Morning Skate: Monday, Nov. 19


Morning Skate: Monday, Nov. 19

An interesting look at the facts and myths behind hockey teams losing money and how the number that appears in Forbes magazine isnt always what it seems to be.

The Backhanded Shelf loves Don Cherrys twitter account and theyre not the only ones. Who knew that Cherry had such deep thoughts just waiting to burst out onto the social media scene?

While the Pittsburgh Penguins are hurting without their paychecks, theyre not exactly ready to stand in the government cheese line? Do they still even have government cheese?

FOH (Friend of Haggs) Greg Wyshynski with some good notes to go along with Gary Bettmans All is Well question and answer interview with the Winnipeg Press.

Rogers Sportsnet columnist John Shannon sees little hope for Monday afternoons CBA meeting between the NHL and NHLPA. Lets hope hes completely wrong.

Larry Brooks with his usual update from the NHLPA side of things including the content of conference calls over the weekend, and the decision that the union isnt ready to decertify.

A good piece from Andy Merritt about how family and his upbringing have influenced Dick Umile along his historic coaching path at UNH.

For something completely different: If somebody is going to write upwards of 1,000 words on the Universal Soldier film franchise then I really have to link to it, dont I?

Game notes: Patriots tie Browns for second-longest streak of .500-or-better seasons


Game notes: Patriots tie Browns for second-longest streak of .500-or-better seasons

Notes from the Patriots' 33-8 victory over the Raiders in Mexico City . . . 

-- New England is now 8-2 and is guaranteed to have a .500 or better record for the 17th consecutive season, tying the 1957-73 Browns for the second-longest streak in NFL history. The record is 21, held by the 1965-85 Cowboys. The Pats last had a losing season in 2000, when they were 5-11 in Bill Belichick's first season in New England.


-- The Patriots have now won 13 straight road games, setting a franchise record. They remain in second place on the NFL all-time list, behind the 18 straight road games won by the 1988-90 49ers.

-- Tom Brady completed 30 of 37 passes (81.1 percent) for 339 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 131.9 passer rating. Brady has 82 career games with at least 300 passing yards and is the only player in NFL history to record a 300-yard passing game in three different countries (United States, United Kingdom and Mexico). Brady is also the first player to have a game with at least three passing touchdowns in three different countries.

-- The Pats are now 3-0 in international games, and have outscored their opponents by a combined 113-22 score in those games. 

-- Stephen Gostkowski scored 15 points on four field goals and three PATs and moved into the top 20 on the all-time NFL scoring list.

-- Gostkowski set a franchise record for longest field goal, 62 yards, in the light air of Mexico City.