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Michael Holley Podcast - Willie McGinest: "Sports will never see a dynasty like the Patriots again"

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Michael Holley Podcast - Willie McGinest: "Sports will never see a dynasty like the Patriots again"

Willie McGinest joins “The Michael Holley Podcast” at the Super Bowl in Atlanta to talk about the Patriots mentality, how to build a losing team into a winning one, and Tom Brady.

(:45) - McGinest on Brady’s mentality and intensity, and staying in the moment.

(2:20) - The Hall of Fame conversation for Patriots players, and how championships aren’t considered as strongly as they should be.

(5:30) - McGinest talks about the gameplan the Patriots had against the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI, and how the players bought into the team-centric mentality from the get-go. Also, he talks about how the Patriots hatred and cheating accusations are ridiculous after reaching their ninth Super Bowl. McGinest says, “If you give me the answers to the test, we’re not going to beat you by a field goal, we’re going to beat your ass by 30 points.”

(7:40) - McGinest talks about Nickell Robey-Coleman's comments on Tom Brady not being as good, and whether Brady has diminished at all.

(9:20) - McGinest on the Patriots struggles during the season, and if he’s surprised they are in the Super Bowl.

(12:20) - Willie talks about the Patriots dynasty and the foundation being set early as the reason he knew it was a recipe for success. “Do you think Belichick has some special wand in his office? It’s football.” 

(14:08) - Is there a phrase McGinest remembers from Belichick that he still uses today?

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Multiple Patriots testifying at Mass. State House on education inequality

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Multiple Patriots testifying at Mass. State House on education inequality

Devin McCourty, Jason McCourty, Matthew Slater, and Duron Harmon testified before Massachusetts lawmakers Friday to raise awareness about inequality in education.

The New England Patriots players, who are all members of the Players Coalition—an advocacy group of NFL players -- testified in support of the Massachusetts Education PROMISE Act.

Lawmakers gave a round of applause for the four Patriots as they entered the room, which can be seen in this video from ESPN's Mike Reiss:

If passed, the bill would raise education spending in Massachusetts by more than one billion dollars per year "by increasing funding for school employee health care costs and special education services, as well as the base rate of funding districts get for low-income students and English language learners," according to Boston.com.

The goal of that increased funding would be to reduce the "wide disparities between rich and poor communities" in the state's education system.

This type of cause fits into the mission of the Players Coalition. Further, the McCourtys, as well as Slater and Duron Harmon, have been outspoken members of the Patriots during their tenure, and have consistently been involved with these types of efforts off the field.

In 2017, Matthew Slater received the Bart Starr Award, one of the NFL's most prestigious honors, which is given annually to a player who exemplifies character and leadership on and off the field.

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Alabama TE Irvin Smith Jr. posts photo with Bill Belichick, Nick Saban

Alabama TE Irvin Smith Jr. posts photo with Bill Belichick, Nick Saban

Alabama tight end Irvin Smith Jr. tweeted out a photo of him shaking hands with Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who was standing alongside Alabama coach Nick Saban, at the school's pro day.

Alabama has gone to some lengths to emphasize Belichick's presence at Alabama's pro day, with a number of tweets showing the two talking.

But this photo is different.

First, Irvin Smith Jr. tweeted the photo, but as he is photographed in it, obviously was not the one who took it.

Second, with Dwayne Allen's departure, and Gronk's status and durability a question mark, the Patriots have a need at the position. Our Phil Perry has the Patriots drafting Smith in the second round of the draft, at No. 41, so speculation on the Alabama TE is not unfounded.

Or the meeting could just be one of many between Belichick and players that he observes at various pro-days. 

Regardless, we will find out in a little over a month with the 2019 NFL draft kicks off, whether or not the Patriots are in on Smith.

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