By Tom E. CurranWhen Pro Football Talk ownerproprietorinternet strongman Mike Florio runs out of luminiscent guests for PFT Live, he calls me. Tuesday was such a day. We talked about why Ryan Mallett will have to pry the video clicker out of Tom Brady's cold, dead hand if he wants to take over as starting quarterback for the Patriots. Also, the notion that Brady is bigger than the team. (Added Bonus: A guitar solo from my front porch, lost in the NBCSports.com archives dredged up by former friend and PFT Live producer Matt Casey). We also got into the faulty notion that the players "walked away" from the bargaining table forcing the lockout (I'm going to post on that here later this morning) and why Roger Goodell might want to think about the example his father set when the elder Goodell stood up for a principle a long time ago.
Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News breaks down the player the New England Patriots are getting in LB David Harris.
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.