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  • NFL Live Thread Divisional Weekend

    01/11/2016 4:15:43 AM PST · by Bender2 · 383 replies
    ESPN ^ | ESPN
    NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF WEEKEND Saturday, Jan. 16 AFC Divisional Round Game 1 Kansas City Chiefs vs. New England Patriots 4:35 p.m., CBS NFC Divisional Round Game 1 Arizona Cardinals vs. Green Bay Packers 8:15 p.m., NBC Sunday, Jan. 17 NFC Divisional Round Game 2 Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks 1:05 p.m., FOX AFC Divisional Round Game 2 Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Denver Broncos 4:40 p.m., CBS
  • Perfection denied, as Broncos beat Patriots in an overtime thriller

    11/29/2015 9:52:11 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 68 replies
    http://sports.yahoo.com ^ | November 29, 2015 | Frank Schwab
    DENVER — What a game. The best game of the NFL season to this point ended with C.J. Anderson running all alone down the left sideline, raising a hand to celebrate as he ran through the snow to give the Denver Broncos an amazing 30-24 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday night. Anderson got past the line, got through safety Duron Harmon's tackle attempt on a third-down run, and took it 48 yards to the end zone for a dramatic comeback victory that ended the Patriots' chances at a perfect season. The big story of the game from...
  • Trump: U.S. "needs the Tom Brady of negotiators"

    11/02/2015 3:48:18 PM PST · by Biggirl · 42 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 2, 2015 | Al Weaver
    Donald Trump argued Monday that the U.S. needs a strong person in the White House negotiating for the U.S. interest, someone on the level of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
  • Brady rank Belichick or the Pope higher? 'In Bill we trust!'

    09/23/2015 11:16:45 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 16 replies
    Comcast Sports ^ | 09/23/2015 | Phil Perry
    FOXBORO -- We know Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reveres Bill Belichick, and on Wednesday he put his head coach next to God. Kind of. With Pope Francis stateside, Brady was asked about the Holy Father and laughed when posed the question, "You rank Bill or the Pope higher?" "In Bill we trust! You kidding me?" Brady answered.
  • Brady says he hopes Trump can win presidency

    09/16/2015 10:46:52 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 11 replies
    Mining Journal ^ | September 17, 2015
    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said Wednesday that he hopes Donald Trump can win the presidency, hours before Trump was set to participate in the second Republican debate. The Super Bowl MVP, whose four-game suspension for using deflated footballs was recently overturned by a judge, grinned broadly as he talked about his golf partner. "I hope so," he said. "It would be great. There would be a putting green on the White House lawn, I'm sure of that." Brady's locker sported a "Make America Great Again" red hat sent to him by Trump. "It was...
  • Tom Brady says he's supporting Trump for president

    09/16/2015 2:25:05 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 32 replies
    KATU.com ^ | 9/16/15 | AP
    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw his support behind presidential candidate Donald Trump Wednesday, hours before the second Republican debate. The Super Bowl MVP, whose four-game suspension for using deflated footballs was recently overturned by a judge, says he thinks his golf partner can win. "I hope so," he said. "It would be great. There would be a putting green on the White House lawn, I can tell you that."
  • Report: Patriots' broadcast bleeds into Steelers' coaching headsets during opener

    09/10/2015 7:04:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 74 replies
    ...Pittsburgh Steelers coaches were getting the Patriots' broadcast over their headsets during Thursday night's game. The Patriots' coach-to-coach headsets were shut off intermittently, the NFL told Tafoya. NFL head of security Jeff Miller was shown on camera while Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth were discussing the mishap. Blake Jones, NFL director of football operations, went down to the field to help out with the headsets. The league described the reception problem as "intermittent" and it was believed to be resolved early in the second quarter. Because it was not a complete system failure, New England's coaches were not required to...
  • President Obama: If Tom Brady Needs A Union, We All Do

    09/07/2015 3:42:45 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 7,2015 | Daniel J. Flynn
    President Barack Obama namedropped Tom Brady at a Labor Day event in Boston to stress the importance of unions. But the president did so after crossing the picket lines of non-striking workers of two important public-employee unions protesting his event at the Park Plaza Hotel near Boston Common.
  • Fed up cops turn their backs on Obama’s Labor Day visit

