On Eli being as good as Brady


On Eli being as good as Brady

By Justin Aucoin

By now youve probably heard the news: Eli Manning is as good as Tom Brady.

"I consider myself in that class andTom Brady(notes)is a great quarterback, he's a great player and what you've seen with him is he's gotten better every year and he started off winning championships and I think he's a better quarterback now than what he was, in all honesty, when he was winning those championships." Eli Manning, ESPN New York 1050

I personally would like to take a moment to thank Eli for correcting us all on this point. For years I thought Tom Brady was one of the best QBs of all time and Eli was only the third greatest quarterback in the Manning clan.

ok, or not.

Yet, like a magician, Manning made us see that his suckiness was all an illusion.

Meanwhile, in the real world where most of us live, Manning isnt anywhere near the caliber Brady is. Its funny to even have to write that sentence out and yet I just did. MJD over at the Shutdown Corner blog summed it up beautifully:

Tom Brady is a better quarterback than Eli Manning, and that's not a criticism of Eli or even a statement of opinion. That's just the way it is. The sun rises in the East, two plus two is four, and Tom Brady is a better quarterback than Eli Manning.

Yet somewhere in Mannings puny little brain he sees Tom when he looks in the mirror.

Listen, Eli, its cool; we all have our idols who we want to be like. I used to pretend I was Bo Jackson when I played football, but, again, that was back when I was 10.

It does make you wonder what the requirements are to get into this special class of NFL QB. Ive thrown for some ridiculous TDs in Tecmo Bowl, does that get me in? In fact, who is included in this class Eli speaks of?

Its a very eclectic class.

And just if you thought Eli comparing himself to Brady wasnt special enough, Eli followed it up with this zinger:

Im not a 25-interception quarterback, I know that.

Huh. Funny. Tell that to all the poor souls that got stuck with you in fantasy football last year.

Brutal. We couldve thrown for less picks. Wonder what spell Eli used to erase that stat from last year.

A lot of people are saying He believes that hes that good and thats what matters. Hogwash. Hogwash, I say. I can tell people Im 63, a millionaire with more charm than the Old Spice Guy doesnt make it so.

Likewise, confidence doesnt equate to talent. Otherwise wed all be Hall of Famers dating super models way out of our league. Life would turn into one giant Little League trophy ceremony where everyone gets a nice try award. Wheres the fun in that?

But whatever floats Elis boat, I guess. If telling himself hes as good as Brady lets him sleep soundly at night, more power to him. We all know the truth.

Brady, Harbaugh found common ground on plane ride back from Michigan

Brady, Harbaugh found common ground on plane ride back from Michigan

FOXBORO -- What could have been an awkward plane ride for Tom Brady and John Harbaugh was made less so thanks to a high school lacrosse player. 

Brady and Harbaugh shared a private plane back from Michigan where Jim Harbaugh and his University of Michigan program put on an event for National Signing Day. About a year earlier, Brady told a room full of reporters that Harbaugh and his coaching staff should study the rule book and "figure it out" after hearing that they were pretty upset about the unusual formations the Patriots ran during their AFC Divisional Round win over Baltimore. 

They may not have been on the best of terms.

"I was pissed off," he told ESPN's Ian O'Connor before the start of this season. "It was uncalled for. And the rules are deeper than that, and I know the rules, and I stand by why that play shouldn't have been allowed. ... So yeah, that should never have been said."

But on the flight was Harbaugh's daughter Alison, a high school lacrosse player. When Brady took some time to share a few thoughts on competitiveness with her, he and Harbaugh found common ground.

"We had a lot of fun," Harbaugh said of the flight. "I don't know if he's talked about that at all, but we ended up sharing a plane ride along with my daughter and a couple of his people, friends of his. We just had a chance to just talk for a couple hours. And really more than anything, Alison got a chance to listen to Tom Brady talk about competing and what it takes to be great at what you do.

"And one of the funny things about it was, he was so nice to her. He gets off and they go, and we get back on the plane and we're talking, and she says something like, 'Boy, Tom really is a nice guy.' And I look at here and go, 'Tom?' I'm thinking 'Mr. Brady' would have been more appropriate. She said, 'He said to call me Tom.' I got a kick out of that.

"It was good. Lot of respect for him and a lot of respect for what he's accomplished. He's very tough to compete against. The best quarterback that's played, certainly in this era, without question in my mind. That's how I would rank him. And it's just another tough challenge to have to play against him."

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan didn't get a chance to answer one question in his postgame interview before being interrupted by Kyle Lowry, Jared Sullinger, and LeGarrette Blount.