Sunday, February 15, 2015


hey kids-


remember this?:

(from the TOTW 9/8/14) WEEK ONE @ MIAMI DOLPHINS L 33_20
so the good news is that tommy’s in last place and you know he’s pissed off about it, which can only be good for us. the even gooder news is that the last time we lost the season opener, we won the super bowl. 

well kids, everyone who laughed at me when i said that can suck it because it happened again. our patriots won the super bowl in a game for the ages. this one had high and lows, ups and downs, drama and intrigue, and ultimately one great big patriots win. let’s dive in!

tommy had his ferocious face on from the second he took the field, and he never let up. in spite of two interceptions, our fearless quarterback wound up 37 for 50 with 328 yards and four touchdowns – two of which were thrown in the  fourth quarter.  tommy’s pulled off the fourth quarter comeback so many times now, none of us should be surprised that he played one his most perfect quarters of football when it mattered most – going 13 for 15 with 124 yards and two those beautiful two touchdown passes. here he is, showing off all the leadership, competitiveness, and general roguish charm it takes to be a four time super bowl winning quarterback – and making it look easy.

but wait! there’s more! here he is, actually WINNING the super bowl.

and here he is, looking just like that kid who stole our hearts 14 years ago. what  a love story this has turned out to be, tommy.

of course, there were a whole bunch of other patriots at super bowl 49 beside tom brady, and they played their little patriots hearts out. gronk, amendola, and edelman all had touchdown receptions, and julian made a strong case for mvp with 109 yards and nine catches. revis and chandler jones both sacked russell wilson, and our little ryan allen set a new record for the longest punt in a super bowl. still, this game came right down to the last minute, literally, and i’d say it took a miracle – but really it took one little patriot who took “do your job” to heart – and he’s getting the tommy of the week. i’m not going to lie –  as seattle began marching down the field with two minutes left, i couldn’t watch. i had my head firmly planted against the chest of the poor guy who happened to sit next to me and was compulsively texting the same thing to mom and lil sis over and over and over:

thank god bill belichick believed in my defense, too. instead of calling a timeout, he let the clock tick down as seattle executed the now-infamous “worst play call in history,” a pass that sailed right into the waiting arms of malcolm butler. our little rookie cornerback had already defended three passes – more than anyone else on defense – and had just given up a huge gain on another miracle catch that had patriots fans crawling underneath bars across america. luckily, the little rookie didn’t let it get him down. he got right back out there, applied the lessons he’d learned in practice, and jumped the route to pick off wilson and clinch the game. i agree that tommy is the super bowl mvp, but malcolm butler gets the tommy of the week. here he is, making the season’s most spectacular interception (which i finally saw on about the third replay when the guy next to me picked me up off the floor and made me watch).

and as usual, tommy’s face looked exactly like mine:

say what you will about carroll, wilson, and the bad play call – but if the “legendary” seattle defense hadn’t let tom brady score 14 points in six minutes to take the lead in the fourth quarter, it really wouldn’t have mattered. but in the end, tom brady DID score 14 points in six minutes, the play call DID matter, and the patriots DID win the super bowl. i will never get tired of saying that.


it’s a little bittersweet to write this totw – and it’s taken me so long because i’m not quite ready to say goodbye to this season. this was our year kids, and from that terrible day in kansas city to that awesome high against denver to that frigid night at gillette stadium to this glorious sunday in arizona, what a year it turned out to be. the good news is that THE PATRIOTS WON THE SUPER BOWL!!!! the even gooder news is that the last time the patriots lost their season opener and won the super bowl, they came right back the next year to win another one.

are you ready? see you in september.


love dav.