Another memorable experience: Spending a week in Israel with the Patriots

ISRAEL TO BOSTON – Spending the last week in Israel with a group of 15 current and former New England Patriots players, with the assignment to put together a television package to run on ESPN, was a memorable experience. Because of that, there is no regular quick-hit thoughts and notes column this week. But a … More Another memorable experience: Spending a week in Israel with the Patriots

Lessons that can be learned from Super Bowl champion Patriots

FOXBOROUGH TO ORLANDO – The Patriots’ run of success over the last two decades has had a far-reaching impact, and one area that interests me is how those coming up the ranks can learn some valuable lessons from it. It struck me one day earlier this month when I was at lunch with my 9-year-old … More Lessons that can be learned from Super Bowl champion Patriots

Good team, good people: Tales from Patriots’ surprise trip to Super Bowl

ATLANTA – In each of the past two years, I shared some personal reflections from the season on the morning of the Super Bowl. Prior to Super Bowl LI, the focus was on embracing the journey. Super Bowl LII, it was more about how the Patriots’ sustained success helped mark the passage of time for me … More Good team, good people: Tales from Patriots’ surprise trip to Super Bowl

What I would have written had Patriots not given up TD on final play

MIAMI GARDENS — When the assignment is to post a story immediately after a game, it can sometimes be a challenge. The challenge is that much greater when the game ends on the final play. This was my responsibility Sunday, and for those curious about how it unfolds, I thought it might be interesting to … More What I would have written had Patriots not given up TD on final play

Bumping into Bob Lobel serves up reminder of how he always made it fun

BOSTON – Chances are you won’t get too far in your career if you don’t have someone who is willing to go to bat for you and believes in you. My trip to Sunday’s Patriots-Dolphins game got off to a great start because I unexpectedly bumped into someone who did that for me. Thanks, Bob … More Bumping into Bob Lobel serves up reminder of how he always made it fun

Emptying out the notebook from Nashville to Gillette Stadium

NASHVILLE TO FOXBOROUGH – Emptying out the notebook on the Patriots’ bye weekend: 1. Last weekend’s trip to Nashville included a tweet-up on Saturday, and it was nice to connect with many fans. Thanks to those who attended – there was a crowd of about 75 – and I look forward to more of those … More Emptying out the notebook from Nashville to Gillette Stadium

Tales from the road: Not much better than ‘stealing a Saturday’

BOSTON TO JACKSONVILLE – With the Patriots’ first regular-season road trip of the season this weekend, one of the more frequent questions asked is, “Do you travel with the team?” The answer is no, as Bill Belichick understandably prefers to keep the traveling party free of media members who could be privy to information that … More Tales from the road: Not much better than ‘stealing a Saturday’

First step for a reporter covering a team: Get familiar with opposing depth chart

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — What can a reporter covering a team do to prepare for the first week of the season? I’m not sure how much curiosity there is to the answer, but I figured I’d share one of my first steps for those interested. One of the things I did Tuesday morning was visits Ourlads.com … More First step for a reporter covering a team: Get familiar with opposing depth chart

Accountability check on Patriots’ roster projection

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — One of my favorite things to do each year is an “accountability check” on my 53-man roster projection, mainly to learn where I made missteps in hopes of correcting them in the future. I often say I’m playing “fantasy GM” when evaluating players, which is a way to acknowledge that I’m not … More Accountability check on Patriots’ roster projection