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Boston Weekend Roundup/Week Preview 8/16-17

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Patriots –

On Friday night the Patriots took on the Eagles and I told you a couple things to look for. Here are some results and some other things that come to mind after the 42-35 win.

The quarterbacks played pretty well, especially Tom Brady. Overall, Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo, and Ryan Mallett combined to go 21/33 for 226 yards with 4 touchdowns and 1 interception. The interception of course was the result of a lineman-turned-tight end who blatantly ran the wrong route and left Brady out to dry. Other than that it was smooth sailing for the passing game. Garoppolo did get the nod to come out second and he exceled in his role and it looks like Mallett has one more foot out the door despite his performance.

The wide receivers were solid once again. Aaron Dobson didn’t see any time just coming off the PUP list, but preseason week 1 standout Brian Tyms caught 3 balls on 7 targets including a touchdown. He showed once again that he wants to be a part of this team and with the time that Belichick gave him, it looks like he’s reciprocated the feeling. The two receivers that Brady looked to the most were Kenbrell Thompkins and Julian Edelman, not so different from last year, but it’s a matter of time before Brandon LaFell becomes more prevalent given his rapport with the younger QBs.

Lifting in Chucks

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Lloyd asks: do friends let friends lift in Chucks?

A good pair of weightlifting shoes is the most essential purchase for any serious lifter. This is not the area to skimp. Go for the top end and buy the best quality. Same goes for barbells, for that matter. I own three pairs of shoes and expect they will last me for the next 30 years. Think of your weightlifting shoes as lifetime investments.

I lifted in Chuck Taylors (Converse All Stars) for some weeks when I first started lifting. It's not great but safer than anything with a squashy heel. Friends do not let friends lift in running shoes or with small plates or bits of wood propping up their heels. Much as I love Dave Draper and Arnold those old photos gave a lot of people the wrong idea.

I know some powerlifters who use low and high ankle Chucks. It seemed to suit their squatting style and they were well strong. Never mind those brutes though; if you want to be a weightlifter you need weightlifting shoes. I like the ones that have a wooden heel and can be resoled. Some of the cheaper models out today will begin to compress under big weight, so be aware of that.

My favourite shoe makes: Adidas Adistar 00, 04, 08, Adidas Ironwork II, III, Asics TOW727, Risto. Round these parts getting hold of any of these will be an expensive mission, so find a reputable cobbler and have them build something similar.

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