The Day Of The Patriots | The Day Of DirecTV

Andrew CahillSenior Analyst IAugust 22, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 13:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots huddles with his teammates against the Philadelphia Eagles on August 13, 2009 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Living outside the local network area can be a depressing experience for the true fan of any NFL team. Luckily, DirecTV offers NFL Sunday Ticket!

Now, things seem simple. Just get DirecTV, and the Patriots will be beamed right into your living room every week. As an added bonus, you'll get to watch every other game in which you have remote interest.

Unless, of course, your apartment complex does not allow satellites on the roof, and the only place they do allow them is on the north side of a two story building (dish must face south).

What does that mean?

No DirecTV, meaning no NFL Sunday Ticket for this Patriots fan living in San Diego.

But alas, this Patriots fan has MOVED! And guess who is coming tomorrow? That's right, the DirecTV installation guy to hook up a glorious NFL Sunday Ticket feeding satellite dish to my 50-inch HDTV.

Now, I'm going to experience the returning year of TB12 in luxury.

I had been driving 45 miles out of the way to go to a bar full of Patriots fans to watch the games. That was becoming a stress point in my marriage, so this works out perfectly.

Still I have to keep a crappy cable company for internet. But thank my lucky stars this place faces the absolute perfect direction for a perfect angle on the satellite.

Let's talk about the return of Tommy and his Pats for a minute.

Week one of the preseason was a great showing, and he looked good in my opinion. I did seem to see a little throwing of the back foot, as well as a few passes he didn't step in to. Other than that, he looked very much in control of the offense.

In week two, the offensive line played like a bunch of school girls and blew a blocking scheme audible. Tommy got rocked, but bounced right back up as if nothing happened. This equals good.

So they lost 7-6. This does not surprise me considering it is a preseason game, and I don't care at all. All I wanted to see was Tommy take a hit and be alright, as well as the defense look good (which they did).

A few of the draft picks are turning out to be great surprises. Of course, Julian Edelman, but then I was expecting great things out of this sleeper. He is pretty much a lock for the 53 in my opinion.

Myron Pryor has a motor that doesn't quit, and I have enjoyed watching him. Ron Brace as well, and then it looks like the D-line is very strong and deep this year.

The Patriots have been showing a lot of 4-3 alignments, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything considering that is a trend every year in the preseason.

Darius Butler looks like he has the making of a great cover corner in the NFL. In week one he gave up a big pass interference penalty, which ultimately led to a touchdown. The Eagles decided to go for two, then Darius picks it off! What does he do? Marches right off the field still ticked about the penalty. That is the sign of a true professional in my mind.

Sebastion Vollmer has shown good signs, although this past week he looked like a lost mule on a few snaps.

Kevin O'Connell needs to get it together. He looks like a lost school boy looking for mommy in the crowd out there.

I could go on forever.

And I will, later.