The New England Patriots Playbook Is Here

Well, it’s at my house anyhow. Could show up at your local bookstore any time. Even though the official release date is September 1, once stores have it, they can sell it.

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As I’ve noted before, The New England Patriots Playbook, updates Game Changers: The Greatest Plays In New England Patriots History with exciting new material. It also features a great new layout.

There are some fun new chapters that cover the biggest moments from the five years since Game Changers was published — right up to the amazing Malcolm Butler’s interception that cemented the Pats as Super Bowl XLIX champions. There’s new material on Gronk and Edelman. There’s additional material on Wes Welker and the disappointing end of his tenure with the Patriots.

There’s gorgeous photography and a bunch of play diagrams that weren’t in Game Changers. And it’s all in a nice new format that makes it easier to read and travel with than Game Changers. I’m pretty psyched.

Neither Amazon nor Barnes & Noble.com has made it available yet, though both are taking preorders.

When you see it out there on the shelves at your favorite bookstore (or in your local supermarket) drop me a line to let me know.

Coming September 2015: The New England Patriots Playbook

OK, I know the book everyone really wants me to update is Tom Brady vs. the NFL. I’m totally with all of you. And I promise it’ll get done as soon as we can convince Triumph Books that it needs to be done. (They don’t need to hear about it from me, by the way. I bug them about it regularly. They need to hear about it from you; you’re their customer. So maybe drop them a note.)

Still, I’m pretty excited that I’ve had a chance to update another of my books, one that remains a personal favorite — partly because it was so much fun to write and partly because it’s been so well received by readers.

Here’s the deal: This fall, Triumph will release The New England Patriots Playbook, which is an update, with exciting new material and a great new layout, of Game Changers: The Greatest Plays In New England Patriots History.

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I’ve added new chapters and sidebars that cover the biggest moments from the five years since Game Changers was published — up to and including Malcolm Butler’s spectacular, game-winning interception at the end of Super Bowl XLIX. There are new pieces about Gronk and Edelman, and a final look at Wes Welker’s by turns amazing (mostly) and disappointing (at the exact wrong moment) time with the Patriots.

And Triumph has created a gorgeous new presentation for material old and new, including beautiful photography and a bunch of play diagrams. The format is more compact than Game Changers, so it’s easier to read (particularly if you do a lot of reading on the go) — and, as important, this format is perfect for e-readers.

It’s all very exciting.

And if you’re so inclined, you can pre-order (I don’t really like that phrase, but whatever) a paperback copy now on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.com.

Be sure to tell your friends.

Left A Good Job In The City

Spent some time in the studio at my old haunt, 93.9 The River, this week talking to Monte Belmonte about the Patriots, Tom Brady, my books, and, of course, Super Bowl XLIX.

Monte (once again) put together a segment that makes me look like I know what I’m talking about. That’s no easy task, let me tell you.

It’s a fun segment, and worth a listen if you have a few minutes.

Me And Hyldburg Down By The Library

Neat event coming up on Saturday, November 22 at the Tewksbury Public Library. My pal and fellow Patriots author Bob Hyldburg will be leading a discussion on Patriots past, present and future. Bob, in case you don’t know, is the author of the completely amazing volume Total Patriots.

Come and talk Pats with us. The event is free and open to the public, though the library recommends advance registration as seating is limited.

Bring your copies of our books and get them signed. Or pick up copies while you’re there. Signed books make great holiday gifts.

Check in on the event page on Facebook and let me know you’re coming.

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My Interview with John Murphy

John Murphy was kind enough to have me on his radio program on Buffalo’s WGR 550 last night. We talked about Tom Brady vs. the NFL: The Case for Football’s Greatest Quarterback, of course, and a bit about my expectations for the 2013 NFL season.

You can hear the whole thing here (I come in at the 40-minute mark).

The John Murphy Show

Sure, the 2013 NFL season is still 59 days away, but training camp is just around the corner. And, hell, it’s never really the wrong time to talk football.

Tonight at 8, I’ll join John Murphy, play-by-play voice of the Buffalo Bills, on his daily broadcast to talk AFC East football and discuss Tom Brady vs. the NFL: The Case for Football’s Greatest Quarterback. You don’t have to be in western New York to tune in. The John Murphy Show streams live via the WGR 550 web site. Take a listen; it should be fun.

Brady vs. Montana, 23 Postseason Starts Edition

I’ve been getting a lot of traffic from search strings to do with Tom Brady vs. Joe Montana (folks looking for side-by-side stats, mostly). I have to imagine that’s related to the fact that Brady on Sunday won his 17th career postseason game, breaking what had been a tie with Montana for the NFL record. The win over Houston also advanced Brady to his seventh career conference championship, which ties Montana for most all time. (Brady goes into the game against Baltimore with a 5-1 record in conference championships. Montana ended his career with a conference championship record of 4-3. And Montana, of course, still holds the edge in Super Bowl wins.)

So while I was planning to wait until after the Patriots wrapped up their postseason run to rework all of the various charts from Tom Brady vs. the NFL: The Case for Football’s Greatest Quarterback, I figured I’d go ahead and do an interim chart now. Sort of makes sense in a way. I did a chart update when Brady pulled even with Montana in regular season starts; might as well do one now that they’ve had an equal number of postseason starts, too, right? So here you go. (Oh, also, come to Barnes & Noble in Framingham Saturday between  11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and say hell0.)

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In Framingham Saturday

I’ll be hanging out, talking Patriots, and signing copies of Tom Brady vs. the NFL: The Case for Football’s Greatest Quarterback at the Barnes & Noble store in Framingham, Massachusetts Saturday, January 19 from from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You should come by. We can jaw about the playoffs. And you can pick up a copy of the book and discover for yourself what Kevin Braig of Cold, Hard Football Facts and Steve Balestrieri of PatsFans.com like so much about it.

Sure, the winter holidays have passed by. But Mothers Day and Fathers Day are both on the horizon. Birthday’s happen, too. So if you have Patriots fans in your life (you must), remember that a signed book makes a great gift.

For directions and store contact info, head over to my events page.

Comparing The 2011/2012 Patriots

So, one last time, let’s take a look at how the 2012 New England Patriots measure up with the 2011 AFC Champion squad in some key statistical areas. Lots of reasons to be optimistic about this year’s squad’s chances in the post-season as you look this over.

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Looking at the Patriots Pass D

Because I apparently have a pathological need to prove my own geekiness, I put together a little chart that illustrates the progression of the 2012 New England Patriots pass defense by way of some key measurables (which is to say statistics).

Go ahead and share it with your friends. You know you want to.

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