Tom Brady could be the most loved/hated athlete in history

And now what is Tom Brady’s legacy? What will happen with DeflateGate? Will he go down as the Bill Clinton of athletics? Brilliant and talented and one of the greats, but whose image is tarnished because of a lack of integrity.

Brady is so great.

I’d trade lives with Brady in a heartbeat. Greatest NFL player of all-time who married the greatest Supermodel of all-time.

You have to give Brady credit. He’s great.

– Anonymous Males at Super Bowl party.

He’s a smug jerk.

He cheated on Bridget Moynahan. He cheated on the NFL.

I don’t trust him.

I wouldn’t trust him around my kids!

– Anonymous Females at Super Bowl party.

I bet that there were millions of comments on Tom Brady at varous Super Bowl parties. Especially after his interview with Bob Costas on the pre-game show. You have to wonder why NBC showed that interview so early in the show because there was so much to reveal about who Brady is. I’m sure if they played it at 5:30pm instead of 4pm, about 40 million more people would have watched it and the social media conversations would have been so different.

Top 100 Super Bowl Moments of All-Time

The Super Bowl. For this Generation X Canadian raised kid, this is something I’ve always looked forward to. I am a sports nerd in many ways as I used to watch all the pre-game shows leading up to the game. From ESPN (and later NFL Network) to the network that carries the game show that runs from 12pm to the 6pm starting time.

Here is the Top 100 Lists website all-time best Super Bowl Moments. Watch video for each moment: 

http://www.top100lists.ca/superbowlmoments.html

I started getting into the Super Bowl by the time the 23rd (Super Bowl XXIII) one came in 1989. I started playing football and began to really love the game and that’s when I began to watch it. So here on my personal Top 10 favourite Super Bowl moments.

NOTE: I am a rapid Buffalo Bills fan and they haven’t had the greatest moments. So I have left this team out of this list. 

10. Super Bowl XXIII – Joe Montana to John Taylor touchdown to win the game.

I was Curling that day (yes, I am Canadian) and watched the game in the Curling clubhouse with a rapid (but very nice) fan base.

9. Super Bowl XXXII – John Elway helicopter run.

Sitting in my friend Carl’s basement in Niagara Falls. I so wanted the Broncos to win as the NFC had a 14 game streak going. Perhaps the game where I got the most emotional and Elway’s run was that moment when I knew they were going to win.

8. Super Bowl XXXVII – Tampa Bay interceptions. 

Had a lot of money on this game and was over the moon when Tampa Bay killed the Raiders.

7.  Super Bowl XXXI – Desmond Howard kickoff return. 

Watching at my parents home with my friend Wes. We both called this shot at the same time. Coach Parcells was going to kick to Desmond and his ego was going to get the best of him.

6.  Super Bowl XLIII –  Larry Fitzgerald touchdown pass. 

Arizona didn’t win the game, but you really thought they would when Fitzgerald scores in the 4th quarter.

5. Super Bowl XXXVI – Tom Brady is introduced to the world

2002 was a time when I needed a sign that anything could happen. And seeing the Patriots and their rookie quarterback win the Super Bowl in miraculous fashion is exactly what I needed to see.

4. Super Bowl XXXIV – One Yard Short

I just moved to Toronto and was sitting by myself watching this game in the lonely city. It was a bizarre chain of events that landed me in Toronto and the same could be said for the St. Louis Rams and Tennessee Titans in this game.

3. Super Bowl XLIII – James Harrison 100 yard touchdown return

A shocking moment that I was in disbelief about when it happened. A great game in a time in my life when I needed happiness. And the Super Bowl gave it to me.

2. Super Bowl XXXVIII – 4th Quarter. 

Re-watch the end of this game. It’s amazing how much action there was in one of the greatest Super Bowl games of all-time. Too much the only thing people remember about this game is Nipplegate!

1. Super Bowl XLII – David Tyree helmet catch.

I was on a cruise ship of all places watching this at the cruise bar sitting next to a nice couple from Ann Arber, Michigan who both went to Nortre Dame University! Everyone at the bar was going for the Giants and it was such a shocking win.

The 1000th Blog Post this week about Tom Brady vs Peyton Manning

As I prepare to watch this weekend’s NFL games, let’s talk about the whole Manning vs Brady debate – because I’m jumping on the blog bandwagon. This is officially the 1000th column/blog post about this debate. From Peter King, to Bill Simmons, to guy in parents basement, to me. Let the debate continue because that’s what we do.

In my lifetime, these are the two greatest quarterbacks and NFL players of all-time. And most of the debate centers on Peyton’s better overall numbers (TD passes, yards etc..) compared to Tom’s 3 Super Bowl rings to Manning’s 1.

The best way to break this down is what player do you want on your team? I’ll pick Peyton because he’s just so damn consistent. I’m not saying Tom isn’t, but I think his coaches have had the ability to get the best out of him, as Peyton seems to be great whomever his coaches would be.

With Peyton, you know what you’re going to get every single week and you still can’t stop him. Like Lombardi’s Packers of the 1960s, a system is in place and they are going to run the same plays with the same players over and over again because they practice them over and over again. It’s a master structure, like a great business. They have a product that’s good and they keep selling that product. As the cliche goes, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. If you get to the playoffs every year, then you’re doing something right.

With Tom, you have zero idea what the gameplan will be on any given week. I’m a Buffalo Bills fan and I watch the Patriots play my team twice a year, and every single time they play them, they have a new wrinkle in their system and a whole new way to beat us. Tom executes and seems to have that inner instinct to win. He gets it done. They work in the business structure of great marketing savvy. They are successful because they figure out how to beat the other team.

So there you have it. Tom has 3 Super Bowl rings, but you can argue that was a long time ago and in a different league. The Patriots figured out how to use the new salary cap era far sooner than the rest of the league and they piled up 3 Super Bowls by the time the rest of the league caught up. Since 2004, the Patriots you can argue have choked a bit in the big games.

Peyton only has 1, in a year (2006) that his defense really carried his team to the big win. Re-watch the Wildcard Game vs the Chief, the divisional game vs the Ravens, and the Super Bowl vs the Bears that year. Peyton is average at best and his defense really stepped up.

The argument is that Peyton is a great regular season QB, but chokes in the playoffs. That is true because his Colts team really underperformed in many playoff years. His 2005 team was just a brilliant team, but his coach’s son committed suicide a week before the playoffs started and they were a shell of themselves when they lost a heart breaker to the eventual champion Pittsburgh Steelers.

So who wins? If Peyton gets one more Super Bowl ring and Tom retires at 3, then Peyton will be known at the greatest Quarterback of all-time. But he needs to get that 2nd ring.