BOSTON (CBS) — The world was a really, very completely different place in 2001.
For one, social media — as we all know it at the moment — didn’t exist. No Twitter, no Fb, no Snapchat, no Instagram. No Tumblr, Tik Tok, or Tinder, both.
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It was additionally a really completely different time within the soccer world in New England. The Patriots had been coming off a 5-11 season in Invoice Belichick’s first 12 months as head coach, and the zero-time Tremendous Bowl champs had been gearing up for his or her last season at Foxboro Stadium earlier than shifting subsequent door to CMGI Area.
Occasions have modified since then. And that’s placing it mildly.
Fairly a bit occurred throughout that fateful 2001 season, the 12 months that Tom Brady turned a family title, and the 12 months that the Patriots gained their first of six Tremendous Bowls. And to assist followers relive that history-altering 12 months, the Patriots have created new social media “time machines.”
The accounts are on Twitter and Instagram as @PatsTimeMachine, and they’re going to submit varied photos, movies and tales to recreate that 2001 season.
New 12 months, new hope! pic.twitter.com/VGl9YSaufR
— Patriots Time Machine (@PatsTimeMachine) March 2, 2021
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This week, the “time machine” included archived articles from Patriots Soccer Week. One article analyzed which free brokers from the 2000 workforce could be staying and which might be leaving. That record of pending free brokers contains Bruce Armstrong, who retired, and Chad Eaton, who left for Seattle.
The story for the beginning of the 2001 league 12 months notes that the Patriots have to remodel a contract with franchise quarterback Drew Bledsoe, an extension “that might safe the quarterback place for the subsequent decade and liberate some cap room within the quick time period.” That story additionally famous that Invoice Belichick was excited to have Romeo Crennel be part of his employees. It additionally regarded forward to doubtlessly including Bryan Cox to the linebacking corps, which ended up understanding relatively nicely.
Maybe one of the best a part of that story? That might be this:
“Whereas the workforce expects to lock up Bledsoe long run, it may also be available in the market for a extra dependable veteran backup except holdovers Tom Brady or Bishop can fill that function following the discharge of veteran John Friesz. Bishop has tried simply 9 NFL passes in his two seasons with the membership, and Brady was the 199th choose within the 2000 NFL Draft.”
That was, clearly, a good concern in March 2001. However the 199th choose ended up being extra able to fulfilling the duty requested of him than anybody might have ever imagined.
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The Patriots may even launch a podcast to rejoice the twentieth anniversary of the 2001 season, a time that remodeled the franchise and kicked off an unprecedented two-decade stretch of success, the likes of which the NFL has by no means earlier than seen and won’t see once more.