The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Patriots Pre-Season Opener Tonight

Yes, it’s here. 
 
After hibernating through the harsh New England winter, grinding out the absurdly long NBA playoffs, and sweating it out over the dog days of summer baseball:  Football season is finally here.  
  

Don’t get me wrong, I am ecstatic to see the Red Sox climbing their way back into post-season contention.  In fact, that makes the arrival of Football that much more spectacular.  While the NFL season probably has the most highly anticipated start, the MLB has the most intense finish.
 
And it just so happens that the stars align for these great events to overlap.
 
This Patriots season will be even more important after a disgusting end to last season.  The Pats were run-over in the invincible fortress of Gillette Stadium by a purple team.  
 
The squad looked deflated in their short post-season after losing arguably their best player last year, Wes Welker, to a horrific knee injury in the final regular season game.  But, despite the severity of his injury, Welker may be back as early as tonight for competitive play.  Bill Belichick has said Welker will be a game time decision against the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints tonight.  If he can get reps in the first pre-season game, that would be a good indicator that he would be ready in time for the real season opener against the loud-mouthed Bengals. 
 
The fearless leader, quarterback Tom Brady, seems fired up to say the least.  Reports out of training camp say he has been intolerant of anything short of perfection from his team mates.  This week, he apparently called the O-line a bunch of fat cows in the huddle after a lazy play.  This guy means business.   
 

  

So, order your “Welker is a Beast” t-shirt from Chowdaheadz.com, stock your fridge with beer, and make your couches into stadium seating.  Football Season has arrived.

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