Brady in Manhattan to support UGG For Men


Brady in Manhattan to support UGG For Men

A sign of June: Patriots "content" involving UGGs.

But June it is and OTAs aren't open to the media until Thursday, so here you have it.

Tom Brady "traded his cleats for boots on Tuesday night."

This according to the New York Post, which detailed Brady's trip to Midtown Manhattan for an UGG For Men store opening. The Patriots quarterback has been one of the brand's spokesmen since 2010.

I had the slippers for a long time, all through college. Its a California brand so being a California kid, I know something about them, he said. As you can see when you go in there, there are so many different styles, so it is a cool brand. Its a lot of fun to be a part of something thats grown as much as it has over the past few years.

You know Brady went to Michigan. You know he was a backup his first two years -- which caused him great angst -- before starting every game in 1998 and 1999. But I bet you didn't know he wore UGG slippers in that span!

Let's move on.

Whenever we advertise digitally or on Tom in print, we have a positive reaction, said UGG President Connie Rishwain.

The rest of the Patriots have had a positive reaction as well.

I wear them all the time. I certainly have a lot of variety," Brady said. "I wear them to the Stadium, to work. Especially at the football stadium, a lot of my teammates, Ive given away a lot of slippers to them over the years too. When you walk in the morning and half of the team is wearing the slippers you gave them, its pretty cool.

It's difficult to imagine 53 NFL players in UGG slippers. But probably less so in June than September, so we'll take it.

Not a lot of talk about Cannon this season, and that's a good thing for Patriots


Not a lot of talk about Cannon this season, and that's a good thing for Patriots

Marcus Cannon has had his run as a piñata. The Patriots offensive lineman is a frequent target when things go wrong up front and, usually, he’s deserved it.

A bit of anecdotal evidence? 

Sunday, I tweeted that every time I watched Cannon, he was making another good play.

On cue, about 10 tweets came back at me with variations of “Keep watching him!”

I asked Bill Belichick if he agreed with the layman’s assessment that Cannon’s playing well.

“I think Marcus [Cannon] has done a good job for us for quite a while,” Belichick began. “I mean he’s stepped in for Sebastian [Vollmer] and then last year when Nate [Solder] was out [and he substituted] for Nate. He has played a lot of good football for us.

“We extended our agreement with him off of his rookie contract which I think speaks to the fact that we want him on the team and we like what he’s doing and so forth and he’s continued to I’d say show with his performance [that he has] validated the confidence that we have in him.”

Cannon’s ending to 2015 – a poor performance (along with the rest of the line) against the Broncos in the AFC Championship Game was followed by a performance against the Cardinals that was marred by late-game holding calls.

But with Sebastian Vollmer injured (and still injured) it was sink or swim with Cannon which had plenty of people rolling their eyes.

But – as I said – every time I see Cannon, he’s either holding off a defensive end in pass protection, steamrolling downfield in the running game or making really athletic second-level or cut blocks in the screen game.

“Like every player, as they gain more experience they do get better,” said Belichick. “I think our offensive line’s certainly improved over the course of the year and playing with more consistency than we did last year. But there’s always room for improvement and the continuity that we’ve had there since (right guard) Shaq [Mason] has gotten in the last few weeks – we had Shaq over on the right side a little bit at the end of the season last year and then this year most all of the year except when Shaq was out for a few weeks there at the end of training camp and the start of the season – but our overall consistency and communication on the offensive line has been better because we’ve had more continuity there so that helps everybody.”

It can’t hurt that the lineman whisperer, Dante Scranecchia, has returned to coach the group. Cannon’s conditioning and physique looks better. He just appears more athletic and explosive. And he’s seemed more relaxed in the limited time the media’s in the locker room.

All off that added up equals nobody really talking about Marcus Cannon.
“Like any lineman, the less you call his name probably the better he’s doing,” said Belichick. “It’s probably a good thing when you guys don’t talk about him. Then that probably means they’re not doing something too noticeably wrong, right?”