(We thought this might cheer you up, Patriots' fans.)
Wednesday in history:
Aug. 14, 1987, Tim Tebow was born in the Philippines after his mother struggled to keep him throughout her pregnancy. Heavenly.
Aug. 14, 2013, Tom Brady leaves Patriots' practice thanks to a very-much-contact injury to his lower left leg and/or knee, scaring the hell out of Patriots' fans everywhere.
Fan in the stands took a video. Nate Solder got pushed back by a DE and right into Brady's knee— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) August 14, 2013
Brady goes down, back and to the left...
Aug. 14, 2013, Moments after the above news is reported breathlessly on Twitter, via Felger and Mazz on 98.5 The Sports Hub and elsewhere, Tebow throws a touchdown pass during an 11-on-11, complete with applause audible in the background. The show was being broadcast live from Patriots' practice while all of this happened.
Even team president Jonathan Kraft said he heard of the injury from an assistant who was listening to the show. "I do not know what happened," Kraft later told Felger and Mazz, "but we don't believe it to be serious."
Divine intervention all the way around.
Aug. 14, 2014, Patriots picking up the pieces after a 6-10 season without Brady.
MRI on Patriots QB Tom Brady's knee was negative and he now is considered day to day, per ESPN source with knowledge of injury.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 14, 2013
Aug. 13, 2013, Patriots fans step away from the Tobin Bridge edge and off the roof of the Prudential Tower after word that the injury is likely just a knee sprain and that Brady will likely be back practicing tomorrow.
For some, this Brady injury scare may be a sign from God, or at least the football gods. Faith that Tebow could indeed play in New England coming to fruition, even under these potentially disastrous circumstances.
For others, any loss of Brady would be the beginning of the end for the 2013 Patriots, especially the way Ryan Mallett looked both last weekend against Philadelphia and has looked - according to various press reports - in practice.
Of course, given the Patriots' past history of open communication and their willingness to share information, we'll probably get official word of Brady's status via the Politburo the day after Clay Buchholz returns to the mound for the Red Sox.
True Tebow believers, or those who love a good story and page views, are thrilled with the potential of Tebow's chances to play with the Patriots under any circumstances. They/we will note that Tebow was drafted by current Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels with the No. 25 pick in the 2010 NFL draft when McDaniels was coaching in Denver. And they/we point without hesitation to Tebow's 8-5 run that led the Broncos to the playoffs in 2011.
All he does is win.
But the Patriots are a team built for, by and around Brady. minus No. 12, they become something interesting to watch with lower expectations than the 2013 Red Sox. Because of that, the novelty of Tebow Time, if and when necessary, over Mallett is worth any 6-10 finish.
But the bottom line is simply this: Without Tom Brady, this version of the New England Patriots, with this defense, is pretty-much finished this season, with or without Tebow, Mallett or any other available NFL backup.
Brady tore the ACL in his left knee during the first week of 2008 and missed the entire season. They went 11-5 with Matt Cassel at QB. Mallett is an average-at-best passer, who brings nothing to what is a pedestrian offensive attack without Brady. We've met Matt Cassel, and he's no Matt Cassel. Mallett won't be able to turn Danny Amendola into Wes Welker.
At least, Tebow brings some excitement to a team that is woefully average without Brady, especially if Mallett is running the offense.
With unofficial word that Brady's injury is only "day-to-day," it's more proof that football prayers can be answered.
Don't take my word for it. Ask Fr. Chip Hines, who is a priest at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Medford :
Lighting a few candles for Brady each week wouldn't hurt, either.
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