I hated Tom Brady. I really did. My big beef with Brady really started when the NFL changed the way the entire game was played simply to protect Brady. This occurred after his season ending injury in 2008. In a game against the Ravens in 2009, Brady went on to turn around and direct the officials to throw a personal foul flag on a member of the Ravens defense for…brushing by Brady’s feet…and the officials threw it. That was the game where afterwards Rodney Harrison said Brady should take off his skirt. Then there’s head coach Belichick of the Patriots, who for reasons unknown, has always been allowed to dress like he’s homeless in a league that regulates everything down to shoe lace length. Oh yea and he’s also a cheater. Then there’s the billionaire owner of the Patriots, Kraft, who is undoubtedly the real person in control of the NFL. So I’ve always rooted against Brady and the Patriots and they’re the only team that I’ve taken this attitude with. With all the other teams, I’ve said let the best team win.
But that changed in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LI last night. While the Falcons were busy standing around assuming they were going to win, I watched Brady bust his ass in the trenches to give the Patriots a chance. When the score became 28-20, I decided I was going to go to bed when it inevitably went to overtime. But then, I had a change of heart and decided that when the score inevitably became 28-28 that I would stay up and hope that the Patriots won in overtime. Brady’s remarkable leadership on the field was responsible for my change of heart. It also didn’t hurt that while he was intensely contemplating the game over on the sideline his hair looked normal for a change and he didn’t look like a giant douche. In effect, it appeared that Brady had indeed taken off the skirt. Brady and the Patriots went on to win the game, of course, and I’m still undecided if it was the greatest comeback of all time in a Super Bowl or if it was the greatest choke of all time in a Super Bowl, or both – comebacks and chokes are intertwined, so they’re not exclusive of one another, but they’re not entirely dependent on one another either. Obviously from a purely statistical perspective, both are true. Regardless, Brady won me over in the comeback.
Another thing was that I didn’t mind the Lady GaGa half time show all that much. Given this, I have to ask myself have I become a big old softie? Am I the one wearing a skirt now?
Nah, I think it’s just coincidence that I happened to be ok with the half time show during the game I started liking Brady. The rendition of America the Beautiful before the game was crap, the commercials were crap (yea! more politics!), Belichick can kiss my ass, and so can Kraft, right after I make some mac and cheese for my kids. Goodell blows too, even though him and Kraft are now mortal enemies. The NFL still has its problems of being the No Fun League and now protects the quarterback at any cost resulting in wildly inflated offense. This protection of the quarterback is what allowed for this type of comeback to be possible in the first place. It also should be noted that choke jobs by the other team are now a factor in the past two Patriots Super Bowl victories. The fact that a game can be won in overtime without each team receiving the ball once is lame too.
Also, the NFL caved to the concussion warriors as if professional football players weren’t aware of that risk to begin with. And the NFL has the biggest douche in all of sports and of 2016 – Colin Kaepernick. (What is it with people named Colin?) I’ve continued to not watch as much NFL as I used to as a result of all of this and I feel that’s likely to continue.
Anyway, congrats to Brady on becoming a man again. If he was still a she, he would be getting paid 21% less according to Audi.