Sure, the 2013 NFL season is still 59 days away, but training camp is just around the corner. And, hell, it’s never really the wrong time to talk football.
Tonight at 8, I’ll join John Murphy, play-by-play voice of the Buffalo Bills, on his daily broadcast to talk AFC East football and discuss Tom Brady vs. the NFL: The Case for Football’s Greatest Quarterback. You don’t have to be in western New York to tune in. The John Murphy Show streams live via the WGR 550 web site. Take a listen; it should be fun.
I’ve been getting a lot of traffic from search strings to do with Tom Brady vs. Joe Montana (folks looking for side-by-side stats, mostly). I have to imagine that’s related to the fact that Brady on Sunday won his 17th career postseason game, breaking what had been a tie with Montana for the NFL record. The win over Houston also advanced Brady to his seventh career conference championship, which ties Montana for most all time. (Brady goes into the game against Baltimore with a 5-1 record in conference championships. Montana ended his career with a conference championship record of 4-3. And Montana, of course, still holds the edge in Super Bowl wins.)
So while I was planning to wait until after the Patriots wrapped up their postseason run to rework all of the various charts from Tom Brady vs. the NFL: The Case for Football’s Greatest Quarterback, I figured I’d go ahead and do an interim chart now. Sort of makes sense in a way. I did a chart update when Brady pulled even with Montana in regular season starts; might as well do one now that they’ve had an equal number of postseason starts, too, right? So here you go. (Oh, also, come to Barnes & Noble in Framingham Saturday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and say hell0.)
I’ll be hanging out, talking Patriots, and signing copies of Tom Brady vs. the NFL: The Case for Football’s Greatest Quarterback at the Barnes & Noble store in Framingham, Massachusetts Saturday, January 19 from from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
You should come by. We can jaw about the playoffs. And you can pick up a copy of the book and discover for yourself what Kevin Braig of Cold, Hard Football Facts and Steve Balestrieri of PatsFans.com like so much about it.
Sure, the winter holidays have passed by. But Mothers Day and Fathers Day are both on the horizon. Birthday’s happen, too. So if you have Patriots fans in your life (you must), remember that a signed book makes a great gift.
For directions and store contact info, head over to my events page.
So, one last time, let’s take a look at how the 2012 New England Patriots measure up with the 2011 AFC Champion squad in some key statistical areas. Lots of reasons to be optimistic about this year’s squad’s chances in the post-season as you look this over.
Because I apparently have a pathological need to prove my own geekiness, I put together a little chart that illustrates the progression of the 2012 New England Patriots pass defense by way of some key measurables (which is to say statistics).
Go ahead and share it with your friends. You know you want to.
I’ve been hearing via Twitter from a lot of folks who got a copy of Tom Brady vs. the NFL: The Case for Football’s Greatest Quarterback as a holiday gift, which is really neat to hear about. And it got me to thinking about how I can give something back.
Here’s what I came up with.
Between now (Wednesday, December 26 at 1:40 p.m. EST) and kickoff of the first Patriots game of the 2012-13 playoffs, everyone who tweets something they like about or from Tom Brady vs. the NFL and tags me (@SeanGlennon) in that tweet will be entered into a drawing for one signed copy each of Game Changers: The Greatest Plays in New England Patriots History and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Heart-Pounding, Jaw-Dropping and Gut-Wrenching Moments in New England Patriots History.
You can enter as many times as you want (maximum of once per 24-hour period). Books will be shipped at my expense to addresses within the United States and Canada. (Shipping to other countries will depend on cost. I will absorb the equivalent of U.S. postage.)
One winner will be drawn at random from all entries submitted. Winner will be announced via this web site and my Twitter account. This prize package has no cash value.
Positive press for for Tom Brady vs. the NFL: The Case for Football’s Greatest Quarterback continues to roll in.
The latest review comes from Matt Verderame of SB Nation, who writes:
“Glennon has put forth a terrific book that makes for a terrific read. For a grizzled fan it can serve as thought-provoking, while a younger kid new to the game can learn from it.”
“Even if you are someone who prides himself on knowing the history of the NFL, this work will teach you new little-known stats about greats such as Sid Luckman and Bart Starr.”
So that’s pretty flattering. Now go and read the whole thing.
More positive media attention for Tom Brady vs. the NFL: The Case for Football’s Greatest Quarterback.
Steve Balestrieri, who continues to be far too kind to me, came out to Barnes & Noble in Millbury, Massachusetts Saturday afternoon to interview me and take some photos during my signing event there. From that, comes this neat feature.
And this morning, I joined Karlson & McKenzie on Boston’s 100.7 WZLX to talk with Kevin and Pete about the book, Brady and the Patriots. You can check out a podcast of that interview right here if you’re so inclined.
Coming up later this week, I’ll be joining Ryan Matlack and Kyle Pilazzi on 1450 The Hall’s Back To The Minors Wednesday, December 12 at 5:45 p.m.
Got a TV thing coming up over the weekend, too, but I’ll wait to make sure the taping happens as scheduled before getting into details.
More great press for Tom Brady vs. the NFL: The Case for Football’s Greatest Quarterback, this time from Pete Redington of the Valley Advocate.
This one’s a feature/interview piece with me more than a review of the book, so it doesn’t lend itself all that well to pulling out quotes. But it’s a damned nice piece (said the subject of said piece) and you should just go and read it. Like, now.
Four weeks ago, eight games into the season, I put together and shared a chart looking at how the 2012 New England Patriots measured up to the 2011 AFC Champion squad on a bunch of key measurables. Last night, I decided that if it made sense to look at that data at midseason, it must make sense to look at it again at the three-quarter mark. So here’s your new 2011-2012 Patriots comparison chart. Thanks for geeking out with me.
(Oh, and while I’ve got you: Don’t forget to come and check out my speaking engagement at Boston’s Trident Booksellers & Cafe Wednesday, December 5 at 7 p.m. Details here.)