Tom Brady: Sporting News NFL Athlete of the Decade

first_img As we noted after the Patriots’ victory over the Rams in Super Bowl 53, that sixth championship mattered more than it should. For a sports world in which perception is often governed by first-grade math, an approach that is absolutist at best and lazy at worst, a sixth title for this dynasty was a big deal.Now Brady has more Super Bowl wins than any other player in NFL history — just in case it wasn’t enough for him to be the only QB ever to win five; the only player ever to win four Super Bowl MVPs; the Super Bowl record-holder for passing yards, completions and TD passes.Because of what Brady did from 2010 to 2019 to pad what he accomplished from 2000 to 2009, the NFL player of the decade now belongs in the greatest-athlete-ever argument.By the time he’s done playing, he just might shut down that dispute, as well.By the numbers6 Super Bowl championships4 Super Bowl MVP awards3 AP NFL MVP awards3 first-team All-Pro selections14 Pro Bowl selections538 passing touchdowns74,079 passing yards97.0 career passer rating44 game-winning drives35 comebacks218-63 record as starter30-10 record as starter in playoffs Of course, the player who held the greatest stranglehold on the rest of the NFL from 2010 to 2019 was the same guy who dominated the previous 10 years. Brady, who is on the verge of completing his 20th NFL season, has been a Pro Bowl selection after every Patriots campaign this decade. He has won three Super Bowls and appeared in two others. He has played in eight consecutive AFC championship games.SN’s ATHLETES OF THE DECADENBA | MLB | NHL | College football | College basketball | Men’s soccer | Women’s soccer | Men’s boxing | Women’s boxing | Men’s MMA | Women’s MMAFor Sporting News, New England’s comeback win in Super Bowl 49 against Seattle to close the 2014 season featured the Brady performance that cemented his status as the greatest passer in football history. For many more, an even greater Patriots comeback in Super Bowl 51 against the Falcons did the trick. A few years and an additional championship later, the 42-year-old is simply (and unnecessarily) padding his resume.From 2010 to 2019, Brady threw for more than 4,000 yards in seven separate seasons. He recorded 30 or more TD passes in every year but three. In 2018, when he neither threw for more than 4,000 yards nor recorded 30 TD passes, he earned his sixth Super Bowl ring. Simply put: Had NFL teams not doubted the possibility of a player like Jackson translating a skill set that dominated the college game, he would not have been the fifth QB selected in his draft class. His early professional success already has and will continue to force NFL talent evaluators into a newfound open-mindedness. In that regard, Jackson’s influece in the long term could prove historic.There will be competition. Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes already has an NFL MVP award and an AFC title game appearance on his resume, though he is a couple of years older than Jackson. Texans QB Deshaun Watson has a promising trajectory, though he is limited by his surroundings — which is an important factor. Perhaps the greatest accomplishment of an NFL career that will land Tom Brady in the Pro Football Hall of Fame is the conformity the Patriots quarterback has forced upon observers of American sports.At a time when discourse is plagued by divide and subsequent debate in the realm of athletics and elsewhere, Brady creates an anomaly. The best-QB-ever discussion has ceased to exist. Likewise, selecting the Sporting News NFL Athlete of the Decade requires no deliberation.center_img What they’re saying:”There’s no quarterback I’d rather have than Tom Brady. He’s the best. He does so much for us in so many ways on so many different levels. I’m really fortunate that he’s our quarterback and for what he’s able to do for this team.” — Bill Belichick“He’s the leader, the general, the best ever and that is the end of the story.” — Danny Amendola“His overall game is just so much greater than the sum of its parts. And Tom Brady just wins. He knows voodoo … Tom Brady’s the G.O.A.T.” — Von Miller”He’s the most basic quarterback you’ve ever seen. It’s the simplest football that you’ll ever see in your life. He’s figured it out: Don’t complicate football. People can hate on him, y’all can be mad at him, but he’s the best quarterback we’ve ever seen.” — Ray Lewis”You saw that body (at the 2000 NFL Combine). There’s no way you saw six championships in that body. To produce what he has produced, and to play at the level he has played at, is incredible. All of us living should understand how blessed we are to be in this moment while he’s doing what he’s doing. I say yes to comparing him to (Michael) Jordan, and I think what he’s accomplished is more difficult.” — Michael Irvin”He’s not going to beat himself — he’s going to make you beat yourself. You can’t beat that.” — Ryan Shazier”Tom is extremely disciplined. They see the end result on game day, but they don’t see all that he does in the offseason and during the season to maintain his health, his body and his mechanics.” — Drew Brees”The guy has already accomplished so much, he’s the best out there. The way he competes, the way he prepares for the game, the way he practices every single week, it’s just legendary. It makes him the greatest.” — Rob Gronkowski”Tom Brady is a game changer on the field, in the locker room, in life. The only one that can really rival him, that man from the 49ers, Joe Montana, Dan Marino, Peyton Manning. (But) Tom Brady is in a class by himself.” — Deion Sanders”I am the baddest motherf— on the planet.” — Tom BradyThe next decade belongs to: Lamar Jackson, QB, RavensBrady changed the game in the early 2000s when he reeled off three Super Bowls in four seasons. New England notoriously found the QB in the sixth round of the draft, and other teams over the past two decades have been searching for a similar gem. Yet the Brady formula, a combination of work ethic, leadership skills, attention to detail and raw talent, can’t be replicated.Now NFL teams will spend the next several years looking for the next Jackson even though he can’t be replicated, either.The QB the Ravens snagged with the last pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft is already dominating the league in a way it has never experienced. At age 22, he needed just 14 games to shatter Michael Vick’s single-season QB rushing record, and his freakishly quick development as an NFL passer has led to 33 passing touchdowns through Week 15, the most in the league in 2019. Brady, of course, benefitted from a stable organization led by arguably the greatest coach in NFL history over the past two decades. Nobody will mistake John Harbaugh for Bill Belichick, but in Baltimore, Jackson has a similarly reliable environment in which to flourish.And it takes an NFL athlete of the decade to know one. Before the Patriots’ Week 10 matchup against the Ravens in November, Brady approached Jackson during pre-game warmups. “You’re doing some great stuff,” the veteran told the youngster. “Big fan.”That night, powered by Jackson’s 224 scrimmage yards, Baltimore hammered New England 37-20.last_img read more

