DATELINE: Old Folks Find a Home
Nearly 8 Decades of Life Experience
Knowing the Patriots may have to face the Steelers sometime down the road in those playoffs, diabolical Bill Svengali Belichick has found another Trilby.
James Harrison, one-time monster of the midway, was jettisoned by the hapless front office of the Steelers after an illustrious career.
There was only one way to go up: he called the Patriots.
Now together again for the first time, Tom and James are so old they actually remember the last century.
When James Harrison shows up in Foxboro with a calling card that states he wants to win a Super Bowl. Tom gives him an Annie Oakley for the Playoffs.
One-time adversary of Tom Brady, it did not take long for Harrison, age 39, to bond with someone of his own generation, Brady, age 40.
Both are workaholics and, despite never engaging in the TB12 Method, James Harrison does look remarkably youthful.
He and Brady posed happily with Harrison making note, “Finally…a teammate that’s older than me.”
In NFL terms, these guys are older than dirt. Only Adam Vinatieri, Tom’s one-time big brother, is still playing. Tom never thinks that Colts uniform looks quite right on Adam whom he calls “Grandpaw Walton.”
We presume everyone will feel Harrison was meant for Patriot colors. Orange towels are so gauche.
As often happens at the end of a season, the Patriots find someone who makes two or three key plays in a big game and helps everyone find a duck boat for their trip down Memory Lane and Boylston Street.
Are we jumping the gun? No, because the man who might sack Brady will now have his cross-hairs on Big Ben, for whom the bell now tolls.