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Howie Long: Son Chris left money on table to sign with Patriots

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - NOVEMBER 24:  Defensive end Chris Long #91 of the Virginia Cavaliers stands with his father and Pro Football Hall of Famer Howie Long before Chris' jersey retirement during pregame of their matchup against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Scott Stadium on November 24, 2007 in Charlottesville, Virginia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Getty Images

Howie Long never had a chance to play for his hometown team, but now that his son has signed with the Patriots, the Hall of Famer thinks it’s a perfect fit.

Howie went onto a long career with the Raiders and a berth in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but admits a certain thrill that his son Chris signed with the Patriots this offseason.

“It’s taken a lot longer than maybe I would have thought, but a Long in a Patriots uniform would look pretty good,” the elder Long said, via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. “I’ve always felt like, in my mind, the way they play, prepare, and go about their business on a day-in, day-out basis, that Chris is a Patriots-type player.

“I think it’s a good marriage, I really do. It’s an exciting opportunity for Chris.”

Chris is 30, coming off injuries, and has spent a career playing for a franchise that hasn’t made an impact in the postseason. So the possibility of linking up with a coach such as Bill Belichick was something he couldn’t ignore, signing a one-year, $2.35 million deal.

“I know he could have gotten more money in other places,” Howie said of his son. “He probably would have been slotted right off the bat, but you go there for less money and you go there knowing you have to earn everything you get, and he’s excited about that opportunity with that one goal in mind — having the opportunity to be there at the end and playing relevant games and having a shot at a championship.

“As a former player, those are the games that mean something and for me, being part of a world championship team is special and something you never forget. …He hasn’t played in meaningful games [at the end of the year].”

Chris ought to have that chance this year, escaping a team that seems to strive for 8-8 for one that’s in the mix for a title practically every year.

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  1. motleytrap says: Mar 28, 2016 7:16 AM

    He can afford too, yeah? $56 million contract as a rookie and $50 million extension a few years later. Over half guaranteed.

  2. philvil41 says: Mar 28, 2016 7:18 AM

    I love the Long family, especially Howie. It’s too bad that Chris signed with NE, because ironically he would have had a better chance at winning big if he signed with the Raiders. Mark my words , the Raiders will overtake NE starting in 2016. Chris winning with Oakland would have been really special.

  3. realpatsfan says: Mar 28, 2016 7:27 AM

    Love this… I hope he will make everyone proud, especially Dad.
    Go Chris.

  4. manderson4150 says: Mar 28, 2016 7:29 AM

    Thanks daddy for letting people know….

  5. hawk944 says: Mar 28, 2016 7:35 AM

    Milford High says HI Howie! You were great here.

  6. pwellz says: Mar 28, 2016 7:39 AM

    How long before this somehow turns into “Chris Long gets money under the table to sign with Patriots?”

  7. araidersfan says: Mar 28, 2016 7:50 AM

    Howie Long is a member of the media and loves his son so of course he’s going to go out of his way to praise the Pats. But it’s still a bit surprising considering the unprovoked insults that Patrick Sullivan hurled at him after the 1985 Raider-Patriot playoff game (which resulted in Matt Millen punching Billy’s son in the face).

  8. mazenblue says: Mar 28, 2016 8:01 AM

    Thx dad, but dont embarrass me. I didnt leave money on the table so you can build my character. I did it for me. Thx tho, im not a little boy anymore

  9. dg0122 says: Mar 28, 2016 8:04 AM

    Fisher to Belichick is about as big of an upgrade as you can get

  10. 4rings4brady says: Mar 28, 2016 8:07 AM

    I’m hoping this turns out to be another Rodney Harrison type signing for the Patriots. C.Long could be a nice fill in for Chandler Jones. If it does work out, I am hoping a 3-4 year, $24-$32 million dollar contract will keep him in New England.

  11. boobsanders says: Mar 28, 2016 8:10 AM

    Chris is set financially after robbing the Rams the past few years. He can afford to take a paycut now.

