In Holyoke This Evening. Walpole Saturday.

I’ll be signing copies of Tom Brady vs. the NFL: The Case for Football’s Greatest Quarterback at the Barnes & Noble stores in Holyoke, Massachusetts today (Friday, November 16) from 6 to 8 p.m. and Walpole, Massachusetts tomorrow (Saturday, November 17) from 1 to 3 p.m.

If you’re in either area, you should come by. Pick up a book for yourself and discover what Kevin Braig of Cold, Hard Football Facts and Steve Balestrieri of like so much about it. Pick up copies for the Patriots fans on your holiday shopping list. A signed book makes a great gift. Or, hey, just come by and say hello. If we know each other on line, it’d be great to meet you face-to-face. If we know each other in person and you’re actually willing to look at my mug, I’ll be happy to see you.

For directions and store contact info, head over to my events page.

Trident Event Just Got Better

My upcoming reading/discussion/Q&A at Trident Booksellers & Cafe in Boston just got better, thanks to the great folks at Triumph Books.

The event, which takes place Wednesday, December 5 at 7 p.m. at the Trident (it’s on Newbury Street; you can get directions via the link on my events page), will now feature a drawing for a great giveaway package.

The Patriots Winter Tailgate Gift Basket, includes:

Win it, and you’ll be done with holiday shopping for the Patriots fan in your life. Or you can be, like, the greatest Secret Santa of all time (no need to tell them you didn’t spend a nickel). Or you could just keep it for yourself (hell, you deserve it more than those other ingrates anyhow).

And, of course, I’ll read some selections from the book, talk about what’s behind the book (what it is, what it isn’t, and why — that sort of thing) and answer your questions. I’ll also sign books for those who are interested.

So, you know, get there. And tell your friends to get there. And their friends, too. It’s gonna be a lot of fun. Review

I had me a pretty good day yesterday.

As previously discussed, the morning brought a terrific review of Tom Brady vs. the NFL: The Case for Football’s Greatest Quarterback from Kevin Braig, Quant Coach, on Cold, Hard Football Facts.

Evening produced yet another well-written and very positive review of the book. This time from Steve Balestrieri of I didn’t fret over this one like I did about the CHFF review, largely because I didn’t know it was in the works until pretty late in the game. But I’ve got to know Steve on line (and a bit on the radio) and I can assure you he knows his football and his Patriots, so his opinion means a lot to me.

Again, I’ll pull out a few favorite quotes:

“Perhaps the greatest thing about this book is that Glennon puts out his beliefs that Brady is the best quarterback ever to play the game. And then backs them up with facts. But the manner in which he does so is not to insult or belittle the many great quarterbacks that have come before Brady. No talk about modeling or marrying a supermodel, or his hair. If you’re looking for the TMZ version of Brady, this one isn’t for you, but if you want to talk about and read about football this book will be manna from heaven.”

“The book is a fantastic read; I received it and couldn’t put it down until it was done in the wee hours of the morning. It is a must read not only for die-hard Patriots fans but fans of the NFL as well. Glennon makes some very compelling arguments for Brady as the best QB ever to lace them up.”

So, you know, that’ll make a guy feel pretty good. Go read the whole thing, because Steve’s got a lot of interesting stuff to say.





Some time ago, I heard from Kevin Braig, Quant Coach, that he was planning to review Tom Brady vs. the NFL: The Case for Football’s Greatest Quarterback for Cold, Hard Football Facts. I was thrilled. And I was scared to death.

I’m not typically one to sweat a review. Not that I don’t like good ones. Not that the bad ones don’t bother me. It’s just that you can’t do anything about them. If you’re wise (or if you’re able to pretend your wise), you just sit back and take them as they come.

This one was different. Because, well, first of all, there are a lot of football media outlets I admire and respect. But CHFF (along with Football Outsiders) sits at the top of the list. This is media for people who think a lot about football by people who think a lot about football. It’s an outlet that has earned my respect and that keeps earning it just about every day.

I want everyone who reads TBvNFL to enjoy the book. I hope everyone who reads it will be able to see that I worked hard to earn both the time and money they put into it, and will come away feeling like the experience was worth the price of admission. But when it comes to the people who run and contribute to sites like CHFF, I want to believe that I’ve earned their respect just as they’ve earned mine.

I’ve also come to think highly of Kevin. He’s a guy with a clear perspective on the game and a deep understanding of it, whose work has influenced the way I think about football. I wanted him to like the book.

I neither expect nor need everyone to agree with my conclusions in this book. There are plenty who won’t. That’s fine. My take has always been that if someone were to read this book and say, “I don’t agree with you on Brady, but I think you made a good argument and I enjoyed the read,” then I’ve succeeded. So I’ve been on pins and needles, just hoping Kevin would write something like that. (And dreading, of course, that he would tell his readers, “Don’t waste your time.” That’s where the scared to death part comes in. Not because he’d have been telling people not to read my book, but because it would have meant he thought my argument was poorly made, which is to say that I’d wasted my time and his.)

I pretty much got my wish this morning.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the review.

“In his book, Glennon runs a solid, statistically supported, fact-based campaign for Brady.”

