Thursday, February 09, 2017 - Updated: 8:52 AMAll right, let’s dispense with the banter. Tom Brady is the best ever.
The comeback Sunday in Super Bowl 51 was amazing, but hardly surprising. When the Falcons didn’t run the ball with less than four minutes left, holding an eight point lead and already in field goal range but instead chose to throw downfield which resulted in a sack and a holding call, giving the ball back to “Tom Terriffic,” I could see the Falcons’ dream disappearing like fog.
The young Falcon defense was clearly on their last legs, and a young, tired defense just begs Brady to pick it apart. He obliged them.
The 39-year-old Brady threw the ball all over the field with touch, and plenty of velocity when he needed it, and a crazy catch by Julian Edelman just highlighted how this Patriot machine operates.
Their workplace signage all contain the same theme: DO YOUR JOB, and it shows. Their attention to detail and overall commitment to winning is something to behold.
I’m no huge Brady fan, and I pretty much detest Bill Belichik, but the facts are the facts. There’s the Patriots and then there’s the rest of the NFL.
Speaking of super — Lady GaGa’s halftime show was one of the best I’ve ever seen. I don’t know any of her songs, didn’t understand one word she sang all night and am quite sure I wouldn’t agree with her politics, but she, unlike the rest of the Hollywood crowd, didn’t politicize her performance, and I applaud her for that.
It was a highly entertaining evening and a tremendous football game.
One more thought. After watching Peyton plod through his Super Bowl win last year, I couldn’t help but wonder at the difference in Manning and a one year younger Brady.
Brady looks like he’s good for several more years.