Samuel Adams Boston Stock Ale

May 7th, 2017 by Android | No Comments | Filed in Malcolm Butler, Patriots-Seahawks, Super Bowl XLIX, Uncategorized

DISB Rating– 87 – another meat and potatoes beer that is a bit heavy for desert island service and while tasty does not stand out enough to justify beach service on a daily basis.
TMTB rating – 91 -Named partly for the Stock Ale produced at the old Haffenreffer brewery in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, now occupied by the Boston Brewing Company, it is a clear step up from the Private Stock most recently offered under the Haffenreffer label. It was one of the first Ales Sam Adams produced when it first opened reflecting New England’s ancient English beer heritage.
Style Rating – 88 – Beer Advocate says it is an English Pale Ale , but based upon the flavor profile and brewing notes from Sam Adams, it may be a milder variation on an Old Ale. Definitely an interesting beer if not easily distinguishable within a specific category.

Samuel Adams Boston Stock Ale aroma mild caramel with dog whistle of allspice. Head full moderately slow retreat leaving nice lacing. Color Clear moderate amber Flavor mild caramel dog whistle of dark fruit into a solid lasting but not overwhelming bitterness. medium body moderately high carbonation

In Super Bowl XLIX Malcolm Butler made a play that may have shifted the NFL’s balance of power. It shifted from the NFC having won 4 out of the last 5 Super Bowls coming into that game to the AFC, now winning the last three Super Bowls in a row, with AFL original franchises; and from the Seattle Seahawks, the defending Super Bowl champions with one the greatest defensive backfields in history of the NFL to the New England Patriots, having won two of the last three and being within a 2 point conversion of competing for three in a row, after losing two Super Bowls in the previous ten years.

After the game Tom Brady gave his Super Bowl MVP award truck to Malcolm Butler. Yet most people fail to realize to this day that Butler had one the most outstanding defensive performances in the history of the Super Bowl history and that he deserved the Super Bowl MVP truck and award as much or more than Brady. Not only did he make the game saving interception that shifted the NFL’s balance of power, he made plays from the third quarter onward that almost single-handedly turned the game around. Obviously without Brady and the offense it would have been all for naught but his play was critical to the Pats stemming Seattle’s rising tide.

Let’s hit the reset button to a point somewhere closing in on the end of the third quarter. The Seahawks had scored on four straight drives. Seattle had established a ten point lead in the second half, which up to Super Bowl XLIX no team had ever overcome such a second half deficit to win.

At this point Belichick getting a little desperate. His starter, undrafted veteran cornerback Kyle Arrington is struggling. Belichick has this largely untested and undrafted rookie who has seen spot duty throughout the season and shown some good playmaking sense in practice. Not an ideal defensive choice but Seattle has scored on four straight drives and looks virtually unstoppable. Might as well roll the dice and give the rookie a chance to see if he can show some of that practice savvy in the Super Bowl

On the first play of the drive after inserting Butler, Wilson throws in the direction of his former teammate Brandon Browner and beats him for a 14 yard first down gain. On the next play they hand off to Lynch who runs through a crease on the right side of the line moving forward for two yards before Butler hits him full force and stops his momentum. Keep in mind Lynch is considered the best power back of his era and arguably the greatest since the fields were graced with Earl Campbell and John Riggins 30 or so and Jim Brown 50 or so years earlier. Lynch is getting held up by a mere defensive back. Well that would not last long but the rest of the Pats defense comes to Butler’s rescue and hold Lynch for a two yard gain.

On second and eight Wilson decides to attack the rookie. It is the Super Bowl after all and this kid is up against a defending Super Bowl champion receiving corps. Butler is covering one of Wilson’s favorite receivers Jermaine Kearse who is a two way threat. He can be used in the possession game and has enough speed to be a long threat too. On second and eight Wilson throws a five yard strike to Kearse. Kearse must have made a move back to the ball that caught Butler off guard because he is almost past Kearse when Kearse receives the ball. It looks like Kearse will easily go another two yards and get the first down. Somehow Butler recovers tackling Kearse and holding him to the five yards. In the two seasons since that game what has stood out for me is Butler’s tackling ability. He may not prevent the catch like a pure cover corner would, but he does generally prevent YAC(yards after the catch) and he provides ferocious run support.

On third and three Wilson decides to test Butler again this time with the long ball. Keep in mind Wilson had one of the highest completion rates for balls thrown 20 yards or more in the league. It is the strong suit of his throwing game, dead opposite of Brady who has one of the lowest percentages for long balls in the league. Kearse gets down the sideline about 30 yards. Butler is stride for stride with him between Kearse and Wilson. Wilson throws a perfectly placed ball dropping in over Kearse’s head dead center into his waiting hands. This is the dagger throw and it should bury the Patriots for good. Kearse has the ball perfectly but suddenly it drops harmlessly to the ground. the announcers say Kearse dropped it, but instant replay shows what really happened. Butler timed his reach in perfectly grabbing Kearse’s right wrist with his left hand just as the ball touched Kearse’s hands and yanking his wrist and just separating his hands enough to dislodge the ball.

Seattle punts away on fourth down and never score again.

Later midway through the 4th quarter, on a first and ten, Butler managed to trip his receiver as he was falling to the ground and the ball was in the air. This would have been a sure first down for Seattle and probably lots of yardage. Instead it went incomplete, the referees did not call interference and Seattle punted away on that drive.

Then on the final Seattle drive, Butler successfully batted away a long pass to Jermaine Kearse on first and ten, but Wilson found others to target and moved Seattle into New England territory. Then on a first and ten from the New England 38 Wilson targets Kearse again around the 5 yard line. Butler again bats the ball away but not hard enough as it drops to the ground and so does Kearse: the ball hits Kearse on the left knee and then he gets his right hand to it, bobbling the ball a few times until he brings it in. Then he gets up to head into the end zone. Butler alertly gets up and tackles Kearse at the five, preventing him from scoring. Almost any other cornerback may have missed this play and Seattle would have scored to take the lead. In fact Seattle itself was so surprised by the play themselves that they had to call a second time out to avoid being sent back to the 10 yard line on a delay of game penalty. This timeout would prove to be crucial when Seattle felt compelled to call a pass play on Second and goal at the one, to preserve that final time out.

In the next installment I analyze The Interception and whether or not it was a bad play call or just a great play.