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Daily Mail – He had just suffered a deflating defeat that prevented him from going for yet another Super Bowl championship.
But thankfully for NFL star Tom Brady he was able to seek solace in the arms of his children, with the adorable moment caught on camera by his supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen. …
Gisele also sent out a tweet to fans where she paid tribute for their support. She said: “Thank you all for the messages supporting Tom. We’re so proud of him. #gratitude.”
No doubt the words of support from his followers is just the tonic for the 38-year-old quarterback after his New England Patriots were destroyed in the AFC Championship Game by the Denver Broncos.
I saw what you did there, Daily Mail. “Deflating defeat.” Very cute. That bit is like a “Saturday Night Live” recurring character they keep trotting out long after it’s gone stale. But by all means, keep beating it to death.
Anyway, I have to admit this post by Gisele has me a conflicted. On the one hand, you’d have to have the soul of a video game monster to not appreciate seeing a man who was used as a tackling dummy for three solid hours in the warm embrace of kith and kin like this. On the other hand, it’s a depressing reminder of how close Brady came to being getting ready for Santa Clara. And how much fun it would be to see Peyton Manning family photos right about now instead of breakdowns of his chances against Carolina’s defense.
Mainly though this picture just wounds me. Because I realize those kids are giving him better protection than he got all day from his O-line.
Broncos pass rushers admit to trying to humiliate Tom Brady Sunday. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
The Monday Morning Quarterback — Tom Brady‘s face wore no hint of anger or malice, and he fielded no apologies. Not 20 feet away from him, five huge men baring strikingly few bruises dressed side-by-side in silence. The New England Patriots offensive line wasn’t mauled, manhandled or overpowered in the AFC Championship Game; they were simply ignored.
To the three or four rushers the Denver Broncos sent careening towards Tom Brady on any given down, the five men standing in front of them might as well have been rec league hoopers taking on the Golden State Warriors. Sebastian Vollmer, Marcus Cannon and company were deserving of no more respect than a quick step to the inside and a sprint around the corner. And the quarterback was subject to all manner of indignity in a 20-18 loss.
“I tried to lay on him a few times,” said one Broncos rusher after the game. “I tried to rub my nuts on his face.”
You hear that, all you Tom Brady haters? Broncos pass rushers were putting their nuts in his face.
All you wanna-be football analysts and phony experts who’ve been filling up my Twitter timeline, my Facebook page and the WEEI text line with all your “BRADY SUX!” and “He was awful!!! Quit kissing his ass and admit it!!!!!” can back the hell off now. Put down your caps lock button. Lay the exclamation points down and slowly back away. I repeat: They. Were. Putting. Their. Nuts. In. His. Face.
Never mind the indignity, how do you expect any quarterback to get the job done when he’s starting at a guy’s yam bag? Just from a practical standpoint. How is Brady supposed to go through his pre-snap reads when he’s getting teabagged on every dropback? How’s he capable of going through his progressions and anticipate where his receivers are going to break off their routes when he’s half a second away from wearing a pair of Arabian goggles? Not only does it make it impossible to quarterback, it’s dangerous. You could get pinkeye like that.
This is all the proof you Haterade drinkers should need that this loss is all on the offensive line and not Brady. The fact he played as well as he did after staring into another man’s grundle proves he’s the greatest of all time.
The five-time NBA All-Star already was dealing with a torn quadriceps muscle that has kept him sidelined since Dec. 26. The new injury reportedly will keep him out “a matter of weeks, as opposed to days.”
The Clippers have three games left on their five-game road trip and will be eager to get Griffin back in their lineup upon recovery. In 30 games this season he has averaged 23.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game.
The Clippers did not immediately issue a statement but are expected to provide some clarity on the situation Tuesday.
Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis had surgery Monday morning to repair his broken right forearm, an injury he suffered during Sunday’s NFC championship game. Despite the two-week turnaround to Super Bowl Sunday, Davis is planning to play through any pain he may have in the Feb. 7 showdown with the Broncos.
“My understanding is if everything goes well it is something he can mostly certainly play with,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “So we are excited about that possibility.”
Davis, an 11-year NFL veteran and first-team All-Pro selection this season, is no stranger to pain. He has recovered from three torn ACLs in the same knee, and never saw a change in his steady on-field production.
“He said [he was going to play] with the same type of sincerity he said to me when he told me he was coming back from the third ACL,” Rivera said. “There is something about his conviction and I think that’s what makes him who he is today. So I have no doubt that as long as everything continues to heal the way it’s supposed to, he’ll be out there.”