    09/08/2015 5:53:04 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 21 replies
    BIZ ^ | 9/7/2015 | Carmine Sabia
    President Obama gave a Labor Day speech in Boston about the importance of unions on Monday, but one of the area’s top police union’s didn’t want to hear any of it. The New England Police Benevolent Association boycotted the event to protest Obama’s lack of support for law enforcement in an era of anti-cop violence. The Obama White House has overseen a “horror show” of lawlessness, the union charged, with cops as the intended victims. The association’s president Jerry Flynn gave a statement to the Boston Herald about its reasoning for the boycott. Our members are enraged at his lack...
  • Tom Brady Suspended 4 Games, Pats Lose 1st Round Pick In 2016 and 4th In 2017, Team Fined $1 million

    05/11/2015 2:35:44 PM PDT · by drewh · 122 replies
    ESPN ^ | 2 minutes ago | Adam Schefter
    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter · 2m 2 minutes ago Filed to ESPN: Tom Brady suspended four games, Pats lose 1st round pick in 2016 and a 4th in 2017, and team fined $1 million, per source:
  • An English Teacher’s View of “Deflategate”

    05/10/2015 8:56:47 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/10/15 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Does Tom Brady have a target on his back because he’s a Republican? Here’s his agent’s analysis of the Wells Report. According to Don Yee, “…omission of key facts and lines of inquiry suggest the investigators reached conclusion first and determined so-called facts later.” You think? Consider this legal analysis the agent makes: the Wells investigators, who he says showed less than stellar knowledge of pro football, buried the report’s significant vulnerabilities in the FOOTNOTES…a key legal device. Additionally, Tom Brady’s full day of interview testimony by four League legal types “virtually was omitted.” But the most trenchant point of...
  • Fishermen fear looming cost of at-sea monitors this summer

    05/03/2015 8:35:42 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 40 replies
    Monterey Herald ^ | 05/03/15 | Patrick Whittle
    New England fishermen of important food species like cod and haddock say the looming cost of paying for at-sea monitors could put them out of business this year. Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service said the money it had been using to pay for the monitors — trained workers who collect data on fishing trips — will be needed for other obligations. That means groundfishermen who catch fish like cod, haddock and pollock in New England waters will likely have to start paying the cost around August. The new expense is coming at a...
  • Snow, cold keep New England skiers, riders stoked into May

    05/02/2015 4:01:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    ap ^ | May 2, 2015 | LYNNE TUOHY
    ''We've had so much snow and the cold to preserve it,'' Vazzano said. ''We had storm after storm after storm.'' At times the snow was so plentiful it was problematic. The blizzard in late January triggered travel warnings and skiers in the Boston area were shoveling rather than skiing. It was followed closely by four successive weekends of winter storms. Vazzano said a cold spell in February helped preserve the snow but discouraged some skiers. ''When you can't get out of your driveway you can't get to the mountain,'
  • Tom Brady Snubs President Obama as Super Bowl-Winning Patriots Visit White House

    04/23/2015 2:20:34 PM PDT · by drewh · 54 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | : 15:33 EST, 23 April 2015 | By MICHAEL ZENNIE FOR DAILY MAIL ONLINE
    The New England Patriots are visiting the White House today to receive congratulations from the president for their Super Bowl XLIX championship. But the team's victory lap in the nation's capital will come without their biggest star. Quarterback Tom Brady is snubbing President Barack Obama and won't be there. A spokesman for the team cited 'prior family commitments' as the reason Brady, 37, can't go. The superstar athlete has been to the White House before. He does have three other Super Bowl rings, afterall. But all the prior championships were under the Bush Administration. February's win was the first for...
  • Another Month Of Record Cold, But Reasons To Be Optimistic

    03/24/2015 7:12:54 AM PDT · by massmike · 24 replies
    http://boston.cbslocal.com/ ^ | 03/24/2015 | Terry Eliasen
    BOSTON (CBS) -Enough is enough. For the past eight weeks or so (starting around Jan. 23) we have experienced the harshest New England winter stretch ever recorded in our long and weathered history. This is not an exaggeration. Records haven’t just been challenged, they have been smashed, obliterated. We all deserve and NEED a break. After the snowiest and coldest February ever recorded, March came in like a polar bear and looks to be going out the same way. In fact, as of this writing, our average temperature this March is 31.8 degrees. This ties us with 1984 as the...
  • Super Bowl, World Series champs back gay marriage at court

