Look, it's not just because he's hot, okay? I mean, he is, but that's not the only reason I swear unflinching loyalty to Tom Brady, or why I watched even this easygoing for-fun matchup so intently over the past weekend.
Despite an early lead yesterday, Tommy lost to Tampa Bay's Brad Johnson on the no-huddle event. According to the commentators, Johnson had been practicing the event the night before, and it showed. He's the one who figured out that to get a good time in the event, he had to run to the next station as soon as he threw the ball. The other guys followed his lead and took his pattern, but he was the originator, and he won easily. In other words, Johnson was a quarterback among quarterbacks: a leader and an organizer.
And good for him. Problem is, he plays for the wrong team.
I'm not necessarily saying that this all-in-good-fun event is a good indicator of the season to come--not only because it wasn't that serious a competition but because a quarterback doth not a whole team make. Witness, for example, the fateful no-huddle event. While Brad Johnson got the credit for winning the event, Tampa Bay Wide Receiver Keenan McCardell was the agreed-upon MVP (he got a prize for it, too, which was nice). His catches were poetry in motion. And he saved a number of the quarterbacks, Johnson and Brady included, from much more mediocre scores. In the end, football is all about the cooperation and choreography between members of the team--it's one of the reasons I have come to love the game so much.
So it remains to be seen how the Pats will fare this fall. It's not a crystal ball by any means, but Tommy looked good out there, and I'll root for him no matter what happens, anyway.
Now, if only we could get Keenan McCardell in the right uniform.