  12. infectorman says: Mar 28, 2016 8:14 AM

    Good to see him here.
    He should fit right in on the last modern NFL Dynasty remaining in the free agency era.

  13. davebarnes21 says: Mar 28, 2016 8:16 AM

    of course he did – He is a winner!

    going to the GREATEST franchise the league has ever seen!

  14. savethenflfirerogergoodell says: Mar 28, 2016 8:18 AM

    Long and the Patriots. Perfect. Winners with winners

  15. cdace13 says: Mar 28, 2016 8:19 AM

    And we’ll take him!! A hungry veteran is a productive veteran. And BB will make sure he’s properly utilized without over taxing him.

  16. themiamidolphins says: Mar 28, 2016 8:23 AM

    It’s refreshing to hear one of the retired players actually praise the Pats greatness rather than the (jealous) players who cry cheating. Chris Long made a wise choice signing with the Patriots.

  17. dickshotdogs says: Mar 28, 2016 8:23 AM

    Welcome aboard, Chris. We’re glad to have you.

  18. dittoheadadt says: Mar 28, 2016 8:32 AM

    Can you update the story to tell us where Howie’s from? If the Patriots are his “hometown” team that could mean just about anything from Bridgeport to Bangor to Burlington, and all points in-between. Thanks in advance.

    (I was a BC freshman in 1979, when Villanova came to the Heights to play us, and the student section rode Howie mercilessly with a “Howwweeeeeeee” taunt (he must’ve been their only “name” players), and the taunt went on so long (no pun intended) and incessantly that it eventually got under his skin and he made an effort (probably feigned) to climb the low fence and come up into the stands after us. It was quite memorable. I’ve liked him ever since.)

  19. blackstrat says: Mar 28, 2016 8:37 AM

    Sorry Howie, I just don’t buy it.
    Teams were not clamoring for your sons services at the going rate for premo players.
    Hope he has success however.

  20. descendency says: Mar 28, 2016 8:39 AM

    Let’s be real here. If he played in Cleveland (no offense meant), he wouldn’t be as big of a story as if he played for someone like Dallas, NE, NY, etc.

    There are big money markets and success helps carry your name into the media, making you worth more in the long run.

    Michael Jordan was a great basketball player, but everyone wants to be like Mike because he won rings. And now “Be like Mike” is basically how he’s worth over $1 billion.

    I’m not saying a ring would make Chris Long into a billionaire. I’m just saying the Patriots make their good players money.

  21. dynaco says: Mar 28, 2016 8:43 AM

    Joe klecko is thinking the same thing.

  22. sb44champs says: Mar 28, 2016 8:47 AM

    Patriots play in the worst division in the AFC… They get to play the lowly Bills, Jets and Phins twice a year which is 6 easy division wins. Come on Bills, Jets and Dolphins. Get y’all acts together and finally give the Patriots a run for their money for once in a lifetime….. Sheesh

  23. dwinsgames says: Mar 28, 2016 8:51 AM

    So Chris has made over $100 mn so far in his career and he is sacrificing a couple of mil for one year so he can have a chance at a Super Bowl with maybe the greatest coach/QB combo ever. On the list of sacrifices made in history, this one must be near the bottom of the list…

  24. pauldeba says: Mar 28, 2016 8:54 AM

    Seemingly in the mix? They’ve been to 5 straight AFC Championship games and were the #1 seed the year prior, and that’s after 3 Super Bowl Championships, an AFC Championship and a 16-0 season the prior 10 years.

    So, 10 AFC Championships and a #1 seed in Brady’s 14 years as a QB. That should be considered “in the mix” every year.

  25. BradyIsTheGCOAT says: Mar 28, 2016 9:11 AM

    Also, you get a nice added bonus of not having to follow the rules, paid off refs at home, and the other teams play calls hanging in your locker before the game starts.

  26. cowboysteve56 says: Mar 28, 2016 9:19 AM

    Haven’t done much of anything sense 2013.Only had 2 double digit sacks in his career.

