Sports

"We’ll never see anything else like Tom Brady"

Boston columnist Chad Finn pays a fine tribute to Tom Terriifc.

The casual cool, including the power-dribble of the football, after guiding the drive to set up Adam Vinatieri’s winning field goal in Super Bowl XXXVI. The comeback from down 10 points with less than 8 minutes left against a hellacious Seahawks defense in Super Bowl XLIV, the one that birthed phase two of the dynasty. The like-hell-this-is-over poise against the Falcons in the comeback from down 25 points in Super Bowl LI, the one that made you believe that momentum in sports is real and palpable. The dart to a triple-covered Rob Gronkowski late in Super Bowl LIII against the Rams, the perfect exclamation point on the nonpareil tight end’s career. And those are just the most obvious ones. Good heavens we were lucky to watch this guy for so long, weren’t we?


"How the Shanahan System Turns Afterthoughts Into Star Running Backs"

Interesting analysis.

San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan is the son of Mike Shanahan, and the family business is turning off-the-radar running backs into stars. Mike Shanahan was the head coach of the Denver Broncos from 1995 to 2008. He won back-to-back Super Bowls with John Elway as his quarterback, and also pumped out six different 1,000-yard rushers behind a zone-running system developed by offensive line coach Alex Gibbs.