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9/14/07

Statement from Bill Belichick

New England Patriots

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has issued the following statement.

“I accept full responsibility for the actions that led to tonight’s
ruling. Once again, I apologize to the Kraft family and every person
directly or indirectly associated with the New England Patriots for the
embarrassment, distraction and penalty my mistake caused. I also
apologize to Patriots fans and would like to thank them for their
support during the past few days and throughout my career. ”

“As the Commissioner acknowledged, our use of sideline video had no
impact on the outcome of last week’s game. We have never used sideline
video to obtain a competitive advantage while the game was in progress.”

“Part of my job as head coach is to ensure that our football
operations are conducted in compliance of the league rules and all
accepted interpretations of them. My interpretation of a rule in the
Constitution and Bylaws was incorrect.”

“With tonight’s resolution, I will not be offering any further
comments on this matter. We are moving on with our preparations for
Sunday’s game.”

Yeah, Sunday’s game against my San Diego Chargers, a team whose fans just HAVE to be wondering how much (if any) of Bill’s “interpretation of a rule in the Constitution and Bylaws” might have had to do with the Patriots win over the Chargers in that heartbreaking January 14th, 2007 AFC Divisional Playoff game. Nothing we can do about that now, but we can look forward to our Bolts knocking some sense into Tom Brady come Sunday night. I’ve read portions of a North County Times article over and over again to try and understand the point Brady was weakly making, and all I continue to come up with is that he feels you can do whatever you want, right or wrong, not worry about repercussions, and just go along your merry little way.

“I don’t think this is a concern of anybody,” Brady said during a conference call with the San Diego media. “It’s certainly not a concern of mine. I don’t think anybody cares too much about what people say or what people do. It’s probably more flattering to us than anything.

“People sometimes, when they think we have everything figured out, maybe it speaks to our preparation so I’m actually flattered by it.”

Flattered? Did he actually say flattered? Perhaps dear Tom has been sacked one too many times (Go for it, Merriman!), and his gray matter has begun seeping out in large portions. If the Michael Vick debacle didn’t show you that people DO take notice, and people DO care about the actions of others, Tom, then you really are more clueless than anyone imagined. So much for role models, eh? Say LaDainian, mind showing him how it’s done? Thanks. Perhaps you can don one of Belichick’s infamous hoodies, Tom, and do as Dennis Dillon of Sporting News suggested to Belichick.

Shame on you, Bill Belichick. You need to put a zipper on that hoodie so you can hide your head — and hang it.

Guess NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision doesn’t quite agree with your “I don’t think this is a concern of anybody” logic, either, Tom, since he handed down fines and the loss of draft choices to your team.

New England coach Bill Belichick was fined the NFL maximum of $500,000 Thursday and the Patriots were ordered to pay $250,000 for spying on an opponent’s defensive signals. The commissioner also ordered the team to give up next year’s first-round draft choice if it reaches the playoffs and second- and third-round picks if it doesn’t.

“This episode represents a calculated and deliberate attempt to avoid longstanding rules designed to encourage fair play and promote honest competition on the playing field,” Goodell said in a letter to the Patriots.

While I do appreciate the tough position Goodell has been in this year from Vick to this situation, I tend to agree with Nick Canepa of the San Diego Union-Tribune, regarding the fact that monetary fines for those in the NFL really means diddley-squat.

Money? Roger, it means nothing. It’s the NFL.

I won’t say he totally blew it, but after discovering Belichick, who personifies the latter-day, Paul Revere-less Patriots (coincidentally, they play host to the Chargers on Sunday night) had been cheating, he should have gone Samson on the Philistines with the jawbone of an ass.

Fines are not fine in 2007.

So Sunday night’s Chargers-v-Patriots game will be interesting on many fronts. Have to say it would be a lot more fun if it was a home game for the Chargers and we got to see how SD fans would express their thoughts on the cheating scandal. Oh well, either way it’s bound to be a good game. Think I’ll go with what Tony Moss of Sports Network predicts for the game.

OVERALL ANALYSIS

Many will give the Patriots the advantage in this matchup of talented teams. First, because of the homefield factor, and second, because Belichick is twice the tactician that Turner is. But don’t let last week’s dominant performance against a mediocre Jets team fool you. With the new pieces on offense and Seymour and Harrison missing on defense, New England is not as good in Week 2 as it will be in Week 16, giving a San Diego club that basically had no turnover from last year’s 14-2 unit the edge. The Chargers win this battle, though things could be very different when and if these two meet in the postseason.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Chargers 27, Patriots 20

Have a great football weekend, everyone. And LET’S GO CHARGERS!

