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Belichick likes Thursday games, would gladly take more than one

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Count Patriots coach Bill Belichick as a firm supporter of Thursday Night Football.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft said this week that Belichick “likes the Thursday night games and would be happy to have more than one in a season.”

The NFL tries to schedule each team on Thursday once but not give any team two Thursday games unless one of those Thursdays is Thanksgiving or the traditional Week One opener hosted by the Super Bowl champion. The idea behind giving each team only one Thursday game is that it makes the schedule more fair, so no team gets an abundance of short weeks to prepare for Thursday games, or long weeks to prepare for Sunday games following Thursday games.

Belichick, however, may feel that he does a better job preparing his team than other coaches during shorter or longer weeks, which means Thursday night games are advantageous to the Patriots. Unfortunately for Belichick, the Patriots only get one Thursday game this year.

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  1. hakunamangata says: Jul 18, 2014 10:13 AM

    You know it’s bad when Belichick likes something.

  2. northlandwi says: Jul 18, 2014 10:14 AM

    It is definitely easier when you have spy film on every team.

  3. schmitty2 says: Jul 18, 2014 10:14 AM

    The only person that would be happer than Belicheck if that happened would be the new Thurs nite announcer Jim Nantz. He might be the biggest Pats homer there is.

  4. hakunamangata says: Jul 18, 2014 10:14 AM

    Also how long did it take you to find a photo of him smiling?

    I thought pictures of him smiling were locked away in the same room as the lost ark.

  5. tahnoonzee says: Jul 18, 2014 10:15 AM

    he likes the attention.

  6. ytownjoe says: Jul 18, 2014 10:19 AM

    I want to hear Belichick say that. Or does Kraft foresee more dollars coming his way with more week night games?

    I don’t know many season ticket holders asking for Thursday night games. Most of them have to get up on Friday morning and go to work.

  7. sb44champs says: Jul 18, 2014 10:19 AM

    Belichick likes Thursday games, would gladly take more than one
    =======================
    I guess trying to get into Goodell’s pocket leads to better calls during games…

  8. murphintampa says: Jul 18, 2014 10:20 AM

    Reverse psychology.

  9. scoops1 says: Jul 18, 2014 10:21 AM

    Belichick likes Thursday games…Kraft Likes the idea of a London Franchise

    London Patriots play 4 thurs nite games in 2016

  10. justinstuckrule says: Jul 18, 2014 10:25 AM

    It’s too bad my Giants were never able to convince Belichick to come coach the team and run the front office. The organization hasn’t been the same without him. Imagine what Belichick would have been able to do with Tiki Barber as one of his offensive weapons.

  11. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 18, 2014 10:26 AM

    again, who cares what BB or Kraft.. or Roger think…. this is not a good group of people w/ fans or players interest

    I do like Thursday games though

  12. citizenstrange says: Jul 18, 2014 10:28 AM

    Kraft said that? Doesn’t he have to help his gal pal with an audition or something?

  13. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 18, 2014 10:29 AM

    Tom
    Ryan
    E.J.
    Geno
    Maybe Michael

    One of these is not like the others.

    They should have shortened this statement to “we like games.” 17 words with stipulation only waters down their confidence level, it implies they don’t like non-Thursday games as much for some kind of reason, sounds like some kind of fear or trepidation is brewing?

  14. cpitch12 says: Jul 18, 2014 10:30 AM

    say what you want, Im glad hes my coach……..

  15. kpf1981 says: Jul 18, 2014 10:30 AM

    I don’t like Thursday night games for a few reasons. some of these reasons may apply to Sunday and Monday night games, but I like football on those nights.

    1) i don’t think the players get enough recovery time. 2)i live on the east coast; i get up early for work. 3)it makes Thanksgiving football less special. 4)the games are usually not that good; see reason 1. 5)Mike Mayock thinks every player “has got to make that play”. 6)it’s on a cable channel that often requires an extra package from your cable company 7)cut’s into crappy network television i might want to watch. 8)Bill likes it so i automatically don’t.

    You know what i wouldn’t mind though? 1 more week of football. extend regular season by 1 more week. give each team 2 byes. every team has a bye prior to their Thursday night football game so the players get plenty of time to rest before that game. the league gets to say they did it for “player safety”.

