Lack of Wilson propaganda no big deal for Belichick, Patriots


Lack of Wilson propaganda no big deal for Belichick, Patriots

FOXBORO - Bill Belichick doesn't care whether people think Tavon Wilson was off-the-radar, under-the-radar or through-the-radar.

Matter of fact, he doesn't care much for the radar in general.

Asked Friday night about the fact Wilson, the 48th pick, wasn't invited to the NFL Combine or easy to find in the exhaustive draft guides, Belichick said, "Similar situation with (Sebastian) Vollmer a couple of years ago. We drafted guys I think one year, didnt we draft like three of four guys that were non-Combine guys (2009: Vollmer, Rich Ohrnberger, Julian Edelman)?

"Some guys play in all-star games, some guys dont," Belichick added. "I dont know who picks all those all-star teams. In all honesty, I dont know who picks the Combine for that matter. How does (Miami of Ohio offensive lineman Brandon) Brooks not get invited to the Combine? How did Vollmer not get invited to the Combine? I dont know. We cant really worry about that. We just have to try to evaluate them the best we can. If theyre there, theyre there. If theyre not, theyre not. If they play in an all-star game, we look at it. If they dont, they dont."

Belichick was also asked about trading in this draft. The Wilson pick brought that on. With a player who seemed so lightly regarded around the league other than in Foxboro, why not trade down, add picks and get Wilson later. Belichick was asked about the "trade value chart" made famous by Jimmy Johnson.

"To make a trade, you have to have two people agree to it," Belichick pointed out. "So if two people agree, then whatever it is, its a good trade if youre willing to accept the terms that someone else is willing to give you and vice versa. If it works for both teams, then you have a trade. If it doesnt, it doesnt make a difference what any chart says or what any value is. If two teams arent willing to make the exchange, then you dont have a trade. I dont care what the chart says."

So did the Patriots field any calls about that 48th pick, any offers about dropping back?

"Again, each pick is its own pick," said Belichick. "Im not going to get into analysis on every call that was made. Honestly, I cant remember them all anyway."

Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate


Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate

When the topic of Deflategate was broached on HBO's Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons, which debuted this week, Ben Affleck became all kinds of fired up.

"What they did was suspend Tom Brady for four days for not giving them his [expletive] cellphone," Affleck said. "I would never give an organization as leak-prone as the NFL my [expletive] cellphone . . . so you can just look through my emails and listen to my voicemails?"

Affleck grew up in Cambridge, Mass. and is a passionate Patriots fan. He made no attempts to hide his fandom, and his appreciation for Brady, as he and Simmons (also a Patriots fan) discussed the football-deflation controversy that has now lasted well over a year. 

Affleck, who said he would want to cast himself as Brady if ever a Deflategate movie was made, harped on the fact that the league wanted Brady to turn over his phone. 

"Maybe Tom Brady is so [expletive] classy and such a [expletive] gentleman," Affleck said, "that he doesn’t want people to know that he may have reflected on his real opinion on some of his co-workers."

Brady is waiting for the Second Circuit to make a decision as to whether or not it will rehear his case against the NFL. Earlier this offseason, the Second Circuit reinstated Brady's four-game suspension issued by the league when a three-judge panel ruled in favor of the NFL, 2-1. 

Pro Football Talk wrote on Thursday that a decision from the Second Circuit could come at any time. If the rehearding request is denied, Brady could then take the case to the Supreme Court. Should the Second Circuit grant Brady a rehearing, his suspension would be delaed until the court reached a decision. In that case, Brady could potentially play the entire 2016 season before a decision came to pass. 

Brady posts high school essay to Facebook on living in his sisters' shadow


Brady posts high school essay to Facebook on living in his sisters' shadow

Tom Brady wasn't always the most famous person in his family. Growing up, his sisters were the accomplished athletes in the household. 

For his latest Throwback Thursday style Facebook post, Brady published a pair of photos of an old high school essay that he wrote in the fall of his senior year in 1994. It was titled "The way my sisters influenced me."

I found an essay I wrote in 1994... I love my big sisters! #tbt. Thanks for the good grade Mr Stark!

Posted by Tom Brady on Thursday, June 23, 2016

In it, he discusses some of the difficulties of growing up with three older sisters and no brothers. Because Maureen, Julie and Nancy Brady had achieved so much in softball, basketball and soccer, Brady -- or "Tommy," as he signed his paper -- had trouble getting noticed. 

Of course, it wouldn't be long before Brady was headed from San Mateo, California to Ann Arbor, Michigan in order to play football for the Wolverines. He probably had no trouble garnering attention by then. Still, it's funny to read about how he felt overlooked in his youth. 

He closed the essay explaining that he knew his sisters would always provide him support throughout his life, adding, "hopefully, just maybe, one day people will walk up to them and say, 'Aren't you Tommy's sister?' or 'Hey where is your brother?' Maybe . . . "

If the Brady sisters didn't get those kinds of comments by the time the baby of the family was given an 'A' for his English assignment, it probably didn't take long before they did. About seven years later, he took over as the starting quarterback of the Patriots.