Belichick pushes Parcells candidacy for HOF


Belichick pushes Parcells candidacy for HOF

INDIANAPOLIS - Bill Parcells is one of 17 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and, by Saturday at 5:30, we'll know if the man who brought a winning culture to New England will be headed to Canton in August 2012. It's fitting that Parcells is up for the vote among the 44-member panel on a weekend where two teams he intimately impacted prepare to play in Super Bowl XLVI. Another interesting side note is that ex-Jet Curtis Martin - the NFL's fourth-leading career rusher and the man Parcells finagled from the Patriots in 1998 - is also up for the vote.
On Friday, Bill Belichick ably mapped out the reasons he believes Parcells should be HOF bound. "Absolutely," Belichick began when asked about Parcells being deserving."Bill has done a tremendous job in his time in the National Football League, really taking five organizations from not a very high point to a very high point. "I was with him in three of those organizations and saw from a different perspective what he did in Dallas and Miami and those areas. Bill is a tremendous coach, a great influence in my career and on me personally. I think hes had tremendous accomplishments in the game, not only his record but also his development of players and coaches and just the impact to the National Football League," Belichick continued. Despite the messiness of Belichick turning down the Jets head coaching job that Parcells bequeathed to him in 2000, the two men have long since overcome the hard feelings that caused. "In my time as a coach in the National Football League ... I would say of the coaches that Ive been with over this time, either with or competing against, I would certainly put him right up there at the top," said Belichick. "I learned an awful lot from him and think hes done a tremendous job and had a tremendous career. I cant imagine him being left out of the group."Parcells is being presented by Newsday's Bob Glauber who is in his first year as a Hall of Fame voter. A spirited debate is expected and there have been murmurs that Parcells' prickliness with the media at times could be a root cause of that. It would be a shame if a deserving coach and team architect is kept out because of old grudges.

Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate


Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate

When the topic of Deflategate was broached on HBO's Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons, which debuted this week, Ben Affleck became all kinds of fired up.

"What they did was suspend Tom Brady for four days for not giving them his [expletive] cellphone," Affleck said. "I would never give an organization as leak-prone as the NFL my [expletive] cellphone . . . so you can just look through my emails and listen to my voicemails?"

Affleck grew up in Cambridge, Mass. and is a passionate Patriots fan. He made no attempts to hide his fandom, and his appreciation for Brady, as he and Simmons (also a Patriots fan) discussed the football-deflation controversy that has now lasted well over a year. 

Affleck, who said he would want to cast himself as Brady if ever a Deflategate movie was made, harped on the fact that the league wanted Brady to turn over his phone. 

"Maybe Tom Brady is so [expletive] classy and such a [expletive] gentleman," Affleck said, "that he doesn’t want people to know that he may have reflected on his real opinion on some of his co-workers."

Brady is waiting for the Second Circuit to make a decision as to whether or not it will rehear his case against the NFL. Earlier this offseason, the Second Circuit reinstated Brady's four-game suspension issued by the league when a three-judge panel ruled in favor of the NFL, 2-1. 

Pro Football Talk wrote on Thursday that a decision from the Second Circuit could come at any time. If the rehearding request is denied, Brady could then take the case to the Supreme Court. Should the Second Circuit grant Brady a rehearing, his suspension would be delaed until the court reached a decision. In that case, Brady could potentially play the entire 2016 season before a decision came to pass. 

Brady posts high school essay to Facebook on living in his sisters' shadow


Brady posts high school essay to Facebook on living in his sisters' shadow

Tom Brady wasn't always the most famous person in his family. Growing up, his sisters were the accomplished athletes in the household. 

For his latest Throwback Thursday style Facebook post, Brady published a pair of photos of an old high school essay that he wrote in the fall of his senior year in 1994. It was titled "The way my sisters influenced me."

I found an essay I wrote in 1994... I love my big sisters! #tbt. Thanks for the good grade Mr Stark!

Posted by Tom Brady on Thursday, June 23, 2016

In it, he discusses some of the difficulties of growing up with three older sisters and no brothers. Because Maureen, Julie and Nancy Brady had achieved so much in softball, basketball and soccer, Brady -- or "Tommy," as he signed his paper -- had trouble getting noticed. 

Of course, it wouldn't be long before Brady was headed from San Mateo, California to Ann Arbor, Michigan in order to play football for the Wolverines. He probably had no trouble garnering attention by then. Still, it's funny to read about how he felt overlooked in his youth. 

He closed the essay explaining that he knew his sisters would always provide him support throughout his life, adding, "hopefully, just maybe, one day people will walk up to them and say, 'Aren't you Tommy's sister?' or 'Hey where is your brother?' Maybe . . . "

If the Brady sisters didn't get those kinds of comments by the time the baby of the family was given an 'A' for his English assignment, it probably didn't take long before they did. About seven years later, he took over as the starting quarterback of the Patriots.