  16. ampats says: Jul 18, 2014 10:31 AM

    Hopefully the Patriots open the 2015 season at home on Thursday Night.

  17. rahavort says: Jul 18, 2014 10:34 AM

    They could be the London Patriots
    They could play 4 thursday night games
    They would still beat your team in all 4

  18. restorativejusticeprogram says: Jul 18, 2014 10:35 AM

    ONLY have Thursday games AFTER a bye-week. Why is this so hard for the NFL to implement?

  19. TheVet700level says: Jul 18, 2014 10:44 AM

    A company man toting the company line? Who knew, management would side with management?

  20. upperdecker19 says: Jul 18, 2014 10:44 AM

    Did he actually say this? Or was it in the transcripts of the 33 pages of texts to Aaron H?

  21. crubenst says: Jul 18, 2014 10:47 AM

    Classic Belichek. Everyone has the same advantages/disadvantages when the 2 teams play thursday. The best and brightest coaches will adapt the quickest and exploit the advantages/disadvantages. As an Eagles fan, I’m sure Chip Kelly will thrive on thursday nights as well.

  22. jayhawk6 says: Jul 18, 2014 10:47 AM

    Who Photoshopped that picture of Belichick smiling?

  23. pastabelly101 says: Jul 18, 2014 10:52 AM

    All those who pretend to know Belichick and say he is some sort of company man should know he is always one to think outside the box, always ready to shake things up and the only thing he hates more than the Jets is their ex employee Roger Goodell!

  24. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 18, 2014 10:54 AM

    I thought pictures of him smiling were locked away in the same room as the lost ar

    They are locked in the same room as the raven trivia …. You know the white suit and the elevator video.

    Hate Bill all you want he is a great coach.

  25. gayforbrady says: Jul 18, 2014 11:06 AM

    Bill cheated and won 3 super bowls.

    I like a coach that does what ever is necessary to win.

  26. whatjusthapped says: Jul 18, 2014 11:08 AM

    Other things Bill Belichick likes:

    1> When the NFL front office will cover up for you by destroying the video tapes.
    2> Being in the same division with the weak sisters, jets, dolphins and bills.
    3> 3 tainted Lombardi’s on his resume

  27. rex1979 says: Jul 18, 2014 11:09 AM

    10 years since the last SB.

  28. denverdude7 says: Jul 18, 2014 11:09 AM

    Belichick also likes colonoscopies.

  29. flaccodelic says: Jul 18, 2014 11:12 AM

    Right, but Belichick is evil.

    Ergo, Thursday night games are Satan’s handiwork.

  30. crush22 says: Jul 18, 2014 11:17 AM

    Why not? You can cheat just as much on a Thursday as you can a Sunday.

  31. uwsptke says: Jul 18, 2014 11:18 AM

    I think it would help the teams out tremendously if the TNF matchups were primarily division rivalries, especially late in the season. Both teams are already familiar with each other and rivalry weeks typically reduce the “install” portion of the playbook for those teams.

  32. dickshotdogs says: Jul 18, 2014 11:20 AM

    It’s “toeing” the company line.

  33. thewisemanowns says: Jul 18, 2014 11:22 AM

    Too bad the New England Cheaters only were able to cheat for 3 SBs, not earn 5 (six in 2015) like the Dallas Cowboys!

    #CowboysDynasty
    #TonyRomo4MVP
    #BradyCheated

  34. weepingjebus says: Jul 18, 2014 11:23 AM

    The Butt Fumble game was a Thursday nighter. You’re welcome.

  35. Marshawn Lunch says: Jul 18, 2014 11:24 AM

    The price of being successful in the previous season.. Seahawks start off the season on a Thursday and play the 49ers on a Thursday (Thanksgiving).

    Ain’t no thang.

  36. udontknowjaq says: Jul 18, 2014 11:30 AM

    I cant understand why anyone who loves football complains about a Thursday night game.. The players get paid millions of dollars. Injuries happen, that means next millionaire up. They get a long rest afterwards, like 10 days. They are there to entertain me, I pay for NFL merchandise & a fat cable bill. The owners & players negotiated this in the CBA, they split the money almost in half. Get out there & play.