  27. boltergeist19 says: Mar 28, 2016 9:22 AM

    One comment here, you have to leave $ on the table when you play for the pay toilets. He must think he is getting fitted for a ring. This is no 07 pay toilets team so let’s let them play the games before we start crowning them. The blueprint this there to beat this team as we saw last season. Bull rush that line and make tawmie scramble. The longs are trying to get in with the Mannings. Let me guess they will be playing the Bears in the super bowl, right?

  28. ( . Y . ) says: Mar 28, 2016 9:25 AM

    sb44champs says:
    Mar 28, 2016 8:47 AM

    Patriots play in the worst division in the AFC… They get to play the lowly Bills, Jets and Phins twice a year which is 6 easy division wins. Come on Bills, Jets and Dolphins. Get y’all acts together and finally give the Patriots a run for their money for once in a lifetime….. Sheesh
    =====================

    I will humor you, and lets just say that you are correct, and the AFC East is terrible. And that terrible division gives the Patriots a cake walk into the playoffs. They still have to beat the elite teams to win championships. So does it really matter how bad the division is? This argument is beyond stupid. When the Patriots beat the Seahawks in the SB, did the AFC East have anything to do with that? Would you rather your team sneak into the playoffs as a wild card because they play in a tough division, and then lose in the first round? Or would you prefer your team get into the playoffs and win championships? I don’t see the Seahawks fans thumping their chest that they won 1 ring, and that’s ok, but the real accomplishment is being a part of the best division in football for 3 years… Give me a break

  29. plum54 says: Mar 28, 2016 9:28 AM

    No, the worst division is the Division the Colts play in !! The AFC South, the home of Houston, Tennessee , Jacksonville, & the team that started Framgate.

  30. drocity says: Mar 28, 2016 9:32 AM

    dittoheadadt says:
    Mar 28, 2016 8:32 AM
    Can you update the story to tell us where Howie’s from? If the Patriots are his “hometown” team that could mean just about anything from Bridgeport to Bangor to Burlington, and all points in-between. Thanks in advance.

    =======================================

    I believe Howie was originally from Charlestown, MA just outside of Boston. But he went to HS at Milford High in Milford, MA about 35 miles West of Boston, while living with relatives. (Which is only about 15 minutes from Foxboro.) I live in Milford and like Howie for the most part but think it would be nice if he came back to Milford every once in a while, but he doesn’t seem to have any strong ties to the community. It actually surprises me that he would call the Pat’s his “hometown” team, since he only comes to MA when he is scheduled to broadcast games here, which is very rare since he is usually on set.

  31. drocity says: Mar 28, 2016 9:33 AM

    *Could be wrong about Charlestown, but it was somewhere close to Boston. Summerville maybe?

  32. nhpats says: Mar 28, 2016 9:35 AM

    b44champs says:
    Mar 28, 2016 8:47 AM

    Patriots play in the worst division in the AFC…
    ————

    The AFC South begs to differ…..

  33. witchrunner says: Mar 28, 2016 9:36 AM

    Quite frankly, I’ve thought that far too many players have been all about the biggest pay check. Seems they spend the prime of their careers chasing the money and then the tail end of their careers seeking to latch on to a winner. Perhaps giving up a little money for a lot more winning might be better. After all, companies prefer to have winners endorsing their products.

  34. daddeeo says: Mar 28, 2016 9:39 AM

    HOW BAD ARE THE RAMS that they didn’t even have a picture of him in uniform? They had to use a COLLEGE picture for a guy who is 30-yrs old?

  35. magnumpimustache says: Mar 28, 2016 9:40 AM

    I really think the Patriots had the best off season moves so far.

  36. 6ball says: Mar 28, 2016 9:46 AM

    .
    Long also walks into a favorable situation at DE with the Patriots. They already have Ninkovich, Jabaal Sheard and some youngsters. So, Long just has to work his way into an already existing rotation.

    At his age and with his injury background, he’s much better off carving out a role as a specialist. He doesn’t need to be on the field for 70 plays, fighting 6’6″, 320 lb offensive tackles.
    .