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New state method for counting recovery from COVID

first_imgState officials have changed the way recovery from COVID-19 is reported on the state website with coronavirus information — and Governor Kim Reynolds says it means more hours will be spent finding people who may have been near someone who has the virus. Case inspection first teams try to speak with every Iowan who tests positive and then talk with people the patient may have had contact with. Ten days later there’s a follow-up call to see if the Iowan has recovered from the virus.“What’s happening is a lot of the calls go unanswered or unreturned on the follow-up calls,” Reynolds says. “and then they’re not counted on the Iowans recovered.” Unless the state gets information that the person with COVID has been hospitalized, has not recovered or has died — Reynolds says the new policy is to count someone contract tracers have NOT been able to reach as rrecovered 28 days following a positive test.“This time frame equates to two incubation periods,” Reynolds says, “and processes…similar to what other states are doing.” Reynolds says this new policy went in effect Monday and the percentage of Iowans shown on the state website as “recovered” went from around 60 percent to almost 80 percent.“We believe that this change more accurately reflects the number of Iowans recovered,” Reynolds says, “and will allow our case investigation team to have more time to assist Iowans who are newly diagnosed.” Iowans who travel to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are now being asked to quarantine there for 14 days. Officials in those states say it’s because Iowa — and 13 other states — now have weekly averages showing at least 10 percent of people being tested have the virus. Reynolds suggests that’s old data and Iowa’s positivity rate on Tuesday was nine-and-a-half percent of those who’ve been tested.last_img read more

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Fekitoa signs with Toulon – report

first_imgFrench news outlet L’equipe has reported Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal announced the signing at a fan event on Monday night (NZT Tuesday), declaring the “imminent arrival of a world champion All Black centre”.The newspaper said the 25-year-old signed with the French club this month.Boudjellal said the signing was “the biggest coup of the summer in the transfer market”. But Toulon released a statement on Thursday morning hosing down speculation, saying until moves had been officially confirmed by the club they were only rumours.Fekitoa was originally left out of the All Blacks squad for the British and Irish Lions series, but was an injury replacement during the series,He is off contract at the end of the season, but told Stuff in April he was in no rush to make a decision on his future.​”I don’t have a timeframe,” Fekitoa said. “I let my management team do all the talking behind the scenes. For me, it’s about getting my game right and enjoying my rugby.”Fekitoa has played 24 tests since his 2014 debut.Toulon have former All Blacks midfielder Ma’a Nonu on their books and just announced the signing of South African outside back JP Pietersen Photo: PHOTOSPORT (Malakai Fekitoa has reportedly signed with French club Toulon).last_img read more

