Tom Brady

Tom Brady should retire; Antonio Brown should just leave

Since one and all seem to agree that we just witnessed the most entertaining weekend of football ever produced by the NFL, how about two reality slaps up-side our collective noggin.

After all, that’s what our fellowship of ink-stained wretches are supposed to do. Then again, since we are no longer very ink-stained, how about carpal-tunneled wretches?

First came the speculation that Tom Brady may be ready to call it a career. After the Tampa Bay Bucs lost Sunday, depriving Brady of a shot at being quarterback of the last two teams to win consecutive championships, his impending retirement took its place at the table for top stories.

Brady has routinely swatted those questions aside before the last syllable echoed. And for good reason – he likes playing football, he makes lots of money to play football, and he doesn’t seemed to have aged more than an hour since Drew Bledsoe took a hit so vicious it derailed his career.

That’s why he now raises eyebrows just by leaving the exit door ajar.

In an interview with his microphone-wielding man-servant Jim Gray, Brady acknowledged that at age 44, with his kids in, or approaching, their teens, it may be time to listen to his wife. Gisele Bundchen has made no secret of her long-held wish that he take no more brutal hits by mountainous men.”I’m gonna spend some time with them and give them what they need, ’cause they’ve really been giving me what I need the last six months to do what I love to do,” Brady said. “I said this a few years ago, it’s what relationships are all about. It’s not always what I want. It’s what we want as a family. And I’m gonna spend a lot of time with them and figure out in the future what’s next.”
In other words, see ya later.

Then there is the idiot that any self-respecting team should turn away.

Antonio Brown has made it known that he is courting Team No. 5 on his NFL tour. A rundown on his acts of general stupidity, including some of sheer depravity, need not be dredged up here. Details of them are available all over the web.

Let’s just say that, for whatever reason, he went off the rails at some point in his the Steelers tenure and never bothered getting back on the track. By the end of the 2018 season Brown was barking at Ben Roethlisberger and skipping practices. That is guaranteed to rouse the wrath of any coach and Mike Tomlin acted accordingly.

During the off-season he was traded to the Raiders. He didn’t make it through training camp. He latched on with the Patriots, played in one game, and was dumped after more sexual assault allegations began piling up. In 2020 he was signed by the Bucs, at Brady’s urging.

He flouted the NFL’s Covid-19 protocols, lied about being vaccinated and walked off the field, chucking his kersey and shoulder pads into the crowd en route to the locker.

On his way out that door he lit up Brady, then took it all back, claiming they were “true friends.”

Then, once his buddy’s team was eliminated from the playoffs, he posted a celebratory tweet.

Now another quarterback, Lamar Jackson, is sponsoring Brown’s candidacy for a spot with the Ravens.

Jackson really should give Brady a call before continuing that campaign.

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