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By Stephen Thomas (@15Stephen15)
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I’m Stephen Thomas with Here’s The Thing.

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So let’s see, what to talk about today … bowling? Cricket? Amazingly yummy kale recipes? Nah, I guess we’ll discuss that football game, The Super Bowl or whatever. I mean, bowling and cricket are boring and yummy kale recipes simply do not exist, so we might as well discuss the incredibly ridiculous Patriots comeback that may or may not prove Tom Brady is from another planet. [Read more…]

Face Off: Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady on a Race For MVP No. 3

By TD Berry
PSDC NFL Contributor

As the first quarter of the 2015 NFL season concludes, the picture seems to be clearing up for us to see how things will look come December. While it is way too early to talk division titles or playoffs, two individual players have taken off on a collision course to this season’s MVP award, and possibly, the Super Bowl. Quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady have both hit the ground running this season, and both seem to be showing they may be playing with something to prove.

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Rodgers still has the chip of last year’s NFC Championship collapse, and Brady has that will to want to prove anyone wrong who feels last year’s title was tarnished. They are in fact showing that by their level of play thus far. Rodgers, whom some questioned could he endure the loss of his No. 1 receiver, has appeared to answer that challenge. [Read more…]

What if Brady and Manning Can’t Be Replaced?

By Michael LoCoco
PSDC NFL Beat Writer

Look around the NFL for a moment. Look at the state of quarterback play. For every Aaron Rodgers, there are five Alex Smiths. For every Tom Brady there are five Brandon Weedens. The state of quarterback play in the NFL doesn’t look very good right now. The young guns look flawed. The only guy in his prime worth being called elite is Aaron Rodgers. The rest of the league is either trying to eke out a few more years from an old gun or wallowing in quarterback mediocrity. The assumption has always been that when Brady and Manning and Brees retired that they would be replaced by a newer younger crop of elite talent. However, that doesn’t seem to be happening. What if Brady and Manning have broken the NFL? What if they can’t be replaced?

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The Tom Is Now: Why Brady Needs To Have His Best Year THIS Year

By TD Berry
PSDC NFL Contributor

He’s been called everything from “the GOAT” to “a cheater,” but contrary to how you feel about how he’s gotten there, he’s a four-time Super Bowl champion. The difference is he hasn’t gotten to enjoy the glory of the general conscious like previous multi-champions in any sport. Too many tarnishes to his legacy for the sports culture to deem him the undisputed greatest, and even after he chased that post-Spygate ring, he couldn’t prevent obtaining it without controversy.

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From the “tuck rule to “Spygate” to the most recent soap opera “Deflategate,” his trophy case is assisted by far more than X’s and O’s. You can credit what’s missing from his trophy case to the New York Giants. A player who will probably finish this season with over 57,000 career passing yards and almost for surely over 400 touchdown passes to go along with those Super Bowls, needs to finish off this season with a Lombardi for more reasons than one. [Read more…]

10 Crazy Predictions for the 2015 NFL Season

By Troy Gabaldon
PSDC Contributor

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

1. Johnny Manziel will retire from the NFL after he throws three picks in the Browns’ first preseason game. He will go on to start his own religion that even members of the church of Scientology’s will think is crazy. [Read more…]

The Tom Brady Chronicles 2.14: One Way or Another

By Michael Conway
PSDC Writer

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Nothing seemed to stir within the valley. Snow had assaulted the American northeast and the valley was stacked with blankets of snow. The sheer volume of the powder absorbed all the random sounds that usually bounced off the edges of the valley. When the sky finally stopped sprinkling its icy seasoning, the clouds were driven to the west by a high pressure system that brought both bright blue skies and a precipitous drop in temperature. The championship parade was supposed to be today, but the cold temperatures had persuaded Patriots leadership to postpone the festivities. The Quarterback understood the logic, but thought it was unnecessary. The Lombardi Trophy had returned for the first time in a decade. The fans would have come. [Read more…]

Tom Brady and the Patriot Legacy

By Bob Cole
PSDC Litigator

What will the legacy be of the New England Patriots and that of Tom Brady be after the “deflategate” controversy? For those of you in hibernation the past couple of weeks, here is a brief recap.