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More sports in brief

first_imgRain-ruined Test heads for drawSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Cricket Australia announced that the last day of the third and final Test against West Indies will be free to spectators, as the rain-ruined affair appeared destined for draw following a second straight wash-out here yesterday.The adverse weather, which forced the abandonment of the third day, ensured the fourth’s day play was similarly abandoned without a ball bowled at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Only 11.2 overs were possible on the second day on Monday.Some showers have been forecast for the final day but once play is possible, CA is set to allow patrons in free to witness the final rites and Australia lifting the Sir Frank Worrell Trophy. Patrons will be refunded for the two abandoned days.West Indies ended day two on 248 for seven with opener Kraigg Brathwaite top-scoring with 85 and all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite getting 69. Denesh Ramdin is not out on 30.Australia lead the series 2-0 after winning the opener in Hobart by an innings and 212 runs and following up with a 177-run victory in Melbourne.Sammy’s Hurricanes lose againMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):West Indies Twenty20 skipper Darren Sammy was powerless to stop his Hobart Hurricanes from sliding to a second straight defeat – an eight-wicket loss to Melbourne Stars here yesterday. Sent in at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Hurricanes were limited to 124 all out off their 20 overs, with George Bailey top-scoring with 55 from 40 deliveries.Sammy gathered 17 from 14 balls to be one of just four batsmen in double figures as leg-spinner Adam Zampa (2-18) and seamer Scott Boland (2-26) stifled the innings.In reply, Glenn Maxwell smashed an unbeaten 56 from 32 balls, while in-form Englishman Luke Wright gathered 51 not out from 41 deliveries, as Stars cantered to their target with five overs left to spare. Sammy’s one over of medium pacer went for six runs.10 radio stations to broadcast Super50ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Radio stations across 10 Caribbean countries have agreed to carry live commentary of the NAGICO Super50 championship which begins today. The West Indies Cricket Board announced that the region’s premier one-day cricket tournament will be broadcast on radio stations in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.GEM Radio Five Limited, part of the One Caribbean Media Group, is coordinating the broadcast, headed by noted commentator Andrew Mason.”We decided to make the commentary feeds available at no cost to the broadcasters in order to ensure that the matches are carried live in all the territories,” general manager, GEM Radio Five Limited, Richard Purcell, said.”By so doing, we are keeping alive the great West Indian tradition of listening to cricket on radio.”last_img read more

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Surely this depravity should not be allowed to continue

first_imgDear Editor,As an earnest tax paying citizen of Georgetown, can the Council inform us when the current Mayor and Councillors of the city of Georgetown will embark upon correcting the wrongs and repairing the extensive damage that was wilfully done to our capital city by a former senior administrative municipal staffer?If one were to take a stroll in the Bel Air Park neighbourhood along where the empty lots known as R3 and R4 are located, one can still observe the remaining evidence of the venal attempt at land grabbing by the “Fantastic Four”. There is an old shipping container and a dilapidated and teetering guard hut defacing one side whilst the other side has been made into a swamp that breeds mosquitoes and cultivates copious amounts of wild brush, weeds and trees due to it being recklessly excavated when the gang was trying to illegally convert this dedicated open space into a dedicated upscale housing plot for themselves. The area needs to be restored into an aesthetically pleasing open space. The same goes for the Farnum Ground in the Subryanville area where another illegal land grab attempt was made.In the downtown area, there are old cut-up railway tracks that have been placed along some sidewalks, which serve no useful purpose other than to have given “the boys” some jobs and some free money to cut up and bolt down this scrap metal. This should be removed and sold to the scrap metal dealers.And then there is the unfinished and now derelict “Presidential Park” at the eastern extremity of Church Street and North Road, which was an unrefined attempt to pander to the politicians. This eyesore needs to be either completed by the relevant agency or torn down. Should this area not be returned to a green space as part of our city’s and country’s green agenda?And further west of these same two roadways, there is the area that was assigned to street barbers, cosmetologists, and beauticians, many of whom are unlicensed which is now nothing short of a shantytown with a number of rickety makeshift tents barely standing, adorned with scraps of multi-coloured plastic, cloth, and canvas, and which is ironically named “The Beauty Promenade”. In the interest of developing our tourism industry, this area should be cleared and cleaned in addition to the dog kennel type structures that were constructed a little further west which is supposedly a “Farmers Market” for wholesalers who bring their produce for sale on Thursdays and Fridays from the rural areas.Surely this depravity should not be allowed to continue. We need to take back our city from this unlawfulness.Sincerely,Anu Biharilast_img read more

