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I found this very funny......The Pats signed Vinnie Testeverde. :LMAO::LMAO::LMAO:



And..........they ripped up all their grass.....replacing it with field turf.


Updated: Nov. 14, 2006, 3:17 PM ET

Patriots rip out grass at Gillette, installing FieldTurf

ESPN.com news services



FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Growing a green, healthy lawn can exasperate even the most dedicated homeowner. But the New England Patriots have apparently given up on keeping their back yard looking good and opted for a permanent solution.


After their newly-sodded field was turned to muck on Sunday during the Patriots' 17-14 loss to the New York Jets, the Patriots decided to pull up the grass once and for all and install a FieldTurf surface. The change was first reported by Patriots Football Weekly on Tuesday.



Work crews bulldozed what was left of Gillette Stadium's natural grass on Tuesday and the new surface will be ready for the team's next home game Nov. 26 against the Chicago Bears.


The playing conditions at Gillette Stadium have previously been criticized and the team has resurfaced the field several times -- sometimes at the behest of the NFL. In 2003, the NFL ordered the Patriots to re-sod the field before a playoff game against the Tennessee Titans.



The Boston Globe reported Tuesday that the NFL's competition committee had recommended against allowing teams to change playing surfaces during the season, but that recommendation was never made league policy. The team's president, Jonathan Kraft, told 890 ESPN Radio in Boston that no such rule exists.

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Patriots sign 43-year-old Testaverde

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass (AP) - Vinny Testaverde, who came out of retirement last season to help out the New York Jets, was signed on Tuesday by New England.


The 43-year-old quarterback, the first overall pick by Tampa Bay in the 1987 draft, has played 19 NFL seasons and has 269 touchdown passes, eighth in NFL history, and is sixth with 45,252 yards passing.

He becomes the third quarterback on the Patriots roster, behind Tom Brady and second-year man Matt Cassel.


The Patriots will be his sixth team.


In addition to the Bucs, he has played for Cleveland, Baltimore, the Jets and Dallas. He retired after playing with the Cowboys in 2004, but last season rejoined the Jets, for whom he played from 1998-2003, after starter Chad Pennington and backup Jay Fiedler were injured in the same game.


Testaverde, who started four games for the Jets last season, became the first player in NFL history to throw at least one touchdown pass in 19 straight seasons. He completed 60 of 106 passes for 777 yards with one touchdown and six interceptions. He was subsequently replaced by Brooks Bollinger, who had started the season as the team's third stringer.

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