• Tom Brady

On Sunday, thanks to a missed gimme . . . I mean, “field goal” by Baltimore Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff, I’m out five bucks to Reader writer Kevin Warwick. And the New England Patriots are going to the Super Bowl. The Pats will face the New York Giants, who, if you aren’t a football fan or forgot about the game, stunned New England in Super Bowl XLII just four years ago. The Patriots had gone undefeated that season up until then, and beat their opponents by an average score of 37-17. That year, Tom Brady had perhaps the greatest single season ever for a quarterback. Among many highlights, including six passing touchdowns and a perfect passer rating in a Week 8 game against the Miami Dolphins, Brady’s stats for the season were phenomenal including 50 touchdowns against eight interceptions (still a record).