  37. ohwicky says: Mar 28, 2016 9:47 AM

    AFC East the worst division? Patriots lost 2 games this year and went 4-2. That’s been their record for many years against the division. Go back and look.

    FACT: New England has a better record over the last 15 years against the rest of the NFL than it has against the AFC East.

  38. sb44champs says: Mar 28, 2016 9:49 AM

    does it really matter how bad the division is?
    ======================
    It matters because WHEN the Patriots win the division every year because of horrible division opponenets they get a little something called HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE and 1st round bye weeks. To say how bad the division is doesn’t matter is laughable…………

  39. chuckshontaspads says: Mar 28, 2016 9:58 AM

    Charlestown is part of Boston and is where the Battle of Bunker Hill took place in 1775

  40. tedmurph says: Mar 28, 2016 10:05 AM

    Remember in 2014 Carolina won the NFC South with an 8-7-1 record? And in 2015 only one team had a winning record? Awesome nowlege(sic) by the A’ints fan.

    To the guy that asked earlier, HLong grew up in Charlestown.

  41. tedmurph says: Mar 28, 2016 10:06 AM

    Sorry, that was 7-8-1 division champs.

  42. paulrevereshorse1775 says: Mar 28, 2016 10:08 AM

    sb44champs says:
    Mar 28, 2016 8:47 AM

    Patriots play in the worst division in the AFC… They get to play the lowly Bills, Jets and Phins twice a year which is 6 easy division wins. Come on Bills, Jets and Dolphins. Get y’all acts together and finally give the Patriots a run for their money for once in a lifetime….. Sheesh

    —————-

    Got any data to back up that claim? Last week someone, whom I presumed to be a Ravens fan based on their handle, made the same type of statement. Here was my response:


    I’ll go out on a limb and guess you’re a Ravens fan, so lets do a East/North divisional comparison. In the 14 seasons since the division realignment:

    Total Wins In Division: East = 472, North = 458

    Wins in Division, Excluding Division Winner: East =301, North = 299

    Seasons Second Team in Division had Better Record: North = 6, East = 3, Ties = 5

    Losing Seasons: East = 23, North = 21

    Overall, the two divisions have been comparable, with the exception of the total division wins (difference of 14), which are pretty much due to NE, because they won the division 12 of those 14 season, and the two they didn’t win, they had the same record but lost on a tiebreaker.

    The main difference between the divisions is that New England has remained at or near the top for the entire 14 years, with other teams at or near them some of the seasons, while in the North Pitt had 1 losing season, Balt and Cin each had 4, and Cleveland 12.

    Oh and in that 14 year span, Baltimore was 1-5 during the regular season against NE…..do you attribute that to the Jets, Bills and Dolphins too?

    I will agree that over those 14 seasons, there were a few where the other AFC East teams were all bad. But overall, there were some competitive seasons among those other teams. The main difference though is that NE had been consistently winning….an in fact has never had a season worse than 9-7, as compared to the North teams, all of which had at least one losing season.

    So….have you got some data to back up your claim?

  43. mangycougar says: Mar 28, 2016 10:18 AM

    dittoheadadt says:
    Mar 28, 2016 8:32 AM
    Can you update the story to tell us where Howie’s from? If the Patriots are his “hometown” team that could mean just about anything from Bridgeport to Bangor to Burlington, and all points in-between. Thanks in advance.

    =======================================

    “I believe Howie was originally from Charlestown, MA just outside of Boston. But he went to HS at Milford High in Milford, MA about 35 miles West of Boston, while living with relatives. (Which is only about 15 minutes from Foxboro.) I live in Milford and like Howie for the most part but think it would be nice if he came back to Milford every once in a while, but he doesn’t seem to have any strong ties to the community. It actually surprises me that he would call the Pat’s his “hometown” team, since he only comes to MA when he is scheduled to broadcast games here, which is very rare since he is usually on set”.

    Charlestown is a neighborhood of Boston, next to the North End. Howie Long grew up at a time when this neighborhood was pretty bad (unlike today where it has undergone gentrification). He was sent to live in Milford with relatives when he was in high school, as a way to escape the crime and violence.