  37. Patskrieg dot com says: Jul 18, 2014 11:34 AM

    Ugh. Thursday night games. If you don’t have NFL Network and live in the Boston area, going to a bar to watch the game is absolute torture.

  38. boomnutz says: Jul 18, 2014 11:41 AM

    Pats will be opening on a Thursday night in 2015. That’s a guarantee.

  39. dickshotdogs says: Jul 18, 2014 11:42 AM

    To all my fellow Patriot fans, aren’t these comments awesome!? These guys are soooo incredibly jealous of us. They’re going to spend the rest of their day just livid with the fact that we’ve got it so much better than them, and knowing that if The Patriots are on their schedule, they’re already 0-1. I wonder what it’s like to be angry for more than a decade? Ouch.

  40. billsbackto81 says: Jul 18, 2014 11:49 AM

    He like TNF because the NFL usually schedules a team that has played that Sunday and has to travel to Foxboro on short rest.

    If it’s a Top 10 team, same scenario, only difference is NE would be coming off their bye week.

  41. jvw1982 says: Jul 18, 2014 11:51 AM

    justinstuckrule says:
    Jul 18, 2014 10:25 AM
    It’s too bad my Giants were never able to convince Belichick to come coach the team and run the front office. The organization hasn’t been the same without him. Imagine what Belichick would have been able to do with Tiki Barber as one of his offensive weapons.

    Huh? Didn’t the Giants beat Belichick twice in the Super Bowl……what is wrong with you?

  42. johnodocks says: Jul 18, 2014 11:52 AM

    Maybe the press should go to Kraft instead of Belichick when they want the real dope on Patriots’ injuries.

  43. johnodocks says: Jul 18, 2014 11:57 AM

    The reason a lot of football fans don’t like it is because they’re watching a watered down product. Players cannot get as fully prepared physically, mentally, and strategically as they can when they have a full week.

  44. wwwmattcom says: Jul 18, 2014 11:59 AM

    The NFL always finds a way to get the patriots extended rest and screw over the Bills.

  45. crindal3000 says: Jul 18, 2014 12:01 PM

    BB doesn’t cheap anymore or less than your team does he just got caught.

  46. footballfan58 says: Jul 18, 2014 12:10 PM

    I just love the “evil hoodie”!! Always in people’s heads! LOL!

  47. lanman11 says: Jul 18, 2014 12:14 PM

    No team provides more great prime time games than the Patriots. I’m sure the league would love to give them more than one. Nobody likes having to play on 4 days rest, and if any other team had two Thursday night games the weeping and gnashing of teeth would be unbearable. However, if the Patriots ever got two Thursday night games, the howls of cheating would be deafening. Go figure.

    I wonder how Denver and Peyton Manning would react to two Thursday night games? I guess it would depend on who the league scheduled to play them after that, and if they were home or road games. Remember Peyton whining last year before the Philly game that Philly had 10 days to prepare for them, and how that was a little unfair? It was like he was laying the pre-game excuses in case he had a bad game. Heck, that game was in Denver, not Philly. The worst part of this was he was completely discounting that Denver had just opened the season against the Ravens on a Thursday night and then had 10 days to prepare for the Giants. We didn’t hear Mega Head complaining about that now did we? It was OK for him to have the advantage, but when it came time to even things up he complained about it. Par for the course.

    Say whatever drivel you want about the Patriots, but they always Man Up, and that is really the biggest problem most people have with them.

  48. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jul 18, 2014 12:20 PM

    If I were coaching/running/playing for a team — I would like Thursday games too. You play the Thursday game on equal footing with your opponent, and then, you have the advantage of 10 days rest against your next opponent.

    Total no-brainer.

  49. isphet71 says: Jul 18, 2014 12:24 PM

    A real warrior doesn’t care what time or what place. They are ready. There is no whining in football.

    “Waaaah Thursday night doesn’t give us enough time to clean the sand out of our…” you get the point. I’m glad BB gets it, at least.

  50. dalcow4 says: Jul 18, 2014 12:38 PM

    That’s because the league gives him home games on those Thursday night games. On Sunday night games, Monday night games, and Thursday night games the league makes sure the Pats are at home 75% of the time.

