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41. The Patriots and Bill Belichick know exactly what they‘re doing & the rest of the NFL just realized it

41. The Patriots and Bill Belichick know exactly what they‘re doing & the rest of the NFL just realized it

December 7, 2021

The Patriots beat the Bills in an unforgettable way on Monday Night Football to take sole possession of the No. 1 seed in the AFC heading into their bye week. The aftermath was fraught with accusations of overreaction and hyperbole, balanced out by the dawning realization from everyone else that the Patriots are back on top. Tanya breaks down exactly what the conditions were like and rips into people who complain about bad weather games outside (3:08). Then she explains that Monday's unique game plan was no fluke, it was the culmination of everything that Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels have been preparing for (8:31). Then Tanya reads a few criticisms of the Bill Belichick praise from prominent media members and she responds by laying out the history of QBs who succeed in their rookie year then go on to win the Super Bowl early in their careers (15:20). Finally, Tanya rips Bills coach Sean McDermott's insulting lack of accountability and deflection after the game (24:48).  

40. Long live Bill Belichick plus NFL 2021 ‘This or That‘ with guest Mike D‘Abate

40. Long live Bill Belichick plus NFL 2021 ‘This or That‘ with guest Mike D‘Abate

December 1, 2021

Tanya is joined by the host of the Locked on Patriots podcast and writer for SI Patriots Maven, Mike D'Abate to catch up on the NFL season through Week 13. They kick things off by chatting about the players on the offense who are best positioned to help Mac Jones continue his hot streak (4:48). Then they hit on the state of the Patriots defense and if that unit has any weaknesses (10:41), which guys might be the unsung heroes on the season so far (16:54), and how they expect the final five games of the season to play out (22:40). Then Tanya makes Mike play a rousing game of 'This or That' NFL 2021 Edition  where they touch on topics across the league (27:02).

39. Bill Belichick has Patriots poised to become leading Super Bowl contenders sooner than later

39. Bill Belichick has Patriots poised to become leading Super Bowl contenders sooner than later

November 20, 2021

Tanya starts things off this week by taking a look at Cam Newton's triumphant return to the Panthers and to the field in Week 10, and what it could mean for Carolina in a surprisingly open NFC South divisional race (5:08). Then it's a full deep dive into what the Patriots are doing that's working so well, how Bill Belichick turned a rebuild into real playoff contention, the rise of their elite defense and what the next two games could mean for the season-long outlook of the conference (9:35).

38. Patriots 2021 Midseason Awards!!

38. Patriots 2021 Midseason Awards!!

November 12, 2021

The New England Patriots have played nine games in this new 18 week season and so it's time for the Almost Shameless Podcast to hand out some midseason awards!! First, Tanya quickly touches on a few of the biggest stories of the week, including Odell Beckham Jr. signing with the Rams over the Patriots (among others), Cam Newton landing back with the Panthers and the Ravens losing a very bizarre game to the Dolphins (2:45). Then it's time to hand out the awards for the best offensive, defensive, special teams, rookie and comeback players on the Patriots through the first half of the season, as well as some bonus team awards for best loss and best win of the year so far (7:08).

37. Patriots finally have everyone‘s attention, but can they keep it? Plus Aaron Rodgers is a fraud

37. Patriots finally have everyone‘s attention, but can they keep it? Plus Aaron Rodgers is a fraud

November 5, 2021

The Patriots secured their biggest win of the season on the road against the Los Angeles Chargers with a classic Bill Belichick defensive performance and some old-school possession offense. Now that people are paying attention to the GOAT and his rookie up in New England, can they deliver on the promise they've shown and make a real playoff run? Tanya addresses that, where they stand in the AFC playoff picture as of now, and what it will take to sustain this momentum (2:40). Then she lays into Aaron Rodgers for being a know-it-all fraud who asserted his dominance all over Green Bay only to now hand his potential replacement the biggest opportunity of his career (18:55).

36. Stop expecting Roger Goodell to be someone he‘s not, don‘t embarrass Aaron Rodgers by comparing him to Tom Brady

36. Stop expecting Roger Goodell to be someone he‘s not, don‘t embarrass Aaron Rodgers by comparing him to Tom Brady

October 29, 2021

Tanya is back and kicks things off with examining the harsh realities of Roger Goodell's reign over the NFL, and a critique of the way fans and media respond to the lack of transparency in league culture and investigations (3:00). Then she moves onto Thursday night's wild game between the Cardinals and Packers, and the resulting praise of Aaron Rodgers that took a turn back into the delusional GOAT discussion that won't go away (17:12). 

35. Jon Gruden fallout, real Super Bowl contenders, Steelers & Patriots potential wild card battle w/ Jarrett Bailey of Fansided

35. Jon Gruden fallout, real Super Bowl contenders, Steelers & Patriots potential wild card battle w/ Jarrett Bailey of Fansided

October 14, 2021

Tanya welcomes Jarrett Bailey, Fansided NFL contributor and co-host of the Laces Out Podcast, to take a look across the league as we head into Week 6 and the real meat of the NFL season. First though, Tanya and Jarrett breakdown and react to the fallout from Jon Gruden's resignation after the leak of a slew of racist, homophobic and misogynistic emails between he and former Washington Football team President, Bruce Allen (2:06). Then they move into assessing which of the NFL's top-tier teams are for real Super Bowl contenders, and which might be headed for a downturn as the season moves on (25:25). Finally Tanya forces Jarrett to face the real possibility that his Steelers and her Patriots may very well face a battle down the stretch for the final wild card playoff spot in the AFC (55:00). 

34. Red Sox own the Yankees, Mac Jones is holding his own but it‘s simply not enough

34. Red Sox own the Yankees, Mac Jones is holding his own but it‘s simply not enough

October 7, 2021

Tanya kicks things off by sharing some of her favorite reactions to the Red Sox beating the Yankees in the wild card game, including an absolute masterpiece from a former Yankee himself (5:02). Then it's onto reactions to Patriots Bucs, but specifically analyzing where Mac Jones is at through 4 games of the regular season (10:45). She also breaks down why she's not as worked up about the Stephon Gilmore trade as some others in the media (28:51), then looks ahead at the next six games of the season to assess what the Patriots are dealing with now that the biggest game of the year is out of the way (31:09). Stick around to the end to hear about the epic way Tanya got to watch Tom Brady's homecoming. 

33. Fall AMA Mailbag, from pumpkin spice vs apple cider to Brady v Belichick

33. Fall AMA Mailbag, from pumpkin spice vs apple cider to Brady v Belichick

September 29, 2021

The fall AMA mailbag is here to lighten things up ahead of maybe the most stressful regular season game that Patriots fans will ever watch, so sit back and grab your fall beverage of choice and get to know Tanya a little better while also getting your weekly does of sports hot takes sprinkled in. From Halloween movies and aggressive wrestling fans to preparing your emotions for Patriots v Bucs, there's a little something for everyone. 

32. Tom Brady‘s supposed vindication complex with Bill Belichick ignores the reality of his career

32. Tom Brady‘s supposed vindication complex with Bill Belichick ignores the reality of his career

September 23, 2021

This week Tom Brady Sr. spoke with NBC Sports Boston's Tom E. Curran and said he thinks his son has been vindicated by winning in Tampa Bay. But what exactly is Brady's gripe with 20 years of unprecedented success again? (2:51) Plus Tanya proposes a batshit idea for getting the NFL to back off of their taunting rules for on-field celebrations (25:21). 

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