Much of the chatter about the New England Patriots in the offseason was whether Tom Brady would show any signs of slowing down at age 40.
As it turns out, Brady is as good as ever.
As the Patriots started out 2-1, he passed for 1,092 yards, the seventh-best figure for the first three games of any NFL season.
He’s already first (2011 with 1,327 yards) and fifth (2015 with 1,112 yards) in that category. And he led a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter of their 36-33 victory over the Houston Texans last Sunday.
But what is surprising is that the Patriots’ defense has fallen off a cliff.
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It looks like the bad old days are back for the Indianapolis Colts.
After the Colts made their midnight move from Baltimore in 1984, they didn’t win 10 games until Peyton Manning’s second season in 1999.
They then posted seasons with double-digit victories 11 times and went to two Super Bowls, winning one.
When Manning was injured in 2011, the Colts went 2-14 — but that was a good year to get the first pick in the draft. It gave them a chance to start over with Andrew Luck.
Owner Jimmy Irsay released Manning, when went on to appear in two Super Bowls with the Broncos, winning one – and fired general manager Bill Polian and coach Jim Caldwell. He replaced them with Ryan Grigson and Chuck Pagano.
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The Patriots didn’t do any deflating Thursday night.
Instead, they inflated five Super Bowl trophy replicas that looked like they belonged in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and rolled them onto the field before their season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.
They put on the scoreboard: “Atlanta 28 NE 3 2:12 3rdQtr”
That was a reminder of their Super Bowl comeback, and the announcer talked about the greatest comeback of all time.
They unveiled their fifth Super Bowl banner.
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Clark Hunt was, as they say, to the manor born.
He’s the grandson of flamboyant oil tycoon H.L. Hunt, who was once one of the richest men in the world – if not the richest – and had 15 children with three wives. The J.R. Ewing character in the TV series “Dallas’’ was loosely based on his life.
Clark also is the son of late Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt, who changed pro football by co-founding the American Football League, which led to the merger with the NFL and the creation of the Super Bowl. He even named the game after a kid’s toy called the Super Ball. Lamar was very down to earth, always wearing a blue blazer and gray slacks and never showing the trappings of wealth.
Clark, now 52, was No. 1 in his class at SMU and took over running the Chiefs when his father died in 2006.
Clark, though, is showing that being smart and rich doesn’t always translate into being a good owner. Or from doing dumb things. In a family run business, the third generation is often the one that has problems keeping things on the right track.
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The macho culture of the NFL hasn’t been noted for being welcoming to gay players in the past.
But that may be changing.
When retired offensive lineman Ryan O’Callaghan told Outsports that he is gay this week, he was only the 11th NFL player to publicly come out according to the website. Only Michael Sam did it as an active player.
O’Callaghan hid the fact he is gay so well that nobody knew it, not anybody in the NFL or even his family. Not even his mother.
In fact, playing in the NFL was one of the ways he hid it. And he planned to commit suicide once his playing days were over because he was so conflicted that he didn’t feel he could live openly as a gay man.
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