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Hey Tom Brady, enough with the 'TOMpa Bay' nonsense

Hey Tom Brady, enough with the 'TOMpa Bay' nonsense

When I first saw the term “TOMpa Bay” I rolled my eyes and thought some clown in Tampa was working angle to make a buck … no pun intended.

Then, much to my confusion, I learned that the cheap-ass, trinket sounding, something I would see on a T-shirt in a Tampa Target term came from TB12 himself.

Holy John McKay! History Lesson: He was the inaugural coach of the Tampa Bay Bucs who went 0-14 in 1976. When asked what he thought about his team’s execution he replied, “I’m in favor of it.”

My other favorite McKay quote is, “If I have everyone back that lost 10 games, experience isn’t too important.”

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Please note that it has been said that Casey Stengel uttered the execution response and not McKay.

I don’t care. It’s funny either way.

Brady’s quote is not funny.

I want to give Tom the benefit of the doubt. I never had a problem with “TB12” or even “Tom Terrific” because I thought, ah, the guy has won enough. He can do what he wants.

However, he hasn’t done squat in Tampa Bay besides get kicked out of public park and walk into the wrong house to meet with a coach he was not supposed to meet with.

He can’t take the city’s name and make it his, because that city isn’t his yet. Plus, it’s a dorky move. I want the Tom Brady that let his play do his talking.

Yes, he posed with a goat, but I know for a fact his colleagues Matt Light and Dan Koppen never let him live that one down, so I consider his penance served.

The truth is Brady has always been a little dorky, but that’s what made him so damn likable. He is not athletic, would rather sport Italian loafers than Timberland Boots and trots around the world with his supermodel wife, but he did it without taking himself too seriously.

Hell, this is a superstar who had his car filled with Styrofoam peanuts by his teammates and had bank-dye put into his socks by his O-line, so his feet remained blue for a month.

But, this TOMpa Bay thing is over the line. Stop Tom, you sound like tool.

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Donald Trump says he'd ask Patriots' Bill Belichick for military advice

Donald Trump says he'd ask Patriots' Bill Belichick for military advice

You wouldn't seek out a military general for tips on NFL roster building, but Donald Trump apparently believes there's some transferrable wisdom between the battlefield and gridiron.

During an interview Tuesday on The Hugh Hewitt Show, President Trump was asked whether he believes Bill Belichick has a better chance of winning a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots this year than Tom Brady does with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Trump responded with a diplomatic answer -- that included some eye-opening praise for Belichick.

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"I think they’re both going to do great. They’re both friends of mine," Trump told Hewitt. "I’ll tell you, Belichick is an incredible coach, and I think he’s going to do really well. This guy just knows how to win. And he’s a very good friend of mine. He’s a winner.

"You know, if I ever had a military battle, I’d call up Belichick and say, 'What do you think? ... Give me a couple of ideas.' And he'd be as good as any general out there."

Belichick is a master strategist who relies on knowledge, adaptability and thorough preparation to put the Patriots in the best position to succeed. Those are all qualities of a successful military general, and perhaps Belichick could have been one in another life.

Alas, Belichick is a football coach with zero military credentials (aside from his father coaching at Navy), so we're not sure he's the best person to call about battle strategy.

Trump has touted his friendship with Belichick and Brady over the years, reading a letter of support from the Patriots coach on the eve of his election in 2016 and bringing up the former Patriots quarterback in various public appearances.

The President clearly still enjoys referencing both Patriots icons, even if his understanding of Belichick's talents is a bit off.

Tom Brady shared this sage advice with Titans' A.J. Brown last season

Tom Brady shared this sage advice with Titans' A.J. Brown last season

When the GOAT speaks, you listen, especially when you're a rookie in your first NFL training camp.

That's what Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown did when he crossed paths with then-Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during Tennessee's joint practices with New England last summer.

According to Brown, the 43-year-old quarterback imparted some valuable wisdom on the second-round draft pick -- the best advice Brown has received as a pro -- at one of those practices.

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"He told me: Work on the things you know you need improvement on, so you won't have no weakness," Brown said Monday in a video conference with reporters, via Titans.com.

"Everybody works hard, but everybody knows what their weakness is. Work on your weakness so you have no weakness."

That's sound advice from Brady, whose relentless drive to eliminate his own weaknesses helped him win six Super Bowl titles with the Patriots over 20 seasons before leaving for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason.

It appears Brown took Brady's advice to heart, too: The 23-year-old has been working to improve his conditioning after noticing on film that he looked fatigued during the fourth quarter of games as a rookie, which he believes may have given away some of his routes.

"(I have to) make sure my pad level is the same all the way through the whole route," Brown said. "Just not putting on your turn signal before you turn."

Brown was the only rookie wide receiver to top 1,000 receiving yards last season -- 1,051 yards on 52 catches with eight touchdowns -- so the Ole Miss product could become an elite NFL wideout if he takes another step forward in 2020.

Brady has helped plenty of Patriots wideouts over the years, but he's also been a font of wisdom for other budding NFL stars -- and you can add Brown to that list.

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