  44. denverdude7 says: Mar 28, 2016 10:22 AM

    Long may have left money on the table but then he looked under the table and found stacks of cash just like Brady has been doing every time he restructured his contract.

    That TB12 Wellness Center at Gillette Stadium is now charging $50,000 per treatment.

    4TAINTEDRINGS

  45. drocity says: Mar 28, 2016 10:43 AM

    “Charlestown is a neighborhood of Boston, next to the North End. ”

    Not a native but lived in MA for about 20 years now. I guess I was right about the place, but actually did not know it was part of the city of Boston. Interesting…

  46. sb44champs says: Mar 28, 2016 10:45 AM

    So….have you got some data to back up your claim?
    ==========================
    If the Patriots division opponents were better on the field then maybe they could actually get home field advantage and 1st round Bye weeks instead of the Patriots every freaking year…..

  47. paulrevereshorse1775 says: Mar 28, 2016 10:50 AM

    @sb44champs

    or how about this:

    since the divisional realignment in 2002, Patriots record vs:

    AFC East 65-19 (.774)
    Non-division AFC 62-22 (.738)
    NFC 45-11 (.804)
    All non-division games combined 107-33 (.764)

    or, since they have made the AFCCG the last 5 years, versus:

    AFC East 23-7 (.767)
    non-division AFC 25-5 (.833)

  48. realtruthteller100 says: Mar 28, 2016 10:51 AM

    what a gritty family. this is what happens when u sign a coaches son folks. not one of these raw athleticism glory boys.

  49. trina16 says: Mar 28, 2016 10:53 AM

    sb44champs says:
    Mar 28, 2016 8:47 AM
    Patriots play in the worst division in the AFC… They get to play the lowly Bills, Jets and Phins twice a year which is 6 easy division wins. Come on Bills, Jets and Dolphins. Get y’all acts together and finally give the Patriots a run for their money for once in a lifetime….. Sheesh
    —————–

    Have you seen the AFC South? Really seen it? Texans, Jaguars, Titans and Colts??

  50. purpleguy says: Mar 28, 2016 10:54 AM

    Long played with some pretty darn good D-linemen on the Rams and still has had pretty pedestrian numbers. Maybe it was injuries, but I strongly doubt he will come close to approaching the numbers of the guy they traded away. The Pats have plenty to be excited about, but probably not this guy.

  51. sb44champs says: Mar 28, 2016 11:02 AM

    The point is the Patriots play in a very weak division year in and year out with nothing in their way for an easy division win, home field advantage and 1st round Bye weeks….

  52. rrhess1529 says: Mar 28, 2016 11:07 AM

    So you were these teams scratching at the door to sign him???? Just hoping to get a ring before he rides off but not gonna happen…Go Buffalo..

  53. commiecensorshiponpft says: Mar 28, 2016 11:27 AM

    “Howie Long: Son Chris left money on table to sign with Patriots”

    This is the only way they can get most of their players. With most of them being washed up. And given that they pay their top talent under the table. There is no need to do so.

  54. bigbear331313 says: Mar 28, 2016 12:20 PM

    WARNING: The following statement contains PROVEN facts. This may result in trolls’ heads exploding. Don’t read if you wish to stay willfully ignorant…

    paulrevereshorse1775 says:
    Mar 28, 2016 10:50 AM
    @sb44champs

    or how about this:

    since the divisional realignment in 2002, Patriots record vs:

    AFC East 65-19 (.774)
    Non-division AFC 62-22 (.738)
    NFC 45-11 (.804)
    All non-division games combined 107-33 (.764)

    or, since they have made the AFCCG the last 5 years, versus:

    AFC East 23-7 (.767)
    non-division AFC 25-5 (.833)
    _______________________________________

    20+ Years of NFL Dominance!

  55. nflgtcfl says: Mar 28, 2016 12:25 PM

    Charlestown is a neighborhood of Boston, next to the North End. Howie Long grew up at a time when this neighborhood was pretty bad (unlike today where it has undergone gentrification). He was sent to live in Milford with relatives when he was in high school, as a way to escape the crime and violence.

