In this sports hiatus people were blogging about a documentary. (The Last Dance, you might have heard of it) Well guess what folks? We’re in full blown boredom now as I bring to you a blog about a TRAILER for a documentary.
I have quoted Theodore Roosevelt’s “Man in the Arena” speech since I saw it painted on our weight room wall at UM in 1995. It’s a constant reminder to ignore the noise, buckle my chinstrap, and battle through whatever comes my way.
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) May 21, 2020
I underplayed it in the lede but gather every brick wall on earth because after watching that I am fully prepared to run through each and every single one of them. Even the title. “Man in the Arena”? Just reading those words got the blood pumping.
This had got to solidify Brady‘s status as the GOAT, right? Not just of football, that was made a sure thing after Super Bowl 51. But of all sports. I mean, who has a documentary made about them when there are still two years left for them to play? That’s legendary stuff right there.
Also, as a Patriots fan, this is great stuff. Really great stuff. He’s basically affirming what we already knew. That all the years he spent as a Patriot are the only one’s worth counting. Worth going down in history. Any time spent playing football in a swamp with a pirate ship in the background isn’t worth making a doc on.
On the other side of the coin, as a Buccaneer’s fan, (if such people exist) this is a big yikes for you. A HUGE yikes. Do you really want your star QB talking about “the good ol’ days” when he is still under contract with you? This is slated to come out in 2021. Brady is signed to Tampa Bay through 2021. If things don’t live up to expectations with the Buc’s in the first year of Brady’s contract, and it appears those expectations are getting higher and higher, and this documentary comes out right after, where do you go from there as a fan? If the season ends in a heartbreaking playoff loss, or even worse if they somehow miss the playoffs, then Brady comes out with this doc, do you take it as anything else but a slap in the face if you’re a Tampa Bay fan?
I don’t know. Glad I don’t have to deal with it. I, personally, love the move by Tom. Even if he was on the Patriots, I would love it. Well, I probably would love anything he would do, but that’s because he won me six Super Bowls. What has he given Tampa? Not much except for a funny story about wandering into a guy’s house. That being said, guy has had an earth-shattering career; he’s probably earned a little victory lap. Even if he’s not done yet.
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