Tom Martinez, QB mentor to Tom Brady, dies


Tom Martinez, QB mentor to Tom Brady, dies

During the Patriots first-round playoff bye last month, Tom Brady felt his throwing motionneeded some tweaking. So he went to California to his palatial, newly-completedresidence in Brentwood. There, on thekelly greensod, Brady threw to Wes Welker. Watching Brady throw was the man who had cultivated the most fundamentally perfect quarterbacking form in football, Tom Martinez. Martinez had overseen thousands of throws startingwhen Brady was a pudgy 13-year-old in San Mateo. The legendary football, women's basketball and softball coach at the College of San Mateo - despite being in need of a kidney transplant and undergoing dialysis - gave Brady what he needed that day, according to someone who was there. Then, a little more than a week later, Tom Brady tied an NFL record with six touchdown passes in the Patriots' rout of the Denver Broncos. That day in Brentwood was probably the last time Brady and Martinez worked together in person. Martinez died Tuesday, reportedly of a heart attack while receiving dialysis. The San Jose Mercury News reported the 66-year-old's passing first. "It's a big loss but he's been very, very, very sick," said Brady's father, Tom Brady Sr., on Tuesday night. "I've known him for 50 years. He was a terrific coach and terrific mentor to a lot of people. Hundreds, if not thousands of people, hehelped develop into caring mature, responsible adults. He touched a lot of kids who are now adults and teaching their kids in same manner he taught their parents. There area lot of sadpeople in San Mateo County tonight." A well-done piece in The Boston Globe recently detailed Martinez' need for a new kidney and the donor process. While Martinez' death becomes a bigger "story" because of the accomplishments of his most famous student, the glory - Brady Sr., said - belongs to Martinez. "He was a loving mentor who would do anything for Tommy," said Brady's father. "As Tommy said many times, 'There would never have been a Tom Brady with the Patriots without Tom Martinez.' It's a great loss to his family. But his legacy will continue on through the people he's touched over the last 45 or 50 years of coaching."

Rondo says he will not play tonight

Rondo says he will not play tonight

Rajon Rondo, out with a fractured right thumb, will not play for the Chicago Bulls against the Celtics tonight in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series at TD Garden, according to multiple reports.

The series is tied at 2.

Rondo, the Bulls point guard who played the first two game of the series, was reportedly going to try and test the thumb tonight but told reporters Wednesday morning he couldn’t play. 

Game 6 is Friday in Chicago. Game 7, if necessary, is Sunday in Boston.  Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg called Rondo's return a "longshot."

More to come. 

POLITICO sees Epstein as potential savior for Democrats

POLITICO sees Epstein as potential savior for Democrats

A piece that ran on POLITICO Wednesday morning explored an interesting possibility: A potential political career for longtime baseball executive Theo Epstein. 

The piece, titled “Could Theo Epstein Perform a Miracle for the Democrats?” comes a month after Fortune magazine ranked the Cubs president of baseball operations No. 1 on its annual ranking of the world’s greatest leaders. In the POLITICO article, Ben Strauss, in addition to noting the 43-year-old’s accomplishments with the Red Sox and Cubs, hits on several instances in which Epstein’s leadership has been mentioned in relation to politics. 

Strauss then goes on to interview CNN senior political commentator (and Cubs fan) David Axelrod about whether Epstein could be a saving grace with “Democrats on the lookout for a new generation of talent.”

The interview sees both POLITICO and Axelrod compare Epstein to Barack Obama. Says Axelrod: 

They both have two kinds of intelligence: emotional intelligence and a more linear intelligence. They both have the self-confidence to surround themselves with very smart people. Theo’s had a core group around him (general manager Jed Hoyer and head of amateur scouting Jason McLeod) since the beginning in Boston. It’s striking how much he relishes smart people around him and has the confidence to be challenged...Obama had it, too. I would add that Epstein has learned on the job. In Boston he was a pioneer [in using statistical analysis]...He’s told me that he used to be dismissive of the touchy-feely stuff [in evaluating baseball players], but now his scouts write five-page essays about the guys they’re going to draft. In the same way, Obama would tell you he was a better president at the end of eight years than at the beginning. He was smart enough to learn on the job, too.

Asked whether Epstein could win a statewide race for governor or Senate in Illinois, Axelrod replied, “Yeah, he could,” but questions whether Epstein has “the desire to hold public office.”

“I think Theo would be frustrated in public office because of the situation he’s in now,” Axelrod said. “He basically has free rein to do what he needs to do for the success of the organization. That is not the case in politics—you’re seeing that with the governor in Illinois (Bruce Rauner) right now. You have to deal with legislatures and all kinds of public stakeholders. And if you’re used to making things happen, I’m not sure the Senate would be a particularly satisfying job for you. When I talked to him on my podcast...about what he might want to do next...he allowed that he might want to own a team sometime and use that team or use that platform to try to impact on a community. He clearly cares about the larger world and wants to make an impact...But there are many, many reasons I think Cubs fans can relax and enjoy the benefits of his leadership for many years to come.”