Pre-gaming at New Meadowlands Stadium

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Pre-gaming at New Meadowlands Stadium

By Mary Paoletti
CSNNE.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- What home-opener loss?

In the parking lot of New Meadowlands Stadium, last week's 10-9 bomb dropped by the Ravens was dead and buried for the tailgating Jets fans. Either their memories are short or were thankfully blurred by gallons of beer on Sunday.

The lots were littered with canopies, tents and even a tiki hut covering some jersey-clad fans from the sun. Those in the heat were cornholing shirtless. One guy, leaned back against an open trunk said, "Hey, you guys taking notes? Take this note, tell them to shut off that stupid siren.''

But who's going to tell an 11-year old to throttle back on game day?
Bobby, a kid whose youth was magnified by the Sanchez jersey he proudly wore, was the source of the siren. He was in charge of the family tailgating van this Sunday. While the adults congregated around the back doors, Bobby remained inside and manned the CB radio mic with pride, announcing, "It's Go Time!" to everyone in earshot. Which gave him at least a couple miles of audience.
And some of them were Patriots fans.

Mark Charniga of Lancaster, PA, is one of them.

"Came 34 hours. My buddy here is a Jets fans. I haven't missed a Boston . . . listen to me, Boston Patriots . . . '' he laughed. "I haven't missed a Patriots game here in 20 years, thanks to him.'' "He's a nice guy like that,'' Charniga added.
Clearly, it's the magnitude of the match up and the friendship that made the trip worthwhile.

"It's a rivalry game,'' he said. "It's like the Giants playing the Cowboys, the Oakland Raiders playing the Kansas City Chiefs. All divisional games are big. I think he's a jerk.'' Mark's buddy, Don Somerville, didn't seem like much of a jerk. Just a Jets fan ready for game day.
"No, we don't argue. It's a big game for both teams. You talk the talk, you gotta walk the walk,'' he said. "But what I think is interesting is Danny Woodhead going to New England, I guess its payback for last year when the Jets took Kevin O'Connell.''

The hostility was feigned at best between these two. In fact, most of the tailgating crowd seemed happy enough to revel in the brand new stadium and a brand new season. The scene was a departure from the bitterness of 2000, when fans hung Belichick in effigy and Bledsoe was mocked in mannequined-drag.

Are these really happier, more mellow Jets fans? Unfazed by a Week 1 loss and not hostile toward the visiting Patriots? I'd put my money on the beer.

Mary Paoletti can be reached at mpaoletti@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Mary on Twitter at http:twitter.comMary_Paoletti

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Football is coming.

The Patriots announced on Thursday that veterans will report to training camp on Wednesday, July 26 and that the first public practice will take place the following day.

Each of the team's first four practices -- from July 27-30 -- are scheduled to take place on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium "in the nine o'clock hour," according to the Patriots. Updates to the training camp schedule, including more specific start times for practices, can be found at patriots.com/trainingcamp.

The Patriots Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony for former corner Raymond Clayborn on Saturday, July 29 around midday following that morning's training camp practice. Held on the plaza outside the Hall at Patriot Place, the ceremony will be free and open to the public.

The Patriots will host the Jaguars for two days of joint practices open to the public on Monday, Aug. 7 and Tuesday, Aug. 8. The preseason opener for both clubs will take place at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 10.

Tom Brady adds sumo wrestling to offseason training regimen

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Tom Brady adds sumo wrestling to offseason training regimen

Tom Brady's off-the-field workout habits are the subject of serious curiosity for those in New England and beyond. Thanks to Under Armour's Instagram account, followers got a brief glimpse of what Brady does to stay in shape. 

OK. It was more like a glimpse at what he did one day in Tokyo.

@tombrady always fighting for that extra yard. 😂😂 #TBAsiaTour #IWILL

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The video of Brady in the dohyo ring was shot at the Sakaigawa sumo stable in Tokyo on Thursday. According to Kyodo News, leading the training session was ozeki Goeido, who won last year's Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.

"For them to welcome me means very much to me. It's hard to describe in words how special that was," Brady said.

Brady bounced around China before heading to Japan to continue to help promote Under Armour and in particular its "recovery sleepwear" line. He threw a pass on the Great Wall, and he explained that it was his "dream" to play a game on the continent. 

Arigatōgozaimashita 🇯🇵🙏

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Brady vs Brady #therecanonlybeone 🏆

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