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Tom Brady’s appearance at Tony Robbins’ cheesy ‘Wealth Summit’ was beneath him 06.08.17 at 10:26 pm ET
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Tom Brady spoke at Tony Robbins' "Wealth Summit" Thursday. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

Tom Brady spoke at Tony Robbins’ “Wealth Summit” Thursday. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

CORPORATE HELL –– The white people dressed in khaki pants and golf polos waited all day to see Tom Brady. Many of them showed up early in the morning, suffering through hours of self-aggrandizing drivel from financial televangelists, all of whom think making money is both the most important and easiest thing to accomplish in life –– as long as you buy their program. One of them, a particularly supercilious-looking man named Gerry Robert, spent his entire presentation imploring each member of the audience to write a book. He said books are preferable to business cards, because they don’t get thrown away.

Tony Robbins’ “Wealth Summit” dragged on from 8:00 a.m. until nearly 8:00 p.m. Thursday, with thousands of soulless corporate pawns flooding the Boston Convention Exhibition Center on their companies’ dime. There were some true believers in the crowd –– a man named Chet Herman, who was sporting a faded Superman t-shirt and mangy long hair, told me he credits Robbins’ self-help program with making him a millionaire –– but most attendees just seemed happy to get out of their cubicles for a day. In between speakers, they wandered around the BCEC concourse and munched on $6 slices of greasy Sicilian pizza. The adventurous ones walked outside and went to Jimmy John’s, but the line stretched around the block.

There’s nothing wrong per se with Brady appearing with Robbins at an event. But the scene just seemed beneath him. It was a setting that befits Suze Orman, not the greatest quarterback of all-time.

The crowd had seemingly fallen into a malaise before Robbins took the stage. The most vivacious speaker of the undercard was a charismatic RV executive named Marcus Lemonis, who calls himself “The Profit.” He wanted everybody to know that “vulnerability is the key to success.” His message of transparency propelled a young woman to get up on stage and start telling thousands of strangers the anger she feels towards her parents, who were addicted to drugs and alcohol while she was growing up. “They’re great grandparents towards my son, [but] they were horrible parents,” she said. “I feel guilty that I feel resentment towards them.”

It was a powerful moment during an afternoon that was largely bereft of human emotion. The woman received a standing ovation for her honesty. Then Lemonis, after thinking it all over for a minute or two, gave his advice. “The fact that you have resentment is real, but I think it’s probably time to move on,” he said.

Problem solved.

Robbins and his snake-oil salesmen cronies boil life down into banalities and corporate speak. If you’re not successful, it’s because you’re not pushing yourself hard enough. If you’re unhappy, it’s because you don’t have enough positive energy. Speaking of which, Robbins was not happy with our energy level when he walked onto the stage. He said it “sucks,” and told us we won’t succeed if we keep it up.

Robbins’ entire set, which spanned almost three hours, fell into an easily detectable pattern. He would relay pearls of wisdom to the crowd, telling us things like, “fantasies can become reality.” Then he would share an anecdote about somebody who embodies these corny slogans, such as the 70-year-old nun who takes part in Ironman competitions across the country. After each one of these tall tales, electronic dance music started blaring from the speakers, turning the BCEC into the world’s saddest bar mitzvah.

It’s apparent Robbins was stalling, since Brady was a couple hours later than advertised. He and Julian Edelman helicoptered to the event from Gillette Stadium, finally arriving around 6:30 p.m.

Brady and Edelman spoke at length about being underdogs, and relied stories Patriots fans have heard many times before. Brady, in case you forgot, was a sixth-round draft pick who started as the fourth-stringer. He says it still drives him today.

“Everyone else thought, ‘You went to Michigan and got picked by the Patriots. Next thing you know, you won,’” Brady said. But they don’t know what the journey was. So they don’t know what’s inside of you. And what’s inside of me, is that [I’m] not very internally motivated. It doesn’t take much externally to motivate me. I’m not motivated by a lot of things that you guys think might motivate you. Everyone finds different forms of motivation. I’m very happy with the ways that I’ve found. I left practice today, this is my 18th offseason, and we’re on the field for two and a half hours. I walked off the field and I thought, ‘I am the worst quarterback in the NFL. How could I have possibly made those throws? It was so dumb to do that.’ When I walk off the field, and I think, ‘Man, if it’s not perfect for me, I lose sleep.’ I threw an interception today. I feel like I let my team down. I let all of my teammates down.”