  51. patriots123456 says: Jul 18, 2014 12:41 PM

    I love reading all that “stored up venom” against the Patriots…

    Tells me just how desperate some of the fans are for a winning team…

    Boo Hoo

  52. hakunamangata says: Jul 18, 2014 12:51 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 18, 2014 10:54 AM

    I thought pictures of him smiling were locked away in the same room as the lost ar

    They are locked in the same room as the raven trivia …. You know the white suit and the elevator video.

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh same place as the Roethlisberger police reports and settlements with three different women. Or maybe the Superbowl MVP trophy to Bill Leavy and his crew for SB 40? Or was it where the Steelers kept all those small school player films of the 70s like Stallworth when they didn’t return them?

    That room?

  53. jaygatsbytheoneandonly says: Jul 18, 2014 1:05 PM

    All of his Thursday Night games have been at home, of course he likes it. Advantage goes to home team on a short week to prepare.

  54. swagger52 says: Jul 18, 2014 1:26 PM

    All of Patriots Thursday night games have been at home, or they follow a bye week.

    It is just like the Patriots with Playoff games.

    Is it any wonder the Patriots like Thursday games?

    They also like Playoff Home games, which the league schedulers also go out of the way for the Patriots.

    Remember..Different Rules

    Signed, Terrell Suggs

  55. swagger52 says: Jul 18, 2014 1:27 PM

    Notice that Bellichek did not same he also liked London games.

    Why is that? Why have the Patriots not had London games? Because every team that plays those loses, and the Patriots would have to play away.

    Bill is acting interested in Thursday night games, to avoid playing in London.

  56. tigerlilac says: Jul 18, 2014 1:39 PM

    How many of you read every thread about a team other than the one you root for as a fan? I know I don’t follow any other team other than the Patriots closely but will read a particular post about a topic of interest to me. For some reason, the Patriots have a cadre of haters that read every PFT article on the team and basically state the same comment on virtually every thread. How is this not tedious for the reader, PFT, and even themselves?

  57. tedmurph says: Jul 18, 2014 2:02 PM

    Since the NFL started playing in London, the Pats have played there twice. That ties them with the 49ers for for the most. Pats won huge in both games. Love the haters and their dazzling array of facts. Most of these posts come from a handful of guys and a lot of them come from the same guy with his dizzying array of screen names. Whatever floats your boat. Everyone needs a hobby, I guess.

  58. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 18, 2014 2:06 PM

    Lol no the Pats Thursday night games are all home games. They’ve also played multiple games in London.

    But please, keep making things up about the mean ol’ Pats since it somehow seems to give a bunch of you thrills.

  59. gofor2with3pointlead says: Jul 18, 2014 2:16 PM

    People don’t like the Patriots because until Brady won his first Superbowl there weren’t any Patriot fans, even in N.E.

  60. gofor2with3pointlead says: Jul 18, 2014 2:16 PM

    And that isn’t a smile on Belichek’s face, he’s got gas.

  61. gisellichek says: Jul 18, 2014 2:22 PM

    I hate Thursday games… Combine Foxboro game traffic with Boston rush hour … getting to Foxboro is a nightmare… so play them on the road…

  62. melikefootball says: Jul 18, 2014 2:24 PM

    Well when Gödel gets wind of this NE will only play on Thursday.

  63. tedmurph says: Jul 18, 2014 2:31 PM

    People don’t like the Patriots because until Brady won his first Superbowl there weren’t any Patriot fans, even in N.E.

    There are 60,000 people on the season ticket waiting list and have been since 1994. Top 5 in the league. That’s 6 yrs before Brady was drafted, but 2 yrs before Parcells took them to the Super Bowl. Another genius rockin’ the facts.

  64. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 18, 2014 2:37 PM

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh same place as the Roethlisberger police reports and settlements with three different women. Or maybe the Superbowl MVP trophy to Bill Leavy and his crew for SB 40? Or was it where the Steelers kept all those small school player films of the 70s like Stallworth when they didn’t return them?

    That room?

    Don’t worry your thin skin will heal. It’s called maturity…. It just takes raven fans longer. They like to dish it but can’t take it!

