You knew this was coming. As soon as the clock read 0:00 on Sunday night, you braced yourself for it. It was inevitable. You'd heard whispers of it all season, but now you knew it was going to come full force. The articles praising Tom Brady for his superhuman ability to psychologically will his team to victory are here. The one I'm particularly beefin' on is certainly not the first of its kind this week, but it caught my attention and is the singular target for my animosity at the moment. It's from Sports Illustrated and it's called (brace yourself, logical thinking people)...
Even when he's far from perfect, Tom Brady finds a way to make the Patriots playoff winners
Jes. Us. Christ. Michael Silver (the author of the article), Bill Plaschke, Gene Wojciechowski and I would like to welcome you to the world of sports journalism hackdom. Congratulations, you've earned it.
My favorite part of the article is the way in which the story wastes no time in mentioning the following revelation:
Brady threw three interceptions
Despite those interceptions, Tom Brady (and Tom Brady alone, mind you), made the Patriots playoff winners. When Brett Favre does it, it's self-destructive cowboy recklessness (OK, you're right, it is, but it's still awesome), but when Brady does it, it's gritty, resilient and - most inexplicably - "crafty." Give me a fucking break.
As an exercise in out of body experience, let's take a Michael Silver-style look at Tom Brady's impact on Sunday's Patriots victory. For an added bonus, there are pictures to help you see exactly what he sees. Enjoy!
[Tom Brady] (while coaching the Chargers) goes for it on 4th and 11 from the Pats' 30(ish) early in the 1st quarter. They don't make it and miss an ultimately crucial scoring opportunity. Brady is pleased with his guile.
[Tom Brady] makes an amazing interception of a Phillip Rivers screen pass intended for LT.
Tom Brady tries to convert a 4th and 5 late in the 4th quarter and throws a pass to [Tom Brady] but it got picked off (on a horrible pass, by the way) by [the evil Tom Brady from the other team (you can tell him by his sinister-looking villian mustache)], to essentially ice the game for the Chargers.
[Tom Brady] saves the day by stripping the ball from his nemesis doppleganger.
[Tom Brady] recovers the fumble.
The Patriots win on a [Tom Brady] field goal.
Man, [Tom Brady] kicked ass in that game.