Grieving Tom Brady’s Loss



By Paul M. Banks

When death occurs this suddenly, sometimes we rationalize it by thinking, “maybe I should have anticipated this crisis.”

New England Patriots All-Universe Quarterback Tom Brady left the season opener today with a season-ending knee injury; possibly a torn ACL and MCL. Yikes! We all know that Brady was possibly in doubt about playing this week, right? Coupled with his absence for the entire preseason, we should have known something was up maybe? And remember the last time we saw him play in Super Bowl XLII; he was NOT himself. They said that whole walking-boot-during-the-February- bye-weeks thing was just precautionary, but it was remarkably clear to anyone who watched all 19 games of the Patriots 2007 season that he was not 100%. And perhaps the karma police were still looking to make a bust because of Spygate. So maybe I should have anticipated something like this….or maybe not!

Brady is 101-27 in the 128 consecutive games that he has started. I was worried about a heavy rain (minor ankle injury) not the Category 5 Hurricane (season-ending knee injury) now headed to New England. That’s why I’m sick to my stomach tonight. It is a psychosomatic ailment: knowing what already happened to the Pats season after just the 15th play of the season.


There’s only one man I can really talk to about this: BradyFan83. I know he was watching the game in his parents’ basement with some Dr. Pepper and his Tom Brady Fathead on the wall. He feels the pain I’m in. There is a form of artistic expression that I believe captures the emotion of this dark day in Patriot history.


It reminds me of a ritual that takes place in New Orleans, the city where the Pats won their first Super Bowl. A New Orleans Jazz Funeral begins with a bunch   of slow dirges and somber notes representing death and sorrow for the person who has passed on. This part obviously relates to Tom Brady’s season ending injury. The second portion of a Jazz Funeral has an upbeat tempo with faster, livelier rhythm that’s says, “hey I miss you, but it was great to know you while you were here, and you’ve moved on to a better place than this life and that makes us feel happy.” I truly believe that there will be a happy portion to this Patriots season following the somber mood of death felt in Pats Nation today. Was Matt Cassel a “system QB” in college at USC? Probably, so he can also be a system QB here. He certainly has had plenty of time to learn the system and he has a plethora of weapons around him at the wide receiver and running back positions. He has the same line blocking for him that Brady did; and the genius Bill Belichick and Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels –who was a very hot head coaching prospect this off season- guiding him.

For the first few weeks, I would expect a scaled down offense with more of a “game management” philosophy, but an AFC East division title is still very much a possibility. Forget 13-3 or 12-4, but 10-6 is still very doable with this amount of talent. Buffalo is very improved, as their big week one victory over a good Seattle team proves. So they will be the biggest obstacle to winning the division. Favre has improved the Jets, but they are not a serious threat. Neither is Miami. And once you get in the postseason, anything is possible and upsets happen. So all is not lost. “Ashes to ashes. Dust to dust.”

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  1. Why Chris Simms to New England? Why not make the big splash and get Daunte.

  2. Great comparison. Sad.

  3. Cano's Cards says

    King of the Cassel!!! King of the Cassel!!!

  4. I support the Daunte idea too. over Simms.

    I’m surpised by how well I’m taking this. or maybe not

  5. Daunte retired. So wouldn’t he have to apply for reinstatement? I thought of him right a way as well. He has history with Randy Moss and would likely quickly fit into the system.

    Paul, did you post the video that most resembled the noises you made last night when you learned Brady might be out for the season?

    Timetimelowwwwww Timmmmmeeeeey.

    Maybe we could get that Matt Saracen QB guy that always posts on here to try out?

    Big loss though. We should have the opporunity to revise our SB pics…

  6. Timmy and the lords of the underworld! JGJGFHJERHFIRJUFBLABH BLAH TIMMY!

    Brady’s loss is bad for the NFL. in that they just lost the marketing and star power of “America’s starting quarterback.” on the flip side…the league now has much more parity. the patriots are now right back with the rest of the crowd in the AFC East. Other trendy super bowl picks, Indianapolis and San Diego lost at home to opponents that were vast underdogs. so 2008 looks to really be year with a truly equal playing field

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