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Tom Brady and Michael Jordan share a common weakness

Tom Brady and Michael Jordan share a common weakness

At the end of the day, "The Last Dance" by Michael Jordan reeked of desperation.

Yes, I did say "The Last Dance" BY Michael Jordan. MJ was producer, director and star of this episodic infomercial. He owned the footage and had final edit. 

Why is an athlete’s on-field performance not enough?

Why do they feel the need to serve up a manipulated version of themselves?

Why are they so insecure?

Am I calling Michael Jordan insecure? 

Yes.

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Hey, maybe the guy is human after all. I find this extremely disappointing, though. I admire the MJ who stuck the Jazz in the heart — while suffering from bad pizza? — and walked off the floor with Stockton and Malone’s internal organs in his hands. That version of Jordan does not have to sell me anything. 

Am I being unfair? Absolutely. 

This really struck me when I saw him jamming out in the back of the plane to Earth, Wind and Fire. It just looked so damn staged.

Hell, the whole film was staged. In the past, the only stage that mattered to MJ was the hardwood. Sorry, Mike, you do not have a competition problem; you’re an addict. You’re not perfect. Welcome to the human race. 

Quick side note: Julian Edelman’s doc was authentic. He did not hide from the PED suspension and was up front about the division it created between him and his father. That was compelling stuff because it was real.  

"Tom vs. Time" was the same deal as "The Last Dance."

Yes, Tom, you and Josh McDaniels got along. Yes, Tom, you are a great father. Yes, Tom, no one works harder than you in the summer heat, sporting around in your helmet and pads. Like "The Last Dance," "Tom vs. Time" was an example of the greatest of his sport needing to portray himself in a positive light to feel better about himself. 

Bummer.

Twelve championships and world domination between the two are just not enough, I guess. 

The truth is, like all of us, Michael Jordan and Tom Brady can be ass@#$&! So what? 

We saw during his home movies, Jordan berated his teammates for not performing up to his expectations. From what I have been told, this was tame compared to how he really treated some of these guys. 

Brady’s sisters have told stories of when their brother was a kid, he hated losing so much he would throw the game board across the room when he lost in Chutes and Ladders. (Full confession: I am not sure if the game was Chutes and Ladders. I just went with it. Maybe it was Yahtzee, Monopoly or even Clue.)

I would’ve loved to see Brady go completely bonkers after a loss of any kind in his home movies. Too bad Gotham Chopra’s camera wasn’t rolling when, according to Danny Amendola, Tom got so pissed after losing a game of ping pong to his wide receiver he threw the paddle at him.

Maybe after 25 years of covering thousands of professional athletes, I have become tainted.

Nooooo, Gary. Not you.

Okay, guilty as charged. Right now, I long for a great athlete to simply let their play do the talking and not have the need to show me their home movies.

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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