    *************************

    Check out the movie “The Town” Ben Afleck made/acted in (Suprisingly very good). It is based on the reputation of Charlestown as the bank robber capital in decades past.

  56. sb44champs says: Mar 28, 2016 1:14 PM

    20+ Years of NFL Dominance!
    ===========================
    AFC East 65-19 (.774) proves my point….. The Patriots have one of the, if not the easiest roads to the playoffs every single season….

  57. chrisk61 says: Mar 28, 2016 1:59 PM

    chris long has been a non-factor since his HGH overuse caused the side effect/injury curve to intersect with and exceed the performance curve.

    he is a shot football player.

  58. wallabear says: Mar 28, 2016 2:02 PM

    Patriots D isn’t good enough to win another Big Game (i.e., Super Bowl) until they spruce it up. Same on O: Edelman ain’t no Welker.

  59. plum54 says: Mar 28, 2016 2:32 PM

    Wallabear got one thing right, Edelman ,thank goodness ,”ain’t no Welker”( his poor English, not mine!),Edelman doesn’t drop passes in BIG games!!!

  60. redtelephone66 says: Mar 28, 2016 3:51 PM

    He left money on the table. But that’s the Patriots Way…

  61. castlelong1 says: Mar 28, 2016 4:06 PM

    Patriots play in the worst division in the AFC… They get to play the lowly Bills, Jets and Phins twice a year which is 6 easy division wins. Come on Bills, Jets and Dolphins. Get y’all acts together and finally give the Patriots a run for their money for once in a lifetime….. Sheesh
    ______
    Yeah, Texans, Titans, Jaguars is soooooooo rough. (Apologies, I meant Bucs, Falcons, Saints. Pick a division and it has at least creampuff.)

  62. goldcoast1554 says: Mar 28, 2016 4:07 PM

    Everyone hates the Pats right up to the point where they get to play for them.

  63. tigerlilac says: Mar 28, 2016 4:36 PM

    I watch teams like the Jets go to great lengths to hold onto “assets”, talented guys like Wilkerson and not so talented guys like Tebow, that are more about the onwer’s ego than they are about building a winning football team.

    In contrast, the Patriots make roster moves before a contract or roster situation festers. Not only that, they are chess moves with many related transactions (e.g., trade Chandler Jones, get a #2 pick, get a former #1 lick at a position of weakness, fill Jones’ spot with a proven Veteran for short dollars in Long), with no one in the media even aware of the moves are being discussed.

  64. givemethehighgear says: Mar 28, 2016 6:51 PM

    1: Howie Long does not age. 2: If Howie Long showed up at your house to make your woman his, you’d be ok with it.

  65. rex2020 says: Mar 28, 2016 7:24 PM

    Someone has a man crush lol

  66. lanman11 says: Mar 28, 2016 8:19 PM

    He’ll also have a chance to play against his old team next season…

  67. airraid29 says: Mar 28, 2016 8:42 PM

    That whole “easy division” thing is BS. Look at the records of the AFC East vs the AFC. Comparable or better than the rest of the league. Now look at out of Conference record. Same thing, except AFC South and AFC West are worse! Stop parroting the same lies.

  68. commiecensorshiponpft says: Mar 28, 2016 9:25 PM

    trina16 says:.,
    Mar 28, 2016 10:53 AM

    sb44champs says:
    Mar 28, 2016 8:47 AM
    Patriots play in the worst division in the AFC… They get to play the lowly Bills, Jets and Phins twice a year which is 6 easy division wins. Come on Bills, Jets and Dolphins. Get y’all acts together and finally give the Patriots a run for their money for once in a lifetime….. Sheesh
    —————–

    Have you seen the AFC South? Really seen it? Texans, Jaguars, Titans and Colts??
    ..
    Trolls have parroted this garbage far to long. Go to PFR right now and check the stats yourself not some cherry picked stat that is probably wrong anyway. You will see that the pats have only swept the AFCE twice in the last decade one being the 16 win regular season. Most times they only sweep one team from the AFCE.
    AFCE Alliance.