  65. gofor2with3pointlead says: Jul 18, 2014 2:44 PM

    Well there’s that famous N.E. dry sense of humor.

  66. gofor2with3pointlead says: Jul 18, 2014 2:52 PM

    Were you trying to suggest that Patriots fans are somehow clairvoyant because they sold out season tickets “6 yrs before Brady was drafted, but 2 yrs before Parcells took them to the Super Bowl”? I’ve had socks longer than that.

  67. tedmurph says: Jul 18, 2014 3:00 PM

    People don’t like the Patriots because until Brady won his first Superbowl there weren’t any Patriot fans, even in N.E.

    Merely pointed out the validity, or lack thereof, of that statement.

  68. tedmurph says: Jul 18, 2014 3:01 PM

    I think what you said about your socks was the only factual part.

  69. Reynolds says: Jul 18, 2014 3:10 PM

    “I don’t know many season ticket holders asking for Thursday night games. Most of them have to get up on Friday morning and go to work.”
    _______
    That’s like saying SNF games are bad because they have to get up on Monday morning….same thing.

  70. gofor2with3pointlead says: Jul 18, 2014 3:13 PM

    Before Belichick arrived, the Patriots had only notched consecutive playoff appearances twice in their entire history. They still hold the dubious honor of the second worst defeat in a Superbowl 46-10 to the Bears in 1986 and they did play in one AFL championship game, following the 1963 season. They lost to the San Diego Chargers 51–10. And Tom Brady will be 37 before the season starts. I believe they call those facts.

  71. gofor2with3pointlead says: Jul 18, 2014 3:29 PM

    That’s odd that you’d point out that the only factual part of my comment was about my socks when I quoted you murph.

  72. tedmurph says: Jul 18, 2014 3:31 PM

    The Pats had their ups and downs but went to 2 SBowls between the merger and Brady/Belichick era. Better than most teams. But, what’s your point? If it’s to randomly change the subject when you’re proven wrong, I guess I get it. Not really connecting the dots between the Pats had no fans beforer Brady, the 1963 AFL Championship game, getting blown out by the Bears and Brady’s age. Free association day @PFT? If you want to recap the Pats history, don’t leave out they’ve been the greastest franchise in the NFL and maybe all sports(with the possible exception of the Spurs) for the last 13 yrs.

  73. whywerule says: Jul 18, 2014 3:47 PM

    swagger52 says:
    Jul 18, 2014 1:27 PM
    Notice that Bellichek did not same he also liked London games.

    Why is that? Why have the Patriots not had London games? Because every team that plays those loses, and the Patriots would have to play away….

    The Belichick coached Patriots played the Rams in London in 2012. The Patriots were one of 28 teams that did not play in London last season.

    Does that mean all of those 28 teams had an unfair advantage?

  74. gofor2with3pointlead says: Jul 18, 2014 3:48 PM

    Tell us how the greatest franchise in the NFL blows one of the most important games in history of the league to a 12 point underdog in Super Bowl XLII.

  75. jnbnet says: Jul 18, 2014 3:52 PM

    Reynolds says:
    Jul 18, 2014 3:10 PM
    “I don’t know many season ticket holders asking for Thursday night games. Most of them have to get up on Friday morning and go to work.”
    _______
    That’s like saying SNF games are bad because they have to get up on Monday morning….same thing.

    – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - -
    When the Patriots were real bad….I used to wish for a Monday night game……Then when I got seasons tickets, I wanted all the game to be a 1:00. Now that I am older and no longer able to easily go to games, I wish they were all at 4:00 .PM

  76. gofor2with3pointlead says: Jul 18, 2014 3:56 PM

    I’ve heard a rumor about some trial date being set too. Perhaps that verdict will have a tendency to tarnish the reputation of a franchise don’t you think?

  77. tedmurph says: Jul 18, 2014 4:01 PM

    Are you talking about the Colts, Packers, Rams or Pats? If your talking about the Pats, I guess is just tough to go 19-0, since nobody’s ever done it. Maybe it was payback for beating the Rams as 14 pt underdogs in 2001.

  78. tedmurph says: Jul 18, 2014 4:09 PM

    No, I don’t think it tarnishes the reputation of the Patriots. Anymore than Rae Curruth reflects on the Panthers.

