Different column this week, stretching from Foxboro (Tom Brady) to San Diego out West (Dan Fouts), from an unhappy Dolfan in the Southeast (Daniel Tosh) to Russell Wilson in the Land of Opportunity in the Northwest (Seattle), from a hotel in Oakland to a bar in D.C., from a hockey rink in New York to the busiest building in North America (Staples Center in Los Angeles) ... well, let's just get on with it.
He went in as the prospective G.O.A.T. and emerged as the presumptive goat, but what Tom Brady really is after Super Bowl XLVI is a living testament to the human need -- embedded in the race -- for individual scapegoats.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Call it the Reluctant Touchdown. Ahmad Bradshaw's awkward and unwilling flop into the end zone is part of Super Bowl lore now -- there with Rice-to-Montana, there with David Tyree's helmet catch, there with Lynn Swann's ballet, there with Mike Jones' tackle one yard shy. Those moments defined their times. In many ways, The Reluctant Touchdown defines ours.
Legacy? Sure, we can talk about Tom Brady's legacy. Obviously, when you look at the way Brady carried the Patriots to the Super Bowl and the way he played Sunday, he added quite a bit to his legacy.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Eli Manning stirred controversy when he declared himself an elite quarterback at the start of the 2011 season.
It looks like New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady underestimated Buffalo when he took a jab at the upstate New York city's hotels Wednesday.
If the Patriots beat the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI, should Tom Brady be considered the greatest quarterback of all time?
INDIANAPOLIS -- When Tom Brady spoke to Patriots owner Robert Kraft after winning the AFC Championship Game two weeks ago and said he "sucked" in the game, the statistics supported him. Brady threw for no touchdowns and was picked off twice. It was the first time in 21 career playoff games that he finished worse than minus-1 in touchdown-to-interception differential.
Early storyline for the Super Bowl: Can the Patriots protect Tom Brady better in this Super Bowl against the Giants than they did the last time they played?
1. Joe Flacco picked a bad week to face Tom Brady.
FOXBORO, Mass. -- No one is going to confuse Eli Manning with Tom Brady, particularly us number-crunchers in fantasy circles. Manning just doesn't do it pretty and he doesn't do it all game, or all season.
You always hear armchair meteorologists say, "it's not the heat, it's the humidity" on those swampy summer days.
The power couple just topped Forbes's highest earners list
I'm taking my talents to ... no. Too easy this morning. Congrats to the Mavs and the great Nowitzki. But that's a story for my buddy Ian Thomsen to dissect. Let's get on to the important stuff.
The NFL star will reportedly undergo an operation to address stress fracture in his right foot
Grading out the performances from the Jets' stunning 28-21 win over the Patriots in an AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium:
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Five things we learned from New England's shocking 45-3 destruction of the New York Jets Monday night at a festive Gillette Stadium. ...
PITTSBURGH -- Here are five things we learned from New England's 39-26 throttling of Pittsburgh on Sunday night at Heinz Field, in a surprisingly one-sided showdown of AFC superpowers ...
When he looks around his huddle these days and barks out the play call, could you blame Tom Brady for wondering, "Who are these guys?'' Here's a quick check of who the Patriots' franchise quarterback sees staring back at him in New England as Week 7 of the NFL's regular season looms:
There was a time in this great land when baseball was king, a time when boxing and horse racing mattered. It was a time when when people actually read printed newspapers and a lot of Catholics went to daily Mass.
NEW ORLEANS -- One superstar quarterback contract down. Two more to go.
Teammates say the athlete is doing "fine" after a collision that sent one passenger to the hospital
The Patriots quarterback was involved in a crash that injured a passenger in the other vehicle
I find it interesting that New England has chosen to go down a road that runs the risk of irritating the most important player in franchise history. By not yet entering into serious contract negotiations with Tom Brady -- a situation that Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports went into great detail here -- the Patriots could be doing more harm than good.
The disgrace of two former New Jersey heroes and one from LSU headlined the week -- and yes, I believe any award or postseason honor, including rookie of the year, should be stripped if a player tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance, as apparently is the case with defensive rookie of the year Brian Cushing of the Houston Texans. But I'm not leading with bad news. I'm leading with Tom Brady breaking his offseason silence to discuss his bi-coastal life, hopes for his team, a charity he is very bullish on and how much his world has spun in the past few years.
The football star and his wife take their boys out in Santa Monica
â¢ With wife Gisele BÃ¼ndchen busy promoting her line of Ipanema flip-flops in Paris, hubby Tom Brady focused on his personal fitness. The football star was spotted stretching and doing yoga with a trainer next to the rooftop pool at the Hotel Le Bristol. Says an admirer, "He's very blonde and beautiful in person."
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Peyton Manning is about to become the best quarterback in the NFL over the past 30 years. I know that may ruffle feathers from San Francisco to New England, but hear me out.
The postgame reports said the Jets sealed their upset win over the Chargers last week when Kerry Rhodes recovered an onside kick, allowing his team to run the final two minutes off the clock.
