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.

Lots of Media, October 8 & 9

I’ve got a good bit of electronic media stuff on tap for Monday and Tuesday. I’ll be on TV across New England Tuesday night, and I’ve got some amazing radio stuff happening on Monday evening and Tuesday morning.

Details in chronological order.

Monday, October 8 at 6:35 p.m.
I’ll join Joe D’Ambrosio on WTIC’s Sports Talk. If you’re in the Hartford, Connecticut area, you can tune in at 1080 AM. If not, just go to that WTIC web site and stream it. Joe and I had a great back and forth last time I joined the show. I’m looking forward to talking with him again.

Tuesday, October 9 at 7:05 a.m.
I’ll be in the studio at Rock 102 with Bax and O’Brien. It’s one of my favorite shows to do for a good reason: The back and forth is always great. I have fun. And I think we do some great radio. So, you know, if you’re in Western Massachusetts or northern Connecticut, tun in. If not, stream it.

Tuesday, October 9 from 11 a.m. to noon.
I’ll join the Bawstin Diehards — Anthony Pepe, John Sapochetti and John Pica — at NBC Sports 1510 AM (WWZN) out of Quincy, Massachusetts for a full hour in the studio. The guys are gonna have some copies of Tom Brady vs. the NFL: The Case for Football’s Greatest Quarterback to give away while I’m there (I’ll sign ’em). Should be fun. I don’t think you can stream the show, so tune in.

Tuesday, October 9 at 10 p.m.
I’ll join hosts Jade McCarthy and Randy Scott on NESN Daily to talk about Tom Brady vs. the NFL: The Case for Football’s Greatest Quarterback. This will be the first TV appearance I’ve done for this book, and my first time appearing on NESN. I’m really looking forward to it. There’s nothing to stream here. If you’re in New England and you’re a sports fan, you already know where to find NESN on your cable or satellite system. Just tune in.

If you’re looking for something to listen to right now, check me out on last night’s What’s Brewin’ with George Brew. Had a nice, casual chat with George about the book and football. It was a lot of fun. I come in at about the one hour mark. Take a listen.

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Two More Signings, Two More Interviews (one scheduled, one done)

I’ve set up two more opportunities for you to get a signed copy of Tom Brady vs. the NFL: The Case for Football’s Greatest Quarterback.

I’ll be at the Barnes & Noble stores in Newington, New Hampshire (always great to get back to the Seacoast) November 3 and in Millbury, Massachusetts December 8. Details here. Again, if you don’t see an appearance on the schedule at a store near you, contact your favorite bookstore and ask them to bring me in. Or contact me to let me know where you’d like to see me show up.

I’ve got another radio interview scheduled, too.

I’ll be on WWZN, 1510 AM out of Quincy, Massachusetts at 11:10 a.m., October 9 (yes, there’s a web site, but it doesn’t reflect the station’s current programming) talking to Anthony Pepe, John Sapochetti and John Pica on “Bawstin Diehards.” Should be fun.

For something you can hear right now, check out the interview I did with Anthony Crisante and Mike Procopio on Patriots Extra Wednesday night. I come in at about the 38-minute mark. I had a great time doing the show.

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