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Tom Brady‘s workout regimen puts all other men to shame. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

So you’re worried about Tom Brady‘s age, are you? Concerned about his “window closing”? Starting to contemplate the end of his career and what happens to the Patriots once the final grain of sand hits the bottom of his hourglass? And the very thought that it might be over soon is profoundly depressing, I imagine. Well cheer up, bunky. If the Tom Brady’s Career End Blues have got you down, I refer you to this expansive, 10,000 word Sports Illustrated article about Brady’s intense, rigorous, detailed and borderline insane workout routine. Read this and you’ll come away convinced that while Brady is on the back nine of his career, there’s no reason he can’t tee it up at No. 1 and play 27 holes. Some of the highlights:

Brady owns the TB12 fitness center in Patriots Place, run by his “Mr. Miyagi,” Alex Guerrero. “They say he knows the quarterback’s body better than Gisele Bundchen, Brady’s wife. “I do have my hands on him a little more than she does,”
Guerrero says.

Brady has not missed any time since he started with Guerrero, about 10 years ago. He is 37 and in his 15th season, and he wants to play into his 40s. Like 45. Like 48. When teammates ask how long, he simply says, “Forever.”

Brady is a quarterback whose daily schedule, both in and out of season, is mapped clearly into his 40s. Every day of it, micromanaged. Treatment. Workouts. Food. Recovery. Practice. Rest. And those schedules aren’t just for this week, this month, this season. They’re for three years.

The in-season portion of his regimen is designed to run through Super Bowl Sunday; if New England’s campaign ends in a playoff loss … Brady completes every drill, every throw, anyway.

— Brady’s performance in the 2005 playoff loss in Denver explained at last: … in 2005, when a vicious hit to his left shin in Week 14 against the Bills left Brady unable to walk. He played the next week, against the Buccaneers, and suffered a sports hernia that left his testicles at least three times their normal size. He played four more games, including the playoffs, with a bad shin and awful swelling down below.

When Rodney Harrison played with Brady, the safety showed up at 6:40 a.m. to lift weights. “Good afternoon,” Brady said to him. So the next day Harrison showed up at 6:30. “Good afternoon.” Then 6:20. Then 6:10. Then 6. “Good afternoon” each time, until Harrison finally said, “Screw you, Tom. I’m not coming in any earlier.”

“Tom is pushing back the aging process,” says [his throwing coach Tom] House. ‘There’s no reason he can’t do at 45 what he did at 25.”

“This guy is year-round,” says [his trainer Gunnar] Peterson. … “No wasted movement. No plays off. No days off. Everything is purposeful.”

His “ice cream” is in fact “made from raw ingredients, mostly vegetables — he favors an avocado base with cacao mixed in to mimic chocolate.” The rest of his diet consists of 80 percent alkaline, 20 percent acidic. He eats raw nutrient bars and what his teammates call “that birdseed [expletive],” and he once had breakfast at Heath Evans‘ house where he surgically removed every last bit of sausage from his omelet.

Then there’s the brain resiliency program. Brady underwent a battery of tests and a neuroscan a few years back, then had a program created to … more quickly process information between plays, read defenses and make adjustments. They assist with his memory. They increase his peripheral vision and how far he can see downfield.

— And the money shot: “Brady is faster and stronger than on the day he was drafted.”

There’s much more detail and a several terrific anecdotes in the piece, but this gives you the upshot of it. Tom Brady is an obsessive, driven workaholic, wholly dedicated to making himself better, sharper and more conditioned in order to play football indefinitely. And even with all the money, the fame, the rings, the supermodel wife, he’s living a life of Spartan self-denial in order to not only stay on top of his game, but to actually improve. And the rest of us mortal men ought to hold our manhoods cheap while reading this.

I’ve been asked fairly regularly what I’ll do when Tom Brady retires. And I’ve typically given the same answer: I can’t think about it. Thinking about the end of his Patriots career is like thinking about your own death or the end of the universe. It’s impossible to contemplate so I take the mature, rational approach of pretending it’ll never happen. That’s how I deal with it. Until now I thought I was just in denial. Now I realize I’ve been right all along. Tom Brady will play forever.

@JerryThornton1.

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We discuss the Red Sox moves after the loss of Jon Lester, including Miley, Porcello and Masterson being added to the pitching staff.

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We discuss the Red Sox moves after the loss of Jon Lester, including Miley, Porcello and Masterson being added to the pitching staff.

[0:01:08] ... I've according to several Twitter reports the Red Sox did meet with James Shields represented its last night. Whether it's Jane shields whether it's you know. Dream if you want to Max Scherzer I don't think ...
[0:01:54] ... decided to relate it. Vague they got they closed out this that Jon Lester. Trade today. That the entire Jon Lester trade the game full circle today with the acquisition of course though so they trade Jon Lester to open. Again that's produced. It takes just but it they flip him for Porsche fellow that this matters but fail to ...
[0:02:41] ... if but the trade deadline. Detroit had made ports LO available for Jon Lester I think bench Harrington would have done. He wasn't available port sell off first ball was having great year second while Detroit ...
[0:05:53] ... the stuff all the time. He had three shut outs last year Jon Lester had Porsche outs in his career. This is not one of those you know a smear camp hash tag smear campaign things are just a definition of terms here. And you know how much I love Jon Lester and one of them to bring him back and just try to point out the port Salo had a really really good year now was he Johnny quite ill was the was it Jon Lester Clayton Kershaw you know Jon Lester am not even close while I'm not and I would have said no but I would have said not even close. I would say not close and and you you look at you look at what he did last year where vs put Jon Lester did master okay as it was great the had to shut outs. But just in terms of overall production he was certain ...






