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Tom Brady made it official earlier this week that he was leaving New England to test free agency. Within hours, news circulated that the six-time Super Bowl champ was going to sign with Tampa Bay.
Virtually all of the commentary on “TB12 to TB” was positive.
But I just don’t understand why.
Okay, Bucs’ attendance will see an increase, which is a positive thing for the franchise.
But remember last year when there was all this talk about how nobody at Brady’s age had started all 16 games in a season at the quarterback position?
Guess what? As much as I admire Brady, he’s another year older, and again, this is uncharted territory for QBs in the NFL. Yes, Brady is the greatest of all-time, but Father Time is undefeated.
Also, Brady’s going from a team that has relatively weaker competition in the AFC East, to a team that gets to play Drew Brees’ Saints twice, Matt Ryan’s Falcons twice. And don’t dismiss a rejuvenated Teddy Bridgewater (who was 5-0 filling in for the injured Brees in New Orleans in 2019) and his Panthers, as Brady will have to face them twice as well.
The wins aren’t going to come as easily as with New England, regardless of the talent around Brady in Tampa Bay. Don’t forget, nobody has played a full schedule at QB at his age (he’ll turn 43 before the 2020 season starts), the competition is stiffer, and it might not be as smooth a year as many now seem to think.
Riverdale Ave Books has issued a press release regarding my new book, The 1993 Canadiens: Seven Magical Weeks, Unlikely Heroes and Canada’s Last Stanley Cup Champions, which is attached here.
Here’s my latest podcast interview, with GabeRealSports on The Sports Corner.
Gabe and I briefly discussed the Houston Astros baseball scandal before talking about the 1988 Dodgers book and my other book projects.
Here’s some news about my new book, The 1992-93 Canadiens, which is expected to be released later this month in late January.
I was asked to draft a jacket copy for the book, and here’s what I submitted to the publisher. I have to admit… it’s pretty exciting have the book come out soon!
The 1993 Canadiens: Seven Magical Weeks, Many More Unlikely Heroes, and Canada’s Last Stanley Cup Champions
Never to be confused with any previous Montreal Canadien “Flying Frenchmen” juggernauts who dominated the National Hockey League between the 1950s and 1970s, the 1992-93 Canadiens, whose lone superstar was future Hall-of-Fame goaltender Patrick Roy, were essentially a nondescript team coming off an embarrassing second-round playoff series sweep against the Boston Bruins the previous spring.
Yet these Habs, led by the superb goaltending of Roy and with timely goals from various unlikely heroes, stunned the hockey world by winning a record 10 consecutive playoff overtime games over a magical seven-week run during the spring of 1993. Montreal ultimately captured hockey’s ultimate prize that June—the 24th championship in franchise history—in the last Stanley Cup Finals series ever played at the venerable Montreal Forum.
While the Canadiens had proven scorers in Kirk Muller, Vincent Damphousse and Brian Bellows—and had veteran presence in Hall-of-Famers-to-be Denis Savard and Guy Carbonneau—Montreal might not have won the Cup without the heroics of a host of others who weren’t exactly household names. There were Gilbert Dionne, John LeClair (before he blossomed into a three-time 50-goal scorer in Philadelphia) and the undersized Stephan Lebeau (while playing on one good leg) notching overtime winners. There was little-known Paul DiPietro scoring goals in series clinchers. Gary Leeman and Rob Ramage, despite being near the end of their NHL careers, contributed in ways that didn’t necessarily show up on the scoresheet. And behind the bench, while Jacques Demers made all the right moves that spring, he isn’t even considered today among the top 50 coaches of all-time.
More than a quarter century later, these Habs remain the last Canadian team to win the Cup—not the Montreal Canadiens but the last Canadian team—and in The 1993 Canadiens: Seven Magical Weeks, Many More Unlikely Heroes, and Canada’s Last Stanley Cup Champions, K. P. Wee relives the story of this incredible season.
Another interesting night in the press box at Nat Bailey Stadium in Vancouver…
It was a night of predictions, extra innings, and … trying new snacks.
For starters, the local Vancouver Canadians were ahead of Boise 2-0 entering the sixth inning.
I looked over at the official scorer, Mike, and told him that the sixth inning seemed to be the C’s “trouble inning” as the team had just lost the previous night in Spokane by giving up back-to-back homers in a 2-1 loss. Plus, the week before, they’d lost a pair of games in Tri-City by giving up the lead in the sixth.
Sure enough, Boise scored twice in the sixth – thanks in part to an error – to tie the game.
As the night progressed, you could tell the pitching was dominant on both sides, and it might take some luck to get the tie-breaking run across.
So I told the scorer that the winning run – or go-ahead run – might come home on a wild pitch with a runner on third.
Fast forward to the bottom of the 12th, and that’s exactly what happened as a wild pitch allowed the winning run to come home. C’s won, 3-2.
And snacks… here’s what I ended up munching on as the game went into extras. I ended up opening the second bag after the game moved into the 10th.
Onion rings and cheesy garlic bread! What was it that Mark Messier said during those commercials from the 1990s? Something about how you can’t just stop at one?