Tom Brady (photo: Keith Allison)
Justin Bieber (Justin Bieber Facebook)
Say what you want about Tom Brady’s new image; it’s probably not going to faze him. You know the one I’m talking about too – the much-discussed hairstyle that most recently caught the attention of pop star Justin Bieber
. The 16-year-old Canadian singer recently “called out” (a phrase I use very lightly in this case) Brady in a song, with his lyrics: “Sacked like a sacker. Call up Mr. Brady. Tell him to leave his hair to the guy who sings 'Baby.'”
Settle down, young fella. Last I checked, Brady won three Super Bowls, stole a super model from Leonardo DiCaprio and set multiple playoff records before the age of 30. Someone should remind Bieber
(or his not-so-creative writers) that at 16, a razor hasn’t even so much has hit his cheek yet. Furthermore, what in god’s name do those lyrics even mean? Does he want a lock of Brady’s hair?
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs
and Brady also appeared to have had a heated exchange (http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/09000d5d81b641b5/Tom-Brady-is-not-happy
) during Sunday’s meeting.
Suggs told reporters afterward that Brady “better hope he don’t see us again.”
Unlike his lyrical-bashing from Bieber, Brady fired back at Suggs’ remarks.
"He had his chance. Maybe if he gets another chance, he can try to back those words up. But he had a chance yesterday," Brady told "The Dennis & Callahan Show," on Monday. "You know, we've played (those) guys a lot, and they've beat us one time in all the times that I've played them. They talk a lot for beating us once in nine years."
The good news for Patriots fans, however, is Brady’s performance at work didn’t seem to suffer as a result of “getting served” by the teenager or from his face-to-face confrontation with Suggs. Sunday marked his 23rd consecutive home win, putting him second all-time behind only Brett Favre
, who had a streak of 25 with Green Bay between 1995 and 1998. Brady’s streak began in 2006.
Are the Pittsburgh Steelers the best team in football at present? The folks in the 412 area-code sure have a solid argument.
Backed by a rock-solid defense, the Steelers have allowed a mere 60 points thus far, which is good for tops in the league at present.
They didn’t seem to miss a beat without two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, but his return this past Sunday certainly didn’t hurt their cause, as they coasted to a 28-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns, improving to 4-1.
This season has without a doubt been one of surprises. Who would have thought that Sam Bradford and the formerly hapless St. Louis Rams would knock off the San Diego Chargers en route to their third victory of the season by Week 6? Or that the Chargers would only have two wins and twice as many in the loss column at the same juncture?
For the Chargers, it’s hard not to point the finger at Executive Vice President/General Manager A.J. Smith. His rise to full control over the team has seen them go from a 14-2 powerhouse under then head coach Marty Schottenheimer a few years ago to having two major contract disputes this season and showing the door to credible veterans such as LaDainian Tomlinson and most recently announcing that three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Shawne Merriman’s release is imminent.
The Dallas Cowboys, a preseason pick to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl, are off to an eye-bulging 1-4 start.
Where did things go awry? The answer is really quite simple: Penalties.
The Cowboys’ 49 penalties trail only the Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions for worst in the league. Of those 49 flags, 30 of them came on offense – which is the league’s worst.
Dallas has a ton of potential on the offensive side of the ball, too, if not for the laundry on the field. Evidence of such could be seen in Sunday’s meeting with the Minnesota Vikings, where wide receiver Miles Austin was flagged for offensive pass interference on what would have been a 68-yard scoring play.
Should they right the ship in terms of their lack of discipline, I wouldn’t rule them out just yet.
The Buffalo Bills
and Carolina Panthers are the last two teams without a victory, both at 0-5. The Panthers host the San Francisco 49ers in Week 7, who are coming off their first win of the season on Sunday.
Things don’t get any easier for the Bills, who travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens (4-2).