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Brady Day goes nicely … as for the game …

Jones declines any consolation prizes Sunday’s Bradypalooza went strictly according to … well, not plan. No such hoopla can be precisely scripted. Let’s say its course meandered within the guardrails as well as could be expected. Tom Brady Appreciation Day (also known as the 2023 Patriots Opening Day) began with the hero of the hour clanging a bell atop the giant lighthouse, just behind the newly installed giant video-scoreboard. He waved to the crowd, igniting more full-throated adulation. Then Brady and his kids shared the owners box with Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Patriots czar-in-waiting Jonathan Kraft. ...

Brady moving on … again

Brady (probably) means it this time Tom Brady re-announced his retirement as an NFL quarterback. Since he announced his retirement as an NFL quarterback a year ago, it is only sensible that his re-announcement be appended with a maybe. Or maybe a probably. Probably looks like the way to go this time. Probably is sprinkled with a bit more certainty than maybe. Brady is too intelligent to try this again. Retirement remorse is one thing, but if he turns up at any training camp in July wearing anything resembling a player’s uniform and his legacy would take ...

February 2, 2023|Categories: NFL, Patriots, Tom Brady|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Brady’s future should be clear

Brady has nothing to gain by playing another year Tom Brady should retire. That is, he should retire as an NFL quarterback. Or Any-Sort-Of-FL quarterback. Seeing him play part of a game here, part of a game there, may not be much of a sample size to reach such a conclusion. Seeing him play Monday night pushed these toes to the edge of the rhetorical cliff. Listening to various opinions Tuesday morning provided the final nudge. The consensus of all that hot air was that Monday’s stink-bomb against Dallas was that Brady is done in Tampa Bay. ...

January 18, 2023|Categories: NFL, Patriots, Tom Brady|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Nov. 25, 2002

Nov. 25, 2002 Four days before a Thanksgiving Day game at Detroit, the Patriots slipped past the Minnesota Vikings, 24-17, at Gillette Stadium. Tom Brady was 21 for 34 for 239 yards and three touchdowns. In terms of yards gained, Brady’s offense still featured its training wheels from time to time. The Pats went to 6-5, tied with the Jets and a game behind the Dolphins in the AFC East. You May Have Missed... Fresh Content Direct to Your Inbox Subscribe Now

November 25, 2022|Categories: History, Patriots|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Sept. 23, 2002

Sept. 23, 2002 Adam Vinatieri added a nugget to his ever-expanding clutch-kicker resume with a 35-yard field goal in overtime to down the Kansas City Chiefs, 41-38. Clearly, the defending Super Bowl champs had not yet cobbled together the elite defense that would win them back-to-back championships in 2003-2004. But the training wheels on which Tom Brady rode through the 2001 Super Bowl run had begun gathering dust in the closet. Brady hit on 39 of 54 pass attempts for 410 yards, with four touchdowns and one interception. The interception doesn’t count for much. When throwing the ...

September 23, 2022|Categories: History, Patriots|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Week 2 brings first win

Nothing glorious about Patriots' first win Since The Dynasty’s last gasp on Jan. 4, 2020, there have been no opportunities for Patriots fans to kick back, enjoy the week’s proceedings and proclaim their eternal allegiance to Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. The curtain fell as former Patriot Logan Ryan returned a 9-yard interception against the Tennessee Titans, who were coached by former Patriots Mike Vrabel. A pick-six in a playoff game at Gillette Stadium. Brady completed the full 180 since that snow night in the old Schaefer/Sullivan/Foxboro Stadium. Good, old Mike Vrabel. It was such a blast ...

September 20, 2022|Categories: Patriots|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments
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