Is There a Way to Stop a Tom Brady-Bill Belichick Super Bowl?

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Imagine a week-long cross-country bus ride, sitting between a baby with cramps and someone with onion breath screaming along to a Limp Bizkit playlist, while the person behind you kicks your seat and the bus engine continues to backfire. Now imagine millions of people across the country undergoing the same experience.

This is what a Super Bowl between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New England Patriots will feel like.

Quarterback Tom Brady’s Buccaneers and Coach Bill Belichick’s Patriots appear to be on a collision course for Super Bowl LVI. The Patriots have won six games in a row and seven of their last eight. The Buccaneers are 8-3 and their late season schedule is a red carpet walk. Football Outsiders calculates a 14.8 percent chance of a Patriots-Buccaneers Super Bowl, the highest chance of a matchup.

A duel between Brady and his former team would be a boon to broadcasters targeting casual audiences and a welcome match-up for the few remaining fans who still find the 20-year-old Brady story fascinating. For those tired of watching a few individuals successfully stuff themselves for decades, a Super Bowl-sized director’s cut of “Brady vs. Belichick: Dawn of Just Us” will be migraine fuel.

Get ready for weeks of philosophical musings on “legacy.” Brace yourself for interviews with forgotten fourth-stringers who recount the sordid details of Brady-Belichick’s spit they heard in 2006. Prepare to stifle your gag reflex as a nation once again crawls over 44-year-old Brady’s apparent immortality and Belichick’s tactical genius. Leading up to such a Super Bowl would be like watching the seven-hour documentary “The Beatles: Get Back” in a continuous loop, except all the timeless music is replaced with sports talk segments.

The divorce between Brady and Belichick is said to be settled in 2020: Belichick got the house, Brady got custody of the children (at least Rob Gronkowski) and the Lombardi trophy. The 2020 Patriots fell to 7-9 as Belichick grumbled unusual excuses for losses while wearing grimier-than-usual sweatshirts. In fact, this year, Brady returned to Foxborough, Massachusetts to confirm his dominance, leading his team to a 19-17 win on October 3. turned out to be irrelevant at the time.

Since then, the patriots have joined forces. Veterans like linebacker Dont’a Hightower (who are opting out of the 2020 season) and offensive linemen David Andrews and Shaq Mason are enjoying years of bounce back. Free-agent acquisitions like pass rusher Matt Judon, receiver Kendrick Bourne and tight end Hunter Henry were much-needed upgrades to a roster that became too reliant on Brady in late 2010. And a schedule full of Jets, Houston Texans and opponents in injury-exacerbated freefall (such as the Tennessee Titans, who lost to the Patriots in Week 12) has also played a part.

Rookie quarterback Mac Jones also deserves credit, though his recent success is more a result of the Patriots’ turnaround than the cause. Jones did a fine job of not crashing Belichick’s luxury sedan while driving on a provisional license, but the rush to anoint him as the Next Brady was premature and self-consciously shrill.

Troy Aikman, a television analyst, said Jones would be Belichick’s “signal caller for the next 15 to 18 years” as the player threw routine passes during a win over the Atlanta Falcons, who could lose to a gentle breeze. If Jones makes it to the Super Bowl, Patriots fans can demand that his birthday be declared a national holiday.

Meanwhile, Brady continues his winning streak around the NFC. He can still hit some of the highs when asked, but he leads the Buccaneers to the most wins by distributing the ball to the Pro Bowl players from behind one of the league’s most impregnable offensive lines.

Even the schedule caters to Brady’s needs: The last six Buccaneers games come against opponents with a combined 7-17 record since Nov. 1, including the Jets, who refused to take sides during the divorce.

A championship match between the greatest player of the 21st century and his former mentor should be an objectively immersive sporting event with universal appeal. Unfortunately, the Super Bowl hype is as loud and persistent as a neighborhood full of leaf blowers, and both Brady’s distant stare at the press conference and Belichick’s impatient grunts lost their limited charm over the decades.

Lacking new personalities and storylines, Super Bowl week faces the prospect of incessant contrived debates about whether the quarterback or coach “deserves credit” for all those past championships. There could be tense efforts to pile new superlatives on men that have already been talked about in near-messianic terms, and a sickening sense that everyone west of Interstate 91 will be obliged to smile uncomfortably as Boston fans find themselves in an ecstatic state. stir frenzy.

Those hoping to avoid the football equivalent of madness-inducing Lovecraftian horror should root for the Buffalo Bills (7-4), who face the Patriots twice, including Monday night, and the Buccaneers once down the road. Assuming the Bills fail in their ersatz Van Helsing role, as they have for most of the past 20 years, the AFC’s best hopes lie in potential playoff foes like the Kansas City Chiefs (7-4) and the Baltimore Ravens (8-3), the flashy but unreliable hares to Belichick’s tortoise.

The best bet to beat Brady’s Buccaneers in the NFC playoffs might be the Green Bay Packers (9-3). Yes, the thought of a Brady-Belichick Super Bowl is so chilling that it makes rooting for Aaron Rodgers attractive by comparison.

If the fear of a possible Brady Bowl fills you with the urge to give up football and spend the winter in a Himalayan yurt, know you’re not alone. But there is another option: put the NFL in perspective among life’s priorities, take out the histrionics and learn to celebrate the achievements of others and enjoy the game.

If you reach that level of enlightenment by the time a Brady-Belichick Super Bowl inevitably arrives, please keep in your hearts those of us for whom it is too late.

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