    03/06/2015 11:04:29 AM PST · by massmike · 19 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com/ ^ | 03/06/2015 | Mark Sherman
    The New England Patriots are for same-sex marriage. So are the San Francisco Giants. The reigning baseball and football champions, along with baseball's small-market Tampa Bay Rays, are among the thousands of businesses, religious groups, advocacy organizations and politicians who are filing legal briefs at the Supreme Court in support of gay marriage. The Patriots play in Massachusetts, the first state to allow same-sex couples to marry, and the Giants represent a city that is notable for its gay and lesbian community. Rays president Brian Auld said it was important that his team stand up, as well. "We're a small...
  • Here Are The 379 Companies Urging The Supreme Court To Support Same-Sex Marriage

    03/06/2015 8:36:21 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 94 replies
    Huff Post ^ | 03/05/2015 | Alexander C. Kaufman
    Big business has come out in favor of same-sex marriage. Exactly 379 corporations and employer organizations urged the Supreme Court to strike down state bans on gay marriage, according to a friend-of-the-court brief obtained by The Huffington Post. The document was expected to be filed late Thursday morning. “Employers are better served by a uniform marriage rule that gives equal dignity to employee relationships,” reads the brief, filed by global law firm Morgan Lewis. “Allowing same-sex couples to marry improves employee morale and productivity, reduces uncertainty, and removes the wasteful administrative burdens imposed by the current disparity of state law...
  • New England Patriots face fresh allegations over Deflategate game

    02/18/2015 12:19:13 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 69 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 18 February 2015 | Tom Lutz
    Weeks after the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl victory the DeflateGate scandal continues to rumble on in the background. According to ESPN’s Outside the Lines, a Patriots locker room attendant attempted to introduce an unapproved special teams ball into the AFC Championship game. The attendant, identified by ESPN as Jim McNally, is said to have been in charge of the officials’ locker room at Gilette Stadium since 2008. He is alleged to have handed a ball, which wasn’t officially approved for kick-offs, field goals and punts to an official during the first-half of the Patriots’ 45-7 victory over the Colts.
  • Katrina-size hurricanes used to hit New England; could it happen again?

    02/12/2015 5:31:06 AM PST · by AT7Saluki · 17 replies
    cBS News ^ | 2/11/15 | Michael Casey
    New Englanders are no stranger to hurricanes, enduring the likes of Bob in 1991 and Donna in 1954, which packed winds over 100 miles per hour and caused hundred of millions of dollars in damage. But that was kids' play compared to the storms that hit the region centuries ago. Using sediment deposits from a Cape Cod pond, scientists said Wednesday that hurricanes more powerful than any on record in modern times swamped New England between the years 250 to 1150 A.D. And they were pretty frequent, with 23 hurricanes recorded - one for every 40 years - from what...
  • Patriots' rule-bending goes back decades, to 'snow plow' game in 1982

    02/01/2015 2:41:07 PM PST · by Colofornian · 48 replies
    LATimes.com ^ | Jan. 31, 2015 | Daniel Guss
    <p>The New England Patriots weren't always a NFL powerhouse. Far from it.</p> <p>But for many years they have stretched the rules for the sake of winning. And that started with the infamous "snow plow game."</p> <p>In 1981, the Patriots were 2-14 and the only team to lose to the lowly Baltimore Colts — which they did twice — and ended the season with a nine-game losing streak.</p>
  • Monday Snowstorm Likely Brings More Large Snow Totals [MA]

    01/31/2015 8:11:17 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 23 replies
    Weather Wisdom ^ | January 31, 2015 8:51 AM | David Epstein
    ... I can deal with cold, because I can just add a new layer, it’s all the snow that becomes the real problem and it’s about to get worse. All this after the snowiest 5 days on record in Boston (29.7") and Worcester 40.7"). Monday Snowstorm We have another storm coming and many areas will see a foot or more of snow...For much of the storm, temperatures are going to be very cold and this is mostly a good thing.... Notice, the colder the air the more snow the exact same amount of moisture creates. In other words, if you...
  • When will destroyed human lives get more news attention than deflated footballs?