For those unfamiliar with the term "hat and t-shirt game": the Patriots have a chance at clinching the AFC East this Sunday, and we discuss it.

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[0:05:52] ... yet you're timber remained at retain possession of the football in buffalo David Patten. The tuck rule it would sure way. You know that they have special spotted the ball and correctly at Pittsburg and AFC ...
[0:11:30] ... Earned it colored 100%. If Eli Manning on the practice field with David Tyree ran a hundred football against. Air he couldn't catch another one against his helmet like dale as I said a man was. ...
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For those unfamiliar with the term "hat and t-shirt game": the Patriots have a chance at clinching the AFC East this Sunday, and we discuss it.

[0:03:42] ... now second guess every move we were telling ballot check for trading Logan Mankins to Tampa Bay. Killing everybody wanna thank said that Ethier read them like these ratings always as a reason. We may never ...
[0:05:52] ... yet you're timber remained at retain possession of the football in buffalo David Patten. The tuck rule it would sure way. You know that they have special spotted the ball and correctly at Pittsburg and AFC ...
[0:11:30] ... Earned it colored 100%. If Eli Manning on the practice field with David Tyree ran a hundred football against. Air he couldn't catch another one against his helmet like dale as I said a man was. ...
[0:16:53] ... respect. You're Richard Seymour I say that would much respect to that Ty Law. They've never had a defensive player like this in his prime. The picked up in the offseason so you look at it ...






We talk about trust today... which front office of the four major franchises do we trust the most?

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We talk about trust today... which front office of the four major franchises do we trust the most?

[0:09:43] ... is the team that's been lying about there injury reports that since Bill Belichick beat. Became head coach C about everything else through from New England Patriots there's no I would say. Exact sciences relates to ...
[0:11:44] ... team in town right. Now the question will always be. Is that Bill Belichick in the management team or is that the fact that you're locked into it a 199 overall one of the greatest quarterback ...
[0:15:59] ... they get. Some retired coach you know go cower welcome our company Jon Gruden. Is not the same conversation I ever really duplicate that duo. I can only come up with three teams but I can ...
[0:19:13] ... seem Jimmie get a chance very every every golfer don't sleep on Matt Cassel Leahy you may launch a comeback. A deal late this sleep on Matt Cassel is he might be done but think about that now that this this twelve year period. And yet if you go into ...






Peyton Manning isn't receiving much criticism even with his poor play of late. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Peyton Manning isn’t receiving much criticism even with his poor play of late. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Denver PostPoor Peyton.

Not “woe is Peyton Manning” in the sense he is drawing a $20 million salary… and might be the most popular athlete on the planet.

What’s tough about being Peyton is the pressure he’s under not just to be good, but great. As the Broncos have concentrated their efforts on improving their running game the past three weeks, Manning has thrown six touchdown passes against two interceptions while leading his team to an average of 31 points and a 3-0 record.

Yet, because he has also averaged 203 passing yards in the past three games and not 330, as he did through the first 10 games this season, and because he didn’t throw a touchdown pass Sunday for the first time as a Bronco, and because the game has not always been as easy as he made it seem his first 2½ seasons in Denver, this passionate football region has been wondering: Is anything wrong with Peyton?

Is he hurt? Is he getting old? Is he losing it?

“None of the above,” said Broncos coach John Fox.

Fox is correct. Manning is one of the best. He ranks third in passer rating and fourth in passing yards, and he is tied with Andrew Luck for first in touchdown passes.

Oh well. I guess that settles that. Peyton Manning says he’s fine. John Fox says he’s fine. Well then according to the Denver Post’s logic, he has to be fine, right? Nothing more to see here folks. Let’s all go home and get some sleep, citizens. The Peyton Apology Machine is still cranking out 1.21 jigowatts of power.

I don’t get it and I never have. What is this Peyton infallibility doctrine he lives under? How is it that Manning manages to avoid all criticism, doubt and serious questions about his abilities? Tom Brady had a couple of substandard games in September while facing withering pressure all month behind an O-line that hadn’t found itself yet, and the world was coming to an end. The airwaves were full of talk about his window closing, his advanced age and his rapidly declining skills. The anti-Patriots horde talked about him like he’s standing in his own grave. Trent Dilfer and Steve Young go on the Monday Night Football postgame show to declare he’s furious and hates being here more than Mike Salk. Some leprechaun-troll from Dublin no one ever heard of claims Brady isn’t even a top five QB starts doing an “I told ya so, laddie.” It was mass hysteria.

But Manning? Nope. He’s fine. Despite him coming off a zero touchdown, two interception job at home against Buffalo. Or the seven points the Broncos put up four weeks ago at St. Louis. Or the fact that in three of his last four games, Manning has posted passer ratings of less than 86, which would put him below Kirk Cousins, Mark Sanchez and (shudder) Eli. Or even last week’s dog’s breakfast of 56.9 is his lowest since 2008, still, nothing to worry about. He’s the same guy he was in his prime, they’re just keeping the ball on the ground as an experiment. Pure football research.

Look, I’m not asking anyone to declare time of death on Peyton Manning‘s career. All I want is the same level of irrational, hysterical panic about him that Brady gets every time he has a bad game, instead of this “nothing to see here” stuff. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.

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Gronk discusses his love of push ups and SpongeBob, cuddling, and when Brady was mean to him.

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