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Patriots preparing for crowd noise

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Inside the stadium, the Super Bowl is usually one of the quietest NFL games of the year. Neither team has all its home fans in the stands, and the folks who can afford tickets tend to be more the suit-and-tie crowd and less the “support your team” face-painting crowd.

But Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who has been in plenty of loud games at Lucas Oil Stadium, wants his players to be ready for noise on Super Bowl Sunday. And so the Patriots, who haven’t played in a dome all season, blasted loud music during their Wednesday practice at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center.

“We can make it loud enough so that [the players] can’t hear,” Belichick told AFC pool reporter Alex Marvez. “As long as they can’t hear, you have to do silent communications whether it’s on defense with hand signals or offense with tapping the center [for the snap] and all that.”

The Patriots practiced for two and a half hours on Wednesday, and Belichick seemed pleased.

“We had our moments – some good ones and some things we’ve got to work on,” Belichick said. “They’re trying. They’re working hard. We’ve got a ways to go, though. We’ve had a little bit of extra time to prepare so we hit all the areas. I thought we had good tempo and good timing. We’ll back down a little bit the next couple of days.”

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13 Responses to “Patriots preparing for crowd noise”
  1. coyotecane says: Feb 2, 2012 7:54 AM

    Bum Phillips had a quote about Shula along the lines of ‘He could take His and beat Yours; Then take yours and beat his.

    I despise Darth Hoodie, but respect him all the same. More often than not, he prepares for everything.

  2. Rockets GM says: Feb 2, 2012 7:56 AM

    Let me guess… someone made a “The Colts are pumping in crowd noise” claim again. LOL. Of course, that all stopped when they moved out of the RCA dome, which was the smallest inclosed NFL venue, with the lowest roof, and crowd right on top of the field, so ignore the science of sound and make conspiracy claims. LOL

  3. sj39 says: Feb 2, 2012 8:04 AM

    They were hoping the Giants would hear about it and do the same at their practice so the Pats could sneak a camera man in there to tape the defenses hand signals.

  4. capesquad says: Feb 2, 2012 8:18 AM

    If the Patriots lose this game, it won’t be for lack of preparation. Both these teams will be ready to go, that’s what makes the matchup so appealing.

  5. allsportsnyfan says: Feb 2, 2012 8:20 AM

    Home away from home advantage. G-men 27-Puts 17. Go Blue.

  6. kya_tropic_fan says: Feb 2, 2012 8:37 AM

    “And so the Patriots, who haven’t played in a dome all season, blasted loud music during their Wednesday practice at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center.”

    Doesnt that go to show just how good a season Tom Brady had. All the MVP talk is about Rodgers, all of the Offensive Player of the Year talk is about Brees because he broke Marino’s yards record. But Brees played 8 home games in a dome, he played the Falcons and Rams in a dome, and that is just off the top of my head… Not that Brees’ stats arent impressive, they certainly are, but I have to wonder how good Brady would be if he played 75% of his games inside, instead of playing 100% of his games outside

  7. fin72 says: Feb 2, 2012 8:41 AM

    …and the folks who can afford tickets tend to be more the suit-and-tie crowd and less the “support your team” face-painting crowd.
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    Thank god for that… Maybe I should got to the game for that reason alone so I don’t have to be surrounded by drunken, hostile, vulgar losers like at any other NFL game these days. People like Goodell alk about the need to get more fans in the stands these days and make the in-game experience as good as the at-home experience… You can start by cracking down on all the abusive morons who make going to an NFL the game as un-family friendly as you can get.

  8. tedmurph says: Feb 2, 2012 8:52 AM

    sj39 says:Feb 2, 2012 8:04 AM

    They were hoping the Giants would hear about it and do the same at their practice so the Pats could sneak a camera man in there to tape the defenses hand signals
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    Oh, it’s you again. With the same tired, lame, uninteresting post. Yawn.

  9. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Feb 2, 2012 8:53 AM

    Sounds like Brady is going to be so ready that he could go blindfolded.

  10. infectorman says: Feb 2, 2012 8:56 AM

    says: Feb 2, 2012 8:04 AM

    They were hoping the Giants would hear about it and do the same at their practice so the Pats could sneak a camera man in there to tape the defenses hand signals.
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    TooL. Still crying about the chick who dumped your sorry ass in 1997? Here’s an idea: Grow up

  11. BlackandGoldMNBruinsFan says: Feb 2, 2012 8:56 AM

    For once, the tables will be turned on Bill Belicheat. Everyone knows (especially fans of AFC South teams) that the Colts are notorious for piping in crowd noise…and with your venue on the biggest stage in the world, don’t you want your place to look and sound amazing?

  12. august1969 says: Feb 2, 2012 9:06 AM

    allsportsnyfan says:
    Feb 2, 2012 8:20 AM
    Home away from home advantage. G-men 27-Puts 17. Go Blue.

    Giants home away from home is Indy? In a new stadium? Have they ever even player there?

    Tool.

  13. steelersmichele says: Feb 2, 2012 9:16 AM

    the super bowl is not really attended by football fans. for as much as goodell says he thinks and cares about the fans, the most important game of the year isn’t attended by the people.that make the game so popular. I think I would rather see the face-painted people in the crowd rather than rich movie-tv-music stars that don’t spend their Sundays watching the games like all of us that post here.

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