    01/23/2015 7:39:22 PM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | Jan 23, 2015 | Christina Martin
    Yesterday, I visited my mom and we watched a popular talk show. In the middle of the show, a breaking news update flashed on the screen. Suddenly the show was interrupted. My mind began to race. Did something happen to our President? Was there another terrorist attack? Did a school shooting occur? Soon my fears were erased. Patriots QB Tom Brady was in a press conference, denying claims he knew about deflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game. This was the breaking news that interrupted a scheduled program. I’ll admit I’m not a football fan. I also barely watch TV....
  • Sarah Palin rips GOP leadership for ‘deflated balls’

    01/23/2015 1:08:22 PM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | anuary 23, 2015 | Leslie Larson
    Sarah Palin has called out Beltway Republicans for “deflated balls.” Pointing to the New England Patriots as a cautionary tale, the conservative starlet warned her party to stand up to President Obama’s agenda. “That GOP leadership, that establishment, they’ve got to get their stuff together. I love what they believe in, I believe in it too. But they’ve got to get tough, man. You know what? It’s not just the New England Patriots who are dealing with deflated balls right now,” the former Alaska Governor told The Blaze on Thursday. Palin was referring to the controversy over whether the NFL...
  • Ex-players react: Brady‘s cluelessness ‘unbelievable’

    01/23/2015 12:52:58 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 233 replies
    nypost.com ^ | January 22, 2015 | Howie Kussoy
    For more than a decade, Tom Brady has established himself as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time, one of the sport’s most popular and respected players. On Wednesday, Brady may have jeopardized his credibility for good. Like Patriots coach Bill Belichick, Brady denied having anything to do with footballs being deflated in the AFC Championship Game and denied knowing it had occurred until the next day, but to the quarterback’s former peers, the NFL’s golden boy lost some of the luster he had earned in his 15-year career. “I did not believe what Tom had to say,” former quarterback...
  • Winter Returns to New England this Weekend

    01/22/2015 4:04:28 PM PST · by Signalman · 16 replies
    Roy Spencer ^ | 1/22/2014 | Roy Spencer
    After almost two months of mostly balmy winter weather, a pair of winter storms will bring a foot or more of snow to much of New England starting this weekend. The first storm will travel up the East Coast on Saturday as a nor’easter, then an Alberta Clipper type storm will follow on Monday and Tuesday. The second storm could be the more potent one, with higher winds and disrupting the work-week. Here are the currently forecast snow totals ending next Wednesday morning, Jan. 28 After almost two months of mostly balmy winter weather, a pair of winter storms will...
  • NFL: 11 Of 12 Patriots Footballs Used Sunday Were “Under-Inflated”

    01/21/2015 2:15:35 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 54 replies
    Breaking911 ^ | 1-21-2015 | Grant
    Chris Mortensen reports, the NFL has found that 11 of the Patriots footballs used in Sunday’s AFC title game were under-inflated by 2 lbs each, per league sources. The league says the New England Patriots used deflated footballs during their AFC Championship Game win over the Indianapolis Colts. They say that 11 balls were under-inflated by two pounds each, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. “We are not commenting at this time,” Greg Aiello, the NFL’s senior vice president of communications, said to ESPN.
  • NFL finds Patriots used underinflated footballs

    01/21/2015 9:04:41 AM PST · by servo1969 · 93 replies
    bostonglobe.com ^ | 1-21-2015 | Ben Volin
    The Patriots used underinflated footballs on Sunday night. The next question is how did it happen? According to a National Football League letter about the investigation into the controversy that was shared with the Globe, the Patriots were informed that the league’s initial findings indicated that the game balls did not meet specifications. The league inspected each of the Patriots’ 12 game balls twice at halftime, using different pressure gauges, and found footballs that were not properly inflated. According to ESPN, 11 of the 12 game balls were found to be underinflated by about 2 pounds each. The NFL specifications...
  • The NFL found 11 of the Patriots' 12 footballs were under-inflated by 2 pounds of air (PSI)