It seems clear that as long as pain tolerance is the only issue, Davis will not be missing a game of this magnitude for his team. After all, he has played on the Panthers since 2005 and has never had the chance to win a Super Bowl.
“It hurt. It was painful,” Davis said. “At the same time I believe in our training staff and I believe in the process. If it is at all possible I know they are going to get me back and I will do my part to make sure I’m ready.”
And there you have it. This is the world Roger Goodell created when he decided to go after the biggest star in his game and a man who’s conducted himself with class and dignity. Cities that have never known what it feels like to win are empowered to bathe in Tom Brady‘s blood.
And that’s fine. I get it. It comes with the territory. When you’re the Patriots, history is on the line every time you take the field, and there are no small losses. And when you win as much as Boston does, you learn how it works. Win with class, lose with class. Ignore the haters from little jerkwater towns that never know what it’s like to be relevant.
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TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: NHL: Ducks at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN) NHL: Blackhawks at Hurricanes, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN) NHL: Avalanche at Sharks, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Thunder at Knicks, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Mavericks at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV) College basketball: Florida State at Boston College, 7 p.m. (ESPNU) College basketball: Xavier at Providence, 8:30 p.m. (FS1) College basketball: Creighton at Georgetown, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Indiana at Wisconsin, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Texas Tech at Oklahoma, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Kansas State at West Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Memphis at UCF, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Southeast Louisiana at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Florida at Vanderbilt, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Georgia at LSU, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: San Diego State at Nevada, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Tennis: Australian Open, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
— As the Broncos turn their attention to the NFC champion Panthers and Super Bowl 50, they are hoping to carry the momentum from Sunday’s victory over the favored Patriots in the AFC championship game.
The Broncos again are the underdogs, and that’s just fine with players such as defensive end DeMarcus Ware.
“Let’s bring the Orange Crush back. That’s the way we played [against New England],” Ware said (via the Denver Post). “We played even beyond our own standards. It was the type of game that’s going to carry over and motivate us in the Super Bowl.”
Ware is being credited with inspiring the Broncos for Sunday’s game, as he gave an impassioned speech to the team Saturday night, using the image in the team’s weight room of “Iron Sharpens Iron” as inspiration.
“Coach [Gary] Kubiak knows I will speak from what’s on my heart,” Ware said Monday. “I saw the image and went from there.”
According to the Denver Post, Ware, who had never played in a conference championship game, reminded his teammates of the importance of playing for one another.
“That was probably one of the best pregame speeches I’ve heard,” cornerback Aqib Talib said. “Right afterward, I said, ‘We need to do that right before we get dressed for the game. … It touched everybody. It was goose bumps.”
The next challenge for the Broncos is trying to contain the high-scoring Panthers offense, led by MVP favorite Cam Newton.
“He’s probably the most dangerous player in the NFL right now,” Talib said. “He’s the best of both worlds.”
Added Kubiak after watching film of Carolina’s dominance of the Cardinals: “They’ve been dominant in all phases.”
— One day before the accuser in the Jameis Winston rape case was to give a deposition, Florida State announced it has settled with the woman. The school will pay $950,000 — $250,000 to Erica Kinsman and $700,000 to her attorneys — and make a five-year commitment to sexual assault awareness and prevention.
Kinsman said she was drinking at a Tallahassee bar in December 2012 when Winston and some other men took her to an apartment and Winston raped her. One of her attorneys said FSU wanted Kinsman to withdraw her complaint, and the school was criticized for allegedly giving special treatment to football players.
“Although we regret we will never be able to tell our full story in court, it is apparent that a trial many months from now would have left FSU fighting over the past rather than looking toward its very bright future,” FSU president John Thrasher said in a release.
Kinsman still has a suit pending against Winston, and the now-Buccaneers quarterback has a countersuit accusing her of trying to take advantage of his newfound wealth.
Sho Darvish was arrested in October after reportedly taking illegal bets on about 1,850 MLB games as well as Japanese games. The Japan Times reported that police in Osaka have not accused Yu Darvish of any wrongdoing.
Darvish, who missed all of last season following ligament replacement surgery during spring training, released a statement last week indicating he had “no involvement in this matter whatsoever.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 26, 1997, the Patriots lost to the Packers in Super Bowl XXXI, 35-21. Who was the Patriots’ leading receiver, with six catches for 67 yards and one touchdown?