If you’re reading this, the New England Patriots’ game against the Denver Broncos hasn’t been postponed — yet. But you never know. We’ve still got a few hours. At this point, nothing is for certain until we get to the National Anthem and coin toss.
There was plenty of weird stuff to cover in last week’s anti-analysis before the game’s second postponement — especially Chase Winovich’s takes on aliens and Canadian ice dragons. However, the week went on without a game, and there was still plenty of non-football to talk about — including Chase Winovich’s takes on Mothman and the one conspiracy theory even he wasn’t willing to talk about.
Patriots-Broncos anti-analysis (Take 2)
I’m not here to analyze the Patriots’ game this Sunday. That sounds like actual work Chris Mason or Matt Vautour would do (suckers). Instead, I’m here to point out 5-10 observations and general tidbits that have at least a tangential connection to Sunday’s game.
1. This week in Chase Winovich conspiracy theories
Conspiracy theories have become a recurring topic during Winovich’s regular appearances of 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Zolak and Bertrand” show. This week, the hosts did a lightning round of various conspiracy theories to get Winovich’s thoughts on them:
Roswell UFO landing: “Cover-up”
Chupacabra: Not real.
Mothman: “I know he’s real.”
Moon landing: Not a hoax.
Bigfoot: “I think he exists, but not in the way we think he exists.”
2. The conspiracy theory that’s off-limits for Winovich: Why didn’t Malcolm Butler play in the Super Bowl?
The hosts followed up with one bonus conspiracy theory, asking Winovich if he knew why Butler didn’t play in Super Bowl LII against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Winovich’s response after a pause: “I think I’m losing connection”
3. What are former Patriots up to? WR Mohamed Sanu
The former Patriots receiver is currently without a team after getting cut by the San Francisco 49ers. While Sanu doesn’t currently have a team, he does have a side hustle in the form of his own clothing line: Bean Talk.
The company mostly sells shirts and hats. However, they do sell a coffee mug and bean bag chair (for $115.50).
So what the heck does Bean Talk mean?
“It’s just a positive expression really. So definitely like the conversation we’re having right now, that’s ‘bean talk,’” Sanu said back in 2017.
For reference, the conversation at the team was about shoes. However, Sanu stressed that it was not, in fact, “shoe talk.”
“No, it’s really ‘bean talk’ though, because it’s on a ‘bean,’ Sanu said. “Like it’s positivity, if you like it and it’s a great conversation, that’s ‘bean talk’. Or say like right now my outfit’s ‘on a bean’. You know, I got the Joker cleats on with the red socks, um, ‘bean talk’ shirt. Got the ‘beansky’ hat. You know it’s just very subtle details, details matter.”
4. The Bill Belichick-approved non-answer of the week
Isaiah Wynn on whether he’s been in contact with players who have contracted COVID-19.
Reporter: “Have you been in contact with any of the guys on the COVID list and know how they’re doing?”
Wynn: “No, that’s kind of like a coach Belichick question.”
Reporter: “So he said don’t talk about that?”
Wynn: “That’s a Belichick question.”
(For context, that last line was delivered with a smile, drawing a laugh from reporters.)
5. This week in Cam Newton nicknames
With Newton’s return to practice this week comes a return of this feature. This week, the notable revelation was that rookie tackle Justin Herron’s nickname is “Contacts.”
Herron explains: “My eyes are very light. They’re hazel. So the first day, the first thing he ever said to me was just like ‘Do you wear contacts?’ So he called me ‘Contacts’ from that day forward.”
6. Name of the Week (Part II)
Last week, it was tight end Jake Butt, for obvious reasons.
But since we’re doing a repeat, let’s go with Lloyd Cushenberry III, who sounds more like the villainous British noble in a Disney movie than a 6-foot-3, 312-pound mauler of a center.
7. The “Hey, he plays for them now?” Player of the Week
CB A.J. Bouye
Last week, it was old friend Duke Dawson, who you may or may not remember was traded to the Broncos last season.
But did you remember that the Jaguars traded Bouye back in March for a fourth-round pick? It was an underwhelming departure for a guy who was one of the league’s best cornerbacks not too long ago.
8. College rivalries never die: Michigan-Ohio State version
Winovich, a Michigan alum, on what he is getting John Simon for his birthday: “I’m just going to get him a Michigan victory in a few weeks, in December.”
Simon, who went to Ohio State: “Well, I’ve been waiting for one for a while, so we’ll see.”
Considering Michigan hasn’t beaten Ohio State since 2011 (its only win since 2003), that’s a pretty good burn.
9. Even the Patriots have fun with video conferencing backgrounds
You might be tempted to call it a Zoom call. However, the Patriots use WebEx for their meetings.
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