“Still, while one might argue all the achievements and all the statistics and the context in which they came to pass, it is indisputable that Brady achieved his back-to-back Super Bowl titles in the most technologically sophisticated era in NFL history.”

But pulling quotes out of context doesn’t really do justice to what is a very thoughtful examination of my book and it’s premise. You really need to see the complete piece for yourself. So do that. Go read Kevin’s review. (I think I’ll go and read it again myself now.)

More Notes from the Twitterverse

Steve Balestrieri, one of the guys from who has already been entirely too kind to me, had a few really nice things to say this morning. Can’t not share stuff like this.

Comparing Patriots Squads at Midseason

Patriots Midseason Measurables at a Glance

Reading, Discussion, Q&A in Boston

I’m incredibly excited to announce that I’ll be reading and discussing Tom Brady vs. the NFL: The Case for Football’s Greatest Quarterback at the amazing Trident Booksellers & Cafe on Newbury Street in Boston Wednesday, December 5 at 7 p.m.

I’ll read some selections, talk about what’s behind the book (what it is, what it isn’t, and why — that sort of thing) and engage in a Q&A session. I’ll also sign books for those who are interested.

The Trident is an awesome, awesome bookstore (as I’m sure you know) and I’m beyond honored that they’ve invited me to engage with readers in their space. Please plan to join me for a great evening.

For those who need them, directions are easily accessed via my events page.



Tom Brady vs. Joe Montana, as of start 164

On Sunday, October 7, 2012, Tom Brady started the 164th game of his NFL career, leading the New England Patriots to a 31-21 victory over the Denver Broncos. That number, 164, is meaningful, because it brings Brady up equal in career starts with his boyhood idol, Joe Montana.

Here, adapted from Tom Brady vs. the NFL: The Case for Football’s Greatest Quarterback, is a side-by-side comparison of the two great quarterbacks’ accomplishments through Brady’s first 164 starts.

NESN Daily Interview

The NESN Daily interview with me that was originally slated to run on October 9 is now scheduled for October 13. We taped the interview yesterday as scheduled — I had a great on-camera chat with Naoko Funayama — but it was held to make space for an in-studio appearance by Kevin Faulk, who had announced his retirement earlier in the day. (It would be hard to argue with that programming decision.)

Tune in Saturday night at 10 p.m. (or, you know, set your DVR) to see me and learn about how and why Tom Brady vs. the NFL: The Case for Football’s Greatest Quarterback came to be.

Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning Excerpt

With the next exciting installment of Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning scheduled to take place late Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium, it seems like a good time to share a bit of what I wrote in my chapter on football’s all-time greatest quarterback rivalry in Tom Brady vs. the NFL: The Case for Football’s Greatest Quarterback.

This is just a little bit of the opening section of one of the longest chapters in the book.

There will never come a day when Tom Brady’s name isn’t connected with Peyton Manning’s. Not ever.

Brady and Manning are bound together like Bird and Magic, Ali and Frazier, McEnroe and Borg. If you want to discuss the greatness of one, you have to talk about how he stacks up against the other.

That’s the way it’s been since Brady emerged as an elite quarterback. And that’s the way it will continue to be. Even though the rivalry between Brady and Manning is fundamentally dissimilar to other classic sports rivalries.

Ali and Frazier traded punches. McEnroe and Borg traded shots … one athlete against another. And when a bout or a match was over, one guy had won and the other had lost. Simple.

Bird and Magic had teams around them, but they were still on the court at the same time. They faced each other. Each had an effect on the other’s performance.

Really, there’s no such thing as a true rivalry between individuals playing the same position in football. The game’s just not set up for it.  Sure, Brady’s Patriots and Manning’s Colts squared off repeatedly during Manning’s tenure in Indianapolis — each team coming away with its share of big wins. But it’s not as if the two great quarterbacks ever actually engaged each other on the field.

At best, a meeting between two teams with star quarterbacks is like an American League pitchers’ duel — though in reverse, with the focus on offense rather than defense. Each of the big-name players knows he needs to find a way to put more points on the board than his rival, but neither ultimately has any direct effect on the other’s performance.

That makes it tough, if not impossible, to talk about a football rivalry in the context of a single game, or even a series of head-to-head matches.

You can look at stats, of course. You can try to assess leadership, a key component of the position. And if a game is tight, you can potentially look at how each player performs in the clutch. But in the end, each man is facing a different defense with different schemes and abilities. And neither can accomplish a thing without meaningful contributions from the other offensive players around him.

So when you start to talk about Brady and Manning, you can, if you like, look at the results of the twelve meetings between the Pats and Colts in which Brady and Manning were calling signals. And if you do, you’ll see that Brady and the Patriots went 8-4 overall, 6-3 in the regular season and 2-1 in the playoffs. That’s a winning average of .667 across the board. Look just a bit closer and you might also note that Brady’s Patriots had a winning record over Manning’s Colts both in Foxborough (5-2) and in Indianapolis (3-2).

And knowing all of that will get you almost nowhere.

So you want to read the whole thing now, right? There’s a purchase link on the info page here: Tom Brady vs. the NFL: The Case for Football’s Greatest Quarterback. Go get it.