Tom Brady cuts his hair; world explodes

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Tom Brady cuts his hair; world explodes

By Justin Aucoin
WickedGoodSports.com

Were sure there were tons of great tidbits of information and sound bites from the Patriots press conference yesterday (Ha! Who are we kidding? Its the Patriots.), but the big story from it all had nothing to do with the upcoming game in Oakland, or the embarrassing loss to Buffalo. In fact, the big story wasnt about anything that was said.

Tom Brady cut his hair.

Cmon, you knew this was coming. Heres the image tweeted by Chris Forsberg, by the way.

Boomsauce.

Not sure if this was a request or a challenge by the WGS Boss, but were pretty sure, if nothing else, BleacherReport will have a slide show of all Toms hairstyles over the past decade by weeks end. This, of course, was the Internets response. It was like Michael Bay decided to write about the Pats for a day.

Almost every major sports-covering website had a story on Bradys new haircut since apparently there were no other stories worth talking about like the lack of a Patriots defense or Bradys horrid week. The Boston Globe even decided to write an obit for Bradys hair.

Listen, fellas. The dude cut his hair. Its not like he went bald or anything. Not like he got a Mohawk, a rattail or anything. His hair is still there. But with the way the media is making a big deal about it youd think it was someone like Fabio who went under the scissors.

Could the new do have to do with throwing four interceptions? Is this the NFLs version of getting a new hairstyle and wardrobe after breaking up with the boyfriend? Maybe he decided to stop his heel turn and go back to being a face. Or maybe Giselle got tired of the Euro-ponytail look. Who knows?

Whatever it is, it seems as if his barber may have taken a little too much off the top.

Reporter: Do you remember your first start?
Brady: I dont remember we beat the Chargers.
Reporter: It was the Colts.
Brady: God, see?

Pretty and dumb. Thats how we like em. Oh, and with three Super Bowl titles. Were not cheap in New England. We love the bling.

And if youre in the pro-long locks crowd and arent happy Bradys back to being clean and proper, just remember: It could be a lot worse, a lot worse. Also, New Englands Super Bowls came during the short-hair Brady era. This is his throwback look.

Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

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Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

FOXBORO -- The Patriots will head into Sunday's AFC title game with seven players listed as questionable, including three receivers. 

Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell and Chris Hogan have all been limited in practices this week due to their injuries. Amendola has been dealing with an ankle issue since a Week 13 win over the Rams, while Mitchell has not played since injuring his knee in Week 16 against the Jets. Hogan suffered a thigh injury against the Texans and left the game in the third quarter.

Both Hogan and Mitchell indicated this week that they were moving in the right direction in terms of their recoveries. One would think that the Patriots would need at least one, if not both, to help stress the back end of the Steelers secondary this weekend.

Hogan has been the team's most consistent down-the-field threat this season, averaging a whopping 17.9 yards per catch during the regular season. Against the Texans, before his injury, he reeled in four passes for 95 yards. 

Mitchell, meanwhile, had a very productive second half of his rookie season before he was hurt. He compiled 25 catches for 306 yards between Weeks 11 and 16, establishing himself as one of Tom Brady's go-to targets. 

The overall health of the Patriots receiving corps -- which will also include Julian Edelman and Michael Floyd -- will bear watching when the Patriots and Steelers kick off in two days.

The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Steelers game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

QUESTIONABLE
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (knee)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder)
WR Chris Hogan (thigh)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
DL Jabaal Sheard (knee)

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

QUESTIONABLE
TE Ladarius Green (concussion/illness)
LB James Harrison (shoulder/triceps)
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion)

NOT LISTED
RB Le'Veon Bell (not injury related)
K Chris Boswell (illness)
LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle)
S Sean Davis (shoulder)
C B.J. Finney (illness)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bay (illness)
DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle)
QB Zach Mettenberger (illness)
S Michael Mitchell (not injury related)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related)
LB Vince Williams (shoulder)