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pauldrulez 22-11-2008 12:31 AM

I wont go with a score out of not wanting to make an arse of myself (for once) but I wont be surpised if Joey Porter does not make the game from what I have heard coming out of the Pats.

I'm not talking shit either as if you remember back to Week 3, Chris Hanson punted the ball into Phins territory multiple times which riled Porter. From what I have heard, sacrificing a player may not be beyond the Patriots as the same thing will be done again. With a look to winding him up big time.

Take that as you want, it may look like rubbish but we'll see on Sunday.

pauldrulez 22-11-2008 12:36 AM

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Je'Rod Cherry sat through the slide show transfixed by the haunting images on the screen.

One by one, the eyes of so much pain and sorrow from a world away seemed to peer right into his very soul. Through photographs and narration, he took in horrifying stories of a little boy, on his deathbed, with a vulture literally circling in the background; of families trying to survive on two dollars per month; of children forced into sexual slavery.

He knew he had to do something. The problem was abject poverty in places like Africa, Cambodia, and Thailand. The obvious solution was money.

Cherry's first instinct: write a check.

To participate in the online raffle hosted by Cherry visit www.netraffle.org.

Then another idea came along.

"So," a teenage girl said to Cherry as they walked out of the auditorium of last June's youth conference in Cedarville, Ohio, "are you going to donate one of your Super Bowl rings?"

The suggestion stopped Cherry, who was one of the youth leaders at the conference, in his tracks. The former defensive back had never considered parting with any of the three Super Bowl rings he won as a member of the New England Patriots under any circumstances. But the more he thought about it, the more sense it began to make. On face value, alone, any of the rings would generate more cash than he'd be able to comfortably contribute from his bank account.

Cherry, now a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch, also knew that giving up a Super Bowl ring would have a much deeper spiritual impact on him as he pondered the conference's central theme of doing one's part to help make the world a better place. He talked it over with his wife and with the leaders of the conference, sponsored by Great Brethren Church, and the commitment was made to donate one of the diamond-studded baubles he received for being part of an NFL championship team.

Cherry's next decision was tougher: Which ring to give up?

He settled on the first, from the Patriots' victory over St. Louis in Super Bowl XXXVI, because that seemed like the greatest sacrifice for him -- well beyond its estimated value of $35,000. It represented the first championship he had ever won at any level of organized sports. His high school football team in Berkeley, Calif., won a single league game, and there were no titles for him at Cal.

"I'm privileged and honored to win three of them, but the first one, by far, means more," Cherry said. "When we won that Super Bowl, no one expected us to. The second and third one, it was almost expected we would win."

Now, anyone with $10 has a chance to own Cherry's first Super Bowl ring, made of 14-karat white gold and covered with 142 diamonds. That's the minimum cost to participate in an online raffle hosted by Cherry at www.netraffle.org. It will purchase five tickets that are entered in an automated drawing from which the winner will be randomly selected by computer at 9 a.m. ET on Nov. 27 … which, not coincidentally, is Thanksgiving Day.

Proceeds from the raffle will benefit Asia's Hope, Boston for Africa, Feed My Starving Children, The Italian Home for Children, and Celebrities for Charity Foundation.

Cherry preferred going with a raffle rather than an auction because it would be open to more than just the wealthiest of participants. He knows of other former NFL players trading Super Bowl rings for cash "for other reasons" pertaining to their own survival. He hasn't heard of anyone else doing so to help raise funds for charitable causes.

Neither has Cleon Daskalakis, a former professional hockey goaltender who operates a sports marketing firm in Andover, Mass., overseeing Cherry's and several other sports-related online raffles.

"This, by far, is the most unique thing I've ever seen," Daskalakis said. "I mean, I was a pro athlete. I know how hard you work and you dream about winning a ring. I won a championship in the minors, in Hershey, and I still wear that ring. I'm so proud of that championship and I know the sacrifice that goes into it. To give up something like that is like giving up a piece of your life.

"And I want nothing more than it to be successful so that when he goes to bed at night he says, 'I probably have fed millions of children.' How much better can it get?"

So far, according to Daskalakis, the ring has produced about $100,000 in raffle entries.

Some of Cherry's former teammates have contacted him about his decision to raffle off his ring. Most have had the same response: "Are you crazy?"

Cherry admits that a year ago he probably would have had a similar reaction if he heard of someone else doing the same thing.

"To say that this was an overnight thing would be a misstatement," said Cherry, who lives in Macedonia, Ohio, and has four children ranging in age from eight months to 10 years old. "It's been a lifelong process of just realizing that life is not all about me. The funny thing about it is, playing on the Patriots (in 2001) when we won that first Super Bowl played a part in that in just seeing the power of working together with other people. One of Coach (Bill) Belichick's main messages was putting the team ahead of self and whenever you do that and you have everyone collectively do that, powerful things can happen."

Cherry, whose nine-year NFL career included stints with the Eagles and Saints, was the consummate team guy. He was a utility player whom the Patriots plugged in at various spots in the secondary and on special teams. He even moved to offense in practice when the scout team was short of bodies.

