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'POST-GAZETTE, :JANUARY 24," 201:4 PATRIOTS OUTMAN N ED IN DENVER / I The New England Patriots tive by the Bronco defense,tempt to make the primary .... 2013 season and quest for a the play-calling went to- target or the intended re- bySal Giarratani fourth NFL Championship wards Tom Brady and his ceiver open. On this particu- came to an end at Sports depleted group of receivers, lar occasion, Welker not only IS Liberalism a Mental Disorder? Authority Field in Denver last Sunday. The Patriots fell to the Broncos, 26-16. Inju- ries finally, caught up with the team after a valiant ef- fort to overcome player losses throughout the regu- lar season and playoffs. Instead of heading to New York/New Jersey and the Super Bowl, Patriot players are headed towards the of f season. In the Championship game, the Patriots never seemed to have that extra gear, especially on offense. Before the game, Quarter- back Tom Brady stated that playing outside of the friendly confines of Gillette Stadium would not be an is- sue, but that how his team played would be. Unfortu- nately, in Denver, Brady and the Patriots offense seemed to either be out of sync or not up to the challenge. Early on the team attempted to run the ball with LeGarette Blount, who had been the Patriots main offensive weapon at the end of the sea- son and in their playoff win versus the Indianapolis Colts. At times down the stretch, Blount was unstop- pable, last Sunday against the Broncos, Blount carried the ball five times, all in the first half, for a grand total of six yards. Once the Patriots coaching staff realized that Blount was rendered ineffec- Wide Receiver Julian Edelman caught ten of Brady's 24 completed passes for 89 yards and the team had some success with Run- ning back/Receiver Shane Vereen, but free agent ac- quisition Danny Amendola, the player that was brought in to replace Wes Welker was a non-factor. He was tar- geted only once, an incompletion, the team in- stead opted to turn to Austin Collie, who rejoined the Pa- triots on January 2"d, after having been cut from the roster twice during the regu- lar season. Throughout the game the offensive play call- ing seemed predictable. In- stead of running more screen plays with Vereen, the coaching staff opted for play action passes. Trailing 3-0 early in the first quarter, the Patriots defense lost Cornerback Aqib Talib following a hit by Bronco receiver Wes Welker. "I think it was a de- liberate play by the receiver to take out Aqib; no attempt (by the receiver) to get open." said Head Coach Bill Belichick in his Monday morning press conference, "It's one of the worst plays I've seen." Called a "pick", the play is a staple of the Bronco offense, where a re- ceiver will bump into a mem- ber of the defense, primarily a defensive back in an at- opened a lane for Wide Re- ceiver Demaryius Thomas, he knocked the oppositions best defender out of the game. For the second year in a row, Talib exited the AFC Championship game with an injury. Similar to last year versus Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens, after Talib left the game, the Pa- triots defense was not able to stop Peyton Manning and the Broncos, who scored on their next six offensive pos- sessions. Manning threw for 400 yards with two touch- downs and zero intercep- tions, but the most impor- tant and impressive statis- tic of the game was that the Broncos offensive line gave up zero sacks and kept the Patriots pass rush away from their Quarterback. The Pa- triots seemed a step behind or a few seconds late when it came to not only pressur- ing Manning, but also cover- ing his receivers, failure on these two things normally equal a Patriot loss, and that was the case on Sunday. Although the defeat was certainly a disappointing end to the season, the Patri- ots were not even expected to make it this far, falling just two wins short of a World Championship. In the face of adversity, the team rallied together making the 2013 New England Patriots a truly special team. NEXT WEEK: SUPER BOWL PREVIEW L'Anno Bello: A Year in Italian Folklore by Ally Di Censo Symynkywicz WILL RETURN NEXT WEEK ... No Smoking (Continued from Page I) illegal on these open spaces and the action was taken by the Boston Parks and Rec- reation Commission. This agency has prohibited the smoking of tobacco, mari- juana and apparently also those vapor e-cigarettes that people use to kick the habit. The Boston Public Health Commission will also appar- ently under the city ordi- nance begin a re-education program for a free for people to learn about the new ban. The previous mayor and Boston City Council also liked the idea of telling us what was good for us. In this case, the only choice one gets is a $250 fine. Cigarettes are bad for you. I know this and so do most citizens. My father died a horrible slow death thanks to his 50 year habit of smok- ing that began when he was 15 years old. He finally did quit but the damage was already done to his health. 