I’ll be honest, this is the column I always hate writing at this time of the year. It’s the Monday morning following the end of the season for my beloved Pittsburgh Steelers. And Sunday’s loss to what we all call, outside of Boston, the Evil Empire (the New England Patriots) makes it even worse.
Can Tom Brady please just go ahead and retire so football fans across America can have hope again. I mean come on, Brady even takes the fan base that has the most optimism and confidence as any—Steelers Nation—and slowly takes out our heart and steps on it to make sure he crushes our dreams of Super Bowl championships.
When Brady does retire, I think Pittsburgh should have a parade to celebrate it because that’s when it might be able to win another Super Bowl. Anyway, as I was saying, football season is over for me. I doubt I will watch the Super Bowl. No disrespect to Atlanta, but I don’t think I can sit there and watch Darth Vader (Brady) and the Emperor (Bill Belichick) win another Super Bowl. I just get sick thinking about it.
However, with that said, I am happy to see two former Clemson Tigers get an opportunity to play in the Super Bowl. Former Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley and former defensive tackle Grady Jarrett will get an opportunity with the Atlanta Falcons to take down the Empire, but I’m not sure the Force is strong enough in them, at this point, to overtake the Dark Side.
Maybe these two young Jedi Knights can help the Falcons do something none of us, outside of Atlanta, really expect – maybe they can beat the Patriots. Just to give some perspective on how long Brady and Belichick have ruled the Empire, Beasley was nine years old and Jarrett was eight when the Patriots won their first Super Bowl in 2001.
See why I want Brady to retire. I was still in my 20s then.
Personally, I would love to see Beasley and Jarrett get it done. Knowing those two young men and how hard they work, it would be great to see them get to hold the Lombardi Trophy as Super Bowl Champions. To be honest, they will be two guys the Falcons are going to need to play well in order to get it done.
The only way to beat Brady is to pressure him up the middle and get him out of the pocket. Grady will have to provide the pressure up the middle, while Beasley will have to clean things up when he gets outside the pocket. That’s the only hope the Falcons have. I don’t care how many points Matt Ryan and he Falcons’ offense can score. None of that will matter if Beasley, Jarrett and the rest of the Falcons’ defense can’t stop Brady.
And you know what? I don’t think I will watch it. Like the rest of America, I’m getting tired of seeing the same thing over and over again. In my mind at least, football season is over. The Patriots ended my season on Sunday night and unfortunately, they will end the rest of Americas in two weeks.
When does training camp start?
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