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Tom Brady can't NOT embarrass himself

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Tom Brady can't NOT embarrass himself

By Jon Fucile
WickedGoodSports.com

Tom Brady is the ultimate star around Boston. Three time Super Bowl champion, helping build a football dynasty and bringing respectability back to the Patriots organization. On paper the Pats are contenders every year in large part due to Tom Bradys arm and football intelligence.

Off the field, however, Tom Brady is being increasingly odd. First there was the long hair and ponytail. Hey no big deal right? Everyone goes through a mid life crisis, even super star quarterbacks.

Then there was the dancing video. Embarrassing yes but no one was really surprised that the flat footed Brady wasnt exactly Frank Astaire when it came to dancing.

Then there was the crying video when he got all teary eyed about getting drafted so late. Not exactly the type of thing you want from your starting quarterback but we have to give him some credit, right?

Then he showed up at the Kentucky Derby wearing some kind of atrocious suit that looked like he went back in time to steal a suit from a 1920s hobo.

Now, Brady might have finally taken that last step required to transform from a super star quarterback to tiny little man girl.

There are some pictures circulating on the internet now that paint Tom Brady is a less than favorable light. Brady and his wife Gisele Bun...whatever, were on vacation recently and decided it would be fun to go down some water slides.

Seriously, who doesnt enjoy a good water slide!? That fact that Brady was enjoying the water slide isnt the issue here.

Tom Brady is 64 and 225lbs. He gets tackled by 300lb men for a living. Knowing that, if you had guess how Brady reacted on a water slide which would you choose:

A) Had fun and smiled a bit, but did not appear scared or nervous and simply high-fived Gisele when he got to the bottom.

or

B) Put his hands up on his sides like a scared four year old boy and looked terrified as he sped down the slide.

If you guessed A you apparently think waaaaaaay too highly of Tom Brady. Brady looked like he was squealing or terrified as he rounded the corner of the slide and some lucky paparazzi photographer captured a great photo of Bradys reaction while he was.... enjoying.... the slide.

Do you think maybe he got to the bottom and Gisele slapped him, told him to act like a man and then left with someone else?

We hope so.

Dammit Tom! First of all, quit giving opposing teams so much material. There is no comeback from this photo. Next time a Patriots fan is telling some Jets fan how much Mark Sanchez sucks, all the Jets fan has to do is pull up this picture.

How are you going to top this one Tom? Get really scared on a roller coaster?

Go to a petting zoo and crap your pants when one of the animals gets too close?

Any embarrassing pictures in your scrap book of you sitting on Santas lap and being absolutely terrified?

Youve come a long way from that cool, calm, ice in the veins quarterback we all knew and loved. Now youre a pony tail wearing, no rhythm having, squealing on a water slide three year old.

On the plus side, because of the lockout you have a lot of free time to redeem yourself. After this pictures though.well, well call it even if you win another Super Bowl!

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Get it done. No excuses.
 
That has been how the Boston Celtics have played most of this season.
 
And if there’s one Celtics player who embodies that on this team, it’s Marcus Smart.
 
The fourth-year guard has struggled all season with his shot-making, but when the game is on the line in the fourth quarter you can count on Smart to be on the floor.

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He has been among the many reasons Boston has won 15 in a row, which is the fifth-longest winning streak in franchise history.
 
And Smart will be among the Celtics looking to keep it going tonight against the Dallas Mavericks.
 
Most likely, Smart will make an impact with his defense, which is among the best in the NBA.

How good?
 
Smart has a defensive rating of 93.4 (points allowed per 100 possessions) which is tops among all guards in the NBA, and ranks third among all players who have played in at least 10 games this season.
 
But in the 110-99 win over the Hawks, Smart knocked down a couple of 3-pointers which was a big deal considering how mightily he has struggled shooting the ball this season.
 
Smart is shooting 27.3 percent from the field as well as from 3-point range – both career lows.
 
However, he’s also averaging career highs in assists (4.5) and rebounds (5.1) this season.
 
And while he certainly doesn’t appear to be affected by the shooting struggles, he acknowledges that it is something that he can’t help but think about from time to time.
 
“It does affect you, especially if you’ve been working (on shooting) all summer,” Smart said. “At the same time, I don’t take as many shots. But like I said, we got other guys who are playing well. My job is to get them the ball and do whatever I can, go back down the floor, play defense and get the ball again.”

In Boston’s win over Atlanta, Smart spent a good amount of time defending Marco Belinelli who had four points on 2-for-10 shooting compared to 19 points on 6-for-10 shooting when these two teams met earlier this month.
 
Coach Brad Stevens pointed to the job Smart did on Belinelli, in addition to the clutch offensive rebound he was able to snag and quickly put back up and in that gave Boston a 103-95 game with about two minutes to play.
 
“He was really good,” Stevens said.
 
The same could be said for most of the Celtics of late.
 
Kyrie Irving is coming off his most efficient game of the season, tallying 30 points on 10-for-12 shooting from the field. Jayson Tatum had a rough start, but he came on strong as well with 14 points – all coming in the second half.
 
But the backbone of Boston’s success lies in what they’re able to get done defensively.
 
So far, Boston’s defense has been as strong as we’ve seen this early, in quite some time.
 
Boston, which has a league-best defensive rating of 95.9, has length, savvy and an overall total buy-in by the players on what Brad Stevens is looking for, from them.
 
Meanwhile, the Mavericks (3-14) are coming off their most impressive victory this season, a 111-79 win over Milwaukee.  Dennis Smith Jr. has been among the more talented rookies this season. He’s averaging 14.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. Dallas is indeed in a transition period where longtime superstar Dirk Nowitzki (10.3 points, 5.5 rebounds per game) is gradually passing the torch to his younger teammates like Harrison Barnes (18.7 points, 7.1 rebounds) and Smith Jr.
 
Much like the Hawks game, the Celtics must approach this game with a focus on the opponent and not their record.
 
Because the Celtics are no longer just a good team on the schedule. They are a measuring stick for most to see how they stack up against the league’s best.
 
And the Celtics understand how their success has changed how teams see them.
 
“Now that we have a reputation, I think everyone is coming for us,” said Boston’s Jaylen Brown. “Now we have to come play even harder, and I think we can do that. I think we are more than capable.”

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