They also recounted the Patriots’ miraculous Super Bowl comeback over the Falcons. They came back and won the game after trailing 28-3. According to Edelman, it’s because they started “bringing in the positive.” Brady said they just had to buy in.

“I think it was just ultimately having the belief in what our process was,” he explained. “We had to believe in what our plan was. But just for the first two and a half quarters of the game, we didn’t execute it.”

Brady and Edelman, of course, can attribute their success to a lot more than grit and passion. But that wouldn’t fit into the Robbins theme. In Robbins’ world, everybody is capable of professional success, regardless of their background or circumstance. And if you don’t succeed, it’s because your energy is imbalanced –– or something.

This formula of gross oversimplification keeps the sheep coming back for more. For one day, and probably a hefty appearance fee, Brady was part of the scam.

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What causes Tom Brady to break his insanely strict diet? 06.06.17 at 3:59 pm ET
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Tom Brady apparently gorges himself at one local restaurant.  (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

Tom Brady apparently gorges himself at one local restaurant. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

The tagliatelle al ragù bolognese at La Morra in Brookline sounds like a foodie’s delight. The dish, served over a bed of tagliatelle pasta, features thick bolognese mixed with lamb, pork, veal, beef, and foie gras butter. It’s the kind of meal that makes you want to roll out of the restaurant, and then collapse onto your couch.

Or, in other words, the opposite of what one would expect Tom Brady to enjoy. After all, he rarely eats fruit, because it contains too much sugar.

But according to La Morra’s owner, Jen Ziskin, Brady loves her restaurant’s bolognese –– empty calories and all. Urbanspoon first reported this in 2014, and “Only in Boston” followed up with a tweet on Tuesday.

Upon seeing the tweet, I contacted Ziskin to ask if this was still the case. Because frankly, I didn’t believe it. In an interview last year with Boston.com, Brady’s personal chef explained the Patriots quarterback’s stringent diet, which doesn’t include white sugar, white flour, MSG, olive oil, iodized salt, coffee, dairy, peppers, mushroom or eggplants. Tomatoes are included once in a while, and lean meats are eaten sporadically.

Those omissions would make it difficult to eat any kind of bolognese, never mind La Morra’s decadent rendition.

But in a phone conversation, Ziskin assured me Brady still comes in and eats the dish. Even more surprisingly, she says he doesn’t ask for any substitutes.

This doesn’t appear to be a regular habit for Brady. Ziskin says he’s been to the restaurant once within the last eight months, and rarely comes in during football season. Eight months takes us back to late September or early October, so perhaps Brady stopped by for his last meal towards the tail-end of his Deflategate suspension. And then, it was right back to the quinoa with wilted greens.

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Why does Peyton Manning get a pass for Donald Trump friendship, while Tom Brady gets crushed? 06.05.17 at 10:44 am ET
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Peyton Manning accompanied Donald Trump on his 23rd golfing trip in 19 weeks as president. (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

Peyton Manning accompanied Donald Trump on his 23rd golfing trip in 19 weeks as president. (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

Peyton Manning golfed with Donald Trump Sunday. It was an item that garnered headlines in almost every major news outlet, including ESPN, CNN and the Washington Post,

But imagine, for a second, if Tom Brady was photographed hitting the links with the Trump. It would likely be one of the biggest stories in the country, with scores of commentators –– this author included –– condemning the Patriots quarterback for his affiliation with the embattled Commander-In-Chief. Manning, however, largely receives a pass.

Why?