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Registration nearing a close for Lone Wolf Junior Tournament

first_imgThe tournament tees off on August 27th. TAYLOR, B.C. – Registration for the Lone Wolf Junior Golf Tournament is entering its final days.According to Lone Wolf’s Marketing and Events Coordinator LJ Lawson, the tournament is one of the only ones of its kind because it features competitive as well as amateur juniors.“It’s the only type of tournament of its kind because it’s not just for competitive juniors, it’s for juniors of all ages and skill levels,” said Lawson.- Advertisement -Lawson explained that there should be between 40 and 50 golfers aged seven and up competing in the tourney this year. The tournament will feature an 18 hole format for the more skilled juniors as well as a nine-hole format and a 3-par format for the less experienced.“Our hope is to give the kids the same tournament experience as we give the adults, minus the carts and the booze.”Registration is $10 per junior and must be completed as quick as possible. Residents looking to sign up can visit Lone Wolf’s website or call them at (250)789-3711.Advertisementlast_img read more

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MP Jay Hill’s Weekly Report

first_imgAnd finally a note on news from several weeks back …. a new distinctly Canadian Victoria Cross has been unveiled. Awarded for extraordinary valour and devotion to duty while facing a hostile force, the Victoria Cross is the highest honour one can receive in the Canadian Honours System. The new Victoria Cross can only be awarded to Canadians and will contain metal from the original 1867 Confederation medals, as well as metal from every region of the country.Remember, you can always check on more government news at: www.gc.ca Child Care Benefit is Two Years OldJuly marked two years since the introduction of the Universal Child Care Benefit by the Conservative Government. Over 1.5-million families and 2 million children have received $5-billion to help balance work and home responsibilities. The second phase of the program, a $250-million investment to help the provinces and territories create child care spaces, has resulted in over 60,000 new spaces so far. That’s in addition to the $850-million the provinces already received this year through the Canada Social Transfer for children’s programs and services, an annual amount that will grow by 3 percent through 2014.Saskatchewan to Hold Senate ElectionsThe Saskatchewan government will introduce legislation this fall to hold elections for Senate nominees. This initiative by Saskatchewan reflects Canadians’ desire for a modernized, democratic Senate and complements our government’s actions. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has already appointed one Senator, Bert Brown, who was chosen by Alberta voters in Senate elections in that province. In addition, we’ve introduced Bill C-20, to provide Canadians with a direct say on who will be their Senators, and Bill C-19 to limit Senate terms to eight years from a current maximum of 45 years!Advertisement Catching Up on Federal News and NoticesTime to catch up on a selection of news and notes on federal programs of interest to local residents.Final Farm Options Payments on the Way- Advertisement -During the first week of August, final payments for the Canadian Farm Families Options Program will be mailed out to participants. ‘Options’ is a two-year pilot program providing low income farmers and farm families with short-term financial assistance while they take advantage of business/skills development services that assist them in finding ways to improve their farm and off-farm income. Participants have received roughly $221-million over the two-year life of the program with a total average payment of $17,000 per participant.U.S. Travel UpdateOur Conservative Government’s ongoing efforts to work with the United States to ensure that its Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative does not compromise the flow of legitimate trade and travel have achieved results. While all Canadian citizens currently require a passport for air travel to the U.S., adult requirements for ground and sea crossings will not take effect until June 1, 2009. Canadian citizens 15 years of age and under will be allowed to present only proof of citizenship, such as an original copy of a birth certificate or a citizenship card, to enter the U.S. by land and water. Travelers 18 years of age and under in approved adult-supervised groups, such as a school trip, will also be permitted to present only proof of citizenship.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Computer graduate turned drug-dealer jailed for fifteen months

