In every good story you need a protagonist (our hero) and the antagonist (the villain).
What I have observed in the Patriot fan base is an equal balance of views that place Tom Brady or Bill Belichick in either category. Logical? Certainly, because both possess justifiable reasons for their actions.
But that’s no fun!
Riding in from the North on his steady and loyal steed named Alex, the white hat-wearing, TB12-pitching, best ever to play the game quarterback gallops into Tampa Bay to not only save the day but save his career as well.
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For the third time in his life, he is the underdog.
He is John Wayne’s Rooster Cogburn charging across the field with reins in mouth and a gun in each hand blowing away the bad guys. He is Paul Newman’s Frank Galvin who battles his own demons and the Boston medical establishment in "The Verdict." He is Robert Downey Jr’s. Tony Stark/Iron Man in "Avengers: Endgame," willing to give his life in order to save humanity.
Sorry, I got carried away on that last one.
I just wanted to throw a movie reference in from this century. If you haven’t seen "True Grit" (the original, though Bridges and Damon perform admirably in the remake) or "The Verdict," penned by David Mamet, stream them. What else do you have to do?
Let’s be real, people. Tom is Luke Skywalker and Bill is Darth Vader — yes, he is his football father! Bill wears that damn hoodie that he has made legendary but in actuality, it looks like hell. With that hood on, Belichick even looks like he is the dark side.
Tom represents what we have all experienced at one time or another: the feeling of being unwanted. That's whether you have been dumped by a boyfriend or girlfriend, cut from a team or fired from a job. (I have been whacked twice by the way. It sucks!)
The Patriots and Darth Belichick no longer wanted Tom Skywalker. Holy Jabba The Hutt!
It does not matter that Tom is 43 years old and no longer a fit for the Patriots’ rebuild, and it is a rebuild. Or that Belichick has never been wrong when letting go of a veteran. Or that the way to go is with a more mobile quarterback who can throw on the run.
NO! NO! NO!
None of those perfectly justifiable reasons will keep me from rooting for Tom Skywalker. You can’t go against the underdog!
May the Force be with you, Tom.
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