This reality is nothing new. Ever since Brady was spotted with a “Make America Great” hat in his locker 21 months ago, he’s been inundated with questions about his relationship with Trump. At first, Brady was relatively open about it, calling the President a “good friend” and saying “it would be great” if he were elected. But over the last year, Brady has clammed up. He refused to talk about Trump at the Super Bowl and skipped the Patriots’ White House visit. For the time being, it seems as if he’s keeping his distance.

The same can’t be said for Manning. In February, the five-time MVP spoke at a Republican retreat that featured both President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. The speech came a couple of weeks after Trump had invoked Manning’s name when describing the alleged reaction he received during his bizarre speech in front of the CIA Memorial Wall. In it, for those who have forgotten, Trump boasted about his election victory and castigated the media.

“I got a standing ovation. In fact, they said it was the biggest standing ovation since Peyton Manning had won the Super Bowl and they said it was equal,” Trump said at the time.

At this point, Manning might be even more tied to Trump than Brady. But he manages to avoid most of the media backlash, thanks to three major reasons:

Manning is no longer an active player

Brady is the best quarterback in the world. Manning, meanwhile, is out of football –– meaning he no longer faces the press on a weekly basis.

If Manning were an active player, he would’ve probably been asked whether he was supporting Trump in the presidential election. But since he’s able to manage his media appearances, he can ensure that polarizing topics don’t get brought up.

Brady is also more relevant than Manning these days. His marriage to supermodel Gisele Bündchen means he fully crosses over into the mainstream, with gossip columnists hounding his every move in addition to sports reporters. Conversely, Manning no longer attracts that kind of widespread interest. He’s an ubiquitous pitchman, but far from a cultural phenomenon.

Manning is a well-known Republican 

It isn’t surprising that Manning is chummy with Trump, because he’s been a longtime GOP supporter. He’s donated to a number of Republican politicians, including more than $7,000 to Mitt Romney’s failed presidential bid in 2012. During the campaign, he endorsed Jeb Bush.

Brady’s political views are a mystery, which explains why there’s more interest in them. There are signs he leans right, such as his decision to quote Ronald Reagan in a Memorial Day Facebook post or attend one of George W. Bush’s State of the Union addresses. But then again, his wife, Bündchen, is an ardent Trump critic and environmentalist.

Lots of Manning’s fans are Republicans, too 

Brady plays in liberal Massachusetts, where Hillary Clinton won every county. In Manning’s home state of Tennessee, Trump defeated Clinton by nearly 30 points. Tennessee is one of 25 states in the country where Republicans control all three branches of the state government as well.

Suffice to say, it’s not taboo for a Tennessean to support Trump. In conservative Indiana, where Manning played the majority of his NFL career, Trump ousted Clinton by roughly 20 points in the general election.

While Manning enjoys widespread national support, his base is located in the south and midwest. The same can’t be said for Brady, who hails from the San Francisco area and is a sports icon in Boston. They’re playing to different crowds.

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Tom Brady files applications to trademark at least 11 items, including bedsheets and meal kits 05.26.17 at 8:38 am ET
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Tom Brady is looking to expand his vast off-field empire. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

Tom Brady is looking to expand his vast off-field empire. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

Tom Brady’s offseason of self-promotion doesn’t seem like it’s going to end any time soon. In fact, he may only hawk more products in the coming months.

According to the Boston Globe, Brady has filed applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to trademark a variety of items, including TB12 bedsheets and TB12 pre-packaged meals. A more complete list is below:

  • TB12 foam exercise rollers
  • TB12 athletic bags, shirts and sleepwear
  • TB12 meal kits
  • TB12 resistance bands
  • TB12 medicine balls
  • TB12 kettle balls
  • TB12 jump ropes
  • TB12 subscriber-based meal planning service
  • TB12 bedsheets
  • TB12 pre-packaged meals
  • TB12 orthotic inserts

Brady’s focus on the TB12 brand is nothing new. Within the last year, he’s unveiled a $200 nutrition manual, $50 vegan snacks and $100 pajamas, which are distributed by Under Armour. All the while, he appears just as committed to football as ever, participating in voluntary OTAs this week. In an interview with ESPN earlier this month, Brady reiterated his longstanding desire to play until his mid-40s.

