For those who don’t believe that being the pretty-boy all-star quarterback can create reality out of that which is fiction, look no further than Tom Brady and the mirage that is his post-season greatness.
Before anyone starts bellyaching about Tom Brady being a terrible quarterback, that’s not the case. He’s an outstanding quarterback. He’s the offensive leader of a team that has won 3 Superbowls in the last 10-years. He was (ridiculously) awarded the Most Valuable Player in two of them when other people were probably far more deserving. Further, the New England Patriots Superbowl wins had less to do with his performances as they did with defense and clutch field goal kicking. Lately, Tom Brady has been a choke artist.
Superbowl XXXVI vs. St. Louis Rams (20-17 win)
Tom Brady was awarded the most valuable player award for his 16-for-27-145 yards, 1 touchdown performance. This is probably the game where the MVP award in the Superbowl was rendered a joke (the first that allowed fan voting to influence the outcome). While Brady certainly took the team into field goal range on the final drive, it was the real MVP of that game, Adam Vinateri, whose clutch kick won the game for the team on the final play of the game. Combine that with an outstanding performance by the Patriots defense, which forced then super-QB, Kurt Warner into two interceptions and numerous fumbles. Tom Brady was barely a game manager in his first Superbowl and walked away with an MVP over a few other deserving players – namely Adam Vinateri and Ty Law.
When it comes to trash-talking organizations, the two NFL teams who would be considered polar-opposites would be two teams matched up in the NFL Divisional Playoff Game this very weekend: The New York Jets and The New England Patriots.
New York Jets Head Coach, Rex Ryan, is not one to shy away from mugging for the camera. He’s not at all afraid of offering sports fans a consistently high level of jackassery with some trash talking remark for his opponents (and his detractors). On trash talking, Rex Ryan says:
“I just build our guys up. If it’s trash talking that I believe in our football team, then, yes, I agree with that statement. I’m the biggest trash talker there is. I don’t disrespect anybody else. I just have confidence in our football team. I don’t mean to be disrespectful at all to opponents.”
Conversely, Bill Belichick is the antithesis of the trash-talking head coach. The stone-faced crypt-keeper with the wood-chipper style hoodie speaks in one tone – that’s monotone. Everyone is always on the injury report. All teams are worthy opponents. Cut it, print it, ship it – we’re done here.
If loving Denver’s yellow-black-and-brown concoction of a uniform is wrong, I don’t want to be right. The Broncos broke their nifty combination out for their surprising overtime win against the New England Patriots. While the general consensus looks like a big negative, I, for some reason, am feeling them — and no, this is not some big “jump on the Josh McDaniels bandwagon,” either. If anything, I should probably hate the Broncos considering the Immaculate Deflection happened to the team I actually root for: the Bengals. Nevertheless, I’m eschewing the norm and declaring my affection for Denver’s throwbacks.
There’s something about the blackish-brown helmets and the yellow jerseys that work for me. Not in a Pittsburgh Steelers kind of way, mind you, but I do like the combination. Oh, and in case you are wondering? Those wild-looking socks are awesome — even the ones that wrap around like a barbershop pole:
Oh, and being contrary is not the only reason I like them, either. Something about them just works for me; although, I’m in a very small minority — and you know what, I don’t care. I like them. Deal with it. Now, what does that say about me besides I do enjoy going against conventional wisdom from time to time? I also have a quirky sense when it comes to fashion, apparently.
I wonder how Bill Belichick feels about Denver’s throwbacks? I’d say he’s glad he won’t have to look at those damn things anymore this season. Good for him. Too bad for me.
Yes, I know I’m breaking new ground here — A sports blog linking to pictures of cheerleaders? Whoever heard of such a thing? — but what with the New Year coming up and all, I figured a little festive eye-candy wouldn’t hurt a bit. What we have is a nicely-done collection of the lovely world of NBA Dance teams, courtesy of NBC Sports. It’s a well-stocked gallery featuring 113 images that help provide some enjoyable visuals while you countdown to 2009.
As expected, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s year has come to an abrupt end after suffering a knee injury against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. New England coach Bill Belichick addressed the media this afternoon and while he didn’t go into details about Brady’s injury, he did say his quarterback would be undergoing surgery and will be out for the rest of the season.
“I’m going back to practice, to practice, to practice. I’m going back to practice, damn right, I do think so.” If Peyton Manning had is own theme music, similar to Jack Spade in I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, I’d say it would be playing something like that first sentence. That’s right, the man with the laser, rocket arm has been cleared to practice and is will joining the Colts as they prepare for the regular season next Sunday.
The Colts open with the Chicago Bears next Sunday night in a game some weren’t sure Manning, who is coming off of knee surgery, would be able to play. That certainly doesn’t appear to be the case because if Manning’s knee was still an issue, Tony Dungy wouldn’t let him anywhere near a live football field — unless this is some Bill Belichick-inspired trickeration.
But that would be hard to hide, considering all the media members who have access to Indianapolis practices.
The questions are, does Manning’s clearance put an end to the talk about additional surgeries and missed open games? How about relieving some of the stress fantasy football players were feeling after they drafted the Colts quarterback (guilty)? For me, it’s comes down to this:
Considering just how fragile a knee is, if there were any questions about his health, Manning wouldn’t be anywhere near live action, even if it’s just practice speed. Nor would he be cleared to do so.
That’s right, the effects of not achieving perfection can weigh heavily; so much so it—well, for one Patriots player anyway—can make you turn to marijuana for some comfort. Unfortunately for said player, marijuana is still pretty illegal in most states.
According to numerous reports, including Deadspin, Willie Andrews, a defensive back/special teamer for the Patriots, was arrested in Lowell, Mass., for possession of the Devil’s Weed and for driving an unregistered vehicle. Now why you would do one of these things combined with the other is beyond me, but apparently, Williams was so distraught over the Giants victory he lost his good judgment skills… if he ever had any.
Williams was drafted in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft and represents the last player the Patriots took. Well, with decisions like these, he probably won’t be talking to Bill Beli-second place during practice for much longer.
According to the Boston Herald, Williams allegedly had a “significant amount of marijuana in his possession.” I guess losing to the Giants hit him harder than some of the other players…
While his demeanor and personality reminds some of the Terminator, New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick isn’t shy about sharing his thoughts about certain musical selections, especially those related to the San Diego (Super) Chargers, New England’s AFC Championship opponent.
In a rare display of personality, Coach Belichick shared his feelings about their theme song, the disco-themed San Diego Super Chargers song that permeates from the speakers of Qualcomm Stadium. And guess what? There’s a video that proves he is, in fact, human:
Of course, someone is probably going to run with this and label it as “bulletin board material” for the Chargers, and rightfully so. Don’t go dissing the Super Chargers song, Bill. That’s worse than anything Olshansky said.