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Hundreds of Patriots fans Tweet support for Ravens' Smith

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Hundreds of Patriots fans Tweet support for Ravens' Smith

I had orders to write a story on "Patriots fans" who, after the Ravens beat the Patriots on Sunday, wrote nasty things to Ravens WR Torrey Smith on Twitter about his brother's death.

I wasn't thrilled about it. The last thing I want to do is give idiots the publicity they want in the first place. The only thing worse than an incompetent fool is one with a platform to speak on, and unfortunately that's what Twitter allows.

Celebrities and athletes deal with "hate" on a daily basis on Twitter. Some deal with it better than others, but none should have to deal with the attacks Smith had to sift through on his "interactions" page.

It's pretty disgusting to think that a human being can stoop that low, but here we are.

Played a lot of games since my brothers death and I never received as many rude tweets after a win than Sunday...yet NE fans cry about class Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) January 22, 2013
Smith has every right to feel that way about Patriots fans. The generalization is unfortunate, but anybody that crosses that line and gets that personal over a game really needs to take a look at themselves in the mirror and ask themselves what's really important in life.

But this article isn't meant to hand out life lessons.

I decided to scroll through @torreysmithWR's mentions to see some of the hate tweets directed at him. Finally, after scrolling for what seemed like forever, I came across some.

No, I won't link to them.

Instead, I'll link to reason why it took me so long to find the hecklers: the hundreds and hundreds of tweets that real Patriots fans (and other fans) sent to Smith apologizing for the actions of the "NE fans" who tweeted about his dead brother.

These Patriots fans won't get the same national recognition as the hecklers did, but that's OK.

They aren't looking for recognition, just separation from the idiots.

Aren't we all?

Good luck, Torrey Smith.

Brady to mom Galynn in middle of 2016 season: 'You'll be ready for the Super Bowl'

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Brady to mom Galynn in middle of 2016 season: 'You'll be ready for the Super Bowl'

She hadn't been able to get to a game all season, but Tom Brady had a feeling that his mom would be well enough to make it to the last one. 

"He said, 'You'll be ready for the Super Bowl,' " Tom Brady Sr. told NFL Network's Andrea Kremer. "He told us that in the middle of the season. At the end of her five months was going to be two weeks before the Super Bowl."

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Brady's mom, Galynn, was diagnosed with breast cancer in the summer of 2016 and was undergoing chemotherapy throughout that season. As she focused on her treatments (which were scheduled for Thursday mornings), Galynn and Tom Sr. spent Sundays watching their son's games from afar. 

"Everything centered around 10 o'clock on Thursday morning," Tom Sr. said, "and then 10 o'clock on Sunday morning when we focused on the football games."

The Patriots continued to win, and the end of their season continued to be pushed back, making it possible for Galynn and Tom Sr. to attend their son's seventh Super Bowl. She was cleared for travel by her doctors on the day before the family's scheduled trip to Houston.

"I just wanted to be there for Tommy, and I wanted to be there with my family," she said. "Everybody was going to the Super Bowl, and I didn't want to miss that."

Kremer's piece aired Sunday on NFL Network's NFL GameDay Morning, as the league and the American Cancer Society work together this month on their Crucial Catch campaign. It's online now at NFL.com.