Found November 02, 2012 on Extra Pine Tar:
My dad is good for many things. Picking up the tab at dinner. Telling me stories about Mickey Mantle. Falling asleep with his mouth open on the couch. More than all of those, though (well, except the dinner one), he’s best at good ol’ fashioned football talk. For years, the Red Sox – and baseball – were his baby, but as the Patriots have become a surefire 11-win each year over the past decade, he’s directed the bulk of his attention towards the Pats. He loves all the local teams, and he’s as irrationally nuts about these teams as I am, but the Patriots are his unquestioned No. 1. That means he reads everything ever written about the New England Patriots. He goes through four different newspapers daily. He can rattle off the 53-man roster, the practice squad, the 40-time of the Pats’ sixth round DE pick and the reason that the team lines up in a four-wide set more often then a three-wide. He talks about back shoulder throws and cover zero and zone blitzes. He never played football, b...
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