Brady explains why he opted for Broadway


Brady explains why he opted for Broadway

By Tom E. Curran

Eyebrows rose andtsks were tskedwhen it was learned Tom Brady spent Saturday night watching the play "Lombardi" on Broadway rather than the Jets-Colts Wild Card game. Asked Monday morningon WEEI's Dennis & Callahan Show why he took a pass, Brady explained the tickets were purchased far in advance and thatit was something hehad planned with his wife, Giselle Bundchen. He also added thathis two best friends convinced him to watch the second half of the game after they got out of the play. "I get very anxious watching those games," Brady explained. "I watched the second half and I was kinda pissed I watched it because I didnt fall asleep until 3 a.m.I get all riled up. I start rooting for a team . . . "Brady wasn't asked which side he was rooting for in Colts-Jets. He did say that he checked his Blackberryduring the first half tokeep up on the progress. When it was mentioned to Brady that maybe Jets coach Rex Ryan is right, that maybe Peyton Manning does study harder than the play-watching Brady, Brady laughed and said, "Maybe hes right . . . Ill just . . . hes a good coach."This will be a big week forus media types to keep our collective ear to the ground. You never know when a disrespecting sentence could be dropped that will prop up a day's coverage. Brady - and the rest of the Patriots - continue not to buy into that program. "I dont think anything people say has bothered me good, bad or indifferent over the years," Brady revealed. "Everyone has their opinion . . . I feel really confident with our team and the way our team prepares each week. Im sure well be prepared going into Sunday . . . Ihave a lot of respect for Ryan's ability as a coach and hell do what he needs to do to get his team ready. Were motivated by much more than what someone may say to us or about us . . . There will be a lot of hype and buildup and the reality is, none of it matters."To say, 'Were gonna do this, were gonna do that . . . ' That doesnt mean anything. Its a lot more hype than substance . . . We could sit here and make a bunch of predictions . . . Same thing going into the last game. There's all the hype and talking and then the whistle blows at 4:30 Sunday afternoon. Well see whos ready to play."

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Curran’s 100 plays that shaped a dynasty: A nice pair of kicks


Curran’s 100 plays that shaped a dynasty: A nice pair of kicks

We're into the Top 10 now.

These are the plays of the Bill Belichick Era you best never forget. And probably can't. They're the ones that led directly to championships -- most for New England, a couple for the other guys. Or they're plays that signified a sea change in the way the New England Patriots under Belichick would be behaving from there on out.

I did my best to stack them in order of importance. You got a problem with that? Good. Let us know what's too high, too low or just plain wrong. And thanks for keeping up!


THE YEAR: 2001 (actually Feb. 3, 2002)

THE GAME: Patriots 20, Rams 17

THE PLAY: Vinatieri 48-yarder in Superdome delivers SB36 win

WHY IT’S HERE: When the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004, it was viewed nationally and locally as a cathartic moment for a long-suffering region. Deliverance for a fanbase that resolutely suffered through 90 years of star-crossed heartbreak with a mix of stoicism and fatalism. “Long-suffering Red Sox fan” was a badge of honor, an identity. And New Englanders – baseball fans or not - would self-identify with the hideous notion of Red Sox Nation. There was no “Patriots Nation.” To drag out the forced metaphor, Patriots fans were living in tents and cabins in the wilderness, recluses. Reluctant to be seen in town where they’d be mocked. And suddenly, they cobbled together one of the most improbable, magical seasons in American professional sports, a year which gave birth to a dynasty which was first celebrated, now reviled but always respected. And while so many games and plays led to this 48-yarder – ones we’ve mentioned 12 times on this list – Adam Vinatieri kicking a 48-yarder right down the f****** middle to win the Super Bowl was an orgasmic moment for the recluses and pariahs that had been Patriots fans when nobody would admit to such a thing.


THE YEAR: 2001 (actually Jan. 19, 2002)

THE GAME: Patriots 16, Raiders 13

THE PLAY: Vinatieri from 45 through a blizzard to tie Snow Bowl

WHY IT’S HERE: Two thoughts traveling on parallel tracks were running through the mind while Adam Vinatieri trotted onto the field and lined up his 45-yarder to tie Oakland in the 2001 AFC Divisional Playoff Game, the final one at Foxboro Stadium. “There’s no way he can make this kick in this weather,” was the first. “The way this season’s gone, I bet he makes this kick. It can’t end here. It can’t end now.” From where I was sitting in the press box I couldn’t see the ball clearly, probably because I was looking for it on a higher trajectory than Vinatieri used. So I remember Vinatieri going through the ball, my being unable to locate it in the air and then looking for the refs under the goalposts to see their signal. And when I located them, I saw the ball scuttle past. Then I saw the officials’ arms rise. Twenty-five years earlier, the first team I ever followed passionately – the ’76 Patriots – left me in tears when they lost to the Raiders in the playoffs. Now, at 33, I was covering that team and it had gotten a measure of retribution for the 8-year-old me.

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