Bills Mafia outdoes itself: Fans throw a 'marital aid' on the field

Bills Mafia outdoes itself: Fans throw a 'marital aid' on the field

BUFFALO -- If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear, does it make a sound?

Don’t know. But when a sex toy bounces onto the field during play in front of a sold-out stadium and millions of eyeballs, it causes a stir. And, inevitably, questions.

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Was the throwing pre-planned or a spontaneous reaction to the Patriots once again knocking on the Bills’ end-zone door?

Given the league’s clear-bag policy, was there smuggling involved or did it just glide right through? Is this the start of a Buffalo tradition, like the octopus being thrown on the ice at Red Wings games or home-run balls being thrown back at Wrigley Field?

Hard to tell.

Chris Hogan (ahem) was the Patriot involved in the play with 3:38 left in the third and New England running a quick throw out near the left sideline. Asked if he noticed the foreign object, Hogan said, “I think I did, out of the corner of my eye, but I wasn’t really focused on that.”

Tom Brady thought a flag was thrown on the play, according to running back LeGarrette Blount. "I said, 'No, that’s a dildo!' " Blount related. "They got that thing kicked off the field quick. Nobody was touching that. You don’t know where that’s been."

A locker over, running back James White sat slack-jawed. He had no idea.

Neither did wide receiver Julian Edelman. I asked him for his reaction. "What are you talking about?" was the reply.

I showed him the illegal and inappropriate GIF.

"Bills Mafia," he said. "Doing it up big."

Pro day circuit shows Belichick in his element

Pro day circuit shows Belichick in his element

Bill Belichick is a teacher. His father was a teacher. His mother was a teacher. He is very much their son in that regard. 

The glimpses into Belichick's essence aren't as rare as you might think, but they still generate an inordinate amount of interest because he's arguably the best to ever execute the kind of teaching he's made his life's work.

Every time he takes several minutes to answer a conference call or press conference question thoughtfully, the hundreds of words found in the text of the transcribed answer typically create a stir on Twitter. NFL Films productions that show Belichick operating behind the scenes are devoured. Exclusive interviews, where he shares his insight on individual games and matchups, NFL Films productions that show Belichick operating behind the scenes are devoured. Exclusive interviews, where he shares his insight on individual games and matchups, make every installment of the ‘Do Your Job’ series a must-watch.

Clips of Belichick on the practice field aren't necessarily hard to find, there just aren't many of them considering how many practices he's run over the course of his decades-long career. But thanks to more lax media policies at the college programs he visits for pro days, video of his on-the-field work pops up on a regular basis this time of year. They are mini-clinics dotting the internet. 

This is Belichick in his element. Even in the middle of a random university campus. Even with scouts, coaches and front-office people from around the league watching his every move. Whether he's coaching players one-on-one or three or four at a time, Belichick is imparting his wisdom on eager close-to-blank slates. All the while he's trying to evaluate how they're absorbing what he's giving them. Do they pay attention? How do they process information? Are they error-repeaters? 

It's a fascinating give-and-take between the 60-something coach trying to build a roster and the 20-something players trying to make one, some of whom hadn't yet hit kindergarten when Belichick won his first ring in New England. And he seems to enjoy it. 

Here's a quick look at some of what Belichick has been up to the last few days at Georgia, South Carolina and NC State.  



Patriots re-sign LB Marquis Flowers

Patriots re-sign LB Marquis Flowers

Linebacker Marquis Flowers is headed back to the Patriots on a one-year deal worth up to $2.55 million, according to his agent, Sean Stellato. 

Flowers, 26, a sixth-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2014, was acquired by the Patriots near the end of training camp last year for a seventh-round pick. 

More to come...