But there are only so many hours in a day, and it seems as if Brady is starting to prepare for life after football. In addition to attaching his name to a wide swath of products and services, he’s going to be featured on the cover of “Madden” this year. Next month, Brady will also stand alongside self-help guru Tony Robbins for his 12-hour “Wealth Summit.”

Perhaps the most telling answer Brady has ever given about his playing future came in February, when he said on SiriusXM his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, would prefer he “retire today.” Bundchen ignited a whirlwind of controversy last week, when she told CBS’ Charlie Rose that Brady has suffered previously undisclosed concussions in his career. Brady’s agent, Don Yee, and the NFL have denied those claims.

At 39 years old, Brady is better than ever. There’s no reason to believe he’s going to hang it up in the near future. But in the meantime, he’s expanding his vast off-field empire.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Tom Brady posts TB12 performance meals ad on Instagram at 8:23 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Friday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB:
Kansas City at Cleveland, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Seattle at Boston, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
MLB: Atlanta at San Francisco, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

@tb12sports

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— Tom Brady posted this video on Thursday of himself in his kitchen wearing an “#EatLikeAGoat” t-shirt while listening to Dean Martin’s “That’s Amore” and chopping up vegetables from his TB12 Performance Meals box to promote his healthy meal service.

Brady released the meal kit earlier this year and each box, which arrives weekly, costs $78 and contains three meals. Each meal has two servings so that comes out to $13 a meal.

I love his videos like this because we get to see the decor inside Brady’s house and his kitchen is unsurprisingly spectacular. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Gisele opens up on marriage to Tom Brady; Former fellow Aaron Hernandez inmate trying to sell autographed note 05.17.17 at 9:46 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB
: Tampa Bay at Cleveland, 12 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: LA Dodgers at San Francisco, 3:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Boston at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN, NESN, WEEI)
NBA: Cleveland at Boston, 8:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Pittsburgh at Ottawa, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Gisele Bündchen sat down for an interview with Charlie Rose airing Wednesday on CBS This Morning and discussed her “wonderful” life with husband Tom Brady.

“He’s playing football. It’s a contact sport and a very aggressive sport. But he knows I will always support him. And I want him to be happy,” Gisele said. “And if that makes him happy, and he loves to do that, then I’m always gonna support him like I always have. So I want him to be happy and fulfilled.”

“You’ve changed him, and he’s changed you,” Rose said.

“Yeah, I think that’s what we’ve done,” Gisele said. “We do most of our growing in relationships because … they see all of us, right? All the sides of us … I think we have been growing and learning a lot from each other. You know, walkin’ this life with a partner where you can always grow and learn from, it’s wonderful.”

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Conan O’Brien is going to trial for allegedly stealing Tom Brady joke 05.16.17 at 2:59 pm ET
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Conan O'Brien allegedly stole a Tom Brady joke.  (Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports)

Conan O’Brien allegedly stole a Tom Brady joke. (Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports)

Conan O’Brien is going to trial for allegedly stealing jokes for his late-night TBS show, including a barb about Tom Brady.

The plaintiff in the case, a San Dieg-based comedy writer named Robert “Alex” Kaseberg, says O’Brien lifted five of his jokes from Twitter and altered them for his opening monologue. A federal judge agreed Kaseberg has legitimate claims about three quips.

The joke that involves Brady dates back to Feb. 3, 2015, after the Patriots’ victory over the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. This is the version Kaseberg posted: “Tom Brady said he wants to give his MVP truck to the man who won the game for the Patriots. So enjoy that truck, Pete Carroll.”

This is what O’Brien said that night: “Tom Brady said he wants to give the truck that he was given as Super Bowl MVP … to the guy who won the Super Bowl for the Patriots. Which is very nice. I think that’s nice. I do. Yes. So Brady’s giving his truck to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.”

O’Brien defense team is arguing the jokes used involve facts, and thus aren’t subject to copyright infringement. But U.S. District Court Judge Janis Sammartino disagrees, saying the jokes are “sufficiently objectively virtually identical to create a triable issue of fact regarding whether a jury would find these objective similarities to be virtually identical within the context of the entire joke.”