Photo Credit: USA Today

Photo Credit: USA Today

During the AFC Championship game, it was discovered that 11 of the 12 game balls used by the Patriots were significantly under-inflated. Each team provides 12 game balls that are weighed and air pressure tested by a referee about three hours before each game. This is to ensure that all of the footballs meet NFL standards as set out by the rules. The overwhelming majority of the footballs used by the Patriots did not meet that standard at halftime of the championship game between the New England and the Indianapolis Colts. The Patriots hammered the Colts 45-7. Allegations of cheating by the Patriots in general and by Tom Brady in particular spread throughout the NFL media. The question was raised about how the scandal would forever tarnish the Patriot legacy. [Read more…]

The Unofficial Official Super Bowl XLIX Timeline: Least Mode

By Reid Kerr
PSDC Offensive Coordinator

6:35pm Sunday, January 18, 2015 – The Seattle Seahawks win the NFC Championship in a dramatic overtime game that curdles all the cheese in Wisconsin.

10:00pm – The New England game against Indianapolis effectively ends in the first quarter, sending the Patriots back to the Super Bowl in convincing manner. No controversy here, nope. Until…

Monday, January 19 – Controversy breaks out when the New England Patriots are accused of under-inflating their balls, and the country erupts in the most discussion we’ve had about air pressure since the Hindenberg disaster. [Read more…]

The Tom Brady Chronicles 2.13: The Edge of Salvation

By Michael Conway
PSDC Writer

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He stepped out of the tunnel. There was no fanfare this time. That remained for Sunday—when the pyrotechnics, noise, flags, revelry, and brands would all descend upon this single site for a single moment in a spectacular clash of activity. For now, The Quarterback was lucky that the field was even illuminated inside University of Phoenix Stadium. The lights were hardly brilliant, but they were enough. Brady moved to the edge of an end zone, his feet gently stepping into the white. He took a breath and then a step. [Read more…]

The Tom Brady Chronicles 2.12: The View from the Mountaintop

By Michael Conway
PSDC Writer

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Lightning flashed across the panoramic windows that stood to the right of The Quarterback. He was still lying in bed, his shoulder blades straining to dig into his immaculate mattress and find the sleep that had proven so elusive. As he rolled to his side to face the window, the thunder arrived unimpressively. It rumbled and then trailed off, like the sky was unable to adequately clear its throat. The Quarterback smirked. “Try again, thunder,” he thought. [Read more…]

The Tom Brady Chronicles 2.11: Return to the Depths

By Michael Conway
PSDC Writer

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The Quarterback turned the handles in his deluxe bathtub to the right, first the cold water and then the hot. The stream of water ceased pouring out of the shower faucet on to his hair. As the last of the water trickled out the faucet, he slowly returned from his hunched position to his full upright posture. He ran his fingers through his luscious locks, freeing pockets of water that were trapped in thick caverns of hair. To and fro, his fingers shook through his hair until he was adequately satisfied. He brushed the shower curtain aside. His shoulders shivered slightly as the cool air infiltrated his fortress of steam, but he soon tentatively stepped on to the plush mat outside the tub—exiting the tub with the same quickness he brought to drills on the agility ladder.

By no means were his eyes blinded, but The Quarterback was surprised by how much brighter the bathroom walls appeared after the solitude in the shower, the alabaster tiles shining aggressively like a neon sign but without the aggressiveness. He grabbed his large towel off the bar to his left. With his considerable wingspan, The Quarterback had always favored over-sized towels, and this thick, brown towel stretched from his shoulders to his knees. While ensconced in his towel, Tom Brady dried himself as fast as he could. He wanted to stop the mild shivering as quickly as possible. [Read more…]

The Tom Brady Chronicles 2.10: Under the Cover of Darkness

By Michael Conway
PSDC Writer

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The enormous bonfire leapt into the cold night air as if it, too, was trying to flee the freezing temperatures. The flames jumped straight into the sky, straining to escape the frigid outskirts of Bristol, Connecticut and fly directly into the tender embrace of the Sun. The flames cast shadows around the flaming pile of logs, casting various shades of black where the logs met the grass. A black pan sat upon the top of the fire, attached to a stick that traversed the entire fire. The pan was empty except for a bit of moisture that made a vicious hiss in its exposure to heat. [Read more…]