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Title: There are certain things were not used to seeing in professional sports, and a h
Post by: zhanjiao1212 on February 25, 2019, 09:39:53 AM
There are certain things were not used to seeing in professional sports, and a humbled, humiliated New England Patriots team is certainly one of them. Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys ( . There was almost a surreal quality to watching the Patriots getting pounded by Kansas City on Monday night, since New England has for so long been a team that defies whats on paper and just finds a way to get it done. In fact, thats how the Brady-Belichick era was born back in 2001 when New England was coming off a 5-11 season, began the season 0-2 and had its starting quarterback in Drew Bledsoe knocked out, forcing an apparently talent-poor team to rely on sixth-round backup, Tom Brady. What happened next defied all logic as New England won the Super Bowl, its first of three in four seasons, thus ushering in a period of dominance over the AFC East which continues to this day. Since then, the Patriots success has been built on several key principles: - That New England does not need a star-studded cast to win - That it can turn over a good portion of its roster year after year without missing a beat - And that the combination of Brady and Belichick can overcome whatever weaknesses exist on the roster Here are the problems with that right now. Turning over a roster from year to year or being unwilling to pay for top-level offensive talent means relying heavily on the draft or free agents who fly under the radar of other teams. That was a Belichick specialty for years when the teams front office was equipped with such people as Thomas Dimitroff and Scott Pioli, both of whom now work in the front office of the Atlanta Falcons. New England has used a high percentage of its recent draft picks on defence, apparently believing that Brady is good enough on his own to make mediocre talent superior. Similarly, most of their highest paid players, besides Brady, play on defence. New Englands dominance and ability to get away with weaknesses on its roster is in part a function of playing in the AFC East where Buffalo, Miami and the Jets have made simply being competent enough to get to the top of the division. And then there is Brady who is still a very, very good NFL quarterback but is at the age where many of the all-time greats have begun a steep decline. Sure the talent around him isnt what it once was but its been a few years since he had Randy Moss to throw to and somehow the Patriots never looked this bad. Brady looks uncomfortable and yet the coaches he has surrounding him in Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels are the same ones who helped his offence become the highest of all time back in 2007. Brady right now has the lowest completion percentage for pass attempts of over 10 yards of anyone in the NFL right now and the highest off-target percentage in the entire league. His completion percentage last season was his lowest since 2003 and is worse this season. On a good team, surrounded by elite talent, Tom Brady could still be a winner. There have been many seasons of late when people were ready to write-off New England, only to see them show up in the AFC Championship Game once again. But if Belichick can get this group that far this season, it may indeed be time to crown him the greatest NFL coach of all time. China NFL Jerseys ( . -- Adrian Peterson takes a look around the league and sees big money flying everywhere. Wholesale Jerseys Cheap ( . The 34-year-old averaged 10.1 points and 2.7 rebounds in 82 games played in 2013-14 with the Utah Jazz. Jefferson has averaged 14.5 points, 4. ( . The Senators will put the busy off-season and training camp behind them when they open their regular season on the road. They kick things off Friday against the Buffalo Sabres and then head to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs on Saturday. PRETORIA, South Africa -- The judge in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius said Friday that she will give a verdict on Sept. 11, bringing closer to an end a globally televised five-month trial that has transfixed South Africans and others around the globe. Judge Thokozile Masipa made the announcement after the prosecution and defence ended their final arguments. Masipa will decide with the help of two legal assistants if the double-amputee athlete faces prison for killing Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines Day last year in his home. If found guilty of premeditated murder, Pistorius could face 25 years and up to life in prison. Pistorius said he mistakenly shot Steenkamp through the closed door of a toilet cubicle, thinking there was an intruder in his home. The prosecution alleges the world-famous runner intentionally killed her after an argument. "The accused intended to kill a human being," chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel said at the very end of closing arguments. "There must be consequences." Nel has urged the judge to dismiss Pistorius entire story as an elaborate lie and to convict him of premeditated murder. South Africa does not have trial by jury, nor does it have the death penalty. Pistorius could also be convicted of a lesser murder charge or negligent killing, both of which call for years in jail. Judge Masipa could acquit him if she believes he only made a tragic error. In the prosecutions final arguments, Nel accused the once-celebrated Paralympic champion of being an "appalling witness" who was constantly "deceitful" during his testimony to try to cover up a murder after a fight between the couple. Pistorius, 27, sat on the bench Friday behind his lawyer, the same place he has spent every one of the 41 days of proceedings. He wore glasses, mostly looking straight ahead. Chief defence lawyer Barry Roux argued the killing was an accident and said Pistorius disability had made him particularly vulnerable and anxious about crime over the years, comparing him to a victim of abuse who kills an abuser after a long period of suffering. Pistorius had his lower legs amputated as a baby, and Roux said that the athletes long-held fear of being attacked with the disability played a central role in the shooting on Feb. 14, 2013. At one point Frriday, Roux slammed his hand down onto a desk in the Pretoria courtroom to mimic a sudden sound he says the disabled athlete heard during the fatal night, startling him and causing him to fire four shots. Cheap NFL Jerseys Paypal ( "Youre anxious. Youre trained as an athlete to react ... He stands now with his finger on the trigger ready to fire," Roux said, describing the highly fearful mindset he says Pistorius was in when he killed Steenkamp by mistake thinking she was a dangerous intruder. "He stands there and ..." Roux continued before suddenly hitting the wood surface in front of him to create a loud thump sound, arguing Pistorius fired on "reflex." The judge watched from her seat up on a dais. Pistorius pleaded not guilty to the main murder charge and also three separate firearm charges. Roux, however, conceded that he was guilty in one of those firearm charges, of negligently firing a gun in a public place in an incident in a restaurant weeks before the killing. Prosecutors have used those firearm charges to paint Pistorius as a hothead who was obsessed with guns, not the vulnerable figure his defence puts forward. Referring to some of the defences arguments already submitted to the court in a 243-page document, Roux said there were contradictions in testimony by some neighbours who said they heard a woman screaming on the night that Pistorius shot Steenkamp, suggesting a fight. Roux said high-pitched screams came from Pistorius as he called for help after the shooting, and that the athletes timeline of the sequence of events, including telephone calls, on the night of the shooting matched the testimony of key trial witnesses. Roux also alleged that items in Pistorius bedroom, near the bathroom where he killed Steenkamp, may have been moved around by investigating officers, repeating the defences allegation that police tampered with evidence, albeit unintentionally. "There was no respect for the scene," Roux said of the police investigation. The positioning of bedroom items, including a fan, a bedcover and a pair of Steenkamps jeans, are important because, in police photographs, they were not in the places where Pistorius said they were before the shooting. Prosecutors have used this to argue Pistorius is lying to hide a murder. ' ' '