Cherry wasn't a star, but as a member of a team that won three Super Bowls in four seasons, he became quite familiar with star treatment. After an Achilles injury forced him to retire in 2005, he worked at finding a new identity -- one that didn't involve cheering crowds and so many other ego-boosting benefits that had become routine when he played.

"You get so many privileges from being a professional football player and that's how you identify yourself," Cherry said. "You see a lot of times when guys step away from the game that they have a hard time making that adjustment because that is their sole identity. They're wrapped up in that, and there are other things that you have to realize that are outside of the world of football.

"I was fortunate to realize there were other things I could do, there are other things I could participate in and just tie my whole identity to that through my faith. Most guys struggle through that. I struggled with it a little bit, but because I had another sense of identity beyond what I did on the football field, I was able to make that adjustment."

Making it easier to give up a Super Bowl ring is seeing the impact that the organizations benefitting from the raffle are having on so many people.

"You see kids on their deathbed and two months later you see a difference in their skin, their hair, their bellies, and everything else," Cherry said. "And a year later some of these kids who couldn't even walk are walking and smiling and have an opportunity in life. If that doesn't move you or put a smile on your face, I don't know what can.

"So much of our lives is built around consumption and a lot of that's about what type of car do I drive, what type of flashy watch or gold chain am I wearing, and things like that. It's okay to have nice things, but to make that what you're about is just a bad place to be in, because it can always be taken from you. If you've got a place where you can give it away and be happy about it, there is freedom in that."

Cherry wants his story to inspire other people to do whatever they can to help make the world a better place. And it doesn't necessarily mean giving up something as precious as a Super Bowl ring.

"It doesn't matter what it is, you can have a role and a part, and you can make a difference," he said. "I totally believe that. The Patriots of 2001 proved it."
Following on from Romo being a nice guy, here is an excellent story.

elliott 22-11-2008 01:24 AM

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Originally Posted by pauldrulez
I wont go with a score out of not wanting to make an arse of myself (for once) but I wont be surpised if Joey Porter does not make the game from what I have heard coming out of the Pats.

I'm not talking shit either as if you remember back to Week 3, Chris Hanson punted the ball into Phins territory multiple times which riled Porter. From what I have heard, sacrificing a player may not be beyond the Patriots as the same thing will be done again. With a look to winding him up big time.

Take that as you want, it may look like rubbish but we'll see on Sunday.

Are you suggesting that they'll try and get him thrown out, before KO?

I know Porter is a moron, but I don't think he's that stupid. I'd hope it just angers him and he takes it out ON the pitch...

Surely...

Benzhiyi 22-11-2008 10:23 AM

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Originally Posted by pauldrulez
I wont go with a score out of not wanting to make an arse of myself (for once) but I wont be surpised if Joey Porter does not make the game from what I have heard coming out of the Pats.

Back to crackers talk I see, Paul...

pauldrulez 22-11-2008 11:01 AM

As I said, it looks stupid but it has been talked about by varying people.

Everyone knows he is that type of person. And the fact that only one punt landed there last time and it set him off shows what a volatile person he is.

Screw it, i'll make my prediction and make an arse of myself if I have to.

Patriots 30-17 Phins. Pennington gets hit hard while out wide during the Wildcat and it isn't run as much and gets stuffed when tried.

pauldrulez 22-11-2008 11:12 AM

You would think since Romo and Cherry made ESPN and NFL.com than this would as well

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, best known for scoring Super Bowl victories and supermodels, is buying 1,500 laptops as part of the One Laptop Per Child program to send low-cost computers to children in developing nations. According to a Boston Herald report, Brady will send the solar-powered laptops to Uganda, where his sister Nancy is doing humanitarian work.

Well, good for Tom. Maybe there's more to life than football and dating every model in the Victoria's Secret catalog. (Or maybe not.) Still, it's hard to resist the irony of struggling OLPC-it's had a difficult journey getting its low-cost Linux portables to market-teaming up with the hobbling Tom Brady, who's out for the season with a knee injury.

Will Tom become the pitchman for OLPC? Perhaps he and Gisele can promote Amazon's $399 Give a Laptop, Get a Laptop deal. Then again, OLPC may want to go with a celeb who projects a bit more gravitas. Where's Bono when you need him?
They only mention Brady if he is having a lapdance or an affair.

elliott 22-11-2008 11:37 AM

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Originally Posted by pauldrulez
Chris Hanson punted the ball into Phins territory multiple times which riled Porter.

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Originally Posted by pauldrules
And the fact that only one punt landed there last time

Which is it???

I see Joey as volatile, and a moron at times, but I'm sure the coaches presence on the field will prevent him doing something like that.

And I'm sure he's also relishing the chance to add to his sack count!!!

I'm also sure Chad can handle himself. It's not hard to avoid a hit, particularly when you have the sideline!

