Gary face-to-face on the issue.

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Four off-duty Minneapolis police officers who were supposed to work the Minnesota Lynx game walked away from their post Saturday night after players wore Black Live Matters warmup shirts before the game.

“I commend them for it,”president of the Minneapolis Police Federation Lt. Bob Kroll said. “Others said they heard about it and they were not going to work Lynx games.”

The Lynx players wore black shirts that read “Change Starts With Us — Justice and Accountability” on the front, while the back included the names Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, who both were killed by police in separate incidents in Baton Rogue and St. Paul last week. The back of the shirt also featured “Black Lives Matter” and a Dallas Police Department emblem to honor the five police officers killed in Dallas by a heavily armed sniper during a Black Lives Matter protest last Thursday.

“If we take this time to see that this is a human issue and speak out together, we can greatly decrease fear and create change,” the Lynx’s Maya Moore said before Saturday’s game. “Tonight we will be wearing shirts to honor and mourn the losses of precious American citizens and to plead for change in all of us.”

Kroll said that he did not know who the officers were, but that they removed their names from a list of officers working future Lynx games.

When asked if other officers will step in to work future games, Kroll said, “If [the players] are going to keep their stance, all officers may refuse to work there.”

Blog Author: 
Nicholas Frazier