Did I watch the Super Bowl? No. I never stay up for that, as it starts well after midnight here and finishes up like 5:00 am. Plus, I’m not fired up for four hours of commercials, time-outs and half-time to see 60 minutes of actual football. I really don’t know how teams keep their rhythm with all those stops. And, I don’t understand why there are not more injuries with the stop-and-go pace … not to mention the stress they accumulate during the two weeks between the semi-finals and the Super Bowl. Of course, I pulled up the highlights first thing Monday morning.
Full disclosure: I blew another prediction. Like most people, I thought KC would win. You know, great coach, defending champions, high-powered offense, fantastic QB. So much for my football analytical skills! That was all out the window, as KC was only able to put up 9 points on 3 FGs and zero TDs, so the Tampa Bay defense did an incredible piece of work. Then, Tom Brady had all the answers for KC’s defense. As when he was with New England, he makes the other team look like they have not prepared to play agains him. They can’t figure out what he’s going to do next. And he makes it all look easy.
Is Brady the best ever? Every decade has had its best players. The game used to have the old Single Wing and ’total’ players, the so-called Triple Threat. The 20s had Red Grange and Paddy Driscoll. The 30s had Bronko Nagurski and Don Hutson. The 40s had Sid Luckman and Paul Christman, both former Single Wing tailbacks. The 50s were the start of the T-Formation QB, with Otto Graham and Norm Van Brocklin. The 60s had Bart Starr and Joe Namath. The 70s had Terry Bradshaw and Roger Staubach. The 80s had Joe Montana. The 90s had John Elway. That brings us to the Third Millennium, when we still see the old ’Spread’ Formation.
Tom Brady has not only been in 10 Super Bowls, a record, he has won 7, another record (second place has four). He has dominated over two decades, 20 years. No one has ever done that. He’s 43 and he looks 23. Of course, his wife just turned 40 and she looks 20! He follows a high-tech diet and Fast Forward workout regimen. So, he’s not going to retire any time soon. You know what gets me? His poise. He makes a Super Bowl look like practice. No wasted steps. No wasted energy. Everything is channeled to winning. With all due respect for the greats of past generations, none of them every dominated for two decades like Tom Brady has done.
Is he the Greatest of All Time? He has to be! 20 years on top. Watching the highlights, I said, “Nobody better at the short pass.” Then, “Nobody better on the down and out.” Then, “Nobody has better touch on the long pass.” Then, “Nobody better on the screen pass.” Well, you follow me. He didn’t play a football game; he put on a clinic. Two TDs to Rob Gronkowski, his former teammate at New England. Then, one TD pass to controversial Antonio Brown! That’s his secret: he’s a team player. Gronk went where Brady was. Brown? He moved him into his house! You can’t order that from Amazon.