    01/21/2015 4:04:41 AM PST · by Boston Blackie · 191 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | Jan 21, 2015 | Jeff Howe
    The NFL is investigating whether the Patriots deflated footballs that were used in their AFC championship game victory over the Colts.
  • Report: 11 of 12 New England footballs deflated

    01/20/2015 8:48:42 PM PST · by TaxPayer2000 · 160 replies
    RTV6 ^ | , Jan 20, 2015 | TheIndyChannel.com Staff
    BOSTON - The NFL confirmed multiple footballs used in the AFC Championship were under-inflated, ESPN reported late Tuesday evening.Sports Center tweeted just after 11 p.m. that the New England Patriots let air out of 11 of 12 game balls on Sunday.
  • NFL Investigating Claims That Belichick Used Black Magic In Win Over Colts

    01/20/2015 8:27:21 AM PST · by big'ol_freeper · 35 replies
    rilenews.com ^ | 19 Jan 15 | Wi Ji Ho
    Fresh off of a win in the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts, a new allegation is being levied at Bill Belichick, head coach of the New England Patriots. The Indianapolis camp is claiming that Belichick used black magic to the defeat them 45-7 in the Sunday night massacre.
  • Championship Sunday: Packers Blow It; Patriots Accused of Deflating Their Balls

    01/19/2015 11:49:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 76 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 15, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Yeah, I'm so glad I'm not a fan of the Green Bay Packers. I'd be going crazy. I would literally be nuts if I were a fan. And it's not that I don't like the Packers. I like the Packers. You know, I'm a Steelers guy, but, man, if I were a Packers fan, jeez. So many things I'd be questioning. BREAK TRANSCRIPT Now, football games yesterday, Patriots accused of deflating their balls. Have you heard about this? New England Patriots are accused of deflating their balls during this game. During rain and wind it's apparently eager to grip...
  • NFL investigating if Patriots used deflated footballs in AFC Championship game

    01/19/2015 7:48:57 AM PST · by servo1969 · 221 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 1-19-2015 | Fox News
    The NFL has confirmed it is looking into charges the New England Patriots cheated Sunday night when they clinched a trip to the Super Bowl Sunday night by using deflated footballs. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed the probe Monday, following the AFC championship game, in which the Patriots demolished the Indianapolis Colts, 45-7. The charge was first made Sunday night, when an Indianapolis reporter that the NFL had seized at least one game ball from the AFC championship game to examine whether pigskins were intentionally deflated to make them easier to throw and catch. “The NFL is investigating the possibility,”...
  • NFL finds Patriots used underinflated footballs

    01/21/2015 6:57:45 AM PST · by Colehill1999 · 280 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 1-21-15 | Ben Volin
    The Patriots used underinflated footballs on Sunday night. The next question is how did it happen? According to a National Football League letter about the investigation into the controversy that was shared with the Globe, the Patriots were informed that the league’s initial findings indicated that the game balls did not meet specifications. The league inspected each of the Patriots’ 12 game balls twice at halftime, using different pressure gauges, and found footballs that were not properly inflated. According to ESPN, 11 of the 12 game balls were found to be underinflated by about 2 pounds each. The NFL specifications...
  • Aaron Rodgers Likes Footballs Inflated "Over What They Allow."

    01/21/2015 3:04:56 AM PST · by maddog55 · 17 replies
    link ^ | Tuesday, January 20, 201 | Unknown
    <p>This is from the Patriots Packers game back in November.</p> <p>Listen as they explain how Aaron Rodgers once told them, "I like to push the limits to how much air we can put in the football, even go over what they allow you to do and see if the officials take air out of it" because he thinks its easier for him to grip.</p>
  • Source tells Bob Kravitz that Patriots may have deflated footballs in DeflateGate scandal

    01/19/2015 4:15:01 AM PST · by Perdogg · 151 replies
    WTHR ^ | Updated: Jan 19, 2015 6:34 AM EST
    A source within the NFL tells wthr.com's Bob Kravitz that the league is investigating the possibility that the Patriots deflated footballs in their 45-7 win over the Colts Sunday night. The source told Kravitz that officials took a ball out of play at one point and weighed it. A deflated football could potentially be easier to throw and catch in poor weather conditions than a properly inflated ball.
  • Harbaugh Says Belichick’s Formations ‘Clearly Deception'; Brady Says ‘Figure It Out’

