Tom Brady is going to Tampa Bay: Lessons in leadership that our government could stand to learn

In spite of the entire country being shut down due to stupid politicians overreacting to an obvious power play by the CDC and World Health Organization to get funding for their mythical universal vaccine that they want to implement by 2025—more on that later—I’ve been having a fantastic week. With everything closed it has given more time to read with less distractions and honestly, I wouldn’t mind if it went on this way forever. If I have a reading light and we lost everything of modern convenience, I wouldn’t notice much. But I do not like having the culture we have built as Americans robbed from us. It’s a punch in the face and it deserves us hitting back. So, it has been fun to learn that Tom Brady has signed with my favorite football team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which I haven’t talked about in a while because there hasn’t been much to talk about. However, in the realm of leadership the Glazer Family in Tampa continues to show truly what is at the heart of American innovation and optimism. The Buccaneers have not been to a playoff game for a number of years, but its not because the ownership hasn’t been trying. They have went through a number of coaches and players looking for just the right combination to find a winning team and now that they have signed Tom Brady after his two decades with the Patriots and his six Super Bowls with them, the Buccaneers have nearly guaranteed themselves a shot at that final elusive game at their home stadium since the next one will be at Raymond James Stadium. And the way the deal went down and why is something about leadership worth talking about.

The problem with government is that they don’t understand people and human innovation. Even well intended governors in top tier states like Mike DeWine through limited intellectual bandwidth thinks that his top priority as a governor is to save lives. But through his leadership if he mismanages those priorities he could scare everyone to death trying to save them and that is not uncommon in any top political office where they are put there by popular majority opinion rather than the true nature of a skill set. If you can scare people enough and get them to vote for you, then in politics that is a measure of success, but when real leadership is needed, nobody is there to do it because the job doesn’t flush out those traits in people and you end up with a bunch of losers trying to put a cap on life to measure success within those limits—then we end up with a society of losers. I know Trump understands this trait and he is personal friends with Tom Brady and all those guys get what real leadership is, especially in the context of games. Trump didn’t have much of a choice but to go along with this massive CDC, WHO scheme to get funding for their projects. Panic driven politicians will pay them anything they want now, so the mission has been accomplished for those organizations and if Trump resisted during an election year they would have massacred him in the press. So he is using the virus to unite people from both parties which will pretty much guarantee his re-election. It’s going to cost us trillions of dollars, but who’s counting anyway? We must save lives. (LOL) Trump, like Tom Brady has such great leadership that they think there is no surrender so long as there is time on the clock. If Trump gets re-elected, he figures he can fix everything, which is why he’s a winner. And that is likely what attracted Tom Brady to the Buccaneers, a chance to do the same and punch his own ticket as an individual for a return to a Super Bowl with a loaded team looking for that much needed leadership.

The Glazer Family is unlike other NFL team owners in that they don’t stick with a losing formula long. They will make quick and drastic adjustments to get a winning team, which works in every field—not just sports. So, I have been a Tampa Bay fan since the days that Sam Wyche was with the team after he was fired from the Cincinnati Bengals. I have not been a Bengal fan since. I cheer them on because the Bengals are my home town team, but the Mike Brown ownership of the Bengals and that family in general has a loser mindset that has sealed their fate as long as they own the team, so my decision was to put my sentiment in central Florida, a place I consider my second home anyway. The Buccaneers are loaded with talent trying to make a mediocre quarterback that they had there a champion, but the kid just couldn’t do it. Tom Brady can see it, so he has signed to lead the team to one of the most spectacular seasons that the NFL will ever see. The passing attack will be unstoppable with a quarterback as good as Brady. But those conditions weren’t created by Brady, they were created by an ownership trying every day to win. They had all the pieces in place with the payroll to show for it, but a quarterback. Now they have the best that there has ever been and anybody would have to admire that effort.

As we look around at a world closing itself off from a hidden virus, afraid of their own shadows, it was refreshing to hear from the real world and culture of America when there wasn’t any other positive news. And as bad as things have been, I enjoyed tremendously getting this news. It has been such a let down to see that the mighty American economy could be switched off so easily over a fear provoked by health officials who are always looking for money and attention that it has ground our culture to a stop and given our enemies the benefit of a laugh. I have watched the Buccaneers struggle through many seasons where they entered it with optimism and ended in failure but what I always love about them, and why I have stuck with them for so long is that they always keep trying and are perpetually on the hunt for great leadership. And that’s why they were willing to do whatever they had to do to acquire Tom Brady. In politics we have elections that allow us to look for great leadership and when we have had it, the established order of losers have attacked it with everything they have. And what’s depressing about this China Virus scare is that we have allowed it to even ruin our elections. That’s why this news about Tom Brady going to my favorite team was so optimistic. Its good to see out there that some people still get it, Brady gets it, the team gets it, and the ownership in Tampa gets it. And maybe when other people see all these elements coming together they might learn something about having a winning attitude, even when failure and loss is the only thing they experience. There is a lot of merit in continuing to try until you do get it right and after America comes out of this fake virus scare, they’ll learn a few things by watching Tom Brady pick a franchise up on his back and carry it to a victorious season. The same kind of sentiment can be done in politics if only people had the courage to do it.