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Almost two hundred forty years ago, our forebears stood up to powerful and often distant rulers who were more con- cerned with power than we freedom. Today, in many ways sadly, we have become the new British Crown of King George Ill. Let freedom ring again: I try and stay up on cur-rent events all the time and have my favorite newspapers, radio and TV programs. I like Fox News and often flip over to MSNBC to see what dribble they are broadcasting over the airwaves. Recently, I have noticed that the liberal news media, especially MSNBC, are going ballistic over the 'drama connected to Governor Chris Christie. Lately, it is All Christie-All Day Long. This bridge closing issue is the greatest threat to America and our way of life. When it comes to President Obama and his seemingly unconstitutional actions of naming recess appointments by declaring the Senate in recess hasn't bothered liberals one wit. Of course not, they're witless from the start. When it comes to Benghazi and what happened on Sep- tember 11, 2012 and how the Obama White House seemed to cover everything up telling folks to move on. Democrats continue pushing a nothing-to-see-here story line. The NY Times tried to come to Hillary Clinton's rescue recently and even they blotched it. Hillary is in trouble for her lack of strong action and her apparently inability to just apologize for it. Liberals couldn't plant enough good stuff in their friendly media outlets to overcome that famous line about four dead in Benghazi and how it happened by stating, "What difference does it make? Also, remember when the liberal media mocked Presi- dent Bush when upon being notified about the 9/11 attacks he continued to finish reading to kinder- garten students in a class room? I am amazed but hardly shocked that the liberal media didn't raise an eyebrow when it was reported that Obama after being notified about the Benghazi situation back in 2012 decided reportedly to take a 10 hour nap for a planned fundraiser in Vegas. The liberal news media didn't think it important when that news was reported. Parts of the media, especially con- servative talk radio, reported it but the liberal media saw no story there and apparently Bush in the kindergarten class was much more important to report to the American people. I hold and always have held to certain principles in poli- tics. Back when Bobby Kennedy was getting ready to chal- lenge President Johnson, I was glad to watch on TV as Johnson stated he would not run again in 1968. I was dev- astated when Kennedy was killed out in California after winning the state primary. When critics attacked Frank Sinatra for backing Kennedy over John-son, I actually wrote one of my earliest published letters to the editor defending Sinatra. In 1968, too young to vote, I still supported Hubert Humphrey over Richard Nixon but actually liked some of what George Wallace's populist campaign was selling to a disillusioned America. However, after Watergate, I awaited someone in politics who could bring America back to life and found that hope in Ronald Reagan. To this day, I call myself a Reagan Democrat and cannot understand how twice, not once, American voters elected someone as president who appears to have no concept of the greatness of our Constitution. There is a new growing malaise in this country not felt since the latter days of President Jimmy Carter. Our country flounders in a stag- nant economy with so much unemployment that millions have given up looking for work. We have a foreign policy so bad that we get lectured by a Russian president who sounds more intelligent than our own president. We have a government that spies on us and a government that tar- gets us. I do not think Obama is evil but I do think like Carter before him, he is the wrong president at the wrong time. We need a president who inspires us to face the tough issues of the day. We do not need a president and his sup- porters who try and pit Americans against one another. We need a president called to actually bring us together in a common cause to regain our greatness in the world com- munity and to unify Americans at home and to make us proud to be Americans again. We are one country and our cause is freedom and justice for all. Bottom line, as the late U.S. Senator George McGovern once stated, "We may not be able to change the past but we can help to shape the future." 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