    01/12/2015 10:44:35 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 105 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | Michael Hurley,
    The divisional playoff game between the Patriots and Ravens on Saturday evening at Gillette Stadium featured a number of bizarre and unbelievable twists and turns. Among them was a rarely seen strategy employed by Tom Brady’s offense, one that helped the Patriots climb back to cut a 14-point deficit in half, and one that had Ravens head coach John Harbaugh furious on the sideline. The strategy in question involved Bill Belichick’s offense employing four offensive linemen instead of the standard five on a number of plays midway through the third quarter. Running back Shane Vereen lined up off the right...
  • Jets Nick Mangold Honors Slain NYPD Officers By Wearing NYPD Hat Before Jets-Patriots Game

    12/21/2014 2:23:09 PM PST · by jttpwalsh · 60 replies
    Brobible.com ^ | 12/21/14 | Jorge Alonso
    Before the Jets-Patriots game on Sunday, Jets Nick Mangold was seen wearing an NYPD hat in honor of the two NYPD police officers who were tragically killed on Saturday.
  • Ruling to throw out texts damages case against Aaron Hernandez

    12/14/2014 12:11:19 PM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 4 replies
    si.com/ ^ | 12/14/14 | BY MICHAEL MCCANN
    Ruling to throw out texts damages case against Aaron Hernandez In a surprising and significant decision, Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh ruled on Friday that text messages sent by Odin Lloyd prior to his murder will be inadmissible in the upcoming trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez. Garsh’s ruling eliminates a critical piece of evidence against Hernandez and increases the stunning possibility of Hernandez being found not guilty. Jury selection in Hernandez’s trial is scheduled to begin on January 9, 2015.
  • Even Before Long Winter Begins, Energy Bills Send Shivers in New England

    12/13/2014 8:51:44 PM PST · by OddLane · 125 replies
    New York Times ^ | DEC. 13, 2014 | KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
    SALEM, N.H. — John York, who owns a small printing business here, nearly fell out of his chair the other day when he opened his electric bill. For October, he had paid $376. For November, with virtually no change in his volume of work and without having turned up the thermostat in his two-room shop, his bill came to $788, a staggering increase of 110 percent. “This is insane,” he said, shaking his head. “We can’t go on like this.” For months, utility companies across New England have been warning customers to expect sharp price increases, for which the companies...
  • New England Electricity Prices Spike As Gas Pipelines Lag

    11/05/2014 8:47:13 AM PST · by Theoria · 33 replies
    NPR ^ | 05 Nov 2014 | Sam Evans-Brown
    When Don Sage of Concord, N.H., learned his electric bill could rise by as much as $40 a month he got flustered. He and his wife make do on a bit less than $30,000 a year in Social Security payments, and they pay close attention to their electric bills. "When the invoice comes in the mail to get paid, I have a target amount that we can fluctuate up or down, based on our fixed budget," Sage says. "They don't need my permission to hike up their rates, but the fact is we're the ones that are paying these increases."...
  • Offshore Oil Exploration Approved for East Coast—Greenies Freak

    08/22/2014 11:06:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 22, 2014 | Humberto Fontova
    After decades of paranoid hemming and hawing, last month the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management finally approved oil exploration in Federal waters along the Atlantic coast from Delaware to Florida.‘The announcement is the first real step toward what could be a transformation in coastal states,” says the Associated Press report, “creating thousands of jobs to support a new energy infrastructure. But it dismayed environmentalists and people who owe their livelihoods to fisheries and tourism.”Alas, this “dismay” afflicts only the greenies from Delaware to Florida. From New Jersey up through New England the greenie hysteria against offshore oil exploration prevailed....
  • NFL to Use Tracking Chips on Players

    08/02/2014 12:45:22 PM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 62 replies
    http://news.discovery.com ^ | Aug 1, 2014 | Glenn McDonald
    As a hardcore baseball guy, I often wonder why people needlessly waste their time on all those other, lesser sports. But I suppose everyone has a right to their insane opinions. In any case, football fans may want to keep an eye on this development: The NFL announced this week that it will be using RFID tracking chips on players during select games in the 2014 season. The high-tech chips — RFID stands for radio-frequency identification — will generate precise positioning data on each player on every play. Football Uniforms Throughout History For the initial rollout, the RFID system will...
  • New England Facing Power Shortage This Winter?

