NEWS FLASH: Tom Brady will play football next season.
In other breaking news, Fridays will continue to follow Thursday, the weather changes in New England and Washington is a mess.
For some reason, Brady’s future has become a topic during this ride to the latest Super Bowl. People actually wondered if No. 12 would hang them up if the Pats won for the sixth time.
There was no question. This guy will play football … well, until he can’t play football anymore.
He has said he wants to play until he’s 45 and he will be 42 for the first snap of the 2019 season.
First, he said there was “zero” chance he wouldn’t return. He reiterated over the weekend and then, Monday on WEEI, re-reiterated his stance.
“I set a goal that I want to play until my mid-40s and I have long-term goals, short-term goals, but you’ve got to treat your body right,” Brady said. “You’ve got one body. If you decide to bury it and drive it into the ground, that’s what’s going to happen. I committed a long time ago — it’s everything Alex (Guerrero) and I talk about. Just treating your body the right way, getting the right foods to eat, drinking the right things. He and I make sure we’re staying up on all of our treatments, the right amount of strength.
“In the end, it comes down to some discipline. You’ve got to have discipline in order to do it. That’s something I’ve learned over the years. A lot of people come to you and say, ‘What can I do? What’s the one thing?’ I’ll say, ‘It’s not one thing. It’s everything. It’s all of these choices.’ In your job, it’s the same thing. If you’re good at your job, it requires daily acts. It’s doing a lot of the right things over and over and over again, and becoming more efficient — whether it’s a relationship, your work career, your body. It’s the same thing. You’ve got to do the right things more often than not. That’s the approach I’ve taken and it’s worked really well for me.”
Brady looks to break a tie with Charles Haley (Cowboys, 49ers) with his sixth Super Bowl title.
Brady’s dad, Tom Sr., to the Boston Herald’s Karen Guregian: “I’ve never seen him more delighted than he was than at the end of postgame last week.”
Stoking the GOAT
If you missed it, the Rams aren’t even supposed to be in this game, the egregious pass interference/targeting penalty against L.A.’s Nickell Robey-Coleman robbing the Saints of their rightful place. Now, Robey-Coleman has already played a role in the Super Bowl by insulting TB12.
Just what the Rams did NOT need.
“Yes. Yes. Age has definitely taken a toll. For him to still be doing it, that’s a great compliment for him. But I think that he’s definitely not the same quarterback he was,” Robey-Coleman told Bleacher Report. “Movement. Speed. Velocity. Arm strength. He still can sling it, but he’s not slinging it as much.
“Whatever he was doing — because of his age and all that — he’s not doing as much of that anymore. He’s still doing the same things; he’s just not doing as much of it. And sometimes, it’s not the sharpest. But it still gets done.”
He walked his comments back after a chat with his coach but the words are still out there and are just another Brady factor in this game.
We have often said in this space that the Patriots never say anything the opponent can use as bulletin board material. Patrick Chung broke that policy the other day, and while it really was nothing and it was said in the spirit of a rally, you know Bill Belichick couldn’t have been thrilled.
“We’re gonna go out there and kick their (butts), baby,” Chung said. At a Rams rally soon after, former teammate Brandin Cooks said, “Hey Chung, we heard you talking that talk back there in Foxborough ... let’s get straight,” before dropping the mic on stage.”
ESPN’s Field Yates pointed out the other day, “On this day 19 years ago, the Patriots hired Bill Belichick as their head coach. Since that time, the rest of the NFL has employed 184 head coaches combined.”
If it’s true that there were 35,000 braving the cold for the Patriots’ send-off the other day, that’s MORE than the Rams (32,768) averaged in the perfect Southern California weather this season — dead last in the NFL.
The McCourty twins are together at the Super Bowl, but Devin said Monday this could be it for him. Perhaps he thinks winning three Super Bowls, one with his brother, is enough for him to start thinking about the safety of his brain.
AD wants out
Turning to the Celtics, Anthony Davis says he won’t re-sign with the Pelicans after the season, walking away from the $240 max deal. Of course, that continues to spark thoughts of Davis coming to Boston.
