It's Gronk's World and Patriots just living in it
There's no denying Rob Gronkowski's dominance on the field in 2011 and most
of 2012. He was 's target of choice in the Red Zone Wholesale Jerseys and also was
a beast when it came to blocking and covering the edges.
Coincidentally, or not at all, Gronkowski's latest marketing campaign hit
the interwebs just as news broke courtesy of agent Drew Rosenhaus that Gronk
would be playing Sunday against the Jets.
Here's the t shirt to prove it. The Gronk Nation Twitter feed (the official
feed of the Gronkowski brothers) posted this image and a link to where you
could buy the T shirt for a limited time for $24.99.
Thanks to Rosenhaus, and the incredibly cheesy BODYARMOR spot, we know that
Gronk will either play Sunday or the Patriots will create a rift with him and
his camp that will never heal. The team desperately needs his presence on the
field, especially with news that Clay Buchholz Look Like Cal Ripken, Jr. But We
Can't Call Him Injury Prone" Amendola will be out again this week.
In the clip, Gronkowski says: "Obviously I went through a lot of hectic,
emotional, stressful events with injuries but it's something you've got to deal
with. It's a contact sport, every single play, and I'm just looking at my
The grumblings about Gronk being a star in practice but then all of sudden
being unable to play hit critical mass last Sunday and would have exploded over
New England like the Blizzard of 1978 had Brady not reminded us last Sunday
that he's still Brady with five seconds to play against the Saints.
Meanwhile, the Patriots have Gronkowski listed as "questionable' following
those off season surgeries and his extensive re hab on various college campuses
and in Las Vegas. The Patriots' plan, one would figure, would be to keep
Gronk's status uncertain until Sunday's active rosters are released, giving
them another edge over the Jets.
Not when Team Gronk has a new "Super Drink" to push.
Of course, the Patriots once had Brady listed as "probable shoulder" for
three years, from 2005 08. During that run, Brady never missed a game. A week
after the Patriots removed him from the injury report, he landed on the IR for
the rest of the year after being taken out by in the '08 season opener.
NFL resident historian , the 22 year old rookie defensive lineman for the
Jets, told us this week that hit let to the NFL's current rash of rules that
protect NFL QBs. Of course, you could put or in a military grade Humvee and
they couldn't move the ball into the end zone.
Brady's behavior has been unprofessional at times this season, and he's
thrown his share of tantrums and used off color language on at least one
But Brady has always taken responsibility for anything he's done on or off
the field, save for Gisele likely offering him some fashion tips. He's also a
36 year old old, husband, father and Baby Daddy. Cheap Jerseys
With Gronk, we're never sure who's calling the shots. The Patriots screwed
up in both laying the foundation for Gronk's most recent arm surgery by having
him on extra point duty after the final TD in their 59 24 win over the Colts
last season. The surgery itself was possibly rushed to get him back in time for
the postseason. And the procedure obviously wasn't done correctly given the
resulting infections and other medical issues that have resulted from it.
Of course, Gronk wasn't necessary focused on re hab 24 7, despite what the
folks at BODYARMOR want us to believe. [The video clip of his top less
performance in Vegas has been removed from You Tube.]
Gronk is a single 24 year old Hercules of a man who has no trouble meeting
women, getting photographed top less with porn stars, having a good time and
raising his share of Hell. There's nothing wrong with that. But when you're
working around a few off season surgeries and put your self into situations
where you're going to photographed chugging beers and break dancing on stage,
it will negatively impact your image and your perception among teammates and
Miss five weeks at the a start of the season even after eventually kicking
ass in practice, and all those doubts are going to magnified.
Having Gronkowski back in the lineup will be a major boost. Through six
games, the Patriots have a combined nine catches for 96 yards and a touchdown
from their tight ends and . If Gronkowski can contribute as a blocker, the
Patriots running game could take off. Last season, with a Gronk and blocking on
the edges, Erik Frenz tells us the Patriots ran the ball 68 times off tight end
for 311 yards; in 2013, they've run the ball 19 times off tight end and have
picked up just 34 yards.
Gronk and his camp have done their best to make sure he is the story Sunday
against the Jets. We never seem to be able to make him responsible for his
But we've seen this week how much of Gronk's World is about Gronk and where
exactly the Patriots fit into it. Probably somewhere between BODYARMOR and
those Dunkin' Donuts commercials.
That's not all bad. At least this Gronk talk momentarily takes our mind off
the fact that Patriots lost for the season last week and hip injury that has
dogged All World cornerback resurfaced last week, as well.
This week, all eyes are on Gronk, just like he wants it.
But if he doesn't come through, those t shirts may end up for sale for $1.99
Here are this week's rankings. Teams are listed with their records and last
Here's the Week 6 GIF of the week, courtesy of Brady, Rob Ryan and the
1. Broncos (6 0; 1) Jim Irsay says he's disappointed because Peyton Manning
only won one Super Bowl in Indianapolis. The Broncos are averaging 44.1 points
per game. Not a wise move, Jimbo.
2. Chiefs [sorry if you're offended] (6 0; 3) 65 points allowed are fewest
in the NFL. And that's given fans at Arrowhead Stadium plenty to cheer about.
And they cheered so loud they broke the all time outdoor crowd decibel level
record last week. The 137.5 decibels, if upheld, would top the 136.6 decibels
at home by the Seahawks on Sept. 16.
4. Seahawks (6 1: 4) They rebounded nicely from their first loss with a pair
of victories in the past week. Playing Tennessee and Arizona is usually a good
5. Saints (5 1; 2) Couple of things, guys. Don't offer bounties. Don't give
Brady three shots in the final three minutes. Don't ever stop believing in
"showponies" and "unicorns."