    07/27/2014 9:55:02 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 82 replies
    IceAgeNow.info ^ | 26JUL2014 | Robert Felix
    “Get ready for the New England power shortage,” reads the headline in The Spectator. “Governors are already meeting in emergency session.” “In a hell-bent campaign to rid itself of any form of dirty, messy “non-renewable” energy, New England has been closing down coal and oil plants for the last decade,” the article warns. “In 2000, 18 percent of New England’s electricity came from coal and 22 percent from oil. Today it’s 3 percent coal and 1 percent oil. Meanwhile, natural gas — the fuel that everybody loves until you have to drill for it — has risen from 15 percent...
  • Get Ready for the New England Power Shortage

    07/19/2014 6:18:35 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 34 replies
    am spectator ^ | 7/18/14 | w tucker
    n 1980, under the first administration of Governor Jerry Brown, California decided it wasn’t going to build any more power plants but would follow Amory Lovins’ “soft path,” opting instead for conservation and renewable energy. By 2000, with the new digital economy sucking up electricity, a drought in the Pacific Northwest cut hydropower output and the state found itself facing the Great California Electrical Shortage. You know what happened next. For weeks the Golden State struggled to find enough electricity to power its traffic lights. Brownouts and blackouts cascaded across the state while businesses fired up smoke-belching diesel generators to...
  • Peyton Manning, Broncos rip Patriots to reach Super Bowl

    01/19/2014 3:49:41 PM PST · by Repeal 16-17 · 66 replies
    DENVER -- Peyton Manning had an answer for everyone. What's new? For Tom Brady. For the New England defense. For anyone who thought he couldn't win the big one. Manning is taking the Denver Broncos on a trip to New York for the Super Bowl after another of his impeccably crafted victories -- this time, a 26-16 win over the Patriots on Sunday in the AFC title game.
  • Manning or Brady?

    01/19/2014 11:42:55 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 112 replies
    January 19, 2014 | Self
    Game between Broncos and the mis-named Patriots, from leftist Boston, is about to start. Living in Colorado I will be rooting for Manning against reported liberal Brady. Just knowing that John F'n Kerry will be rooting for his "Patriots" makes me want the Broncos to win even more. Who are other FReeper football fans rooting for?
  • How 17th Century Fraud Gave Rise To Bright Orange Cheese

    11/09/2013 4:31:29 AM PST · by NYer · 54 replies
    npr ^ | November 7, 2012 | Allison Aubrey
    Shelburne Farms' clothbound cheddar has a bright yellow color because it's made from the milk of cows that graze on grasses high in beta-carotene. The news from Kraft last week that the company is ditching two artificial dyes in some versions of its macaroni and cheese products left me with a question.Why did we start coloring cheeses orange to begin with? Turns out there's a curious history here.In theory, cheese should be whitish — similar to the color of milk, right?Well, not really. Centuries ago in England, lots of cheeses had a natural yellowish-orange pigment. The cheese came from the...
  • Boston Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers just tied their game tonight (live thread)

    11/03/2013 3:40:54 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 58 replies
    Didn't see another thread (yup...did a search). Looks like a good game developing.
  • AP Source: Tim Tebow cut by Patriots

    08/31/2013 12:56:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 78 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 31, 2013 3:41 PM EDT | Howard Ulman
    A person familiar with the situation says Tim Tebow has been cut by the New England Patriots. After being let go by his third team in 18 months—and with the regular season just five days away—the quarterback’s chances of immediately catching on with another team seem slim. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Saturday because the Patriots had not announced the move. It was first reported by ESPN. Tebow’s stay with the Patriots lasted just under 12 weeks and could be the end of his NFL career. …
  • GOP sees rosy future in blue New England

    08/15/2013 10:30:07 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 23 replies
    BostonHerald.com ^ | 8/15/13 | Matt Stout
    Republican hopes for retaking control in Washington, D.C., will rely heavily on a red tide in bluest New England, according to GOP bigwigs, who today are showcasing one of their leading White House hopes — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who doubles as a poster child for breaking the Democratic vise grip.