first_imgA computer graduate who has been described as a major player in the drugs business in Letterkenny has been jailed for fifteen months.Vincent Whoriskey, who is already serving a sentence for drug dealing, appeared at Letterkenny District Court. The 36-year-old, with an address at Burnside Apartments, Lower Main Street in Letterkenny, faced a range of charges of having drugs for sale and supply.The drugs included cannabis, cannabis herb, MDNA, ecstasy and cocaine.Gardai gave various statements about searching Whoriskey’s flat on several occasions and finding various quantities of drugs hidden there.As well as large quantities of cash, a weighing scales and deal bags used to deal the drugs into various amounts were found.Once arrested, Whoriskey admitted all offences.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Frank Dorrian, said his client did not fit the profile of a man who dealt in drugs.He said Whoriskey had a degree in Information Technology from University College Cork and worked all over England as a barman, a chef and a barber.He said he arrived back in Ireland in 2012 and dabbled in a minor way in drugs but soon built up a debt of more than €10,000.He admitted his client dealt in drugs but that “each transaction as intended to be his last.”He was already serving a prison sentence, is now working as a chef in prison but plans to rejoin education when he gets out of prison.Judge Paul Kelly took a sample of the charges and sentenced Whoriskey to a total of fifteen months in prison.Computer graduate turned drug-dealer jailed for fifteen months was last modified: July 12th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:drug dealergraduateletterkennyVincent Whoriskeylast_img read more

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Pizzeria owner who blew stolen €16,000 on gambling escapes jail

first_imgA pizzeria owner who stole more than €16,000 from his ex-girlfriend and bet the cash on two horses has escaped going to prison.Raul Andrei spent more than €70,000 opening up a franchise of Apache Pizza in Letterkenny, which he operated successfully for a number of months. However, Letterkenny District Court heard the 46-year-old developed a gambling habit after visiting a local casino.On October 14th last year while his partner was visiting friends in Dublin he gained access to the former house he shared with Oana Grigore at The Green, Ballymacool, Letterkenny.He stole the money and then went to his local branch of BoyleSport Bookmakers.He placed €10,000 on one horse and €6,720 on another on two different horses at two different race meetings but both lost.The court heard Andrei lost a considerable amount of money the previous day and was trying to win the money back.The accused told a friend that he had lost the money and was feeling suicidal and also telephoned his ex-partner and told her what had happened.The stolen money had come from the business and he had given it to his ex-partner but she had hidden the money as she was aware of the accused man’s gambling habit.Andrei was very remorseful and attended Gambler’s Anonymous and was also attending church meetings and no longer gambles.The couple have one child together and Andrei still pays his child’s creche fees and sees the child regularly.The court heard that the accused, of Sprackburn House, Letterkenny, is now working with a local company, earns €600 per week and is anxious to pay the money back to his ex-partner.The 47 year old no longer works at the pizza restaurant.At a previous sitting Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case for a probation and community service report and also a to get a victim impact statement.He also ordered Andrei to pay back the money to his ex-partner.The court was told today (Mon) that Andrei has so far paid back €1,400 and continues to support his child and makes regular payments.Passing sentence Judge Kelly said this was a “serious theft and a serious breach of trust.”However, he added that the victim had been very compassionate towards her ex-partner and that the amount of cash taken warranted a custodial sentence.Because of the victim’s compassion and his co-operation he was not sending him to jail and ordered him to complete 180 hours community service for the of €10,000 in lieu of six months in jail and a further 180 hours for the theft of €6,720 in lieu of another six months in jail.Pizzeria owner who blew stolen €16,000 on gambling escapes jail was last modified: November 26th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Andreigamblingletterkennypizzeriastolenlast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: GLENFIN JUNIORS FACE TERMON IN DONEGAL GAELTACHT

first_imgLotto winning numbers for the 16/02/16 are 6-4-1-5-8-3-2-7.Geraldine McGinley and Martin & Shane O’Donnell get €30 each. Jackpot for 23/02/16 is €2750.Club Membership: The club are holding a registration night on Thursday the 2nd of March from 6.00pm to 8.00pm. Anyone wishing to pay their membership can do so on that night. Adults €50.00. U18 €20.00Minor Board:Under age training: Wednesday U8 6.00pm- 7.00pm and U10 7.00pm – 8.00pm. Thursdays, under 12, under 13 & under 14 Boys 6.15pm to 7.15pm.2016 Gaeltacht                                                                                                                                        Juniors are playing Termon at home this Saturday at 3.00pm.Ladies:  Minor Training Wednesday 8pm to 9pm.Handball:  Good luck to all our Hand-ballers who are representing Donegal in the Ulster Hand ball competition this Sunday the 21st in Belfast.Handball training for all National schools on Monday nights from 6.30pm to 8.00pmAnnual presentation night this Saturday the 20th of February at 9.00pm in Harking’s Brocagh. Tickets are €15.00 each which includes Buffet and music. 2015 Donegal Year Books are still available at €10 each.GAA NEWS: GLENFIN JUNIORS FACE TERMON IN DONEGAL GAELTACHT was last modified: February 18th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAAglenfinSportlast_img read more

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