Brady on Cromartie: Been called worse

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Brady on Cromartie: Been called worse

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com

FOXBORO - The news that Antonio Cromartie thinks Tom Brady is an a@& was dutifully carried to the quarterback's locker this morning. His reaction was about what you'd expect. "I've been called a lot worse," said Brady. "I'm sure there's a long list of people that feel that way."Reflexively, the quarterback noted that Cromartie is a great player. Standard operating procedure. Really, this is getting to be a bit of a tired subject. We're chronicling what various Jets say about Brady as if it's going to have a concrete impact on anything to do with the football game. And there is a football game.
If Cromartie genuinely believes what he said, he's no doubt called Brady that --or
worse -- on the field by now. And the Patriots are not going to rise to that bait before the game. "We're spending our time getting ready to play," he said. "I don't think we're spending our time figuring out what we can do to combat what people may say about us. Not everybody has great things to say about our team or organization, or certain players. That's kind of the way it's always been. We're just going to do our talking on the field. That's the way we've always chosen to do it."This much is true: if history holds, the Jets will fill our notebooks and recorders during the week. Sunday night, the Patriots will return fire after the game.

Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Study ranks Patriots fan base as second-best in NFL

Study ranks Patriots fan base as second-best in NFL

A scholarly blog from Emory ranks the Patriots as having the second-best fan base in the NFL. 

Compiled by professor Mike Lewis and favoring in numerous statistical data, the list ranks the Patriots first in terms of “social equity,” third in “fan equity” and fifth in “road equity.” The Cowboys hold the top overall spot. 

The following graphic is from Lewis' report. 

Lewis allows for the possibility that many of New England’s fans may be bandwagon fans, but that the league’s Deflategate scandal boosted engagement from Patriots dans on social media. 

Click here for the full report.