Like many moves before, Patriots fans are standing by "In Bill We Trust," and have overwhelming support to the team's latest trade. The guys go back and forth with fans who think the Patriots got the better end in this deal.
The Patriots traded Chandler Jones to the Arizona Cardinals for a second round pick and an offensive guard Jonathan Cooper. Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about why they think the Patriots should have gotten more out of the trade.

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It goes without saying that Philip Liu’s gutsy performance on Tuesday night’s “Jeopardy!” was one of the most intense, incredible moments in game show history. But that’s damning him with faint praise. What should be said is that it was one of the great moments in the history of America.

Our great nation was built by men like Philip. Risk takers. Dreamers. Men with the confidence to bet on themselves. To risk it all, with no safety net, no Plan B, just a do-or-die, dare-to-be-great situation with nothing but their wits between themselves and total disaster. And he succeeded.

And for the viewer, it couldn’t have been better. I had the answer before the question was finished. But time stood still while Philip strained, wracked his brain and finally pulled it out just as Alex Trebek was about to sound the buzzer and crush his dream. What this clip didn’t show is it was the last question of the round. And then, sitting on an enormous lead in Final Jeopardy, Philip wagered another $11,000 for an unthinkable $49,900. Once again, fortune favoring the brave.

So huzzah to you, Mr. Liu. A true man’s man. A credit to people of courage, boldness and self-confidence everywhere. The kind of man Rudyard Kipling was speaking about when he said:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss; …

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Someday there’s going to be a Jeopardy question, “The gutsiest person of all time.” And the correct answer will be, “Who is Philip Liu.”

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
Curtis and Sausage attempt to record a podcast…Kirk steps in and picks them apart.

 

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I’ve been a staunch supporter of Chandler Jones since the beginning of his career. In the face of vocal opposition, I’ve stood by him and I’ve paid the political price. I’ve literally been shrieked at on the air by callers, shouted down on social media and been the subject of protests by cyberbullies on our text line who’ve double-clicked the shift button to tell us how much Jones “SUCKS!!!!” But I’ve stuck to my guns because he has been a solid and often spectacular defensive end. There are only three NFL players who’ve topped 200 tackles, 36 sacks and 10 forced fumbles since Jones came into the league in 2012: J.J. Watt, Ryan Kerrigan and him.

So on a scale of zero to the Lawyer Milloy trade, I’d say the surprise of the Patriots trading Jones on Tuesday for guard Jonathan Cooper and the Cardinals’ second-round pick was about a five. And yet, I love the trade. Not “like.” Love. Let me count the reasons why:

5. Economics

There was just no reasonable way the Pats were going to be able to sign Jones. If NFL GMs have been spending money like the proverbial drunken sailors this free agency period, then pass rushers have been their $10,000-a-night escorts. Oakland gave Bruce Irvin four years at $40 million, and Jones is appreciably better than he is. The Giants gave Olivier Vernon $85 million, with $52.5 million of that guaranteed. And he has seven fewer career sacks than Jones. It’s a seller’s market for edge rushers, and the prices are, to use the old cliche, innnsaaannne! The Patriots are too smart and disciplined to completely tip over their salary structure and make a defensive end by far the highest-paid player on the roster.

4. Need

What’s the one area on this team every man, woman and child among us has said is the top priority this offseason? Don’t answer. I’ve got this. It’s protecting Tom Brady. By the time we got to the AFC championship game, he was taking so much abuse it looked like he had the title role in a Mel Gibson movie. Granted the offensive line had been decimated by that point. But we’ve learned the lesson that there’s no such thing as too much protection. (Note: that goes for on and off the field, Antonio Cromartie.)

3. The return on investment

I’m an educated man, but I’m afraid I can’t speak intelligently about the blocking habits of Jonathan Cooper. We do know he was the seventh overall pick in the draft three years ago. Nick Caserio confirms that the Patriots had him very highly rated on their board. Their track record on evaluating offensive line talent matches up with anyone’s. And while I’ll concede there’s some risk here because by all accounts it was a make-or-break year for Cooper in Arizona, there’s reward as well, and it’s not often you get a shot at guys with so much potential they were selected in the single digits. The second round pick speaks for itself, and it says, “Hello, New England. I’ve now given you four picks between the 6oth and 96th spots in the draft.”

2. Dispensability

I say again, I like Chandler Jones. But he is not irreplaceable. Jabaal Sheard proved he can give you a fair approximation of Jones’ performance, if not sometimes flash even more. They just added Chris Long, who, in the last four years he was healthy, averaged over 10 sacks a season. Add to that the fact they drafted Geneo Grissom and Trey Flowers in the third and early fourth rounds last year to doomsday prep for this very scenario. Not to mention the afterthoughts they’ve successfully coached up to good seasons, such as rush specialists Mark Anderson, Tully-Banta Cain and Andre Carter. Jones is a loss, no question. But not an insurmountable one.

And finally:

1. In Bill We Trust

Sorry, but as a Patriots homer I’m morally and contractually obligated to say it. Also, it’s true.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

In his eighth and final March Madness as a resident of the White House, President Barack Obama picked Kansas to beat North Carolina in the NCAA championship game.

“Bill Self owes me,” Obama joked about the Kansas coach while filling out his bracket with ESPN’s Andy Katz, as he picked Kansas to win twice before with no success. “I’m putting Kansas in here. Coach, I’m just teasing. I’m not putting pressure on you. But I think the Jayhawks in a squeaker get past UNC.”

Obama correctly predicted North Carolina would win in 2009, his first NCAA Tournament as Commander in Chief, but he has not picked the right winner since.

“This is going to be the year,” he said. “I started off making the right pick, I’m going to end making the right pick.”

Obama also has Texas A&M and Michigan State in his Final Four.

While acknowledging he doesn’t know enough about the smaller programs to predict many upsets, Obama — a native of Hawaii — went with 13th-seeded Hawaii to knock off fourth-seeded California in the first round.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
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