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PS Leave it to the Daily Kos to post this delightful (yet somehow all too believable) item about a possible “back up” job for Bill Belichick.

So much for taking today off from posting and enjoying Earth Day instead. Was checking email and found news from the FDA titled “Update on Tainted Pet Food“, which included a link to the press release from the California Department of Agriculture, so I just had to come post about it. To read the articles in their entirety click on the links I’ve provide, and I would also highly, HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend you read a VERY informative article by Karen Roebuck at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. She discusses the melamine situation with the hogs in California, and sheds light on laboratories finding three additional contaminants in pets who were sickened or died after eating tainted pet food:

Researchers also have identified three other contaminants in the urine and kidneys of animals sickened or killed after eating the recalled foods, including cyanuric acid, a chemical commonly used in pool chlorination, three researchers told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Cyanuric acid is what most likely sickened pets, one researcher said..Researchers in at least three labs found cyanuric acid, amilorine and amiloride — all by-products of melamine — in the crystals of animals’ urine, tissues and kidneys…

Another interesting, yet not surprising, nugget in her article was:

The Chinese government told the Trib and the FDA yesterday that the Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co. Ltd., which the FDA said supplied the tainted wheat gluten, did not export any wheat gluten intended to be used in food.

Anyone else getting some increasingly worrisome vibes about our continuously deteriorating relationship with China. Bad vibes I tell ya, bad vibes.

Okay, I really AM going to “try” and get away from the computer today, this beautiful Earth Day 2007, but knowing me I’ll keep checking for updates. πŸ˜‰ In the meantime here is today’s (4/22/07) update from the FDA, and last Thursday’s (4/19/07) release from the California Department of Agriculture regarding the melamine and hogs. Usually, as a 14 year vegetarian, reading something like the news about the hogs would have me gently chiding non-vegetarians for eating meat, but considering many items vegetarians eat may be affected by the tainted glutens and proteins, there is really no one who can be happy about the state of our food supply. Until later, my friends.

Happy Earth Day, everyone! I suppose this is a post I should have made prior to Earth Day so that you could use the resources to plan your own Earth Day events, but better late than never, right? I’ve compiled a list of web sites that offer great ideas on how you can help make EVERYDAY Earth Day, and also where you might find an event in your area. I also want to share a great article I read about “living” roofs, and thankfully Sunset magazine has the story available online. It’s a very interesting read and even if you don’t have your own home whose roof you could turn into a “living” roof, I would highly recommend taking a look at the article to read how local governments and community members are taking the initiative to create environmentally friendly, money-saving green roofs in their cities.

  • EarthDay.gov: US Government web site for Earth Day, which has a link to some fun activities for kids.
  • Earthday Network: EDN seeks to grow and diversify the environmental movement worldwide, and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle for promoting a healthy, sustainable planet. We pursue these goals through education, politics, cultural events, and consumer activism.*
  • Eaves of Grass: Fascinating article from Sunset.com on “living” roofs…check it out! πŸ™‚
  • Envirolink: The Envirolink Network has served as the online clearinghouse for environmental information since 1991. this website compiles a comprehensive list of Earth Day events occurring in 2007, regardless of size, geographic location or organizational affiliation.*
  • Greenroofs.com: Our Mission is to facilitate information, and as “The Greenroof Industry Resource Portal,” Greenroofs.com serves an important role as the information database and clearinghouse for the green roof movement worldwide. Founded in 1999, the website has evolved to better reflect the needs and desire of our ever growing readership while continuing to provide an interactive platform of greenroof learning. We launched our news magazine-typed format in May, 2003, and website-wide access is always free!*

  • Whole Earth Weigh-In: This great idea via Whole Foods Market, actually started April 1st but you can access their program guide online and use it anytime. Here’s the introduction, “Shed some pounds and take a bite out of global warming! Our β€œdiet” plan is not for your waist, it’s designed to help you reduce your carbon dioxide load. April is Earth Month, a perfect time to start making choices for a healthy planet. Our simple steps will show you just how easy it is to lose C02 weight, reducing your carbon footprint.”

*Italicized sections were taken directly from the corresponding web site.

Hope you found some interesting information in the links above. To wrap things up here online (before you head off to do YOUR part for Earth Day 2007), I’ve got a video clip for you from this week’s Real Time with Bill Maher. Keep in mind, it IS shown on HBO, which means language and content might be a bit much for some. (Not me. ;)) The commentary on the environment is near the end of his New Rules, and can be found in print on The Huffington Post blog. Enjoy, and again, HAPPY EARTH DAY! πŸ™‚

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