Tom Brady's "Man in the Arena" docuseries that tells the story behind every one of his ten (10) career Super Bowl seasons debuted last night on ESPN+, and it did not disappoint. We learned that Tom Brady was scared in the AFC Championship Game against Pittsburgh. Willie McGinest broke down his penalty that prevented Super Bowl XXXVI from becoming a blowout. Drew Bledsoe told heartfelt truths about how difficult the 2001 season was for him. The ski lift story hit hard, but this is not a recap blog. My future coworker (unless he dies of old age before I'm #HireDdozo), Jerry Thornton, has that covered.
I'm here to talk about one of my favorite things: flow, lettuce, salad; in case you didn't play high school lacrosse, that means hair.
I'm a hair guy and specifically a long hair guy. Ever since I was a kid, I always thought people looked better with some length and hated short hair. I had to fight for my right to flow growing up, which parlayed with the post-covid world, anxiety and my hashtag good guy-ness (I promise I'm going to donate it at some point) is why I'm currently rocking two-plus feet of luscious flow.
I've only said it like 900 times on DOL, but in case this is your first dive into Dozo, I was in 4th grade when the Patriots won Super Bowl XXXVI; I turn 30 in less than a month (puke emoji), so Tom Brady's been in the NFL for 2/3s of my life. He's had plenty of different looks along the way, and they haven't all been home runs, or in his case, touchdowns, but also home runs because you know he got drafted by the Montreal Expos too??? But who doesn't love looking at old photos with funny of-the-era hairstyles? During a montage of his college days, we were blessed with this quintessential 90s curtain look for at the time, TB10.
Unfortunately, that screenshot feels more 1890s than 1990s and doesn't do that Shawn Hunter special justice, but Tommy Boy sure improved from whatever the hell this was from his younger UM days. It 's like a TikToker meets Joe Mauer.
I keep having to stop myself from typing "Tom vs. Time," but with MAN IN THE ARENA ep. 1 starting at the beginning of Brady's journey...it's impossible to tell that story without Drew Bledsoe, and we got a ton of Drew in epi 1. Patriot fans know, but for viewers that didn't minor in NFL Films, there was some necessary backstory of how good he was in the 90s. Tom Brady made the Patriots one of the premier organizations in American sports, but Drew Bledsoe brought the Patriots back from the dead when he was drafted in 1993; a year before Robert Kraft saved them from becoming the St. Louis Stallions. You would've guessed Drew went first overall to the Quebec Nordiques.
Unfortunately, Bill Belichick wasn't interviewed in episode 1, and I'm like 99.283% sure he's not a part of this docuseries, which I get, but also hate. My one complaint about this gift from God is how it's happening right now. How can you tell these stories without Belichick?
Part of what made "The Last Dance" so great was the time that had passed since the Bulls Dynasty. The sports media landscape was on a different planet back then, but imagine how that would've looked if it came out when Jordan was on the Wizards?
Brady is still an active NFL player. It's a kinda wild move to release this during his career, especially if he plans on playing until he's 50. It's weird though because as an instant gratification millennial piece of trash, I'm glad it's coming out now, but doesn't it feel like these stories need to simmer a little? It means more when you wait. Amirite, you sex is only for procreation wackos? It's like taking a frozen pizza out of the oven after 15 minutes. Sure, you can eat it, but you know it's better when you wait until the cheese is golden brown. I guess it's a little different because, on February 3rd, it'll be 20 years since Brady won Super Bowl MVP passing for 145 yards, so it has sorta been simmering. I wonder what'll happen when the Patriots beat his Bucs in SoFi in three months in theNarrative Bowl?
People forget that Belichick was an assistant on the '96 Pats, and you bet your sweet ass Bill had a little flop on top and flow below.
But if you listened to today's SOD/read the blog, you already know my favorite follicle display. Still has no likes, but do you think zero recognition will stop me? I'm still running this website aren't I?
I mean, that snarl, the goatee, obviously the hair is not exactly the same but it just screams Layne Staley in the "Man in the Box" video to me.
Do you think Charlie Weis struggled at Notre Dame because he had to worry about Bam Margera kicking him the balls or shuffling his gullet?