Give all kinds of credit to Tom Brady, hockey dad, for also being the greatest NFL quarterback of all-time after winning his seventh Super Bowl on Sunday night with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brady was constantly spotted the last few years he was in Boston at his kid’s youth hockey games and there were stories about him just being a regular dad at those times.
His kids may or may not have been playing hockey in Florida this year while he was playing in Tampa Bay, but it’s good to see there is some connection between TB12 and the game of pucks even if it wasn’t a sport he excelled at after getting drafted as a baseball player and football player back in the day. It was also heartwarming to see this after the game.
Brady finding his kids last night after the win. This is the good stuff. pic.twitter.com/ngAIXaUlIT
— Liam Martin (@LiamWBZ) February 8, 2021
There’s also little doubting his dominance as the greatest of all-time after leaving the New England Patriots, and proving once and for all that he was great enough to be a champion with another head football coach aside from the great Bill Belichick.
The greatest winning in sports, though? People will say Michael Jordan perhaps, or point to Tiger Woods or any number of boxers or tennis players. But for me it’s Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics. What those teams did will never be repeated in the world of professional sports, just like nobody else is ever going to catch Brady and win seven Super Bowls like he has and counting.
So, congrats to the GOAT, who truly stuck it to Belichick with touchdown passes to Rob Gronkowski and Antonio Brown in the first half while putting on a show of greatness that’s borderline absurd at 43 years old.
Now onto the puck links:
*Honestly, who cares about the NHL expansion draft that is months from now when the Bruins are in first place in the East Division. That’s our big question in this week’s Hagg Bag mailbag. (Boston Hockey Now)
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Brent Wallace was an excellent TV reporter on the Ottawa Senators beat at TSN for over 20 years, but he was part of the massive, company-wide layoffs last week. Here’s a story about Wallace putting the pieces back together in the wake of that. It’s certainly not easy, but Wally is the kind of guy that’s going to find something sooner rather than later. Good luck to him and we’ll see him at the rinks soon. (Ottawa Citizen)
*Pierre McGuire says that the Ottawa Senators are quickly becoming a hard team to play against. The Senators have five points in 12 games and are dead last in the North Division. I’m not sure that’s what I would say about the Ottawa Senators. (Ottawa 1200)
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Allen says that the NHL shouldn’t have tried a half-measure when trying to fix their botching of an offsides challenge in a game between the Hurricanes and Blue Jackets this weekend. (HockeyBuzz)
*FOH Christian Arnold has his three takeaways in the New York Islanders win over the Pittsburgh Penguins this weekend. (NYI Hockey Now)
*You’ve got to give them credit: Tampa Bay is the new City of Champions, or Champa Bay as they’re calling themselves right now after Tom Brady led the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl victory on Sunday night.
— NHL on NBC Sports (@NHLonNBCSports) February 8, 2021
*Good job by Michael Russo looking at the COVID-19 outbreak with the Minnesota Wild, and how it seems to be happening with some of the NHL teams right now in a hockey environment where things are easily transmissible. (The Athletic)
*For something completely different: I couldn’t resist a hockey theme to The Weekend meme going on after the Super Bowl halftime show.
Me in the bowels of the Barclays Center every time I covered an Islanders game there pic.twitter.com/48MKwBfAjr
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) February 8, 2021