Tom Brady’s return, books about him.

Tom Brady rallied the Patriots to a last-minute victory over the Buffalo Bills last night.

Tom Brady rallied the Patriots to a last-minute victory over the Buffalo Bills last night.

Tom Terrific is back.

Sort of.

Playing in his first regular season game in a year, Tom Brady threw two touchdowns to Benjamin Watson in the game’s waning minutes to rally the Patriots to a dramatic 25-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football.

Stymied for much of the game, Brady and the Pats benefited from a major stroke of luck as Bills’ kickoff returner Leodis McKelvin fumbled the ball after Brady’s first touchdown pass had cut the Bills’ lead to five points.  Kicker Stephen Gostkowski recovered.

Brady needed just three plays to find Watson for the winning score. 

The two-time Super Bowl MVP, recent husband and impending father looked rusty for much of the contest.  

Whether Brady can regain his MVP form of 2007, a year in which he threw a record 50 touchdowns in leading the Patriots to an undefeated regular season, is a question that will be answered in the upcoming weeks.

While waiting and watching, fans hungry to learn more about the unflappable Michigan grad who was drafted in the sixth round of the 2000 draft have at least two books to read.

David Halberstam’s The Education of a Coach is ostensibly about Bill Belichik, but has a lot of information about Brady.  In particular, it talks about a point during a game against the San Diego Chargers during the 2001 season in which Brady evaded the pass rush and made an in-play adjustment that Drew Bledsoe, the starter for whom he was filling in, never would have made.

That quality of vision was what convinced Belichik to make the unusual and bold decision to keep Brady as the starter even after Bledsoe had recovered.

Moving the Chains is Charlie Pierce’s take on Brady’s childhood, college career and early years in the NFL.  The author of Hard to Forget: An Alzheimer’s Story has done more compelling writing, and the book does have information in which Brady junkies might be interested. 

Will Brady regain his vintage form?  If not, will Belichik cut him loose, as he did with Bernie Kosar and Bledsoe earlier in his career?  How will the Patriots do this year?

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5 responses to “Tom Brady’s return, books about him.

  1. Hey J-K-Low …
    Halberstam wrote one of my favorite sports books, “The Amateurs” about the quest for Olympic gold for American rowers in the 80s. I am a huge TB fan, and am putting “The Education of a Coach” on reserve at the library right now (added to the list of Kotlowitz reading you provided earlier).
    Thanks for these suggestions. Keep them coming!

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      Tina!

      Great to hear from you, and thanks very much for your kind words.

      How are you? What are you doing these days? How is your family?

      I’ve not yet read The Amateurs, but definitely am a big Halberstam fan. I didn’t know about your TB passion and look forward to hearing your response to the work.

      Thanks again for your comment, please send regards to your family and hit me back when you can.

      Jeff

  2. Eyes of a gunslinger, luck of a gambler, skill of a top flight professional QB, he was rust ‘n ready last night. By games end, he began to look like the Tom Terrific of old. It’s a long season. The Patriots will need more than last second theatrics to keep them in the win column. It was an ugly win but they’re still undefeated.
    I’ve read “The Teammates” and “Firehouse” by David Halberstam, two good reads. Looks like
    “Education Of A Coach” is another.

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      Spoken like a true sports fan, writer and reader. I was just thinking a little while ago that we hadn’t connected in a bit, so it makes sense to get your comment shortly after! 🙂

      I agree with you entirely about the two Halberstam books, with a slight nod to Firehouse, and look forward to hearing your thoughts about Education of A Coach.

      Jeff

  3. BS 4 BlackSUN AS

    we have a national debt of
    – $ 12,000,000,000,000
    http://zfacts.com/p/461.html
    and none of you is able to answer a 3 words question: WHAT IS MONEY?

    we killed 3000 human resources in a live tv show on a 911.

    we are at war in iraq and it killed already 1.400.000 HR ( human resources) roughly and a few GI ( government issues) http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/iraq

    we are at war in afghanistan

    we are messing with nasa and space issues nobody knows nothing about.

    we spend 3 hours a day in front of a tELevision screen and believe ever single frame of what a guy who we will never meet is reading looking at a camera, reading from someone we will never know nothing about wrote for the HR to read

    we spend 40 years x 8 hours a day = 70.000 hours to work for someone who gives us a paper that he prints against our work to have to the privilege to “pay” for all that.

    and the list goes on but….

    but there is SPORTS yes, included Tom Brady’s return, books about him.

    what are you in fact ? can you tell what you are?
    a sort of a … plant? a sort of computer program or virus even? a sort of concept? a sort of nightmare? a sort of . HAAAAAAA I DUNNO… WHAT ARE YOU TELL ME please.

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