Curran: Ocho, Albert release rumor senseless


Curran: Ocho, Albert release rumor senseless

By Tom E. Curran Patriots InsiderFollow @tomecurran
On Sunday, I asked someone who ought to know what they thought of the rumor that Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco might be released by the Patriots before the season. "Right. And Michael Vick is coming in for a tryout."Before we get to the seeming absurdity of the OchoAlbert rumor itself, let's look at why these things bubble up. First, the Patriots have standing. They are in the front of people's minds. They are discussed in conversations between reporters and league sources because they are compelling. Those conversations generate conjecture. Second, Bill Belichick does make wacky, unforeseen personnel decisions with some regularity. Where do we want to start? Lawyer Milloy cut? Rodney Harrison signed? Randy Moss traded for? Randy Moss traded away? Richard Seymour? You can come up with any eventuality and -- no matter how far-fetched -- it has to be deemed possible because precedent says far-fetched things occur. Finally, the Patriots are so good at keeping their business in-house any crumbs of information that drop from the table are hungrily attacked with an "Ah-HA!" mindset. Because of reason No. 2 (the "anything's possible" notion) and reason No. 1 (people give a crap about the Patriots), there's not a lot of deep analysis that goes into these rumors when they break. They spread virally in a wave and, after the initial wave has crashed, then comes the effort to poke holes in the veracity of it. That's where I come in. Mike Felger has taken to calling me The Great Debunker because I debunk. That process now begins: 1. Love Dan Pompei, the man who reported that there's an executive out therethat expects Ocho and Albert to be released. Pompei is a very hard worker. Smart. Knows the game. It's important to understand that, in this instance, Pompei is the conduit through which a source provided an opinion. That opinion belonged to "one NFL executive familiar with the Patriots ways." Knowing Dan, he's going to be judicious in whose opinion he cites. But trusted, veteran football men have bad opinions. That's why JaMarcus Russell was drafted No. 1 overall, Tim Tebow was taken 25th and Tom Brady was taken 199th. And, since Bill Belichick has been in New England since 2000 and in the NFL since 1975, there are hundreds of NFL executives who are by now familiar with the Patriots ways. Pompei happened to speak to one who believed these players would be released. There's no doubt a few more that believe they will be retained. 2. The executive's logic makes no sense. To wit: "The front office man thinks coach Bill Belichick will use the controversial players to help control and send a message to his locker room."
Belichick doesn't currently have a locker room begging for control. This team is a nice blend of veterans and young players. Its superstars and highest-paid players are on board. A lot of the younger guys are damn happy to be in key spots on a great team seeing as they were either ovelooked or damaged goods coming out of college. Players like Danny Woodhead, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Aaron Hernandez, Rob Gronkowski, Gary Guyton, Kyle Arrington, Rob Ninkovich and Mike Wright. These key guys are not about to be led down the primrose path of malingering, insubordination and reality shows by Ocho and Albert. Sorry. 3. Releasing either player makes no sense financially or football-wise. Cutting Ochocinco would be a waste of 5 million and two draft picks. That doesn't feel like solid business right there. Additionally, the guy clearly has plenty left in the tank athletically and is working his ass off.
As for Albert, yes he's been in the shop. Yes, there's little financial risk if they jettison him. But when he's been on the field he's been a wrecking ball. Belichick is not going to look at the devastation Haynesworth can wreak in his 4-3 defense, shrug and then cut Haynesworth to prove a point. Not after the way last season ended. Effort has been expended on Haynesworth. Promise was shown. Expectations are there. He will be too.
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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.