The Patriots quarterback hits back at critics who speculate that family life put a damper on his game
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight after taking in three-fourths of the NFL wild-card playoff weekend and preparing to write a separate story after attending the fourth game ...
FOXBORO, Mass. -- The Ravens couldn't take the Patriots out with one play on Sunday. It took them three: Ray Rice's 83-yard run on the first play from scrimmage, Terrell Suggs' sack-forced fumble on the Pats' first drive, and Ray Lewis' vicious sack of Tom Brady on New England's second drive. After Lewis drove Brady into the ground, the Gillette Stadium crowd fell silent, Brady became uncomfortable in the pocket and the Ravens' running game took over.
The father of two says with a new baby at home, he is trying to get back to a normal sleep schedule
The football star and model Gisele BÃ¼ndchen want something that's traditional - and that Tom can pronounce!
Though he sat out a practice on Thursday, Tom Brady was back in action Friday, participating in football practice for the New England Patriots just three days after his wife, Gisele Bündchen, gave birth to their boy.
The Patriots quarterback is back at work days after welcoming a son with Gisele BÃ¼ndchen
The Patriots QB, who welcomed a son with Gisele BÃ¼ndchen, says they're still deciding on a name
There's another Brady in the bunch.
The baby is the first for the supermodel and the second son for the New England Patriot
The Patriots QB couldnât wait to find out the sex of his second child - but is keeping it a secret from his wife
The Patriots quarterback and the supermodel planned their first nuptials in just 10 days
Breaking down Sunday's New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts game (8:15 p.m., Eastern, NBC) ...
Game of the weekend: New England at Denver. Intriguing player of the weekend: Elvis Dumervil.
We're only going to score 17 points? OK. Is Plax playing defense? -- Tom Brady, January 2008, laughing at Plaxico Burress' prediction of a 23-17 New York Giants victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.
For a reason that even Tom Brady couldn't fathom, he entered the huddle in Monday night's season-opener against Buffalo down 11 with 5:32 left in the game and, eerily, predicted the future.
The NFL star breaks the couple's silence on BÃ¼ndchen's pregnancy, and says no Lamaze class on Sundays!
Henry Olszewski was stoked in 2008 when he, along with millions of Americans, drafted New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to his fantasy football team.
The rest of the league was no doubt looking on, and you have to figure they were thinking roughly the same thing I was thinking Thursday night as I watched the most scrutinized first half of an NFL preseason game in recent memory:
"Life is not living in the suburbs with a white picket fence," says the football star
The quarterback's parents surprise him with a song & his teammates give him an ice shower
The quarterback fell out of his kayak, to be saved by a very happy rescuer
Tom Brady is coming off a season-ending knee injury and returning to a Patriots squad that failed to make the playoffs for the first time in six seasons. Peyton Manning is fully recovered from last off-season's knee surgery and will lead a Colts team that's made the playoffs seven years running but that lost its long-time head coach, offensive coordinator and offensive-line coach. SI.com NFL writers Don Banks, Jim Trotter, John Mullin and Ross Tucker discuss which quarterback is better set up for success in 2009.
Tom Brady returned to practice this week for the first time since a catastrophic knee injury ended his 2008 campaign just 7 minutes, 22 seconds into the season.
General managers, coaches and fantasy footballers rank 1-2-3 (though not necessarily in that order) as talent evaluators for quarterbacks and running backs. And they need to be good at it because jobs and bragging rights are at stake when it comes to those positions.
Sharing custody of his little boy makes time together more special, says the athlete
This story appears in the June 1st, 2009 issue of Sports Illustrated.
Busy week. Late May, Memorial Day, and still the NFL doesn't slow up. TV deals, a ruling in the StarCaps case, the Brett Favre story (very quietly) heating up, debating the schedule expanding from 16 to either 18 or 17 games, Mike Vick living in home confinement, Tom Brady returning to practice with his team Tuesday for the first time in 37 weeks, Terrell Owens blaming Tony Romo for his Dallas demise, and the best special-teamer in football going on a wildcat strike. Did someone say "offseason?''
After spending the afternoon at a Costa Rican beach, the couple treat guests to a cookout
"They are a fun group," says a source observing the festivities. "They're cool people"
The supermodel recalls learning about his son and how it makes her love him more
After their secret wedding last month, Brady and Bündchen will do a replay in Costa Rica
The trip was so Brady could meet Bündchen's extended family, sources say
The football star and the supermodel tie the knot in an intimate ceremony in Santa Monica
Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen married National Football League star Tom Brady Thursday in an "intimate" sunset ceremony, US Weekly magazine reported on its Web site.
BOSTON (AP) -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says his recovery from knee surgery remains on schedule and he doesn't see any reason he won't be ready for the 2009 opener.
Stop me if you've heard this one before, but the New England Patriots could be in trouble. At least that was the conventional wisdom circulating around the league last week, with some speculating that we had just witnessed the eve of destruction for this decade's only NFL dynasty.