Rich Hoffman

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The Best Superbowl in History: Making America Great Again starting with football and Lady Gaga

I wasn’t particularly looking forward to Superbowl 51 (LI) because the Patriots were not my favorite team, especially after (deflategate) and their long run as a dominate team. Additionally, I’m not a Lady Gaga fan so I didn’t want to see her halftime show.  I didn’t want the preachy progressive commercials—so I didn’t have high expectations for the game.  However, I was explaining the psychological meaning of the Superbowl games to American culture with people from other counties last week, because they were mystified by the wall to wall coverage of the game they were seeing on television.  I explained to them that American football was a special game specific to our culture and that the Superbowl in America was like a holiday celebrating the great gifts of capitalism.  Even the altruistic aspects of the various charities that the NFL supports are direct derivatives of the excesses produced by capitalism for which football is so symbolic.  With that in mind I watched the game with just a little bit of renewed interest because Tom Brady and the owner and coach of the New England Patriots were personal friends of Donald Trump.  I thought it would be nice if the Patriots won since Tom Brady has shown that he’d often do anything to win even if it sometimes crossed the line—much like Trump.  The spirit of winning was important, and I thought it would be a good thing if the Patriots won in the same year that Trump won the presidency so from that perspective, I was interested.

After the late score in the fourth quarter after a 2-point conversion my wife asked me what the odds were of closing the 8-point gap between the Patriots who had essentially been written off in the game and the Falcons who had a 25-point lead at halftime.   I mean it was 28 to 9 with two minutes left in the third quarter—so like I told her, it was unlikely that the Patriots would be able to get the ball back and drive down the field over 90 yards with only a few minutes left on the clock—score a touchdown and get another two-point conversion within the same quarter.  The odds were just too overwhelming.  Yet in the back of my mind I thought of the type of people who win a lot—who always feel that as long as there is breath in their lungs, they have a chance.  I know I’m like that, but I don’t meet many people who are—who never feel they are down and out.  The last time I’ve seen it outside of some situations in my family was the night before the Trump win when the then presidential candidate went to Michigan at 1 am to hit one more rally—which ironically pushed him through the Blue Wall of politics—and gave him the win in within the electoral college.

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick looked like there was all the time in the world.  Brady never looked frazzled, never looked desperate, never looked like the game was in jeopardy.  Quietly Brady amassed an incredible 466 yards through the air most of it in the fourth quarter forcing the game into the first overtime Superbowl in the history of the game.  Brady and company won the coin toss and proceeded to march down the field and score a touchdown which ended the game.  And with Brady’s hands on the ball in overtime it just always felt like the Patriots were going to win because the best quarterback in history has that kind of feel—like Joe Montana used to have as a field presence.  It was the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen in sports—and a metaphor for many things that are distinctly American.

Tom Brady had a lot of reasons to blame the NFL and free agency for why he could have lost and never had to apologize for it. After all, Brady started the season with a four-game suspension for deflategate.  There were no “big receivers” on the Patriots team—like a Randy Moss from the past, or the great Julio Jones on the Falcons sideline.  The big name tight-end on the Patriots team was not able to play the game and the running game with one of my favorite players from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, LeGarrette Blount, was struggling and going nowhere.  All Brady had was a bunch of undersized receivers who were scrappy, aggressive, and playing way above their head.  Julian Edelman is only like 5’ 10” and he was playing like he was 6’ 5” with a 40” vertical leap.  He amazingly out-worked most of the Falcons secondary to get open for Brady to hit with laser blasts that were simply amazing—and he did it with his head down into a grinding fashion and without a lot of fanfare.  It was a very impressive performance that I never expected to come out so positively.  Yet it did by working with what he had around him.  It was pretty amazing.

But before all that I was enjoying the Americana aspects of the Superbowl festivities and was greatly relieved to see that the Lady Gaga Halftime Show was actually really good. She may have supported Hillary Clinton and works toward progressive causes—she may actually be one of those Spirit Cooking people that John Podesta likes so much—but any woman who jumps into a stadium after singing a song on top of the roof is good in my book.  She was actually fearless in a way I haven’t seen since Michael Jackson performed in a Superbowl, but these stunts that Lady GaGa performed were actually dangerous, especially considering that she was going into full choreography once she hit the stage below.  It was an amazing performance that I was worried would be filled with political anti-Trump messages—which were there in small degrees, but not enough to matter.

She did a classy, tasteful show that indicated that this particular Superbowl had a really uniting factor to it which defined much what I had told my foreign guests.  I know the Falcon fans are upset, but overall, they played in one of the greatest games in sports history.  And the best that entertainment could put forward performed under the sponsorship of companies thriving under our capitalist system and the best players in football with the best coaching and ownership staffs won.  So it was a great experience.  A real treat in the middle of winter setting off a continuation of the Trump election victory—because after that game, it felt fun to be an American.  The conclusion of that game is what it now feels like to be an American again—and that’s not a bad thing.

Rich Hoffman


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