First of all, on behalf of Biased Boston Sports and Patriots Nation in its entirety I’d like to wish Tom “the GOAT” Brady a happy 39th birthday. There’s a number of ways to celebrate one of the more important days in history, and it’s my gift to Tom that I chose to do so writing this article. Tom’s former idol and dear friend, Joe Montana and Peyton Manning respectively for example, are over at Papa John’s apartment, stuffing a large meat lover’s pizza down their throats, splitting a case of Budweiser, and watching Brady highlights as we speak.
For Pats fans however, Tom’s birthday is somewhat of a bittersweet day. The closer TB gets to his 40s, the more realistic his eventual retirement date becomes. I tear up just typing those words…the bright side? Brady has already proven he’s the exception to the rule, with arguably his best season to date just last year. Yes, 2007 and 2011 were inhuman, but with last season’s sieve of an offensive line, and absence of any semblance of a running game, Brady was asked to do more than he ever has. Not bad for a “silver fox”, as new addition Martellus Bennett accurately described him. As much as NFL Network “experts” and ESPN First Take comedians want to plead otherwise, there is no reason to believe he will be a “bum” or “fall off a cliff” when he returns this season.
Speaking of ESPN, you have to feel bad for those guys, right? Don’t you? This is a tragic time for such a trustworthy network that has exhibited absolutely nothing but integrity and objectivity since their original launch until now. First they lose several million subscriptions over the past year plus, and now they essentially have to gut their entire NFL department. I just really don’t understand why this is all happening. Tom Jackson was the latest victim of budget cuts, or, umm, excuse me, a “retiree”. TJ spent 29 years at ESPN and was truly one of the faces and catalysts of the stimulating NFL coverage over at the worldwide leader. Tom has been critical of the Patriots in the past, but his disparagement was almost never off base. Take after a 2003 week loss to Buffalo for a example, in which Jackson boldly boasted “I want to say this very clearly: they hate their coach, and their season could be over.”
We heard you loud and clear, TJ. Loud and clear. Enjoy voluntary retirement!
On another note, New York Post writer Bart Hubbach (pictured above) has to be the most intolerable NFL writer in the industry. He openly and admittedly despises Patriots fans and has arguably been the most outspoken anti-Brady voice during the “deflategate” fiasco. As if his thousands of obsessive antagonistic tweets since the 2015 AFC Championship weren’t enough, he continues to bumptiously wag his finger in the faces of New England fans on Twitter, even as everyone else has attempted to move on. Bart has alluded to Patriot fans needing their brain examined, so I figured I’d go to him, as the all-knowing expert, for a little therapy after an extremely tough offseason and address my behavior on Sundays this upcoming season. With the help of Coach Belichick and his staff, I was able to get a camera in the room. Here’s a video from the experience:
Thanks for everything, Bart!
Happy birthday, Tom.