The star quarterback popped the question on bended knee Friday
The official NFL gamebook says that the Ravens-Dolphins wild-card game ended last Sunday at 3:56 p.m.
"It's rumor," Tom Brady Sr. says of reports his son and Bündchen are set to wed
Heading into the NFL's Week 7, we hold these truths to be self-evident:
We've heard lots already about the remarkable similarities between the situation that fate has thrust Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel into this season and the one that launched Tom Brady on his way to a Hall of Fame career back in September 2001. But what tends to get overlooked in those will-lightning-strike-twice comparisons is a rather sizable advantage belonging to Cassel that Brady did not enjoy: He has Tom Brady to lean on and learn from.
The question that so many people like me have often pondered is finally about to be answered, though it comes via the most unfortunate of circumstances. During my time in the NFL, playing both for and against the New England Patriots, I frequently wondered how much of their success was directly related to the greatness of Tom Brady. My hunch is Brady makes a huge difference. Now that he is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, we are about to find out.
Who are the winners and losers now that New England quarterback Tom Brady is out for the season with a left knee injury? We thought you'd never ask....
After an exhaustive sampling of data that stretched throughout one week of the NFL's regular season -- and that was even before the Monday night games were completed -- the pronouncements came fast and furious from the punditry class:
The New England Patriots quarterback was injured and faces knee surgery
NEW YORK -- So what do you think of a 17-game season now? Anyone for 18?
Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we count down the hours until the NFL's regular-season opening kickoff on Thursday night in Giants Stadium.....
The Patriots haven't won a game since mid-January, Tom Brady has yet to play this preseason, and things are getting a little tense for the Team That Previously Could Not Lose. Making matters worse, New England just got embarrassed at Tampa Bay, on the very field it hopes to be playing on in February's Super Bowl.
Her New York pad is on the market for $5.9 million; his is going for $18.29 million
SI.com has dispatched 10 writers to report on the 32 NFL training camps across the country. For the complete schedule of postcards, click here.
So I called Duke, who used to run the book for New York Post employees back in the days when I drew my paycheck there, and asked him what the number was on the Brooksies vs. the Lombardies, Dream Game 2008.
The supermodel admits to heartbreak and never getting a marriage proposal
It's only day two of the NFL's free agency period, and already this much is apparent: The San Francisco 49ers have it in mind to become the new Washington Redskins.
Mr. Perfect was Mr. Average in Super Bowl XLII.
Kevin Krystofiak is on his way to Arizona this week, a living reminder that Tom Brady's football career was not built on touchdown records and undefeated seasons. Krystofiak was the starting quarterback of the freshman football team at Junipero Serra High in San Mateo, Calif., in 1991. The team went 0-8 that season, scoring two offensive touchdowns. "I was a really bad quarterback," Krystofiak said.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Tom Brady walked in New York without the protective boot that he had worn on his right foot, increasing the likelihood that his injury was not serious.
A quick take on Tom Brady's foot, then I'll let you guys trash a couple of icons.
Sunday night, clock ticking down on the Browns' dream season, reality setting in at the Braylon Edwards home on the west side of Cleveland, and the last story of the 2007 regular season is written. Tennessee's in. Cleveland's out in Sixth-seed-ville.
After throwing his first touchdown pass of the game on Sunday, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady weaved through the Steelers' defense, sifting through the jersey numbers until he found the one he was looking for. When he spotted number 27 -- Pittsburgh free safety Anthony Smith, who last week guaranteed a victory over New England -- Brady lit into him, barking at Smith until several players stepped in to break up the fracas.
New dad Tom Brady may be in the thick of the football season, but he's looking forward to spending more time with his three-month-old son, John, come February.
Tom Brady took advantage of some time off over the weekend to catch up with John, his 3-month-old son by ex-girlfriend Bridget Moynahan.
Tom Brady is easy on the eyes. And not just in the way you're thinking, ladies. He's easy on football eyes, too. The poise. The vision. The textbook, 12-to-six delivery with the tight spiral. And in other ways you seldom hear about. Toughness? The Cowboys brought the heat on Brady last Sunday and put him on his back. And Brady kept getting up. Arm strength? Brady threw one ball 72 yards flatfooted.
IRVING, Texas -- He'd never admit it in a thousand NFL Sundays, but for more than a few years now Tom Brady has chafed at the only slight he feels he's endured throughout his illustrious eight-year career.
Three weeks into fatherhood and two weeks into football season, Tom Brady has a personal problem to tackle: balancing his schedule between playing with the New England Patriots and seeing his infant son, who is home in Los Angeles with his mom, Bridget Moynahan.
Hey, dude, haven't had a date since the Fig Festival 12 years ago? Are you about as cool as a Bob Dole bumper sticker? Do girls walk by you like you're running a seminar on jock itch?
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is seeking a timeout - for the birth of his first child with former girlfriend Bridget Moynahan.