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Patriots Getting National TV Snub?

Hey, it’s no secret — the most polarizing yet entertaining team in the NFL last year were the New England Patriots. The set all kinds of offensive records, went 16-0 during the regular season, and didn’t lose until the Super Bowl (with the exception of the alternate Perfectville world). But along with their regular season greatness came all the questions and doubts about the legitimacy of their accomplishments once the Spygate issue arose. The NFL already punished them by stripping draft picks and enforcing fines, but was there another, more subtle penalty levied for the upcoming season? If you took a look at the schedule for nationally televised games in Week 1, one team is noticeably missing. You guessed it — the Patriots.

I can understand the season getting kicked off with the Redskins and Giants. It’s the defending Super Bowl champs against a division rival — makes total sense. The Sunday night game is the Bears at the Colts. I can buy that one, I guess. I’m kind of surprised though; Bill Polian said NBC told him they didn’t like televising the Colts at home because Indy posted too many blowouts which made boring TV. Then the Monday Night games, generally two on the opening weekend, will be Vikings at Packers and Broncos at Raiders. Honestly, you’re telling me you couldn’t fit the Pats in that primetime schedule? Seriously? I really wonder if there isn’t something fishy going on because I can’t believe there’s a team most people would rather watch than the Patriots in week one.


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  • Anon

    Besides having a QB that is a deadbeat dad and a coach that resorts to cheating – this was in the Boston Globe this a.m.:

    Q: I have been under the impression that Brady is a big part of the off-season work out program and I have been seeing pictures of him running around Europe with Gisele. What’s up with that? I would think after the way the season ended he would be front and center in the weight room, not at fashion shows. I hope I am wrong but it seems like he is losing his focus that has made him great in the past. What are your thoughts?
    Eric

    A: I was surprised to see the pictures myself, Eric. In the grand scheme of things, I don’t think it will be a huge deal once the season begins – and Brady will probably still be one of the offseason award winners, meeting the required attendance – but I would say that it didn’t look good. Despite the fact it’s voluntary; I have bought in to the importance of the offseason program over the years, mainly because members of the Patriots – from players, to coaches, to management – have said as much. It’s a time to build chemistry and camaraderie in the locker room. Brady is a captain of the team and its top leader, and while I think his focus will be sharp and he’ll put in the necessary work to be ready for 2008 — I wasn’t expecting to see those pictures of him during the first week of the program.

    http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/extras/askreiss/04_01_08/?page=1

  • SpinMax

    I think this is just part of the flex scheduling. The NFL still has some rules about how often a team appears on prime time which is why you don’t see the team that outside of last year, always gets the best ratings…the cowboys.

    Get some of the dog teams out of the way early and free it up for the big boys to get more prime time exposure later in the year.

    2007Thu: Indy vs. N Orleans
    2007 MNF Cincinnati vs. Baltimore, SanFran vs. Arizona
    2007 week 2: Washington vs. Philthy

  • dan

    No team can be on prime time more than 6 times a year. With NBC getting flex scheduling and the fact NE is still pretty good the odds are NE is gonna het their 6. Plus every team is guaranteed 1 prime time game. So Oakland will get theirs. Man, the NE haters crack me up. Get a life. Plus remember this is opening weekend, when the ratings are always good no matter who is playing. Last year SF/Arizona opened on the 2nd MNF game.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    I guess the best explanation is what you said Dan — opening weekend they’ll get great ratings, you would figure. And that SF/Arizona game was horrible!

  • http://thehaternation.com NFL Adam

    They had to do the Colts because of the new stadium. They need to get Lucas Oil their money, you know.

  • http://thehaternation.com NFL Adam

    Dan is right about the Dogs, too. They get the Raiders out of the way while the stadium is full and the team still has hope. You don’t want to see a late season Oakland game.