By Alex Strouf
Following New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady’s impressive performance on Saturday night and leading his team to their record setting sixth straight AFC Championship Game, out came the haters.
I mean, what do you expect? Possibly the greatest and undeniably the most hated quarterback of my lifetime–if not ever–proved once again why he is dubbed the ‘GOAT’, by destroying the Houston Texans in the Divisional Round of this season’s NFL Playoffs.
Now, I emphasize, “the Houston Texans in the Divisional Round of this season’s NFL Playoffs,” because this year’s Houston Texans have no business playing in the Divisional Round, but the AFC side of things are rather, well.. weak.. this season. This has been the case for the greater portion of the past 14 seasons.
That’s why the extremely elite quarterbacks of the last 14 years in the AFC have dominated the AFC.
Peyton Manning. Ben Roethlisberger. Brady.
Since 2003, only one other quarterback outside of the aforementioned three has represented the AFC in the Super Bowl, and that was back in the 2012 season, when Joe Flacco led the Baltimore Ravens to a Super Bowl victory.
This brings up the argument, now more than ever, that Tom Brady has an easy road to the Super Bowl. It’s a much easier road than the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Eli Manning, and Russell Wilson have to travel.
I listen to no sports talk show more than The Herd with Colin Cowherd. I believe Cowherd is the most brilliant host in the game today, if not ever. Although I don’t always agree, I still appreciate the theories and analogies that Cowherd comes up with.
Of course, here comes the exception.
Prior to Divisional weekend, Cowherd popped a graphic on the screen featuring the quarterbacks that Tom Brady has had to go up against this season. Names like Landry Jones, Jared Goff, Trevor Siemian, Bryce Petty, Colin Kaepernick, and Cody Kessler were on the screen. Only one quarterback that I could even consider as an elite quarterback, Russell Wilson, was on the screen. Wilson beat the Patriots.
I can understand the use of the graphic, but it’s not an acceptable argument.
This whole argument that’s been presented to you thus far is as effective and relevant as the NBA equivalent–LeBron James (and whatever team he is apart of) has had/have an extremely easy road to the NBA Finals.
The fact of both of these ridiculous claims is the following: you are currently witnessing two of the greatest athletes you will ever see in their respective sports in Tom Brady and LeBron James. The fact that you are sick of seeing two absolute freaks of nature perform at crazy levels, well, that’s an opinion.
One thing that I hope we can agree on is that the games are changed by these two. You put either of these two in the opposite conference, they still tear it to shreds and show why they are both debatably dubbed, ‘GOATs’.