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With the success of the Last Dance and docuseries as a whole, it's no surprise that ESPN is going to be at the forefront of another GOAT's story.
Brady's company 199 Productions, ESPN and Religion of Sports are teaming up to produce a 9 Episode Docuseries on Tom Brady. Every episode's main focus will be one of the 9 Super Bowls Brady played in with Last Dance type flashbacks and stories that tie everything together. This quote stands out to me:
"The series will be Brady’s first-hand account of the most iconic moments of his NFL career, including each of his nine Super Bowl appearances as quarterback of the New England Patriots. Also in there will be smaller, seemingly insignificant instances that became pivotal events and paved the path of the future Hall of Famer’s journey, which takes a new chapter after his move to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers."
This series is going to bring up a lot of weird feelings for Patriot fans amdist the Tom Brady-Patriots divorce. It's weird seeing Brady comment on Patriot IG posts is like everything is okay. It's like seeing dad asks mom out to dinner, even though Dad left mom after 20 years of marriage and a new, unexpected baby for a 23 year old smoke with a fake ass.
I'm trying to remember the goods times instead of dwelling on the ending, but I'm sorry this still hurts. The Pandemic and stress of life during it have definitely made this life altering move easier to handle, but I am not okay like MCR. The romantic in me HATES seeing Tom Brady play elsewhere. It's fucking wrong. It kills me. He should have been a Patriot for life. Why would the Pats do this? He may have left, but they forced his hand.
There's been many nights I lay awake in bed thinking about Boston sports without Tom Brady and Mookie Betts. It legitimately makes me depressed. Not like "Omg Taco Bell is out of potatoes, I'm so depressed". Like "I want to die, what's the point of anything, this is way deeper than just sports depressed." I've written plenty about Mookie on DOL and I'm not trying to pick that scab right now. This is about Tom Brady and that was sort of hyperbole; relax.
Tom Brady is the New England Patriots. He could've stayed. Of course he has freewill to live his life. Who am I, but a man he denied an autograph in 2004? He doesn't owe me anything. Sure, thank you for all the love and the support wouldn't kill him, but that may never come. I just have to deal with what's in front of me.
I love sports history and this has the potential to be all-time. I've exhausted nearly all the America's Games and A Football Lifes on Youtube so this will be appointment TV. Patriots highlights and Super Bowls were a-fall-asleep-background-noise go-to as well. Ever since Brady left they've been hard to watch. Same with Red Sox stuff since I am no longer a fan of that organization.
As a student of the game, I cannot wait to hear the inside scoop on some of the most important moments in NFL history/ my (sports fan) life. But this doc is going to like watching the Departed knowing the ending going in because your friends were douche bags in high school. All I'm going to think about is how eventually Costigan dies; how all these great moments somehow lead to a point where things got so screwed between the Foxboro Triumvirate that Brady ended up in lowly Tampa Bay to finish his career. Sports are supposed to be our escape from reality. What kind of escape is it when the Savior of five and a half states spurns the elite Northeast for one of the sleaziest cities in the country because daddy won't say I love you!? (or show it)
Despite everything I just said; I think this docuseries is going to be awesome. Brady doesn't have the same universal appeal as MJ, but as one of the most polarizing athletes ever; there's reasons for fans, haters, and the confused to tune in.
I just hope Brady can peal off his layers of foundation and be real. The expectations are high. I want swearing, but not inorganic-fucks trying to be edgy. If you're going to leave New England....REALLY leave New England. Tell us YOUR truth. Fuck the Patriot way. It's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. You left, so go IIIIINNNN like a Tiger Woods putt about EVERYTHING. How mad were you were you when they cut Lawyer? Did you guys hate Belichick for a least a little? Wtf happened in the 06 AFC Championship game? Why did you guys go for it on 4th and 13 in FG range in Super Bowl XLII? Do you love Wes a little less because of the drop (even though the ball wasn't great)? Can Gronk read? Everything regarding Hernandez. Everything regarding both-gates. Why the fuck did Malcolm not play in the Super Bowl? Are you going to come back to the organization in some way after you retire? Why did you say no thanks to my autograph request at training camp in 04? Did you enjoy seeing the heartbreak in my eyes? Is that where you first got the idea to leave? Do you not understand how those moments impact someone for the rest of their life?
I got to enjoy all the success of the double-dynasty from 4th grade until the Ravens game this season, so I guess it's time to pay the piper. If 19 years of Tom means I have to deal with two in Tampa I guess that's what I have to do (not that I have a choice). You turned your back on a region who worshiped you for two decades. That will never change. No words or cool production value can heal that wound. It's fucked up, but of course I'll always be grateful...and love you. I'd love to see Belichick in here, but I'm not holding my breath since he's why you're gone. Baby it's time to move on (not really). If you're going to do this, Tom, do it right. Air it out like you did in 07.
I cannot wait for the 2007 and 2011 episodes. I neeeeeeeeed to hear those stories. What were those locker rooms like? Hopefully when this comes out in 2021 I'll be writing my feelings on Barstoolsports.com