  79. gsyl says: Jul 18, 2014 4:10 PM

    Thurs games against divisional opponents would be the most practical since these teams already know each other and don’t need all the prep time.

  80. irishlad19 says: Jul 18, 2014 4:14 PM

    Lot of silly anti-Pats comments here.
    Envy is hard to outgrow.

  81. gofor2with3pointlead says: Jul 18, 2014 4:42 PM

    I was joking when I said the Patriots didn’t have any fans before Brady won his first Super Bowl. I actually knew one, but Philbilly always was a half a bubble off of level.

  82. TheWizard says: Jul 18, 2014 5:00 PM

    Tell us how the greatest franchise in the NFL blows one of the most important games in history of the league to a 12 point underdog in Super Bowl XLII

    The Giants played their asses off. It happens. When you play in a lot of big games, you’re not going to win them all. And the Pats play in a LOT of big games.

  83. gofor2with3pointlead says: Jul 18, 2014 5:27 PM

    Thanks for clearing that up Wiz. I wasn’t aware there were so many Patriots apologists.

  84. tedmurph says: Jul 18, 2014 6:02 PM

    I wasn’t aware there were so many Patriots apologists.

    There weren’t any before Brady came along.

  85. lanman11 says: Jul 18, 2014 7:06 PM

    gofor2with3pointlead says:
    Jul 18, 2014 2:16 PM
    People don’t like the Patriots because until Brady won his first Superbowl there weren’t any Patriot fans, even in N.E.

    Yes there were. I was there. I saw it with my own eyes. I was there when they got robbed in the game versus the Raiders in 77. That Pats team was the best team (ever) to never go to the Super Bowl. I was there in 1982 when the Pats were banned from MNF because their fans were too rowdy in the last MNF game versus the Cowboys. I was there when they tore down and carried the goal posts out to Rt 1 after beating Cincinnati and earning a playoff birth in 1985, and a bunch of guys got electrocuted (burnt hands) when the posts hit a power line LOL. I was there with 20,000 other Pats fans, on the road in Miami when they won the AFC Championship in the last NFL game in the Orange Bowl, and I was there in New Orleans for the disappointment against the Bears. I was there in Arizona in 1999 when 17,000 Pats fans descended on Sun Devil Stadium for an early winter break, 3000 miles from home, versus the Cardinals and my west coast relatives were amazed at the crowd. I was there for all of that and I have been there ever since. All that time, I was never alone. You say they had no fans because you never saw them on TV. We didn’t have the best team. We knew that. But we had us some good times…. and it’s why we all appreciate Kraft, Belichick, and Brady so much.

  86. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 18, 2014 8:11 PM

    No, I don’t think it tarnishes the reputation of the Patriots. Anymore than Rae Curruth reflects on the Panthers.

    Give it a rest Ted. After all you are the guy who was keeping track of my posts on a Steeler thread. Oh wait..it’s do as I say and I know the rest…hypocrite much Ted?

  87. gofor2with3pointlead says: Jul 19, 2014 12:02 AM

    Again, it was a lighthearted joke, and that’s why the Patriots are practically, universally loathed. Their fans are pretentious snobs who developed their sense of humor in a car accident.

  88. tedmurph says: Jul 19, 2014 8:24 AM

    Google the definition of hypocrite. You obviously have no idea what it means.

    Work on your sense of humor Pats fans. After all, it’s ‘wicked’ important other fans like you. Pats are hated by a small percentage of fans, all out of jealousy.

    If you want to make lighthearted jokes, here’s an idea: bring something remotely funny to the table.

  89. radar8 says: Jul 19, 2014 10:30 AM

    Fine. Then let Belichick and the Patriots play every Thursday. It’ll be easy to skip those games.

  90. gofor2with3pointlead says: Jul 21, 2014 12:29 AM

    Pathetic really, that at least four rebuttal comments have been deleted. Must be a Patriots fan that doesn’t care for verifiable facts that are, meh.

  91. gofor2with3pointlead says: Jul 21, 2014 12:32 AM

    I hope that’s auto correct.

  92. penthousepauper1960 says: Jul 21, 2014 9:28 PM

    Mine was removed yesterday.

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