Kaseberg, who’s been a comedy writer for more than 20 years, says he came up with more than 1,000 jokes that Jay Leno used on “The Tonight Show.”

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Tom Brady posts Instagram video denouncing Madden Curse 05.12.17 at 2:20 pm ET
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Tom Brady posted this video on Instagram on Friday in response to being Madden NFL 18’s cover boy in which he follows up on his initial comments dispelling the belief there is a Madden Curse. And it freaked me out.

Try to watch Brady smash a mirror and walk under a ladder without internally screaming, “No Tom!”

This proves nothing. If he stays healthy until the season starts and then throughout the season, then we’ll see. But until then be careful, Tom.

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Boston doctor wants proof of whether Tom Brady’s unorthodox training methods work 05.08.17 at 4:47 pm ET
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Tom Brady credits Alex Guerrero for keeping him healthy after his 2008 ACL tear.  (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Tom Brady credits Alex Guerrero for keeping him healthy after his 2008 ACL tear. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

A Boston-based sports medicine doctor is calling on Tom Brady’s fitness guru, Alex Guerrero, to be more transparent about his studies.

In a blog post, Dr. Jessica Flynn, who practices at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, responds to some of the claims Guerrero makes in a recent Men’s Journal feature story. In it, the author of the piece, Mike Chambers, chronicles his rehab sessions with Guerrero at the TB12 Sports Therapy Center. Chambers, a fervent outdoorsman and mountain climber, talks about how Guerrero urged him to put pressure on his fractured heel just five weeks after the injury had occurred:

“Is it safe?” I ask Guerrero, 51, whom I met through a mutual friend. “I’m not actually supposed to be bearing any weight.”

He pauses, giving me his undivided attention. “It’s completely understandable that your surgeon’s number one goal is to protect his surgery site,” he explains. “He doesn’t care if you ever run again. He doesn’t care if you want to climb Mount Everest. But here’s the thing about rest: It makes you feel better, but it doesn’t make you get better.”

Flynn takes issue with Guerrero’s assertion that surgeons “don’t care” if their patients fully recover from their injuries. She says Guerrero can afford to be aggressive with his treatment, because he “doesn’t have to prove” whether his therapy works in order to attract clients.

But Flynn’s biggest issue with Brady and Guerrero is their lack of transparency. She calls on them to release more information about their methods.

“While [Guerrero] and Tom Brady seem to really believe in their methods and outcomes, they don’t study and share them,” she writes. “They continue to profit from non-proven treatments, supplements, and other therapies and none of those profits seem to be invested in studying their efficacy.”

Boston Magazine published an expose on Guerrero in 2015, detailing the Federal Trade Commission’s 2004 lawsuit against him for his role as the pitchman for a fraudulent cancer cure, Supreme Greens. Eight years later, the FTC ordered Guerrero to shut down the production of Neurosafe, a phony concussion treatment drink that Brady had endorsed.

In his piece, Chambers touts Guerrero’s unorthodox methods, saying he was able to climb New Hampshire’s Black Dike just 10 weeks after the injury. Towards the end of her post, Flynn acknowledges the anecdotal success stories from Guerrero’s clients, including Patriots players.

“I truly believe there is a lot of good going on at TB12,” she says. “In fact, when I read that Chambers had seen Rob Gronkowski getting work done at the facility I let out a very loud “‘Thank God.'”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Athletes swarm the Kentucky Derby; Matt Harvey suspended for violating team rules at 9:58 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Monday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB:
San Francisco at NY Mets, 7:10 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA:
Golden State at Utah, 9 p.m. (TNT)
NHL:
Washington at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The 143rd Kentucky Derby took place on Saturday and the event was loaded with celebrities, including a flock of well-dressed athletes.

Of course, Tom Brady and his contingent of Patriots were there, along with David Ortiz.

Came to watch the 🐎 and ran into the 🐐#kentuckyderby

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