Today In Sports: There is a clause in legendary kicker and future Hall of Fame Adam Vinateri’s contract where he receives a 500k bonus by finishing the season hitting 90% or higher of his kicks. Going in to Sunday’s loss to the Buffalo Bills in an absolute blizzard, Vinateri had a 95.6 percentage and after missing two kicks that number dropped to 88 percent. With just three games left, the 44 year old has money on the table to be had. I’m pulling for him.
Tough 27-20 loss for the Patriots last night in Miami. With Trey Flowers, Kyle Van Noy and Rob Gronkowski all inactive, sure hindsight is 20/20 but I can’t say I am shocked. In all 5 Patriots Super Bowl wins, they finished the year going 5-1 in the division. By winning their final 3 games, they will be 5-1 on the year in the division. Sweeping your division is never an easy feat in football. Regardless, we are on to Pittsburgh where a win will put the Patriots in a strong position to secure home field advantage.
In other Patriots news, the team is closing in on a deal with receiver Kenny Britt. This means Malcolm Mitchell most likely is not returning from the IR which definitely sucks since last year the rookie was clutch in the Super Bowl against the Falcons catching 6 of the 7 footballs Brady threw in his direction for 70 yards. Still, in Kenny Britt the Patriots are bringing in a 6 ft 3 220 pound Rutgers alumni who is one year removed from a 68 catch, 1000 yard season. Bill is obsessed with Rutgers.
Today in the History: On this day, in 1925, the Persian Reza Pahlavi was crowned Shah of Iran. This would mark the beginning of the Pahlavi dynasty, one that had good relations with the West. His son, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was of course was overthrown during the Iranian Revolution in 1979.
One would need to read a plethora of books, articles, journals, and watch documentaries and movies to get a full understanding of what exactly went down. If you are curious about how the Iranian regime turned into an extremely religious and fanatical country under the leadership of the Ayatollah, google the following things/people: the Anglo-Persian Oil Company, Mohammad Mossaddegh, the SAVAK, the 1953 Operation Ajax, Shia Islam, Ayatollah Khomeini and Ayatollah Khamenei. Read the graphic novel Persepolis or even watch the 2007 film with the same name. Fascinating stuff and it makes it easier to understand the modern history of Iran.