Oct 12, 2014; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) after the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports


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Cyrus Geller, editor

Cyrus is a die hard Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Texas Longhorn fan. Loves the X's and O's aspect of football. He covers the Patriots here on musketfire.com. You can follow him on twitter, where he tweets profusely, at @cyrusgel35

Hal Bent, Staff Writer

A life-long fan of all Boston sports, Hal--like the Patriots--is from Southeastern MA. Sticking with the Pats through the lows of the late seventies/early eighties; the short, brief flicker of hope of 1985/6; the horrid fall-out and rock-bottom of the late 80s & early 90s before the coming of Drew & the Tuna to turn things around for the franchise and led to the Belichick Era of Prosperity (completely blocking out Pete Carroll and Bobby Grier, there). Inspired by the great online sportswriters in the early 2000s, Hal started his own blog on all things Boston sports which he keeps to this day. He is a huge fan of MusketFire and hopes his critical thinking, statistical bent, unique voice, unbiased insights, and sense of humor can add to the site. Hal is happily married with two children.

Steven Ricker, Staff Writer

Steven Ricker is a lifelong Patriots/Celtics/Sox fan, who is currently living in exile in the commonwealth of Virginia

David Smith, Staff Writer

I have been a Patriot fan since 2000 and love to learn every possible thing about the Patriots, after being a fan of the site for a while, I am now writing for them. Awesome!

Jed Ober, Staff Writer

Jed Ober is an avid Boston sports fan based in Washington, DC. He writes on the Patriots at Musketfire.com. When not obsessing about Patriots football he is busy taking orders from his wife (a Bills fan with a crush on Tom Brady) and his two cats.

Connor Wilcoxen, Staff Writer

My name is Connor. I am from North Carolina, but I am a fan of all sports teams from the Boston area, especially the New England Patriots. I played football for ten years, and when I was in the eighth grade my team won the national championship. I have been an avid sports fan my whole life, and I've always especially loved the Patriots.

J.T. McGrath, Staff Writer

I have been following the Patriots for over twenty years. I bleed red, white and blue. In my spare time (remind me what that is, exactly), I enjoy traveling, strength training, catching a flick, crankin' out some tunes, relaxing, and of course, watching football. I like to walk on the wild side of life, having completed successful attempts at skydiving, bungee jumping, shark diving, mountain climbing, etc. Unless your name is James Bond, you only live once!

Zac Snyder, administrator

Zac Snyder got hooked on the Detroit Lions after his dad took him to a Monday Night Football game against the Los Angeles Raiders in 1990. The show put on by Barry Sanders and Bo Jackson that night was only surpassed by what Zac could do with Barry in a game of Tecmo Super Bowl.

Jack Jorgensen, Staff Writer

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