Benzhiyi 22-11-2008 03:36 PM

Neither is correct. Strange because it's unlike Paul to get his facts wrong. Especially with these inside sources he keeps referring too.

I think the Pats will win, but have no worries about Porter being kicked out of the game before it's even begun. What a load of tosh.

elliott 22-11-2008 05:54 PM

I thought one of them were true. I do remember that they were punting INTO the Dolphins players warming up. And somehow I wasn't surprised.

Same old Patsies, always cheating.

jazman 22-11-2008 07:16 PM

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Originally Posted by pauldrulez
I'm the only one to have taken the 49ers against the Cowboys, which coincidentally I was heading to edit until I realised there was the game yesterday. :clown:

Come on Singletary :)

Oh you do suprise me .... :rolleyes: ;)

saxoneagle 22-11-2008 07:50 PM

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Jets @ Pats pics.

See also:
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for some Bears/Titans pictures :)

Strathclyde Eagle 22-11-2008 08:03 PM

Porter did mention in his PTI interview earlier this week about the side of the field thing, but he seemed very relaxed about it now. Nothing to worry about there.

My concern is more to do with how the Patriots typically respond to a defeat (i.e. with a win).

elliott 22-11-2008 08:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Strathclyde Eagle

My concern is more to do with how the Patriots typically respond to a defeat (i.e. with a win).

yup... same here

pauldrulez 22-11-2008 11:36 PM

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Originally Posted by elliott
I thought one of them were true. I do remember that they were punting INTO the Dolphins players warming up. And somehow I wasn't surprised.

Same old Patsies, always cheating.

Maybe our Punter has the ability to kick that distance.

Or he is just shit.

I personally agree with the second one.

And Jaz, I have picked the Cowboys every time to win. I just have a feeling that the 49ers put it all together again this week. But, then again the Cowboys could find TO and Witten at their best and Romo finding them multiple times and hopefully inducting Roy Williams (the WR;)) into the team to get them to a big win.

pauldrulez 22-11-2008 11:39 PM

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Originally Posted by elliott
Which is it???

I see Joey as volatile, and a moron at times, but I'm sure the coaches presence on the field will prevent him doing something like that.

And I'm sure he's also relishing the chance to add to his sack count!!!

I'm also sure Chad can handle himself. It's not hard to avoid a hit, particularly when you have the sideline!

I'm willing to say that he wont get more than 1 sack this time. Cassel has improved his Pocket presence no end and Neal has improved the O-Line.

All that worries me is the fact that the Defensive Line has had players in and out all week. Warren missed the Jets game. Seymour has missed one practice as has Big Vince.

Saxon, what do you think of AD still not being put on IR.

pauldrulez 23-11-2008 09:39 AM

Anyway.

Gameday. :hi:

And, i'm not mentioning Patriots injury news nor am I complaining but another one has bit the dust.

Eric Alexander to IR, Vince Redd promoted from Practice Squad. And Lamont Jordan and backup secondary guy Mike Richardson are out. So we are taking about 6 secondary players along with two Special Teamer receivers who can play at Safety.

I think that makes 10 on IR now. Its going well :D

Strathclyde Eagle 23-11-2008 10:55 AM

Just seen this note from last week's games:
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From this week's USA Today Sports Weekly: "Facing a fourth-and-2, late against New Orleans, coach Herm Edwards elected to punt rather than gamble, hoping that his 32nd-ranked defense could stop the league's No. 1 offense. It didn't happen."
:D

Strathclyde Eagle 23-11-2008 10:59 AM

Just for the Eagles fans from Bill Simmons' preview this week:
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(Funniest e-mail of the week, from a Philly fan calling himself "Andy Reid": "So, I pulled into my local drive-thru. After analyzing the menu for 25 minutes I quickly placed my order. As I pulled to the first window I was shocked to see Donovan McNabb working the register. Unfortunately, I pulled a foot away from the window. I had no idea how to get my money in there. Do I hand it in or try and throw it? I decided it would be better to waste five minutes backing out and pulling back in. After I handed Donovan my money, he threw my change five feet over my car. After receiving my food, I double-checked to make sure I had the right order. I checked for three minutes and knew they messed it up. I pulled back to the window to complain. After giving the employee a stare of mild confusion, he informed me that I had received what I ordered. I pulled away stunned.")

pauldrulez 23-11-2008 12:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Strathclyde Eagle
Just seen this note from last week's games:
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From this week's USA Today Sports Weekly: "Facing a fourth-and-2, late against New Orleans, coach Herm Edwards elected to punt rather than gamble, hoping that his 32nd-ranked defense could stop the league's No. 1 offense. It didn't happen."
:D

That may well be the funniest thing I have ever read. They really are awful :D

jazman 23-11-2008 02:51 PM

Looking forward to the Dallas game tonight, shame its not a live one but will keep glued to the action all the same. My old man is a 49ers fan but has lost interest in the past number of years, just like I did ... I'm sure he'll take an interest in tonights game though ... :D

Enjoy the action fella's :hi:


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