Even if you aren't a sports fan, you probably heard that Tom Brady, the New England Patriots quarterback and last year's NFL MVP, injured his knee early in their game this past Sunday. His injury was severe enough that Brady will miss the entire season. This greatly changes the season for the Patriots, moving from the Super Bowl favorite to being just another team fighting to make the playoffs.
You probably know that I am a huge Patriots fan and a huge fan of Tom Brady. I'm greatly disappointed that he's out for the season. Although I think that the Patriots will still be a good team, every game will be a challenge and they certainly won't win as many games as was previously expected.
But, that's what makes this season now strangely more interesting. I would have been surprised if the Patriots lost more than 2 games if Brady had played the whole season (and no other significant player was injured). Now, every game is a potential loss (or win). And, the games are likely to be much closer, even if they do win. Other players will have to step forward, and the coaching and game planning will be more important than ever.
We've been spoiled in Boston. It will be interesting to see how fans of more typical teams feel for this year. But, I sure hope Brady comes back full speed next year!
PS -- The Steelers are thrilled about Brady's injury as it helps their playoff chances. Check out this fan's T-shirt homage to the Chiefs player whose hit on Brady caused the injury (although it was a clean play). I found this on the Projo Pats Blog.