I know this game got overshadowed by the other games this weekend, but looking back, was this game on Thursday night the most blatant case of refball in years? The amount of bullshit calls on the Eagles, and the amount of non calls on the Panthers was fucking absurb. I honestly do think there was some kind of fix going on here. Either that or it was some of the worst officiating the league has ever seen
I'm saying this as a Pats fan. Quote from Belichick today:
>“Maybe I just can’t figure it out, but it’s incomprehensible to me how anybody could think that a team that’s practiced for six months and played 19 regular season and postseason games and had triple-digit practices, five months later, after not playing a game, after having a fraction of that type of experience, could be anywhere close to the level of execution that they were five months before that after all of the things that I just listed. I mean, it’s impossible in my view,” Belichick said. “So, each year, you start all over again. You start that process all over again. You build your team over the course of the year though practice repetitions, through preseason to regular season games, through the evolving of your scheme, and that’s why each year is different and unique."
Your defense has fucking sucked this year dude. It's bottom 3 in the league despite having a ton of talent, plus you, the alleged "GOAT" genius coach. Obviously nobody expects any team to be in post-season form right now --- that doesn't mean everything is a-ok when it comes to that putrid defense you're coaching & putting out on the field. It's week 6. They haven't been this bad in his entire Pats career. This goes far beyond some early season hiccups. Giving up 350+ yards to guys like Alex Smith, Josh McCown and 200 in 1 quarter to Jameis Winston. They allow an average of 115 passer rating. Josh McCown looked like Joe Montana out there on Sunday.
The proper start of the 137th edition of the world's oldest knockout competition - the FA Cup - is decided tonight with the first round draw.
Three teams from Tier 8 remain: Hyde United (who infamously had three successive relegations a few years ago) Heybridge Swifts (whose last appearance at this stage saw them lose 7-0 to Bristol City) and Ossett Town (whose location is more renowned for the Worms games than football).
The 89 teams and their 80 numbers are to follow in the next post.
Coverage starts at 7:00pm UK time on BBC Two with the draw starting approximately 10 minutes later.