Did Tom Brady die? Did I miss something? Did TB 12 overdose on B-12, or perhaps choke on an avocado pit? Didn’t Alex know the Heimlich? Maybe Gisele hit him over the head with his $200 nutrition manual.
When I saw the over-the-top tribute to Brady on the Gillette Stadium lighthouse, I didn’t know whether to laugh or throw up. I chose the former, a much cleaner option and better for my blood pressure.
I must admit that I'm not a fan but a professional (by definition) who has become tainted over the years. Mrs. Tanguay, on the other hand, remains a fan. Sporting her favorite Julian Edelman T-shirt, she chirped, “Oh, that is so cool! Did you see what they did for Tom at the stadium?” Yeah, I grumbled, and I took out the trash.
We are better than this, New England. Patriots fans can live without Tom for four weeks. It remains to be seen if the Patriot offense can, but we don't need to become Honkville for a month. If you became all jacked up because Brady’s picture and number were on the stadium lighthouse, you are either a pink-hat (like my wife) or under the age of 12.
I wish I could have heard Bill Belichick’s profanity-laced mumble when he first saw “The Memorial” to Tom. When Brady blew out his knee in 2008 against Kansas City, coach and player both knew the season was done. Bill never looked at Tom once as his starter limped to the Patriot locker room. Same deal here. There's no way in hell Belichick wants any sign or mention of Brady over the next four games. Bill was asked about the lighthouse and responded with, “Decorative or marketing things and so forth are not part of the team’s preparation. Our focus is on Arizona.” Decorative. I love when Bill get pissed, and -- believe me -- this pissed him off. And it should have.
Hopefully, this was not an attempt by the team to make fans forget that Robert Kraft stood down to Roger Goodell and the NFL during Deflategate. It's over, and the Patriots and Brady lost. Plus, any reasonable person knows Kraft did the right thing (because he did, he's on the commissioner’s special committee of five). Robert knows how to keep his enemies closer.
So, enjoy the Brady memorial at Gillette. Hopefully, this thing will be gone soon.