Well, if he is indeed coming to the Celtics, it has to be after July 1, because the Celtics already have Kyrie Irving on the roster via a trade under the Rose Rule (unless Irving is in the deal). There is no need for New Orleans to move Davis now and take the Celtics out of the picture, although the picture isn’t so rosy for the Green.
Now, while the Celtics could offer the best package post-July 1 (Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and one of the No. 1 draft pics?), there is a growing feeling Davis wants to join LeBron James — and Irving? — in L.A. Another theory floating out there has Kevin Durant going to the Knicks, with Davis, to join Kristaps Porzingis.
Regardless, the once-slam dunk of Irving staying with the Celtics is no long a slam dunk.
Remember, Davis can also be acquired as a rental, through next season.
Saturday night, the Celtics and Warriors staged an exciting regular-season game at TD Garden. What was supposed to be a statement game for the home team turned out to be one for the visitors. The Celtics made too many mistakes down the stretch and the Warriors continued to serve notice.
After the game, Irving, who kept his team in the game but was guilty of costly turnovers, denied the game had a playoff atmosphere. He was wrong.
He also said the Warriors were “pretty lucky” to get the win and “I can’t wait to play them again.” Steph Curry’s answer? “He said we got lucky? I don’t know what that means,” he said.
Also after the game, our buddy Jeff Goodman on the CLNS Network said that Gordon Hayward, who had a dreadful game, was “a liability.” Wrote Goodman: “I talked to a Warriors player who told me, ‘Listen, Gordon Hayward is not Gordon Hayward right now. He’s hurting them.’ the anonymous player continued. ‘He’s a liability on both ends of the court.”
We have told you this could take a year for Hayward — if he, in fact, comes back to being the player he was before that horrific leg injury. This is even more frustrating for him than for the fans.
By the way, ESPN Stats tweeted after the game: “Golden State’s win over Boston marked the 300th victory as a head coach for Steve Kerr. He breaks Pat Riley’s NBA record for fewest losses at the time of his 300th win. Kerr reached 300 wins with 77 losses. Riley had 116 losses when he earned his 300th win.”
Jeff Gundy, in town to do the game for ABC, says the Celtics are still the favorites to come out of the East, regardless of their roller coaster ride through the regular season.
Kerr before that game: “It’s an 8:30 start, which means an extra hour of beer time for the local Bostonians. It’ll probably be a little loud in here.”
There really isn’t much to report here, but the Atlanta Braves have more than hinted they’re not going to pay big money for the closer. Does that move Craig Kimbrel close to a reunion with Boston, where he could get his World Series ring as an actual member of the Red Sox?
“He makes everybody a lot better,” said Atlanta GM Alex Anthopoulos. “He’s one of the best closers of all time. I did come out early in the offseason and, not speaking specifically about him, but (said) our payroll, our model, I don’t know that us spending big, elite dollars on a reliever — length, the term and all that — I don’t know that that model works for us.”
Kimbrel has come a long way from his original ask of six years and $100 million.
Mookie Betts used the New York Baseball Dinner to tell the world he has no intention of going to the White House to meet with the President in May.
“I won’t be going there,” Betts said. “I decided not to.”
Some players have said they’re going. Betts isn’t. Rafael Devers isn’t. Alex Cora says he’s not sure. Neither are Xander Bogaerts or Eduardo Rodriguez.
Betts and Mike Schmidt (1980) are the only players ever to win the MVP, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger and World Series in the same season.
“He’s truly one of the faces of our game and all by the age of 26 years old,” Dave Dombrowski said of Betts.
Great line from Betts, which drew boos from the New York crowd: “It’s gratifying to be here giving my MVP speech as a member of the Boston Red Sox World Series champions, but doing that in New York City.”
Finally, we give you The Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy for posting an Atlanta airport picture of an establishment called “Chicken and Beer.” Tweeted Shaughnessy: “Just landed in Atlanta and it turns out that there is an airport restaurant dedicated to the 2011 Red Sox.”
Mike Shalin covers Boston pro sports for the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @mscotshay.