DATELINE: Thumbs Irrelevant
A funny thing happened on the way to the Super Bowl for the Patriots. It wasn’t Tom’s thumb that was the problem. It was a tough bunch of Jaguars. It started to look like James Michael Curley’s Last Hurrah—but hold on, fans.
No one in New England was laughing in the fourth quarter when Danny Amendola pulled off his patented Julian Edelman imitation. For a while, the alleged laughingstock named Blake Bortles looked like Joe Montana.
Yes, Blake’s advisor in California for throwing the ball is former Red Sox pitcher Tom House.
Yes, Jaylen Brown of the Celtics went rogue and backed the Jaguars over his Boston fan base because his cousin A.J. Bouye is their enforcer.
Dion Lewis saved the last dance for a fumble, but recovered one last time.
Waiting till next year may not be a good option: Brady’s thumb won’t be needed for hitching a ride out of Foxboro, and the two coordinators, Matt Patricia and Josh McDaniels, will not hit the road, moving on to other clubs, for a few more weeks and one more big game in Minnesota.
In the end, Belichick and Brady embraced. Oh, yes, there will be a meeting of the minds of Belichick, Brady, and Kraft as they try to end a political stalemate that may have contributed to ill-feelings and ill-intentions. But that will be after they win another Super Bowl and all will be forgiven.
The Patriots found a new MVP in Danny Amendola replacing Julian Edelman with his last-minute heroics this time. Gronk was concussed and out for the end again.
Brady stalked the sidelines when he was not on the field, unlike any game of the season heretofore.
Maybe he was pondering the ratings for his Facebook TV series as bombing unless he pulled the game out of the hopper.
Time is cruel, and next year may be less than this year, but for now, the Patriots are on top of the world, Ma.