    Oh and in that 14 year span, Baltimore was 1-5 during the regular season against NE
    .
    Oh and the game that mattered most they tore you apart.Week 17
    2009 33-14

  69. commiecensorshiponpft says: Mar 28, 2016 9:26 PM

    trina16 says:.,
    Mar 28, 2016 10:53 AM

    sb44champs says:
    Mar 28, 2016 8:47 AM
    Patriots play in the worst division in the AFC… They get to play the lowly Bills, Jets and Phins twice a year which is 6 easy division wins. Come on Bills, Jets and Dolphins. Get y’all acts together and finally give the Patriots a run for their money for once in a lifetime….. Sheesh
    —————–

    Have you seen the AFC South? Really seen it? Texans, Jaguars, Titans and Colts??
    ..
    Trolls have parroted this garbage far to long. Go to PFR right now and check the stats yourself not some cherry picked stat that is probably wrong anyway. You will see that the pats have only swept the AFCE twice in the last decade one being the 16 win regular season. Most times they only sweep one team from the AFCE.
    AFCE Alliance.

    “Oh and in that 14 year span, Baltimore was 1-5 during the regular season against NE”
    .
    Oh and the game that mattered most they tore you apart.Week 17
    2009 33-14

  70. sportsfan18 says: Mar 28, 2016 10:48 PM

    dittoheadadt says:
    Mar 28, 2016 8:32 AM

    Can you update the story to tell us where Howie’s from? If the Patriots are his “hometown” team that could mean just about anything from Bridgeport to Bangor to Burlington, and all points in-between. Thanks in advance.

    (I was a BC freshman in 1979, when Villanova came to the Heights to play us, and the student section rode Howie mercilessly with a “Howwweeeeeeee” taunt (he must’ve been their only “name” players), and the taunt went on so long (no pun intended) and incessantly that it eventually got under his skin and he made an effort (probably feigned) to climb the low fence and come up into the stands after us. It was quite memorable. I’ve liked him ever since.)
    =================================

    Why ask the author to update for info you want? You’re online obviously.

    Howie was born in Somerville, MA on Jan 6th, 1960.

  71. jcbalance says: Mar 29, 2016 2:00 PM

    sb44champs says:
    Mar 28, 2016 1:14 PM

    AFC East 65-19 (.774) proves my point….. The Patriots have one of the, if not the easiest roads to the playoffs every single season….

    ————

    Except you’re ignoring:
    NFC 45-11 (.804)

    The only thing it proves is that the Pats win a lot, regardless of which division they play against. If they were in the NFC, the stats suggest that they might get home field advantage even more often.

  72. sb44champs says: Mar 30, 2016 8:46 AM

    Nope, their own weak division is the MAIN reason they get home field advantage every year… Oh yeah, and annual cheating of course…….

  73. dreadpirate88 says: Apr 1, 2016 2:58 AM

    sb44champs says:
    Mar 30, 2016 8:46 AM
    Nope, their own weak division is the MAIN reason they get home field advantage every year… Oh yeah, and annual cheating of course…….
    ————————————

    And this, folks, is what we call cognitive dissonance. In the face of overwhelming evidence that the Pats are equally good or better against non-division opponents, this guy and others like him will continue to spew the same easily-debunked tripe.

  74. ikeclanton says: Apr 1, 2016 9:26 AM

    Nope, their own weak division is the MAIN reason they get home field advantage every year… Oh yeah, and annual cheating of course……

    —————-

    I continually feel bad for the dopes that need so much to hang the Patriots success on the “cheating” crutch. It’s so laughable now that they just look foolish.

    If you desperately need this as your “go to” binky and believe that it’s all been the biggest magic trick of all time, the you just don’t know football, are lying to yourself, or both.

  75. sb44champs says: Apr 8, 2016 11:07 AM

    Patriot fans are biased and the only NFL fans that think the Patriot’s annual cheating excursions had nothing to do with their success LOL

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