Curran's Dallas Diary: Ups and downs of the job


Curran's Dallas Diary: Ups and downs of the job

By TomE. Curran

DALLAS - It's 11:30 your time, 10:30 mine and I'm in the media center with abouteight other saps who didn't get their work done yet. Or are smart enough to be getting tomorrow's work done today. While I'm sitting here, puzzling over what to write, the flat screen TVs, set up around the giant ballroom, are all tuned tothe NFL Network. They are doing their countdown of the 100 Greatest Players and have just rolled through Marino, Hannah, Elway, Merlin Olsen and Gale Sayers and are at Tom Brady, No. 21. So I'm sitting here, at Super Bowl 45, watching the highlights of Brady from Super Bowl 36, 38 and 39. I'm watching Antowain Smith's timeless high step from the sidelines after Adam Vinatieri's field goal sailed through in New Orleans. I'm seeing Brady in the snow against Oakland and remembering the postgame press conference when I asked him if he'd touched the ball with his left hand on the Tuck Rule play and him smirking and saying, basically, "Guess not."I mean, Iwas AT all those things.And not just a bystander but, you know, INVOLVED. Having the chance to ask questionswhich yield answers that won't be forgotten. At least by me.
Lucky s. I'm into the fourth of eight days here and officially missing my family now. I have three boys -- 14, 13 and 11 -- and they are not of a mind to spend a lot of time crushing it with me on the phone. So the conversations are about 90 seconds long with each of them. And my wife -- a teacher in Walpole -- is beyond being up to her ears in responsibilities. Parent. Teacher. Home supervision. Taxi driver. Homework checker. Breakfast maker. Ref. Tough deal for her. Be home soon. I'll check in with y'all tomorrow.
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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.