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Picked-up pieces while pondering who Bill Belichick is going to trade before the Election Day trade deadline...... I'm usually a glass-half-full guy when it comes to the Patriots, but it's hard to argue that Julian Edleman's knee injury signifies that this is a bridge year in Foxboro. The 34-year-old slot receiver underwent knee surgery this week and will miss at least three games. It's clear to see Edelman is banged up and unhappy. If the Patriots are out of contention when he's healthy, is it worth it to bring him back? Maybe trade him to Tampa Bay, reunite him with BFF Tom Brady and see if you can get a couple draft picks for him. ----------------------- It was a tough week for sports fans nationwide this week, in particular throughout New England, with the passing of Yarmouth native Travis Roy at age 45. Roy inspired many even after his college hockey career at Boston University lasted only 11 seconds due to a paralyzing injury in 1995.  Roy inspired many throughout the hockey and sporting landscape, and I can remember reading his book, 11 seconds, as part of a school project in junior high. ------------------------ The NFL also lost a great pioneer in former Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys great Herb Adderley, who passed away at age 81 on Friday. Adderley was one of the mainstays of the 1960's Packers, who often draw many comparisons to this century's Patriots. The cornerback played in four of the first six Super Bowls, winning three of them (two with the Packers, one with the Cowboys) and anchored a talented secondary in the fabled "Ice Bowl" game on New Year's Eve 1967. -------------------- Can we stop blaming Cam Newton on the Patriots' struggles and remember that he had Covid-19 and has steadily been recuperating and getting his feet under him? While Newton won't make excuses, Covid is a serious matter. Just ask Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodriguez, who tested positive for Covid and had some serious health issues.  --------------------- UMaine recently released its six-game spring football schedule, which sends the Black Bears to Delaware to open the season on March 6, with the home opener the following Saturday against Albany. Will we see fans in the Alfond Stadium grandstands? Again, I'm hopeful but I have my doubts. --------------------- A speedy recovery and best wishes to Clemson quarterback and likely 2021 1st overall pick Trevor Lawrence. Lawrence's Tigers found a way to overcome a 28-10 hole to beat Boston College at home Saturday, and the junior won't play at Notre Dame, which took care of business at Georgia Tech, next Saturday. As a Fighting Irish fan, I'd rather beat the Tigers with Lawrence under center. He's a class act and will be a great ambassador for the NFL in the future. The Irish and Tigers are the clear ACC front-runners and next weekend's matchup lost a bit of lore without Lawrence.  --------------------- I don't feel the least bit sorry for the Tampa Bay Rays and the way they lost the World Series to the L.A. Dodgers and Mookie Betts. Blake Snell was cruising with a Game 6 shutout, but Kevin Cash relied on analytics rather than a hot pitcher, and the Dodgers got to Tampa's exhausted bullpen.  The Moneyball team made a Moneyball move, and it proved costly. There's a reason why Billy Beane's method often results in postseason failure. Snell should've been left in. He was cruising. Sports Twitter defended the Tampa ace.  The Rays' method of success cost them a championship.

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